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Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders: Prediction, Tips and Odds

The Kolkata Knight Riders are one of just two teams that remain unbeaten in the early part of the IPL season and they are looking to make it three wins in a row as they face the Delhi Capitals.

Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders

Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders betting tips and predictions

Delhi Capitals - 1/1

Delhi Capitals opened their IPL campaign with back-to-back defeats against Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively but they got their first win on the board against Chennai Super Kings last time out and could follow up.

The Capitals have been boosted by the return of Prithvi Shaw from injury, who impressed last time out, and their record against these opponents will give them plenty of confidence.

Delhi have won eight of the last 11 meetings between them and the Kolkata Knight Riders and they have also triumphed in seven of the last 11 head-to-heads on neutral grounds.

The opening partnership of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw will be crucial for the Capitals, particularly as they have had the higher opening partnership in eight of the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

Captain Rishabh Pant also looked back to his best with a knock of 51 from 32 balls against Chennai and if he produces a repeat of that performance, his side may be hard to stop.

Kolkata are undoubtedly in good form but they may fall just short against a resurgent Delhi side. 

Take the Capitals to make it two wins from their last two matches in this one.

Prithvi Shaw over 30.5 runs - 11/10

Prithvi Shaw has had big expectations placed upon his shoulders after impressing in IPL campaigns as a youngster for the Delhi Capitals.

The opener had been struggling with a knee issue but returned to the starting lineup in their win over Chennai Super Kings and looked back to his best, hitting 43 from 27 balls.

The 24-year-old also has a rock solid record against these opponents, averaging 45 at a rate of 10.08 runs per over against Kolkata in nine matches that includes five half-centuries.

Shaw also has a habit of getting the better of one of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ biggest weapons, Sunil Narine.

In the IPL battles between these two, Shaw has made 47 off 31 balls without being dismissed.

If the opener can continue his upper hand over Narine, he could lay the groundwork for a strong innings and he is fancied to go over 30 runs again in his second match of the season.

Mitchell Starc to be Kolkata Knight Riders top wicket taker - 5/2

Mitchell Starc was the Kolkata Knight Riders’ standout signing of the 2024 season, becoming the costliest player procured at an IPL auction when KKR picked him up for 24.75 crore in the offseason.

The Australian has played little IPL cricket in his career thanks to injuries and other commitments but had a very solid 2014 and 2015 season, taking 14 and 20 wickets respectively for Royal Challengers Bengaluru.

Starc is yet to take a wicket in two games in this year’s tournament but it seems unlikely that a player of his quality will continue that trend for long.

The ACA-VDCA Stadium was also once considered a spin bowler’s paradise but nine of the 11 wickets taken on it last time out were by the pace bowlers so Starc could get plenty of joy.

Side with the star bowler to stamp his authority on this game by being top KKR wicket taker. 

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Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders odds

Delhi Capitals - 1/1
Kolkata Knight Riders -
4/5

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