Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) will battle it out in Match 41 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kolkata started their campaign in UAE on a positive note by winning two consecutive games. However, the team lost a last-over thriller to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their last outing. MS Dhoni-led side required four runs off the last over but a splendid final over by Sunil Narine took the game to the last ball wherein CSK won by two wickets.
Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, have carried their rich vein of form in the second half of the tournament. The team has won both their matches so far and is comfortably placed at the second position with 16 points. DC’s bowlers exuded some great character to defend the target of 155 against RR as the side triumphed by 33 runs.
Heading into this match, KKR will be aiming to get back to winning ways and further strengthen their chances of qualifying for the play-offs. DC, on the other hand, have their one foot in the playoffs and a win against KKR will confirm their slot.
Sharjah is a small ground thus defending here is a tough task. The slightly is slightly on the slower side thus setting a big target is not easy either.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c, wk), Lalit Yadav, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Iyer regrouped with the team in the second half of the tournament after recovering from a shoulder injury. The batter has made his come back in style by registering two impressive knocks for Delhi in consecutive matches. In the previous game against Rajasthan, DC’s top order struggled a bit but Iyer held fort of the side alongside Rishabh Pant. He played an innings of 43 runs and was also awarded the Player of the Match.
Rahul Tripathi has been exceptional for Kolkata. He is currently the highest run-getter for the side, with 306 runs in the tournament so far. His explosive and attacking batting approach is a great asset for KKR.