Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns in Sharjah in the 16th match of IPL 2020. Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders have won two out of three games each and will look to reign supreme over each other in Sharjah, where two games have been an absolute run-fest. Delhi Capitals suffered the first loss of the season to SunRisers Hyderabad while chasing 163.
Delhi produced a tidy bowling performance; however, it was their batting that betrayed them on the day. Kolkata Knight Riders, who suffered a convincing loss to Mumbai Indians in their opening game, bounced back with two victories on the bounce. Hence, the two-time champions seemed to have cracked their playing eleven. The seven-bowlers strategy, some of who could also bat, has worked immensely well for them.
We take a look at Delhi Capitals’ predicted playing eleven ahead of their IPL 2020 game against KKR:
Shikhar Dhawan appeared in an excellent nick against SunRisers Hyderabad, clattering 34 off 31 deliveries with four boundaries. However, Shikhar Dhawan was one of the victims of Rashid Khan, departing in the 8th over as it arrived as a body blow. Dhawan, who has been a tad inconsistent, will look for a big score off his bat.
Prithvi Shaw arrived in the crease against SunRisers Hyderabad on the back of a dazzling 64 off 43 balls against Chennai Super Kings and primed to play another substantial knock. However, he perished to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over of the innings for only a couple. Hence, Shaw would be eager to get himself on song in Sharjah.
Shreyas Iyer (c):
Similar to Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer also appeared in good touch, only to perish to Rashid Khan. Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan shared a vital stand of 40 after Prithvi Shaw departed early in the innings. The Capitals’ skipper, who has not yet had the desired outing, will fancy his chances in Sharjah.
Rishabh Pant (wk):
Rishabh Pant came off fresh from playing a vital hand at the back end against Chennai Super Kings. While there was no scoreboard pressure back then, it was present against SunRisers Hyderabad. Rishabh Pant plundered some big shots; however, became the victim of Rashid Khan in the 17th over. Hence, the keeper-batsman has to learn to handle the pressure better and will eye a host of sixes in Sharjah.
Shimron Hetmyer, who has massive potential with the bat, has not spent much time at the crease. Shimron Hetmyer had the opportunity against SunRisers Hyderabad to make a mark and he threatened to produce a magical knock. In a partnership of 42 with Rishabh Pant, he contributed 21 off 12 deliveries with two sixes. The pressure eventually got to the southpaw, departing in the 16th over.
Marcus Stoinis, who plays as a finisher in the Delhi Capitals, began the tournament by producing an exhibition of power-hitting against Kings XI Punjab. He faced more than 21 deliveries against them that enabled the Australian all-rounder to showcase his ability.
However, since then, he has not done so. There is a case for Delhi Capitals to promote Stoinis slightly up the order. The 31-year old could manage only nine runs against Hyderabad as some terrific death bowling by T Natarajan got the better of him.
Axar Patel found himself amongst the wickets against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings while also bowling economically. However, Axar Patel bowled only two overs against Hyderabad, giving away 14 runs. With the bat, the left-arm spinner managed only five runs before Khaleel Ahmed disturbed his stumps.
Kagiso Rabada spearheads the Delhi Capitals’ bowling attack, briefly holding the purple cap before Mohammed Shami got the same. Kagiso Rabada maintained an economy rate of 5.20 in four overs while removing the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson. One would not be surprised if Iyer unleashes the South African speedster against Andre Russell, who he dismissed with a brilliant yorker last year in the super over.
Anrich Nortje was the most expensive bowler against SunRisers Hyderabad, conceding 40 runs in four overs without a wicket. However, there is no questioning Anirch Nortje’s ability with the new ball to take wickets and his bowling speed. Nortje, who shares the new ball with Kagiso Rabada, would be focussed on dismissing an in-form Shubman Gill early.
Amit Mishra, who has been featuring instead of Ravichandran Ashwin in the last two matches, has proven to be an excellent prospect. The leggie, who is the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL history, delivered a miserly spell of bowling against CSK; however, went wicketless.
The 37-year old followed up with two wickets against the SunRisers Hyderabad; however, he went a tad expensive. Amit Mishra might find it challenging to bowl in Sharjah, which has been a happy ground for the batsmen.
Ishant Sharma replaced Avesh Khan for the game against SunRisers Hyderabad. Ishant Sharma, who bowled excellently with the new ball, had mediocre figures in the three overs he bowled in. Ishant conceded 26 runs in three overs; however, could retain his spot in Sharjah, where he might not bowl at the death.