Match 13 of this year’s IPL will take the viewers down their memory lane as Kolkata Knight Riders welcome their most successful captain, Gautam Gambhir who now leads Delhi Daredevils to their den. While KKR will hope to end their losing streak, DD have just started winning and they will look forward to sustain it against the Knight Riders.
Overall: Matches – 20
Kolkata Knight Riders – 12
Delhi Daredevils – 8
The Kolkata Knight Riders will battle against the Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Average 1st innings score: 154
Average 2nd innings score: 143
Highest Total: 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest Total: 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest Chased: 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest Defended: 114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs RR
(The above stats only include the IPL matches played at Eden Gardens)
Eden Gardens is a low-mid scoring pitch and 140-160 will look good to sail through. It is a good batting surface but becomes constructive for slow bowlers in the due course of match.
How do the teams stack up?
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata started off the tournament pretty well but has had a long shot since then. After the neck and neck loss against Chennai and Hyderabad, KKR should be on the ball against DD. Lynn-Narine opening partnership might be brought again. Captain Karthik and the KKR veteran, Uthappa should shoulder better responsibility with their batting skills. KKR’s playing 11 is unlikely to be changed.
Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Shubham Gill, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
Players to watch out for: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn
Delhi Daredevils is in full swing after their massive victory against the Mumbai Indians. Jason Roy’s fiery batting is likely to continue along with Rishabah Pant. DD’s bowlers have gained back their momentum after the first two unsuccessful matches. Having organized the batting and bowling units, the probable eleven of DD is likely to remain the same.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir (c), Rishabh Pant, Gelnn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Daniel Christian, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Shami, Trent Boult
Players to watch out for: Jason Roy, Rishabh Pant