Match number 59 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season will be played between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. This is the IPL Qualifier 2 and the winner will reach the final and face CSK. Notably, this is a second chance for DC, who were beaten in Qualifier 1 by CSK. On the other hand, KKR won the Eliminator against RCB to progress. Another clinical show against table-toppers DC (league stage) could see KKR make it to a third final.
DC ended the last game of the league with a last-ball defeat to RCB. And then against CSK, they couldn’t stop MS Dhoni, who helped CSK chase down DC’s target in a match that had its moments. DC played good cricket and turned things around but missed the bus. The IPL 2020 finalists will now hope to resurrect a few things and go all guns blazing.
KKR need to be praised for winning six out of the eight games in the UAE, including the Eliminator in Sharjah against a top RCB outfit. KKR’s belief and confidence have worked well in their favour and they have looked a different breed in UAE altogether. KKR bat deep and there is an experience on offer. The bowling, especially spinners have been superb on these UAE tracks.
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. 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, the form of Prithvi Shaw will be a pleasing one. He is back to his best and alongside Shikhar Dhawan, a promising start can be on the cards. If DC can set the tone, they have a rich set of batters to follow. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant have done well so far and played confidently. Then you have Shimron Hetmyer, who has been the desired finisher. Altogether, the batting looks solid. DC’s strength lies with the ball too. Axar Patel and R Ashwin will be the cynosure of all eyes given both are in India’s WT20 squad. In the pace department, Tom Curran is expected to get another game and you have South African duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to provide impetus alongside Avesh Khan.
KKR will go with the same XI that saw them win two must-win games against RR and RCB respectively. Shakib Al Hasan’s experience is what the side needed. His presence has let KKR not miss Andre Russell. Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine have been top class, claiming wickets and silencing batters in the middle overs. Lockie Ferguson has looked so fresh and is bowling with a serious pace. KKR bat deep and their batting has the attributes to win games. They have maintained a 100% record while chasing in UAE this season and if the situation arises once again, DC could be in trouble. KKR will hope to get past the line once again,
Probable playing XIs: DC vs KKR
DC probable playing XI:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Tom Curran
KKR probable playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Varun Chakravarthy
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Dinesh Karthik
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: Anrich Nortje, Varun Chakravarthy, Avesh Khan, Tom Curran
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
Venkatesh Iyer and Prithvi Shaw are the two batters who can feature in both sides. Iyer has been KKR’s best bet since IPL resumed in the UAE. He can be immense alongside Gill at the top for KKR. Meanwhile, Shaw has looked at his best in the last two games and deserves a shout.
Sunil Narine can be the top pick as an all-rounder. He has found his shape and swirls with the ball, hunting down batters from the opposition team. Against RCB, he played a match-winning role with both ball and bat.
In the bowling unit, Ferguson can be the real deal. He is fierce and crucial in terms of wickets. Meanwhile, Nortje can be a valuable pick as well. He enjoys bowling on surfaces in UAE.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Prithvi Shaw: The youngster has found his touch and is batting well at the top. Shaw can be lethal with his wide range of aggressive stroke-making. He has great hand and eye coordination and can dispatch bowlers for boundaries with a blink of an eye. With Dhawan in support, Shaw will be given the license to go all out.
Sunil Narine: The veteran KKR stalwart is enjoying himself and has taken his game to another level. With 14 wickets from 12 games, Narine has performed well in the last few matches. He has changed the complexion of matches on various occasions. He is the real deal.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Iyer can be a top pick. The southpaw gives KKR stability upfront. He is an able fielder as well, besides he can roll his arms as a medium pacer. You get so many factors from one player riding on. Besides Iyer, Nortje is the best customer. He has conceded less than six an over, taking 10 wickets from seven games.
The pitch in Sharjah has slowed down as the match progresses. Batting isn’t easy here and you need to be patient and pick the right balls. Bowling in the right places can help one lead his team to get a chance of claiming wickets. Both teams would like to chase here.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
In the previous two meetings this season KKR and DC shared the spoils.
The two teams have met each other on 28 occasions. KKR have sealed 15 wins and DC have pocketed 12, with one match ending with no result.
We feel KKR will get past the line here and enter the finale. They are playing with a lot of confidence and can trump DC on the given day.