The second game on a double-header Saturday in IPL 2020 is a mouth-watering clash between the Delhi Capitals and 2-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The Delhi Capitals have been one of the more impressive teams in the competition, with Kagiso Rabada doing wonders with the ball yet again. With an explosive batting unit complementing a well-oiled bowling attack, the Delhi Capitals look formidable on paper.
However, they are yet to fully hit their stride, with the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant blowing hot and cold in the first three games. Coming into this fixture on the back of a defeat against SRH, Delhi would love to have the services of Ravi Ashwin, whose experience could prove to be pivotal against a star-studded KKR side.
The 16th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be played between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.
This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
The Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders will move to Sharjah for the second game of the double-header on Saturday. Both these sides have done quite well thus far in the tournament winning two games each out of three. Moreover, these two sides have got a good net run rate as well. Delhi and Kolkata will be playing their first game in Sharjah.
With the short boundaries and the big hitters that they have in their squads, another run-scoring fest is surely on the cards. Both the teams will love to give their best shot at trying and winning this encounter. As far as the head-to-head record goes, Kolkata Knight Riders won 13 games while the Delhi Capitals won 10.
DC vs KKR Weather Report for Match 16:
It will be typical Sharjah weather for this game as well. The temperature will be around 33-34 degrees Celsius while there would also be strong winds blowing around initially.
It is an absolute belter of a track here that is on offer in the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The average first innings score of 220 is an indicator of the quality of this track. Another high-scoring game is on the cards.
Average first innings score:
220 (Thus far at this venue in this tournament)
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 1, Lost – 1, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
DC vs KKR Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin/Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje.
Mohit Sharma, Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Tushar Deshpande, Daniel Sams, Alex Carey, Ravichandran Ashwin/Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c)(wk), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Sandeep Warrier, Rahul Tripathi, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth.
Cricket Match Predictions
DC vs KKR Top Picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:
Shubman Gill has been the pick of the batsmen for KKR with 124 runs in three games at an average of 62. However, he would want to improve on his strike rate which is 116 now.
Rishabh Pant scored 96 runs so far in the tournament. But his strike rate of 119 is quite surprising and he’d fancy playing more aggressive cricket.
Eoin Morgan returned with scores of 42 not out and 34 not out in the last two games and has been in great touch in the last year or so. He will have an important role to play for KKR once again.
Shivam Mavi has been excellent with the ball and has accumulated 4 wickets in three games while having an economy rate under 7.
Kagiso Rabada is amongst the leading wicket-takers in the tournament and has picked up 7 wickets in just 3 games. His economy rate of 6.25 is fabulous.
Shreyas Iyer, who scored 82 runs till now, has got off to good starts but hasn’t been able to kick on and play the big knocks. The skipper would like to lead from the front in this match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Andre Russell, Rishabh Pant
Vice-Captain Options – Shreyas Iyer, Eoin Morgan
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for DC vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rishabh Pant
Batters – Shreyas Iyer (vc), Shimron Hetmyer, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan
All-Rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Andre Russell (c)
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for DC vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rishabh Pant (c), Dinesh Karthik
Batters – Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan (vc)
All-Rounders – Andre Russell, Sunil Narine
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
It is a very small ground at Sharjah and hence it could be a run-feast once again. Have players who hit the big shots often as the multipliers in your team.
Today’s DC vs KKR Probable Winners:
The team chasing is expected to win this encounter.