Date:1st October , 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
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Kolkata are set to face Punjab on October 1 at the Dubai International Stadium in their upcoming Indian T20 League game. The Eoin Morgan-led side have looked at their best in the second leg of tournament and will aim to continue this form. A win against Punjab will give them two crucial points that’ll be a big boost for their chances to make it to the playoffs. On the other hand, Punjab are currently placed sixth with 8 points, yet are in the race to qualify. However, If the KL Rahul-led side lose this game, their chances to qualify will almost look impossible.
Punjab skipper KL Rahul will be of utmost importance for the side, and should be a must-have in one’s fantasy team. Given that Rahul is also the wicketkeeper for the franchise it increases the chances of more fantasy points, making him an excellent captain choice. Punjab will hope for their power hitting duo Chris Gayle and Nichols Pooran to perform and get some runs on the board. Mayank Agarwal’s absence in the last game for Punjab costed the side as they could only score total of 135 at the end of 20 overs. Bowlers Mohammad Shami and Ravi Bishnoi are bankable choices for one’s fantasy.
Kolkata is undoubtedly one of the top performing sides in the UAE leg and will aim to keep their momentum going. Batters Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana are smart picks from the side. All-rounders Sunil Narine and Venkatesh Iyer emerging as the MVP for the side and are great choices for vice-captain.
Probable Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal/Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Dafa Bet Prediction of the Game:
Head to Head: Out of the 28 matches played between these two teams, Kolkata have won 19, while their opponents have only managed to win 9 times. Given that, Kolkata has clearly been the dominant side whenever the two teams have faced each other.
Performance in the ongoing UAE leg: The Eoin Morgan-led side looks in blazing form in the UAE leg, having won 3 out of 4 games in the second leg of IPL 2021. On the other hand, Punjab have only managed to win 1 out of the 3 games in the UAE leg so far.
Considering the above factors Kolkata clearly have a better chance of winning the game on Friday.
Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul
Batsmen: Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Aiden Markram, Chris Gayle
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer
Bowlers: Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Lockie Ferguson, Arshdeep Singh, Varun Chakravarthy
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