Delhi vs Kolkata, Qualifier 2: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face Delhi Capitals (DC) in the second qualifier tomorrow in IPL 2021. This match will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium from 7.30 pm. After a poor performance in the first phase played in India, the Kolkata team has made a great comeback under the leadership of captain Eoin Morgan. Like IPL 2014, the team can once again surprise everyone by capturing the title. At the same time, Delhi has been the most consistent team in this season. After the league matches, the team led by captain Rishabh Pant secured the top position in the points table. While Delhi will be looking to end their title drought in the tournament this year, Kolkata’s team would like to take another step towards their third IPL title.
Due to the experience of captain MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has already made it to the final of the IPL. Talk about league matches, the second phase of this season between both the teams was played in Sharjah itself. While batting first, Delhi Capitals had given a target of 128 runs to Kolkata, in response to which Kolkata won the match by achieving the target at the loss of 7 wickets in 18.2 overs. For Kolkata, Nitish Rana scored an unbeaten 36 runs, while Shubman Gill contributed 30 and Sunil Narine contributed 21 runs. Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine and Lockie Ferguson took two wickets each for the team.
In the first phase, Delhi’s team had won
At the same time, before this, the first phase of IPL was played between both the teams in Ahmedabad in India. In this match, Delhi won by seven wickets on the basis of the smoky batting of Prithvi Shaw. Playing first, KKR had scored 154 runs for the loss of six wickets in this match. In reply, Delhi easily won the match thanks to the explosive innings of Prithvi Shaw (82 runs in 41 balls).
What is head to head data
Kolkata and Delhi teams have faced each other 28 times in IPL. Looking at the numbers, there is not much difference between the two teams. Where KKR has won 15 times. At the same time, Delhi’s team has been successful in registering victory in 13 matches. Once again a tough competition can be seen between both the teams in this match.
Both the teams would not like to make changes in Playing 11
In this second qualifier to be played tomorrow, both the teams hardly make any changes in their playing 11. However, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in Delhi and all-rounder Andre Russell in Kolkata’s team may return. Any decision regarding the playing of these two will be taken after seeing their fitness before the match. In the top order, Delhi also has Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw who are playing great cricket. The middle order of the team also looks very strong due to Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer.
On the other hand, talking about KKR, after the victory against RCB in the Eliminator match, the team’s spirits will be high. KKR hardly make any changes in the team in tomorrow’s match. Like tomorrow’s match against RCB, KKR will expect a miraculous performance from their star all-rounder Sunil Narine in this match too.
What will be the mood of the pitch?
Compared to the previous season, the mood of Sharjah’s pitch has changed in this season. Mostly the wicket here has looked slow. In this season so far in most of the matches on this ground, the chasing team has won the match. Whichever team wins the toss here would prefer to field first.
Likely Playing 11- Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
Possible Playing 11- Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Tom Curran, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Nortje, Avesh Khan