IPl 2019: Match 26, KKR v DC, Preview: Kagiso’s wrecking ball or Russell’s hammer like willow?

Kolkata Knight Riders to lock horns with Delhi Capitals at Eden Gardens.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

What is going to more powerful? Is it Russell’s bat which is in disguise of Thor’s hammer? Or Kagiso Rabada’s machine gun bullets in the form of the white ball?

Delhi Capitals will travel to City of Joy as Kolkata Knight Riders host a revenge plan on Friday. When Knights riders played Shreyas’ clan in Feroz Shah Kotla, the match went on to a Super Over giving fans chills in the stomach. That match has settled as one of the best thriller so far in this season. Also, it has marked many milestones. Like for Prithvi Shaw missing his first IPL century as he was trapped at 99.


In the Super Over, when everyone was expecting wreckage from Andre Russell, from the North Pavilion Kagiso Rabada came silently and botched the hopes of touring side. Undoubtedly Rabada turned the tables as till then no one was expecting there would a restriction for Russell. But, with his best block hole impact, the South African quick was succeeded in breaching Kolkata’s confidence. On Friday, will the spectators at Eden Gardens experience a similar feast? Well, to know about it fans can get glued to their television screens on Friday. For further details fans can check given below broadcast details.

Team combinations

Kolkata Knight Riders

Knight Riders are on the second spot in the table with four wins in six matches. For Kolkata, Russell is being a strength for his blistering batting skills. The Caribbean has score two half-tons so far and missed marginally 50s thrice. Knight Riders have recently beaten by the Chennai Super Kings. Leaving Russell who grabbed the balls in the middle order is Piyush Chawla. Now the onus can be on skipper DK and tormentor Kuldeep Yadav.

Probable XI: Dinesh Karthik (c,wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa.

Delhi Capitals

Delhi are on a good space by winning three out six matches but they have to put in more efforts to beat out the experienced KKR. On top Shreyas, Prithvi have been stupendous while in the middle Rishabh Pant is grabbing eye balls with his unorthodox batting style. to strengthen the pace attack they have brought in Ishant Sharma to play second fiddle to Kagiso Rabada. While the Spin department will be managed by the duo of Axar Patel and Amit Mishra.

Probable XI: Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Rishabh Pant (wk), Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane and Kagiso Rabada.

Delhi Capitals win the toss, opt to field first


Focus will be on

Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana

Nitish Rana, the young southpaw is expected to be the best future prospects, who can share national men’s team dressing room along with Virat Kohli & Co. But, this season the Delhi skipper of the domestic cricket, has shone only in the first two matches but after that his form looks to be stooped down. Is it because of depending a lot on Russell? Well, that can be answered only by Nitish’s willow.

Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer

Youngest skipper in this IPL, Shreyas Iyer has been instrumental in his place. He is guiding his team with back-to-back responsible knocks. In the most runs race, Shreyas stands at number six with 215 runs. He is so far successful in beating the likes of experienced Virat Kohli, Robin Uthappa and so on and so forth. Delhi Capitals is one of the youngest team with Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant enlisted on the charts of Playing XI in almost all the matches.


Matches: 23, Kolata Knight Riders: 13, Delhi Capitals: 9, Abandoned: 1.

Stat Attack

11– Kagiso Rabada is the highest wicket-taker this season so far with 11 wickets in his kitty.

Broadcast Details

TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD

Live Streaming: Hotstar

Match Timings: 20:00 IST.

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