KXIP vs DC: Players who could headline the tie
Both the teams have several stars in their ranks.
Let us have a look at the players who could make an impact and change the outcome of the match through their performance.
Can the opener put up another commendable shift?
KL Rahul was the star of the show against Mumbai Indians as he played a match-winning knock of 71*.
The wicket-keeper batsman looked a bit shaky in the first two games, but proved himself in the third.
It would be interesting to see if he can continue in the same vein against DC, with the match being played at home.
Aiming to take the momentum ahead
Along with Rahul, it was Mayank Agarwal, who had impressed with the bat in the last game against MI.
Mayank scored a 21-ball 43 to support Rahul in laying the foundation, which helped Punjab to chase down the total successfully.
Mayank would aim to produce another good show and prove to selectors that he can deliver the goods even in the shortest format.
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Will the spinner dominate again?
While Murugan Ashwin was the surprise inclusion in the XI, he did make an impact with the ball against MI.
He claimed 2/25, courtesy his lethal spin.
The game against DC would again be held in Mohali.
Therefore, it is likely that he would put the home advantage to some good use again, especially as the track turns in the second half.
Can Prithvi put up a glorious 'Shaw'?
Indian opener Prithvi Shaw stole the limelight from KKR's Andre Russell when he hit a 55-ball 99.
Although he fell short of his century by just a run, which would have made him the youngest centurion in the cash-rich league, there is no doubt that he can repeat the same in this tie.
A certain glorious show awaits from him.
Will the skipper steal the show?
DC skipper Shreyas Iyer played a healthy role in allowing DC to put up the fight against KKR in the last tie.
Iyer scored a 32-ball 43 and supported Shaw at the other end to script a perfect chase.
Iyer's innings did not go waste as DC won in the Super Over. And, he would look to steal the show against KXIP.
The pacer would look to terrorize KXIP batsmen
Indian rookie pacer Harshal Patel put up a reliable show with the ball when he did manage to put the in-form KKR batsmen onto the back foot.
Having claimed 2 for 40, he was one of the most effective bowlers in the tie.
However, with the match against KXIP away from home, it would be interesting to see how he fares.
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