Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have won seven of the last ten IPL matches against Delhi Capitals (DC) ahead of this match #26 of the 2019 Indian Premier League season. While the hosts are in the top-half of the table, the visitors are in the bottom-half looking to gain some momentum.
KKR have four wins from their six matches, while the Capitals have three wins out of six. With at least three sides waiting to gate crash the top-four, this match could be vital for DC’s chances to qualify for the playoffs.
It is Andre Russell’s performances (257 runs @ SR 212.39, five wickets) that keep KKR floating. The over-reliance on the all-rounder is problematic, as happened in the match against CSK.
Bowling has been a surprise mix for KKR, with all the bowlers sharing the wickets. Wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav (three wickets, ER 7.77) has been a concern for KKR, while Sunil Narine (three wickets) also remains ineffective. The usually strong KKR bowling unit needs to improve for the concerns to ease.
DC have three wins, but are searching for some momentum in their campaign. Shreyas Iyer (215 runs, SR 122.85) has picked up runs and is looking good to lead the side, while Rishabh Pant remains their best bet to be aggressive.
The Capitals’ bowling has been all about Kagiso Rabada (11 wickets, ER 7.55), while the others around him haven’t been able to tick the right boxes. Sandeep Lamichhane will be crucial, as will be the Indian pacers.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Rishabh Pant is one of those players who can turn the game in the space of a few deliveries. His ability to hit the maximums at will makes him a good fantasy pick.
Shreyas Iyer has picked up form and is beginning to show the skills that make him a useful batting asset for Delhi. He can be a good pick, considering his ability to make his form count.
Andre Russell – what a season he’s been having! It will be a crime if you won’t pick him in your side. Along with scoring aggressive runs, Russell has shown against CSK that he can bide his time too in scoring key runs.
KKR: 1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Robin Uthappa 4 Nitish Rana 5 Dinesh Karthik (C&WK) 6 Shubman Gill 7 Andre Russell 8 Piyush Chawla 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Prasidh Krishna 11 Harry Gurney
DC: 1 Prithvi Shaw 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Shreyas Iyer (C) 4 Colin Ingram 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Chris Morris 7 Axar Patel 8 Rahul Tewatia 9 Kagiso Rabada 10 Sandeep Lamichhane 11 Ishant Sharma
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