Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian Premier League 2021, Qualifier 2 Match Details, Schedule, Summary |


Drishan: “Finally, an ideal team for DC. Let the team meeting plans flourish. “

Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Avesh Khan

Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Varun Chakravarthy, 11 Shivam Mavi

5.30pm So the news is that Knight Riders win the toss and bowl first. Morgan: “We’ve kept the same side. Guys have looked to play aggressive, smart cricket.” Pant: “We would have bowled first only. Stoinis in, Curran out.”

NethraReya: “Being a CSK fan, rooting for DC today, dont want the resurging KKR in the finals :)”

Sachin: “To rebalance DC team, I would like to see Ripal back for Curran and Stonis/Smith for Ashwin.” — But there is no confirmation about Stoinis yet, and Smith hasn’t been in great touch either.

5.15pm How many of you would like to see Smith in Capitals’ XI? Gautam Gambhir certainly wants that to happen.

Akhil: “What cruel timing for Axar to be left out of the WC squad. Hope it doesn’t effect his game today.” — Maybe some extra motivation?

Sidharth Monga thinks Capitals’ lack of batting depth is a concern, but their bowlers are capable of offsetting that. Do you agree?

Celine: “Left office early to reach in time for toss! So excited!!” — Hope you are home on time!

5pm Just 30 minutes left for the toss, but have you finalised your fantasy side yet? Go ahead if not. We are guessing that Avesh Khan and Lockie Ferguson should deliver.

Huzefa Ravat: “How about Mishra instead of Ashwin??” — Again a case of including someone who hasn’t played for a while. That would be a real gamble, especially since a bowler of Ashwin’s pedigree could come good any moment.

Here comes Hemant Brar’s preview for all of us to catch up for the clash between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders. As Capitals wait on Stoinis availability, he reckons Knight Riders may prefer Shakib over Russell again in knockout.

Rounak: “Now that Iyer is not captain, is there a case to drop him and bring Rahane back.” — Would you do that when you are just one step away from the final? After all Rahane is yet to play in the UAE, and Iyer hasn’t done all that badly either.

Sanyam Kamat: “I know there is a lot on stake here, but I am just waiting for Prithvi Shaw vs Mavi round 2 today.”

4.45pm A virtual semi-final tonight: winner goes into the final, and the loser goes home. On one hand is the experience of captain Eoin Morgan, while on the other lies the maturing leadership of Rishabh Pant. This is Himanshu Agrawal welcoming you to the launch of Qualifier 2, with Shashank Kishore set to join me soon.

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