It is going to be double trouble on the first weekend of October with two matches being played on the same day for the first time in this edition of the IPL. With both KKR and DC having 4 points each will be eager to add those 2 points to their column and reach the top of the table. Both the teams will be having their first taste of Sharjah this evening and there are all chances of putting one side of the equation to rest. In most of the matches played at Sharjah this year, teams have been successful in putting up totals of more than 200.
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With the match being played on a fresh wicket this evening, it is unlikely to impact what we have seen already on this ground. Expecting plenty of sixes and even the miss-hits sailing out of the ground there is no target said to be safe here.
With under the pump and the momentum from the last game, KKR would be roaring and ready to pounce upon DC this evening. Let’s take a look at the top 3 picks who could bloom this evening for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the heat of Sharjah.
#1) Andre Russell
We have not seen the best of Andre Russell until now in this edition, could he be waiting to unleash himself at Sharjah? This Jamaican just showed glimpses of what he could do in the last match, but unfortunately could not convert it into a big score and might be due for a big one this weekend. With boundaries being short even the mishits from his bat could travel out of the ground.
Apart from his powerful batting skills, it seems that his bowling skills are underused in the matches so far because of a niggle he was carrying coming into this tournament. Apart from Pat Cummins being the only experienced bowler, he could come in handy at the death in today’s match with his exceptional ability of bowling wide Yorkers. With his mind blogging all-rounder skills he is one of the top picks for today’s battle against the Capitals.
#2) Shubhman Gill
This lad from the U-19 has been a sensation with the bat by starting with a bang in this tournament. He has performed consecutively well in this tournament so far and is even successful in bagging the man of the match award for his 70* against the Sun Risers. With his opening partner Sunil Narine struggling to get going at the other end, he has been excellent in scoring with his perfect cricketing book shots.
Apart from the batting skills he has been excellent in the field, even enticing Sara Tendulkar to brag him on social media. He is definitely going to be one of the top picks of this match.
#3) Shivam Mavi
This teenager has been a go-to bowler for Dinesh Karthik this year as he bowls consistently his lines and lengths. With Pat Cummins leading the pack Mavi will be keen to hunt the opposition along with his duo Kamlesh Nagarkoti. This young talent has been successful in delivering for KKR with the new ball and in the death as well. With DC batsmen being anxious to exploit the Sharjah wicket, Mavi might be fortunate enough to utilize this opportunity.