KOL vs DC Prediction: Monday night’s action in the IPL saw Sunrisers Hyderabad taken on Rajasthan Royals. Sanju Samson led from the front and his 82 off 57 balls helped the Royals post 164/5. In reply, Sunrisers chased down the target comfortably with nine balls to spare. Jason Roy and Kane Williamson struck half-centuries.
The first game of the doubleheader today will see Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with Delhi Capitals. Delhi have already qualified for the playoffs and are sitting in second place. Knight Riders have to win this one otherwise they might fall behind the pack. The reverse fixture was won by the Capitals by 7 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals
Match 41, Indian Premier League
28 September 2021, 03:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
KOL vs DC Head to Head: There is not much between the two sides as KKR have won 14 and DC have won 12 times.
KOL – 40%
DC – 60%
Delhi have more or less qualified for the playoffs and KKR have more on the line today. Both have won two games in the UAE leg and have winning momentum on their side. KKR, however, will be missing the services of Andre Russell who has a hamstring issue. This shifts the balance slightly in DC’s favour. The betting sites seem to favour the Delhi Capitals.
Bet365: KOL: 2.10; DC: 1.72
Shakib Al Hasan should replace Andre Russell in the side. He had a good series with the ball versus New Zealand recently. He is no muck with the bat either and should be playing in the middle order. Overall, he has 784 runs and 61 wickets in 66 games.
Prithvi Shaw has been devastating in the powerplay overs. He could make good use of the short boundaries on offer. He has 329 runs in 10 innings at a striker rate of 160.
Anrich Nortje has bowled the top eight fastest balls in this year’s IPL. Nobody can match his pace. He is consistently ticking the wickets column. He has 4 wickets in two games at an economy of just 3.75.
KOL Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
DC Playing XI
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C/WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan.
The surface’s behavior has changed dramatically, as seen by the low-scoring contest between Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous match. Only 125 was scored in the first innings which was defended. The spinners are getting some joy on this pitch. It will be interesting to see which track is used today.
If KOL bats first: 150-160
If DC bats first: 160-170
It is going to be a tough day ahead at Sharjah for both teams due to the weather elements. With clear skies and the sun bearing down relentlessly, the temperature during the start of the match shall be 37 degrees Celsius and due to light wind and slightly higher humidity levels as compared to previous matches, it is going to feel like 44-45 degrees Celsius. It will cool down by two or three degrees as the sun goes down but by then the team fielding first would require a lot of hydration to keep fit and motivated for their batting effort.
WICKET-KEEPERS: R Pant
BATSMEN: S Dhawan, R Tripathi, P Shaw, S Gill
ALL-ROUNDERS: S Al Hasan, S Narine
BOWLERS: K Rabada, P Krishna, A Nortje, V Chakravarthy
Captain choices: S Al Hasan, P Shaw
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