The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness the Delhi Capitals face Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 25 on Monday.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness the Delhi Capitals face Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 25 on Monday. The match is set to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. DC have fared well so far and are third in the IPL 2021 standings. Their last two games have been close. After winning a Super Over against SRH, the Capitals lost against Royal Challengers Bangalore by one run. Meanwhile, KKR lost four on the bounce before sealing a crucial win against PBKS in their sixth match. This game promises to be interesting as both teams will eye two crucial points.

After suffering a batting collapse against RR, DC responded well against Punjab. They were hammered early on before coming back to restrict PKBS under 200. The batting charge was led by Shikhar Dhawan, who smashed 92. Dhawan’s heroics helped DC complete a stellar win. They went on to beat MI next by six wickets and Dhawan was once again in the scheme of things. And then against SRH, DC faltered a bit from a position of comfort but held their nerves in the Super Over. Against RCB, the Capitals saw Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer score fifties but RCB managed to hold on after posting 170-plus.

After a batting failure MI from a position of comfort, KKR were outplayed in all three departments by the RCB. And then against CSK, KKR not only conceded 220 but also suffered in their chase after a collapse in batting. They were outplayed by RR next in all three departments. After giving away in excess of 200-plus runs in two straight games, KKR lacked the bite against RR with some ordinary bowling as well. However, things looked good against PBKS as KKR enjoyed a dominating show with the ball especially. They chased down the game but the openers were exposed once again. This is an issue for the side.

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. 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

For DC, Dhawan holds a lot of importance. Their aggression and positivity are factors that have worked for him. The likes of Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant, and Marcus Stoinis will look to offer substance in the middle. Dhawan will look to bat deep and anchor the innings, he will need support. With the ball DC have the desired firepower with Kagiso Rabada leading the line alongside Chris Woakes. Avesh Khan has been superb. Amit Mishra is doing a fine job as well and is a prime asset. The return of Axar Patel boosts DC. They are a strong team and will hope to count on the positives. Ishant Sharma’s return is another plus. DC have the attributes to hurt KKR and have dominated the scenes against them in recent games.

KKR saw Shivam Mavi do a decent job against RR and PBKS and he is expected to lead the line once again.  KKR could go with the same XI that beat PBKS. There is a question mark of openers Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill. Also, Narine hasn’t fired with the bat. KKR will hope that the 40-plus score Eoin Morgan got against PBKS helps his confidence. They need to use the conditions and bat wisely. KKR need another good show with the ball. They have been inconsistent as to the liking, it’s a department that has plagued them like last season. Morgan needs to be more decisive in his approach and make sound decisions. He has to fire with the bat as well. Prasidh Krishna has done well but needs consistency He has to support Varun Chakravarthy. For KKR, they need partnerships in both bowling and fielding. It’s a match they will target two crucial points.

Probable playing XIs: DC vs KKR

DC probable playing XI:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma

KKR probable playing XI:

Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson/Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

KKR lost four on the bounce before sealing a crucial win against PBKS in their sixth match.

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Andre Russell

Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Against RCB, the Capitals saw Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer score fifties but RCB managed to hold on after posting 170-plus.

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Prithvi Shaw, Eoin Morgan

All-rounders: Axar Patel, Andre Russell

Bowlers: Amit Mishra, Shivam Mavi, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada

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

Shikhar Dhawan is a must in the line-up. He has been in top form across the last three seasons. The IPL 2021 has gone well for Dhawan, who is the Orange Cap holder with 265 runs.

Rahul Tripathi has been consistent for KKR, hitting useful scores. He brings value.

In the bowling department, Varun and Avesh should be selected. Both have done an able job so far.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain Choices

Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan has been top-notch for DC and the manner in which he has timed the ball has been exquisite. He has been aggressive rather than just hanging around. He has scored bulk of DC’s runs and the performances have been of utmost significance.

Amit Mishra: The spinner has been amongst the wickets and his bowling has been top-notch. He can be counted upon to provide the desired fireworks DC need.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain Choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Pant is a sound option. He will be eager to contribute after a good looking fifty against RCB. Prithvi Shaw can be used as well. He is a promising player and gives his best on the field.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch at the Motera will support batting at large. However, there will be enough swing for pacers and with things being on the slower side, spinners will have a say as well. Change of pace is crucial here. The temperature will be on the higher side and it will be humid.

Motera stats

Looking at the T20Is played here, the average first innings score is close to the 180 mark. That’s a par score here. However, the IPL match here between PBKS and KKR saw the former score just 123.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 26 occasions. KKR have won 14 games and DC have pocketed the remaining 11. One game didn’t have a result. These two teams met twice in IPL 2020 and DC won the first encounter before KKR struck back.

Match prediction

We feel DC can get past the line here. They have a better batting unit.

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