After winning their final match of the UAE leg against the Mumbai Indians, the Delhi Daredevils have again saw defeats in row against the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, despite playing at the home stadium.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have already lost four matches in a row after their two-run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore, mainly because their batsmen failed to fire, while the bowlers proved worthy in the match against Rajasthan Royals, with KKR were chasing 161. However, the match turned on its head when KKR slumped from 121 for no loss to 123 for six, mainly due to the bowlers on RR side.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 4 pm IST
Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
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DD: The Delhi Daredevils, despite all odds, are banking on home games — against Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab — for a turnaround. Delhi did well to post 178 against the Super Kings, despite Pietersen getting out duck and their bowlers led by Mohammad Shami failed to defend. While their batting has been inconsistent, the bowling has never been good and their coach Gary Kirsten has failed to chalk out a winning formula.
Delhi are looking for some KP magic or little more effort from Shami, South African left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. Otherwise, they have the home advantage against the KKR, who they have beaten in their last match in Dubai on April 19.
The opening pair Quinton de Kock and Murali Vijay, as they did every time, lay the the foundation for the team before walking out. It was their effort that other mid-order batsmen should cash in on and carry forward to win the match. As de Kock is yet to post a half-century in four innings, and Vijay has one 50-plus score from seven innings, it is important for either of them to chase big scores. Others like JP Duminy should deliver good runs in their brief stunt.
KKR: Robin Uthappa, who played good knocks against the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, is expected to repeat the same. In the match against CSK, he was dismissed in the 14th over, and dismissed in the 15th over against RR. He and skipper Gautam Gambhir, hold the key for KKR. Among the bowlers, one does not have to look beyond Sunil Narine.
Reeling under four successive defeats, Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to revive their fortunes but certaily they face a tough fight today with their dwindling batting line-up, which has failed to find consistency even in the Indian leg.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir may have recovered to warm up in the last three matches but hasn`t done enough to lead by example. Gambhir`s 54 went in vain on Monday as KKR lost six wickets for just two runs to slump to 123 for six from 121 for no loss against Rajasthan Royals at Motera.
South African veteran Jacques Kallis has been the only batsman but slow to make runs that he was out of the match last time and is unlikely to make an impact this time. On the bowling front, Knight Riders have been relying too heavily on West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine, who has taken 11 wickets in seven games. It will be KKR`s three men — coach Trevor Bayliss, bowling consultant Wasim Akram and motivational guru Mike Horn — who devise today’s strategy to win.
With just two wins in seven games, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team is at the fifth spot and may force SRK to cut short his shooting to be there at one of these matches to inspire the team, the way Mukesh Ambani appeared at the stadium on Monday.
Honours are evenly shared between the Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders from 12 prior contests. In the 2013 season of Pepsi IPL, both teams held their respective home matches.
Delhi Daredevils’ record at the Ferozeshah Kotla: Matches – 40, Won – 16, Lost – 22, No Result – 2.
In seven matches this season, the Delhi Daredevils are yet to win a coin toss.
382 sixes have been hit in 38 IPL matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Sekhar Mandal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das, Suryakumar Yadav, Manvinder Bisla, Ryan ten Doeschate, Kuldeep Yadav.
Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen (C), Mayank Agarwal, N Coulter-Nile, Q de Kock, JP Duminy, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, S Kaul, Milind Kumar, Mohammed Shami, S Nadeem, J Neesham, W Parnell, HS Sharath, R Sharma, LR Shukla, R Shukla, R Taylor, Manoj Tiwary, S Tiwary, JD Unadkat, M Vijay and J Yadav.