Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update – Indian T20 League, Match 16

Have plenty of big-hitting options since Sharjah is a very small ground and one can expect plenty of sixes in this match.

Match Details:

The 16th match of the Indian T20 League 2020 will be played between Delhi and Kolkata at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.

Preview:

Delhi started off the campaign on a wonderful note, having won two in two games but registered their first loss against a team that registered two losses in as many games, i.e, the Hyderabad. Delhi’s batting is powerful but the middle-order is relatively inexperienced. Poor running between the wickets can be attributed as one of the reasons for the loss in the last match. Their bowling attack also has just been outstanding with Kagiso Rabada leading the line. Delhi will look to cement their place at the upper half of the table when they take on Kolkata on Saturday.

Kolkata registered a complete performance in their last game against an in-form Rajasthan side. They beat Rajasthan by 37 runs and now find themselves on a two-match winning streak.  Their batting has come good for them but so has their pace department. Kolkata’s biggest strength is chasing down those big totals just because of the presence of some big hitters in their ranks. They will look to figure out the ideal batting position for their skipper, Dinesh Karthik, and their stalwart, Andre Russell; both of whom have looked out of form with the bat. At a venue like Sharjah, both of them can be game-changing.


DEL vs KOL Weather Report for Match 16:

The weather for the evening game on Saturday is conducive for a cricket match but continues to be harsh on the players with respect to the temperatures. Of course, it cannot be helped but the temperatures are set to stay near 34°C for the most part of the game. There will be ample humidity in the atmosphere. It is suggestive of the appearance of dew in the second innings.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The track at Sharjah is an absolute nightmare for the bowlers. Apart from the ball coming on nicely to the bat, the boundaries are extremely small which is why teams prefer to chase in Sharjah. With the dew, batting becomes much easier in the second half.

Average first innings score:

220 (Based on the 2 games played at this venue this season)

Record of chasing teams:

Won – 1, Lost – 1, Tied – 0


Injury and Availability News:

Ravichandran Ashwin could play tomorrow subject to clearance of the fitness test.

DEL vs KOL Today’s Probable Playing XIs:

Delhi:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shreyas Iyer (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra/Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje

Bench:

Mohit Sharma, Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Tushar Deshpande, Daniel Sams, Alex Carey, Ravichandran Ashwin/Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan

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Kolkata:

Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Bench:

Sandeep Warrier, Rahul Tripathi, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Manimaran Siddharth

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DEL vs KOL Steal Picks for Today’s 11Wickets Match:

Varun Chakravarthy (8 credits)Varun Chakravarthy has been bowling beautifully this season. He has certainly come a long way from the bashing that he took from RCB in his debut match. He has picked up 3 wickets from 2 games at an economy of 6.75. With the variations that he possesses, he will have a major role to play in containing the Delhi batsmen.

Shivam Mavi (8 credits)Shivam Mavi has been backed by the Kolkata management for a long time and he is delivering the goods now. With a bright future in the store for him, he is set to go a long way. His true potential was seen when he was bowling in tandem with Kamlesh Nagarkoti in the match against Rajasthan. The pacer has picked up 4 wickets from 3 games at an economy of 6.70.

Ishant Sharma (8.5 credits)With his height and the bounce that he generates, Ishant Sharma can very well win the match for Delhi if understands the proper way to use the conditions at Sharjah to his advantage. The margin of error is very slim but should he get the hang of it, he will deliver.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis

Vice-Captain Options – Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for DEL vs KOL 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Rishabh Pant (C)

Batters – Eoin Morgan, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill

All-Rounders – Andre Russell (VC), Marcus Stoinis, Nitish Rana

Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy

12th Man  Shreyas Iyer

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for DEL vs KOL 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Rishabh Pant

Batters – Eoin Morgan (VC), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer

All-Rounders – Andre Russell, Marcus Stoinis (C), Sunil Narine

Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi

12th Man – Nitish Rana


Expert Advice:

Have plenty of big-hitting options since Sharjah is a very small ground and one can expect plenty of sixes in this match.

Today’s DEL vs KOL Probable Winners:

Kolkata are expected to win this contest and also add two points to their tally.

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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