After a damaging seven-wicket defeat away to the Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday, Kolkata Knight Riders take on Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
The last time these two sides met, it was a humdinger as Delhi went on to prevail by virtue of a Super Over.
This season, Kolkata have been heavily reliant on Andre Russell with the all-rounder being amongst the runs in every outing so far. Even in the last game against Chennai, Russell stood tall amidst the ruins with an unbeaten 50 off 44 balls as KKR folded for a paltry 108.
The Jamaican will once again be the centre of attraction as Dinesh Karthik’s men attempt a turnaround of their fortunes at home.
Russell has scored close to 25 per cent of his team’s runs this season with KKR getting out of jail on more than one occasion thanks to his pyrotechnics.
Putting the brakes on Russell will be something Delhi will have to plan to precision and execute if they are to notch a positive result.
The Capitals found their Mojo against Royal Challengers Bangalore with a comfortable four-wicket victory at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.
Pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada was on song with a disciplined display that saw him return figures of four for 21 and he will be key against the big-hitting Russell, who hasn’t been quite as prolific against pacers.
Rabada has been economical at the death and is atop the chart of bowlers that have bowled a minimum of 36 deliveries between overs 16 and 20.
Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer has been amongst the runs as well for Delhi, which will be an encouraging sign.
The Mumbai batsman has scored 215 runs at a strike rate of 122.86 and made up for the indifferent form of the remainder of the middle order.
Getting Iyer early is what KKR will look to do and get back to winning ways, while it will be a test for the young Delhi side to see if they can carry the momentum from their last victory.
Injury updates: KKR have roped in young Australian pacer Matt Kelly to replace Anrich Nortje. Morale will be the only aspect KKR will be nursing in the lead up to the game.
Delhi too have a fit squad and will be raring to get back on the pitch after a four-day break.
KKR: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna.
DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane.