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Kolkata Knight Riders are set to take on Delhi Capitals in Match No.41 of the 2021 Indian Premier League, this Tuesday, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The Knight Riders started the UAE leg with two wins in their opening games but lost to the Chennai Super Kings by two wickets in their third match.

Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders are fourth in the table and are still in contention for the IPL Playoff spot and need to win three games to further improve their chances. Delhi Capitals meanwhile, sits second in the table and can confirm their spot in the playoff with a victory in this match.

During the reverse future earlier this year, Delhi Capitals inflicted a crushing victory to a then out-of-form Kolkata Knight Riders. Prithvi Shaw was the star of the match, inflicting heavy damage on the Kolkata bowlers. He scored 82 off a mere 41 balls, after which Dhawan saw them home to victory.

Can Rishabh and Co. confirm a spot in the playoffs this season in tomorrowโ€™s match? Or can a resurgent Kolkata spring a surprise and beat the in-form side of this season? 

Match Toss Time: 13:30 Local (15:00 IST)

Match Start Time: 14:00 Local (15:30 IST)

Match Venue:  Sharjah Cricket Stadium Sharjah

Head to Head

Matches Played: 27, KKR: 14, DC: 12 

Weather Conditions and pitch

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Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders have come into form at the right time and are making a strong case for a spot in the playoffs. The Kolkata management will look to roll out the same XI. However, experiencing a defeat in the last match the skipper Eoin Morgan's form is a cause for concern, though the team's performance has covered up those deficiencies.

A notable change in Delhi Capitals' last match was that of them playing with three overseas players against Rajasthan Royals. Lalit Yadav replaced the injured Australian- Marcus Stoinis, who missed out due to injury. It will be interesting to see if he has overcome his injury to make a comeback to the XI.

Probable Playing XI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna

Delhi Capitals (DC): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (C), Lalit Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Must-Picks

Delhi Capital openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have proved a deadly opening pair in this IPL campaign so far. Especially the former who is one of the favorites for the orange cap.

Kolkata's newbie Venkatesh Iyer has proved one of the finds of the season and is one of the reasons for the team's upturn in form. Rahul Tripathi has also continued to be one of the main batsmen for the franchise and given his recent form, he could be a valuable asset in your fantasy lineup.

Key stats

#Shikhar Dhawan, who was holding the orange cap (430) for the majority of the season until Rajasthan Royals' skipper Sanju Samson overtook him in the lastest clash against SRH. However, Dhawan is just a boundary away from overtaking the RR skipper. Who do you think will win the race for the orange cap?

#Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik is just 7 fours away from smashing 400 fours in the tournament. The 36-year old Wk-batsman is well on course to become only the 11th player to achieve the feat in the tournament.

#DC skipper Rishabh Pant is having a wonderful debut season as the skipper and he finds himself now just 30 runs short of topping the list of the highest run-getters for the Delhi franchise. Can the 23-year old achieve the prestigious milestone?

KKR vs DC fantasy team

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Prediction

Delhi Capitals look the strongest side on paper and it would take an exemplary performance by the KKR side to stop their wrath. KKR will be hoping their top three can fire once again as a win here could see them in a better spot to make it to the top four. While for Delhi this win will assure them a spot in the top four. 

Cricwizz predicts Delhi Capitals to win the match and climb to the top of the table.

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