3 Milestones Delhi Capitals Players Can Hit Against Kolkata Knight Riders
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Delhi Capitals will face the Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium. Delhi Capitals lost their first qualifying against Chennai Super Kings and now they have a chance to correct their path when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders, a team that have been in sensational form on the UAE stage.
One of the main reasons the Delhi Capitals have been the most consistent team in the league in recent years has been the fact that they have chosen a team that appears to have all the bases covered. They only make changes when they are absolutely pressured to do so.
As they take on Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals could make a couple of changes to their squad considering the acreage on offer at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
We take a look at the 3 milestones Delhi Capitals players will be approaching in Qualifier 2:
1.) Rishabh Pant on the cusp of 2,500 IPL races
The Delhi Capitals captain has not been so good this season, but reached his half century in the previous match. This should give you confidence before this match and your contribution will be the key, especially in the intermissions against the Kolkata Knight Riders spinners. He’s just eight races out of 2,500 in the IPL and this should act as a catalyst for him to go full throttle.
Pant is a very good spin player and his presence in the intermissions against players like Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine could be crucial for Delhi. Both spinners have been in phenomenal shape at this stage and on Sharjah’s surface that is conducive to spinners, they have controlled the beat wonderfully.
2.) Double record for Axar Patel
Axar Patel, who has gone from strength to strength this season, is just five pitches out of the 100 pitches in the Indian Premier League. His control and ability to take wicket in powerplay overs, as well as intermissions, has given Rishabh Pant a cushion to bet on.
However, Delhi Capitals will need more of Axar’s bat. He was promoted in the order against the Chennai Super Kings, but was unable to contribute much. He has the skills to be a good hitter with the bat, and since he is also left-handed, he can provide great balance on the side if he goes well with the willow. Going into this match, Axar needs 51 executions to complete 1000 executions in the IPL.
3.) Steve Smith slowly advancing to 2,500 IPL races
On a slow surface in Sharjah, Delhi Capitals can go for Steve Smith ahead of Kagiso Rabada or Tom Curran as he will give the team a lot of stability and solidity in the middle.
The former Australian captain is just 15 races away from completing 2,500 races in the Indian Premier League. This could be your chance to make a decisive contribution with the bat, as Delhi Capitals looks to enter the final and claim the trophy for the first time.
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