IPL 2018, KKR vs DD: Preview, head-to-head, pitch report and key stats
Kolkata Knight Riders will be up against a confident DD team who picked up a fantastic win over Mumbai Indians in their last game. DD didn't have a good start to the tournament as they lost their first two matches against KXIP and RR respectively. However, managed to make a come-back to the tournament with a win against MI.
Meanwhile, KKR had to suffer a loss in their previous two encounters against CSK and SRH respectively. The team return to their home ground, Eden Gardens, with the hope of gaining back the momentum.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils, Details
Match Date: 16 April 2018, Monday
Match Timing: 20:00 IST, 14:30 GMT
Match Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India
Expected Crowd Turnout: The game is expected to be a house-full with a crowd turnout of 63,000.
There is no forecast of rain. The humidity levels will be as high as 79%. Thus, it is expected to be a humid evening in Kolkata, and dew factor might come into play as well.
The Eden Gardens track is considered one of the best batting surfaces. Spinners might come into play as the game unfolds, though. With the high humidity levels, dew might affect the nature of the pitch.
KKR: 12 - DD: 7 - NR: 1. KKR enjoy a good record against DD with 12 wins under their belt in comparison to seven wins for the latter.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL 2018 Squad
Robin Uthappa (wk), Dinesh Karthik (c), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Ishank Jaggi, and Prasidh Krishna.
Delhi Daredevils (DD) IPL 2018 Squad
Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, and Liam Plunkett.
All the stats and numbers to look out ahead of the match No. 13 between KKR and DD:
1 – Sunil Narine requires one more wicket to reach the feat of 100 IPL wickets. Scalping this wicket, Sunil Narine will become the only 11th player in the history of IPL to take 100 or more wickets.
1 – Gautam Gambhir, the captain of DD, needs to score one more fifty to surpass David Warner on the list of most fifties in the history of IPL. Scoring this fifty, Gautam Gambhir will acquire the first position on the leader's board of most IPL fifties. Gambhir has scored 36 IPL fifties.
2 – The KKR captain, Dinesh Karthik, needs to affect two more dismissals in order to surpass MS Dhoni on the list of most IPL dismissals. Dinesh Karthik has affected 108 dismissals in IPL.
7 – The number of runs required by Dinesh Karthik to reach the milestone of 3000 IPL runs. Amassing these runs, Dinesh Karthik will become the only 9th Indian to score 3000 or more IPL runs.
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