In the second encounter on a double-header Saturday in IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders keep their unbeaten status on their line as they travel to the capital city to face Delhi at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla. Although they started the campaign on a high, courtesy of a Rishabh Pant special, Delhi were left reeling due to a Shane Watson onslaught, elevating the stakes of the concerned contest against the rampant Knight Riders.
With the presence of bonafide T20 superstars such as Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, KKR should expect nothing but a win out of this match and continue on their winning spree at the expense of the Capitals, who in turn are looking to keep up with CSK, who sit at the top of the IPL Points Table as of now. Here are a few suggestions for your fantasy team for this much-awaited match between DC and KKR.
Squads to choose from
Shreyas Iyer (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Hanuma Vihari, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Bandaru Ayyappa
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik(C), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Prithvi Raj, Sandeep Warrier, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik.
Playing XI Updates
As seen in the previous match at the Feroz Shah Kotla, spin is set to play a huge role in the proceedings, which forces Delhi to stick with their three spinners combination for this match as well. Rahul Tewatia was ineffective against CSK which could see him drop out of the playing eleven for Sandeep Lamichhane while Chris Morris is set to play at the expense of Keemo Paul.
Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada have been excellent with the ball and will be expected to come up with the goods against a formidable batting unit KKR have in their possession.
Possible XI: Dhawan, Shaw, Iyer(C), Pant(WK), Ingram, Morris, Axar, Tewatia/Lamichhane, Rabada, Ishant and Mishra.
Kolkata Knight Riders
After two imperative performances with the bat, KKR aren't expected to make any changes with as many as four spin options in their arsenal. Rana, Uthappa and Russell are in good form and will be hoping for a fiery start at the top of the order from their explosive openers, Narine and Lynn.
Piyush Chawla has been impressive in the previous games and could be pivotal on a pitch which is known to be conducive to spin.
Possible XI: Lynn, Narine, Uthappa, Rana, Russell, Karthik(C&WK), Gill, Chawla, Kuldeep, Prasidh and Lockie
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian Premier League 2019, Match 10
30th March 2019, 8:00 PM IST
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Head to Head
Total Matches Played: 23
DC: 9 (39.1%)
KKR: 13 (56.5%)
No Result: 1 (4.4%)
Matches in Delhi: 9 ( 3 DC, 5 KKR, 1 No Result)
Last 5 Matches: 2 DC 3 KKR
Last Match: 27 April 2018: DC (219-4, 20 overs) beat KKR (164-9, 20 overs) by 55 runs, Delhi
Man of the Match: Shreyas Iyer (93 off 40)
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions
Wicket-keeper: Rishabh Pant is the preferred option over KKR captain, Dinesh Karthik with the south-paw in ominous form in the previous games. His record at the Feroz Shah Kotla is quite impressive and should be backed to score some runs on Saturday.
Batsmen: Shreyas Iyer, who scored 93 last year against the same opposition is a must have in the side along with the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Nitish Rana. Rana plays his domestic cricket for Delhi and will be relishing a return to his home ground. Chris Lynn is also a viable option with the Queenslander yet to make a mark on this year's IPL.
All-rounders: Sunil Narine is the perfect player to have in the side with his skill-set. With turn on offer in Delhi, Narine should pick a wicket or two along with a few boundaries in the powerplay on Saturday. Along with him, Andre Russell and Chris Morris are also worthy options to choose for the fantasy contest.
Bowlers: Amit Mishra and Kuldeep Yadav are must-haves in the side with their loopy leg-spin bound to come into play in the middle phase while Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma have also been consistent in their line and lengths, picking a few wickets as well. Along with the aforementioned players, Piyush Chawla is also a good option to round off the fantasy team.
Captain: Shreyas Iyer and Sunil Narine are the front-runners for captaincy while Prithvi Shaw, who scored fifty in the corresponding fixture last year is also a clever option to go with.
Dotball Fantasy Suggestion #1: Rishabh Pant(WK), Prithvi Shaw, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Chris Morris, Kuldeep Yadav, Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla and Kagiso Rabada. Captain: Shreyas Iyer
Dotball Fantasy Suggestion #2: Rishabh Pant(WK), Prithvi Shaw, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Chris Morris, Kuldeep Yadav, Amit Mishra, Andre Russell and Ishant Sharma. Captain: Sunil Narine