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VIVO IPL 2019 - Match 10 - Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 30 March 2019 | 08:00 pm IST

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                                       Dilli ke Munde 


                                            Kolkata ke Rosgulle




Big Picture

This is a match between a side that is looking to establish roles for its players - and thus achieve success and establish itself in a city that has been cold to the home team for 11 years - and a team that doesn't want established roles.


Kolkata Knight Riders come to Delhi with the most fluid and flexible batting line-up among IPL sides, and an unbeaten record this year. The hosts, Delhi Capitals, soared magnificently in the first match against Mumbai Indians, but were laid low partly by their own home conditions and partly by their failure to adjust to the dry pitch that offered natural variations to bowlers.


Knight Riders will provide Delhi as big a challenge as Chennai Super Kings did. They have three spinners of varying quality and mode of operation, and they are not short of quicks who can hit the deck. As Ricky Ponting said after the defeat to Super Kings, Delhi will have to find a way to bat smarter.


Chris Morris is back for Delhi, and will give them a hit-the-deck bowler and a big-hitting allrounder possibly at the expense of Keemo Paul. Morris pointed out that the square doesn't look like it did last year where they averaged around 190 batting first. In fact they scored 219 when they last faced Knight Riders at home. If they continue with their strategy of batting first - there hasn't been much dew to speak of - they might set their sights on around 170 and then try to get to Andre Russell early and then past him.

Likely XIs

Delhi Capitals 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Colin Ingram, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Chris Morris, 7 Axar Patel/Sandeep Lamichhane, 8 Rahul Tewatia, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Ishant Sharma


Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Shubman Gill, 6 Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Prasidh Krishna

Stats that matter

  • Knight Riders lead the head-to-head record 13-8.

  • Last season, spinners averaged 31.5 and conceded 7.8 per over in Delhi, while the quicks managed corresponding figures of 34.6 and 9.4.

  • Among players who have faced at least 100 balls at the death in the IPL, Rishabh Pant has the best strike rate at 233.33 and Russell the fourth-best at 198.83.







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"It was raining a while ago but it's not drizzling anymore. The pitch was under covers till about 15 minutes ago. They took it off and left it on the square on one side. But that's also being taken off now," pings our correspondent Prakash Govindasreenivasan. 

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"A group of 12 (Delhi players) are warming up separately. Ishant isn't one of them, he's away from that group, chatting with Pravin Amre. Ishant bowled very little a while ago while Harshal Patel bowled a lot more," adds Prakash. Guess, Ishant won't be playing tonight. "Chris Morris and Lamichhane are in that 12 too. Morris for Keemo Paul looks the obvious change. Not sure about the Nepal leggie. Remember, DC picked only three foreigners in the previous game, so he can come in for one of the two Indian leg spinners, if that's the plan."

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