Our Prediction is Kolkata Knight Riders to Win the Match!
Hosts Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Delhi Capitals in the 26th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Kolkata on Friday. Going into the match, Kolkata have 8 points to their name in 6 matches, whereas Delhi have 6 points in 6 matches.
In their last match, Kolkata suffered a demoralizing defeat against Chennai Super Kings and will be looking to put a much better show this time around, especially with the bat.
On the other hand, Delhi Capitals registered a much-needed win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Captain Shreyas Iyer led from the front with the bat to help Delhi win the game by four wickets. In the previous meeting between the two teams, Delhi managed to beat Kolkata via Super-over.
Two-time IPL Champions will be looking to make a strong comeback with bat and ball in their home fixture. Dinesh Karthik-led unit will be disappointed after a dismal batting performance against Chennai Super Kings. The side will be keen to make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game.
In the batting department, the focus will certainly on the likes of Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa to deliver runs for the side at the top of the innings. The trio failed to adjust to the conditions in Chennai and perished for low scores.
Lynn will be looking to make a strong comeback in this game after being dismissed for a duck in the previous game. He is currently averaging 21.66 with the bat so far this season and needs to deliver runs with greater consistency at the top of the innings.
Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa have scored runs for the side in this year’s competition. The duo will need to contribute in order for Kolkata to get back to winning ways. Uthappa has shown excellent form so far this season with 183 runs at an average of 45.75.
All-rounder Andre Russell once again delivered with the bat in the previous game. He scored a crucial half-century to help Kolkata cross 100-run mark. Russell has certainly struck a purple patch with the bat and is averaging 128.50 with the bat so far this season. Captain Dinesh Karthik has struggled to get runs in this year’s competition. The franchise will be hoping that he can find form with the bat in the next couple of matches.
In the bowling department, the side will be hoping that the likes of Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine produce crucial breakthroughs. Harry Gurney and Andre Russell are the prominent pace options for Kolkata for this game.
Dinesh Karthik (c &wk), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney.
RV Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Piyush Chawla, Joe Denly, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite
On the other hand, Delhi registered four-wicket win in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore played on Sunday. Shreyas Iyer and co. certainly need cannot afford any more defeats and need to bring their A-game to the table in this contest.
In the batting department, the team will be depending on Captain Shreyas Iyer to lead from the front, as till now, he is Delhi’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 215 runs in 6 games at an average of 35.83.
Rookie opener Prithvi Shaw has been in decent form for Delhi so far this season. He has scored 169 runs in 6 matches with one half-century to his name. Colin Ingram and Shikhar Dhawan need to be more consistent with the bat for Delhi Capitals. The duo has struggled to find form with the bat in this year’s competition.
Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant certainly needs to promoted up the order to get quick runs for Delhi Capitals. He is one player in the Delhi’s batting lineup that can change the complexion of the game in a space of few overs.
In the bowling department, the team is heavily depending on the form of pace bowler Kagiso Rabada, who has so far claimed 11 wickets. Rabada was certainly the star of the show for Delhi Capitals in the game played against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He finished with four wickets to his name. Chris Morris and Sandeep Lamichhane bowled well in the previous game and picked up crucial wickets for the side.
Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Prithvi Shaw, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, R Tewatia, Ishant Sharma
The wicket will be excellent for batting for this game. The weather forecast for the game is mostly clear. The quick bowler might get some assistance off the pitch.
Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host all the home fixtures for Kolkata Knight Riders in this year’s competition. The franchise has won their last two games played at the venue. Kolkata have an excellent head-to-head record against Delhi Capitals at Eden Gardens.
The side that wins the toss and would like to bowl first on a placid pitch expected for this game. In the previous two games, sides batting second have come out on top. Spinners will need to bowl well to pick up wickets on this surface.
Kolkata Knight Riders have played excellent cricket so far this year’s competition. Despite losing their previous game, Kolkata have quality players in their ranks to turn things around in this game. All-rounder Andre Russell has been in menacing form for Kolkata so far this season and might play a big role against Delhi Capitals.
Expect Kolkata to produce a comprehensive win over Delhi Capitals.
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