IPL 2022: Moving on to Sunday, it will be a double header with four teams playing in two games. In the first match of the day, we will see Kolkata Knight Riders face the challenge of Delhi Capitals. KKR are having a dream run so far this season and that’s the reason they are sitting at the top of the table. On the other hand, DC started the season with a win but lost their next two games. As a result, they are in the bottom half of the table.
This clash will see the former DC skipper lock horns against the current DC skipper. Shreyas Iyer, who was released by the DC ahead of the IPL 2022 auction, was signed by KKR. The franchise then made him the skipper of the team, and how well he has led the team so far. Now he is up against his former side and has many things to prove. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
IPL 2022: KKR vs DC, 19th Match Prediction and Preview
Kolkata Knight Riders
If you are the best team in the competition, then you will have a number of match winners in your side. And that’s what this current KKR squad has. They have won three matches out of the four they have played. And with every win, there is some new person who comes up and performs. Umesh Yadav’s spell in the first match against CSK. Andre Russell’s cameo against the Punjab Kings in the third match. And who can forget the fastest half-century of the IPL, from the blade of Pat Cummins against MI?
So far, KKR is looking like the team to beat in the tournament, with all the basics covered. They have a settled batting lineup with some serious hitters down the order. The pace attack with Umesh, Cummins, and Southee is one of the best. The spin bowling is as good as any with Narine and Chakaravarthy. So we will see a confident team against DC in this next match.
Probably XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (C), Sam Billings (Wk), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Rasikh Salam, and Varun Chakaravarthy
DC had a fantastic start to this season when they defeated MI in their first match by four wickets. And it looked like this might be the season every DC fan had been waiting for. But somehow, they have lost the plot in the last two matches. Non-performing batters and an average pace attack have led them to lose two back-to-back matches. However, David Warner and Anrich Nortje played in the match against LSG, but none of them did anything in it. In fact, if we look at the match stats, those two were one of the reasons for DC’s loss in the last match.
But each new match will bring new opportunities and it is just a start. So DC needs to find a way to choose the right players for the right reason. But it will be difficult for them to face the confident KKR, but they have got the skills to bounce back. A few changes are expected for the match against KKR.
Probably XI: Probably XI: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Rovman Powell, Rishabh Pant (C & Wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Anrich Nortje
IPL 2022: Kolkata vs Delhi Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The Braboune Stadium is a high-scoring ground. The average score here is around 175+. But it provides help to everyone. The pacer will get help at the start, and the spinner will come into play later in the game. Batsmen can trust the bounce and play their shots from the crease. Overall, it is a complete pitch that offers help to everyone. However, dew might come into play and bowlers will find it hard to grip the ball in the second innings. The toss will be crucial for both teams. And the team winning the toss will go for the chase. Toss might be the another factor for the win.
KKR vs DC Head to Head
Both teams have met a total of 29 times in the history of the IPL. But KKR is leading the race in terms of wins. So far, the Kolkata Knight Riders have won 16 matches, as compared to DC’s 12 wins, and one match ended in a “No Result”. However, KKR won two out of the three matches played last season.
IPL 2022: KKR vs DC: Players to watch out for
Andre Russell will be the player to watch out for from the KKR camp. He is a complete package that offers multi-dimensional skills to the game. So far, the all-rounder has done well for the KKR. He single-handedly won them the match against the Punjab Kings. He smashed 70* off just 31 balls, including eight maximums. He needs a few balls to change the course of the game.
Pat Cummins played a blinder of an innings in the last match against KKR. He scored a half-century in just 14 balls and won the match with 4 overs to spare. He annihilated all of the MI bowlers throughout the stadium, but don’t forget that his primary skill is bowling, and he is the No. 1 ranked pacer in Test cricket.
Prithvi Shaw is the highest run-scorer for DC this season so far. The right-hander also had a great innings in the previous match against LSG, but it ended in a loss. Shaw scored 61 runs off just 34 balls, including nine fours and two maximums. That innings will give him more confidence, and he is the kind of player that can turn the game in a few overs.
Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers from the DC camp in the last match. He took 2/31 and is the leading wicket-taker for DC this season. Kuldeep has taken six wickets in three matches at an average of 13.50. It is looking like he is getting his form back. The in-form Kuldeep Yadav can win any match from any position.
IPL 2022: Playing 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Sam Billings (KKR), Rishabh Pant (DC)
Batsmen: David Warner (DC), Shreyas Iyer (KKR), Prithvi Shaw (DC)
All-rounders: Andre Russell (KKR), Pat Cummins (KKR), Lalit Yadav (DC)
Bowlers: Umesh Yadav (KKR), Kuldeep Yadav (DC), Anrich Nortje (DC)
Tips: Andre Russell will be the captain of the team. Prithvi Shaw or David Warner will be the vice-captain. Both teams have power-hitters in their ranks, but KKR holds the slight edge in terms of the quality of their bowlers. So we will back Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.