IPL 2020: Stoinis’s quickfire 53 guides DC to 157/8 against KXIP

Chris Gayle KL Rahul KXIP. IPL 2020

Captain vs Captain: The youngest vs the least experienced Teams have arrived at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and are warming up ahead of the start.

Dubai, Sep 19 (IANS/GloFans) The second game of the 13th Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played between two of the most inconsistent performers of the tournament till date - Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The team showed faith in Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, James Neesham, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan and youngster Ishan Porel.

Pant has often been criticised for throwing away his wicket cheaply, but Ponting says the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman knows his responsibilities and will rise to the occassion.

"The team has been fantastic, we've been getting along great and are looking forward to playing a good brand of cricket and making this season a memorable one. Staying indoors was hard, but it also gave us time to think about our strategy, Maxwell, Pooran, Jordan and Cottrell are our four overseas players", Rahul said after winning the toss. Shreyas Iyer echoed Rahul's thoughts and said, "We would have bowled first as well".

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. Image Credit Getty Images

Unbeaten at this venue in the five matches that they've played so far, Punjab have handed debut to England's Chris Jordan, West Indies' Sheldon Cottrell and rookie Indian spinner Ravi Bishnoi.

The settled pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are set to take that role for Delhi Capitals, who are also stacked in middle order with the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis and Pant. If the Universe Boss scores 16 runs, then he will become the only second second foreign player after David Warner to do so. At the time of writing this article, there hasn't been any official confirmation on Gayle's absence.

Why KL Rahul made a decision to go without Chris Gayle was not asked to him at the toss.

But the franchise won't let the veteran to warm benches. Considering Nicholas Pooran's potential, Punjab might be tempted towards giving him a longer run.


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