On 27 April, Feroz Shah Kotla will come to life when Delhi Daredevils take on Kolkata Knight Riders. This will take place on 27th April 2018, 26th match of the 2018 IPL. KKR is one of the most popular teams in the IPL and fans will come from far and wide to cheer the team. In 2017, Feroz Shah Kotla was a lucky ground for the Knight Riders and the team will be hoping that it proves to be lucky once again. But, Gautam Gambhir is back as the captain and that could very well decide the outcome of the match.
Here is the match preview and prediction for the Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders:
|Match||Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 26th Match|
|Date||Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00 PM ( 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL )|
|Venue||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi|
Feroz Shah Kotla has traditionally been a batting-friendly ground. However, it can sometimes produce uneven bounce. The hot weather conditions in Delhi in the night will also play a role in deciding who will win the bout.
Gambhir played a major role in reversing the fortunes of KKR in 2017. It is anticipated that he will do the same in 2018 for Delhi Daredevils. It will have to be seen whether Gambhir can inspire and motivate the team against Dinesh Karthik’s boys.
Dinesh Karthik has been having a mixed season this IPL. He has not been able to inspire Kolkata Knight Riders enough for the team to finish at the top in crunch matches. It will be a tall order for Kolkata Knight Riders to win the game even though they have batting-heavy team. So, here are the reasons why Delhi Daredevils will win the encounter in Kotla:
Delhi Daredevils has one of the strongest teams in 2018 VIVO IPL
Gambhir will not gamble with the batting line up and send Rishabh Pant at number four
Shreyas Iyer will have to prove his talent with the bat and will succeed this time
While the Delhi side is weak at the bowling front without Kagiso Rabada, it can still rely on the talents and form of Trent Boult to get early breakthroughs and put KKR on the back foot