Match Preview – DC vs KKR
Match 25 of the VIVO IPL 2021 will see last year's runner-up Delhi Capitals lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With the race for the top-4 spots in the Points Table heating up, both the teams will try to clinch this match and grab the crucial two points.
Delhi Capitals will come into this match on the back of an excruciating close defeat against RCB. Chasing a target of 171, Delhi lost the match by a margin of 1 run as skipper Rishabh Pant failed to close out the game for his team. Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, emerged victorious in the last game against PBKS. They were clinical with the ball and chased down the total with nearly three overs to spare. They will like to hold on to this winning momentum whereas Delhi will look to make a comeback in today’s DC vs KKR IPL match.
DC vs KKR – Predicted Playing XIs for Today’s IPL Match
Ishant Sharma was brilliant on his IPL return in the match against RCB. However, if Anrich Nortje is available for selection, he might come in for Ishant Sharma. Delhi has given Steven Smith a fair run in the last few matches but the former Australian skipper hasn't been able to bring his A-game to the fore for the Capitals. As a result, Smith might make way for Ajinkya Rahane at the No.3 slot in Delhi's Playing XI for today's IPL match vs KKR.
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith/Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, and Ishant Sharma/Anrich Nortje
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have shown faith in their players despite losing a few games. The faith paid off in the last match. They were disciplined in their bowling and got the job done in the previous game. Thus, they are likely to go in with the same XI.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, and Shivam Mavi
DC vs KKR Head to Head record in IPL | H2H IPL stats
DC won: 11
KKR won: 14
Delhi Capitals have faced Kolkata Knight Riders 26 times before today’s match. The two-time IPL champions have emerged victorious on 14 occasions while DC has won on 11. With it being a fairly even game in terms of head-to-head DC vs KKR IPL record, today’s match could prove to be a close contest with both teams vying to bag the crucial two points.
Players to Watch out for in DC vs KKR IPL match:
The openers for Delhi capitals, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been in fine form with the bat. They will look to provide a solid start in the upcoming match. Skipper Rishabh Pant was instrumental in getting DC close to RCB’s total in the previous match. Opponents will also need to vary the big-hitting of Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis. Avesh Khan will once again lead the bowling attack for Delhi Capitals.
Talking about Kolkata Knight Riders, their middle order could prove to be their strength once again. Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, and Dinesh Karthik will shore up the responsibilities in the middle order. KKR will rely on Andre Russell to provide the big finish to their innings with both bat and ball. Also, Pat Cummins will be a player to keep an eye out for with the ball for KKR.
DC vs KKR Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
Delhi Capitals fell short by just one run in their last match. They lost quick wickets at the top and fell prey to the ABD show with the ball. However, there were plenty of positives to take away from the game. There were important contributions from the lower middle order which will give them confidence. Consequently, Delhi Capitals is likely to win today's DC vs KKR IPL match on April 29.