Delhi face high-flying Knight Riders

Zaheer's men have their task cut out against the table-toppers

Delhi face high-flying Knight Riders

A rampaging Kolkata Knight Riders stand in the way of Delhi Daredevils’ revival plan as the two teams, with contrasting runs so far, gear up to clash in an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture here on Friday.

There has been no stopping KKR, be it at home or away, in the 10th season of the cash-rich league.
KKR have 12 points from eight matches at a commanding net run rate of +1.153 while Mumbai Indians, the other form team, have +0.514.

Time is running out fast for DD, who are languishing in the bottom half with four points from six matches.
Gautam Gambhir’s men have been living out of a suitcase but far from being affected, they have been ruthless on the field and would look to consolidate their position atop the standings and inch closer to the play-offs.

After bundling out Royal Challengers Bangalore for a tournament-record low 49, KKR thrashed Rising Pune Supergiant away by seven wickets on Wednesday night.

Having suffered a hat-trick of losses, Daredevils, on the other hand, will be playing their first match in six days and the captain-mentor duo of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid would hope that they return rejuvenated against an in-form team enjoying a 7-11 win-loss record.

Delhi have a top-class pace bowling attack in Pat Cummins, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada, who made an impressive debut in their last match in Mumbai, which they lost by 14 runs.

With Zaheer lending his vast experience and home lad Mohammad Shami’s familiarity with the conditions, Daredevils’ pace battery would relish the transformed Eden Gardens wicket, which aids pace and bounce.
Countering Sunil Narine up front will be their first task as more often the Trinidadian has successfully bamboozled the opposition with his clean striking at the top of the order.

Against RPS, Narine was run out but his 11-ball 16 had given the start and the momentum needed for Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir to complete the 183 chase by seven wickets and 11 balls to spare.

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