DC vs KKR: Key players to watch out for
In the second match of Saturday, we would witness Delhi Capitals locking horns with Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Even though, KKR enter as the favorites, DC are expected to give them a good fight. It promises to be a close-fought tie, and here we look at the players who can determine the outcome of this match.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been in good form in T20s as he continues to dominate the bowlers. He was the star for DC in the previous tie, scoring 51. And, he played a pivotal role in leading his side to a total of 147/6, although DC lost by six wickets. Nonetheless, his performance would be a factor in today's match.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra is the bowler in the IPL with the most number of hat-tricks. He would be looking to dictate the proceedings with his unpredictable variations. However, the question is what would be his strategy against the KKR batsmen, who are in deadly form. This is a home tie for DC, and Mishra can definitely influence the outcome.
Wicket-keeper batsman Robin Uthappa played a great knock against Kings XI Punjab to lay a strong foundation atop. As a result, it would again be a treat to watch if he continues in the same vein. However, it would not be easy on the sluggish track of Kotla, as the DC spinners would look to get him out early.
Rookie top-order batsman Nitish has been in sensational form since the start of the tournament. His twin half-centuries have proven to be the backbone of KKR's batting. He would be backed to come up with another stellar performance, and with Kotla being his home ground, he would look to make it count. As a result, DC bowlers have a task at hand.
All-rounder Andre Russell has proven to be the nightmare for both the teams that have played against KKR so far. Having scored two quickfire innings, Russell's lethal batting has played a crucial role in taking the game away from the sides. Moreover, his bowling has been effective as well. Thus, DC bowlers need to make sure that they do their homework properly.