The excitement gets even better as all the teams of this edition are felt to be equally strong. With few additions to the Delhi side, they look fresh this time. As Punjab was always unpredictable, this time, the responsible skipper KL makes it look like consistent performers.
With these two teams about to lock horns after so much of wait for cricket, nothing gets even better for every ardent cricket fan.
This time we got into predictions, which might help in betting. It can guide betters, and the projections are based on cricketing terms and techniques. So let’s dive into the predictions.
Prediction on the top run-scorer
KL Rahul from Kings XI Punjab and Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals. The reason behind this guessing is their bolstering batting against the spin. The skippers of both the teams come in at the right time to score. KL Rahul will open for the Punjab based team while Shreyas will come in at two-drop for Delhi Capitals.
Among these two stellar batters, Shreyas has higher opportunities to score more, as Punjab’s spin bowling isn’t that good as Delhi Capitals’ as they possess Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, and Sandeep Lamichhane. Which, in turn, will have all the abilities to cut down the run-scoring elements from KL Rahul. But the Karnataka born batter is far superior to what we think can restrict him. He knows the nooks and corners to score runs, and it is believed that he can do it against the top-class spinners. Being a powerful spin hitter, Shreyas Iyer stands higher with the chance to score more runs in the second match of the 2020 edition.
Prediction on top wicket-taker
The Indian pacer in KXIP, Mohammed Shami, will have his deliveries speak at any wicket. Even the feather belt pitches will feel the seam of his deliveries nod concerning his upright release. With the six month hiatus, the Amroha born fast bowler might be ready to roar with his full potential, which in turn makes him the favorite to pick up more wickets in the game between Delhi and Punjab. Since Delhi’s top order is filled with Indian batsmen, Shami knows th well as he could have bowled for them more in the Indian camp.
The leg spinner Amit Mishra might give a tough competition to Mohammed Shami in terms of wicket-taking competition in the other team. The experienced leg spinner bowls all the essential variations to bemuse the opponent batsmen in the middle. As KXIP’s middle order is the majority of right-handers, the Delhi bowler will have his wrist do more work to spin the ball harder.
Prediction on Who will win the match?
On weighing both teams’ top order, KXIP looks deadly aggressive. With KL and Chris Gayle at the top, they look very strong for the powerplay overs. Even though they have this Indian top order in Delhi, they have to rely on Rishabh Pant to make big innings. On comparing the middle order batting, Delhi has the upper hand as they will have Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, and Ajinkya Rahane. It is a mix of brutal hitting and experience. On the whole, batting looks better balanced for Delhi Capitals.
In the bowling department, Delhi Capitals has a well-versed spin department, which involves Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, and Sandeep Lamichhane. And in the pace zone, Delhi has Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharm, and Marcus Stoinis. It looks strong and comfortable.
But KXIP needs to go with Murugan Ashwin and Mujeeb ur Rahman. One is not consistent, and one was struggling in the last season. Ravi Bishnoi, India’s young sensation, is in the list, but can he be as effective as the spinners of Delhi? Coming to the fast bowlers, except Mohammed Shami, there isn’t any strong figure to keep the attack tight.
Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:
Shreyas Iyer, the skipper being a big hitter of spin bowlers, has the majority of chances to go for most sixes. The skipper of Delhi has this effective lofted drives over the long-on and mid-wicket region with ease. Addedly he is also fluent with the offside lofted shots, which convinces that he has the most of the chance to be the most number of sixes under his name.
We should not forget the Gayle storm and (Maxi)mum on this list. But can they bring back the magic? If Gayle gets on a roll, there is surely no doubt that he will be the one to score the most number of sixes. But the bowling attack from the opposite team looks stronger this time. Will Gayle be able to do it against the top class bowlers at this time of his career? Well, that brings doubt. And about Maxwell, he loves fours too; even if he gets the touch on the pitch, there will be more four than the sixes.
Prediction on Man of the match:
Marcus Stoinis has all the ability to be at the top of the list to get the prestigious name. His three-dimensional skill puts him tall among all. As he had played some valuable games for Australia, his cricketing muscles would have got ready for those match-winning performances with both the bat and the ball.
Shreyas Iyer gets in this list very easily with his magnificent skillset and his urge to prove an Indian regular batter. The exposure he has obtained will make sure that he uses the UAE conditions at an utmost level, and this new form of rusty cricket from the players makes his head higher, as he is strong with the techniques.
To sum up
On the whole, with so much of balance in all three departments and the coaching brain of Ricky Ponting makes Delhi Capitals the favorites for their first match of this 2020 Dream 11 IPL.