The Sixteenth match of the tournament is going to be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. There is every chance of a run-fest on this ground as the boundaries are pretty short.
Head to Head
Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) have won 13 matches out of the total 24 matches played so far.
Delhi have won 10 matches and one match was abandoned.
In the last four meetings between them, Delhi have won 3 matches out of 4.
Top Players in DC & SRH
A Russell: He finally got to bat up the order in the match against RR in which he scored a quick-fire 24 of 14 balls.
D Karthik: He looked in good touch in the first match but got out on a duck in the second, and 1 in the third match. He hasn't performed as well as it is expected from him this year but we can expect him to play a match-winning inning soon.
K Yadav: Finally, he has performed well with the ball, he picked up 1 wicket and gave away only 20 runs in his 3 overs against RR. It would be interesting to see if he can repeat his performance against DC batsmen who are known to be good players of spin bowling.
S Narine: The Mystery spinner has not performed well with the bat or ball as yet but he looked to be coming back to form in the previous game. This could be his day.
S Gill: Playing two back to back match-winning knocks seems to have come terms with IPL this year. KKR will depend on him to give them yet another good start, it would be interesting to see how he deals with K Rabada in this match.
S Iyer: He has struggled big time with the bat, he hasn't been able to score quickly, overall he has been a good captain but he has to perform with the bat to justify his place in the team. A Rahane is capable enough to replace him as a captain and a batsman in the dressing room.
M Stoinis: Apart from the first match he hasn't made a major impact in the following matches. DC can try and promote him to up the ante to change things up in the middle-overs.
R Pant: He hit two sixers in an innings of 28 against SRH but his strike rate was almost run a ball which is not what is expected from this batsman. He needs to improve his strike rate.
K Rabada: He hit two sixes in an innings of 28 against SRH but his strike rate was almost run a ball which is not what is expected from this batsman. He needs to improve his strike rate.
S Dhawan: This left-handed former Indian batsman scored 34 runs against SRH but couldn't take advantage of the start he got. If he fails to perform in this match A Rahane could be considered as an opener in his place as well.
Likely Playing 11
Other Players who can make an impact
P Shaw (DC): He was the man of the match against CSK as predicted in the preview of CSKVSDC match he ended up being an impact player. The problem with him though is that he is not consistent with his performances, but remains the player to watch in this match.
K Nagarkoti(KKR), S Mavi (KKR): These two youngsters have bowled pretty well especially S Mavi, it is going to be exciting to see them bowl in today's match as well.
N Rana(KKR): He hasn't played any big inning yet but has looked comfortable while batting, today might just be his day.
On Paper and based on form, KKR are the favourites in this match but if DC can improve their strike rate in the middle-overs this can turn out to be an excellent match to watch.