The Delhi team will lock horns with the Kolkata team in the 28th match of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Thursday, 20th April. Delhi are having a disappointing campaign so far with five consecutive defeats against Lucknow, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Mumbai, and Bangalore. While Kolkata are having a moderate season, with two wins against Gujarat and Bangalore and three losses against Punjab, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. Delhi has been struggling to open its account in the five matches and Kolkata, on the other hand, are on a two-match losing streak.

In the league standings, Delhi are at the bottom of the points table after five matches, while Kolkata is in the seventh position after five matches. The match between Delhi and Kolkata is expected to be exciting as the former team will aim for its first win of the season at its home ground and the latter team will look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.

Players to watch out for

D. Warner (Delhi): The entire batting line-up of Delhi heavily relies on D. Warner’s form as he is the only in-form batter in the team. The 36-year-old is among the leading run-getters of the season, aggregating 228 runs, including two fifties, at an average of 45.60 and an average of 116.92 in five matches so far. Warner has been lacking firepower at the top and thus his strike rate looks average. However, D. Warner will look to redeem himself in the upcoming match against Kolkata. Warner’s attacking style of batting can pose a potential threat to Kolkata’s bowling line-up.

V. Iyer (Kolkata): V. Iyer is in incredible form in the ongoing season of the Indian Playerzpot League. In the previous match against Mumbai, the 28-year-old notched up his maiden century in the tournament, scoring 104 off 51 balls at a strike rate of 203.92. However, his brilliant knock went in vain as Kolkata lost to Mumbai by five wickets. Iyer is currently the second leading run-getter of the season, amassing 234 runs, including a century and a fifty, at an average of 46.80 and a strike rate of 170.80 in five matches so far. V. Iyer is an aggressive batter who can accelerate the innings in the middle overs. He can also perform under pressure situations and guide the team to a solid total or finishing line.

K. Yadav (Delhi): K. Yadav is the joint-highest wicket-taker for Delhi in this season, scalping four wickets at an average of 32.50 and an economy rate of 7.64 in five matches. Yadav is yet to make an impact in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. However, the Delhi management is expected to back him as he was the highest wicket-taker for the team in the previous season of the tournament. K. Yadav is one of the key bowlers for Delhi alongside A. Patel, A. Nortje, and M. Rahman. Yadav’s spin bowling has been a threat to the opposition’s batting line-up due to his ability to bowl in different variations. K. Yadav will look to better his performances from previous games in the upcoming match against Kolkata.

S. Sharma (Kolkata): S. Sharma is a mystery spinner in the Kolkata team who has been grabbing headlines with impactful performances with the ball. The 19-year-old doesn’t have any professional experience, but the franchise scouted him and showed faith in him. Sharma has scalped six wickets at an average of 22.66 and an economy rate of 8.50. S. Sharma has a deceptive bowling action and has plenty of tricks up his sleeve with leg spin. His ability to bowl in different variations may leave batsmen confused. S. Sharma can pose a threat to Delhi’s batting line-up with his spin bowling.

Predicted Playing

Delhi: D. Warner, P. Shaw/S. Khan, M. Marsh, Y. Dhull, M. Pandey, A. Porel, A. Patel, A. Khan, L. Yadav, K. Yadav, A. Nortje, M. Rahman,

Kolkata: R. Gurbaz, N. Jagadeeshan, V. Iyer, N. Rana, R. Singh, S. Thakur, A. Russell, S. Narine, U. Yadav, T Southee, S. Sharma (V. Chakravarthy – Impact Player)

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: A. Porel

Batters: D. Warner, N. Rana, V. Iyer, S. Khan,

All-rounders: A. Patel, A. Russell

Bowlers: T. Southee, A. Nortje, K. Yadav, S. Sharma

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