IPL 2018: Red-hot Kings XI Punjab look to crush bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils | cricket

Kings XI Punjab will take on Delhi Daredevils in an IPL 2018 clash at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Monday.

Thunderstorms are usually not that unusual in Kolkata this time of the 12 months, however that wasn’t the one calamity to hit the town on Saturday. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul wreaked havoc on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers to information Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to a nine-wicket win of their rain-hit Indian Premier League sport on Saturday. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)

Openers on cruise management has been the frequent theme of KXIP victories in IPL 2018 and they’ll once more be banking on the damaging duo once they tackle Delhi Daredevils (DD) on the Ferozeshah Kotla floor on Monday.

KXIP got here up trumps when the groups met early within the season, KL Rahul guiding his group to victory by slamming the quickest fifty in IPL historical past (14 balls).

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Worth for cash

That was precisely the beginning KL Rahul was aiming for after fetching Rs 11.5 crore within the participant public sale. The wicket-keeper batsman, who missed IPL 2017 on account of shoulder damage, has teamed up completely with Chris Gayle. The West Indies veteran arrives in superior type, having notched a century and two fifties at a strike price of 170.89 within the three matches he has performed to date. The duo was instrumental in taking KXIP to the highest of the factors desk with three consecutive victories.

Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin was happy with how the 2 have performed. “KL regarded like one million , and effectively, Chris is Chris,” he stated.

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Nonetheless, therein lies the issue for Kings XI Punjab. Due to the good type of the openers, the middle-order has hardly been examined. Moreover Rahul and Gayle, Karun Nair is the one batsman with a 35-plus rating.

The opening spell of left-arm paceman Trent Boult will thus be essential for the hosts and a few fast wickets on the high of the innings can do wonders for Delhi Daredevils. They’ll additionally go for England pacer Liam Plunkett to spice up the assault.

Daredevils battle

Nonetheless, Gautam Gambhir’s facet are struggling. The batting has been a one-man present. Rishabh Pant is the one constant performer with 223 runs at a strike price of 176.98.

A scarcity of assist from his teammates has prevented the group from posting huge totals and that could be a main cause why DD are struggling on the backside of the factors desk. Gambhir, Shreyas Iyer and Jason Roy have all scored one half-century every, however consistency has been a serious downside for all three batsmen.

The fixtures have additionally not been sort to Daredevils as this will probably be their first house sport in IPL 2018. DD’s power-hitting facet although is greatest suited to the small enjoying floor of Ferozeshah Kotla, and in opposition to a bowling line-up with not many huge names, they are going to be trying to take advantage of house circumstances.

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