This is the second leg of Kolkata Knight Riders going against Delhi Capitals. Last time these two teams met at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Andre Rusell hammered Delhi Capitals’ bowlers before being dazzled by Kagiso Rabada’s perfect Yorker. This match was the only time we had a super over in this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be returning home after 4 matches. They won 2 of them while lost the other 2. With overall 4 wins and 2 losses, Kolkata Knight Riders are second on the points table. Even if they win today’s match that won’t affect the points table as Chennai Super Kings have 12 points. But there is a chance for Delhi Capitals to jump from the 6th position to a 3rd or 4th position.
Prince of Kolkata, Saurav Ganguly will also be returning to Kolkata as an advisor for Delhi Capitals. Saurav Ganguly played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three seasons. After that, he was released from the team and was bought by Sahara Pune Warriors. No one knows Eden Garden more than Saurav Ganguly, not even the players of Kolkata Knight Riders too. Saurav Ganguly is the current president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). This has generated a conflict of interest but he will be sitting in DC’s dugout.
In the last game against Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders’ top order failed miserably against spin. Apart from Andre Rusell, no other player scored some decent runs. KKR’s problems this season has been their batting and bowling. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have not given them a good start in most of the matches. Andre Rusell has been in the top form right from the start of the league and every other batsman have struggled. Their bowling has looked below average many times. They can make some changes in their team today.
Delhi Capitals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match. The fact that this is a young team lead by a young captain makes them the underdog of the season. They have shown this on many occasions, one such came against this very opponent. DC have a good pace attack and they can get some serious help from the pitch today. However, they need to fix their middle order issue.
Team batting second will have an advantage. A score above 180 will be a decent score and KKR can pull off a win from this match if they tick every box required.