“Pretty hard surface” behind the move, says Shreyas Iyer. Rishabh Pant doesn’t mind batting first and aims to put up a big score. “Definitely a big relief for the bowlers that there is no dew,” says Pant. Capitals bring Khaleel Ahmed in for Anrich Nortje, who took a pasting last game.
Shaw: “I am fine [after a blow on the head]. Keeping it simple from my side. Just trying to strike. The powerplay was really important for us… It is a good total as well. I love watching Warner bat… Our execution was well. We did pretty well to get 215.”
Iyer: “They got off to a really quick start… We were a bit clueless about what to do. They built on a really good partnership at the start and carried that till the tenth over. Looked like a good batting pitch… We made a decision, and that didn’t work out well.”
Warner: “Felt pretty good. A nice wicket… Prithvi is an exciting player. Takes pressure off. Loving my time here. Ricky Ponting is like a father! A great coach and everyone is happy to be underneath him.”
“We would have fielded first but didn’t think much. As a batting unit, we wanted to put pressure on the opposition. In these conditions, when the dew is not there if teams score 170-180 it is decent and the pressure is not as much as it is when the score is 200 or more. Kuldeep has been working for one year but hasn’t been getting enough chances. We are trying to back him and he is doing well. We wanted to keep the momentum going and hence sent Axar. We wanted Sarfaraz to arrest the slide if we lose too many wickets and hence kept him back.”
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals Highlights today, Sunday 10-4-2022. 19th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Toss: KKR opt to bowl.
Kolkata Knight Riders team: Rahane, Venkatesh, Shreyas (capt), Billings (wk), Nitish, Russell, Cummins, Narine, Rasikh, Umesh, Chakravarthy.
Delhi Capitals team: Prithvi, Warner, Powell, Pant (capt/wk), Sarfaraz, Lalit, Axar, Shardul, Kuldeep, Mustafizur, Khaleel.
Kuldeep Yadav is the Player of the Match:
“[On the catch] Actually I didn’t think much. I felt I can reach it, and it is my wicket at the end of the day. It is important to take a pause and think about the bowling. This is a good wicket and the batters do well. Since some of the side boundaries are longer plus the ball was gripping, it was important to do well. Shreyas was batting well and hitting it well, so that was a big wicket.
Enjoyed Shreyas’ wicket more because it was my first and was the main wicket from the team’s point of view since he was batting well. I haven’t tried too much and am focusing on my rhythm. That’s what I did when I returned to the Indian team. I am enjoying my bowling and bowling at good lengths. I pulled the lengths against Shreyas as well as Cummins. I am enjoying the environment here and have good backing from the side. Rishabh guides me well from behind the stumps, too.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 29
KKR Won: 16
DC Won: 12
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 15:30 Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Jayaraman Madanagopal
TV Umpires – Saiyed Khalid
Match Referee – Prakash Bhatt
Reserve Umpire – Rohan Pandit
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 19th Match