Date:13th October , 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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The Playoffs of Indian T20 League 2021 are in full swing as Delhi and Kolkata are set to lock horns in Qualifier 2 on 13th October 2021 in Sharjah. Kolkata walk into this game by knocking out Virat Kohli’s Bangalore in the Eliminator owing to Sunil Narine’s all-round performance on field. Whereas, the Rishabh Pant-led side walk in having suffered a defeat in their last game against Chennai in Qualifier 1. Both the sides have been in stunning form which sets the stage for some exciting cricketing action as the winner of this game shall play against Chennai on 15th October in the grand finale of the cash-rich league.
Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant scored a remarkable half century in the last game, and should be a must-have in one’s fantasy team. Besides him, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been the consistent batters for the side with the former being a bankable captain choice. All-rounder Axar Patel and pacer Anrich Nortje have also been in great form and are smart picks from the bowling end.
Kolkata is undoubtedly one of the top performing sides in the UAE leg and will aim to keep their momentum going, having knocked out Bangalore in their last game. Batter Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana are the top picks from the side, with the former being a dependable batting choice. All-rounders Sunil Narine and Venkatesh Iyer have been the MVPs for the franchise and are excellent choices for vice-captain. Lastly, Lockie Ferguson and Varun Chakravarthy could fetch some points from the bowling end.
Probable Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tom Curran, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Dafa Bet Prediction of the Game:
Head to Head: Out of the 30 matches played between these two teams, Kolkata have won 15, while their opponents have only managed to win 14 times. With such a close difference in the winning count, the performance in the UAE leg and the recent form of the players become the deciding factor.
Performance in the ongoing UAE leg: The Rishabh Pant-led side finished as table toppers with 20 points and have been in phenomenal form throughout the season. However, Kolkata too have been showing blazing performances in the second leg which sets the table for a close competition.
Given the recent form of players and performance of Delhi in the second leg, they have a slight edge over Kolkata, however the stage is set for a close fight between the two sides.
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant
Batters: Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
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