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Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils IPL Match Preview and Predictions - KKR in need of a win

Rippa Staff 15 Apr 2018
  • KKR have won 12 of the 21 encounters against DD, losing eight with one abandoned match.
  • KKR have won six of the last seven matches they played against DD.
  • At the Eden Gardens, the record is a formidable 6-1 in favour of the hosts with DD’s lone win coming in 2012.

It has been an up and down tournament for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who haven’t found their rhythm yet. Two successive losses put them in a tight spot as they get ready to take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) who have just opened their account. 

This 13th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 edition will be played at the Eden Gardens on Monday, April 16.

Match Preview


KKR have the right star quotient, as always, but are struggling to find the right composition of players to be consistent. After opening with a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore, KKR dropped to two consecutive losses to Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the latter at home.

However, the two losses brought forth the chinks in the Knight Riders’ armour. With a fragile middle-order that is over-reliant on specific individuals and the failures of their pace bowlers are hurting the side. Two losses on the trot is not bad, especially when both games went to the wire. But, points table do not factor in moral victories!

Gautam Gambhir and DD had an electrifying Saturday to notch up their first win of the tournament. Chasing 195 to win against Mumbai Indians, Jason Roy (91* from 53 balls) led them to a last-ball win. It could have been much easier than that, but DD will take that win, which was the team’s first this season in three games.

There are still worries for DD as the side still looks to find the right balance. Their bowlers did well to restrict MI to 194, but question marks still persist on their opening attack. Can they regroup and maintain the winning momentum in their fourth straight away fixture to start the season?

It will be an interesting face-off because the teams meet at the cross-section of contrasting forms. Both have the same number of points from an equal number of games, but DD will be a little more confident after the last game. However, the only thing that is certain in T20s is uncertainty and that makes this contest special.

History & Statistics


  • KKR have won 12 of the 21 encounters against DD, losing eight with one abandoned match.
  • KKR have won six of the last seven matches they played against DD.
  • At the Eden Gardens, the record is a formidable 6-1 in favour of the hosts with DD’s lone win coming in 2012.

Key Players


Talk about KKR spinners and Piyush Chawla will probably pop up as the last name in your mind. The stocky leg-spinner loves sliding under the radar leaving the stage for the likes of Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav to sparkle. KKR won’t mind, as long as he keeps performing.

Touted as the successor of MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant hasn’t really set the world alight with his performances. He keeps putting his flashy blade to the best use, but if he can add a bit of consistency to his hitting – he may earn himself a ticket to the national team.

Tips


Back DD to score more sixes at odds of $2.50 (Sportsbet).

Back KKR to score more in the first six overs at odds of $1.72 (Neds).

The combo of Maxwell and Russell could hit five or more combined sixes – a pick offered at odds of $4.00 (Ladbrokes).


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