Delhi Capitals, who are looking for their maiden Indian Premier League title, will face a tough challenge from in-form Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second qualifier on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals had failed in the first major test when they lost to Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier.
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If the Rishabh Pant-led side loses against the Knight Riders, their campaign will end here. There is no doubt that the KKR team is full of confidence after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on Monday.
face to face
- Total Matches – 28
- Kolkata won – 15
- Delhi won – 12
- No Result- 1
Pitch and Weather: The pitch will be slow on which spinners can dominate. Batting is not going to be easy here but by taking advantage of this small ground in Sharjah, the batters can get runs through big shots. The temperature will remain normal where maximum is expected to remain up to 37 degrees.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakraborty
KKR:: The spinners have proved to be the key to KKR’s success, but the most dangerous of the spin trio has been Sunil Narine. Narayan has so far taken 14 wickets at an economy of 6.41, including four from the previous match. His bowling edge in big matches is worth seeing. Apart from this, in batting also, few balls have the ability to turn the tide of the match.
DC:: Avesh Khan’s performance in the Eliminator was not special, but just one match cannot reduce his importance. Avesh is second in the list of highest wicket takers this season with 23 wickets. Apart from this, he is jointly on top with Siraj with 147 dot balls. This uncapped pacer could spell trouble for the Kolkata batsmen.