Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
March 30, 8 PM IST
Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
The track at the Feroz Shah Kotla during Delhi’s first game in the capital was slow and run-scoring was difficult. With the deck here having been reported by the ICC as a below-par track, a double-paced wicket can be expected. Spinners are likely to come into the game, and with KKR having superior and more experienced spinners, they will go into the game as favorites.
KKR have won both their matches in the season, with Andre Russell taking them over the line. However, they have issues with the pace bowling department and Chris Lynn’s form will be a worry too. The Delhi, on the other hand, rely a lot on their four Indian batters – Dhawan, Pant, Shaw and Iyer, and one can expect either one to get a big knock.
As far as the playing 11 goes, KKR can go in unchanged, while Delhi might opt for Morris and Sandeep Lamichhane in their team.
DC Playing 11 (expected)
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada
KKR Playing 11 (expected)
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
In the choice between keepers, I have opted for Rishabh Pant as he is going to bat higher up the order, as against Dinesh Karthik who will probably come in at number 5 or 6. With KKR’s top order looking formidable, Karthik might not get many opportunities, which reduces his point-scoring potential. Pant is in fine form too, so he is a better pick.
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Uthappa and Rana can play spinners well, with the latter knowing the ground like the back of his hand – having played for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy. Uthappa is the anchor in the side and will want to play a crucial knock on what can be a tough deck. Ingram can fire against the duo of Krishna and Lockie Ferguson, though he might face some troubles against the spinners. Shreyas Iyer led from the front for Delhi in the latter stages of the IPL in 2019 and will be eager to kickstart yet another successful campaign.
Sunil Narine and Andre Russell are must-have picks. While Narine can get points with his aggressive batting upfront, he will find the Kotla deck to his liking. Russell’s selection is a no-brainer. He has been the go-to man for KKR in the last few seasons, and even if he fails with either bat or ball, he can make up for it with vital contributions in the other department. Morris is likely to be slotted in straightaway, now that he has returned from international duty, and he will be expected to have a go with the ball early, whilst also play handy cameos in the end.
Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep can taste success against an iffy lower middle order. After the four Indian batters and Ingram, DC do not have many options with the bat, and this is an opportunity the two spin twins would want to seize. Rabada rounds up my Dream11 team.
Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Uthappa