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The Indian Premier League is motoring along at the moment and we have the first double-header weekend of the competition coming right up. While a few teams are still looked far from their best, it is certain that any rustiness that any of the sides would have had before coming into the tournament would have vaporized by now. For some teams, the change of venues seems to be working well and not so much for the others.
After a rollicking start at Sharjah Cricket Ground, Rajasthan Royals faced an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi, and though the Knight Riders were excellent, the Royals just failed to adapt to the conditions. Kolkata Knight Riders are now set to face Delhi Capitals, who are coming off their first loss of the season. Both sides have not yet played at Sharjah and given the way things have been there, we expect a run-fest once again in this match, which is to be played at Sharjah Cricket Ground, Sharjah, on Saturday, 3rd October 2020.
After getting off to a superb start in the tournament, winning both their opening matches, Delhi Capitals glided right into the trap against the Sunrisers Hyderabad as the Capitals faced their first defeat of the season. The loss removed them from the top of the table position, but a win here in this upcoming match will put them back to the top spot.
While Delhi Capitals appear to be highly over-reliant on their middle-order, it is their top-order that is making the difference. In the previous match as well, the untimely dismissals of Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Prithvi Shaw pushed their middle-order on the back-foot. The likes of Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, and Shimron Hetmyer could not play the waiting game and perished while trying to go for glory a little too early.
Rishabh Pant, in fact, has been a lot more cautious at the beginning, which is not his natural game. This approach, in turn, puts a lot more pressure on him at the back-end and so far, he has failed to deliver the goods. Although Pant as well as the other players have all contributed for the Capitals, they have lacked consistency. Shimron Hetmyer, however, has looked clueless on all occasions and this might be his last chance to perform before the Capitals start looking at their other options.
One area where the Capitals have been brilliant is certainly their bowling attack. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been brilliant, regardless of the time they've been asked to bowl. They both have picked up wickets in the early overs as well as at death. The addition of Ishant Sharma is certainly a welcome change that adds to the experience in their bowling attack. Never-aging Amit Mishra has looked as good as ever but could take a beating on a ground that has short boundaries. Given the number of left-handers Kolkata Knight Riders have, we expect Shreyas Iyer to use Marcus Stoinis more than Axar Patel, considering that he brought Axar into the attack only after Warner was dismissed in the last match.
On paper, Delhi Capitals is a terrific side. However, they have so far lacked consistency and application. They have been a bit over-circumspect at times, but given their fragile lower middle-order, it seems to be paying off. Considering the bowling attack that DC have, they are one of the very few teams that can bowl successfully at Sharjah Cricket Ground. If their bowlers manage to perform as they've been doing at the other venues, DC certainly have a batting unit that is more than capable of scoring any total on that surface.
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, RR Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Amit Mishra, Harshal Patel.
It's remarkable to see how Kolkata Knight Riders never fail to find young Indian match-winners. Before the tournament started, their pace department looked a bit too over-dependent on Pat Cummins, but given the way their young pacers have responded, KKR appears to be having one of the most complete bowling lineups in the competition.
Kolkata Knight Riders' win over Rajasthan Royals came largely because of the fantastic contingent of the Indian bowlers. Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Varun Chakravarthi were all brilliant in not only keeping the Royals' top-order quiet but also chipping away at the wickets. They moved to the third spot on the ladder following that win and will be looking to consolidate their position in the top half of the points table.
The Knight Riders' experiment of opening with Sunil Narine that worked so well over the past few overs doesn't seem to be working any longer. In the three matches gone so far, Narine has been more of a walking wicket and wastes too many deliveries at the top. There could be a change at the top coming, but given the short boundaries that Sharjah Cricket Ground has, Narine might just get another go at the top.
KKR's other opener, however, has looked in fantastic touch. As seen in his innings against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals, he has looked in complete control, be it while milking singles or going for big hits. Coming in at one-drop, Nitish Rana has perhaps appeared to be in form of his life, but batting for a longer period is what he will be looking for in the upcoming match. He has timed the ball beautifully but has perished a little too early in all the three matches that KKR has played.
The biggest disappointment so far for the Knight Riders is their skippers' form. In order to play the maximum number of deliveries and provide depth to his team's batting lineup, Dinesh Karthik promoted himself to the number-four slot, but the move has worked so far. With the likes of Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell both in fine form, we might see Dinesh Karthik come in a little late to bat if the situation demands so. As far as captaincy is concerned, Dinesh Karthik has been close to perfect.
