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IPL 2018 | MATCH 26 | DD vs KKR | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

IPL 2018 | MATCH 26 | DD vs KKR | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

DD vs KKR: The bottom-placed Delhi take on the 4th placed KKR in the 26th fixture of the Indian Premier League. Gautam Gambhir has stepped down as Delhi’s captain and the responsibility has been handed over to Shreyas Iyer. The left-hander hasn’t had the best of starts to this season’s IPL. A clear head, without the burden of captaincy, might fetch better results for Gambhir. New ideas, fresher approach and a stern learning. Iyer’s maturity as a player will be tested. While it’s a positive move, DD would like to win games and make it to the playoffs. The chances are slim but this is the IPL, where uncertainty is the norm. Delhi have managed only 2 points in 6 games and for a place in the top 4, they have to get their game plans spot on. DD vs KKR, it’s redemption time for Delhi Daredevils.

KKR have had a tumultuous run so far. They’ve won 3 and lost as many in their 6 completed games. They’ve looked unbeatable in the games they’ve won and lacklustre in the games they have finished second. However, in Dinesh Karthik, they have a strong leader who’s always had a positive approach. He’s been proactive this season and there’s a high chance for KKR to finish in the top 4. A win here won’t ascend the teams’ standings on the league table but a crucial 2 points are up for grabs.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL

AT FEROZ SHAH KOTLA

PLAYED

21

PLAYED

8

DELHI DAREDEVILS

7

DELHI DAREDEVILS

2

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

13

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

5

The reverse fixture this year saw KKR absolutely demolishing DD. The Dinesh Karthik led side won that game by 71 runs.

VENUE: FEROZ SHAH KOTLA, DELHI

PITCH CONDITIONS

The Delhi turf has always assisted the spinners but the fast bowlers do extract some pace off this wicket as was seen in the DD vs KXIP game. The pacers picked 12 wickets out of the 16 batsmen that went down. Win the toss and bowl first on this wicket.

STATS AT THE VENUE

STATS AT FEROZ SHAH KOTLA

Matches played

61

Matches won batting 1st

28

Matches won batting 2nd

32

Average 1st innings score

161

Average 2nd innings score

147

Highest total recorded

231/4 by DD vs KXIP

Lowest total recorded

66/10 by DD vs MI

Trivia: In 2005, Sachin Tendulkar scored his 35th test hundred at his venue becoming the first batsman to surpass Sunil Gavaskar’s 34 test tons. He scored 16 more test hundreds.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Morris has had some issues with his back and is not expected to play. Shaw had a decent hit in his debut game for DD and is likely to be persisted with. Who will be Shaw’s partner? Gautam Gambhir or Jason Roy, who’s recovered from a side strain.

Andre Russell over the last year and a half has had issues with his hamstring. In KKR’s previous game Russell was seen stretching his muscles and could only bowl 11 deliveries. However, Russell will play this tie as a specialist dasher.

EXPECTED PLAYING 11

DELHI DAREDEVILS

Prithvi Shaw, Gautam Gambhir, Shreyas Iyer (c), Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wk), Rahul Tewatia, Daniel Christian, Amit Mishra/Shabhaz Nadeem, Liam Plunkett, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

BALLISTIC MAX

Glenn Maxwell hasn’t reached his closest best in the 11th edition of the IPL. For DD to win games, their finishing needs to be more refined. Maxwell has to come good consistently if DD are willing to challenge for a place in the playoffs. Maxwell in the IPL 2018 – Matches played: 5, Runs: 93, Strike-rate: 166.07, Average: 18.6. Maxwell has the ability to clear the ropes at will. But in the IPL, where bowlers try every trick in the book to outmanoeuvre batsman, calculated risks have to be taken. Maxwell will be the player to watch out for.

RIGOROUS RANA

Nitish Rana has become a key player already for KKR. After his blitz with MI in the previous season, Rana did take time to settle in. He’s steadily paced himself into the squad and has looked at his classy best in the last 3 games. He did get out cheaply against KXIP but his 59 against DD and an all-around performance against the Rajasthan Royals make him a player to watch out for. He reminds me a bit of Michael Bevan who wasn’t the bulkiest of guys but had an intelligent brain. Rana certainly falls into that category and if he goes well in the upcoming games, KKR will have an increased chance of finishing in the top 4.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Gautam Gambhir has hit the most number of fours in the IPL and also has the most number of fifties. He’s hit 491 fours so far and has scored 36 half centuries.

Piyush Chawla will be playing his 200th T20 game. He’s picked 209 wickets at 24.52. His economy-rate, an impressive 7.47.

WHO WILL WIN DD vs KKR?

DD are cornered at the moment and they’ve got only one way to get out of this predicament they find themselves in. KKR have had a blend of cracking performances and at times they’ve looked fragile. Shreyas Iyer will be leading the Daredevils and at home, they should be able to get the 2 points. For the 26th IPL fixture, DD vs KKR, Delhi might just nudge the opposition.

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