Date: 7th October 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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The Indian T20 League is poised very interestingly going into Thursday’s doubleheader where all eyes will be on the evening game. Kolkata will be up against Rajasthan and could become the final side to confirm their berth in the playoffs with a win in this contest. However, Sanju Samson’s side have proved that they can be absolutely lethal on their day and if that is the case in Sharjah, fans can be prepared for an action-packed encounter between two quality sides.
Among the wicketkeepers, Sanju Samson is a certain choice considering he bats at no. 3 for his side and will be looking to lead from the front in their final league game. Dinesh Karthik is also coming to this contest on the back of playing a crucial cameo and he can be promoted up the order in this contest, considering Morgan’s poor form. Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi are obvious picks among the batters.
Coming to all-rounders, the duo of Sunil Narine and Venkatesh Iyer have been key in Kolkata’s resurgence and should be definite picks in your fantasy side. Shivam Dube could also prove to be an X-Factor pick considering the wicket and short boundaries in Sharjah. Chetan Sakariya and Varun Chakravarthy have been among the wickets and could be good picks in the bowling department.
Probable Playing XI
Kolkata: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy
Rajasthan: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c/wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller/Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Kuldip Yadav/Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman
Dafa Bet Prediction of the Game:
Head to Head – In 24 meetings between the two sides, there is very little to separate them with Kolkata winning 12 and Rajasthan emerging victorious on 11 occasions. However, it’s the Men in Purple who have dominated this fixture in recent times with 6 wins in last 8 games.
Performance in the ongoing UAE leg – Kolkata have looked an absolutely different side in the UAE leg of tournament with some brilliant all-round performances. They are coming to this match on the back of a comprehensive win against Hyderabad and will have the upper hand.
Recent Form of players: Kolkata have some in-form players in their side in form of Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Tripathi, who will be raring to guide their side through to play-offs.
Considering the above factors, Kolkata will have a slight edge going into this contest.
Wicketkeepers: Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik
Batters: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Evin Lewis, Nitish Rana
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shivam Dube
Bowlers: Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy, Tim Southee, Mustafizur Rahman
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