In the previous meeting this season, the match was won by DC. They sealed a comfortable win.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 41 being played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. KKR started their IPL second phase with two big wins and then faltered against CSK in a last-ball thriller on Sunday. They are a side that is looking fresh and isn’t any pushovers by chance. Expect KKR to test a strong DC outfit, who like CSK are playing solid. The Capitals are second on the table and have 16 points from 10 games, double of what KKR have (8).

In the match against CSK which kept swinging both ways, KKR had the game under control before a bad 19th over cost them the match. Going into this game, KKR are expected to put up another valiant fight and take the game to DC. KKR need a win badly to enhance their playoff chances, especially after RCB’s win. With the fourth spot up for grabs, several sides are in the reckoning, including that of KKR.

The Capitals have a solid side on offer and the return of Shreyas Iyer has just bolstered the already heavy batting unit. Iyer has played two match-winning knocks since his return and is DC’s main character. The bowling of DC is what separates them from the rest. With South African pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje firing, DC have what it takes to hurt KKR. Not to forget the impact of Axar Patel, who gives nothing away with his left-arm spin.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).

Here’s the preview

The main issue for KKR is the form of Eoin Morgan, who has struggled big time with the bat. Him coming in at number four and looking lost against CSK was a big let down. KKR need to change Morgan’s position and promote Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik ahead. With Andre Russell had to leave the field against CSK and couldn’t bowl the 19th over. KKR will keep their fingers crossed regarding his fitness. They have Shakib Al Hasan, who can come in as a direct replacement. With the ball, the inconsistency of Prasidh Krishna is a worry for KKR.

For DC, Shikhar Dhawan holds a lot of importance. Their aggression and positivity are factors that have worked for him. He is the top scorer in IPL 2021. However, Dhawan hasn’t fired in the last two games and the focus has shifted towards Iyer and Pant. With the ball, DC have the desired firepower with Kagiso Rabada leading the line alongside Nortje, who is bowling fast and causing issues. Axar Patel is a handy customer in the middle overs. DC could once again miss the services of Marcus Stoinis with a hamstring injury. Lalit Yadav may keep his place.

Probable playing XIs: KKR vs DC

KKR probable playing XI:

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

DC probable playing XI:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Andre Russell
Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Varun Chakravarthy

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Varun Chakravarthy, Avesh Khan

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

In batting, the likes of Iyer and Tripathi fit both teams. Since coming back to the scene, Shreyas has been top-notch, playing match-winning knocks, On the other hand, Tripathi has been consistent for KKR and is a busy customer.

Axar can be picked as the main all-rounder. He brings a lot of attributes with the ball and fielding.

In the bowling department, Nortje is the main customer. He is bowling well and holds the card for DC. Varun is KKR’s ideal bet and is a dangerous entity.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Rahul Tripathi: The number three batsman of KKR is a must watch and brings plenty to the table. He is their highest scorer in IPL 2021 and can chip in with useful runs. Tripathi is a handy batsman for his side and promises several shots in his armory.

Shreyas Iyer: The Indian cricketer has come in and looked so fresh. He likes batting against KKR and the confidence with which he is batting means DC can get massive help by his presence. Iyer can change the game in a flash and play the big shots.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Nortje is a sound option. The fast bowler is bowling dangerously and has a real knack of claiming vital wickets. He is DC’s best bet with the ball and can be massive in terms of providing timely wickets. Varun can be the other answer in relation to vice-captaincy. His impetus will be crucial for KKR.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch in Sharjah is expected to promise runs however the games we saw here this season resulted in the pitch getting slower as the game progressed. Winning the toss will be crucial. Batsmen need to be patient and hit through the lines. The weather is expected to be very hot and humid which can test the players immensely.

What happened in the previous meeting between the two?

In the previous meeting this season, the match was won by DC. They sealed a comfortable win.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 27 occasions. KKR have won 14 to DC’s 12. One game didn’t have a result.

Match prediction

We feel KKR to come out on top here. DC are playing well but KKR have the confidence and the eagerness to bounce back from the defeat against CSK can work.

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