The teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Delhi Daredevils. Establishment vs. Youth. Superstars vs. Unknowns. Both franchises that have been playing since the first IPL, but the Delhi team has changed its composition more times than a Delhi taxi driver changes lanes. KKR will be gunning for their third title, compared to Delhi who have been in the bottom 2 for 3 years in a row. On paper, though, the line-ups still appear pretty evenly matched with Delhi looking for a fresh start under their capable new captain, Zaheer Khan.
The Venue: Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Typically a reasonably high-scoring wicket, this ground was favourable towards the side chasing in the T20 World Cup, likely due to the dew factor. Expect the captain who wins the toss to bowl first.
Our picks for your fantasy cricket team
Carlos Brathwaite – Remember the name! His four back-to-back sixes to seal the World Cup for West Indies were at this ground, so he has momentum on his side. He’s likely to bowl at least a couple of overs and bat in the death.
Robin Uthappa – Hasn’t made the national team in a while, but has been a consistent fixture of the KKR top order. Uthappa scored a mammoth 660 runs in 2014, making him the highest run scorer by almost 100 runs, and he is a wicket-keeper too, with more potential points for catches.
Shreyas Iyer – Our wildcard/uncapped recommendation for the game, Iyer had a great first season at the Daredevils, scoring 439 runs at a strike rate just short of 130, including his breathtaking 83 against the Mumbai Indians in 2015. Opening the batting also means lots of potential time at the crease.
You can also check out our post on the key overseas players in each team after the auction, which should help make your minds up. And don’t forget to sign up with OyeCaptain to pick your team and win daily prizes!