IPL 2018: DD vs KKR, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) probable playing XI against Delhi Daredevils (DD)
Kolkata Knight Riders, who were believed to be one of the weaker teams in the fray but now sit at the fourth spot, travel to the national capital to face an underperforming Delhi Daredevils side. Former KKR captain, Gautam Gambhir stepped down from his post as DD skipper recently and Shreyas Iyer has been named the captain instead.
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As far as KKR are concerned, they might have to miss out on Andre Russell, who has been the protagonist of their season so far. They would hope that the West Indian isn't missed much when they take the field against Daredevils.
The pair of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine would be opening the innings for them and the KKR fans can expect another onslaught early on in the innings from the duo. While the Australian has scored runs at a strike rate of about 140, Narine's runs have come at over 160 per 100 balls.
Robin Uthappa, who hasn't actually got going in the tournament so far, would walk in at number three, aiming to convert the starts into big scores. Nitish Rana, KKR'S third-highest run-scorer behind skipper Dinesh Karthik and Russell, will man the middle order along with the captain.
India's under-19 World cup star Shubman Gill should retain his place in the XI and possibly, he might be promoted up the order as well. England's bowling all-rounder Tom Curran will complete the batting line-up for the Kolkata-based team.
Mitchell Johnson, most probably, will replace injured Russell in the side and would be followed by Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi and Kuldeep Yadav. Along with Narine, Yadav has been the star for KKR with the ball and a lot would bank on the duo if Kolkata are to register a win.
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