After starting with high expectations, Delhi Daredevils is once right there at the end of the Points Table like every other year. For this, skipper Gautam Gambhir took the and stepped down from the post in the midway tournament.
Captaincy has now been transferred to young shoulders of Shreyas Iyer which is an interesting decision. There was Rishabh Pant in the squad as well who has captained Delhi’s domestic team but the mantle is passed to Iyer.
Despite being Delhi’s homeground, KKR will start as the favourites as they have won seven out of last 8 games against the opposition at this venue. KKR has three quality spinners in the form of Chawla, Narine and Kuldeep Yadav who will get benefit from the Kotla pitch.
Delhi lost the last match against Punjab while chasing a small target but they had a lot of positives to carry on. Bowlers Avesh Khan and Liam Plunkett who made their debut bowled extremely well. India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw also exhibited his talent with a few shots off the bat.
As far changes in the playing XI are concerned, DD may replace Nadeem with Mishra. While KKR is expected to go unchanged only if Andre Russell is available as the West Indian got injured in the last match.
A typical hot Delhi summer day is expected with temperature around mid 30s with minimal chances of any rainfall.