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IPL 2022 – Predicted XI for Delhi Capitals to face the Kolkata Knight Riders

At Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, India, on April 10th, Delhi Capitals will square off against the top-of-the-table Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 19 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) (Sunday). The Capitals are now in seventh position in the standings, having won only one of their last three games. Their lone victory came against the Mumbai Indians in the tournament’s opening match.

However, despite the fact that Delhi has lost their previous two matches, the Rishabh Pant-led side has provided a tough challenge to every team they have faced so far, including the Gujarat Titans and the Lucknow Super Giants. The Capitals will go up against the powerful-looking Kolkata Knight Riders, and they will have to give their all if they want to come out on top in the match.

The management of the DC squad will have some deliberation to do ahead of their match against the KKR, as a couple of their batters struggled to get going in their last match against LSG. In particular, the poor form of West Indies allrounder Rovman Powell is a source of concern. The right-handed hitter has failed to score in all three of his previous outings and may be replaced by Australian allrounder Mitchell Marsh, who has a stellar record in the format.

Keeping these things in mind, here is the predicted XI for the Delhi Capitals to face the KKR.

 

Prithvi Shaw and David Warner to provide the explosive opening stand

 

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Prithvi Shaw was at his best in the recent game against LSG. The 22-year-old smashed 61 off 34 balls, including nine fours and two sixes. Shaw also got his side off to a fantastic start in the opening encounter against MI. The right-handed hitter scored 38 runs on just 24 balls, striking out at a 158.33 percent rate. He will once again be tasked with the duty of getting his team off to a fast start.

Meanwhile, Australian starter David Warner battled mightily in his Capitals debut against LSG. The left-handed hitter scored only four runs and took 12 balls, striking no boundaries. Ravi Bishnoi, a leg spinner, scalped Warner. The 35-year-old will seek to get going against two-time champions KKR in his second encounter.

 

Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant and Sarfaraz Khan solidify the middle order

 

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Mitchell Marsh, the Australian allrounder, is anticipated to be picked in the playing XI against KKR, a significant boost for DC. He is set to take over from West Indies allrounder Rovman Powell, who is having a miserable IPL 2022 season. Meanwhile, captain Rishabh Pant will seek to play more freely and get some fast runs for the Capitals after scoring 39 off 36 balls.

Sarfaraz Khan, who made his DC debut in this tournament, struck an important 36 off 28 balls, including three fours. Additionally, the right-handed hitter will strive to play with a greater sense of responsibility and attempt to hit boundaries more frequently than in the previous match.

 

Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur provide versatile all-rounder options

 

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Lalit Yadav and left-arm spinner Axar Patel have both been effective for the Capitals thus far this season. Yadav has scored 73 runs in two innings with the bat for the Capitals. The right-arm spinner has bowled some tight lines and has picked up a couple vital wickets.

Axar Patel, meanwhile, has been a significant asset for DC. Patel smashed 38 runs in only 17 balls to help his team win their tournament opener against MI. The left-arm spinner has yet to claim a wicket this season, but considering his ability, that may change very quickly.

Shardul Thakur, the tournament’s all-rounder, has also not been at his best thus far. Against MI, the right-handed hitter made 22 out of only 11 balls. He managed just two runs in the second game and was not given the opportunity to bat in the third. He has taken just one wicket with the ball thus far. Against KKR, the Indian allrounder will try to improve his performance.

 

Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman and Anrich Nortje form the bowling attack

 

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Kuldeep Yadav has been the standout player for DC thus far, after warming the benches for KKR. The left-arm wrist-spinner has six wickets in three games and will seek to continue his success against his former club. Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh has also been highly effective for the Capitals.

In his two games, the left-arm bowler has taken four wickets and been quite frugal. He is projected to keep his starting XI position. Anrich Nortje, the South African express pacer who had a fantastic debut against the Super Giants, will also be looking to do well for his side in the forthcoming encounter.