New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab is all set to host Delhi Capitals in their second home match of the Indian Premier League. KXIP beat Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets and DC triumphed over Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous outings.
Kings XI have names like Mohammed Shami and Andrew Tye in their pace battery but, compared to the way the Capitals’ pacers have stepped up, KXIP still have some way to go.
Punjab have the home advantage. They were strong in Mohali last year before their campaign derailed when they shifted to Indore. They’ve started this season’s home run with a victory over the fancied Mumbai Indians.
Delhi, meanwhile, will be on a high after the thrilling Super Over finish. Kagiso Rabada is the talk of the town, but there were more heroes in the game against KKR. Prithvi Shaw took a giant step towards bigger things. Harshal Patel bowled well, until Delhi ran into Andre Russell. There’s little anyone can do when Russell gets going, so it’s hard to be critical of Delhi’s bowling.
Delhi will want their middle order to get better. The game should have never gone into the Super Over, but it did. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant’s roles thus become more important if Delhi are to go long.