DC vs KKR 2021: Recharged Kolkata Knight Riders in way of fancied Delhi Capitals’ maiden IPL title aspirations | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: Eyeing a maiden IPL title, the fancied Delhi Capitals will face one other litmus check in the shape of a Kolkata Knight Riders unit brimming with optimism when the 2 sides lock horns in the second qualifier on Wednesday.
Delhi Capitals failed in their first massive check after they misplaced to Chennai Super Kings in the primary qualifier and one other defeat will imply there can be no extra examination for the sturdy squad, led by India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
Two-time winners KKR will little doubt take confidence from their victory towards Royal Challengers Bangalore in Monday’s eliminator that dashed Virat Kohli’s hopes of successful an IPL title along with his longstanding franchise.

If the emphasis is on momentum and peaking on the proper time then KKR will certainly fancy their probabilities in their subsequent outing, however their opponents’ assets and depth in lineup.
DC, who topped the league stage with as many as 10 wins for a complete of 20 factors, are effectively conscious of the duty that awaits them.
Since Australian nice Ricky Ponting took over as their coach, Delhi Capitals have grown from power to power as they completed second runners up in the 2019 version earlier than reaching the summit conflict final 12 months.

This 12 months there purpose is to do one higher and win the title.
They are one of essentially the most balanced sides in the event with a formidable batting line-up and a potent tempo assault that’s aided by seasoned spinners together with Ravichandran Ashwin.
In Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer, Delhi boast of a stable high order. Pant, together with Shimron Hetmyer, take care of the center order, whilst they missed the injured Marcus Stoinis’ prowess.
Dhawan (618) was the second highest run-scorer in 2020 and has already raked up 551 this season. His opening associate Shaw can be coming off a superb sport towards CSK.

On the bowling entrance, the South African tempo duo of Kagiso Rabada (2020 purple cap winner) and Anrich Nortje has proved to a dream pair, having scalped 52 wickets collectively in 2020.
Then there’s speedster Avesh Khan, who has taken 23 wickets to date in this season of the event, and he’ll again himself so as to add to his tally towards KKR.
DC have posted 5 wins in the UAE leg of the event however one of their defeats right here has come towards KKR, and what higher alternative for them to actual revenge than in the IPL playoffs.
It is less complicated stated than accomplished although, with Eoin Morgan‘s aspect having fun with an enormous reversal of fortunes in the Gulf after enduring a disastrous first half in India earlier this 12 months.
They nearly managed to sneak into the playoffs on the expense of 5-time defending champions Mumbai Indians, because of their higher internet run-fee.
Things modified for the higher after the Kolkata-based aspect landed in the UAE and if their efficiency towards RCB is any indication, KKR is raring to go and can wish to do extra than simply finish their marketing campaign in the playoffs.
On a pitch providing flip, KKR’s spin duo of Varun Chakravarthy (16 wickets to date) and Sunil Narine, who’s on a excessive after his excellent all-spherical efficiency towards RCB, will look to check the formidable Delhi batting lineup.
Batting hasn’t been KKR’s greatest power this season and DC will look to capitalise on that.
Up towards a potent bowling assault, the likes of Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi (staff’s high-scorer this season with 393 runs to date) and Morgan himself might want to rise to the event if KKR is to make the ultimate, the place Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s three-time winners Chennai Super Kings await.
Teams (from):
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmyar, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala, Pravin Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathy, Shubman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pawan Negi, M Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russel, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert.

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