- Kolkata clash with Delhi in Qualifier-2 today
- At StarSports from 7.30pm.
Sharjah: The Delhi Capitals, who are aiming for their first IPL title, will face a tough test in the form of the enthusiastic Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Last year’s runners-up Kolkata will take on Delhi in Qualifier-2 on Wednesday. The winning team in this match will face Chennai in the title fight while the losing team will exit the league. Capitals, who topped the table with consistent performances throughout the league, lost to Chennai in Qualifier-1. The Delhi guys had to put that defeat aside and bounce back. On the other hand there is no doubt that the two-time winner will be in the Kolkata Full Josh. The Knight Riders’ outburst is amazing, especially in the second phase taking place in the UAE. KKR, who beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator, looks very confident. Increasing the chances of success by exploding at crucial times in the match.
On the plus side, Morgan’s side have won all three of their matches in Sharjah. The Knight Riders look much stronger in bowling than in batting. Mystery spinner Narine has become a lion’s dream for rivals. In the eliminator against Bangalore, Kohli, Maxwell and De Villiers changed the course of the match with wickets. He also rained sixes with the bat. In the middle overs, Varun Chakraborty was bowling sparingly and slashing the scoreboard. The pacers Ferguson and Shivam Mavi have been batting with wickets since the beginning. While Venkatesh Iyer is playing a key role in batting, Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi are playing well. The loss of Morgan’s form is causing the team some concern.
Will Stoinis come?
The Delhi boys, who have been playing better for the last two seasons, are determined to go back to the title this time around. Capitals is a balanced team among all the teams in the tournament. While Dhawan, Prithviraj Shah and Shreyas Iyer are doing well in the top order, captain Rishabh Pant and Hetmeyer are doing well in the middle order. However, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is struggling in death overs due to injury. However, information that he is likely to be available for this match. While Nokia and Rabada were bowling, Avesh Khan became the wicket taker. Ashwin is not as impressive as expected .. He wants to be able to compete in a crucial match.
Delhi: Prithviraj Shah, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas, Rishabh Pant (captain), Hetmeyer, Stoinis / Tom Curran, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rabada, Nokia, Avesh Khan.
Kolkata: Shubhman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Morgan (Captain), Shakibal, Narine, Ferguson, Varun Chakraborty, Shivam Mavi.
The Sharjah pitch was sluggish and there were not many chances for huge scores. However, the teams that have been chasing the seven matches played here this season have won five times and the chances of the team winning the toss are high.