Delhi Capitals will be up against Kolkata Knight Riders and the particular dynamic of the players is going to make the viewers interested and hooked in the match. It is conspicuous that some unfinished business is buried down somewhere.
Shreyas Iyer, the skipper has not done a lot of mistakes this season. He has led KKR to 3 wins in 4 appearances and is at the tabletop so far. However, the stars haven’t aligned for DC, who have not only lost two of their first three games, but also appear to have burdened down their free-spirited skipper. In that regard, Rishabh Pant will have plenty to show as well, particularly against spin, which has been his enemy recently and which KKR has plenty of.
Kuldeep, on the other side, didn’t play a single game for KKR last season and is now flourishing in DC. And, according to Axar Patel, it has something to do with the safety net Ricky Ponting and his teammates provided him heading into this season. And he has DC middle-order ready to eat for this game. But can he do it?
Match details: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Head to Head: Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR has won 16 games and Delhi Capitals have won 12 games out of the 28 games so far. Since 2018, KKR has won four, and Delhi Capitals have won five games between the sides.
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Tactics and Matchups
Kolkata Knight Riders
The openers appear to be out of step with KKR’s no-holds-barred batting strategy. They are trying, but the numbers simply aren’t there. In the first four games, Ajinkya Rahane averaged only 18 runs at a strike rate of 109.09, and his strike rate dropped to 101.85 inside PP. Venkatesh Iyer, on the other hand, isn’t having a terrific tournament and is shockingly striking at 87.04 inside the PP this season, but the team will be relieved following his unbeaten fifty in the past game.
Possible XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer(c), Sam Billings(w), Umesh Yadav, Rasikh Salam, Varun Chakravarthy
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In the previous game, DC struggled against the spinners of the Lucknow Super Giants, losing 3 for 47 in the middle overs. Against KKR, they will face spinners who have surrendered the fewest runs between overs 7 and 15. Pant, too, struggled against the LSG spinners in the previous game, therefore David Warner or Prithvi Shaw batting late into the innings will be essential.
Possible XI: Prithvi Shaw, Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, David Warner, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Rovman Powell Mustafizur Rahman, Anrich Nortje
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Trivia
One wicket by DC in Powerplay is the fewest among all franchises in this season of IPL
Iyer is the second-highest-run getter for Delhi Capital behind Rishabh Pant
KKR has appeared two times at Brabourne and lost both the matches