Match – Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Qualifier 2
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Sharjah hasn’t been a tough one for batting, especially when the ball gets old. Hence, scoring runs in the first six overs will hold a lot of importance. The spinners are expected to make an impact. Chasing should remain as the way forward for both teams.
Avg first innings score: 137 (9 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 3, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
Bench: Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Tim Southee, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Vaibhav Arora, Andre Russell, Prasidh Krishna
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Tom Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Bench: Sam Billings, Ben Dwarshuis, Praveen Dubey, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Vishnu Vinod, Ajinkya Rahane, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith
Played – 28 | Delhi Capitals– 12 | Kolkata Knight Riders– 15 | N/R – 1
In the UAE
Played – 4 | Delhi Capitals– 2 | Kolkata Knight Riders– 2 |N/R – 0
Probable best batter of the match
Shubman Gill— Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill has played with precision for the Knight Riders in the 2021 edition of the IPL. In 15 matches, the right-hander has notched 381 runs at an average of 25.40 and a strike rate of 121.72. In the previous game against RCB, he took the Knights off to a brisk start. In the next game, the Fazilka-born Gill will again be looking to play a knock of substance.
Probable best bowler of the match
Varun Chakravarthy– Kolkata Knight Riders
Varun Chakravarthy looked a tad lacklustre when the IPL took place in India. But in the UAE leg, the spinner has come into his own. In 15 games, he has picked up 16 wickets. His economy rate of 6.40 is also the best among the regular KKR bowlers. Varun is also the leading wicket-taker for the Knight Riders in the tournament. The Capitals need to play him with caution.