Can the Delhi Capitals cease Kolkata Knight Riders’ dream run, or will the two-time IPL champions advance to the summit conflict?
The Kolkata Knight Riders have skilled a scintillating run in IPL Phase 2 that can give fairytales a run for his or her cash. When IPL Phase 1 drew to a detailed, the KKR facet was languishing at seventh place within the factors desk and had gained simply 2 out of its 7 matches. It appeared as if the two-time IPL champions may not make it to the Playoffs stage, and can as soon as once more be met with disappointment.
But then, KKR has scripted a exceptional turnaround within the UAE leg. The Eoin Morgan-led outfit gained 5 out of their 7 matches within the IPL second leg, and certified for the playoffs. The KKR facet produced an outstanding all-round efficiency within the Eliminator, beating the RCB facet with 4 wickets to spare, and are actually one match away from sealing their place within the ultimate.
And, it has been a collective group effort that has propelled KKR to the place they’re at this time. Venkatesh Iyer infused vitality into the facet with the way in which he wielded the willow within the KKR’s first two matches within the UAE leg. Rahul Tripathi has plundered 383 runs within the 14th IPL season and has scored his runs at a strike charge in extra of 140.
Shubman Gill has scored 381 runs, whereas Dinesh Karthik has performed some enticing cameos. With the ball, Varun Chakravarthy has been excellent. The right-arm spinner has picked up 16 wickets in IPL 2021 and has scalped his wickets at a miserly financial system charge of 6.40 runs per over.
And in fact, there’s Sunil Narine. You can by no means depend this man out. And, the West Indian stepped up for the KKR facet within the ‘crunch moment’, within the Eliminator in opposition to the RCB facet. Narine first scalped the 4 essential wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, and Srikar Bharat with the ball, ending with very good figures of 4/21 in his 4 overs. Narine then got here in and scored a quickfire 26* at a strike charge of 173.33 with the bat to assist KKR romp previous the end line.
On the opposite hand, the Delhi Capitals (DC) may not be so buoyant coming into Qualifier 2, because the Rishabh Pant-led facet has now misplaced its final 2 matches. And, what is going to harm DC extra is the truth that they’ve misplaced their final 2 matches regardless of scoring in extra of 160 on each events.
While it was Srikar Bharat’s last-ball six that noticed Delhi ending up on the shedding facet of their final league match in opposition to RCB, it was the ‘Mahi’ magic’, the place MS Dhoni turned the clock again and scored 18* off simply 6 deliveries, coupled with necessary half-centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa that allowed CSK to go previous the end line.
The DC openers are in good type. Prithvi Shaw has scored 48 and 60 in his final 2 innings and has scored 461 runs within the event at a whopping strike charge of 159.52, whereas Shikhar Dhawan is the third-highest run-scorer within the competitors, and has amassed 551 runs at a median of near 40.
Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer have contributed important cameos as nicely. The DC bowling assault has been rattled within the final couple of matches. The DC bowlers have conceded 339 runs in 39.4 overs within the final 2 matches, and have solely scalped 9 wickets in DC’s final 2 encounters put collectively as nicely. And, if DC desires to cease the KKR juggernaut, then their bowlers must step up.
So then, the winner advances to the ultimate, whereas the loser goes dwelling. Can the Delhi Capitals cease Kolkata Knight Riders’ dream run, or will the two-time IPL champions advance to the summit conflict?
Pitch and Conditions
It was evident within the Eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) that the pitch at Sharjah shouldn’t be a simple one for batting. The ball has stopped on the batsman, and run-scoring is difficult right here. Also, the chasing group has emerged triumphant in 6 out of the 9 matches at Sharjah. Teams successful the toss want to bowl first.
Playing Combinations for DC vs KKR
In spite of two back-to-back losses, the Delhi Capitals are unlikely to tinker with their enjoying mixture. They will go in with the identical facet that took the sector in opposition to CSK within the first Qualifier.
Predicted XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c and wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Tom Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have completely no must tamper with their facet. They will even area the identical enjoying XI from their final match.
Predicted XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson
DC vs KKR Head to Head
Played – 28 | Delhi Capitals – 12 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 15 | N/R – 1
DC vs KKR Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney+Hotstar