The teams of Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face each other in Sharjah on Wednesday in Qualifier-2 of IPL-14. Delhi, which is in search of the first title, will have to face a tough challenge from Kolkata running in good form. This match will start at 7:30 pm Indian time. The winning team of this match will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final on 15 October.
KKR’s team is full of confidence after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Eliminator on Monday, while Delhi suffered a loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Qualifier 1. If the team led by Rishabh Pant suffers a defeat against KKR, then their campaign will end here.
If rhythm and showing off your top level game at the right time are the criterion, then KKR definitely has the upper hand. In the league stage, Delhi were on top with 20 points from 10 wins, but they know their road will not be easy against KKR.
There have been 27 matches between the two in IPL so far. Kolkata won 15, while Delhi got success in 12. Talking about the last 5 matches in both, Delhi has won 3, while Kolkata has won 2.
Delhi have registered five victories in the UAE leg of the tournament but the matches they have lost include a loss against KKR and the team will not get a better match than a playoff for revenge.
Delhi’s team has grown steadily since former Australia captain Ricky Ponting joined as the coach. The team finished third in 2019, while last year managed to make it to the finals. This time the team is going a step further and is trying to win the title.
Delhi’s team is one of the most balanced teams of the tournament. Apart from a strong batting line-up, he has an effective fast bowling attack, which gets a lot of support from legendary spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
DC: Prithvi-Dhawan Hope for a good start
The top order of the team is very strong in the presence of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer. Pant and Shimron Hetmyer give strength to the middle order. Dhawan was the second most successful batsman in the last season with 618 runs, while in the current season also he has scored 551 runs. His opening partner Prithvi (461) also performed effectively against Chennai.