In Qulaifier-2 of IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals will be taking on Kolkata Knight Riders, winner will get a chance to play against Chennai Super Kings in the final. KKR beat RCB in eliminator to make to the Qualifiers, whereas DC is coming from a defeat against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. Both teams will be looking play their best game to set their date with the IPL 2021 first finalists CSK.
Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals have probably played the best cricket in the tournament. The only thing this team lacks, is the consistency in their lower order batting. With Marcus Stoinis injured, team is dependent on the likes of Axar Patel and Ravi Ashwin. Top order batting of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyash Iyer, DC looks strong. In bowling line-ups, Rabada, Nortje and Avesh Khan can destroy any bating line-up.
Kolkata knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders led by English captain Eoin Morgan, have been immensely good in the UAE leg of IPLK 2021, compared to their India leg. KKR have won 6 of the 8 matches they have played in this leg, including their previous victory against RCB in the eliminator. One of the main reason behind KKR’s success in their quality spin-attack of veteran Sunil Narine and young Varun Chakravarthy. The only concern KKR have, is the injury of destructive all-rounder Andre Russell.
Predicted XI DC: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Predicted XI KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik (w), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy
Players to watch-out for
Prithvi Shaw and Sunil Narine
KKR are slightly ahead of DC in head-to-head matches with 15 wins over DC in 27 matches played between both teams. Whereas DC have managed to win only 12 times against two-times champion.
The Match will kick-off from Sharjah Cricket Stadium at 7:30pm IST. Star Sports Network will broadcast the live match on TV channels as well as streaming platform Disney Plus Hotstar.