Changes aplenty for Delhi as Iyer opts to bowl against Kolkata
Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer decided to chase. (BCCI Image)

Delhi made a total of four changes, as revealed by their captain Shreyas Iyer after he won the toss and decided to bowl against Kolkata in Match 10 of the Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. From Delhi’s defeat to Chennai a Harshal Patel, the players to have missed out are West Indian Keemo Paul, left-arm spinner Axar Patel, fast bowler Ishant Sharma, allrounder Rahul Tewatia.

In come Hanuma Vihari in the middle order, South Africa allrounder Chris Morris in the lower-middle, followed by Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and fast bowler Harshal Patel. Iyer admitted to have learnt from the mistake of batting first in the previous game and hence decided to chase tonight.

“We are going to bowl first. Since we took the wrong decision in the last game, today we want to take a look at how it plays in the first innings,” Iyer said. “They have been playing really well. It’s going to be important for us to curtail Russell, because once he gets going it’s going to be tough to stop. We have made four changes. Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel, Chris Morris and Sandeep Lamichhane are playing.”

Meanwhile, Kolkata have made just one change from their previous match, leaving out an injured Sunil Narine and replacing him with Nitin Naik. Kolkata captain Dinesh Karthik, like his team changes, kept it short and simple. “We were looking to bat anyway, so happy with what came our way. Sunil Narine is out with an injury, Nikhil Naik is playing,” he said.

Delhi Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(capt), Rishabh Pant(w/k), Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra

Kolkata Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Nikhil Naik, Dinesh Karthik(wk/capt), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna