Kolkata Knight Riders sorely need a win over Delhi Capitals
When they first met each other this season, it was at Sharjah and Delhi Capitals romped home by 18 runs in a high-scoring game. This time around, the match is at Abu Dhabi where Kolkata succumbed to 82 runs in 20 overs last game against RCB. Against a Delhi attack that is super good on fresh wickets, Kolkata will have their task cut out yet again. Their odds of winning this game stands at 2.10
Delhi have been ruthless with the ball this season. While they lost their last game to Kings XI Punjab, DC have been exemplary when it comes to bowling teams out and they are well placed against a struggling Kolkata outfit. Their odds of winning this game stand at 1.71.
Overall record almost in the balance
While Delhi are seen as an outfit that has consistently underperformed in the IPL before last year, Kolkata have had middling returns over the years. Yet, the overall record in head to head games between these two remain in the balance. Kolkata have won 13 as against Delhi’s 12 over the years.
RECOMMENDED BET: DC have a strong bowling core and KKR’s poor batting form this season gives them odds of 1.71 to win this game
Since 2019, though, the record has taken a massive turn and Delhi have won all three games against Kolkata Knight Riders. This season Delhi put up a compelling total when batting first against Kolkata and went on to seal the deal with the ball convincingly enough.
Keep an eye on…
Shikhar Dhawan: The Delhi opener comes off the back of two hundreds in a row and four fifty-plus scores in a row. The opener is a big-match player and will be backing himself to go big again when Kolkata arrive. He poses a genuine threat against Kolkata’s bowling attack.
TIP: Dhawan has come good in four successive matches and have odds of 8.00 to win the Man of the Match award.
Cummins-Ferguson: Two bowlers who can hit the 150kmph mark in the same team is as good as it comes and Kolkata are blessed with these two. They didn’t get to bowl in tandem a lot this season and this game, on a fresh wicket, could pave way for that spell.