KKR and Daredevils will aim to strengthen their position

The team of Kolkata Knight Riders, running at the top of the points table, will have to strengthen their position with the win when they meet the confident Delhi Daredevils, with two easy victories tomorrow.

KKR started its campaign with an easy victory against Gujarat Lions but after that it had to face the defeat against Mumbai Indians. The team, however, won the match against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad. On the other hand, Delhi had to face defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first match but after that the team won two easy wins and would like to retain this goal.

Delhi’s easy victory against Rising Pune Superjoint and Kings XI will also be worried by KKR’s team. Delhi will have the advantage of playing on its own ground but KKR’s team has so far emerged as the most effective tournament and it will not be easy to beat it. In the team’s victory, the Orange Cap holder and Captain Gautam Gambhir have played an important role, which is in excellent form with the bat. The team will miss the injury of Chris Lynn but the batsmen like Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan are capable of replacing any shortcomings.

Pandey played 46 runs in this match. There was not one of the Hyderabad batsmen in front of Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Pathan’s spin trio. Besides the team, there are also stormy bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes and Trent Bolt who can demolish any batting order. On the other hand, Delhi has impressive batsmen such as Sanju Samson, Sam Billings, Rishabh Pant, Corey Anderson and Chris Maurice, the only centurion of IPL 10.

Pant made half-century during the team’s defeat in the first match, while Samson scored 102 against Maurice and Maurice scored a 38-ball 38 in nine balls to give the team a 97-run win. In the previous match against Kings XI Punjab, Billings scored 55 and Anderson scored an unbeaten 39, making the team 188 for eight wickets. The team then stopped Chris Maurice (three wickets for 23 runs), Shahbaz Nadeem (two wickets for 13 runs) and Pat Cummins (two wickets for 23 runs) to give Punjab a 137-run victory over nine wickets. The team will try to replicate this performance tomorrow.

The teams are:
Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Khalil Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Aditya Tare, Shashank Singh , Ankit Bawne, Navdeep Saini, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Maurice, Carlos Braithweight, Sam Billings.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Trent Bolt, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhom, Rishi Dhawan, Sion Ghosh, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narayan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajput, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav Time: From four o’clock in the evening.

Updated: April 17, 2017 — 3:00 am

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