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Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders [What to watch out for in IPL 2024]

In this incredible Indian T20 Premier League, ambitious Delhi will face Kolkata. In the IPL, Delhi has a plethora of outstanding young players in its squad. The tournament has been a roller coaster ride for them. In 2019, Delhi's fortunes improved dramatically as a result of the name change. Despite reaching the finals in the 2020 season, they faced defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets. While their recent seasons (2022 and 2023) have seen them struggle, with finishes in the lower half of the points table, there's optimism for a strong comeback in the upcoming 2024 season.
On the other hand, the Kolkata Knight Riders, champions in 2012 and 2014, also made it to the finals in 2021 but fell short against the Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs. Like Delhi, they too have endured challenging seasons, consistently finding themselves in the bottom half, at the 7th position for the past two years (2022 & 2023). Nevertheless, their potential for a remarkable comeback is undeniable, and it must always serve as an inspiration to them if they ever find themselves in a bind.
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Past years performance of Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders

The iconic Kolkata-Delhi IPL rivalry started way back in 2008. Both the teams have been neck and neck in the competition. 2023 was amongst the most significant seasons for the Delhi-Kolkata rivalry. In their sole encounter at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, Delhi emerged victorious as they defeated Kolkata by 5 wickets. KKR batted first but faltered, managing only 127 runs in 20 overs. Jason Roy top-scored with 43, while Andre Russell remained unbeaten on 38. Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav all claimed two wickets each for Delhi. In response, skipper David Warner led from the front with 57 runs guiding DC to victory in just 19.2 overs. It will be interesting to see how both teams perform when they face each other once again in the upcoming 2024 season.

IPL DC vs KKR head-to-head performance till 2023

If we look at DC vs KKR score, Kolkata Knight Riders have a slight edge over Delhi Capitals. Both teams have met in a total of 32 games in the tournament's history, with the Delhi Capitals winning 15 and the Kolkata Knight Riders winning 16. Rain caused one of the confrontations to be cancelled.
DC vs KKR Total Matches played Delhi Won Kolkata Won No Result
32 15 16 1
When it comes to the batting numbers of the DC vs KKR T20 games, Shreyas Iyer leads the list with 552 runs under his belt, followed by David Warner (456), Prithvi Shaw (415), Andre Russell (321) and Pant (303)). As far as the bowling department goes, Umesh Yadav stands at the top with 23 wickets in hand, followed by Sunil Narine (22 wickets) and Kuldeep Yadav (15 wickets).
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Retained players in each team

Let’s look at the players the Delhi Capitals retained for the 2024 IPL season.
Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Khaleel Ahmed, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Mukesh Kumar, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal, Abishek Porel, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi.
Let’s look at the players the Kolkata Knight Riders retained for the 2024 IPL season.
Shreyas Iyer (C), Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Harshit Rana, Jason Roy, Nitish Rana, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Suyash Sharma, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakaravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer.

Top retained batters and their performance in head-to-head matches till 2023

Delhi Capitals:

David Warner

M NO 50s 100s HS Runs Avg S/R
176 22 61 4 126 6397 41.54 139.92
During the 2023 season, David Warner emerged as the highest run-scorer for DC and scored up to five half-centuries. However, these half-centuries were achieved in matches against teams other than KKR, he failed to score any against them.

Prithvi Shaw

M NO 50s 100s HS Runs Avg S/R
71 0 13 0 99 1694 23.86 145.78
While Prithvi Shaw has delivered stellar performances in past seasons, the 2023 season proved to be challenging for him. He struggled, scoring only 106 runs in 8 matches. His performance against KKR was disappointing as well, where he fell to Varun Chakravarthy's delivery after facing only 11 balls. Despite this setback, there is optimism that he will bounce back in the upcoming season.

Rishabh Pant

M NO 50s 100s HS Runs Avg S/R
98 15 15 1 128* 2838 34.61 147.97
Appointed as DC's skipper ahead of IPL 2021 and retained for TATA IPL 2022, Pant boasts a commendable IPL record with close to 2500 runs and 15 half-centuries. With a recent string of stellar performances in international cricket, Pant enters the upcoming tournament in optimistic form, eager to deliver another impactful season for Delhi Capitals. Rishabh Pant was unable to participate in the previous season due to a car crash. However, he is all set to make a comeback in IPL 2024, and his fans eagerly await his performance on the field.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Rinku Singh

M NO 50s 100s HS Runs Avg S/R
14 6 4 0 67 725 36.25 142.16
Rinku Singh has already captured the attention of Indian fans thanks to his five successive sixes in the last season. However, his performance against DC in the IPL 2023 was notably disappointing as he got out on just the 8th ball. Despite this setback, his other showings in the IPL were stellar. With such a track record, he is undoubtedly a player to watch out for in the upcoming season.

Venkatesh Iyer

M NO 50s 100s HS Runs Avg S/R
36 2 7 1 104 956 28.12 130.25
Although Venkatesh Iyer faced a setback in the previous season against Delhi Capitals and got out on just the second ball, he showcased extraordinary performances in other matches. Notably, he achieved his maiden IPL century with an impressive display of five fours and nine sixes in a single inning, breaking the record set by Harry Brook. His remarkable feats have certainly raised expectations for the upcoming season.

Andre Russell

M NO 50s 100s HS Runs Avg S/R
112 18 10 0 88 2262 29.00 174.00
With a strike rate of 145.51 in the previous season’s 8 matches, Andre Russell would be a big threat to the Delhi bowlers.

Top retained bowlers and their performance in head-to-head matches till 2024

Sunil Narine

The small yet lethal Sunil Narine is amongst KKR's most experienced campaigners. He has been the go-to man for the Kolkata captain when in search of a wicket. Narine holds 22 wickets under his belt against Delhi.
M R W 4W Best Avg S/R E/R
162 1046 163 7 5/19 25.79 22.98 6.73

Varun Chakaravarthy

Varun Chakarvarthy is a mystery spinner who holds 11 wickets against Delhi with a brilliant Economy rate of 7.45
M R W 4W Best Avg S/R E/R
56 1600 62 1 5/20 25.81 20.77 7.45

Delhi Capitals:

Axar Patel

The Indian all-rounder has impressed all with his effective bowling in IPL. Against Kolkata, Axar holds 5 wickets with an incredible economy rate of 7.24
M R W 4W Best Avg S/R E/R
136 3421 112 1 4/21 30.54 25.31 7.24

Anrich Nortje

Anrich Nortje has been one of the finds of the season for Delhi. He has pulled the team out of several tricky situations. Against Kolkata, he holds 10 wickets with an economy rate of 8.33.
M R W 4W Best Avg S/R E/R
40 1280 53 0 3/33 24.15 17.40 8.33

Final Thoughts

Altogether, it's a no brainer that when these two teams encounter each other in 2022, it's going to be a cracker of a competition for fantasy cricket players. Delhi Capitals will be aiming for their first IPL crown, while the Kolkata Knight Riders will look to bag their third trophy. In case you are not able to watch the match, you can check dc vs kkr live score on Cricbuzz.
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