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KXIP vs DC IPL 2020 preview: Kings XI Punjab face table-topper Delhi Capitals

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KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab will take on Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals on Tuesday in the Indian Premier League 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both sides will face each other second time in the IPL 2020. In the previous encounter, the Capitals registered a win in the thrilling Super Over.

KXIP is dominating over DC in terms of head to head clashes. Both KXIP and DC have played against each other in 25 matches in the IPL so far and Punjab won 14 times. KXIP is fully charged from their two Super Overs thriller win against Mumbai Indians. Punjab needs to win minimum of three games from their remaining IPL matches.

KXIP came back on track after losing their six games. KXIP in last two games have managed two successive wins over RCB and Mumbai Indians. The team is hoping to beat the table toppers DC, who already look set to enter the playoffs with 14 points from nine matches. With three wins, Kings XI Punjab is placed at the 6th spot in the pointstable with 6 points in 9 matches.

The Capitals are leading the IPL 2020 pointstable with 14 points. One more win would virtually qualify the team to the playoffs. Capitals are in good form and won four of its last five encounters. Apart from their top quality bowling attack, Shikhar Dhawan has led the way with three consecutive fifty-plus scores in IPL 2020.

Take a look at the Squads:

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (C & Wk), Karun Nair, Mohammed Shami, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, K Gowtham, J Suchith, Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Tajinder Dhillon, Prabhsimran Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar and Murugan Ashwin.

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Rishabh Pant, Alex Carey, Shimron Hetmyer and Tushar Deshpande.

Time: 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

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IPL 2024: Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler reveals he would love to see Shah Rukh Khan in his biopic

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Ahead of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) match at Mullanpur on Saturday, teammates Jos Buttler and Trent Boult discussed some of their favorite TV series, actors they would like to play their characters in a biopic, and some cricketing and Indian Premier League (IPL) favorites.

At Mullanpur on Saturday, RR and PBKS will square off. With four wins, one loss, and a winning run snapped by Gujarat Titans (GT), RR is leading at the pointstable. With 2 wins and 3 losses, PBKS is placed at the 8th position on the points table. They lost their last match to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

During an entertaining pre-game Q&A session, Buttler revealed the name of the Bollywood actor he would want to see play his character in a biopic. He said he want to see Shah Rukh Khan in his biopic.

When the Kiwi bowler was asked by the English wicketkeeper-batter what he had most recently looked up on his phone, Boult responded with a funny response, Trent Boult dismissing Jos Buttler.  

In response to a question concerning his most bizarre fan encounter, Boult said that Indian supporters go bonkers over their favorite players.

It is just selfies, waves and blowing kisses, which is weird, he said.

During the session, when questioned about one television program he could binge-watch forever, Buttler said Friends, a famous American sitcom from the 1990s that starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, the late Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, would be his choice.

Trent Boult also revealed that his favorite Indian player is right-hander KL Rahul, who is presently playing for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in theIPL. When questioned who player had the finest cover drive, Buttler took Virat Kohli’s name.

Boult was also asked during the session that what he what he would be if he was not a cricketer to which he responded, if he weren’t a cricketer, he would work as a postman.

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Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant becomes third-youngest player to reach 3000-run mark in IPL

Rishabh Pant-led team moved at 9th position after registering their win over LSG.

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The Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant reached an incredible milestone on Friday as he became the third-youngest player to reach 3,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In his team’s second win of the year over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), the left-hander smashed an incredible 41 runs off of 24 balls. The 2020 runners-up also moved up from the bottom of the rankings to the ninth slot with this win.

With the final delivery of the 12th over, Pant reached the milestone when he hit Marcus Stoinis for a four. He showcased an impressive range of shots, such as his leg play and scoops over third man. After Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill, the skipper of DC was the third-youngest player to surpass 30,000 runs.

Surprisingly, among the 25 batters who have scored more than 3,000 runs, he has the third-highest strike rate (148.4), just behind AB De Villiers (151.68) and Chris Gayle (148.96).

After Kuldeep Yadav returned, the DC bowlers did a fantastic job of destroying the LSG batting lineup at 94/7 with three wickets taken. But teenager Ayush Badoni’s bravery, who scored 55 off 35 deliveries, helped the Super Giants put up a respectable 167/7 total on the board.

The DC batters took over at that point and led this run-chase without any problem. In the seventh over, having lost both of their openers at 63 runs, debutant Jake Fraser-McGurk teamed up with Rishabh Pant to register his first-ever IPL half-century. Fraser-McGurk hit 4 fours and 5 sixes in his 55 runs for 35 balls. Meanwhile, KL Rahul stumped Rishabh Pant off a delivery from Ravi Bishnoi as he was very close to his half-century at 41.

However, the duo had contributed to making sure DC would easily meet the target; they also became the first team to beat Lucknow this year by successfully chasing a total of more than 160 runs.

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Gujarat Titans share glimpse of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, video goes viral

Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan. Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets

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The Gujarat Titans team’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations took place with a grand Dawat on Thursday.  The former IPL champions will face Delhi Capitals on April 17. During the ongoing break, Gujarat Titans took their official Instagram handle has shared a video of the team’s Eid celebrations. The video shows GT skipper Shubman Gill going towards the food buffet. Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra can be seen having a fun interaction with Rashid Khan.

Other star players including Sai Sudharshan, Umesh Yadav and Kane Willamson were already sitting and enjoying the tasty Eid delicacies and sweets. The video was captioned and that’s how our titans celebrated Eid. The Gujarat Titans Eid celebrations doubled after the team won the match against Rajasthan Royals.

The Gujarat Titans were playing at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium on April 10 and were up against an undefeated Rajasthan Royals team. The previous season’s finalists bowled first and found the early wickets of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. But Sanju Samson forged an important partnership with Riyan Parag and the two of them took their team to a respectable total of 196.

Rashid Khan bowled a disciplined line and length and was very economical as he only gave 18 runs and also took 1 wicket during his spell of 4 overs. Shubman Gill led the chase for Gujarat Titans scoring 72 runs in 44 deliveries. Gill took up the role as skipper after Hardik Pandya returned to his old franchise Mumbai Indians.

Gill’s journey as Gujarat Titans captain started well as GT beat MI in their tournament opener at the Narendra Modi Stadium. At the present moment GT has played a total of six games with three wins and as many defeats. They will be eyeing their fourth victory against a Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals team in their next match. As for Pandya’s switch to the Mumbai Indians, the former Gujarat Titans captain is slowly taking control of his team.

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