We are reaching a vital stage of the 2021 IPL with yet another crucial match – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals 41st Match IPL 2021.
It's a matchup between two teams that currently find themselves right in the mix of the Playoff picture; the Delhi Capitals are sitting pretty at the joint top of the table with 16 points, while the Knight Riders are now in the 4th spot but being one of four teams who currently have eight points.
This is an important match for the Knight Riders, as they will need a win to ensure they maintain their grip on the final playoff spot they currently occupy.
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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals 41st Match IPL 2021
Team News for Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders will be kicking themselves after failing to see out the match in their last game against the Chennai Super Kings. After posting a more than competitive 171, the Knight Riders had the Super Kings right where they wanted them before a superb knock of 22 from just eight balls from India all-rounder Ravi Jadeja wrestled the game away from the Knight Riders. The Super Kings claimed victory with the winning runs coming from the final ball of the match.
It will be a tough loss to swallow for the Knight Riders, as a victory would have maintained their slender advantage and grip of the final playoff position they currently hold. Now, they join three other teams – the Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and the Mumbai Indians on eight points. This is another tough assignment for the Knight Riders, but one they desperately need to win.
Likely playing 11 of Kolkata Knight Riders
Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Team News for Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals head into this match in a much more relaxed state of mind than their opponents, as a playoff berth is all but secured. The Capitals head into this match in excellent form, sitting joint top of the table thanks to seven victories in their last eight matches, including a recent win over the Knight Riders.
Whereas others have struggled for consistency, the Capitals have personified it, perhaps none more so than Avesh Khan. The fast bowler has taken the second most wickets in this year's competition with 15 wickets and has proved to be a thorn in the side of some of the world's best batsmen. The Capitals will want to finish the group stage top of the pile, and a win here will very much keep them on course.
Likely playing 11 of Delhi Capitals
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje & Avesh Khan
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match is due to be held in Sharjah, and the weather for the game looks perfect. The pitch at Sharjah can be challenging for bowlers as the pitch can sometimes be lifeless, and batters are able to score effectively. Look for the team that wins the toss to put a total on the board and give the opposing team a difficult score to chase.
Betting Predictions for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals 41st Match IPL 2021
Match Result Prediction for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals 41st Match IPL 2021
Heading into the match in such great form, there is no surprise that the Delhi Capitals are the favourites for this fascinating encounter. You can back the Capitals to continue their great form at a price of 1.67, whereas the Knight Riders are the underdogs and can be backed at 2.20.
The smart money has to be on the Capitals to continue their tremendous form. The Capitals have many players in great form, which includes batsman Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, and the enigmatic Rishabh Pant. The Capitals also have the devastating bowling trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, and Avesh Khan, which are bound to cause the inconsistent Knight Riders batting line up all sorts of problems.
The Knight Riders will be a dangerous proposition as they need to win this match, but we are backing the Capitals to keep their winning streak alive and edge clear at the top of the table.
Match Winner: Delhi Capitals (1.67)
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Toss Prediction for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals 41st Match IPL 2021
Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that doesn't give the bowlers too much help, Sharjah has seen IPL teams successfully post scores of 200+. The slowness of the pitch could pose a challenge for both sides, as they have struggled with the bat at times. Therefore, the bowlers will be looking to make early in-roads and claim early wickets.
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Top Batsman for Kolkata Knight Riders
In a match they need to win, one batsman arrives in great form for the Knight Riders, and that is Rahul Tripathi. In his last two matches, Tripathi has produced scores of 74 and 45, and he will need to continue his form into this match if the Knight Riders are to be victorious. At 4.33, to be his team's top scorer, he could represent some great value.
Rahul Tripathi to be Kolkata Knight Riders top-scoring batsman (4.33)
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