IPL 2021 Qualifier 2, KKR vs DC: Delhi Capitals (DC) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL 2021 Qualifier 2 on Wednesday. KKR would be riding high on confidence after registering a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Eliminator clash. A collective bowling effort from them helped them restrict RCB to just 138 runs in the first innings.
Sunil Narine ran through RCB’s batting lineup as he picked four wickets, including three crucial wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. The other two spinners, Varun Chakravarthy and Shakib Al Hasan also bowled beautifully and created pressure at the other end. Shubman Gill gave KKR a powerful start in the second innings. His 18-ball 29 helped KKR reach the 40-run mark inside the first five overs. RCB came back into the contest with regular strikes after powerplay but Narine’s 15-ball 26 snatched the game from them. KKR, eventually, chased down the score in 19.4 overs.
On the other hand, DC would be disappointed to have lost the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings. Prithvi Shaw gave the side a powerful start despite losing Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer on low scores. Shaw smashed 60 runs off 34 deliveries, including 7 fours and 3 sixes. Later, Pant and Shimron Hetmyer made vital contributions to guide the side to a competitive 172-run total in the first innings.
The bowlers, however, couldn’t live up to the expectations. Tom Curran made three scalps but none of the other bowlers could create an impact in the game. Anrich Nortje struck early in the form of Faf du Plessis. However, they couldn’t pick any wicket in the next 12 overs. Rishabh Pant too would be disappointed to have given the final over to Tom Curran instead of Rabada. Nevertheless, they would be looking to forget the memories of the defeat and come with a fresh mindset.
IPL 2021 Qualifier 2 Predicted XI
Here’s a look at the predicted playing XIs of both sides:
Delhi Capitals – Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tom Curran/ Marcus Stoinis, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Kolkata Knight Riders – Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
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