Match Preview

Delhi Capitals will be up against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Match 41 of IPL 2021 on 28 September at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. With four wins in ten games, Kolkata Knight Riders are fourth in the rankings. They began their season on a promising note, and in the UAE, they appeared to be an entirely different team, they are expected to pose a serious challenge to DC. Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals are on the verge of qualifying for the IPL playoffs. They are second in the points table with eight wins and two losses in 10 games and are coming off a solid 33-run win over the Rajasthan Royals.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35° C


Total matches                             13

Matches won batting first           9

Matches won bowling first         4

Average 1st Inns scores           149

Average 2nd Inns scores          131

Highest total recorded               215/6 (20 Ov) by AFG vs ZIM

Lowest total recorded                90/10 (19.1 Ov) by AFG vs NED

Highest score chased                140/3 (17.3 Ov) by AFG vs SCO

Lowest score defended             154/8 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Rishabh Pant – The left-handed batsman’s skill set and the expertise required by the IPL are completely in tune.  He’s a powerful hitter who can knock a wide range of blows and cross the boundary ropes with ease. He made 24 runs in the last match and even took 2 wickets.

Matches – 126

Runs – 3392

Average – 32.93

2) Dinesh Karthik – The right-handed batsman has a penchant for sweep, reverse sweep that has helped his cause against spinners. He gave a decent performance in the first half of the IPL 2021. He made 26 runs in his last match.

Matches – 320

Runs – 6209

Average – 27.47

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Eoin Morgan – He is a bold left-handed batsman, committed with his tactical and strong flair for the game. He has excellent experience in this format and a trustworthy player in the league in terms of consistency. 

Matches – 340

Runs – 7352

Average – 26.73

2) Shikhar Dhawan – Dhawan, a naturally attacking left-handed opener, has been a cornerstone of the Delhi line-up for a long time and forms an invincible top-order. He is strong on the off-side with his cuts and drives, thanks to his side-on stance and minimum trigger movement.

Matches – 297

Runs – 8618

Average – 32.64                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3) Prithvi Shaw – With a low grip and a very bottom-handed approach to go along with a flamboyant bat-swing, Shaw possesses a god-given prowess at timing the cricket ball. His superb stroke play, deft footwork, and unwavering consistency cemented his spot on the team.

Matches – 62

Runs – 1529

Average – 24.66

4) Shubhman Gill – The right-handed batsman was drafted into the team due to his attacking techniques and his appetite for big runs. He is a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 61

Runs – 1419

Average – 30.84

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Prasidh Krishna – The right arm medium fast bowler started as a net bowler for RCB and took rapid strides to cement his place as a valuable player to the squad. He has given good fantasy points and bowled phenomenal spells in the 1st leg of IPL 2021. He took a wicket in his last match.

Matches – 50

Wickets – 45

Economy – 8.62

2) Kagiso Rabada – The youthful tearaway pacers including Rabada, are usually the ones who make the news for their ferocious speed and terrifying bounce. He is the closest thing to an ‘ideal mix.’ Rabada has the ability to swing the ball conventionally, but he prefers to use scrambled seam deliveries to make it seem off the wicket. He took a wicket in his last IPL match.

Matches – 124

Wickets – 169

Economy – 7.89

3) Lockie Ferguson  The right arm fast bowler is quick with his good bouncer and his speed has made him a valuable player in his squad. He is considered as a major weapon in T20 and ODI format. He took a wicket in his last match.

Matches – 79

Wickets – 86

Economy – 7.53

4) Anrich Nortje – He is tall, pacy, and always in the sticks, not to mention at a pace that can be unsettling. With his love for bowling yorkers, he is the ideal white ball cricketer. He took 2 wickets in his last IPL match.

Matches – 54

Wickets – 66

Economy – 7.40

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Ravichandran Ashwin – Ashwin burst onto the scene with his street-smart exploits in the shorter form of the game in the IPL, opening the bowling at death, and coming on when wickets were required. He is a valuable player from his squad and an important pick for the upcoming match. He took a wicket in his last match.

Matches – 254

Runs – 764

Average – 13.40

Wickets – 250

Economy – 6.93

2) Sunil Narine – The left-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler is a valuable allrounder for KKR and a precise, experienced player in this format. He played excellent innings in the first half of the IPL and is still expected to retain the form in the second half too. He took 3 wickets in his last match.

Matches – 376

Runs – 2715

Average – 15.00

Wickets – 416

Economy – 6.04

3) Axar Patel – He has caused problems for numerous batters with his accurate bowling, squeezing batsmen for space and buying wickets, which is the order of the day in T20 cricket. He is tailor-made for limited-overs formats, with the ability to score quick runs with the bat and the ability to strangle the runs. He is likely to be an asset to his team in the years to come. He took a wicket in his last match.

Matches – 158

Runs – 1714

Average – 21.69

Wickets – 136

Economy – 6.83

Predicted Playing 11

Delhi Capitals

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell (doubtful), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna


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Delhi Capitals – 51%

Kolkata Knight Riders – 49%