The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batting stick will be put to the test again as they look to build winning momentum against the star-studded Delhi Capitals (DC) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Ahmedabad on Thursday. KKR struggles from the top with the very talented Shubman Gill continuing his poor run, 89 races in six outings. While their bowling, especially the “ master-apprentice ” spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy, did a great job of limiting oppositions, it was KKR’s top-notch hitter who got them the most. wounded.
Chasing an easy 124 against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their final game, KKR’s first order slashed a sorry number to be 17 for 3 inside three overs before skipper Eoin Morgan only leads forward to break his four-game losing streak.
Against a DC batting lineup with Shikhar Dhawan (265 points), Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith and the dangerous Rishabh Pant, KKR can no longer afford to slip if they are to continue their rise in the IPL. table of points.
First, Morgan will have to solve the Gill riddle. With scores of 15, 33, 21, 0, 11 and 9, the opener failed to impress, extending his poor England Test series form.
It wouldn’t be a bad ploy to drop Gill in order and bring Narine back to open with Rahul Tripathi, which was suggested by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.
The first-rate reshuffle might be the way to go, as Morgan, Andre Russell, and Dinesh Karthik seemed to have found their mojo in the middle.
Thursday’s clash will see a mini battle between Caribbean duo Russell and Shimron Hetmyer who will be eager to do well after DC suffered a nerve-racking one-point loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) here on Tuesday.
Chasing 172 for a win, the DC struggled at 92 for 4, but Hetmyer raised the bar with his captain and another left-handed pants as the duo smashed explosive half-centuries, but only to fall into a last bullet thriller.
Russell also looked in his elements when he crushed the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowlers all around the park in his 22-ball 54, but only in a losing cause.
Following Ravichandran Ashwin’s retirement, DC bowling received a boost from Ishant Sharma who cleaned up the in-form Devdutt Padikkal with a peach of a delivery en route to a 1/26 tidy.
The KKR stick will be put to the test against players like Ishant, Kagiso Rabada and young pistol Avesh Khan, while spin duo Amit Mishra and Axar Patel will also look to make an impact.
The teams (of):
Delhi capitals: Rishabh Pant (c / w), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Shams Mulani, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishantma Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, Mr. Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings and Aniruddha Joshi.
Kolkata knight horsemen: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishina, Rahul Trip , Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.
The match starts at 7:30 p.m. IST
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