Delhi Daredevils batting has clicked in patches whereas Kolkata Knight Riders have thrown away winning momentum © IANS
By Nishad Pai Vaidya
May 6, 2014
Delhi Daredevils (DD) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are struggling at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. With only two victories behind them, it has been a tough ride and when they clash on Wednesday, one of them would have broken the unwanted streak. Both teams have some good players in their ranks and can be dangerous on their day. Yet, finding the perfect combination has been a huge problem for them and the sooner they can zero in on their best side, the better it would be for them.
Delhi lost two games on their home turf, the Feroz Shah Kotla, where this match is going to be played. The wicket is good for batting and considering the short boundaries, the batsmen can get good scores. However, this game would be played in the afternoon and that would mean that there shouldn’t be any dew. Thus, the team winning the toss would more often than not bat first.
Delhi’s batting has clicked in patches, but they need to find form as a unit. Dinesh Karthik smashed a good fifty the other day and Quinton de Kock seems to be in good touch. Murali Vijay is someone who has played a calming role and he maybe someone they expect to hold their batting together. At the same time, they need skipper Kevin Pietersen to fire as a good performance from him is due.
JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav form a god middle order and they can provide the punch at the death with some big strokes. They need to figure out where to place Laxmi Ratan Shukla as he was promoted in the last game and it did not work.
If there is a weakness, it is Delhi’s bowling. Mohammed Shami and Wayne Parnell bring in international quality, but they haven’t been very consistent and have in fact been hit for runs. Jaydev Unadkat is another bowler picked by them, who needs to find his perfect channels. That leaves Shahbaz Nadeem with a lot to do and it doesn’t help their cause.
Kolkata have a very tricky proposition before them. The loss in the previous game would certainly wake them up as losing six wickets in eight balls is a sign of a shaky order. Will Jacques Kallis come back to bring that calm into the side? But, it is also not fair to let Ryan ten Doeschate go as he had only one ball to face in that dramatic encounter.
But, they certainly need to bring back Kallis to bring stability. The move with Andre Russell hasn’t worked so far and even Morne Morkel could contend with him for a spot. Shakib Al Hasan continues to bowl well and adds value with the bat. But, Yusuf Pathan remains as enigmatic as ver.
The good news for Kolkata is that Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir are in form and they can continue to open the batting. But, if this team has to beat Delhi, then they need the whole batting unit to click. Things cannot be left on Sunil Narine alone to spin it around when he gets the ball!
Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), JP Duminy, Ross Taylor, Mayank Agarwal, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Milind Kumar, Jimmy Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Shukla, Wayne Parnell, HS Sharath, Laxi Ratan Shukla, Kedar Jadhav, Siddharth Kaul, Rahul Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Manvinder Bisla (wk), Ryan ten Doeschate, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sayan Mondal, R Vinay Kumar, Andre Russell, Veer Pratap Singh.
Time: 16:00 IST | 10:30 GMT
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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)