IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils Match Preview and Prediction

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

Delhi Daredevils, having won their last match were brimming up with confidence to register another win in their name in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Maxwell and Pant gave Delhi hope but that was soon extinguished - Curran chipping in with the wicket of Tewatia - as the visitors slumped to a third defeat in four games and Kolkata moved up to second in the table. Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi came in for their debuts while Sunil Narine was pushed down from his pinch hitting position at the top of the order to number four.

Even as wickets fell, Rana ensured that the innings would never lose impetus.

Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, managed a comfortable victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 14.

DD's Kolkata leg fixture means their Team India speedster Mohammed Shami is all set to return to his home town for the first time after his wife had accused him of infidelity and domestic abuse last month - a controversy that had hogged the headlines.

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It may need Jason Roy to deliver the majority of these but with support from Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell, the ploy of taking the outside punt will hopefully work again. But after seeing recent performances, DD will still have an upper hand keeping in mind the fact that KKR's star captain Gautam Gambhir is no longer with them. He hit 5 fours and 5 sixes until KKR's skipper took his catch. The team will also be relying heavily on its spin ace Sunil Narine to keep a check on Daredevils' batsmen.

Rana has impressed in every game so far and has been KKR's most consistent player. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they fought hard right to the end despite scoring a modest 138-8 SRH's run-chase got tricky, but they eventually got across the line with one over to spare. Hence the chance of DD Winning this match is rare.

The consistency and experience of the two DD pacers like Mohammad Shami and Trent Boult.

Not only in the match against Delhi Daredevils, Rana was the chief architect of Knight Riders' victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore with both bat and ball.

The visitors also made one change by including South African all-rounder Chris Morris in place of Dan Christian.

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