Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders [What to watch out for in IPL 2022]
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. In the previous three years, they've been outstanding, qualifying for the playoffs each time. The trophy, though, continues to evade them. The Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the trophy in 2012 and 2014, had a fantastic 2021 season. It will be recognised in the future for its remarkable comeback, and it must always serve as an inspiration to them if they ever find themselves in a bind.
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In the second half of the competition, the Eoin Morgan-led side looked like a formidable squad, in stark contrast to the first half, when they lost five of their seven games. Therefore, the Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders match in 2022 will be incredibly exciting.
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. 2021 was amongst the most significant seasons for the Delhi-Kolkata rivalry. In their first meeting, Delhi emerged victorious as Prithvi Shaw blew KKR away with some really attractive stroke play, punishing both pace and spin. The match revealed concerns about the batting lineup of KKR. After scoring just 154, when K KR thought their worst part of the day was over, their bowlers came under attack. However, KKR turned around things incredibly, as they managed to beat Delhi in the next two games. So, it will be interesting to see how both the teams perform when they face each other in 2022.
IPL DC vs KKR head to head performance till 2021
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 27 games in the tournament's history, with the Delhi Capitals winning 12 and the Kolkata Knight Riders winning 16. Rain caused one of the confrontations to be cancelled.
When it comes to the batting numbers of the DC vs KKR T20 games, Shreyas Iyer leads the list with 456 runs under his belt, followed by Prithvi Shaw (341), Pant (274), and Andre Russell (272). As far as the bowling department goes, Sunil Narine stands at the top with 19 wickets in hand, followed by Amit Mishra (17 wickets) and Kagiso Rabada (11 wickets).
Retained players in each team
Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje, Rishabh Pant, and Axar Patel will be retained by Delhi Capitals for the IPL 2022 season. Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, and Kagiso Rabada are among the big names who will participate in the auction. On the other hand, KKR announced their four-year contract extension for the IPL 2022 season. Experienced spinner Sunil Narine, hard-hitter West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, and Indian players Varun Chakravarthy and Venkatesh Iyer were all held back by the two-time champions. KKR, however, had to let go of players like captain Eoin Morgan, former captain Dinesh Karthik, opener Shubman Gill, and Pat Cummins, who was previously the most expensive international player. Rahul, Tripathi, Nitish Rana, and former U-19 World Cup players Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi are among the domestic names.
Top retained batters and their performance in head-to-head matches till 2021
Prithvi Shaw vs. Kolkata
Prithvi Shaw is DC's second-highest run-scorer this season, only after Shikhar Dhawan, and he enjoys facing KKR. He's scored four half-centuries in his past five innings against KKR.
Venkatesh Iyer vs. Delhi
Venkatesh Iyer, who not only batted brilliantly but also rubbed off his bravado on KKR that had almost lost its way, was a breath of fresh air. Iyer waited patiently from the bench for his time, and he made an immediate impression on his debut. Iyer has been outstanding against Delhi, reaching 69 runs in two innings, including a fifty.
Pant vs. Kolkata
After Shreyas Iyer was ruled out with a shoulder injury, Rishabh Pant was given the leadership, and he took to it like a natural. His hitting has also improved as a result of his refraining from too aggressive batting. However, against Kolkata, Pant's bat has remained relatively quiet, as he averages just 22.83 in 12 innings.
Russell vs. Delhi
With a strike rate of 190.21 in 8 innings, Andre Russell would be a big threat to the Delhi bowlers.
Top retained bowlers and their performance in head to head matches till 2021
Sunil Narine vs. Delhi
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 19 wickets under his belt against Delhi.
Varun Chakravarti vs. Delhi
Varun Chakravarti is a mystery spinner who holds 8 wickets against Delhi with a brilliant Economy rate of 7.65.
Axar Patel vs. Kolkata
The Indian all-rounder has impressed all with his effective bowling in IPL. Against Kolkata, Axar holds 10 wickets with an incredible economy rate of 6.95.
Anrich Nortje vs. Kolkata
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 8 wickets with an economy rate of 7.40.
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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