Amit Mishra celebrates a wicket with Rishabh Pant © BCCI
It is a match between a aspect that’s seeking to set up roles for its gamers – and thus obtain success and set up itself in a metropolis that has been chilly to the house group for 11 years – and a group that does not need established roles. Kolkata Knight Riders come to Delhi with essentially the most fluid and versatile batting line-up amongst IPL sides, and an unbeaten document this 12 months. The hosts, Delhi Capitals, soared magnificently within the first match towards Mumbai Indians, however have been laid low partly by their very own dwelling situations and partly by their failure to regulate to the dry pitch that provided pure variations to bowlers.
Knight Riders will present Delhi as large a problem as Chennai Tremendous Kings did. They’ve three spinners of various high quality and mode of operation, and they don’t seem to be in need of quicks who can hit the deck. As Ricky Ponting mentioned after the defeat to Tremendous Kings, Delhi must discover a strategy to bat smarter.
Chris Morris is again for Delhi, and can give them a hit-the-deck bowler and a big-hitting allrounder presumably on the expense of Keemo Paul. Morris identified that the sq. does not appear like it did final 12 months the place they averaged round 190 batting first. In reality they scored 219 once they final confronted Knight Riders at dwelling. In the event that they proceed with their technique of batting first – there hasn’t been a lot dew to talk of – they may set their sights on round 170 after which attempt to get to Andre Russell early after which previous him.
Delhi Capitals 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, three Shreyas Iyer (capt), four Colin Ingram, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Chris Morris, 7 Axar Patel/Sandeep Lamichhane, Eight Rahul Tewatia, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Ishant Sharma
Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, three Robin Uthappa, four Nitish Rana, 5 Shubman Gill, 6 Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), 7 Andre Russell, Eight Piyush Chawla, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Prasidh Krishna
In the event that they open with spin, Knight Riders favor to do it with Piyush Chawla, however his document towards Shikhar Dhawan will not be nice. Will both Sunil Narine or Kuldeep Yadav be used with the brand new ball then? In all chance, they won’t use a spinner to open the bowling, and can await the ball to get barely older.
There was a clamour for Sandeep Lamichhane to play, however Amit Mishra holds a superb document towards Russell. In reality, that in all probability makes a case for extra legspin at Russell. They may play a minimum of two anyway.
Stats that matter
Knight Riders lead the head-to-head document 13-Eight.
Final season, spinners averaged 31.5 and conceded 7.Eight per over in Delhi, whereas the quicks managed corresponding figures of 34.6 and 9.four.
Amongst gamers who’ve confronted a minimum of 100 balls on the loss of life within the IPL, Rishabh Pant has one of the best strike charge at 233.33 and Russell the fourth-best at 198.83.
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo
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