IPL 2017 KKR vs DD Highlights: This is how Gambhir, Uthappa demolished Delhi

first_imgFifties from Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa helped Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens. (LIVE SCORECARD)Kolkata Innings:19.30 IST: Delhi skipper, Zaheer Khan says that they had the platform but failed to capitalize. Feels that they fell 15 runs short of their target and the dropped catches added to the woes. Informs once again they failed to give the finishing touches to their innings. Jokes about asking the wrong person about the drop catch and says that the timing of those dropped catches were wrong. Opines that they will have to regroup. Adds that the winning momentum is crucial and hopes they have one of those matches where one steps up and takes the game away from the opposition. Informs that he will be able to give the update on his injury tomorrow morning.Not a great game for us.Congratulations @KKRiders on the win.#DDTweets#KKRvDD#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201719.26 IST: Gautam Gambhir made sure he stayed till the end to take his team over the line as he remained unbeaten on a fabulous 71. For Delhi it was another disappointing game. None of the bowlers except for Rabada stepped up to the occasion. Morris, their star performer had an off day with both bat and ball. There fielding was not upto the mark either and that sums up their performance today. A lot to ponder about Zaheer and his men.19.23 IST: Kolkata continue from where they left off in Pune. Gambhir was confident of chasing and he’s done it in style. Chasing a target of 161, Rabada cleaned up the danger-man Sunil Narine early. But much to his dismay, Robin Uthappa came out all guns blazing. He started to attack from the word go and quickly raised to his half century. Gambhir was happy as always to play the second fiddle and together they were accounted for a marvelous 108-run off just 66 balls. It sealed the deal as the equation came down to just 60 from the last 10 overs.advertisementClinical performance at Eden!#Gambhir and #Uthappa played their part perfectly as we continued our prime form in #IPL2017.#AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/E83Bsbnjnt- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.20 IST: Wide! Rabada completes the formality. Bangs it short down the leg side. Gambhir leaves it and a wide is signalled. That will do it for Kolkata. They extend their winning streak as they WIN COMFORTABLY BY 7 WICKETS AND 22 BALLS TO SPARE!Too easy for us in the end!We chase the target of 161 in 16.2 overs. Great job, #Knights! ??? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 2017 19.19 IST: FOUR! On a length on the pads. It’s too easy for Gambhir as he flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Just 1 run needed now!FOUR! #Gambhir flicks it off his pads and it goes into the gap for a boundary. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/NmCzpSYRFf- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.17 IST: Rabada to continue.19.16 IST: FOUR to end the over. 16 overs gone. KKR 156/3. Just five needed to win now.19.14 IST: FOUR! Fuller length delivery, angling away, driven on the up through wide mid off for a boundary. What a placement this!19.13 IST: FOUR! Beautifully placed! Back of a length outside off, Jackson punches it on the up past a diving Cummins at point for a boundary.19.13 IST: Morris back on for DD.19.10 IST: 15 overs gone and it’s time for the strategic time-out. KKR 140/3 in their chase of 161.TIMEOUT! ??A massive 108-run partnership between #Uthappa and #Gambhir has put us in a driving seat. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/jF8hZnxuuA- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.09 IST: Debutant Sheldon Jackson out in the middle.19.07 IST: OUT! Timber! Fuller length on middle and off. Pandey misses a straighter one as he looks to play it across the line. The ball goes off the pads onto the stumps.  Rabada gets Pandey for 5. KKR 139/3 from 14.5 overs in their chase of 161.WICKET! 139 / 3?Rabada picks up his 2nd wicket of the game, #Pandey misses the full delivery & is bowled. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.05 IST: Rabada back on for DD.19.04 IST: GG now has 6,000 T20 runs and 4,000 of them have come in the IPL. What a player! The captain continues his great form! ???Brings up his 35th @IPL fifty in style. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/tkbw0XPyzc- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.03 IST: FOUR! Friendly half-tracker from Mishra. Pandey says thank you and pulls it hard through the gap between long on and deep mid-wicket for a boundary. 13 off the over. KKR 138/2 from 14 oves in their chase of 161.advertisement19.03 IST: FOUR! Perfectly placed! Served outside off, spinning away, Gambhir waits for it and cuts it through the gap between point and backward point. Bisects Zaheer and Anderson perfectly to get another boundary to his name.Back-to-back boundaries for #Gambhir! He exactly knows where the fielders are! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/07klOXEzd2- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.02 IST: FOUR! Delicate! Full on leg, Gambhir kneels down and sweeps it fine down the leg side for a boundary.19.00 IST: Mishra back on.19.00 IST: 13 gone and KKR are 125/2 in their chase of 161.18.59 IST: FOUR! Nicely done! Wide outside off, Gambhir shimmies a touch and slashes it past point for a boundary and fifty for Gambhir.18.57 IST: Manish Pandey out in the [email protected]_manishpandey is next to the crease. This is his 50th game for us in @IPL. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/9AxYSCsY8V- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.56 IST: OUT! Bull’s Eye! Back of a length delivery outside off, Gambhir chops it to point and takes off for a quick single. Nair there, gets to the ball and hurls a direct hit at the striker’s end. Uthappa feels he is well in but still the umpire goes upstairs. And to Uthappa’s surprise, he is well short of his ground. Finally some luck for Delhi. Uthappa out for 59. KKR 117/2 from 12.1 overs in their chase of 161.  