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Kolkata Knight Riders face-off against the Delhi Capitals in Match 26

What

When the Kolkata Knight Riders face-off against the Delhi Capitals in Match 26 of VIVO IPL 2019, they will look to exact revenge for their loss in the Super Over against the same opponent nearly two weeks ago.

KKR have four wins from six matches – two of them coming during the series of four consecutive away matches which just ended. The captain Dinesh Karthik termed the two wins on the road as a good result for his team and wanted them to start afresh and build on the largely familiar conditions at home.

The Delhi Capitals have three wins and three losses. Shreyas Iyer’s team has blown hot and cold – every win has followed a defeat. In their last outing, they defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Garden City. They’ve had a four-day break since that win and must have reflected on their past results and put together plans for the rest of the season. The batting department needs attention, and one expects coach Ricky Ponting and the rest of his backroom staff would have spent plenty of time with the young batsmen and spoken to them about the need to put a higher price on their wicket and avoid playing reckless cricket.

There are few worries for the Knight Riders – at least in context of their first-choice XI; they have a balanced side and a settled playing XI, and pretty much operate to a formula. Barring the poor show in the previous match in Chennai, the batsmen have generally looked good – and then there’s Andre Russell, who has been unstoppable. The one area KKR should attempt to get better at is realising more wickets from their pace bowlers; in their six matches so far, KKR have realised only 10 wickets from their quicks – the fewest among all the competing teams.

When

12 April 2019, 8pm IST

Where

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Previous Match XIs:

Kolkata Knight Riders:Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robbie Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Shunman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney.

Delhi Capitals:Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada.

Protagonists

Andre Russell has had five hits this season and he’s made scores of 49*, 48, 62, 48* and 50*.It is the first time in his 293-match T20 career that the Jamaican has made more than 20 in five consecutive innings; that fact illustrates the form the Jamaican has been in.

KKR have had other contributors too; though both were dismissed cheaply in Chennai, Robbie Uthappa and Nitish Rana have been striking the ball well.

The Delhi Capitals need one of Shikhar Dhawan or Shreyas Iyer to bat deep and hold fort. The team management will expect a lot more from Dhawan – who is the most-experienced member in the batting line-up. There’s a school of thought that the Delhi Capitals could do with more energy at the top by handing a debut to ManjotKalra; but for that they’ll have to either sacrifice the experience of Dhawan or the ability of Prithvi Shaw. The Delhi Capitals expect consistency from Shaw and Rishabh Pant; the two youngsters – now international cricketers – need to apply themselves, evaluate the percentages and returns for risks taken.

On the bowling front, the spotlight will be on Kagiso Rabada – who has bowled the fastest ball of the season, and who will have fond memories of the previous match against the Knight Riders. Both sides have quality spinners in their ranks, and one can expect the likes of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Sandeep Lamichhane to have a big say in their team’s fortunes.

Head to Head in Indian Premier League

Overall: Matches – 22,Kolkata Knight Riders – 13, Delhi Capitals –9.

When these two teams met at the Feroze Shah Kotla Ground earlier this season, the result was decided in the Super Over. Both teams were tied at the end of the regular 20-over contest; batting first, the Kolkata Knight Riders made 185-8, which was matched by the Delhi Capitals with 185-6.

In the Super Over, the Delhi Capitals made 10 runs batting first, after which Kagiso Rabada restricted the Knight Riders to 7.Rabada’s yorker to dismiss Andre Russell in the Super Over is a contender for the ball of the season.

Trivia

The Kolkata Knight Riders have 99 wins in T20 cricket.

The Kolkata Knight Riders have won all three matches this season when they’ve chased targets.

Andre Russell’s batting strike-rate against the quicks this season stands at 250.58; in contrast, his strike-rate against spin reads 122.22.

Shikhar Dhawan needs one more score of 50 or more to complete 50 half-centuries in T20 cricket.

Sunil Narine needs one more wicket to complete 50 wickets in IPL matches at the Eden Gardens.

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