KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

Kolkata Knight Riders have been on a fairytale ride since the UAE leg of the tournament began.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

Their top-order batters have scored consistently at a brisk pace and their spinners have stifled oppositions on sluggish tracks.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

Even though Eoin Morgan hasn't struck form with the bat, he has led Knight Riders to six wins in the last eight matches. Now they are in Qualifier 2, one step away from the final.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals have been the most consistent IPL side in recent years - they are the only ones to qualify for the playoffs in each of the last three seasons.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

The key to their success has been identifying their best XI early and changing it only when forced to do so.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

This season, Capitals topped the league stage despite missing Marcus Stoinis for five games.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

But after their defeat to Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1, cracks seem to have emerged in their line-up. Suddenly, in the absence of Stoinis, their balance looks comprised, while R Ashwin's bowling form is giving them headaches.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

The chasing teams have won five out of seven games in Sharjah so far this season.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

Moreover, four of Capitals' five losses this season have come when batting first, while Knight Riders have won on all five occasions they have chased during the UAE leg of the tournament.

KKR VS DC ; MATCH PREVIEW

So it will not be a surprise if both teams are keen to bowl first.