This article will discuss the probable XIs for both teams, match previews, Dream11 predictions, and the winning fantasy team for the 41st match of IPL 2021 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals scheduled to take place on the 28th of September 2021.
Delhi Capitals are currently in the top two positions in the points table with eight wins and two losses after their comfortable win over Rajasthan Royals in the last game will take on the Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders at Sharjah on Tuesday. DC has won the first meet between these two teams.
Kolkata Knight Riders started the second phase of this IPL by beating Mumbai and Bangalore teams before falling to the current points table leader, CSK. It was a close battle, though, but Chennai ended up winning Kolkata in the last ball.
It was a dream start for Delhi Capitals after a break from the pandemic as they defeated both Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals. Their bowlers are in top form that they have restricted teams really well in both the games. So, it will be a tough match-up against Delhi’s bowlers and Kolkata batters.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Pitch and Weather: It will be a decent batting surface here at Sharjah in the early part of the tournament as the pitch will be fresh to bat on. It will be the third game at this stadium in the second leg of IPL 2021. The pitch has played like a chasing wicket in both games so far. The pacers are getting much assistance from the surface in the first inning, and then the pitch is getting better for batsmen. The weather will be clear as no rain is predicted during the match hours.
Date & Time: September 28, 3.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XIs
Delhi Capitals will be unchanged after the comfortable wins in the last two games. Their bowling attack and batsmen both were on top with their performances. Axar Patel bowled a brilliant economical spell along with pacers who took vital wickets. Sikhar Dhawan started the second half where he left, and Shreyas and Pant finished things in style with their unbeaten knocks.
Kolkata played the same XI in the last game and will continue to do so unless they want to add more batting power to their lineup, as the venue has shorter boundaries.
Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Delhi Capitals are standing at the top of the table so they will start as favorites in this game. However, Kolkata Knight Riders are too a good side to ignore with their in-form players.
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Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan started this second leg from where he left before the pandemic. He is the highest run-scorer in this season, with 422 runs at an average of 53. Shreyas Iyer made a brilliant comeback with his knock of 47 in the last game. Prithvi Shaw is another pick that you will be tempted to look upon. Additionally, Shimron Hetmyer can be a surprise pick for your fantasy opponents. Pick these 4 batsmen only if DC bats first, otherwise 3 would do. From KKR, Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi are in some form that you can hardly miss in a venue like Sharjah.
Wicket-Keepers: Rishabh Pant is a must-pick option from the wicket-keeping section. Pant finished the game for his team with his knock of 35 runs against SRH recently.
All-rounders: Andre Russell. Period!
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada picked three wickets against Sunrisers in the last game. He will be eyeing to continue his excellent run with the ball in this game as well. Anrich Nortje, who had a brilliant outing in the last match, can be picked. Varun Chakravarthy is my only choice from Morgan’s side. You can add Sunil Narine by reducing a Delhi batsman if DC bowls first.
Fantasy Team: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Andre Russell, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Varun Chakravarthy
Captain – Shikhar Dhawan
The Delhi opener is the highest run-scorer in this ongoing tournament and in brilliant form with the bat, so he will be the best pick to captain your fantasy side in this game.
Vice-Captain – Venkatesh Iyer
I am betting on this young KKR batsman as his hitting can be too good for a venue like Sharjah, with better batting conditions and shorter boundaries. I know it’s a gamble against the in-form Delhi bowlers, but it will be worth a try!