Second-placed Delhi Capitals locks the horn with fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 42nd round of the Indian Premier League Season 13 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening.
The DC vs. KXIP game is set to take place at 3:30 pm (IST) with the toss at 3:30 pm (IST).
Aside from a win from the Delhi capitals qualifying for the play-offs with 14 points in their kitty, the Kolkata Knight Riders still have a crucial task of getting into the top four despite having hat-trick wins in recent league missions.
The Delhi capitals are competing in the wake of their loss to resurgent Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Meanwhile, KKR lowered their play-off qualification hopes slightly and suffered a massive defeat to RCB in the previous meeting.
Delhi capitals have more presence and depth in their squad
Delhi capitals will be happy with the batting form of Shikhar Dhawan, who is proud to be the first player to score back-to-back tones in the IPL. Dhawan’s opening partner Prithviraj Shah’s form is a matter of concern as the Mumbaikar has failed to open his account twice in the last four innings.
Delhi will be happy to see wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Bandh return to the XI to play again after returning from injury in the previous match against KXIP.
D.C. builds a punchline with the likes of Rishabh Bandh, Marcus Stones and Akshar Patel in their batting line-up, all of whom can hit some errands at the blurry end of an innings.
South African seam duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nordje will once again be their strike weapons with the new ball. Ace spinners Ravichandran Aswin and Akshar Patel are set to resume spin duties for the Iyer-led side under favorable conditions for the Tweekers.
Kolkata Knight Riders must challenge a compatible DC decor for both willow and white cherry
KKR, led by Eoin Morgan, will see the best performance from their strong batting line-up, amassing only 84 runs against RCB.
With Supman Gill and Rahul Tripathi getting off to a good start, the middle order of Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik and Morgan should support the efforts of the opening batsmen.
KKR wants Windies all-rounder Andre Russell to hit hard to deliver crackers with willow missing during the season
New Zealand Drew Speedster Lucky Ferguson has added meat to the KKR seam bowling section with some fiery spells from the last two encounters. Ferguson will need the support of Australian seamer Pat Cummins and Sivam Mavi or Prasidh Krishna to help the Knights make progress against the Delhi batting order.
Left-arm Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav and Varun Chakraborty are the spin duo of the Purple Brigade.
Here are the full squads for Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (capt), Chapman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wicket keeper), Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Locke Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakraborty, Sunil Narine, Tom Pantone, Mavi, Ringu Singh, Chris Green, M Siddharth and Nikhil Naik.
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stones, Sandeep Lamichen, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Aswin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimran Hetmire, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Mohit Sharma, Prithviraj, Rith, Lalith Keeper), Herschelle Patel, Chemo Ball, Enrich Nordje, Daniel Sams