IPL 2015: 17th match – Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, April 20, 2015

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17th match - Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, April 20, 2015

  • Kolkata Knight Riders (57% Votes)
  • Delhi Daredevils (43% Votes)

IPL2014: 28th match – Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, 7 May, 2014

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It is said that one must live in the present and not dwell too much on the past. But if you are Kolkata Knight Riders, the past refuses to leave you. It keeps playing out in loop in the present, each newer version scarier than the previous one. Exactly a week ago, Knight Riders squandered a strong position against Rajasthan Royals, brought about a Super Over on themselves and then lost on the boundary count. A day ago, they motored to 121 for 0 in pursuit of 171 against the same opponents. Fifty runs needed, six overs left, all wickets intact. Piece of cake? Not quite, if you panic so much that you lose six wickets for the addition of two runs.

If points were to be earned for scoring self-goals, Knight Riders would top the table. They are earned for wins, though, and Knight Riders have only two victories from seven matches. Which is exactly how many Delhi Daredevils have from as many games. Both sides will need the second half of their campaigns to be the opposite of how the first half has panned out. Even five wins each from their remaining seven games might not earn them a spot in the playoffs.

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PunterPolls Prediction – Match 44: Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders at Raipur, 1 May

Struggling teams look to leave the bottom third| PunterPolls Prediction

Teams usually go into the IPL targeting one win more than half the matches they play, and then take it from there. Nine has been the magic number all captains have been talking about. Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils have played nine games each, and are six and seven wins away from that magic number.

The phrase captains quote most is about doing things right and letting results take care of themselves. Knight Riders and Daredevils haven't quite been able to do that so far. Knight Riders have relied on spin, but their local batsmen have let them down. Daredevils have the big names in both the batting and bowling department, but they haven't fired as much as they would have liked.

They don't have much time left, and need to start winning consistently to keep the league interesting. The halfway point is way too early for teams to be ruled out of the playoff stakes.

PunterPolls Prediction

Second encounter of the day, Almost a month have passed when these two teams have had played opening match of the tournament. Daredevils who were the bookies favorite in the match have lost the game rather easily, punters were marginally supporting KKR (51%) in that match.

After a month, nothing much have changed. Daredevils are still struggling and KKR have lost their way after fine start. Sehwag who has missed the opener is back but is struggling with the form. He has shown some spark in the match against the Mumbai Indians at Kotla but that was too bad bowling by Mumbai Indians.

Kolkata Knight Riders is actually a very good team and if you look at the last few matches, they are shaping up very well. Only players that don't deserve a place in the squad is Yusuf Pathan, he has to go out for this match. Also, we are expecting Lee to be included in this match instead of McCullum or Senanayake.

 As far as Delhi Daredvils is concern, batting is their strength. They only have chance to win the game if they manage to stop KKR less than 170. Otherwise our first choice is Kolkata Knight Riders all the way.

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Match 44: Daredeils v KKR, 1 May

  • Kolkata Knight Riders (61% Votes)
  • Delhi Daredevils (41% Votes)