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IPL 2017, DD vs KKR, Preview: Consistent Knight Riders, confident Daredevils look to gain upper hand at Delhi’s home turf

The Hosts Would Only Hope That The Bowlers Repeat Their Performance Again In This Match, While Their Batsmen Stand Up And Be Counted.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Manas Dwivedi | Updated on: 17 Apr 2017, 10:42:41 AM
IPL 2017, Match Preview: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders (source: crickettracker)

New Delhi :

Two-time-IPL champion Kolkata Knight Riders would look to consolidate their position in the points table when they clash with an equally confident Delhi Daredevils in what promises to be a thrilling IPL encounter at Zaheer Khan led team’s home turf- Ferozshah Kotla stadium.

Having started their campaign on a high against Gujarat Lions, KKR lost to Mumbai Indians before making a strong comeback with back-to-back wins at home against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Delhi, on the other hand, had a disappointing start to IPL-10 with a narrow defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore, but bounced back strongly with two consecutive wins—both away and home - and they would look to maintain the winning momentum on a double header Monday.

In another match in the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kings XI Punjab at Hyderabad’s Rajeev Gandhi stadium.

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Looking at the Gautam Gambhir-led side, massive wins against Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab must have sent strong signals to KKR camp. Playing at home would also add to Delhi’s advantage but they will have their task cut out against KKR, IPL 10’s most consistent outfit so far.

Leading from the front, the Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir has shown his prowess and that has been one of the reasons for KKR’s success. The left-handed batsman will be their key player yet again in their away fixtures in Delhi.

While injured opener Chris Lynn would be missed, the likes of Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan, if manage to fire in unison, can more than make up for the loss.

Pandey has been among runs in last three matches, while Uthappa’s gritty 68 off 39 deliveries on Saturday helped KKR post a 17-run win over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.

KKR may also persist with Narine as an opener and hope he can contribute at the top of the order, like in the match against King XI Punjab.

Their lethal bowling department has both quality spinners and pacers such as Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes and Trent Boult, and KKR attack may make the going tough for Delhi’s otherwise reliable batting line-up.

Delhi, however, have in their ranks Sanju Samson, the only centurion of IPL-10 so far, Sam Billings, Rishabh Pant, Corey Anderson and Chris Morris—all of whom have managed to deliver so far.

While Pant’s half-century in the first match, though in a losing cause, cannot be ignored, it was Samson’s 102 and Morris’ incredible 9-ball 38 cameo down the order that set the tone for Delhi as they posted a huge 97-run win over Pune.

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That Delhi are dangerous opponents was evident from last night’s emphatic win over Kings XI Punjab. It was a total team effort that saw Delhi thrash KXIP by 51 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Billings returned to form with a superb 55, while Anderson’s 39 not out helped the team score 188 for 8.

The hosts would only hope that the bowlers repeat their performance again in this match, while their batsmen stand up and be counted.

Probable Playing XI:

Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (captain), Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Sam Billings.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav.

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First Published : 17 Apr 2017, 10:27:00 AM

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