Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab

2nd Match (N), Indian Premier League at Delhi, Mar 30 2020
Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab


When you think of big IPL clashes, DC vs KXIP will probably not be the first game that comes into your head. However, this could be a real game of significance in the coming years, as both teams but in particular, the Delhi Capitals, look to make their mark as they try to lift their first IPL title. Neither team have won a title yet, back in 2014 the Kings XI finished runners up in the final after winning the regular season while the Delhi Capitals have never even made it to a final, can they change that?

Winning an IPL title may feel like a long way off for these two franchises right now, but it is something to work towards and focus on, which is exactly what the Capitals started to do back in 2019. They changed their name from the Delhi Daredevils to the Delhi Capitals, with the hope of changing the culture and attitude around the team.

The Capitals play their home games at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, and fans who attend regularly would love to see success come to New Delhi. Things looked a little better last season; we saw the team perform pretty well overall, although they could not reach their first-ever IPL final, something that is the aim for them moving forward into 2020.

Kings XI Punjab play their games at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, although since 2010 they have been playing selected game at Indore and Dharmsala. Their most successful season to date was back in 2014, and they would love to eventually recapture that and go one better. They won the regular season before contesting the IPL final, but that was a game they lost out in, with the Kolkata Knight Riders coming out on top to win their second title.

Away from that season, it hasn’t ben good for the team, with only one other playoff appearance to their name. Both of these teams have aspirations to be better than we have seen so far, with an IPL title the ultimate goal for them, but is that a step too far for these franchises with how they look at the moment?

Last 5 matches:      

DC vs KXIP 2019

The DC vs KXIP 2019 meeting was a very close affair, with the Delhi Capitals coming out on top by a small margin. The Kings XI went into bat first, and they put 163/7 on the board from 20 overs, mainly thanks to Chris Gayle scoring 69 from 37 balls to get his team off to the best possible start at the top of the order. Sandeep Lamichhane did his best to slow down the Kings XI with his bowling; he took three wickets on the day despite conceding runs at ten an over.

In the second innings, it was two players who scored half-centuries which helped the Delhi Capitals to victory. Man of the match Shreyas Iyer was the one to finish things off, he scored an unbeaten 58 from 49 deliveries. Helping him defeat the Kings XI was Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 56 runs from 41 balls in the win, which came with two balls to spare but Delhi never looked in too much trouble throughout their innings, you always believed that they would get there. Hardus Viljoen was the one shining light of the Kings Xi Punjab attack, taking two wickets in the game from his four overs, but it was not enough to slow down the Capitals and prevent them from winning. 

After the first meeting of the 2019 season was won by Kings XI Punjab at home, the Delhi Capitals won their home game to even things up. That was the first season since the name change, so the Capitals are tied at 1-1 with the Kings XI coming into the new season.

While both teams have aspirations to do better, it is unlikely they will both improve enough for that. If it is the Capitals that push on and perform to an even higher standard next year, then it is the games like this one they need to be winning. Instead of tying the season series, they will be looking to win both games against Punjab in 2020.

Its a close contest overall. The transfer widow and IPL auction will tell us more.

DC vs KXIP Head to Head

Generally speaking, these two teams have spent most of their time evenly matched and towards the bottom of the IPL standings. When you take a look at the overall DC vs KXIP head to head record, you will see that they have been closely matched in the past, although one team does have a slight advantage. The figures below include when the Delhi Capitals were previously called the Delhi Daredevils to give the whole picture when you weigh up what has happened between these two franchises.

Games played: 24

Delhi Capitals wins: 10

Kings XI Punjab wins: 14

As you can see from the above figures, there is little to choose between these two teams although the Kings XI do have a slight advantage with 14 wins compared to the 10 that Delhi has picked up. It is worth noting that the gap between these two teams has only really come over the past few seasons. Before their victory last season, Delhi had lost their previous four games against Kings XI Punjab which helped the Kings XI pull away in the head to head standings.

Last season was the first since the name change by Delhi, and they ended the season with a 1-1 tie in the series of games. If they are serious when it comes to mounting an IPL title challenge, winning games against the likes of Kings XI Punjab will become a necessity. Those who want to join the elite in Indian cricket are capable of beating the lower-ranked teams more often than not, something Delhi need to add to their game.

With things relatively even overall, can either team pull clear, win some games and mount a serious IPL title challenge?

Apr 1, 2019 – 13th Match at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh (night)

Kings XI Punjab 166/9 (20 ov) vs Delhi Capitals 152 (19.2/20 ov)

Kings XI Punjab won by 14 runs

Best Batsman: David Miller 43 (30) & Best Bowler: Sam Curran 4/11 (2.2)

DC vs KXIP Results

YearWinnerWon byVenue
2019Delhi Capitals5 WicketsDelhi
2019Kings XI Punjab14 RunsMohali
2018Kings XI Punjab6 WicketsMohali
2018Kings XI Punjab4 RunsDelhi
2017Delhi Daredevils51 RunsDelhi
2017Kings XI Punjab10 WicketsMohali
2016Delhi Daredevils8 WicketsDelhi
2016Kings XI Punjab9 RunsMohali
2015Delhi Daredevils5 WicketsPune
2015Delhi Daredevils9 WicketsDelhi
2014Kings XI Punjab4 WicketsDelhi
2014Kings XI Punjab7 WicketsMohali
2013Kings XI Punjab5 WicketsDelhi
2013Kings XI Punjab7 RunsDharamsala
2012Delhi Daredevils5 WicketsDelhi
2012Delhi Daredevils6 WicketsDharamsala
2011Delhi Daredevils29 RunsDelhi
2011Kings XI Punjab29 RunsDharamsala
2010Delhi Daredevils5 WicketsMohali
2010Kings XI Punjab7 WicketsDelhi
2009Delhi Daredevils10 WicketsCape Town
2009Kings XI Punjab6 WicketsBloemfontein
2008Kings XI Punjab4 WicketsMohali
2008Kings XI Punjab6 RunsDelhi