New Delhi. Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders are face to face in the 41st match of IPL 2021. Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan has decided to bowl after winning the toss in this match. New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has made his debut for KKR from this match. He has got a chance in the playing-11 in place of Andre Russell. Russell suffered a muscle strain in his previous match against Chennai Super Kings. That’s why they have been given rest. Kolkata has added Southee to his team for the second half of the IPL in place of Pat Cummins. Cummins is not participating in the second phase of the league due to personal reasons. At the same time, Sandeep Warrier has been given a chance in place of the famous Krishna.
At the same time, there is a change in Delhi’s team as well. Steve Smith has been included in the playing-11 in place of Prithvi Shaw.
After winning the toss, Morgan said that I am not clear about how the wicket will play. As a team, we are going match by match. Performing well individually as well as as a team. My form is not a matter of concern. There are ups and downs in cricket. Saudi has been included in place of Andre Russell and Sandeep Warrier has been included in place of famous. .
Last year’s runner up Delhi has almost confirmed its place in the playoffs by winning 8 matches. But Kolkata has a big challenge in front of it. KKR have won only 4 matches. Along with Kolkata, three other teams also have 8-8 points. In this sense, this match is more important for Kolkata. It is necessary for him to win this match in any case to stay in the race for the playoffs. Talking about the last 5 matches between the two teams, Delhi has won in 4, while Kolkata has won in one match.
pitch can be slow
The two pitches that have been used so far in Sharjah have been good for spinners and slow bowlers. These pitches have not helped the fast bowlers much. The average score in the first match was 140. In such a situation, the pitch can play slow even in this match. In such a situation, scoring runs after the powerplay will not be easy. Matthew Hayden himself has also said this in the pitch report. He said that the pitch looks flat though. But on this wicket the cross seam ball will trouble the batsmen.
KKR need to bowl well in the death overs
Kolkata will have to bowl well in the death overs. Because this is the weak link of the team. In IPL 2021, KKR and Delhi Capitals are the only two teams which are conceding the most runs in the death overs. Delhi giving runs at an average of 10.38 and Kolkata 10.22.
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing 11– Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Tim Southee, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakraborty, Sandeep Warrier and Lockie Ferguson.
Delhi Capitals’ Playing 11Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (captain), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Enrique Norkia, Kagiso Rabada and Avesh Khan.