With an excellent amalgamation of accumulators and hard-hitters, Kolkata Knight Riders seem to be one of the most well-balanced sides in the tournament. With Pat Cummins available to bat at number seven, Kolkata Knight Riders have a batting lineup that goes deep. Their bowling, as well, seems to be doing well but will have a huge test at Sharjah Cricket Ground. While KKR have hard-hitters available at the top as well, they'd once again depend heavily on their lower middle-order to score the bulk of the runs quickly. There are not many players in the world that match the six-hitting abilities of Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan. Considering the form they both and the other players are in, beating Kolkata Knight Riders is certainly going to take some effort.
Shubman Gill, SP Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, RA Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy.
Sharjah Cricket Ground is the only venue in the tournament wherein the teams have successfully chased the totals down. Short boundaries and the dew factor means that setting a total is an incredibly difficult task here. With dew likely to be factor on Saturday as well, defending isn't going to be easy. Besides, both teams have fantastic batting lineups that can chance any total down. For those reasons, we expect the captain winning the toss to field first.
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Sharjah Cricket Ground may or may not be a fans' favorite ground, but it certainly isn't favorite for the bowlers. Remarkably short boundaries on all sides means that even the mishits can go for the maximums. It was, in fact, evident in the last match here wherein several mishits cleared the rope with significant ease. Though the surface is going to be a bit two-paced, the short boundaries will negate the advantage the spinnners have. Change of pace and hitting the deck hard would be the key for the quick bowlers. While yorkers are going to be important as well, even a slight mistake there could mean a huge penalty. Weather has cooled down significantly over the past few days, but with temperatures hovering in the range of 38 degrees, fitness of the players will be tested yet again. There is zero probability of rain, but dew will surely come into the picture in the latter half of the second innings. No total is safe to defend here and the team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 200 runs on the board.
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It is expected to be yet another six-hitting fest at Sharjah Cricket Ground and the bowling of both sides will be tested. While Delhi Capitals have a better-balanced bowling unit between the two, Kolkata Knight Riders have a batting unit that can demolish even the best attacks in the world. Kolkata Knight Riders have power-packed players available right through their lower middle-order, the players who have proved themselves time and again. The upcoming match is likely to go right down to the wire, but the sheer six-hitting abilities of Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan put Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the Capitals. Also, the Capitals are coming off a loss in their previous match and might be a bit circumspect in their approach. Betting on a more power-packed and a more confident team, that is, Kolkata Knight Riders should be the way to go in the upcoming contest.
Shubhman Gill has been in terrific touch right throughout the competition thus far. He has had more control than any other batsman, be it while stealing singles or while going for the big ones. Also, the fact that he bats at the top of the allows him an ample amount of time to settle down. For that reason, we believe that hitting a personal score of over 22 should be a walk in the park for him.
Even though Rishabh Pant has not been the form, in which the fans would want him to be, he has still done pretty well. Given the short boundaries at Sharjah, we expect him to attempt more shots to clear the rope and with the power Pant has, even a mishit should easily go over the rope. It is expected to be a six-hitting fest at Sharjah, and, therefore, Rishabh Pant should be able to hit at least one six in his entire innings.
Sharjah Cricket Ground has been the best batting venue in the tournament so far and that is evident by the fact that close to 900 runs have already been scored in the two matches combined at this venue. Short boundaries make it easy for the batsmen to accumulate runs in heaps. Considering that, scored over a total of 374 runs shouldn't be difficult for the two teams combined.
Kolkata Knight Riders' two wins have come primarily because of their fantastic bowling attack. Sunil Narine and Nitish Rana are yet to play a big innings and the onus of batting through the innings will lie with Shubhman Gill. He has been in terrific touch and with short boundaries to his advantage, he should be able to score fairly quickly without taking any risks. This certainly appears to be pretty good punt considering the risk-reward ratio.
Shreyas Iyer has looked in decent form so far, yet he does not have any big innings to his name. He is one of those batsmen, who once set goes onto play a big innings. Considering that and the fact that surface is going to be optimal for hitting sixes, we expect Shreyas Iyer to register his first fifty of the season.
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