Delhi Capitals, currently the topper of the points table, will take on struggling Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday (October 24) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
After a defeat against Kings XI Punjab in their last match, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer had said that it is a wake-up call for his side. Indeed, in the last couple of matches, they haven’t been seen in the form like they were at the start of the tournament. Although they have locked their spot in playoffs, DC will look to go all gun-blazing against KKR to swoop in confidence in the team.
Here, let’s take a look at Delhi Capitals’ playing XI against KKR:
In the last four matches, Prithvi Shaw has been two times out for a duck while has scored only 11 runs. The youngster’s performance has just slumped down as the tournament has moved on. And it is hurting Delhi capitals. Against KKR, he will have to get good scores on board to release pressure from the middle-order.
As Prithvi Shaw has failed to get going, the pressure has been on Shikhar Dhawan’s shoulder to set the base for the team. The veteran has also delivered extremely well in pressurized situations. In the last two matches, the southpaw has scored back to back centuries becoming the first cricketer to do so in IPL history. But to win against KKR, he will need support from Shaw.
Shreyas Iyer (c):
Shreyas Iyer is an ever-reliable batsman for Delhi Capitals. After the fall of the early wicket of the opener, the captain has got things right back on track for the team. But he has also not been able to play with freedom. The youngster will want to take the team to victory against KKR.
Rishabh Pant (wk):
After missing action for over a week due to injury, the wicketkeeper-batsman was back in the last match against KKR. But he struggled to tick the scoreboard. He scored only 14 runs off 20 balls before losing his wicket. He will look to bounce back stronger against KKR.
Shimron Hetmyer, the power-hitter, was also back in the playing XI in the last match against KXIP. He could only score 10 runs off 6 balls before Mohammed Shami bowled him out. The Windies will like to redeem against KKR.
Overall, he has featured in seven matches and has scored 101 runs at the strike rate of 150.74.
Marcus Stoinis is the vital cog for Delhi Capitals both with bat and ball although, in the last match against KXIP, he could not give desired results. He lost his wicket early while in his one over, he conceded 14 runs.
The fast bowling allrounder will want to make it count both with bat and ball against KKR.
Axar Patel, the fast bowling allrounder, has played a key role for Delhi Capitals this season. He has picked up eight wickets in nine matches at the economy rate of 5.74 while has played a couple of impactful innings with the bat. Against CSK, in the last over, he smacked consecutive three sixes, scoring 21* runs off five balls, to take the game home.
The lone spinner playing for Delhi Capitals, Ravichandran Ashwin, has proved that he is still a T20 bowler. In powerplays, he has bowled economical bowlers while has also given required breakthroughs to the team. He has snared eight wickets in eight matches at the economy rate of 7.11.
The late boomer in Delhi Capitals, Tushar Deshpande, went wicketless while proved expensive against KXIP in the last match. Overall, he has featured in three matches and has picked up three wickets. The speedster will be looking to notch up wickets against KKR.
The purple-cap holder has snared 21 wickets in 10 matches at the economy rate of 7.58. He is a trump card and go-to man of captain Shreyas Iyer whenever the team found itself in a strangled situation. Undoubtedly, Rabad will be the difference-maker for Delhi Capitals against KKR.
Anrich Nortje was rested in the last match against KXIP and DC clearly missed his presence. As they had set up 164 runs target, Delhi badly needed wickets in death overs, but his substitute Daniel Sams could not pick one. He will return to the playing XI against KKR.