IPL 2018 | Match 26 | DD vs KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders are rearing up to clash against the bottom-of-the-table Delhi Daredevils tonight in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi at 20:00 IST.
DD has had rotten luck so far in the IPL with three consecutive losses that pushed them all the way to the bottom. Gautam Gambhir, who has been out of form for a quite few games now, has stepped down from captaincy which has now been passed onto Shreyas Iyer – a young batsman who has contributed much to the team. All eyes are on him to be the good luck charm DD needs.
KKR, on the other hand, will want this win to establish themselves in the top four and be well on their way to the playoffs. Led by Dinesh Karthik, they have won three out of six games.
The inclusion of Avesh Khan and Liam Plunkett seems to have been a good decision and they will be expected to lead the bowling team tonight. Piyush Chawla also made a good debut and will be expected to continue his form. The likes of Shreyas Iyer and Glenn Maxwell will also give them an edge. Hopefully, Gautam Gambhir will get back in form with the pressure of leading off his shoulders.
KKR has a strong batting line led by Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn. All-rounder Sunil Narine would be expected to better his performance and bring the game together. Unfortunately, Andre Russel faced an injury in their last game and it’s not yet known as to whether he will join back tonight. Nitish Rana led the team to victory in their last match against the Delhi boys and will be expected to shine again tonight.
The line-ups in both teams are not expected to show much change.
Will this match be KKR’s ticket to the playoffs or will it be DD’s much-required win? We will find out tonight.