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The second leg of IPL 2021 is kickstarted with multiple nail-biting matches played between the teams. Match 41 of the tournament is set to be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Both the teams are strong contenders to qualify for the play-offs hence it will be important to see who will turn out to be victorious.
Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at the 4th position in the points table. Out of the total of 10 matches played, they have won 4 matches and lost 6 matches. They started the second leg with back-to-back wins but the streak was broken by the mighty Chennai Super Kings. If they want to qualify for the playoffs each match ahead will be crucial for the team. The teams include players who are in a great performance currently and are delivering consistent performance in every match. Some of these players are Rahul Tripathi, Venkatesh Iyer, Prasidh Krishna.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals is in strong competition against Chennai Super Kings to stay at the top of the points table. Capitals have won 8 and lost 2 out of 10 matches played thus almost confirming their ticket to playoffs. The team has some power-packed players like Rishabh Pant, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje who are performing well in the league.
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Out of the 27 encounters between these teams, Kolkata Knight Riders have won 14 matches while Delhi Capitals have won 12 matches while there are no ties, one match has resulted in no result.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE
Date: 28th September 2021
Time: 3.30 pm (IST)
The pitch at Sharjah is known to host some high-scoring matches as the stadium consists of short boundaries. Hence the bowlers have to be careful as there are chances of some hard-hitting shots by the batsmen. The dew might also affect the game hence the team winning the toss would like to field first.
The temperature at Sharjah Cricket Stadium during the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals is expected to be around 36 degrees Celsius. There are low chances of precipitation hence it is expected to be a bright sunny day.
Kolkata Knight Riders predicted XI:
Eoin Morgan( Captain), Shubhman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(W), Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
Delhi Capitals predicted 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
Iyer has scored 90 runs while playing just in two matches. His highest score is 47 not out. Thus fans are expecting a couple of good knocks from him in the upcoming matches. He has an average of 90.00 and a strike rate of 123.28.
Rahul Tripathi is the leading run-scorer of Kolkata Knight Riders with 306 runs from 10 matches. He is currently in great form and is expected to play some good knocks for his team in the rest of the matches.
Iyer is one of the star players of Kolkata Knight Riders and he has proved that with his bat. He has played 3 matches and has scored 112 runs. Fans are waiting for him to add more numbers to that total.
Russell is a key player for Kolkata Knight Riders as he performs well with his bat and bowl as well. He has scored 183 runs from 10 matches and has an average of 26.14 while he has taken 11 wickets from 10 matches and has a bowling average of 17.09.
Axar Patel has performed well in batting as well as in the bowling department in this tournament. He has taken 9 wickets from 6 matches with his outstanding spin deliveries and has a bowling average of 17.77.
Kolkata Knight Riders have a good number of quality bowlers. The leading wicket-taker of the team is the youngster Prasidh Krishna. He has taken 12 wickets from 10 matches and has an average of 29.25 and an economy of 9.11.
Avesh Khan is the leading wicket-taker of Delhi Capitals with 15 wickets in his kitty from 10 matches. He has an average of 19.13 and an economy of 7.55. He is one of the good bowlers of the team and more wickets are expected from his bowling spells in the tournament.
Both the teams are well balanced and hence the winning chances might be 50-50 for both the teams. Toss will be an important factor that will decide the fate of the match. Who is your favourite pick?