Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils find themselves at similar junctions in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. Both the teams have won one match and lost two and thus find themselves in the bottom half of the points table. Both the teams will be seeking their second win of the season as they will try to move up the ladder.
Gautam Gambhir will be against the same team whom he has led to two IPL titles. He can name the strengths and weakness of the Kolkata squad at his fingertips and thus DD will have their advantages. Delhi was able to chase a mammoth total against defending champions Mumbai Indians and that must have given them a shot in the arm.
Both teams will seek impetus.
The Delhi franchise had decided to play Jason Roy in place of Colin Munro and the move paid the dividend for the team. Roy played an unbelievable inning to take Delhi over the line. The England batsman is well known for hitting the ball straight down the wicket and he utilized the short boundaries at Wankhede.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have lost their last two matches after winning their opening match against RCB and Dinesh Karthik would be seeking some momentum against Delhi Daredevils. KKR will like to make most of their home advantage and they would like come up roses.
Delhi would have been delighted to get their maiden win of the season against Mumbai after they had their backs against the wall in the first 15 overs of the host’s innings. The bowlers were able to get them back into the match and then Jason Roy took them over the line.
Match Prediction: Eden Gardens is known to assist the pace battery but it was palpable in the last match that the track was providing help to the spin bowlers. KKR will have home advantage and the captain winning the toss will like to field first. Kolkata has won 12 while Delhi has won 7 on the head to head encounters.
Weather Prediction: Kolkata is expected to reach a maximum temperature of 39-degree Celsius. There is a chance of some thunderstorm in the daytime.
Toss Prediction: Delhi Daredevils.
Match Winner Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Johnson, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav.
Delhi Daredevils Probable XI: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult.
Date and Time: 16 April 2018, 8:00 PM IST.
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
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