KKR’s big challenge against Delhi Capital’s batting
Delhi Capitals to win
|Chennai Super Kings||6||5||1||0||0||10||1.475|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||6||5||1||0||0||10||0.089|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||6||2||4||0||0||4||-0.305|
The Kolkata Knight Riders made a strong comeback in the last game as they defeated the Punjab Kings to keep their hopes alive for the rest of the season. The side now has a steep challenge as they take on the Delhi Capitals in the 25th game of the season. The Capitals suffered a narrow loss against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and have to come out of this to win their next game.
The Delhi Capitals have had an excellent record against KKR in the last few seasons where they have won four out of the five games between the two sides. They would look to keep up with the same momentum here. KKR who are under pressure at the moment shall look to turn the tide in its favor. With good hitters in both the camps this game promises to be an interesting one.
Rishabh Pant would be heartbroken with the loss against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game. In what seemed like a spirited run chase the side went down by 1 run to suffer their second loss of the season. Pant would have to put this loss behind and focus on winning the next game that can take them up on the points table. Their recent record against KKR has been good and Pant would like to continue with that.
It was a rare failure for Shikhar Dhawan in the last game and he will look to provide the side with a good start in company of Prithvi Shaw. Middle order looks rock solid with Pant, Steven Smith and Marcus Stoinis. Shimron Hetmyer played a blinder in the last game and the side has good punch in the batting with Axar Patel to follow.
Their bowling attack looks slightly weak at the moment and the side would need toght spells from Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma with the new ball. Amit Mishra has to bring his experience to play and keep the run rate under check with Patel. Avesh Khan and Stoinis complete a good bowling attack for the side.
Top Batsman – Shikhar Dhawan
Top Bowler – Kagiso Rabada
Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer
Eoin Morgan’s side has reignited hopes after their 5-wicket victory against the Punjab Kings in the last game. The win came at the right time as the side was low on confidence. But the side has no chance to relax and has to play well against Delhi. Morgan would like to use this momentum and want his side to earn its third win of the season.
Openers Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana haven’t given the ideal starts so far and a good show would be expected from them. Morgan’s return to form is great news for the side and he would have to steer the innings along with Sunil Narine and Rahul Tripathi. Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell and Pat Cummins are good hitters of the ball and they shall look to make use of the long handle well in this game.
Pat Cummins has been expensive and the side would be looking for a good performance from him in this game. Shivam Mavi and Narine bowled well and shall carry that confidence forward. It was good to see Prasidh Krishna get wickets and he has a very important role to play. Varun Chakravarthy has bowled tight lines and the same would be expected from him in this game.
Top Batsman – Shubman Gill
Top Bowler – Varun Chakravarthy
Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna
Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Pat Cummins, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik, RA Tripathi
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||29||0 mm.||2.88 k/h||From: WNW||20%|
|03h||30||0 mm.||3.3 k/h||From: NW||26%|
|06h||35||0 mm.||2.02 k/h||From: WNW||39%|
|09h||42||0 mm.||2.36 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|12h||41||0 mm.||5.07 k/h||From: WSW||85%|
|15h||33||0 mm.||5.51 k/h||From: E||52%|
|18h||32||0 mm.||3.81 k/h||From: W||29%|
|21h||31||0 mm.||3.86 k/h||From: NW||80%|
Ahmedabad would see a hot and humid evening on April 29 and we expect the wicket to be a flat one where batsmen would be able to hit through the line. The bowlers are expected to have a tough time on this wicket and hence the side that bats first would have a target score of 180 runs in mind.
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad has a batting friendly surface and the lightning fast outfield makes it a great surface to bat on. Fast bowlers would find some assistance for the surface in the early part of the game and spinners are likely to enjoy good returns when the ball spins.
Most teams have preferred to bowl in this edition of the tournament upon winning the toss. The pitches have been flat and this has made chasing down total relatively easy. With the track likely to remain good even in the second innings the side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first.
Kolkata Knight Riders have had two major issues this season with their top order failing to show consistency and the bowlers failing to execute their plans. They will need to overcome these to win in this game. Delhi Capitals come here after a loss but the side has batted really well and has its key batsmen in good form and this would make them favorites in this game.
Delhi Capitals to win