Date: 29th April 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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It is time for match number 25 in the Indian T20 League where Delhi lock horns with Kolkata in a very interesting encounter. Rishabh Pant’s side are coming to this contest on the back of playing two nail-biting contests where they won against Hyderabad but lost again Bangalore. On the other hand, Eoin Morgan’s men have been part of two one-sided affairs recently where they were comprehensively beaten by Rajasthan and followed it up with a huge victory against Punjab. There is nothing to separate the two star-studded sides on paper as the fans get set for some guaranteed entertainment on Thursday.
Rishabh Pant’s side are looking quite balanced in all departments despite the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin. However, the form of Kagiso Rabada is a cause of concern for them and there is a possibility that he might make way for Anrich Nortje or Chris Woakes.
Eoin Morgan’s side seem to have found a perfect team combination after they broke their four-match losing streak in the previous contest. While there are a few concerns with regards to batting-order, they are expected to play the same playing XI that featured against Punjab.
At Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad
Avg 1st inns score : 164
Avg 2nd inns score : 160
Last 5 matches record
Batting 1st: 1 win
Batting 2nd: 4 wins
Last 5 matches Head-to-Head (DC vs KKR)
DC: 4; KKR: 1
Rishabh Pant should be the first name in your fantasy side considering the impressive run-of-form of the wicketkeeper batsman. He is also a good pick for captain/vice-captain in your fantasy side. Dinesh Karthik could also be an X-Factor addition in your side as he can contribute some vital runs down the order at a healthy strike-rate, giving more points. The Kolkata gloveman is also in the game to inflict stumping with two mystery spinners operating. In the batting department, orange cap holder Shikhar Dhawan should be the player to watch out for as he would be raring to bounce back with a big score after a rare failure against Bangalore. Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw, Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill have had a few low scores in last few outings but have looked in good touch and could be included in your side.
Rahul Tripathi is another exciting player who can get some valuable points with his fielding efforts as well as contributions with the bat. The all-rounders are always key in fantasy sides and there will be few outstanding players on display in this contest. Considering the conditions in Ahmedabad, it might be a better option to go with both spin-bowling all-rounders like Axar Patel and Sunil Narine and any one out of Marcus Stoinis and Andre Russell. In the bowling, Varun Chakravarthy and Amit Mishra are the wicket-taking options while Pat Cummins and Avesh Khan should be the choices in pace bowlers.
Probable Playing XI
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Varun Chakravarthy
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