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by Mayukh Bhattacharya & IPL Media Thursday 26 April 2018
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be looking to return to winning ways as they take on a Delhi Daredevils (DD) team, which has received a bolt from the blue, with their captain Gautam Gambhir stepping down from the captaincy due to lack of form.
Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders
April 27, 2018
20:00 hours IST
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
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Sitting at the bottom of the table, the Daredevils failed to make the most of their chance of winning their last match as their batsmen made a mess of what should have been a comfortable chase. New captain Shreyas Iyer has been one of the form players and it has to be seen whether Gambhir drops out of the eleven altogether, to make way for someone else.
The lack of match-winning performances from the experienced overseas campaigners like Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris have continued to hurt Delhi, and their senior players must play with more responsibility if they are to turn things around. Failure to do well in all three departments combined in a single game is what has hurt Delhi the most. They have had impressive performances with the bat from Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer while Trent Boult and Rahul Tewatia have done well with the ball. They would need both departments to click together to make them a threat for the remainder of the tournament.
Kolkata, on the other hand, have had a long break since their last game and will be looking to catch up with the table toppers. Their bowling was taken to the cleaners in their rain affected fixture against Kings XI Punjab and they will be hoping for a better performance against the struggling Delhi batsmen.
The main cause of concern for KKR would be the fitness of Andre Russell, who walked off the park in the last game while bowling his second over. Given the lack of bench strength of KKR and the form that Russell has been in this season, his absence could create a huge void for them.
A tough test awaits Shreyas Iyer and he will be hoping that his team can get together and pull off a miracle to make their fans happy for a change and also lift themselves off the bottom of the table.
Jason Roy should return to the top of the order in place of Dan Christian while Gautam Gambhir could make way for Harshal Patel.
Delhi Daredevils – Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wk), Liam Plunkett, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
Mitchell Johnson could get a look in for Russell, should he fail to be fit in time for the game.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell/Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
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