Both teams lost their last match and are expected to give a tough competition to each other in this game. The two times champion KKR failed miserably in their last match against RCB. Whereas DC lost their last match against KXIP. KKR needs to win this game to present a solid contendership for the playoffs in this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Date: Oct 24, 2020
Time: 03:30 PM
The 42nd match of IPL 2020 will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Kolkata Knight Riders was defeated by Royal Challengers Banglore in their last match. At present they are at 4th position on the points table. They won 5 games from 10 matches. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, are looking strong in this season. They lost their last match against KXIP. DC has won 7 out of their 10 matches and are placed at the 2nd position on the points table. Delhi Capitals will be starting as favourites to win this game against Kolkata Knight Riders.
The skies will stay clear with zero chances of rain interruptions. The weather conditions will remain hot for the entire duration of the game with no relief even after the sunset. The temperature is expected to hover around 32 degrees Celsius.
The surface at Sheikh Zayed Stadium has helped bowlers as well as batsmen. The batsmen can score a good amount of runs if they slend some time in the middle. However, the pitch can get sluggish as the game progress and can support the spin bowlers. The pacers can play a key role in the initial stage of the game. The team batting first here has won the maximum number of games. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 158 runs.
Probable Playing XI:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan (C), Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Shimron Hetmyer, Daniel Sams, Tushar Deshpande
Head to head records:
Shikhar Dhawan: Gabbar is in red hot form from the past few games and is expected to play an explosive innings in this game too. The in-form DC batsman has scored 2 consecutive centuries in this season. Dhawan is one of the highest run-scorers in this season. Till now he has scored 465 runs in 10 matches.
Kagiso Rabada: The Proteas pacer is playing a key role in DC this season. He is the highest wicket-taker in this season with 21 wickets from 10 games. He is expected to pick atleast 1 wicket in this match.
Prasidh Krishna: The young pacer hailing from Karnataka has troubled some great batsmen in this season. In IPL 2020, he has taken 4 wickets from 4 matches. Krishna is surely going to add few more wickets to his stats in this match.
Daniel Sams: The left-arm pacer made his debut for DC in their last match against KXIP. The Australian all-rounder has taken 52 wickets and made 231 runs from 38 matches in the shortest format. He can prove to be a great differential pick for this match.
TEAM 1 (IF KKR BATS FIRST)
TEAM 1 (IF DC BATS FIRST)
Delhi Capitals is expected to win this game.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.