DC vs KOL Dream11 Prediction: The ability to hit sixes will take center-stage in Sharjah when Delhi Capitals will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the evening game today. Both the teams have had a similar start to the season with 2 wins and a defeat against their names. Two points are crucial for both these teams to stay in the top half of the table. We will preview DC vs KOL Dream11 contest.
After winning first two matches, Delhi Capitals had to face a loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match. After losing the toss at Abu Dhabi, Delhi Capitals bowlers struggled to pick up early wickets and SRH set up their base for a competitive total. Only Kagiso Rabada and Amit Mishra picked up a couple each as SRH posted 162 runs on the board. In reply, Prithvi Shaw went back to pavilion in the very first over. After that, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer had a small partnership but no one did go big to anchor the run-chase. Rishabh Pant also struggled in the middle overs as SRH won the match by 15 runs.
The strategy of playing with 7 bowling options is working in KKR’s favor as they went on to win second consecutive match with the same playing XI. Batting first, Shubman Gill again gave them a quick start after the loss of Sunil Narine early. Nitish Rana and Andre Russell had starts but could not kick on and got out in their 20s. That hampered KKR’s search of quick runs but Eoin Morgan made sure that they had 174 runs on the board. In bowling, KKR’s pace attack absolutely ripped through RR top order with the new ball. RR could not recover from that early assault and lost wickets at regular intervals. Young trio of Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy had two scalps each as KKR registered a comfortable win by 37 runs.
In head-to-head comparisons, Kolkata Knight Riders do have a slight upper hand in the matches played between these two sides. KKR have won 13 matches while DC have managed victories on 11 occasions. In last 5 matches, Delhi Capitals have somehow turned the tide with a lead of 3-2. Delhi Capitals also beat KKR when both teams met last time in UAE during the 2014 season.
We are in Sharjah today and it is a six hitting ground. Short boundaries with a flat pitch signal a graveyard for the bowlers. Bowlers will have to use the new ball very efficiently to have a few inroads, if not then they will have to be prepared to get smashed. Big-hitters may get promotions today looking at the conditions on offer. Weather is expected to remain clear for the evening in Sharjah.
Fixture name: Delhi Capitals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 16, IPL 2020
Competition: IPL 2020
Date: 3rd October 2020
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Stadium: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Delhi Capitals: 01, Kolkata Knight Riders: 04, Tie: 00
Delhi Capitals: Matches- 3, Win- 2, Loss- 1, Points- 4, Standing- 2nd
Kolkata Knight Riders: Matches- 3, Win- 2, Loss- 1, Points- 4, Standing- 3rd
Delhi Capitals: LWWLW
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWLLW
Kings XI Punjab (223/2, 20 Overs) lost to Rajasthan Royals (226/6, 19.3 Overs) by 4 wickets, 27th September 2020.
Let’s take a look at the squad news and DC Vs KOL Dream11 predictions for today’s encounter.
WK: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Varun Chakravarthy
As per our Today Match Prediction, Kolkata Knight Riders are primed to win this encounter against Delhi Capitals. KKR’s hitting prowess is second to none in this competition and at a venue like Sharjah, they will have to start as favourites. In the bowling department as well, KKR have enough options if something goes wrong with any of their bowlers. But you cannot count out anyone here as we saw with Rahul Tewatia in the last match at the venue.