Sports Desk Kolkata Knight Riders will compete with Delhi Capitals on Friday at the Eden Gardens in the 26th match of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League. In the 12-year history of the tournament, Delhi's team has managed to beat Kolkata only once. In 2012, he defeated the hosts team by eight wickets. Then Kolkata scored 97 runs on nine wickets. Delhi had achieved the target on two wickets. Capitals would like to give their advisor Sourav Ganguly a win in his home town in this match.
This season, the last match between the two teams was held on March 30 at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium. Then Delhi defeated Kolkata in Super Over. In this match, the eyes of Dinesh Karthik's team will be to take revenge for that defeat.
A total of 24 matches have been played between Kolkata and Delhi so far. Of these, Kolkata team won 13 of these. Delhi's team got success in 10 matches only The result of a match did not get out.
Last time Kolkata was won on Eden Gardens, in the last 5 matches, 3 in Kolkata and 2 in Delhi team winners. Last time both teams were on one side in 2018 in Eden Gardens. Then Kolkata won the home ground by 71 runs.
In this season, Kolkata's team is on second place in the points table. In his 6 matches there are 8 points with 4 wins. At the same time, Delhi's team is in sixth place with 3 wins in the same match.
Talking about the performance of Kolkata players in the hope of a big innings from Andre Russell, Andre Russell is leading the top. He has scored 257 runs in five innings. During this period, their average is 128.5 and the strike rate is 212.39. He has scored two half-centuries.
Kartik will also be hoping for a better performance in this match than him. On the other hand, they would like middle-order batsmen Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubhaman Gill to bring consistency in their performances. This will reduce the pressure on lower-order batters.
The lack of continuity in the performance of batsmen for Delhi is also the cause of concern. In the top-10, there is only one batsman captain Shreyas Iyer. He has scored 215 runs in 6 matches. During this period, his average was 35.83 and the strike rate was 122.85.
Iyer would like to give his top batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan team a strong start. Colin Ingram and Rishabh Pant play a major innings in the middle order. Pant made 176 runs in 6 matches. It includes 78 runs in the same innings.
Both the teams are Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (Kaptan), Prashesh Khan, Trent Bolt, Shikhar Dhawan, Bandaru Ayyappa, Ankush Bains, Sandeep Lemichane, Manjot Kalra, Amit Mishra, Chris Morris, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant, Character Patel, Harshal Patel, Kimo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Jalaj Saxena, Sherfen Rutherford, Ishant Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tahitia, Hanuma Vihari, Nathu Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubhaman Gill, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joey Denly, Srikanth Munde, Sandeep Warrior, Famous Krishna , Lucky Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Casey Cariappa, Yara Prithviraj