The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsmen, desperate to maintain the winning momentum, will face a tough test in front of the Delhi Capitals’ strong bowling in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Thursday. KKR is troubled by the batsmen’s poor performance from the beginning. His talented opener Shubman Gill is struggling to score runs. He has scored only 89 runs in six matches so far.
Delhi Capitals have batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan (265 runs), Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith and captain Rishabh Pant and KKR batsmen will have to put in extra effort to match them. For this Morgan will first have to think about Gill’s form, who have scored 15, 33, 21, 0, 11 and nine runs so far. In such a situation, sending Gill in the middle order along with Rahul Tripathi to Sunil Narine to start the innings would not be a wrong decision.
Veteran Sunil Gavaskar has also suggested the same. Delhi had lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous match. The Delhi team was struggling at a score of 92 for four, chasing a target of 172 runs. Shimran Hetmyer and Pant took the position with a half-century but Delhi had to face defeat in the thrill that last ball.
The match between Hetmyer and Andre Russell can also be seen in this match. Russell scored 54 off 22 balls against Chennai Super Kings, but apart from this, he has failed to show his power. Despite the withdrawal of Ravichandran Ashwin, the Delhi bowling is strong and the KKR batsmen will face a tough test in front of Ishanam Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, veteran Amit Mishra and Akshar Patel.
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The teams are as follows ..
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimran Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Shams Mulani, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Praveen Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Enrique Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith , Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddartha, Tom Karen, Sam Billings and Anirudh Joshi.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Naren, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Famous Krishna, Rahul Tripathi , Varun Chakraborty, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.
Matches: The evening will start at 7.30 pm.