BEST KKR vs Delhi Capitals Betting Tips & Predictions

KKR v Delhi Capitals Odds Betting Tips & Predictions

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Kolkata Recent Form

So far, so good. Kolkata are top of the table with three wins from four games and a superior net run rate to Lucknow.

A few eyebrows were raised when they decided to retain West Indies veterans Sunil Narine and Andre Russell but so far that’s been justified.

Russell has made some decent contributions with the ball and played that insane knock of 70 last week to get them home from an ominous position.

As for Narine, his economy rate (4.47) has been a big factor in them being where they are in the table.

Two wickets in four games isn’t great by his standards but if he keeps up that economy rate, the wickets won’t matter too much.

But last time out it was all about Pat Cummins. He took two wickets (he was admittedly expensive) but it was with his bat that he really made his mark against Mumbai.

They had a bit of a collapse but Cummins needed just 15 balls to not only turn the game on its head but actually win it. Those 15 deliveries went for 56 runs, including six sixes and four fours, the joint-fastest IPL fifty ever.

They already looked good before Cummins arrived, but he really adds something extra.

Team News

By fielding three overseas all-rounders in Narine, Russell and Cummins and then Sam Billings as wicket-keeper, they have plenty of options with the ball and a very strong and long batting line-up.

The one area of concern might be the presence of Rasikh Salam in the side, who’s far less experienced in the IPL than all of his team-mates. But so far it hasn’t been an issue, so expect them to field the same XI here again.

Player to Watch: Sam Billings

Billings has had to wait for his chance in the IPL after only playing a handful of games at other franchises before his move to KKR.

But he’s been excellent in county cricket for the past few years and also made an impact at other leagues such as the BBL.

But he’s got his chance now at Kolkata and intends to make the most of it as a keeper and batsman batting at five.

It’s interesting that they’re prepared to play him ahead of the likes of Narine and Russell, proof that they see him as a proper batsman, rather than just as a keeper who can bat.

And speaking of keeping, he’s one of the best around so they may have got a real bargain with him.

He’s 6.0 to be KKR top batsman here and sooner or later, he’ll play a longer knock and come pretty close.

KKR’s Likely XI

Rahane, V Iyer, S Iyer, Rana, Billings, Russell, Narine, Cummins, Yadav, Chakravarthy, Salam.

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Delhi got off to the best possible start but it’s now two losses from their last two.

The side doesn’t look anywhere as good as the one they had for the last two seasons and so it’s showing.

Against Lucknow they can ‘blame’ two of their overseas stars for contributing to that loss.

David Warner hit a pedestrian four off 12, looking extremely rusty while he was at the crease and got out just as he was trying to accelerate.

Even worse was South African quick Anrich Nortje. He was expensive already, going for 35 off just 14 balls and then things got even worse when he was no-balled for a second time and taken out of the attack.

It was, admittedly, his first match in a long time and the ball was very wet, but he can’t allow that to happen again.

They were heavily fancied at the start but will need to improve in several areas.

Delhi Team News

It’s surely too soon to think about Warner and Nortje losing their places after just one match but that World Cup aside, where he was Player of the Tournament, Warner has been on the decline for the past few seasons.

Maybe somewhere down the line they’ll decide to open with Bharat, leave Warner out and bring in Mitch Marsh.

But they’ll have to wait a bit longer because Marsh is currently injured. How they could do with him right now.

But they won’t be particularly impressed with the contributions of Rovman Powell, either.

He’s scored just 23 runs in three innings so far and hasn’t bowled so if they wish to strengthen their bowling, they can bring in Lungi Ngidi for him and play him, Mustafizur Rahman, Warner and Nortje as their overseas quartet.

Player to Watch: Anrich Nortje

The big quick bowler has been South Africa’s best bowler over the last year or so across all formats and was absolutely brilliant last year in the IPL, boasting one of the best economy rates in the whole tournament.

That’s why Delhi decided to retain him rather than Proteas team-mate Kagiso Rabada though they would have been worried when he was injured for the past few months and took longer than expected to recover.

He had an absolute nightmare on his return but he’s a far better bowler than that and should get back to his rhythm sooner rather than later and take wickets, while keeping those runs down. That’s why they retained him.

How well he goes from hereon will have a big say in whether they recover to make the Playoffs.

Delhi’s Likely XI

Warner, Shaw, Pant, Powell, Khan, Yadav, Patel, Thakur, Nortje, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahman.

Venue & conditions

Here are the first innings totals so far at Brabourne, most recent first: 169, 180, 210 and 175.

So a good strategy may be to go with over 170 runs for the side batting first on the first innings runs market, which won on three of the four games and fell just one run short on the other one on what is clearly an excellent batting wicket .

As per usual, both teams will want to bat second.

But given this is an afternoon match rather than an evening one and there won’t be so much dew around. So batting second isn’t as much of an advantage as it would be for night games.

Author: Shawn Burton