Kolkata Knight Riders will face off against Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier No 2 of the Indian Premier League. One of these two sides will be facing the Chennai Super Kings in the final of the IPL tournament. Both teams have been playing some good cricket in recent times. They will want to continue to do so for the next couple of games.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
A classic Sunil Narine show is what the Kolkata Knight Riders needed to end Royal Challengers Bangalore and Virat Kohli’s campaign this season. The bowling all-rounder picked four wickets in the first innings and then scored 26 runs off 15 deliveries, including the three sixes that actually won his side the game. All of Narine’s wickets were Bangalore’s big fishes – Srikar Bharat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. Kolkata won the game by four wickets. Brilliant live cricket from KKR.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have now won 6 off their last 8 games in the UAE. They’ve cruised from the bottom rungs of the table to the top four. The likes of Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana promise a lot at top of the order. With the ball, they still depend mainly on Narine and Lockie Ferguson.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora
The Delhi Capitals finished the IPL round robin at the top. They then lost to the Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1. The team have lost two games in a row but still look like one of the strongest this season. Opemers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are solid at the top with the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer to follow.
Their bowling unit on the other hand have been in perfect sync. Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada have led the way from thr front. Avesh Khan is also up there on the purple cap charts. Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel have also picked regular wickets.
Delhi Capitals Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Sam Billings, Shimron Hetmyer, Steven Smith, Vishnu Vinod, Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ripal Patel, Tom Curran, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Lukman Meriwala, Manimaran Siddharth, Praveen Dubey, Umesh Yadav, Shams Mulani, Aniruddha Joshi
Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals have faced each other 28 times in the IPL. Delhi have won 12 matches while Kolkata have won on 15 occasions.
The winner between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals goes to the final against the Chennai Super Kings. The loser will be knocked out. Well, on one hand there is Delhi who have dominated the season, on the other Kolkata are simply on a roll in the UAE leg. The much momentum the 2014 champs bring in the match, Delhi still seem to be the favourites
Date and Time:
October 13, 2021 (Wednesday), 7:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket stadium, Sharjah