KKR is still the better of the two teams and will win the matchFREE ACCOUNT
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 has 8 points to their name in 6 matches, whereas Delhi has 6 points in 6 matches.
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Andre Russell continued to have an unbelievable IPL 2019 as he single-handedly dragged KKR to some sort of a score against CSK. His inning of 50 not out was almost 50 percent of the final total and miles ahead of everyone else. He has more sixes than anyone else in the tournament, has a better strike rate than anyone else, and is one of the highest run-getters in the entire IPL.
The other players in the Kolkata setup have played a few good innings too but without Russell, the side would have struggled to win the number of matches that it did. Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, and Nitish Rana have all played well in some matches but need to be more consistent going forward.
The Eden Gardens has become an excellent batting pitch and we think the batting might of KKR could be on display. One big worry for the team is going to be the injury scare to Andre Russell. He seemed to have injured his hand against CSK while batting and could miss out playing in this match.
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.
On the other hand, Delhi registered a 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 promote 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.
Dinesh Karthik (c &wk), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney.
Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Kolkata Knight Riders have played excellent cricket so far this year’s competition. They are going to be tested in this match. The Delhi Capitals have a very good bowling attack, one that is better than what KKR has in the pace bowling department for sure. Despite losing their previous game, Kolkata has 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. We believe KKR will win the match.