New Delhi. Delhi Capitals will face Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2021 today. This match will be held on 13 October at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Delhi Capitals is on top of the points table after the group stage. However, in the Qualifier 1 game, Delhi Capitals had to face defeat against Chennai Super Kings. Now Delhi has another chance to take the field and reach the final. At the same time, Kolkata Knight Riders is at the fourth position in the points table. KKR beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets in Eliminator match. Now he is competing with Delhi Capitals, who have performed brilliantly this season.
During the group stage of IPL 2021, both the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders teams played 2 matches, in which both won 1-1 match. Before the Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Qualifier 2 match of IPL 2021, we are discussing the Delhi Capitals’ playing XI here. Against Kolkata, Delhi can bet on Marcus Stoinis in place of Tom Karen today. In such a situation, Delhi’s playing XI in Qualifier 2 against Kolkata can be something like this.
Shikhar Dhawan: Shikhar Dhawan will be the opener for the team in the match. The left-handed batsman has done an incredible job for the team so far. He is the highest run-scorer for the team with 551 runs in 15 matches. His batting average is 39.35 and strike rate is 127+.
Prithvi Shaw: Apart from Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw is the other player responsible for Delhi Capitals’ powerful start in IPL 2021. Shaw has scored 461 runs in 14 matches at an average of 32.92 and a strike rate of 159+. He has also scored 4 half-centuries. He scored a brilliant 60 in the last game. Shaw will open the innings with Dhawan in the Qualifier 2 match.
Shreyas Iyer: Shreyas Iyer will be the number three batsman for the team. In 7 matches, the right-handed batsman has scored 145 runs at an average of 29, with two match-winning innings. Iyer is an important batsman for the team in the middle order. He hasn’t played big innings in the last few matches but will prepare for a good batting performance against KKR.
Rishabh Pant (Captain and Wicketkeeper): Rishabh Pant has done an amazing job as a captain and batsman for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. He led the team to more wins than any other team during the group stage. He has scored 413 runs in 15 matches at an average of 37.54 with 3 half-centuries. In the last game, he scored an important half-century for the team.
Shimron Hetmyer: Shimron Hetmyer will be another middle-order batsman for the team. Hetmyer has scored 225 runs in 12 innings at an average of 37.50 with an unbeaten half-century. His superb strike rate of 167+ enabled Delhi Capitals to score maximum runs till the end.
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Marcus Stoinis: Delhi Capitals can field Marcus Stoinis in place of Tom Karen against Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi will definitely have an eye on the fitness of injured Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. If Stonis is found fit, he can be included in place of Tom Karen. Tom has played only 3 matches for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. He has taken 4 wickets at an economy of 9.17. At the same time, Marcus Stoinis has taken 2 wickets in 9 matches at an economy of 10.47.
Axar Patel: Axar Patel will be the first spinner in the team. The left-arm spinner has done an amazing job in IPL 2021. In 11 matches, he has taken 15 wickets at an average of 18.26. He is the second highest wicket-taker for the team. He has bowled for Delhi with a brilliant economy of just 6.52.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Along with Axar, Ravichandran Ashwin will be another spinner in the playing XI in this match. The pairing of Ashwin and Axar has managed to put pressure on the opposition team. However, right-arm spinner Ashwin has taken only 5 wickets in 12 matches but with an economy of 7.44. But he has played some good innings as a tailender.
Kagiso Rabada: Kagiso Rabada will be the first fast bowler in the playing XI. The right-arm fast bowler has taken 13 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 33.30. He has helped the bowling department with his pace attack. He is the most important foreign fast bowler for the team and the team cannot afford to have him on the bench.
Avesh Khan: Avesh Khan is the most successful bowler for the team in IPL 2021. He has taken 23 wickets in 15 matches and is also the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament. His bowling average is 18.60 and economy is 7.5. He will be the main part of the playing XI against Kolkata.
Enrique Norcia: Enrique Norcia will be another fast bowler in the playing XI. This right-arm fast bowler has done a great job for the team in IPL 2021. In just 7 matches, he has taken 10 wickets at an average of 15.60. He has also bowled with a brilliant economy of just 5.92. Enrique Norcia definitely strengthens the Delhi pace attack.
Probable Playing XI of Delhi Capitals:
Rishabh Pant (captain and wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, Avesh Khan, Anrique Norkea.