Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the most popular teams in the IPL. Besides its star owners, Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, the team has a huge fan following not just in Kolkata, but across India. So, many will be hoping that KKR perform well in Eden Gardens when they take on Delhi Daredevils on April 16, 2018.
Here is a match preview and prediction for fantasy cricket fans so that they can create their teams with relative ease:
|Match||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils, 13th Match|
|Date||Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM ( 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL )|
|Venue||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Weather Forecast||Mostly Sunny|
The match will be hosted at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata. The pitch here is considered a great batting wicket, and it also helps spinners a lot. This means spinners from both team will enjoy bowling in Eden Gardens.
KKR is captained by Dinesh Karthik, who has ample captaining experience. He is also an able batsman and wicketkeeper. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, have managed to wrest away Gautam Gambhir from KKR. It is a major coup for DD, as Gambhir was credited for turning the fortunes of Kolkata Knight Riders and extracting the best out of inexperienced players in the previous edition of IPL.
Both teams are well matched, but Delhi Daredevils do have an edge. For one, Kolkata Knight Riders have invested too much on shoring up its batting lineup, but does not have a strong bowling lineup. With Mitchell Johnson out with injury, KKR bowling side is further depleted.
Delhi Daredevils have a shrewd and experienced captain in Gautam Gambhir.
The side has a strong batting lineup with Gambhir, Colin Munro, Jason Roy, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.
The problem is with their bowling as they don’t have a pacer to support Trent Boult now that Kagiso Rabada is out with an injury. Hence, the heavy lifting will be done by the batsmen, who will either chase down a high total or set a high score to make it impossible for KKR batsmen.