KKR vs DC IPL 2021: Pant and Co aim to reclaim top spot; KKR eye comeback to maintain playoff hopes

KKR vs DC IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant and Co aim to reclaim top spot; Morgan eyes comeback to maintain playoff hopes as Delhi, Kolkata square off.
KKR vs DC IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant and Co aim to reclaim top spot; Morgan eyes comeback to maintain playoff hopes as Delhi, Kolkata square off.

KKR vs DC IPL 2021: Pant and Co aim to reclaim top spot; KKR eye comeback to maintain playoff hopes – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look to bounce back to winning ways when they take on the Delhi Capitals (DC) on Tuesday. The game will be in Sharjah and is expected to be a run-fest due to the short boundaries despite it being a slow pitch. Delhi Capitals won the reverse fixture in Phase 1, and Kolkata will look seek revenge and maintain their head to head advantage and a spot in the top four of the IPL standings.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) began their Phase 2 campaign with back to back wins over rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) but were defeated in the last game by Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Now coming into the game against Delhi, KKR are currently fourth in the points table, with four wins in nine games, ahead of fellow challengers Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians on net run-rate.

Delhi Capitals meanwhile are unbeaten in their two games of Phase, clinching wins over the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. The Capitals could move into the top of the table with a win and will be aiming to keep up their momentum as they look to be heading into the playoffs.

In the game earlier this season, Delhi chased down KKR’s total of 154 with 21 balls to spare, thanks to Prithvi Shaw’s epic 82 off 41. The Capitals opener hit six fours in an over off Shivam Mavi in the process, to hand a comfortable win in Ahmedabad.

KKR vs DC IPL 2021: Weather Forecast

The weather is expected to be warm and humid, with clear skies. The temperatures are likely to range from 29 to 39 degree Celsius. Considering the conditions, captain’s are likely to bat first despite the heat, as the pitch will wear down severely towards the second half of the second innings.

KKR vs DC IPL 2021: Pitch Report

The pitch at Sharjah unlike last year is slow and sluggish, making run-scoring difficult despite the short boundaries on offer. The new ball will be absolute key as it will come onto the bat during the field restrictions, before the game and the pitch slows down.

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KKR vs DC IPL 2021: Probable Playing XIs

Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada

Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy