Delhi Daredevils (DD) will be meeting Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at I.S. Bindra Punjab Cricket Association, Mohali, for their opening match in the 11th season of Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) on 8th April 2018. This will be the first 'day game' of the season starting at 4pm (IST).
IPL 2018 Kings XI Punjab Preview: Squad
Total no of players: 21 (7 overseas)
Batsman: Aaron Finch, KL Rahul(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath(wk)
Allrounders: Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Manzoor Dar
Spinners: Mujeeb Zadran, Pardeep Sahu,R Ashwin, Mayank Dagar
Fast bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Ben Dwarshuis
Head Coach: Virendra Sehwag
IPL 2018 Kings XI Punjab Preview: Playing X1
1 Aron Finch/Chris Gayle, 2 KL Rahul(wk), 3 Mayank Agarwal, 4 Karun Nair, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin(C), 9 Mujeeb Zardan/Ben Dwarshuis, 10 Andrew Tye, 11 Mohit Sharma.
IPL 2018 Kings XI Punjab Preview: Squad Analysis
A completely different look from last few years and that is the most significant strength of this side.They have the firepower at the top and a trio of excellent spinners.They bought the U-19 sensation from Afghanistan, Mujeeb Zardan, who is a mystery bowler and can pick wickets.The likes of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair and Yuvraj Singh form a good batting line up. Added to that, with those like Aron Finch and Marcus Stoinis, the batting looks really settled. What they lack are some Indian pacers. Also, R Ashwin has not captained in the IPL before, and it will be interesting to watch how he fares as a captain.