Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders
26th T20 Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi Time: 02:30 PM GMT, 08:00 PM IST
Another year. And yet again, Delhi Daredevils are in strife. Last in the table and with an uphill task on their hands.
However, it is a phase that the Daredevils can look forward to. Gautam Gambhir has stepped down and the mantle has been passed on to a promising young cricketer in Shreyas Iyer. A fearless, youthful, exuberant leader may just be what Delhi are looking.
But Iyer, without even having captained Delhi yet, has his hands full. Suddenly he is being looked at as Delhi’s saviour. Will his good form drop now that there is greater burden on his shoulders? Does he drop the woefully out-of-form Gambhir?
Kolkata Knight Riders will perhaps be delighted that their opposition are in such a state. It couldn’t have come at a better time for them, too. A win will further consolidate their position in the top four, and looking at how Delhi have fared recently – three consecutive losses, they will fancy themselves.
The pitch will also give KKR more reason for hope. The likes of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla should do well on a pitch that held up a little. Delhi, too, will look to their bowlers to do well again. The inclusion of Avesh Khan and Liam Plunkett worked well for the home side in the last game, and they will hope the pace duo can repeat their good work from the last game.
Daredevils lost themselves a game that they could have easily won. Their bowlers were on mark, even if Amit Mishra disappointed on his comeback. The leggie could be back on the bench again. Prithvi Shaw’s blitz in the last game could earn himself another shot at the top. Jason Roy and Chris Morris’s availability is still under cloud.
Delhi Daredevils Players:-
Prithvi Shaw, Gautam Gambhir, Shreyas Iyer (c), Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wk), Rahul Tewatia, Daniel Christian, Amit Mishra/Shabhaz Nadeem, Liam Plunkett, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
There is a slight injury concern regarding Andre Russell, who stretched his right hamstring during the previous game against Kings XI Punjab and had to go off the field too. But otherwise KKR should retain the same side.
Kolkata Knight Riders Players
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
IPL 2018 trends:
Robin Uthappa in IPL 2018:
Powerplay: 59 balls, 92 runs, one dismissal, Avg 92.00, SR 155.92
Middle overs: 32 balls, 36 runs, four dismissals, Avg 9.00, SR 112.50
Lynn has got out to spin and pace, thrice each. While he averages 40.33 against pace at a strike rate of 172.85, he struggles against spin with an average of 20, combined with a strike rate of 100.
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