|Match Date:||30th March, Saturday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||40,000|
|Match Venue:||Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi|
The Match 10 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Delhi Capitals high flying Kolkata Knight Riders at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. With Kotla’s flat pitch, the fixture promises to be a high-scoring event.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL match:
|Key Players in form||DC– Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada
KKR – Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa
|Weather Conditions||31℃, 34% Humidity, Winds up to 6 km/hr. No signs of rain.|
|Toss Advantage||The team batting first has won five of the seven times last season at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Thus, the winner of the toss should choose to bat first.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, mostly Batting-Friendly. However, dew is certain to occur later in the evening as the temperature falls.|
|Venue Stats (2018)||Average Total: 170
Highest Total: 219/4 (DC)
|Ground Size: Eden Gardens||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 82 m|
|Injury Updates||DC – The availability of Chris Morris was in doubt, but the South African all-rounder has arrived in Delhi and is expected to play.
KKR – Anrich Nortje (Shoulder), Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Sandeep Warrier will be replacing him).
|Home Advantage||Delhi Capitals|
|Head-to-Head||DC 9 – 13 KKR (1 NR)|
|Form||DC– L W W W L
KKR – W W L W W
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada
Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Lockie Ferguson.
|Impact Players||Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Rishabh Pant|
DC vs KKR Dream11 Prediction
Delhi Capitals had a dream start to the campaign with a huge 37 run win over Mumbai Indian, at the latter’s home. However, just before they could build any palpable momentum the defending champions Chennai Super Kings came calling. At 120/2 in the 15th overs, DC was in driver’s seat to breach the 170-run mark.
But just when they could hit the top gears, an experienced CSK bowling attack struck and the hosts were reduced to 147/6. The target was never going to be defendable against a seasoned Chennai batting attack. DC ultimately lost the game by 6 wickets.
While the openers did their job pretty well, it was the lower middle order pair of Colin Ingram (2) and Keemo Paul (0) that failed to deceive. As a result, the latter may well be replaced by an incoming South African All-rounder Chris Morris.
There is not much to complain about the bowling front. Kagiso Rabada is doing just fine both with the wickets and economy. Ishant Sharma is also contributing with the ball, although he can better his economy rate. Amit Mishra returned to the starting XI against CSK and managed to scalp two wickets on his comeback.
He will surely retain his place for Saturday’s epic battle. If DC has to stand a chance of winning against an in-form KKR side, their bowling will have to be speckless and effective.
It has been a dream start for Kolkata Knight Riders to their 2019 campaign. They defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets before trouncing poor KXIP by 28 runs. The highlight of the first two matches has been their crushing batting attack. Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa have been in sublime form this season, with the former already having won the purple cap with the latter in hot pursuit.
The young Shubman Gill has also shown promise in the limited game time he has got. But KKR real performer has been Andre Russell. The towering West Indian has single-handedly turned the matches into Kolkata’s favour with both the ball and the bat.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 28, 2019
Against SRH, he scalped two wickets (2/32) before coming with the willow and hitting a fast-fire 49* off just 19 balls. Against KXIP, he then cracked another knock of 48 off just 17 deliveries to help KKR reach 218. That was followed by a bowling figure of 2/21 to see his team make it 2 from 2.
Elsewhere, the magic of Sunil Narine is missing this season. He hasn’t managed to scalp a single wicket in the first two matches while his economy rate from the last match was a disappointing 13.00. Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna also have yet to open their accounts.
Nonetheless, on the whole, KKR is surely going to be the firm title favourites in 2019 IPL going by the first impressions.
Predicted Winner: KKR is better placed to win the match against DC. They have a superior batting lineup, a well-balanced team. Moreover, they have the momentum with them going into the match.
DC vs KKR Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Rishabh Pant (WK), Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Axar Patel, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Kagiso Rabada.
DC vs KKR Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Rishabh Pant (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Chris Morris, Andre Russell, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Kuldeep Yadav, Kagiso Rabada.