The two-time IPL Champions Kolkata Knight riders (KKR) will take Delhi Daredevils (DD) in the match 18 at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium later today. The match will be played in the Delhi’s home ground which would give them the slight advantage in the match as they will have the local support. Kolkata Knight riders are in great form as they have won three matches out of their four and are currently at the second position in the points table. They are two points behind the table toppers Mumbai Indians but they have one game in hand. They would love to win this match and move to the no. 1 position on the table.
On the other hand, Delhi side is also in great form. They have bounced back after suffering a humiliating loss against RCB in their first game. They are currently one place behind Kolkata having played one game less than them. They would love to win this match and move above Kolkata in the points table.
Kolkata side is in superb form as they are coming from the win against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. The win against the defending champions must have boosted their confidence and they would be eager to get on the field. Their batting and bowling look well settled as all of their batsmen looked in good touch in the match against Sunrisers.
In this match also the batting line will depend on their most consistent batsman Gautam Gambhir. He is the top 5 run scorer in the IPL and would love to get his hands on the orange cap. There are many other batsmen in the side like Robbin, Yusuf Pathan, Colin, Manish Pandey who are equally dangerous with the bat. The bowling department looks more dangerous and well settled. They have the like of Chawla, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav who can run through any batting lineup.
On the other hand, Delhi side also looks well settled. They have probably the strongest bowling attack in the IPL. They have the likes of Zahir Khan, Pat Cummins, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra who could make the mockery of any batting lineup. They are the one team that looks to bat first and put the pressure on the other side.
They have probably less experience in the batting attack as they lack and good quality international batsman in the lineup. They have the like of Sanju Samsun. Karun Nair, Rishav Pant, Sam Billings. Delhi side depends a lot on the young Indian batsman to get them over the line. They also have a good allrounder in the form of Corey Anderson and Chris Morris. The team looks well settled and could beat the inform Kolkata side.
Head to Head Record
Overall: Total Matches – 18, KKR Won – 10, DD Won – 7
In Delhi: Total Matches- 6, KKR Won- 4, DD Won- 2
IPL 2017, DD v KKR Match Predictions:
Kolkata to win the match as they have much stronger batting lineup and a good bowling attack that could be hard to handle for young Delhi Daredevils batsman.
DD Predicted XI: Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings, Karun Nair Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (wk), Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Zaheer Khan
KKR Predicted XI: Gautam Gambhir ©, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib AL Hasan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav
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