Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders face each other in match number 41 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday.

Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders face each other in match number 41 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday. The match is being held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. KKR are in a place of bother, losing four successive games. They have three wins and five losses. Meanwhile, DC have three wins and four losses from seven games and are seventh at the moment. In their previous meeting this season, DC thrashed KKR.

This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.

Analysis of DC

DC have played well but not had the complete show in every game and find themselves outside the top four. The onus will remain on openers David Warner and Prithvi Shaw in terms of setting the platform for the side. Both are enjoying good runs with the bat. The middle-order relies heavily on Rishabh Pant, who is yet to fire at a level you expect. DC will back themselves here against KKR given that they mustered 200-plus runs in the previous meeting this season.

In terms of bowling, DC are well stocked. Kuldeep Yadav has done really well so far and has been amongst the wickets. The left-arm spinner will be aiming to continue the good work. In Khaleel Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shardul Thakur, the pace unit looks lethal and competent. Axar Patel and Lalit Yadav can influence the game as well. With KKR being inconsistent, DC will smell blood.

Analysis of KKR

The Shreyas Iyer-led KKR need to bounce back from four straight defeats. Against RR, they had the chase in control but faltered by playing the wrong shots. Against GT, they bowled well and it looked like a win from a position of bother with the bat but once Andre Russell departed, they fell short. Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana are the two experienced campaigners in that KKR side. Both have scored crucial runs. Andre Russell is a class act and needs others to rally around him. The issues remain with Venkatesh Iyer, who has been struggling. Rinku Singh needs to express himself.

Bowling wise, KKR brought back Tim Southee, and he delivered versus GT. Southee can be a viable option for the Knights given he has 10 wickets from three games. Umesh Yadav has gone dry in the last few games. Shivam Mavi adds able support alongside Russell. Sunil Narine is their main best, with an economy rate of just over 5. Varun Chakravarthy has been identified and bulldozed past this season. He is a worry, but KKR will still continue with the player.

Head-to-head record

Out of 31 matches played between the two sides, DC have gone on to enjoy 14 wins. KKR have claimed 16 wins. One game didn’t have a result.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

KKR predicted playing XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

DC predicted playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed

Which team is the predicted winner?

DC are the clear favourites in this contest. KKR’s confidence has taken a hit big time. KKR have been poor and have a lot to be left desired in batting. The bowling is inconsistent too. Meanwhile, DC couldn’t have asked for a better opponent in terms of getting the confidence back. They have the edge over KKR in both batting and bowling.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

Wankhede hasn’t produced many high-scoring affairs it is known for this season. Nine matches have been played here this season. The chasing side won the first four fixtures, while the side batting first won the next four before LSG then defended their score versus CSK. The wicket has averaged close to 170 in the first innings. Pacers can have a say by bowling intelligently.

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Warner has 5,668 runs in the IPL, including 219 this season from five games. Warner has 976 runs versus KKR and can become the second player after Rohit Sharma to hammer 1,000-plus runs versus them. Shreyas Iyer has hit 95 sixes and needs five more to reach a mark of 100.

The major bowling stats on offer

Narine has taken 149 wickets in the IPL and is one shy of 150. He has six scalps this season at an economy rate of just 5.37. Khaleel has 11 wickets in the IPL 2022 season from six games. Kuldeep has 13 wickets in IPL 2022 and needs two more to get to 15.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rishabh Pant (wk)

All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Axar Patel

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Tim Southee

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rishabh Pant (wk)

All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices

David Warner: The Aussie has enjoyed success versus KKR and is nearing the 1,000-run mark. He can be backed to have a solid game up front for the Capitals.

Andre Russell: The West Indian star has claimed 10 wickets this season, besides hammering 227 runs. This shows his all-round value. He is a true legend of the game and can enhance his offerings.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Shreyas Iyer: He has done an able job so far, scoring the most runs for his side (248). KKR need a captain’s innings from Iyer here as he will hope to lead the charge.

Kuldeep Yadav: The left-arm spinner has gained his confidence, and the performances have been telling on the field. He has made good returns this season.

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