It will be a battle of equals when two in-form teams lock horns in the 18th match of the season. Delhi Daredevils will host the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroze Shah Kotla for the high-profile encounter.
Delhi had registered a thumping win over the Kings XI Punjab in their first home game of the season. They will take a lot of confidence from the game and back their chances in this match as well.A�On the other hand, the spirits of Kolkata Knight Riders are quite high as well. They beat the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous match of the season.
On paper, KKR is definitely the stronger team of the two; the nucleus of the team has remained the same over the years; and the players have a clear understanding of their roles within the team. In normal circumstances, KKR will hold the edge, but if the pitch for this match plays slow; like it did on Saturday evening, the gap between the two teams will become closer.
The contest between the two old pros a�� Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan a�� is one to watch out for. Both have played a lot of cricket with and against each other. They know a lot about each othera��s games. Gambhir has scored plenty of runs against Zaheer in the IPL; but has also been dismissed by the left-arm quick on five occasions.
The batting line-up of both teams do not relyA�heavily on the overseas firepower. The Indian contingent has been doing the bulk of the scoring for the two sides in the frame. While the Kolkata Knight Riders have experience in their Indian batsmen, the Delhi Daredevils do feel the dearth of it. The Delhi camp boasts of some exciting young players in the top order and it will be worth watching how they fare up against the quality KKR bowling.
Head to Head :
Matches – 17
DD – 7, KKR – 10
Shreyas Iyer; Sam Billings; Sanju Samson; Karun Nair; Rishabh Pant (wk); Corey Anderson; Chris Morris; Pat Cummins; Amit Mishra; Shahbaz Nadeem; Zaheer Khan (c).
Kolkata Knight Riders:
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Gautam Gambhir (c); Sunil Narine; Robin Uthappa (wk); Manish Pandey; Yusuf Pathan; Suryakumar Yadav; Colin de Grandhomme; Chris Woakes; Kuldeep Yadav; Trent Boult; Umesh Yadav.