Delhi Capitals (DC) will host Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a mouth-watering clash of the double-header Saturday. After the first week of action both the teams have placed themselves in the top four of the points table but they will look to further consolidate their positions in the race to the play-offs.
KKR will be high on confidence after registering a resounding victory over Rajasthan Royals in their previous game. Youngsters Shubhman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi have delivered to the best of their potential for KKR and will be crucial for the side when they take on Delhi Capitals. Let us have a look at how KKR can shape up for the game.
The onus will be on Sunil Narine to get KKR off to a fiery start. But Narine struggled in the previous match and wasn’t at his usual best. Narine was seemingly struggling with the bat and it will be a test for him in UAE as ball will not come to the bat easily. Narine however can prove to be economical with the ball.
Nitish Rana, a T20 specialist, will be a crucial cog in the KKR top-order. He can adjust his game and play shots according to the need of the game. The Kolkata franchise will expect him to fire at the top of the order.
KKR captain Dinesh Karthik add depth to their batting line-up. He can be extremely crucial in terms of scoring runs and making vital calls for the side. Karthik can also promote himself in the line-up as per the need of the team.
Swashbuckling West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been a key member of the KKR side. He can change a game on his own if he gets going. Russell is the most valuable player of the KKR side but failed to make it count in the previous match. He will be expected to come up with a better show against SRH.
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan was bought by the KKR franchise to add depth to the side. He was also seen assisting Dinesh Karthik as the captain in the previous match. Morgan was unimpressive in the last game but he will look to make it count in the match against SRH.
KKR opted to go with Nikhil Naik in the previous game but it did not work out in their favour. The franchise might opt to replace him with Rinku Singh in the upcoming match. Singh can contribute with quick-fire cameo and depth to the KKR batting line-up.
Australia all-rounder Pat Cummins showed his firepower with the bat but failed to make it count with the ball. Captain Dinesh Karthik had said that Cummins did not have enough time to train and he will look to comeback stronger in the match against SRH.
KKR’s lone specialist spinner Kuldeep Yadav will look to make it count in the match against SRH. In the opening game against Mumbai Indians where the pitch favoured the batsman, Kuldeep Yadav failed to make the most of his capabilities. But he will look to comeback stronger in the match against SRH.
Varun Chakravarthy will add to the spin options for KKR setup. He was brilliant in the last game for the Kolkata frachise. He picked up one wicket and gave 25 runs at an economy rate of 6.20. Chakravarthy will look to weave his magic against the Rajasthan Royals and derail their strong batting line-up.
Rising fast bowler Shivam Mavi bowled exceptionally well in the death overs for KKR in the previous match. He will again spearhead the pace attack for the franchise and will look to make the most of his abilities.