Kolkata Knight Riders are set to host the Delhi Capitals at the iconic Eden Gardens in the 26th fixture of the Indian Premier League. The hosts have had a decent campaign so far in this season while the Capitals have been disappointing after getting a good start in the tournament. Both the teams will collide with each other for the second time in this season. The first meeting ended in a tie which led to the first Super Over of IPL 2019, where Kagiso Rabada held his nerve to take Delhi Capitals over the line.

Kolkata Knight Riders made an emphatic start to this year courtesy some consistent performance from Andre Russell & Co. With four wins and a couple of defeats in their six league games, the Knight Riders are comfortably lying at the second spot in the points table. The hosts would be eyeing to go all the way this year as they possess some real matchwinners like Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, and Chris Lynn. Dinesh Karthik has led his side from the front since taking over from Gautam Gambhir. Having lost their previous encounter against the mighty CSK, KKR will be determined to bounce back to winning ways.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals have had a topsy turvy campaign so far in this season. The visitors will be confident after beating KKR in their last meeting at Kotla. They are currently lying in the sixth place with three victories and as many defeats in six outings. Kagiso Rabada starred once again when they thrashed RCB in their previous encounter. The Capitals would be hoping for the same kind of dominant performance when they lock horns with KKR tomorrow night.

 

Venue Stats IPL

Total matches- 72

Matches won batting first- 28

Matches won bowling first- 44

Average 1st Inns scores- 157

Average 2nd Inns scores- 144

Highest total recorded- 218/4 (20 Ov) by KKR vs KXIP

Lowest total recorded- 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR

Highest score chased- 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR

Lowest score defended- 114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR

Head to Head Record

Total – 24

Kolkata Knight Riders – 13

Delhi Capitals – 10

TEAM NEWS

 

Kolkata Knight Riders:

  • Matt Kelly has joined the squad to replace injured Anrich Nortje.
  • While Lockie Ferguson might return in the starting lineup to replace Harry Gurney.

Delhi Capitals:

  • Harshal Patel has been ruled out of the tournament following his injury.
  • Sandeep Lamichanne is likely to make way for Trent Boult in the playing XI.

SQUADS

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly

Delhi Capitals:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant(w), Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa

KEY PLAYERS

Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Chris Lynn
  • Sunil Narine
  • Andre Russell

Delhi Capitals

  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Rishabh Pant
  • Kagiso Rabada 

Probable Playing XI

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav

Delhi Capitals:

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult/Sandeep Lamichanne