Two of the most out of form teams face each other to arrest their slide and stop the rut from getting even more pronounced, as the Delhi capitals take on the Knight Riders in a high-stakes encounter that could end the road for one of the sides as far as qualifying for the playoffs is concerned. Both teams have displayed a level of cricket that has belied the overall quality that both these sides possess. The two teams have played some great cricket, so this could be an interesting match.
What both the teams will do to arrest the slide in the form will be interesting to see, considering both have a similar set of problems to contend with. With the Capitals already having handsomely beaten the Knights the first time around, they will be eager to complete the double over last season’s finalists. Some great live cricket could be on display in this fixture.
The Capitals approach this game on the back of a rather ill-tempered match against the Rajasthan Royals, in which they almost lost the plot from a place of relative strength. yes getting 36 off the last over was very unlikely, but up until the 3rd ball of the last over, it was the Capitals who had the momentum, with Rovman Powell clearly unsettling Obed McCoy, up until the Capitals decided to go ahead and make a mockery of the rules in place by openly dissenting the decision made by the umpires, and thereby destroying all the momentum they had built in the first place.
The capitals have a long and uphill battle from here on if they want to keep their faint hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. They will have to get their act right against the Knights, or else face the possibility of staying out of the playoffs this year.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Knights currently cannot get two points, no matter what they try. In their game against the Titans, they were absolutely sensational with the ball, dismantling the Titans’ batting and restricting them to 156. But on a day where it looked like 157 could be easily chaseable by the Knights, they came an absolute cropper. Not one of the established batsmen managed to stay on the pitch for long, and in spite of Dre Russ’ heroics with the bat, it was just not enough as the Knights suffered yet another close loss.
In a game where you have the control in your hands, the knights have been guilty of frittering away their advantage in games they should be winning, and that has cost them dearly. They are way better than their points tally suggests, but they will have to play out of their skins for the remainder of the tournament.
KKR holds the head-to-head advantage, winning 16 out of the 30 games between the 2 sides. However, the Capitals won the first fixture in this year’s tournament, handsomely beating the Knights by 41 runs, after posting an imposing 1st innings total of 215.
With two of the bottom 4 playing against each other, it will be a case of who plays better than the rest and who makes the lesser mistakes. Expect the capitals to be favourites over the knights due to the Knights long losing run.
Date and time
28th April 2022 (Thursday) at 7:30 pm.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.