Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils – 2nd match
8th April 2018
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
The Mohali track is known to assist the faster bowlers and till a few years ago, it remained one of the most bowling-friendly wickets in the country. However, in the recent past, the wicket has slowed down considerably. It has now turned in favour of the batsmen with scores above 180 having been chased down multiple times.
Average 1st Innings Score – 163
Highest Total Chased – 194
Two of the most inconsistent teams of the IPL, historically, will face off against each other in the second game of the season. Both sides have undergone massive overhauls, with the appointment of new captains.
While Gautam Gambhir makes a return to Delhi, Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading a team for the first time in the tournament. There is a good mix of experienced international veterans and younger stars in each team.
The hosts narrowly edge out the visitors in the head-to-head, having won 11 out of the 20 matches played between the two. In the absence of Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell, Delhi would be looking to tilt the scales in their favour in Mohali.
Head To Head:
Total matches – 20
Kings XI Punjab – 11 wins (55%)
Delhi Daredevils – 9 wins (45%)
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, David Miller, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mohit Sharma, Andrew Tye
Gautam Gambhir (c), Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Vijay Shankar, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada
Top point scorers:
Axar Patel (335 points) – The spinner was retained by the Punjab franchise for his showings in last year’s IPL. With the bat in 2017, Patel scored 227 runs at an average of 28.37 with a strike-rate of 140.12. With the ball, he picked up 15 wickets at an average of 24.13 and conceded runs at an economy rate of just under 7.5 runs per over.
Manoj Tiwary (248.5 points) – The Bengal player turned out for Rising Pune Supergiants last season and exceeded all expectations by scoring 324 runs in 15 matches, at a strike-rate of 137.28, with two half-centuries.
Gautam Gambhir (359.5 points) – The former Kolkata Knight Riders captain scored close to 500 runs in 15 games last season, at a stunning average of 41.5. Gambhir is a dependable option to have in your teams as he has shown throughout the IPL.
Rishabh Pant (303 points) – The wicket-keeper batsman was one of the few shining lights in yet another dismal campaign for Delhi Daredevils in 2017. Pant scored at a strike-rate of over 165 with a high score of 97 last season.
Player to avoid:
Aaron Finch (KXIP) @ 10 credits
The hard-hitting Australian batsman is getting married and will miss the start of the IPL along with close friend Glenn Maxwell. Hence, it is suggested you do not pick the duo in your Dream 11 for the opener.