The Arun Jaitley Stadium is set to host match no. 28 of the IPL 2023, featuring Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi has had a dismal season so far, having lost all five of their games and sitting at the bottom of the table.
With a four-day break, the team would have regrouped and be eager to turn their fortunes around. Although demoralized, they have had a few positives, which they will look to build upon.
On the other hand, the Kolkata Knight Riders have lost two consecutive games and are keen to recover from this slump after winning two of their first three matches.
Nitish Rana mentioned in a post-match interview that the bowling, particularly the pacers, needs to step up their game. The top bookmakers in India have fantastic IPL odds with them.
We expect a relatively easy win for KKR.
The betting tip is...
Varun Chakravarthy to pick more than 1.5 wickets
Manish Pandey's return to form was a significant positive for Delhi Capitals in their previous game against RCB. However, besides David Warner and the in-form Axar Patel, no other batsman has been able to perform to their potential for DC. The inconsistent form of
Prithvi Shaw is a cause for concern. While their bowling and fielding have been commendable, all three disciplines have failed to come together in any match, resulting in unfavorable outcomes.
Sarfaraz Khan might end up as a impact player depending on the match situation
Predicted Lineup: David Warner (c), Mitchell Marsh, Yash Dhull, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Lalit Yadav, Abishek Porel (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Mustafizur Rahman
In their previous encounter, the KKR suffered a resounding defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.
Venkatash Iyer ended on the losing side despite scoring a blazing century in just 49 deliveries, becoming only the second player after the legendary Brendon McCullum to achieve this feat for KKR.
With every game, the Knight Riders have witnessed a different player stepping up and delivering an exceptional performance, be it Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, or the explosive Andre Russell who played a blistering cameo in the previous match.
However, there is certainly room for improvement in the bowling department, particularly in the pace-bowling department.
No change is expected in the playing XI of KKR, but Suyash Sharma might come up as an impact player.
Predicted Lineup: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, N Jagadeesan, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy
The Delhi Capitals currently languish at the bottom of the table, as this season seems to have presented them with a slew of challenges. However, if they harbor any aspirations of making it to the playoffs, they must achieve the improbable.
In contrast, the Kolkata Knight Riders have suffered two successive losses and will be eager to shrug off this recent slump. Possessing a formidable batting lineup with significant depth and an array of bowling options, they appear to have a well-balanced team.
Therefore, given their current form and team balance, we anticipate KKR emerging victorious in this encounter.