Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals face each other in match number 19 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday.

Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals face each other in match number 19 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. The match is being held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The Shreyas Iyer-led KKR side has sealed three wins from four and are looking good. On the other hand, DC have lost successive games after winning their first encounter versus Mumbai Indians.

Analysis of KKR

For KKR, Pat Cummins played a blinder versus MI, sealing a crucial win after clobbering the joint-fastest fifty. He will want to make his presence felt with the ball as well. KKR have a concern with their top-order, which is yet to get going. Ajinkya Rahane and Nitish Rana haven’t managed to contribute anything significant with the bat. If KKR are to do well and apply pressure on DC bowlers, the top-order needs to fire. Shreyas Iyer also is in search of runs, and he needs to control his aggression. Andre Russell and Sam Billings hold the key for KKR.

With the ball, Umesh Yadav has led the show. He has claimed nine wickets, and his impact in the PP overs is noteworthy. Credit should be given to Sunil Narine for his highly economical outings thus far. With Varun Chakravarthy and Cummins in the mix, KKR have a sound bowling attack. Rasikh Salim could get another outing for the Knights. Venkatesh Iyer and Russell can be the fall back options.

Analysis of DC

DC have to find a way and search for a crucial win here. The batting has looked short in terms of the desired runs. David Warner is back, and he now needs to take charge alongside Prithvi Shaw, who fired a fifty in the previous game. The likes of Rishabh Pant and Lalit Yadav hold the key in the middle. DC will also look up to Sarfaraz Khan for his experience. DC have to build partnerships and make sure they start well versus the Knights, who are one of the best bowling units.

With the ball, Anrich Nortje needs to deliver. He had a poor outing versus LSG. However, the side boasts of quality pacers in the form of Mustafizur Rahman and Shardul Thakur as well. Lalit, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav are the frontline spinners. Kuldeep has a point to prove against his former employers, and he is doing well in the ongoing season so far. KKR need to be wary of his attributes.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met each other 29 times in the competition so far. KKR have the edge over DC, keeping a 16-12 lead so far. One match did not have any result. Last season, these two sides met thrice, with KKR winning two of those games.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

KKR predicted playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings (wk), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Rasikh Salam, Varun Chakravarthy

DC predicted playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Rovman Powell, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Anrich Nortje

Which team is the predicted winner?

KKR look confident and sorted under Shreyas Iyer, and he will be a happy skipper. Against Punjab Kings, Andre Russell powered the side. Against MI, Cummins took charge. In the opener versus CSK, the bowlers were terrific. In their loss versus RCB, players stepped up with the ball to make it a close contest. So overall, KKR have the quality and character to hurt DC, who are struggling with momentum. If KKR manage to keep the DC bowlers at bay, they will back themselves with the ball and win this match. 

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai has clocked an average first innings score of 189 this season. Teams chasing have won three out of four games. Whichever side bowls intelligently and controls the pivotal moments, will win this contest. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 3:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer has piled up 2,444 runs in the IPL. He needs 56 to register a tally of 2,500 runs. Iyer can also get past Shaun Marsh (2,477) and Steve Smith (2,485). Rana needs 41 runs to register the mark of 1,900 in IPL. Against Kolkata, Rishabh Pant has hammered 274 runs, including 28 fours and 10 sixes. Shaw has clobbered a tally of 341 runs in six innings against KKR at 56.83.

The major bowling stats on offer

Umesh Yadav has claimed 10 wickets in 10 games against DC. He has 128 scalps in the IPL. He has nine scalps this season. Sunil Narine has claimed 19 scalps versus DC. Overall, Narine has claimed 145 IPL scalps to date. Shardul Thakur has claimed 68 IPL scalps and can surpass Ashok Dinda (69).

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Sam Billings

All-rounders: Pat Cummins, Andre Russell, Lalit Yadav

Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Rishabh Pant, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, David Warner,

All-rounders: Lalit Yadav, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell

Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Lalit Yadav: The talented DC cricketer has amassed 73 runs from just two innings. He brings immense value as a three-dimensional cricketer. He has also managed to claim one wicket so far. One can expect Lalit to make his presence felt.

Umesh Yadav: The veteran pacer has got off to a prolific start with 9 scalps taken already. He has been a prime asset in the PP overs. Umesh will be aiming for the big fishes of DC upfront and continue his run.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Andre Russell: The Russell-muscle was in effect versus PBKS, and we saw how he took the game away in style. Once Russell sets in, he can be lethal. He will be raring to go all out against DC.

Prithvi Shaw: The DC opener scored valuable runs versus LSG and will back himself for another substantial knock. He is an aggressive batter and can find the crucial boundaries to start the flow.

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