Salman Butt says “DC’s confidence has been dented” in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2021. Butt include Kolkata Knight Riders will have the upper hand. Over Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League 2021. KKR and DC will meet in Sharjah on Wednesday. In a clash that will decide who takes on Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021 final. While KKR got the better of Bangalore in the Eliminator. Capitals went down to an inspired CSK in Qualifier 1. In previewing the match, Butt observes that DC will have the tough task of stopping KKR. They have found rhythm and momentum in their IPL 2021 campaign.
“DC has played some very good cricket but their confidence has been dented. They had beaten CSK four times in a row but they lost to the same side in Qualifier 1. They lost a big match and now they will be up against a side that has been gaining momentum with every win. It will not be easy for DC so I think KKR will have the edge, especially in this game,” Butt said.
Giving a compliment to KKR for their consistent performances in the IPL 2021. Butt added that most players in the franchise have been making significant contributions.
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“KKR is on a roll. They have the momentum. Since the start of the second half in the UAE, they have performed consistently and have come up from behind. If you look at their players, Shubman Gill is doing well and Venkatesh Iyer has been outstanding. Further, Sunil Narine has been in exceptional form and is so Varun Chakravarthy. Lockie Ferguson is also bowling very well,” Salman Butt said.
“Their middle-order batters are also responding to challenges, be it Nitish Rana or Rahul Tripathi. So KKR has been putting up very good performances. I guess they are in with a great chance,” Butt concluded.
Kolkata Knight Riders are deficient in a strong RCB batting line-up to 138 for 7 in the Eliminator. And then chased down the target in the last over.
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Lastly, Delhi Capitals’ batting has not been as consistent in the UAE leg. Also, pointing out the same, Gautam Gambhir reckoned that Delhi must use the services of Steve Smith in Qualifier 2 against KKR.
“For me, Smith’s record in the IPL doesn’t matter now. I think he has to be in especially, on a surface like this, because if you look at the top order, Shikhar Dhawan plays one way, Prithvi Shaw might have the best game or the worst game, Shreyas plays one way, Hetmyer plays one way, Pant plays his own way. So Smith, probably, against a bowling lineup like this – against pace & against spin – he plays really well. So, I would definitely push him at No.3 and probably bat around him,” Gambhir said.