Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals are two teams that have had a pretty good rivalry ever since the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It isn’t talked about as much as some of the other rivalries.
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These two teams had a contrasting time to the IPL. Be it at the start or even more recently, Kolkata and Delhi have always tended to go in two opposite directions are far as performances are concerned. Kolkata started off sluggishly and were poor in the first three years. But they have been good since 2011 and even went on to win two titles under Gautam Gambhir’s leadership.
Meanwhile, Delhi got off to a flying start and made it to the top four in the first two seasons and almost made it in the third season as well. However, post 2011, Delhi have been one of the worst sides statistically. They are recovering and have done well in the last couple of seasons.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals have played each other as many as 25 times in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Delhi have managed to gain 11 wins which include a Super Over win which came in 2019. On the other hand, Kolkata has the upper hand slightly with 13 wins. One game has ended in a no-result.
The rivalry started off with a Kolkata Knight Riders win in 2008 when a fired-up Shoaib Akhtar ran through the Delhi Daredevils line-up and blew them away with a stunning spell of 4 for 11. The second game in 2008 was the one that was washed out. However, Delhi pulled it back in 2009 and won both encounters. But since then, in most of the years so far, Delhi and Kolkata have never dominated a particular year. Only in 2017, KKR managed to win both games and in 2019, Delhi pulled it back and won both the games against KKR. Moreover, this year, Delhi triumphed in a high-scoring game.
There were two KKR vs DC IPL 2020 meetups. The first one took place on October 3 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium (UAE), where Delhi Capitals outperformed KKR by 18 runs. The Man of the Match title went to Shreyas Iyer for his outstanding performance
The other event occurred on October 24 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium (UAE). This time around, KKR dominated the field and won by 59 runs. Thanks to top-notch form and bowling, Varun Chakravarthy was named Man of the Match
Although the 2021 IPL was suspended, both DC and KKR had excellent performances. We saw three DC vs KKR IPL 2021 events. The first one was held on April 29 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. DC won by seven wickets, and Prithvi Shaw dominated the roster as the best batsman.
The other meetup on September 28 ended in KKR’s favour, with the team winning by three wickets. KKR also won the third match against Delhi Capitals, earning a spot in the final before the championship was indefinitely suspended.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals have had some thrilling games in their 25-match rivalry so far. The first-ever game became famous for a fiery Shoaib Akhtar spell who was making his IPL debut and helped KKR defend 133. That remains one of the most iconic spells bowled by a KKR bowler.
In 2012, Delhi and Kolkata were two of the best teams of the season. In fact, Delhi even finished at the top of the points table and were looking really good. Hence, KKR and Delhi squared off in the first qualifier of the 2012 season and it was KKR who emerged victoriously. The Gautam Gambhir-led KKR side made 162 before their bowlers came out firing to defend that score and propel KKR into the final of that season.
In 2017, in the 18th game of the season, Delhi put up 168 on the board batting first. They even had KKR down reeling at 21/3 and each of the KKR’s top three were back in the hut. However, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan stitched a resurrecting act and both of them scored half-centuries. But Delhi managed to pull it back very well again and the game went down to the wire. Nine runs were needed off the final over and Manish Pandey held his nerve to take KKR home.
There is absolutely no doubt that the 2019 Super Over contest between KKR and DC will be one of the best games played in the IPL. On the back of half-centuries from Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell, KKR racked up 185. Prithvi Shaw’s 99 put Delhi on course for a win but Kuldeep Yadav defended six in the final over and conceded just five to force a Super Over. Delhi scored 10 in the Super Over and Rabada bowled a fabulous over and his ball to Rabada, a yorker knocking his stumps over will remain one of the iconic moments in the IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders is a cricket team founded in 2008. The franchise is owned by notable people in India — actress Juhi Chawla, her husband, Jay Mehta, and actor Shah Rukh Khan. KKR claimed the IPL title two times — in 2012 and 2014.
KKR stats show that the team was the strongest in 2014 when their winning percentage was 68.75%. The worst IPL performance happened in 2009 when KK lost 10 out of 14 games.
According to KKR records, their winning percentage reached 52.94% last year. The IPL 2021 saw KKR as a runner-up after a fierce battle against Chennai Super Kings. Despite a valiant effort, KKR lost to CSK by 27 runs.
KKR will kick start this year’s IPL campaign by going up against their biggest rivals, Chennai Super Kings. This is the team’s chance to rectify last year’s disappointment that cost them their third IPL title. Knight Riders are in Group A with Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Lucknow Super Giants, and Rajasthan Royals.
One of the first things KKR did was change their captain, as IPL 2021 didn’t go according to plan under Eoin Morgan’s leadership. This year, Shreyas Iyer will take over as captain and hopefully boost the team’s performance. KKR retained four players, the maximum number allowed by the ICC.
The KKR auction 2022 kicked off with the retention of four key players — Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russel, and Venkatesh Iyer for 42 crore. Instead of buying 20 new players, the team took back five former ones and brought in 16 new players, creating a talent-packed lineup.
The team didn’t want to lose its strongest players. KKR retained IPL 2021 debutant Venkatesh Iyer who scored 370 runs and ten wickets. Varun Chakravarthy has also been instrumental in KKR’s performance in the last two seasons, alongside Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.
Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik, KKR’s leadership duo in 2021, haven’t shown interest in staying involved in this year’s IPL. However, the team has created a solid roster and included young talent that shows great promise.
Hopefully, the KKR IPL 2022 lineup will help the team achieve what it failed to do last time — claim another IPL trophy.
DC has been active since the championship’s inception in 2008. DC IPL record shows that the team initially played under the name Delhi Daredevils until 2019, when they changed the name to Delhi Capitals. The franchise is jointly owned by the JWS Group and the GMR Group.
Looking at the DC IPL stats, you’ll notice that the team has never won the championship. Their worst performance was in IPL 2014 when they couldn’t get past the group stage. That year, their winning percentage was 16.64%.
On the other hand, DC’s strongest performance happened in 2020, when the team came close to grabbing the long-coveted IPL trophy. Unfortunately, their biggest rival, Mumbai Indians, snatched it and became the most successful team in the IPL with five championship titles.
Delhi Capitals promoted Rishabh Pant to captain after Shreyas Iyer dislocated his shoulder. The team had a great performance, winning ten and losing six games. Their winning percentage grew to 62.50%, placing them at the top of the points board. Unfortunately, the 2021 IPL season was suspended after a COVID-19 bio secure bubble breach.
DC is set to play in the 2022 season of IPL. The first DC IPL match is scheduled for March 27, when the team will face Mumbai Indians. That will be an excellent opportunity for the Capitals to show their improved performance and win the match.
The team has kept four DC players ahead of the mega auction scheduled for October 25 — Axar Patel, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, and Anrich Nortje. According to the latest news, Shaw failed his Yo-Yo Test, scoring less than 15 points, while 16.5 is the minimum necessary to pass. However, since this is a fitness test, it might not seal the deal for Shaw in IPL 2022. If he improves the results, he’ll be able to participate in the championship.
We can expect a strong performance based on the previous DC IPL stats. Although the team has lost its captain, the newly appointed one, Rishabh Pant, has extensive experience and knows how to lead a team to victory.
Aside from DC IPL records, the betting odds also place the team at one of the top positions in this year’s championship.
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