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DC vs KKR LIVE Score, IPL 2021 Qualifier 2: Dhawan, Stoinis rebuild; Delhi crosses 50 vs Kolkata

DC vs KKR LIVE Score, IPL 2021 Qualifier 2: Dhawan, Stoinis rebuild; Delhi crosses 50 vs Kolkata


Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2021 Qualifier 2 between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders from Sharjah.

Mavi into the attack

DC 49/1 in 7 overs: Dhawan escapes as Karthik misses a stumping! Shakib sees Dhawan stepping out of the crease and instantly pushes the ball down leg. Karthik has a rough take low to his right and fails to hold onto the ball.

Shakib is back

DC 38/1 in 6 overs: Dhawan continues to struggle against Ferguson’s probing lengths. He pushes the ball continuously through the channel outside the off-stump, offering minimal room. Dhawan continues to play and miss as he attempts to cut off a sharp line.

Lockie returns

DC 34/1 in 5 overs: Chakravarthy to Shaw. OUT! Loud appeal and given! Chakravarthy foxes Shaw with an excellent delivery first ball! A sharp googly from Varun and Shaw completely misreads the line. The ball hits the pads and Shaw has a long thought before deciding against a review. Stoinis, in at 3.  He gets off the mark with a single to the on-side. Prithvi Shaw lbw b Varun 18 (12b 2×4 1×6)

Chakravarthy replaces Shakib

DC 32/0 in 4 overs: Dhawan on the charge! Narine shortens his length to Dhawan and instantly pays the price. He sweeps Narine off length for two exquisite sixes over mid-wicket.

Narine replaces Lockie

DC 18/0 in 3 overs: Shaw goes bang, bang! Shaw dances down and thwacks Shakib’s wafted delivery over long-on for a massive six.  Goodness me, the sound on that one was fantastic.  Shaw waits for the shorter delivery and Shakib offers one right on cue. He rocks back and cuts it fiercely behind point for another four.

DC 6/0 in 2 overs: Ferguson errs with a overpitched delivery to start. Shaw drills it through covers for a cracking four. He sneaks in a quick single before Ferguson puts Dhawan in a spot. Lockie hits the deck short of length and Dhawan fails to execute the cut. He is cramped for room and fails to open his account once again.

Ferguson from the opposite end

DC 1/0 in 1 over: Top start for Shakib and KKR. Shakib pins Shaw deep into the crease before he finds a single off the second ball. Tight lines follow to Dhawan as well who fails to break through the inner-circle.

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Shakib with the new ball. Shaw on strike.

Qualifier 2 is here! Morgan’s Knights storm to the field.  In walk Delhi’s openers – Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw.

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Kolkata continue with their formidable winning combination sans Russell. But Pant’s Delhi are walking in with a big boost with the return of Marcus Stoinis. He’s backed to perform in a crunch game here. Will Morgan’s men maintain their fine run in Sharjah or can Delhi topple its poor form to make a second successive final?

Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy

TOSS: KKR wins the Toss, opts to bowl

Eoin Morgan: We are going to bowl first. It’s worked. We have kept the same side. Guys know their role. The mindset in the second leg has been spot-on.

Rishabh Pant: We would have bowled first. We needed an extra batsman, so Stoinis comes in. Tom Curran is out. We are in great frame of mind, always exciting to play together, looking to have fun during the match also.

 

Toss time in Sharjah!

6:58pm IST: Who’s winning the battle of the heavyweight coaches – Bazz McCullum of the Punter?

DC and KKR head coaches go about their pitch inspections.   –  SPORTZPICS

 

6:10pm IST: Numbers Game

  • Shikhar Dhawan needs two sixes to complete 200 T20 sixes.
  • Shreyas Iyer needs 38 runs to become DC’s second-highest run-scorer in IPL history.
  • Prithvi Shaw has the best strike-rate among all batters this season (min. 300 runs) – 159.51
  • Eoin Morgan needs nine runs to complete 1000 IPL runs for KKR

Will Pant’s Delhi break free off its jitters to reach a second successive final?   –  SPORTZPICS

 

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MATCH PREVIEW

Kolkata Knight Riders takes the field against Delhi Capitals in the IPL Qualifier 2 in Sharjah on Wednesday buoyed by winning momentum.

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Confidence in the KKR camp will be sky-high, after the side pulled off an impressive four-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on Monday.

In West Indian Sunil Narine, who shone with bat and ball against RCB, KKR possesses a true match-winner.

In this episode of Matchpoint Paradox, our correspondents Shayan Acharya, Ayan Acharya and Vijay Lokapally look back at the cricketing action from the week gone by – from India’s tour Down Under to KKR’s resurgence in IPL2021.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan, who stated that Narine is “consistently exceptional every time he takes the field”, will be doubly pleased to have Varun Chakravarthy as the second spinner. The duo is a handful in the middle overs, choking the opposition batsmen with tight lines.

The batting is in safe hands as well, with the likes of Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill in good form. The unit has peaked at the right time after a stuttering start to its campaign.

The team is yet to take a call on the availability of all-rounder Andre Russell, who suffered an injury earlier in the tournament. “Andre has a Grade 2 hamstring tear. He has worked incredibly hard along with our medical team with intensive rehabilitation to try and get himself back in the park. We’ll take a decision on whether he is fit to play,” Morgan stated on Monday.


Our bowlers have shown us the way, says KKR skipper Morgan


Not in Windies T20 World Cup squad, Narine shines in IPL

 

Eyeing maiden title

While KKR is on a three-match winning streak, DC has lost its last two outings. The Qualifier 1 outing on Sunday, against Chennai Super Kings, did not end well for DC. England pacer Tom Curran, given the ball in the final over, succumbed to a marauding M.S. Dhoni. That DC captain Rishabh Pant trusted Curran over experienced speedster Kagiso Rabada shows that the side has yet to define clear roles for players.

A few days earlier, DC suffered a last-ball defeat to RCB in the league stage. The team management could consider replacing Curran with Marcus Stoinis in the playing eleven.

DC, which topped the league stage, will pull out all the stops to stay in the hunt for a maiden IPL title.

Head to Head: KKR vs DC

Wins: KKR – 15, DC – 13

HS (KKR) v DC – 210

LS (KKR) v DC – 97

HS (DC) v KKR – 228

LS (DC) v KKR – 98

Head to Head in IPL 2021

DC vs KKR, April 29: KKR 154/6 in 20 overs lost to DC 156/3 in 16.4 overs by seven wickets

KKR vs DC, September 28: DC 127/9 in 20 overs lost to KKR 130/7 in 18.2 overs by three wickets


Predicted 11

Delhi Capitals XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Tom Curran/Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje

Kolkata Knight Riders XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy

DC vs KKR DREAM 11 FANTASY TEAM

Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik

Batters: Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Prithvi Shaw (vc)

All-rounders: Sunil Narine (c), Axar Patel

Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje (vc), Varun Chakravarthy

DC 5/7 | KKR 6/7 | Credits left: 0.

 

WHERE TO WATCH IPL 2021 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Live?

IPL 2021 will be aired Live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will be streamed live on Hotstar.

Squads

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora

Delhi Capitals Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Tom Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Steven Smith, Sam Billings, Marcus Stoinis, Lukman Meriwala, Ben Dwarshuis, Praveen Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel

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