The 25th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will see the Delhi Capitals placed third and Kolkata Knight Riders placed fifth on the table square off at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad tomorrow. With both teams experiencing contrasting fortunes, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Both the teams played out some highly entertaining encounters when the two met last year. With both teams winning a game each, the first match went to the Delhi Capitals, a high-scoring game that saw an aggregate of over 400 runs scored. The second match went to the Kolkata Knight Riders as they claimed victory by 59 runs.
Can Delhi Capitals bounce back from the latest loss and consider it as a blip? Or can Kolkata Knight Riders turn the tables and add more pressure on the Delhi franchise?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Head to Head
Matches Played: 26, DC 11, KKR: 14, NR: 1
Conditions seem to be fit for a full game of cricket with partly sunny skies forecasted. The temperatures are predicted to hover around the region at 43-35 degrees celsius, making the conditions very hot for the players with humidity touching the 25% mark and no chances of rainfall.
The strip at Ahmedabad leans more towards the spin-friendly pitches, but as recent matches are shown they are runs to be made in this strip. If batsmen can take their time to get used to the pace and bounce in the early goings, the latter part of the innings can be greatly rewarding.
The Delhi Capitals are coming off a loss and that too a very close one in fact. The management won't be looking to ring up many changes and will expect to roll out an unchanged side for the game against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Breaking their losing streak with a win against the Punjab Kings, some sort of confidence will be restored in the camps. The management will not be keen on making any changes and will continue to back their young and big names to find their devastating form.
Probable playing XI
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Shikhar Dhawan continues his excellent form being the highest run-scorer of Delhi Capitals in this tournament. Prithvi Shaw has also not failed to disappoint scoring runs on the regular, Rishabh Pant and Avesh Khan are our other must picks.
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