Indian Premier League, 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils
The Big Picture
After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against the Chennai Super Kings, the Kolkata Knight Riders were comprehensively beaten by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their own den, the Eden Gardens.
After two successive defeats. the Knight Riders will be looking to redeem their campaign when they host Delhi Daredevils, who are buoyed by their win over the Mumbai Indians, on Monday.
The Eden Gardens pitch has been considered as one of the better conditions for batting, whilst assisting spinners, evident from Kolkata Knight Riders strategy of fielding plethora of spinners over the years. The 2016 season though saw the pitch being re-laid and being more conducive to fast as well as reverse-swing bowling evident from the rout of RCB (49 all out) inflicted by the likes of Coulter Nile and Woakes last year.
Statistics over the years: While over the past ten years, the average first innings score has swelled from 167 to 179, the team batting first has won 37.1% times while the chasing side has 62.9% of the occasions.
Team News and Probable 11:
Kolkata Knight Riders
While Shubhman Gill and Shivam Mavi made their debuts in the previous game, it is highly debatable as to how they were used by Dinesh Karthik. While Gill came in to bat at No.7, behind Sunil Narine, who came in at four, Shivam Mavi was not trusted enough with the ball. The encounter against Delhi will be a test of Karthik's captaincy which has been found wanting at times during the tournament.
While not many changes are expected in the line-up, Mitchell Johnson might make way for Tom Curran.
Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wk), Dinesh Karthik (capt), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubhman Gill, Piyush Chawla Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson/Tom Curran, Shivam Mavi
Skipper Gautam Gambhir could not expect better circumstances for his return to the Eden Gardens. The Daredevils were dead and buried in the last game when the likes of Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav were blunting their attack to all corners of the Wankhede stadium, but with the help of their death bowlers in Boult and Shami, coupled by a breathtaking innings by Jason Roy, Delhi was able to surpass the target that Mumbai had set them, thus bringing up their first victory of the tournament.
While not much changes are expected in the squad, Amit Mishra may come in place of Nadeem who has been pretty expensive thus far in the tournament, while Chris Morris, who missed the previous game due to illness can come in place of Daniel Christian.
Gautam Gambhir (capt), Jason Roy, Rishabh Pant (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Dan Christian/ Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem/Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult