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IPL 2019 – Match 26: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals – DC Predicted Playing XI

Even though they are playing the best XI, the Capitals still seem to have a lot of problems.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. (Photo Source: Twitter)

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is progressing forward, the Delhi Capitals (DC) are heading the Daredevils’ way. Many of the flaws are getting exposed and they just about managed to win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) even though it should’ve been a cakewalk. The team is currently placed sixth on the points table and they will be playing their next two matches away from home.

Firstly, they will encounter the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens. The Capitals have got a lot to think about their middle-order. Almost in every game in the last three matches, there has been a mini-collapse of sorts and the players aren’t taking the onus of holding it together. Looking at the conditions in Kolkata, the visitors might make one change to their eleven from the previous game.

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Here is the Predicted Playing XI for the Delhi Capitals (DC):

Openers (Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw)

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw. (Photo: IANS)

Shikhar Dhawan is heading nowhere with his batting in this tournament. He bagged a golden duck against the RCB and is struggling to find the middle of his bat. In six matches thus far, the left-hander only managed to score 152 runs. Shikhar must start delivering and can’t always put the middle-order in pressure with his poor batting.

Prithvi Shaw’s case is slightly different. He is in good form and is hitting the ball really well. However, the youngster is finding it tough to play long innings consistently. He is trying too hard to go after the bowlers too often. The 19-year-old needs to take it easy and play according to the situation.

Middle Order (Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram)

Rishabh Pant Delhi Capitals
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: IANS)

Shreyas Iyer played a gem of a knock in the last match. He was the lone warrior for his team with a 67 which came off 50 balls. The skipper will enjoy batting in Kolkata as well where the ball comes onto the bat nicely. Rishabh Pant, after the exploits in the first game against Mumbai, has bagged five failures in a row. There were cases where he could have taken his team over the line.

However, he couldn’t do so and is trying to hit every ball in the air. Nevertheless, he is the best wicket-keeper available in the squad and hence will get another chance. DC might provide Colin Ingram with another opportunity. The left-hander hasn’t been at his best as yet but will hope to turn things around soon.

All Rounders (Chris Morris, Axar Patel)

Axar Patel
Axar Patel. (Photo Source: IANS)

Chris Morris is doing a fair job for his team with the ball. The all-rounder has been consistently amongst the wickets and is hitting the right areas. However, he needs to improve his game with the bat slightly. He bagged a duck in the last game even though he had the opportunity of taking his team over the line.

Axar Patel will surely feature in the eleven for the next game at the iconic venue. The southpaw has done a terrific job with the ball thus far. The Gujarat cricketer is bowling economical spells and is also picking up important wickets. He was the one who finished the game against RCB with a four.

Bowlers (Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane)

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. (Photo Source: IANS)

DC might replace Rahul Tewatia with Amit Mishra in the eleven. The leg-spinner is a lot of experienced and could be used as a weapon in case Andre Russell plays the encounter. The Caribbean cricketer struggled against Imran Tahir in the last match and also got a life since he was dropped. Nepal spin prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane will continue to feature in the eleven.

Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada will be the two pacers. Ishant hasn’t been highly impressive but it has to be kept in mind that he hasn’t played in this format much in recent times. Rabada is bowling brilliantly and has picked four massive wickets in the last match.

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