Width offered and Smith rocks back to cut it to the deep backward point fence.
Varun bowls on pads and Smith flicks it fine to beat the fielder inside the circle.
After 9 overs,Delhi Capitals 52/2 ( Steven Smith 22 , Rishabh Pant (C) (W) 4)
Narine bowls. Outside off ball is clipped to midwicket by Smith for a double to start off things in the over. Three more singles in the over. 50 up for DC. It has been slow going but with wickets in hand they can attack in death overs. Strategy break taken.
After 8 overs,Delhi Capitals 47/2 ( Steven Smith 18 , Rishabh Pant (C) (W) 3)
Varun continues. The first ball is bunted down to cover by Smith for naught. Five singles on the next five balls. The Tamil chatter between DK and Varun is on. We would have loved having subtitles.
After 7 overs,Delhi Capitals 42/2 ( Steven Smith 15 , Rishabh Pant (C) (W) 1)
Narine called in from the other and he strikes immediately. On his second ball castles Shreyas Iyer with a perfect offspinner delivery that turned back into Iyer who was fixed in his crease. Just three from the over. Skipper Pant now joins Smith.
OUT! Shreyas Iyer b Narine 1 (5)
Iyer was caught in two minds. Stuck in his crease and the offspin delivery turned back in to hit the timber. What a start for Narine.
After 6 overs,Delhi Capitals 39/1 ( Steven Smith 13 , Shreyas Iyer 1)
Spin time now. Varun Chakravarthy bowls to Smith. First ball is tucked to midwicket for a single followed by a wide. Two dot balls to Shreyas Iyer followed by two more single for DC. Four off the over. Powerplay over.
After 5 overs,Delhi Capitals 35/1 ( Steven Smith 11 , )
Lockie Ferguson now asked to bowl. Dhawan gets a single and the second ball is whipped to midwicket by Smith for a four. Dhawan gets the strike back with a single and departs on the next ball after playing a slash straight to cover point. Big wicket for KKR!
Shikhar Dhawan c Iyer b Ferguson 24 (20)
Dangerman Dhawan perishes trying to attack again. Length ball outside off and Dhawan slashes it straight to the cover point.
Ferguson welcomed into the attack with a four. On pads and Smith flicks it to the midwicket fence.
After 4 overs,Delhi Capitals 29/0 ( Steven Smith 6 , Shikhar Dhawan 23)
Even Southee decides to go round the wicket against Dhawan. First ball the opener gets beaten trying to cut the length ball. Takes a single on the second ball with a cut to the deep backward point. Smith adds another single with a flick to the square leg. Dhawan blasts the next ball for a four after skipping down the track. Gets trapped in front trying to play a flick on the fourth ball. KKR are interested and take a review. It was clipping stumps and Dhawan stays not out as a result of the umpire’s call. One form the last ball. Seven from the over.
Dhawan skips down and crashes the length ball through the cover off Southee.
After 3 overs,Delhi Capitals 22/0 ( Steven Smith 5 , Shikhar Dhawan 17)
All Smith needs to do here is to give the strike to Dhawan. Two fours for Dhawan in the over after Smith takes a single from the first ball. Both balls from Warrier were overpitched from round the wicket and Dhawan easily clipped them to the midwicket fence. Dhawan adds a single also. 10 from the over.
Back-to-back fours! With the angle into him, Dhawan is finding it too easy. Another fuller ball has been dispatched to the fence on the legside.
Third four for Dhawan! Fuller delivery on pads has been clipped to the midwicket fence.
After 2 overs,Delhi Capitals 12/0 ( Steven Smith 4 , Shikhar Dhawan 8)
Debutant Southee from the other end. Smith flicks the fuller length ball from the middle to midwicket for a double. Dot ball and then single to cover. Southee gets the next ball to seam away as it takes Dhawan’s outside edge and runs down to third man fence for a four. No slip fielder was in place. Seven from the over.
Another four for Dhawan! This came as a result of an outside edge but there is no slip fielder.
After 1 overs,Delhi Capitals 5/0 ( Steven Smith 1 , Shikhar Dhawan 4)
Warrier’s first ball is clipped off pads to backward square leg for Smith as he gets off the mark. Three dot balls to Dhawan who tucks the full toss from Warrier to legside for the first boundary of the match. Dot ball to end the over.
Dhawan gets the first four of the match. Warrier with a juicy full toss and it is flicked to square leg.
It’s super hot out there in Sharjah. Umpires are out in the middle. Sandeep Warrier will bowl the first over for KKR. Smith and Dhawan are DC openers.
We are five minutes away from live action! DC will be batting first, but they don’t have Shaw today in their lineup. This means Smith, who has been included today, could open alongside Shikhar Dhawan.
