Kolkata Knight Riders to host Delhi Daredevils in the second match of 2016 Indian Premier League on 10 April at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Home team will be playing under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy who led the side in two IPL trophy triumphs whereas Delhi Daredevils to play under India’s former pace bowler Zaheer Khan’s leadership.
KKR are having the similar kind of squad that they had in 2012 and 2014 Indian Premier League championships. They roped in some more good players like Colin Munro and John Hastings for this edition. Kolkata may miss their prime spinner Sunil Narine in their first game against Delhi Daredevils as Sunil’s father passed away few days back. Hence it is not easy for Narine to play immediately.
Kolkata’s Head coach Jacques Kallis said, “We are certainly not putting any pressure on him to get back. It’s something that I’ve been through. I know how tough a time it is. When he’s right and he feels he’s ready to play cricket he will come to us.”
Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell will be the key batsmen on which Kolkata Knight Riders team to rely on. Bowling will be depending on the strong shoulders of Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla and all-rounders Munro, Shakib and Russell.
On the other hand Delhi Daredevils are not having too many big names in the side but in the likes of Carlos Brathwaite, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Sanju Sampson and Shreyas Iyer, team can do well and beat KKR. It was last Sunday when Brathwaite smashed 4 sixes on this Eden Garden’s ground to lead West Indies their second World T20 trophy. Hence it will be an interesting contest on Sunday to watch out for.
Probable Playing XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Colin Munro, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel, Suryakumar Yadav.
Zaheer Khan (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Sanju Sampson, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammad Shami, Rishabh Pant, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, Carlos Brathwaite, JP Duminy, Pawan Negi.
Pitch: Eden Gardens wicket and pitch always support batsman and spin bowlers. Ball comes to bat nicely and batsman can hit the ball through to the line. Outfield is also fast. So we can expect high scoring match.
Score Prediction: The expected score in Kolkata is 160 runs.
Win Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders will be favorite to win and they have got 60 percent winning chances over Delhi Daredevils in the second match of Vivo Indian Premier League 2016.