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The 38th game of the IPL will see Delhi Capitals [DC] square off against Kings XI Punjab [KXIP] at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.

With Rishabh Pant still having not recovered from his injury, DC is likely to go with the same playing 11 that won against the Chennai Super Kings.

Here’s a look at DC’s predicted XI against KXIP-

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Shikhar Dhawan

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Shikhar Dhawan [Photo-Twitter]
Shikhar Dhawan has come back brilliantly in the last three games after an indifferent start to the tournament, where he wasn’t able to convert his starts into a big knock.

Dhawan has registered three consecutive 50-plus scores, the last of which resulted in a match-winning maiden hundred against the Chennai Super Kings.

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Prithvi Shaw

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Jofra Archer castled Prithvi Shaw for a duck (Credits: IPL)

After a good start to the 2020 IPL campaign, Prithvi Shaw has registered three back-to-back single-digit scores.

His last three scores read- 0,0 and 4- and he has been troubled by the fast bowlers of other teams’, something he’d hoping isn’t the case against Kings XI Punjab.

 

Ajinkya Rahane

IPL 2020: Match 38: Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals: DC Predicted XI
Ajinkya Rahane. (Credits: BCCI)

Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t been able to make the most of the opportunities that he has got in the absence of Rishabh Pant.

Rahane has managed scores of 15, 2, and 8 in the last three outings and he would be hoping to finally turn it on when he takes guard against Kings XI Punjab.

 

Shreyas Iyer [C]

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer (Credits: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer, the Delhi Capitals skipper, has spearheaded the middle-order with aplomb in the Dream11 IPL thus far.

In nine games, Iyer has scored 321 runs at an average of 40.12 and a strike-rate of 132.1. Iyer failed to convert his start [23 off 23 balls] into a big knock in the last game, something he would hope isn’t the case against KXIP.

Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis (Credits: Twitter)

Marcus Stoinis has been the revelation for the Delhi Capitals thus far. Stoinis has chipped in with both bat and ball at different stages of the tournament so far but in the last 2-3 three games, he hasn’t been able to give DC a whirlwind finish with the bat.

In the last game too, Stoinis failed to convert his start after having raced his way to a 14-ball 24, something DC will hope, isn’t the case against KXIP- a side against whom he scored a match-winning 53 before taking two crucial wickets in the last over to take the game to the Super Over earlier in the season.

 

Alex Carey [WK]

Alex Carey
Alex Carey. Credit: Getty Images)

Alex Carey got an opportunity to play in the 2020 IPL post the injury to Rishabh Pant. But the Australian swashbuckler hasn’t been able to make the most of his opportunities thus far.

Carey has thus far managed scores of 14* [9] vs MI, 14 [13] vs RR, and 4 [7] against CSK. With opportunities few and far in between, Carey will hope that he finally turns it on in the last game against KXIP.

 

Axar Patel

Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel
Axar Patel [Photo-Twitter]
Axar Patel, as Shreyas Iyer said in the post-match presentation after the last game, has been the ‘unsung hero’ for the Capitals this season.

Not only has he chipped in with the wickets and put a plug on the run-scoring during the middle-overs, but he has also chipped in with brilliant cameos. He showed that to the hilt in the last game as he conceded just one boundary in his four overs before he proceeded to smash three sixes in the last over of Ravindra Jadeja to seal the win for his side.

 

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Credits: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin has been absolutely sensational in the IPL thus far. Whether it’s bowling in the powerplay or during the middle-overs or at the backend, the off-spinner has hit his straps almost every game.

He had a rare off day in the last game as he conceded 30 runs in three overs without a wicket, something he will be hoping to shrug off against his former franchise.

 

Tushar Deshpande

Tushar Deshpande
Tushar Deshpande. Image Credits: IPL

Tushar Deshpande has made the most of the opportunities that he has got thus far in this IPL. In the two games that he has played, the fast bowler has claimed three wickets at an average of 25.33.

He was slightly expensive in the last game thanks to Ravindra Jadeja’s onslaught in the death overs, something he would be looking to put behind him when he marks his run-up against KXIP.

 

Anrich Nortje

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Anrich Nortje [Photo-IPLT20]
Anrich Nortje has been one of the brightest shining lights for the Delhi Capitals this season. The tearaway fast bowler has cranked up the pace and he has done that with searing consistency in his line and lengths.

In 9 games, Nortje has taken 12 wickets at an average of 23.25 and an economy rate of 7.75.

 

Kagiso Rabada

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Kagiso Rabada dismissed Andre Russell [Photo-Twitter]
Kagiso Rabada is the leading wicket-taker in the 2020 IPL thus far. In 9 games, the Proteas pace spearhead has claimed 19 wickets at an average of 14.42 and an economy rate of 7.68.

In the last game, Rabada became the fastest to claim 50 IPL wickets.

Also Read- IPL 2020: Match 38: Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Capitals: KXIP Predicted XI

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