Following a fantastic doubleheader Friday in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), we have a super Saturday on the cards, with match 14 and 15 of IPL 2017 set to be played at the Eden Gardens (between Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] and Sunrisers Hyderabad [SRH]) and the Feroz Shah Kotla (between Delhi Daredevils [DD] and Kings XI Punjab [KXIP]).
Match 14: KKR v SRH, April 15 (4pm)
Knight Riders take on Sunrisers in an intriguing contest at the Eden Gardens, where the hosts will look to follow up their imperious, eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Thursday night with another over the visiting and a more resourceful SRH.
Against Kings XI, KKR managed to produce a dominant victory without breaking much sweat. The fit-again Umesh Yadav produced a good spell of fast bowling and took a four-fer (4/33) which restricted Glenn Maxwell and co. to 170/9. Led by Gautam Gambhir’s 72* (49), KKR reached the target of 171 with 21 balls to spare. Sunrisers, however, are expected to be a tougher opposition and provide Knight Riders with a much stiffer test.
KKR do not have any new injury complaints and can be expected to field the same playing XI from the match against Kings XI. The players who came into the side—Colin de Grandhomme and Umesh Yadav—did a good job. Knight Riders might look at bringing in Shakib Al Hasan for Grandhomme, but on a seamer-friendly Eden Gardens pitch, the New Zealand all-rounder is the better option.
Here’s the probable playing XI for KKR on April 15 against KXIP: 1. Gautam Gambhir, 2. Sunil Narine, 3. Robin Uthappa, 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Yusuf Pathan, 6. Suryakumar Yadav, 7. Colin de Grandhomme/Shakib Al Hasan, 8. Piyush Chawla, 9. Trent Boult, 10. Chris Woakes, and 11. Umesh Yadav
Actual playing XI for KKR: 1. Gautam Gambhir, 2. Sunil Narine, 3. Robin Uthappa, 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Yusuf Pathan, 6. Suryakumar Yadav, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Kuldeep Yadav, 9. Trent Boult, 10. Chris Woakes, and 11. Umesh Yadav
Sunrisers might have a selection call to make, with Moises Henriques fit to play after missing SRH’s last match against Mumbai Indians. If the New South Wales all-rounder has to be included, Ben Cutting will probably be the one to make way. Otherwise, Sunrisers are one of the few settled sides in the league and will look to get back to winning ways after losing to Mumbai.
The possible playing XI for Sunrisers is as follows: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques/Ben Cutting, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Vijay Shankar, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Ashish Nehra, and 11. Mustafizur Rahman
Actual playing XI for Sunrisers: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Ben Cutting, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Bipul Sharma, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Ashish Nehra, and 11. Moises Henriques
Match 15: DD v KXIP, April 15 (8pm)
The second of Saturday’s doubleheader takes us to Feroz Shah Kotla for Delhi Daredevils’ (DD) first home match of IPL 2017, against Kings XI Punjab. Both these teams experienced contrasting results in their previous matches, with Delhi beating Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 97 runs and Kings XI going down to KKR by eight wickets.
Daredevils’s batting line-up has gotten a boost after a rollicking display against Pune, with Shreyas Iyer, who missed his team’s first two matches due to chickenpox, becoming available for selection against Kings XI. The Mumbai batsman could come straight into an XI which is otherwise unlikely to have changes made to it.
The Probable DD playing XI vs. Kings XI: 1. Zaheer Khan, 2. Sam Billings, 3. Shreyas Iyer, 4. Sanju Samson, 5. Karun Nair, 6. Rishabh Pant, 7. Corey Anderson, 8. Chris Morris, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Amit Mishra, and 11. Shahbaz Nadeem
Delhi Daredevils’s actual playing XI is same as what Cricfooty had predicted!
Kings XI didn’t harness the good positions they got themselves into with the bat against KKR, after having lost the toss and been put into bat. They lost three wickets (of David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel) in the 18th over and those really set Kings XI back. So, from potentially making a score in the region of 200, Thursday night’s visitors at the Eden Gardens folded up for 170/9. The aspect that would have worried them the most is almost every one of the batsmen got off to starts and didn’t kick on.
Kings XI’s bowling attack wasn’t penetrative enough, even with Ishant Sharma’s inclusion.
But Maxwell and co., having played well in their first two matches, will be a confident bunch and keen on returning to winning ways immediately.
Considering that the typical nature of the Delhi pitch is slow and low, Kings XI might bring back left-arm orthodox spinner Swapnil Singh in place of Mohit Sharma.
And so, here’s what Kings XI are likely to field against Delhi in match 15: 1. Glenn Maxwell, 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Manan Vohra, 4. Wriddhiman Saha, 5. David Miller, 6. Marcus Stoinis, 7. Axar Patel, 8. Ishant Sharma, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Swapnil Singh, and 11. Varun Aaron
Actual playing XI for Kings XI: 1. Glenn Maxwell, 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Manan Vohra, 4. Wriddhiman Saha, 5. David Miller, 6. Eoin Morgan, 7. Axar Patel, 8. Mohit Sharma, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. KC Cariappa, and 11. Varun Aaron