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Indian T20 League 2021 Qualifier 2: KOL vs DEL Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Team Kolkata vs Team Delhi, Indian T20 League 2021 Qualifier 2 (KOL vs DEL)

Date: October 13, Wednesday

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

We are now heading towards the second last game of Indian T20 League 2021 which will be played between Team Kolkata and Team Delhi. Eoin Morgan’s team is coming into Qualifier 2 after defeating Team Bangalore in the eliminator. Batting first, Bangalore set Kolkata a sub-par target of 139 runs after openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal shared a 49-run partnership for the first wicket. Sunil Narine was Kolkata’s best bowler with four wickets.

Chasing 139, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer shared a first-wicket partnership of 41 runs, before significant contributions from Nitish Raina, Narine and Dinesh Karthik left only seven runs to be scored in the final over with Morgan and Shakib Al Hasan in the middle.

Delhi, on the other hand, come into this game after losing the Qualifier 1 to finalists Chennai. Batting first, Delhi posted 172 on the board with the help of half-centuries from Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant. Chasing 173, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa scored half centuries before MS Dhoni smashed three fours in three balls in the final over to take his side over the line.

The winner of qualifier 2 will meet Chennai in the final on October 15.

Weather update and pitch report for KOL vs DEL (Qualifier 2)

Sharjah Cricket Ground is small in size, which makes it easier to hit boundaries and score totals in excess of 150. In the second leg, however, we have not seen high scoring games at this venue. The eliminator played here a fortnight ago was also a low-scoring contest. The spinners thrive on this wicket, while the pacers go for a lot of runs.

As for the weather update, is it going to be hot and humid with the temperature howvering around 30-35 degrees Celsius.

KOL team news and predicted XI

Team news: News has it that all-rounder Andre Russell, who has a Grade 2 hamstring tear is expected to be fit for Qualifier 2. Earlier, Russell was expected to return for the eliminator but it was later revealed that he was not fully fit. In Russell’s absence, Shakib Al Hasan has been in the playing XI.

Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan ( c ), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi

DEL team news and predicted XI

Team news: Marcus Stoinis was likely to be fit for Qualifier 1 but eventually couldn’t make it. The side has been playing Tom Curran in Stoinis’ absence.

Predicted XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis/Tom Curran, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Head to head record

Team Kolkata and Team Delhi have played 29 games between them, with Kolkata leading 15-13. Talking of their last five respective matches, both have won three each.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for KOL vs DEL, Qualifier 2

Venkatesh Iyer – Allrounder, Team Kolkata

MPL Price – 9.5 credits

One player who has played a crucial role in Kolkata’s remarkable turnaround in the UAE leg is opener Venkatesh Iyer. After an unbeaten 41 on debut against Bangalore, the batter from Madhya Pradesh has scored runs for Kolkata consistently. In eight matches, Iyer has 265 runs at an average of 37.85 and strike rate of 123.25. This includes two half-centuries. Iyer has complemented Shubman Gill perfectly and the team will be expecting one more solid opening stand from the duo in the do-or-die encounter on Wednesday. Notably, Iyer has also picked up three wickets with a best bowling figure of 2/29.

Sunil Narine – All-rounder, Team Kolkata

MPL Price – 9.5 credits

Another all-rounder from Team Kolkata who is a must-have in your MPL team is Sunil Narine, who has been making most of the pitch conditions in Sharjah. Narine was the Player of the Match in the eliminator for picking four wickets for 21 runs and also playing an important cameo with the bat – 26 off 15. In all, Narine has 14 wickets in 12 matches this season at an economy of 6.41. With the bat, he has a strike rate of almost 137. Narine brings with him the experience of playing 132 matches for Kolkata over the last 10 years, which will be very beneficial for the team in a knockout game.

Rahul Tripathi – Batter, Team Kolkata

MPL Price – 9 credits

Rahul Tripathi has played a few impressive knocks this season in the middle order. Although he couldn’t get going in the eliminator, the batter from Maharashtra has 383 runs this season at an average of almost 30 and an impressive strike rate of 142.37.

Rishabh Pant – Batter, Team Delhi

MPL Price – 9.5 credits

The captain of Delhi, Rishabh Pant has been impressive this season with an average and strike rate of 37.54 and 129.06. Pant has hit three fifties this season and comes into this game on the back of an unbeaten 51 off 35 balls in the Qualifier 1. At a ground where the boundaries are small, expect Pant to hit another quickfire knock.

Shikhar Dhawan – Batter, Team Delhi

MPL Price – 10 credits

Shikhar Dhawan is currently the third-highest run-scorer in the Indian T20 League 2021 with 551 runs at an average of almost 40 and strike rate of 127.54. Along with form, Dhawan will also bring with him lots of experience of playing in knockout games. In all, Dhawan has played 191 Indian T20 League games, having an average and strike rate of 34.83 and 126.94.

KOL vs DEL Qualifier 2 – MPL fantasy XI

KOL vs DEL, Qualifier 2 – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Star Sports will broadcast the Indian T20 League on the television, while live streaming of the game will be available on Disney + Hotstar for users with a subscription. The match will start at 7.30 PM IST on October 13.

Also read: Who has the most wickets in T20 cricket?

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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