About the Match
Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns in match 26 of IPL against Zaheer Khan’s Delhi Daredevils as they travel to Delhi. In the previous meeting, Gautam Gambhir’s KKR outwitted the Daredevils in all departments of the game. However, as Zaheer Khan said, their ‘one bad day’ is out of the way.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
The Knight Riders, as of now, sit on the second spot on the points table after winning four out of their six fixtures in IPL 9. There is little to no doubt that the KKR has performed exceptionally well and can deservedly claim the second spot.
However, Kolkata’s journey so far in the IPL has been unidimensional. They have won four matches, and all of these magnificent victories came while chasing. Gambhir XI had to bat first in the two fixtures they have lost, and, that too, against the same opposition: Mumbai Indians.
We can derive that while KKR is ruthless while chasing, it is equally struggling in manipulating innings while batting first. The other side of the coin is that KKR does not have a well-equipped bowling attack, which can defend any totals from moderate to stupendous.
Consequently, KKR is travelling to Delhi, which boasts an excellent bowling surface. KKR has lacked good bowling in this tournament, and they will struggle against Delhi’s quality spin.
Delhi Daredevils can do itself a favor by not self-destructing like it did against KKR in its opening fixtures where wickets kept tumbling on regular intervals until there weren’t any left. Nevertheless, total credit goes to the skipper, Zaheer Khan, who has brought his team back when doomed.
Regarding strength, Delhi has relied on its bowling attack so far in IPL 9, with Morris and Mishra restricting oppositions from chasing any total. The recently added Proteas leggy, Imran Tahir, has added the winning touch to the side, taking up Brathwaite’s spot.
All three combined can be destructive on a Delhi pitch where the ball grips, turns, and skids and does a lot more from the surface.
Now, there is no way one would consider Delhi’s batting any less exciting. De Cock has been flamboyant but inconsistent. If Delhi is to settle themselves as consistent winners, then De Cock will have to lead the charge like Gautam Gambhir for KKR and Warner for Sunrisers.
Overall, the middle order provides good support, and it is only a matter of time before Delhi batting can find the necessary confidence to push them a little further up on points table.
This fixture can prove to be decisive, especially for the Daredevils since they are in reincarnation phase. A lot will rely on the bowlers, but the batsmen will have to do their part.
KKR, we think, has an inferior chance of winning because they have two major weaknesses: an ordinary bowling squad and miscalculations while batting first.
Delhi, on the contrary, is playing on the home turf, and this is to be their third consecutive home fixture. Therefore, they know the conditions inside out and will have a significant support of the local crowd after the heroic battle of Chris Morris against Gujarat Lions.
Ultimately, Delhi will be victorious in this mouthwatering fixture