Match prediction: KKR to win
Toss prediction: KKR to win the toss and bowl first
Both teams come into this game with contrasting fortunes. Kolkata Knight Riders have surprised a lot of teams in the way they have performed. The same can be said for Delhi Capitals too, as they are the only team to have not registered a win so far in the tournament.
- Thursday, April 20th, 19:30 IST
- Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
- 1 DC vs KKR match preview
- 2 DC vs KKR Dream11 prediction
- 3 Match prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win
DC vs KKR match preview
5 losses out of 5, and with the way the other teams are going, this already seems like a 9 team competition. Delhi Capitals need to pull up their socks if they want to get anywhere close to the playoffs. The loss of Rishab Pant seems to be a huge one. In Spite of David Warner still churning out the runs for the Capitals, he has lacked support. The loss of form from Prithvi Shaw and Mitchel Marsh has really hampered the chances of this team. However, they are still a quality side with quality players and will look to bounce back as soon as possible.
We're sure our Skipper is looking forward to welcoming the Knights at #QilaKotla 🙌
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 18, 2023
Probable IX: David Warner(c), Mitchell Marsh, Yash Dhull, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Lalit Yadav, Abishek Porel(w), Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Mustafizur Rahman
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders have had quite a mixed start to this IPL season. They have had some fantastic and memorable wins under their belt, but whenever they have lost the game they have been outplayed in every department. They will want to start a consistent run and will be hoping to take advantage of the bad run of form of the Delhi Capitals. Venkatesh Iyer looks in fabulous form, scoring just the second hundred for a KKR player after Brendon McCullum’s infamous century in the first ever game of the IPL. They will want their bowlers to also join in the party and get amongst the wickets.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 18, 2023
Probable IX: Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, N Jagadeesan, Nitish Rana(c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy
Pitch and expected weather conditions
The Arun Jaitley Stadium aka, Feroz Shah Kotla has always been a batting-friendly wicket. The pitch in addition to the small boundaries, gives the team batting second a huge advantage as dew also plays its part as the game progresses. The average score at the Kotla is 180 in T20s.
The weather will be perfect for the game of cricket, as it will get cooler in the evening after a humid afternoon. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 37°C – 24°C range.
DC vs KKR Dream11 prediction
- Wicket-keeper(s): Abhishek Porel
- Batter(s): Venkatesh Iyer, David Warner, Jason Roy, Nitesh Rana, Rinku Singh
- All-rounder(s): Sunil Narine, Axar Patel,
- Bowler(s): Kuldeep Yadav, Lockier Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
- Recommended captain: Venkatesh Iyer
- Recommended vice-captain: Lockie Ferguson
We are backing the Kolkata Knight Riders to win this contest. They have found a good and balanced side, with most of their players starting to find form. The bowlers will find it a bit difficult with the shorter boundaries but the spinners will have a part to play.
The batsmen will surely have a field day. The short boundaries and the flat batting wicket will make run scoring pretty easy and they will be expected to score big runs.
We would recommend having Venkatesh Iyer as your Captain, as we feel he is in magnificent form and will continue it in this game too. We feel that in spite of the several disadvantages to the bowlers, Lockie Ferguson will pick up crucial wickets at the start and the death overs.
Match prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win
As much as Delhi Capitals will want a win under their belt, we feel Kolkata Knight Riders will beat Delhi Capitals. The form of the players is a huge factor as KKR look like the side which are in really good form.
Toss prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the toss and bowl first.
With the pitch remaining true in both innings, the small boundaries and the dew factor coming into play in the 2nd innings, it is a no-brainer for Kolkata Knight Riders to win the toss and bowl first. They will back themselves to chase down a target given the conditions are favorable to do so.
Man of the match prediction: Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer has been in sublime form in this IPL. Fresh of a century he will want to continue this form against the Capitals too. He will want to make the most of the smaller boundaries and the belter of a batting track.
Delhi Capitals are placed at 2.00 and the Kolkata Knight Riders at 1.83. The contrasting results in the campaign openers for the respective sides might be why Delhi Capitals is the underdog in this contest.