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Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Tips - Pant to lead Capitals to victory
- Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders predictions for Thursday’s IPL cricket match
- Rishabh Pant has scored over 24.5 runs in his last 2 matches
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Delhi Capitals have won four of their last five matches against the Kolkata Knight Riders (Getty Images)
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Tips
Rishabh Pant has started finding his form for the Delhi Capitals with two good innings in his last two matches. He is backed to score over 24.5 runs as my best bet.
- Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant has scored 37 & 58* runs in his last 2 matches.
- Delhi Capitals have won 4 of their last 6 IPL matches.
- Delhi Capitals have won 4 of their last 5 matches against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
- Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan has scored 85, 92, 45 & 28 runs in 4 of his last 6 matches.
- Kolkata Knight Riders have lost 4 of their last 6 matches.
- Kolkata Knight Riders’ Rahul Tripathi has scored 42 & 36 runs in his last 2 matches.
Head to Head
The Delhi Capitals have won four of their last five matches against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Their last encounter however ended in a 59-run win for the Knight Riders in the 2020 Indian Premier League.
Delhi Capitals Form
The Delhi Capitals have made a good start to the 2021 IPL as they look to go all the way after ending as runner-up last season. They have won four of their six matches and sit third on the table.
The Capitals lost their last match, the first of the tournament to be played in Ahmedabad. The pitch was unknown but Rishabh Pant won the crucial toss and elected to field first.
They had the Royal Challengers Bangalore on the ropes until AB de Villiers tore the bowling apart in the final few overs. Avesh Khan continued his impressive form, taking 1-24 in four overs.
Shikhar Dhawan and Steven Smith fell early in the chase which put the Capitals on the back foot. Marcus Stoinis and Prithvi Shaw got out soon after and at 92-4 the game looked out of reach.
Pant and Shimron Hetmyer however had other ideas with the latter smashing 53 off 25 balls. Needing 10 off the last two balls Pant could only hit two boundaries as the Capitals lost by two runs. Pant ended on 58 not out.
Delhi Capitals Team News
The Delhi Capitals are almost certainly going to continue with Amit Mishra and Axer Patel as spin bowlers considering the surface in Ahmedabad. That means Anrich Nortje is likely to remain on the bench.
Shimron Hetmyer’s superb innings will be enough to keep him in the side after a poor recent run.
Kolkata Knight Riders Form
It has been a slow start for the Kolkata Knight Riders who have two wins from their opening six matches. They are placed sixth on the table and will need results if they are to close the gap on the top three.
The Knight Riders put in a very good all round display in their last outing against the Punjab Kings to win by five wickets. On a difficult pitch in Ahmedabad, the Knight Riders restricted the Kings to 123 runs with Prasidh Krishna taking 3-30. Sunil Narine continued his impressive form with figures of 2-22.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine were all dismissed early. That left the Knight Rider reeling at 17-3 but Eoin Morgan (47) and Rahul Tripathi (41) made the game comfortable in the end.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
The Knight Riders have a good bowling lineup for the conditions in Ahmedabad. They’d ideally like to play Shakib Al Hasan alongside Sunil Narine but that would mean dropping either Pat Cummins or Andre Russell from the side.
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Rishabh Pant is backed to continue his revival in form by scoring over 24.5 runs and top scoring for the Delhi Capitals. He is can also be looked at in the man of the match market.
Rahul Tripathi is tipped to top score for the Knight Riders after a couple of good knocks in his last two outings.
Best Bet: Pant Over 24.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Capitals Batsman Tip: Rishabh Pant Best Capitals Batsman @350.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Best Knight Riders Batsman Tip: Rahul Tripathi Best Knight Riders Batsman @350.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Rishabh Pant Man of the Match @1000.0 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit