The lineup for Friday's IPL 2021 final is about to get completed as the Delhi Capitals take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in the final qualifier, with the winner earning the right to take on the Chennai Super Kings in the final.
The match betting is tight, with the bookmakers viewing this as an even contest. The Knight Riders are the slight favourites and are priced at 1.80, with the Capitals priced at 2.00.
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders 2nd Qualifier IPL 2021
Team News for DC
The Delhi Capitals will need to bounce back following the heartbreaking nature of their 1st Qualifier defeat. They were in pole position to make the final, but then MS Dhoni rolled back the years smashing 18 off just 6 balls to flip the match on its head and see the Super Kings reach another IPL final. The Capitals, who lost in last year's final, will be hoping to go one better this year but will face a challenging task in reaching the final in the form of a red hot Knight Riders team.
Entering the playoff phase of the tournament, the Capitals who topped the group stage were the favourites to win the trophy. Now, following their latest defeat, they have become the underdogs and are priced at 4.00 to win it all.
Likely playing 11 of DC
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
Team News for KKR
Heading into their must-win eliminator against RCB, it was perceived that the Knight Riders may have held a competitive edge. After all, they had been essentially playing knockout cricket to make the tournament's playoff phase. Winning a mini playoff within the group stage between the Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, and Rajasthan Royals to claim the fourth and final playoff spot, the Knight Riders continued their hot hand, beating in-form RCB by four wickets.
On a slow and sluggish pitch, the Knight Riders bowling won the match and, in particular, Sunil Narine, who finished with figures of 4-21. It was a masterclass by one of the world's best manipulators of spin, and for Narine to repeat the feat in this match and take over 1.5 wickets, he is generously priced at 1.90.
Entering the playoff phase, the Knight Riders were the tournament outsiders, but that position has changed as they are now favoured to reach the final and are priced at 3.50 to win the tournament outright.
Likely playing 11 of KKR
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match is due to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. With the weather set to be perfect, everything should be set up for a tense and exciting game. There have been low scores in the last few games held at Sharjah, with teams struggling to get past 140. Batting will be challenging throughout the game.
Kolkata's win over RCB came at this same venue, whereas Delhi played at Dubai in their playoff game. Kolkata handled the tricky pitch conditions better than RCB, which definitely gives them a competitive advantage in this match. The Knight Riders spin bowlers did all sorts of damage, with only Virat Kohli getting anywhere near 50.
Odds of 4.00 for a half-century not to be scored look like a cracking bet on what is surely going to be a tough deck to bat on.
Betting Predictions for DC vs KKR
Now let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders 2nd Qualifier IPL 2021:
Match Result Prediction
It isn't a surprise to see that the Kolkata Knight Riders are the slight favourites for the game, considering they head into this match in great form, having won their last three, and they have recent winning experience on the tricky Sharjah Pitch.
Bowling won the day for the Knight Riders in their last few matches, and their spinners are causing all sorts of problems. The Knight Riders, by virtue of having played recently at this venue, could be a very dangerous proposition here.
After wrapping up the top spot in the group phase, the Capitals head into this match fresh off the back of two poor losses. Last year's losing finalists, the capitals, will be desperate to go one better this year, but perhaps that pressure is starting to take its toll.
At the end of their defeat to the Super Kings, the Capitals' bowling became ragged, and other errors are starting to creep into their game. They will need a complete performance here if they are to win.
The head-to-head between the two sides is really close. Delhi have won three of the last five matches between these sides, but the Knight Riders have won two of the previous three.
Match Winner: KKR (1.80)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that is really tricky to bat on, the side that bats the best will win. Look for the team that bats first to post a total of above 130, which would likely be a tricky chase. Interestingly, there have been over 60 T20 games played at Sharjah, and the team that bats first has only won 20 times, with the teams that bat second winning over two-thirds. If you are betting in-play, the team that bats second could have the advantage.
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Top Batsman for KKR
Batting in the RCB vs KKR match looked incredibly difficult, with both sets of batters struggling to find the middle of the bat. One batsman who looked at home with the pitch's pace and speed was opener Shubman Gill, who scored a speedy 29 off just 18 balls. Gill would have been disappointed in the manner that he lost his wicket, skying a delivery from Harshal Patel when he looked really well set. His attacking intent and busyness at the crease will allow Gill to score quickly. Gill is priced at 4.00 to be his team's top scorer, and with recent pitch experience, he is the man we are backing here.
Shubman Gill to be Kolkata Knight Riders' top-scoring batsman (4.00)
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