It’s been a stop-start season for the Kolkata Knight Riders so far and they will need to dish out an exceptional performance when they face table toppers Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
In spite of the bashing at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match, KKR still remain in the race for a playoff berth. With 10 points from as many matches, the Kolkata outfit will have to win at least three of their remaining four matches to qualify.
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However, that will be a tough task for a team which continues to be let down by its batsmen. Their dilemma remains accommodating both Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.
Given the four foreigners quota, new skipper Eoin Morgan and pacer Lockie Ferguson are automatic choices. Pat Cummins has been scrappy with the ball, but has delivered with the bat in crucial situations.
So, it’s only Tom Banton who can be sacrificed for Russell. The Jamaican, however, has been mostly unfit and his limitation against the short ball has been exposed by pacers Kagiso Rabada and Jasprit Bumrah.