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R Ashwin’s fitness remains the one big question mark still but with increased participation in the practice sessions, he could make a comeback in this game. Amit Mishra could be hard done by this having bowled fairly well (8 overs for 58 runs and two wickets) in the interim period. But Ashwin’s inclusions could prove favorable against match-ups with three left handers in KKR’s top five.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin/Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma
Kolkata Knight Riders
A change to a winning combination is unlikely from KKR, and there haven’t been any declared injury concerns. Three frontline spinners in Sharjah might be an overkill but it provides Dinesh Karthik with plenty of options to choose from, and keep batsmen guessing.
Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c&wk), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Did you know?
– Andre Russell has dismissed Shreyas Iyer four times in 48 balls in IPL
– In IPL 2020, Sharjah has seen the highest run-rate in the death overs (13.74)
– Kagiso Rabada has picked up two wickets or more in each of his last ten IPL matches, and has an average of 9.64 in death overs
What they said:
“Coming into the tournament, everyone was saying the same thing that there are no clear favourites this season. I think the competition this year is probably the closest that I can remember and I’ve been involved in a few seasons overall. I think everyone is virtually sitting on the same points, it is going to be close. The games that come down to the wire are the ones you need to win to make sure you’re in those playoffs spots or in the top-two positions – Ryan Harris, bowling coach of Delhi Capitals
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Rahul Tripathi, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth
Delhi Capitals Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Mohit Sharma, Alex Carey, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Daniel Sams, Lalit Yadav