Kolkata’s last match against Bangalore saw Narine's magnificent strike against Christian and it was the turning point of the match. Bangalore started off well leashing Iyer and Tripathi, but their bowlers lost track in the middle overs and failed to get wickets on a consistent basis.
Kolkata has proved to be a strong team in this season of the Indian T20 league, eliminating Bangalore. And Delhi is yet another obstacle for them to reach the finals. Delhi remained in the top positions throughout this season of the league; hence, they would be a tough competition.
The match is scheduled to take place in the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, the 13th of October. Narine is in tremendous form and would be the biggest threat for Delhi. In the last match, he bowled Kohli and crushed the entire opening and middle order except Padikkal. He came third down and hit a six on the very first ball, and went on to score 26 runs off 15 balls, which helped Kolkata get some stability after they had lost 3 major wickets.
Delhi has already lost its first qualifier and this is a must win for them to proceed to the finals. Out of Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, Delhi is the only team that has never won a title and this a good chance for them to win their maiden title as they have a very good squad in this season.
The maximum and minimum temperatures at Sharjah will be 39 and 26 degrees, respectively. There will be no chances of precipitation, and the humidity will be around 28 percent.
The pitch at Sharjah is not a perfectly balanced one. In the last match, Narine took 4 wickets and Chahal gave just 16 runs which proves that the pitch supports spinners and any score above 140 would be a good target.
Probable Playing XI For Kolkata
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
Probable Playing XI For Delhi
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan