After victory in their first match of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders have found the going tough with two back to back losses against CSK and SRH. Come Monday, they will be set to host Delhi Daredevils and welcome back their beloved ex-skipper, Gautam Gambhir. In a homecoming of sorts, Gambhir will be put to test against a hungry KKR unit who have put in some very impressive performances despite two losses in their past two games. DD are on a high after a win over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
KKR’s fortress was breached by SRH on Saturday evening in a rain affected game which witnessed some excellent bowling by the boys from Hyderabad. Kolkata will be hoping for a quick turnaround, failing which they could land up in a difficult spot with just one win in four games. The key for KKR will be to try and contain the Delhi batting using its spin trio effectively. Andre Russell and Chris Lynn have displayed some good hitting form and could tee off while Uthappa and Karthik will be responsible for building the innings around themselves.
Recent Form: W L L
Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
Key Fantasy Picks: Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana could be the key players in the game against DD on Monday with their vital roles at the top of the order for KKR.
Delhi’s need of the hour is simple – to have their batsmen continue the good form they are in currently. Gambhir, Pant and Iyer have displayed signs of some solid batting form in the first few matches while Jason Roy set the IPL on fire with his match winning innings against MI. If Maxwell can tee off as well along with Christian and Vijay Shankar, DD could find themselves in an ideal position. The bowling is well served with Shami and Christian doing well along with Tewatia and Nadeem bowling eight tight overs of spin.
Recent Form: L L W
Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir (C), Jason Roy, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem
Key Fantasy Picks: Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Shami will be the key picks for Delhi Daredevils with Pant’s ability to dispatch spinners into the stands and Shami’s familiarity with the track in Kolkata.