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IPL 2021 Playoffs: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Preview, Prediction and Fantasy XI

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Today’s IPL 2021 Qualifier 2 match will be between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders. This fixture will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium at 7:30 pm. Fans all around the world will be excited as the winner of this match will reach the finals of IPL 2021.

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Delhi Capitals

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Delhi Capitals are coming off a loss against Chennai Super Kings in qualifier 1.They squandared a good chance to win and reach the finals as they made a good come back in the last 5-10 overs of the second innings. Their only concern lately has been the death bowling as they have leaked many runs in the last few games.

However, their batting order looks good as there are two-three players in the top six who are contributing a good amount of runs.

Kolkata Knight Riders

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KKR have been extremely dominant in Sharjah and the last few matches are prime examples. Their bowling attack has restricted a brilliant RCB batting lineup for 138 and demolished the Royals batting order for 85. So everything is going well for Kolkata as both their batting and bowling departments are blooming. However, Morgan and Karthik have been unable to contribute much with the bat and that could be the deciding factor in today’s game.

Prediction for the IPL 2021 Match between Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders

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Kolkata have a great record at Sharjah as they have won all three of their matches at this venue. However, Delhi Capitals are likely to win this contest because they have a better all-around balance in the squad. Moreover, Kolkata’s middle-order woes would make it difficult for them to reach a big total.

Fantasy XI for this IPL 2021 Qualifier 2

Venkatesh Iyer 9.5 Cr Captain

Venkateah Iyer’s all round abilities is a great asset for Kolkata. Moreover, the opener is in scintillating form which made me select him as the captain for today’s game.

Sunil Narine 9.5 Cr Vice Captain

Sunil Narine was exceptional with the ball against Bangalore. He picked up 4 wickets and scored a match-winning 26 off 15 balls that helped Kolkata progress in the playoffs. So one can expect him to deliver similar performance at Sharjah against DC.

Lockie Ferguson 9 Cr

Ferguson has taken 12 wickets for Kolkata in the UAE phase of IPL 2021 which is commendable considering the fact that he didn’t play two games due to injury. As a result, the Kiwi pacer will play a big role today.

Shubhman Gill 8.5 Cr

Gill played a good knock against RCB that gave Kolkata a good platform to chase a tricky total of 138. The opener will be very crucial today as this match is played in Sharjah once again. And he has scored good runs on this pitch.

Nitish Rana 9 Cr

Rana could score big as the left handed batsman can come in early if Delhi picks up a wicket in the powerplay. And this Sharjah pitch has been easier to bat in the initial 10 overs. Therefore I have selected Nitish Rana in this lineup.

Rishabh Pant 9.5 Cr

The Delhi Capitals captain has been instrumental in his team’s success. Pant has played some great knocks and one can expect him to play a captain’s knock against Kolkata.

Shimron Hetmyer 8.5 Cr

Hetmyer has helped Delhi score big in the last five to eight overs in the recent games. The West Indian has consistently scored 25-40 runs which is great for any fantasy user.

Andre Nortje 9 Cr

Nortje has picked up crucial wickets at the top to give Delhi a great start. Therefore he is included in the side because of his efficiency and consistency.

Avesh Khan 9 Cr

Avesh Khan has been Delhi’s top wicket-taker this season and a couple of bad games do not define his season. Therefore he will likely deliver in a must-win game against Kolkata.

Prithvi Shaw 8.5 Cr

Shaw gave Delhi a flying start in the qualifier against Chennai. The opener has found his form and it would be great if he continues his run against Kolkata. Moreover, Shaw can take advantage as KKR bowlers were toothless in the eliminator against RCB that took place in Sharjah.

Shikhar Dhawan 10 Cr

Dhawan plays extremely well against spin and he could score big against Kolkata who have three spinners. As a result, one can expect him to give DC a good start today.


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