In the Star Sports studio, Sunil Gavaskar has predicted a DC win today’s match. Hayden has gone with KKR.
Delhi Capitals XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan
Kolkata Knight Riders XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy, Sandeep Warrier
One change for DC: Steve Smith replaces Prithvi Shaw.
Rishabh Pant: “We wanted to bat first. The wicket looks slow, so 15-160 should be par score. Hope we can win the game and qualify for the playoffs for sure.”
Two changes for KKR: Tim Southee and Sandeep Warrier come in for Andre Russell and Prasidh Krishna.
Eoin Morgan: “Don’t know what the wicket will be like, but it’s not a belter and not too bad, so somewhere in between. Setting a total might be a challenge, so we will try bowling.”
Toss: KKR decide to bowl first after winning toss. Morgan says he is not sure “what’s the wicket like”.
Pitch Report: “Pitch is slow at Sharjah. In the middle stages it will be hard to bat, so expect fireworks in powerplay. There’s not a lot of grass to hold the pitch together, there are bare patches. Fast bowlers will try cross-seamers, a few will skid off the leather and others will take off after hitting the seam, making it difficult for power-hitters outside powerplay,” says Matthew Hayden.
New for KKR fans: Tim Southee could be making his debut for the franchise today. He most probably will replace Andre Russell in the side. Confirmation will be in at toss.
KKR spinner Kuldeep Yadav injures knee
Kuldeep is back home in India after sustaining a serious knee injury and it could also make hit sit out of the majority of the domestic season. A few reports suggest that he has already done surgery for the injury. The spinner has not been picked in India’s squad for T20 World Cup.
KKR are certain to be without Andre Russell who injured himself fielding in the deep against CSK.
For DC, Marcus Stoinis injured his leg against SRH and could miss the match. Prithvi Shaw also injured himself in the last match and can be out of today’s game.
Here’s a look at the points table. A win today for KKR will be a huge boost for their playoff chances.
Shreyas Iyer’s return has allowed us to play ideal line-up, says DC bowling coach James Hopes
“At the start of the tournament, with Shreyas being out we decided to play Steve and I think all along our ideal line-up had Nortje and Rabada in it, but we just couldn’t afford to do that at the start of tournament.”
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Head to head record
Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals have met 27 times and Eoin Morgan’s side has a slight edge over their opponents as they won 14 matches compared to Delhi’s 13.
Two matches today in IPL 2021! Two in-form teams collide in the afternoon game. DC are second in the league table with 16 points and have won their last two matches in UAE. KKR have won two out of three matches in UAE and are fourth. A win tonight will help Delhi Capitals take one more step towards finishing at top of the points table. Kolkata Knight Riders need two points to consolidate the playoffs spot. This should be a cracker of a contest. Stay tuned for toss and team news…
Live Score KKR vs DC, IPL 2021, Today’s Match: Narine bowls. Outside off ball is clipped to midwicket by Smith for a double to start off things in the over. Three more singles in the over. 50 up for DC. It has been slow going but with wickets in hand they can attack in death overs. Strategy break taken.
Preview: Delhi Capitals (DC) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KR) Match 41 of IPL 2021 at Sharjah. Expect fireworks as both teams have power-hitters and the Sharjah ground has shorter boundaries as compared to other venues in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
DC are comfortably placed on second. Although they and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have the same points but thanks to the Net Run Rate (NRR), CSK sit atop in the points table.
KKR, on the other hand, have been quite impressive in the second leg of the season, winning two out of the last three matches. They had to face loss in hands of CSK in their last match but there were plenty of positives to take from the loss as well.
Varun Chakravarthy remains key for KKR. But it was also good to see Sunil Narine stepping up in the last match and almost stealing a match for his team from the jaws of defeat.
Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi have batted well in this season but captain Morgan would surely want some runs under his belt as well.
As far as DC are concered, they have all their bases covered. Their pace bowling department is arguably the best in the tournament. Shreyas Iyer is looking in good touch as well. DC would want to maintain their winning run when they take on KKR.
Here’s all you need to know about the 41st match of IPL 2021 between KKR and DC.
When will the 41st match of the IPL 2021 between KKR and DC take place?
The match between KKR and DC will take place on 28 September 2021.
What is the venue for the KKR and DC match?
The match will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.
What time will the KKR and DC match start?
The KKR and DC match will begin at 3.30 pm IST. The toss will take place at 3 pm IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast the DC vs RR match?
The match will be telecast on the Star Sports Network. The live streaming of the match will also be available on Disney+ Hotstar. Besides, you can browse Firstpost.com for live updates and over-by-over commentary.Internet Explorer Channel Network