Delhi Daredevils will play a game after four days of break and a lot has changed in the points table during these four days. Delhi Daredevils who had a fine start to the season yet scripted the same old story of losing momentum. They have lost three games on a Trott and are placed at number 6 which will change after Royal Challengers Bangalore faces Gujarat Lions and is sure to move down. While on the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders are continuing their good run and have gained the top spot once with triumphing win over Rising Pune Supergiant. Delhi Daredevils will have to perform their skin out to win against Kolkata Knight Riders at their home venue.
Last time they played: chasing a target of 168 runs, Manish Pandey last over heroics sealed the game for Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi Daredevils despite putting a fighting show were on the losing side.
Head to head battle: they have played 19 games against each other including one game in this season. KKR have won 11 out of 19 games while 7 times Delhi Daredevils have resulted a win. One match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWLWW
Delhi Daredevils: LLLWW
Kolkata Knight Riders: every thing is going perfect for the team and every individual is contributing some thing or the other for team. They are placed currently at top of the table and are high in confidence with a win over Rising Pune Supergiant. Nathan Coulter-Nile who was rested for the game against Pune will be back in the team in place of Darren Bravo. The other changes which the team is bound to make is getting Ishank Jaggi or Surya Kumar Yadav in place of Piyush Chawla.
Probable XI: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ishank Jaggi/Surya Kumar Yadav, Sunil Narine, Colin de grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris woakes, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla.
Delhi Daredevils: the exclusion of Sam Billings in the last match hampered their opening pair and it affected the game. Delhi Daredevils were at time 51/5 against Mumbai Indians. Sam Billings can be called back in place of Corey Anderson while Jayant Yadav can be included in place of Aditya Tare. Kagiso Rabada the debutant had a great game much with respect to bat than Ball. He notched his personal best T20 score in last match.
Probable XI: Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Corey Anderson/Sam Billings, Aditya Tare/Jayant Yadav, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan.
Players in the Spotlight:
Nathan Coulter-Nile: at Eden in the last outing he ran through the RCB batsman and was adjourned as the man of the match. His pace and bounce in Kolkata pitch can be handy.
Where: Eden gardens, Kolkata
What to expect: a pitch which favors the fast bowler much and in the last match the lowest score was seen courtesy to them. But Eden also witnesses high scoring matches. A hot afternoon with no signs of rain is what stored in.
Toss Prediction: despite Kolkata Knight Riders saved a low scoring match batting first but chasing is always considered the best option at Eden gardens. Team winning the toss will definately choose to bowl.
Match prediction: At Eden gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders have made their fortress and nothing inevitable is bound to happen unless Delhi Daredevils pulls out a miracle. Chances of winning is more in Kolkata Knight Riders favors.
* Place your bets on Kolkata Knight Riders at first directly than try making a profitable cut as the game progresses.
* Match odds for the game are 79-80 KKR.