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IPL 2020 Match 38 Preview: KXIP vs DC - Pant's return to further bolster formidable Delhi

#universeboss - Chris Gayle
#universeboss - Chris Gayle

It has been a seesawing contest between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, with Delhi upstaging Mumbai to the top of the IPL points table after their five-wicket victory against Chennai Super Kings in their last game.

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Dhawan steps up after Shaw's slump

Prithvi Shaw has had some poor outings and has failed in four innings, including two golden ducks, after he scored 60-odd. In the absence of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer and Shaw's poor, the onus has been placed on Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhawan has responded beautifully, scoring an unbeaten century on the back of a half-century. The opener remained unbeaten on 101 off 58 deliveries, hitting 14 fours and 1 six at a strike rate of almost 175. He was fortunate to be dropped four times by the Chennai fielders, but made the most of his luck.

Amazing Axar

It was Axar Patel who changed the game for Delhi in the last over. After keeping pace with the required rate, Delhi let it climb in the last few overs and with 17 required off the last six deliveries, Axar Patel got stuck into Ravindra Jadeja and took him for three sixes as Delhi were successful in getting over the line with one ball to go.

Earlier, it was a display of some fine pace bowling from Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Axar Patel also did a great job of containing the batsmen with figures of 4-0-23-0 and was a contender for the man of the match award, which went to Dhawan.

Pant and Hetmyer to be back

With Rishabh Pant having recovered from his thigh injury, he is expected to be back in the Delhi playing XI. This also means that he will don the gloves as Alex Carey will have to make room for Shimron Hetmyer, strengthening the Delhi batting line-up.

KXIP pocket two close ones

KXIP finally tasted victory in their last two fixtures against Bangalore and Mumbai, but it was a testament to their low confidence that both the matches went right down to the wire.

No changes for Punjab

Punjab are best adviced to stick to their playing XI with Chris Gayle having performed well with a half-century on his IPL 2020 debut. Murugan Ashwin and Chris Jordan are also doing a fine job of assisting Mohammad Shami and Ravi Bishnoi. And, Punjab have no reason to make any changes.

Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP):
KL Rahul(c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande

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