New Delhi. Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif said that his team will have to go into the second qualifier of IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders with a clear mind. The winner of the second qualifier between KKR and Delhi (KKR vs DC) will face Chennai Super Kings on October 15. Delhi’s team finished on top in the league stage but lost to Chennai in Qualifier 1.
Kaif said before the match, “Everything is about bearing pressure. There is pressure in every match but the challenge in this match is different. We have to come down with a clear mind by staying calm. We have lost two matches in a row but coming back is important. We have to forget our previous defeat in the match against KKR. We have match-winners. There is no dearth of experienced and in-form players. If the team led by Rishabh Pant suffers a loss against the Knight Riders, then their campaign will end here.
KKR’s team is full of confidence after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator. Delhi, however, have better players and depth in their team. In the league stage, Delhi were on top with 20 points from 10 wins but they know their road will not be easy against KKR. Delhi’s team has grown steadily since former Australia captain Ricky Ponting joined as the coach. The team finished third in 2019 while making it to the finals last year. This time the team would like to go a step further and win the title.
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Delhi’s team is one of the most balanced teams of the tournament. Apart from a strong batting line-up, he has an effective fast bowling attack, which gets a lot of support from Axar Patel. The top order of the team is very strong in the presence of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer.
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