Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are all set to take on the Delhi Capitals (DC) at Sharjah on October 3. After winning two from three games, both teams will be looking to maintain this good form.
DC got off to a good start in the tournament by registering two consecutive wins before losing their third-game against SRH. On the other hand, KKR got off to a shaky start, later recovered by winning the next two games. This will be the first weekend of double headers in the IPL, and there couldn’t have been a better ground for that than Sharjah with ridiculously short boundaries promising another run-fest.
It is going to be an interesting IPL contest with both the teams having strong batting line-ups and middle order packed with some of the best hitters in T20 cricket. While DC has Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, and Marcus Stoinis, KKR have the beast – Andre Russell alongside English skipper Eoin Morgan. Russell already has shown that no ground is big for him with three towering sixes against RR in Dubai.
In Sharjah, a bowler is destined to go for runs. Subtle variations will be key to keep batsmen quiet. DC bowling attack has so far impressed with the likes of Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel. KKR’s young guns Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy also stepped up against RR showcasing their potential.
KKR is unlikely to change their winning combination, although Sunil Narine hasn’t impressed in the tournament, so his place in the team could be in jeopardy. Whereas DC is struggling to find an Indian pacer fitting into the playing XI as they have already tried out Mohit Sharma, Avesh Khan, and Ishant Sharma in the first three-games. It’ll be interesting contest between an experienced bowling unit of DC against the young bowling unit of KKR.
By Archil Katiyar