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Match Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils - IPL 2017

Can Zaheer Khan inspire Delhi Daredevils to win against table toppers?
Can Zaheer Khan inspire Delhi Daredevils to win against table toppers?
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Match details

April 28, 2017, 04:00pm local time (10:30am GMT)

A lively wicket at the Eden Gardens is something the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have used to their advantage thanks to the supreme form and intensity shown by their pace battery. However, that equation might get nullified as the Delhi Daredevils (DD) themselves boast of a tremendous pace line up which is at par, if not better, than the Kolkata one.

Kolkata would be hoping to carry forward their invincible run as a team and with Nathan Coulter-Nile expected to return, the team would look even stronger. Kuldeep Yadav has shown tremendous maturity and his wrist spin has flummoxed even the best in the business. The form of Robin Uthappa and his clean hitting to go along with the consistent performances of Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey have ensured that opposition teams have no easy way out against them.

Delhi have struggled with their batting and even though their management has tremendous faith in the young Indian batsmen, their inability to deliver under pressure situations is undoing the good work done by their bowlers. They have brought in Marlon Samuels for Quinton de Kock but he won’t be arriving on time for the game. The pitch at the Eden Gardens is something they will relish bowling on but whether their batsmen are capable of dealing with the music which will be dished out to them will determine the outcome of the match.

Delhi could think about promoting Corey Anderson at the top of the order and make him take up more responsibility in a bid to separate the inexperienced Indian batsmen. A lot will also be expected of Karun Nair who has had a leaner than expected run.

Recent Form

KKR – WWLWW
DD – LLLWW

Likely XI’s

Delhi should field an unchanged XI

DD – 1 Sanju Samson, 2 Aditya Tare, 3 Corey Anderson, 4 Karun Nair, 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Chris Morris, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Zaheer Khan (c)

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Suryakumar Yadav should slot back in for Darren Bravo and Piyush Chawla

KKR – 1 Gautam Gambhir (c), 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa (wk), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Umesh Yadav

Trivia

• Delhi’s top six have a combined experience of 199 IPL matches among them whereas the same number goes up to 649 for the Kolkata team
• Apart from a loss in 2012, KKR have never lost to DD at home
• Gautam Gambhir averages 48.29 while chasing as opposed to 29.13 in the first thereby showing that he is a master when it comes to chasing down targets

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