IPL 2020 Match 42 Preview: KKR vs DC - Kolkata have a lot on mind as Delhi look to consolidate top spot
From batting troubles to getting their team combination right, Kolkata have a lot of problems to solve if they want to have a shot at beating the top-placed Delhi Capitals.
Kolkata's fragile batting
Kolkata's batting has been struggling big time. They capitulated to 84/8 from 20 overs in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, with top three Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana managing a total of two runs.
While Gill has had issues with his strike rate, Rana has not been in any form in the season. Rahul Tripathi has only got a few opportunities and is insecure of his spot, which is not allowing him to perform freely.
KKR await return of big guns
After the huge 8-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last match, which made a huge dent on their net run rate, newly-appointed Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Eoin Morgan said that both Andre Russell and Sunil Narine were not 100% fit and are expected to be available soon.
However, the quandary for the team would be to fit in both the all-rounders in the playing XI. Made captain, Eoin Morgan becomes an automatic choice in the XI, so does Lockie Ferguson after stellar performances in the last two matches.
This leaves only two overseas spots. Tom Banton, who was auditioned in the middle order in last match is almost certain to be dropped in lieu of either Russell or Sunil Narine.
Cummins has to rest for both Narine and Russell to play
If both Narine and Russell are fit, there is a case for dropping Pat Cummins, who has managed only three wickets in the tournament till now despite being economical.
With Sunil Narine back at the top of the order, Russell providing them some firepower in the middle order, Eoin Morgan leading the team and Lockie Ferguson bowling some serious heat, this would make for a more balanced Kolkata Knight Riders XI.
It is high time that they get their team in order or else the team runs the risk of losing their top four spot.
Dhawan in red-hot form
Despite a defeat in the last match, Delhi Capitals do not have a lot to worry about. Shikhar Dhawan is in the form of his life and is coming on the back of back-to-back IPL centuries. If Prithvi Shaw can fire along with him, it will give the Delhi Capitals batting line-up a different look altogether.
Sams or Nortje?
Delhi Capitals brought in Australian pacer Daniel Sams in the last match in place of Anrich Nortje to give the tearaway some rest. The team can decide to bring back the Protea or give Sam another game.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Delhi Capitals (DC): Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Daniel Sams/Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi/Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
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