DC Vs KKR, IPL 2024: Can Delhi Maintain His Top-Order Brilliance??

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Match #16, DC Vs KKR, IPL 2024, The Delhi Capitals (DC) face the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Vizag, with KKR’s powerplay economy at 10.75. DC’s top-order strength and middle-inning resilience are expected to be key.

DC Vs KKR, IPL 2024: Can Delhi Maintain His Top-Order Brilliance??
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The Delhi Capitals, an IPL team, have encountered difficulty in recent Visakhapatnam games, particularly against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The Capitals, who have lost their first five games in the IPL 2023, must enhance their batting depth to keep their lead. Prithvi Shaw and David Warner have both had good performances against KKR, with Shaw averaging 45 and scoring a high of 99 against them in 2019. Rishabh Pant’s promotion to No. 3 against CSK displays the Capitals’ positive intent, but they will need runs from other batters to climb the points table.

KKR, a top Indian Premier League (IPL) team, faces a challenging encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Despite their recent victories, KKR has the lowest powerplay economy of 10.75, which is primarily due to Mitchell Starc’s troubles. Starc has been handed 100 runs but has yet to take a wicket. Except for Andre Russell, Phil Salt, and Venkatesh Iyer, the batting lineup is predicted to improve in favorable conditions. The IPL season is still in its early stages, but KKR’s performance is expected to be key in their next encounter.

Team Watch: Delhi Capitals (DC)

Team news and impact player strategy

Shaw was called in for the previous game by the Capitals but was later substituted out. Salam or Lalit Yadav might be in the starting lineup if they bowl first, with Shaw joining later. Kuldeep Yadav missed the game due to a niggle. The Capitals are concerned about Tristan Stubbs and Anrich Nortje’s performance, with Jhye Richardson potentially filling in.

Injury and availability

Ricky Ponting previously announced that Jhye Richardson is fit and available. Ishant Sharma returned successfully from an ankle injury in the previous game, and the only issue is over Shai Hope, who has missed the last two games due to a back strain.

Tactics and Match-ups

While DC’s recent match was won on the strength of their top-order, they have a fragile side in the middle innings. So far this season, they have lost the most wickets (10), had the worst average (20.30), and the second-lowest scoring rate (7.52) between overs 7 and 15. That is an area where they would like to increase their efforts, particularly against the KKR.

In the spotlight

Shaw has had a difficult time both on and off the field recently, but on Saturday, as he stepped out for his first shot in IPL 2024, he appeared to be in excellent form, smashing a 27-ball 43. Shaw’s success is critical to the Capitals’ prospects of progressing further in the tournament, and they will be pleased with how he has started.

Probable XI: DC

1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 David Warner. 3. Rishabh Pant (captain, wk), 4. Mitchell Marsh 5. Tristan Stubbs/Jake Fraser-McGurk, 6. Axar Patel, 7. Abishek Porel, 8. Anrich Nortje/Jhye Richardson. 9 Mukesh Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Khaleel Ahmed, and 12 Rasikh Salam/Lalit Yadav

Team DC Squad

Axar Patel, Abishek Porel, Anrich Nortje, Mukesh Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Rasikh Dar Salam, Sumit Kumar, Kumar Kushagra, Praveen Dubey, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Ricky Bhui, Kuldeep Yadav, Jhye Richardson, Shai Hope, Lalit Yadav, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal, and Swastik Chikara

Team Watch: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Team news and impact player strategy

Varun Chakravarthy was substituted for Angkrish Raghuvanshi in KKR’s previous game, and Suyash Sharma was also considered. Raghuvanshi is the Impact Player, and despite appearing struggling in the previous game, bowling coach Bharat Arun confirmed Chakravarthy’s fitness.

Injury and availability

Venkatesh Iyer injured his back in the previous match, but Bharat Arun stated that the batter is “fit and raring to go”.

Tactics and Match-ups

Varun Chakaravarthy will bowl against Prithvi Shaw in the powerplay, which is a favorable matchup. KKR wants their spinners to step up, as they have conceded runs at an 8.78 economy rate while taking only three wickets. Vaibhav Arora, who took the new ball last season but has not played this year, could play on the Vizag pitch.

In the spotlight

Mitchell Starc’s price tag of INR 24.75 crore is attached to every bowling appearance. Starc, who is playing in the IPL for the first time since 2015, has been leaking runs in quantity. He got 53 in his first game against SRH, 47 against RCB, and has yet to pick up a wicket. He hopes that the next time he goes to the park, his fortunes will change.

Probable XI: KKR

Sunil Narine, Phil Salt (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Angkrish Raghuvanshi 6 Andre Russell, 7 Rinku Singh, 8 Varun Chakravarthy/Suyash Sharma, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Anukul Roy, 11 Harshit Rana, and 12 Ramandeep Singh

Team 2 Squad

Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rinku Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Andre Russell, Mitchell Starc, Anukul Roy, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Suyash Sharma, Vaibhav Arora, Manish Pandey, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Chetan Sakariya, Sherfane Rutherford, Sakib Hussain, Srikar Bharat, Dushmantha Chameera, Allah Ghazanfar, Nitish Rana and Philip Salt (w).

Pitch and conditions

There was a fair amount of grass on the field for the first game in Vizag. Almost the entire 40 overs saw it help with swing and seam movement, and it even swung even more under the lights. Conditions similar to these could also be anticipated for the DC vs. KKR game. The teams should take note of the warning regarding Vizag’s extreme heat and humidity.

Did you know?

  • KKR has not defeated DC in this cycle; since 2022, the two teams have won all three of their meetings.
  • In the DC-CSK match two nights ago at Vizag, nine wickets were lost to pace and only two to spin.
  • In KKR’s opening match against SRH, Varun Chakaravarthy bowled his most costly spell in the IPL, conceding 55 runs in two overs before finishing with a score of 0/20 against RCB.
  • Anrich Nortje’s poor form in the Indian Premier League 2024 tournament is further demonstrated by his figures of 1/48 and 0/43 in his two appearances thus far.

Stats that matter

  • In the IPL, Pant needs 65 runs to reach 3000 runs. He will become the 22nd player in the league to reach the milestone if he succeeds.
  • Against his former team, KKR, Kuldeep takes a wicket every six balls. He has taken ten wickets in three games so far, with his best bowling figures being 4 for 14.
  • In 16 IPL innings, Warner has hammered Sunil Narine for 195 runs in 123 balls while facing him just twice.
  • In the IPL, Pant hits against Andre Russell at a strike rate of 195.00, but in six innings, he has also been dismissed by the fast bowler three times.


Match 16, IPL 2024, DC vs. KKR, 7:30 PM local


Visakhapatnam’s Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium


DC 15 – 16 KKR

What to expect

It’s possible that Vizag will serve up another pitch with pacers calling the shots; it was something the host team thoroughly loved and would like to repeat. It will be interesting to watch what DC does if they win the toss. They decided to bat against CSK, the second most popular option in all of limited-overs cricket, let alone the IPL, but Pravin Amre believes it was largely due to asking CSK to chase.

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