Match – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals – 41st match
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Time – 3:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Sharjah has been a spinner’s paradise and batting has been tough. The batters will look to score runs off the pacers. Chasing should be the way forward for the teams. Scoring runs in the powerplay will hold a lot of importance.
Avg first innings score: 141 (2 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1, Tied – 0
Shikhar Dhawan is among the leading run-scorers of the tournament, but the southpaw has strained a wee bit in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The left-hander has notched against the Knights 734 runs from 26 matches at a decent average of 29.36 and a strike rate of 118.96. His top score of an unbeaten 97 came at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata back in 2019.
Probable best bowler of the match
Varun Chakravarthy– Kolkata Knight Riders
Varun Chakravarthy has been exceptional for the Knight Riders in the ongoing edition of the T20 league. In 10 matches, the tweaker has picked up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.90. On a slow and low track at Sharjah, the Tamil Nadu-born cricketer is expected to be a handful. In the UAE leg, Chakravarthy has been tough to face and DC have to be careful.