The 26th match of the Indian Premier League 2018 will see Shreyas Iyer taking over the mantle of leadership of Delhi Daredevils from Gautam Gambhir, with the latter having given up captainship. Iyer has a massive task on hand. Although Gambhir resigned voluntarily, the pressure on him was immense. Delhi have five losses in six matches. They will be facing a fresh Kolkata Knight Riders, who are returning from a five-day break.
Gambhir may have quit captaincy, and apparently, he won’t even take any salary. Still, it would be interesting to see if he now finds a place in the starting eleven. Gambhir just has a half-century to his name in the opening game. Glenn Maxwell has been massive disappointment, leaving Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer with too much to do.
Delhi have done better in the bowling department. In the last match against Kings XI Punjab, they restricted the opponents to 144. Debutants Avesh Khan and Liam Plunkett stood out while Rahul Tewatia and Amit Mishra have also bowled well.
Dream XI for Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Prithvi Shaw, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Shreyas Iyer (C), Glenn Maxwell, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant (W), Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, Rahul Tewatia
Kolkata were undone by Punjab in a rain-affected match, but they have been on a five-day break, and should help them. The spin trio of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav has been excellent, with some good support from the pacers.
If you look at the batting, the big-hitting Andre Russell is all set to make a comeback. Robin Uthappa is also back in form while Nitish Rana has been in very good all-round. As of now, KKR definitely seem favourites against Delhi.
Dream XI for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils: Dinesh Karthik (C) (W), Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Prasidh Krishna, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, Apporv Wankhade