Date: September 28, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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Preview: Delhi and Kolkata will face each other in the 41st match of the Indian T20 League 2021. While Delhi will look to maintain their winning streak, Kolkata would want to cement their place in the top 4. The Sharjah pitch has been on the slower side in the two encounters that have been played here and is likely to remain the same. The boundaries are small, so the batters will have an added advantage. Talking about the weather, it's the UAE so no rain.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan
Kolkata: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson
People’s Pick for Fantasy
Analysis: Kolkata were going great guns in the second phase until they met Chennai. The MS Dhoni-led team put a halt to the fast-paced Kolkata as they registered a two-wicket win over them on the last delivery of the game. Although it was Kolkata's game to lose, Ravindra Jadeja turned the tides with his exceptional batting in the 19th over. Kolkata will try to look at the positives though. Rahul Tripathi has been too good at number three while the openers are doing a fair job too. The only concern for the side is its captain’s form with the bat. Morgan needs to find his momentum at the earliest as he holds the key to the middle order.
For Delhi, there aren’t things to be worried about. They have been as good as any champion team. Dhawan and Shaw at the top try to get a quick start while Iyer is back in business. Captain Rishabh Pant will do what he does the best, taking on the bowers. Moreover, the Proteas duo of Rabada and Nortje are too quick to handle. It will be interesting to see how Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill play against the express pace.
Talking about the fantasy picks, Pant, Iyer, Dhawan, and Hetmyer are good batter choices from Delhi camp while Venkatesh Iyer, Gill, and Tripathi make it from Kolkata. Russell, Axar, and Narine the all-rounders while Nortje, Rabada, and Chakravarthy are the bowlers.
Dafabet Prediction of the Game:
Head to head: Both the sides have played 26 matches with each other with Kolkata winning 14 of them and Delhi the rest 12.
UAE factor: In 3 matches played between the sides in UAE, Delhi have the upper hand with a 2-1 win lead over Kolkata. Even though Kolkata lead in overall stats, the recent form of a team is more valuable. Considering this, Delhi have more chances of winning the game.
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik
Batters: Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Shimron Hetmyer, Shikhar Dhawan
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Axar Patel, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: Anrich Nortje, Varun Chakravarthy, Kagiso Rabada
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