The second leg of UAE has thrown up big surprises. Kolkata Knight Riders have staged a wonderful comeback in UAE. Their back-to-back wins against Bangalore and Mumbai has thrown up the competition. DC on the other hand, have one feet in the playoffs already. They will not want to take foot off the pedal against KKR, lets discuss more about KKR vs DC Match.
KKR vs DC: Form preview
KKR 2.0 in UAE:
Kolkata Knight Riders have arrived with a purpose in UAE. They were sitting with just 2 wins in 7 games before the 2nd phase started. But to everyone’s surprise, they came out with an all-out aggressive approach. They dismantled both Bangalore and Mumbai. KKR found themselves in the top 4 of the table with those heavy wins. They will surely look to challenge Delhi Capitals.
Delhi look even stronger in UAE:
Delhi Capitals look visibly stronger in the 2nd phase of IPL in UAE. The return of Shreyas Iyer has surely bolstered the squad. Iyer’s return has enabled CSK to field their fearsome overseas pace duo together. Anrich Nortje has already set the stage on fire with his scorching pace. Kagiso Rabada is back to his wicket-taking ways while Avesh Khan has beautifully completed the pace troika. They have had little trouble in going past Hyderabad and Rajasthan. DC look ready for the title this year.
KKR vs DC: Favourites?
Delhi Capitals are yet to play the perfect game. The fact that they have still gone on to win 4 games speaks a lot about their strength in the squad. KKR too seemed to have found their mojo back with the win over DC. It promises to be a battle of character for both teams. KKR’s newfound voice makes them favourite for this game.
Which players will be match-winners in this game?
Sunil Narine has a great match-up against Delhi and KKR will count on his experience.
Prithvi Shaw will fancy his chances against KKR’s bowling attack. He has a strike rate of 184 in the powerplay this season which is better than any other batsman.
Anrich Nortje is sure going to trouble a lot of opening batsman in the IPL. He might prove to be too good for KKR’s top-order.
Varun Chakravarthy will be KKR’s trump card in this game.
Probable Playing XI:
Kolkata Knight Riders predicted XI:
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Delhi Capitals predicted XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis/Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
What do stats say about KKR vs DC?
KKR and DC have played 27 IPL games against each other.
KKR has won 14 games. DC has won 12 matches.
KKR’s highest score against DC is 210. DC’s highest score against KKR is 228.
KKR’s lowest score against DC is 97. DC’s lowest score against KKR is 98.
Sharjah pitch has behaved strangely. It hasn’t been a true surface. Batsmen have failed to get going. Teams will find it difficult to chase a par score in these conditions.
A high of 37 degrees and a low of 31 degrees is expected. There are no chances of rain. Dew might have its say later in the innings.
Teams batting first have won 60% of the games at this venue. But of late owing to the dew, teams have preferred chasing at this venue. Average scores come up to a high 170 at this venue. A score of around 180+ will be par at Sharjah.
It is a battle between DC’s resolve and KKR’s resurgence. We believe KKR has an edge in this game.