Contrasting seasons for these two teams so far in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) but the last game of each team will make a huge difference, as momentum and rhythm is really important in T20 cricket. For Delhi Capitals, it was a much needed victory as they seemed to be slipping to many unnecessary losses this year. For Kolkata Knight Riders, it was a crushing loss to the now table-toppers CSK. In the reverse fixture between these two, DC won a thrilling super over after the game was tied.
How does that change things as we move into Match 26 of IPL 2019? Quite a lot, honestly, as DC is one talented team that was just short of a little inspiration which they got in the last match against RCB. A captain’s knock took them to victory while KKR’s weaknesses were clearly exposed when CSK took a few early wickets. For more insights and our preferred players, read our complete PlayerzPot (Use Code “READ1234”) fantasy preview of this game…
- Tournament: Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.
- Date: 12th April 2019, 8:00pm IST
- Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- Capacity: 68,000+
- Series status: IPL 2019 round robin stage.
Form (recent first)
- KKR: L W W L W
- DC: W L L W L
- Kolkata lead the H2H count against Delhi, 13-9.
- 16, 18, 43, 28, 43, 67 – Shreyas Iyer’s scores so far in IPL 2019.
- Kagiso Rabada is the Purple Cap holder with 11 wickets in 6 games so far.
- Prasidh Krishna has 1 wicket in 6 matches with a horrendous bowling average of 205.
One area of concern (MAJOR CONCERN) for Kolkata would be that left wrist of Andre Russell. In 6 games so far, he was batted 5 times and produced match-winning scores of 49*, 48, 62, 48*, 50* so far. However, he batted with a lot of pain towards the end and there’s a high chance he misses a game or two due to his wrist. In such a scenario, they have a more-than-able replacement in Caribbean all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
So much was expected from Kuldeep Yadav who has been bamboozling cricketers from all over the world, but he hasn’t been very effective in IPL 2019, with only 3 wickets from 6 games so far. The other spinners haven’t been good either with Piyush Chawla picking up 4 wickets and Sunil Narine also getting only 3. This will be a major concern for this side which is supposed to have the best spin attack in the tournament. Pick Prasidh Krishna, who hasn’t been among the wickets but could be your x-factor player.
Delhi themselves have injury issues coming into this game, with the experienced Harshal Patel being ruled out of IPL 2019 with an arm injury, with 2 wickets in 2 games so far. Furthermore, Rahul Tewatia is rumoured to be injured but they will have an able replacement for him in Amit Mishra. Kagiso Rabada is a must-pick in the bowling attack as he is the best bowler of the competition so far.
However, he needs to be supported and no other frontline bowler has done so thus far. Chris Morris has 6 wickets in 4 games and he could even be your vice-captain today because he can hit the ball a long way too, if the chance comes for him to bat. Also pick captain Shreyas Iyer who has hit some good form and has had a start in each and every innings thus far. Expect him to keep up the good work!
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