DC vs KKR IPL 2021 Preview: Pant's Delhi look to get back on the horse against inconsistent Kolkata
Delhi Capitals made a lot of unforced errors in their last match against RCB.
Delhi mess up tactically
Despite the mistakes, it was the brilliance of Shimron Hetmyer which almost took them over the line as the team ultimately fell short by just one run. The Capitals are still doing a fine job in the tournament overall and are placed at the third spot with four victories and two losses from six games. At the same time, they can certainly manage their resources a lot better.
Rishabh Pant is not generally overawed by the situation and trusts his strokeplay to get him through tough situations. However, with a long tail, he decided to take his time in the chase against RCB but perhaps went overboard with the tactic. Even when he tried to hit big, he was not able to connect, which made it look quite ugly.
Anrich Nortje might have to wait longer
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan have provided the team with consistent starts and after a blip against Royal Challengers Bangalore, they are expected to be back somewhere close to their best in this encounter.
Delhi Capitals are yet to give Anrich Nortje a game and with Ishant Sharma performing brilliantly in the last match, the Protea pacer will have to warm the bench for a bit longer. This also gives an extended run to Steve Smith who scored just four runs off five deliveries in the last match. Despite contributing with the bat, Smith has looked out of sorts.
Delhi Capitals have the likes of Lalit Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav and Chris Woakes on the bench but they are unlikely to make any changes in this match.
Shivam Mavi bolsters KKR's bowling
DC will come up against Kolkata Knight Riders who have found a brilliant fifth bowling option in Shivam Mavi who has performed exceedingly well in the last couple of matches.
It was the fifth bowler that was a point of concern for Kolkata, with them trying Harbhajan Singh and Kamlesh Nagarkoti in the role but not getting the desired result. Mavi has helped sort that problem out.
Eoin Morgan finds form
With Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Patrick Cummins bowling well, Kolkata Knight Riders have their bowling sorted but they certainly need to up the ante with the bat.
Nitish Rana after getting a couple of good starts has not been able to capitalise. The form of Rahul Tripathi has kept the team afloat. Eoin Morgan getting among the runs in the last match is another positive for KKR.
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Kolkata Knight Riders - Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Delhi Capitals - Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra
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