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In terms of overall head-to-head record between these two teams, Kolkata Knight Riders are ahead by a very slender margin.
They have beaten Delhi 15 times, while the Capitals have got the better of the Knight Riders on 13 occasions. In the last four meetings, both teams won two matches each.
Given that Kolkata are unbeaten in their last three matches and have a 100% win record at Sharjah, where this match will be played, they will be the favorites for this match.
Kolkata Knight Riders (-125)
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c, wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ripal Patel/Tom Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy.
In the Qualifier 2 of what has been, though in two phases, another fascinating edition of the Indian Premier League, Delhi Capitals will clash with Kolkata Knight Riders. The former, led by Rishabh Pant, finished as table-toppers, with 10 wins in 16 matches.
Courtesy of their consistency in the league phase, they will get an extra shot at a finals place, despite losing the Qualifier 1 match against Chennai.
Kolkata, on the other hand, have been the team to beat in the UAE edition. They advanced to the playoffs after finishing fourth in the league stage with seven wins, and in the Eliminator, Eoin Morgan’s team defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Marcus Stoinis has not recovered from his injury yet, and his absence is certainly hurting the Capitals.
After trying the likes of Steve Smith, Ripal Patel, and Lalit Yadav in his place, the Delhi management opted for an extra bowling option in Tom Curran for the Qualifier 1 match against Chennai.
Curran went for runs in the last over, but in his previous three overs, he did not do much wrong. If Delhi want to add to their batting firepower, they might include Ripal Patel in the playing XI in Curran’s place. Steve Smith is another good option, but Delhi are stacked at the top-order and Patel could play the finisher’s role.
Kolkata Knight Riders might miss the services of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, as he could be called up the Bangladesh team to join their bubble, ahead of their qualifier matches of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
If that happens to be the case, the Knights could turn to Andre Russell. The Caribbean star’s fitness is a bit of a concern, but he has been spotted training hard at the nets. KKR also have other alternatives in Tim Seifert and Tim Southee.
Shikhar Dhawan: Shikhar Dhawan has silenced his critics with his fantastic batting display in the second phase of IPL 2021.
He is currently Delhi Capitals’ highest run-scorer, with 551 runs in 15 matches, which includes three half-centuries.
The veteran did not have a great Qualifier 1 match against Chennai, but in the two matches before that, he scored 82 runs.
Venkatesh Iyer: Albeit not the only one, Venkatesh Iyer has been one of the main reasons behind Kolkata’s spectacular turnaround in the UAE phase of this tournament. The Indore lad has scored 265 runs in only eight matches, while he also has picked up 3 wickets. In his only match against Delhi, he picked up two important wickets and also scored 14 runs.
|Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Qualifier 2 Information|
|Teams||Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Location||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|Time||Wednesday, 13th October, 7:30 PM IST/2 PM GMT|
|How to watch||Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar, Sky Sports (UK), Willow TV (USA), SuperSport (South Africa), beIN Sports (Middle East), YuppTV (South East Asia), Fox Sports (Australia)|
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