KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab will kickstart their campaign in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) today when they square off with the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals in the second match of the cash-rich league at the Dubai International Stadium, reports Zeenews.
Both sides have failed to clinch the coveted trophy in the last twelve seasons and the two teams will now be determined to lift their maiden title heading into the 13th season of the lucrative T20 tournament.In fact, the two sides have managed to make it to the knock-out stages only once in the last seven years of the IPL, with Kings XI Punjab slumping to defeat in the summit showdown of 2014 edition and Delhi Capitals reaching the second qualifier last year.
The Delhi-based team are a much improved unit and they have shown their capabilities by making it to the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons in 2019. Heading into this year's IPL, they will look to come up with a much more better performance with number of young players in the squad this time aound.
Going into the clash, Kings XI Punjab hold a slight advantage over the Delhi-based franchise as far as head-to-head record is concerned.
The two sides have faced each other in a total of 24 matches in the IPL, with Kings XI winning 14 of them and Delhi Capitals emerging victorious on 10 occasions.
In December 2019, the Shreyas Iyer-led side bought eight new players at the 2020 IPL Player's Auction and spent Rs 18.85 crore in total, with the most expensive cricketer being West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer for Rs 7.75 crore.
At the IPL Player's Auction in Kolkata in December last year, the Punjab-based franchise spent a total of Rs 26.20 crore to purchase nine players. Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has made his way back into the King XI Punjab squad after being bought by the franchise for a whopping Rs 10.75 crore.