18.55 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Back of a length delivery around off. Gambhir stays tall and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Good start to the over.18.55 IST: Anderson back on for DD.18.54 IST: 12 gone. KKR 113/1 in their chase of 161.18.53 IST: Uthappa now has the most number of sixes in this year’s IPl  with 17 sixes.18.52 IST: SIX! Uthappa on fire! Loops it full outside off, Uthappa kneels down and slogs it over long on for a maximum. There’s not stopping him today. Brings up the 100-run partnership. Back to back century stand between the two.18.51 IST: Mishra back on for Delhi.18.50 IST: KKR 104/1 after 11 overs in their chase of 161.18.46 IST: Cummins to continue.18.45 IST: Eight runs off the over. KKR 101/1 after 10 overs in their chase of 161.18.44 IST: FOUR! Pulled away! Short on middle, Gambhir pulls it over mid-wicket from outside off. Another boundary and 100 is up for Kolkata! 18.40 IST: Fifty for Uthappa. Off just 24 balls.#Uthappa is striking at over 200 and leading this run-chase for us!This is his 20th @IPL fifty. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/z4I3xdR9AE- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.40 IST: Anderson back on for Delhi.18.39 IST: Nine overs gone. KKR 93/1 in their chase of 161. 18.38 IST: FOUR! Just over Mishy boy! Cummins after bowling a series of short ball, pitches one up. It’s full in the slot as Uthappa lofts it towards mid off. Mishra leaps high but the ball goes well over the short man to the fence. The runs coming thick and fast for the hosts here.FOUR! #Uthappa lofts the ball over the short mid off fielder & has got us the desired momentum. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/nUpwQRLes1advertisement- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.36 IST: SIX! Robieeeeee, you freaking beaudddyy! He’s making it look so easy! Destructive batting this! Back of a length delivery on middle, sits up at a nice height too. Robin picks up the length early and pulls it with authority to dispatch it over mid-wicket for another maximum.SIX! There’s no stopping #Uthappa out here, another maximum into the crowd with a magnificent pull. ??? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/oSxWFkCKwn- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.36 IST: Cummins back on.18.35 IST: What a pair. This is the 15th 50-run partnership in @IPL between these two stylish batsmen. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.34 ist: 19 runs off the over. KKR 80/1 after eight overs in their chase of 161.Deja vu? ??#Uthappa & #Gambhir are putting up a similar show from our previous game against RPS. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.33 IST: SIX! Ahhh… Classical! Good length delivery, angling in on the pads. Robin Uthappa stays put and just wrists it over mid-wicket nonchalantly. Enough meat on that one as the ball sails over the fence for the second maximum off the over.18.32 IST: FOUR! Fuller on the pads, Uthappa flicks it a bit uppishly over mid-wicket. Has not timed it well but had enough legs to cross the fence.18.31 IST: SIX! Flattieeeee! Short and angling in on the body but Uthappa is up for it. He swivels a touch and pulls it handsomely over square leg for a maximum.SIX! #Uthappa made that look too easy, he pulls a short delivery from Morris for a flat six on the leg side. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/FtzExIMG5S- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.30 IST: Morris back on.18.29 IST: FOUR! Not an easy shot to play! Loopy delivery around off, Gambhir makes room and lofts it cleanly over extra cover for a boundary. KKR 61/1 from seven overs in their chase of 161.18.28 IST: FOUR! Deft from Robin! Quicker one and it turns away after landing, Uthappa makes the most of the pace as he runs it down past Morris at first slip for a boundary towards third man.18.26 IST: FOUR! Lovely use of the feet there! Loopy leg break around middle and off, Gautam skips down the track and whips it with the turn over mid-wicket for a boundary. Superb shot!18.26 IST: Amit Mishra into the attack.18.22 IST: End of six overs and it’s time for the strategic time-out. KKR 47/1 in their chase of 161.18.22 IST: FOUR! In the air… safe again! Good length, angling in, Uthappa is early into his clip. The ball just about evades the man at mid on, it was Ankit Bawne. The ball hits the practice pitch and races away to the fence for a boundary. 11 off the over!FOUR! #Uthappa ends the over with a boundary, he chips the ball over the diving mid-on fielder. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/jWmxMcaXWS- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.21 IST: Four Leg Byes! Strays on the pads, Uthappa misses his flick as the ball goes off the pads and runs down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Kolkata won’t mind those.18.20 IST: In the air… safe! Uthappa is having some luck going his way this season. To add to it, whenever he’s gotten one, he’s took full toll of it. Delhi beware! Short of a length delivery on middle, it rises off the deck and Uthappa is hurried into the pull. Gets a top edge and Samson from mid-wicket and Mishra from short fine leg come to take it but none of them say MINE! That ball dies down safely and a single is taken.18.19 IST: Good news for Delhi as their skipper Zaheer is back on the field.18.19 IST: Rabada back on for DD.18.17 IST: End of the fifth over. KKR 36/1 in their chase of 161.18.16 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! On a length and on the pads, Gambhir just helps it on its way past short fine leg for a boundary.18.12 IST: Pat Cummins into the attack.18.11 IST: Good first over from Morris. Four overs gone. KKR 30/1 in their chase of 161.18.09 IST: Chris Morris into the attack.18.07 IST: Three overs gone. KKR 26/1 from three overs in their chase of 161.After 3 overs, we are 26/ 1. #Gambhir & #Uthappa are playing cautiously and will look to get the momentum on our side. #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.05 IST: FOUR! Flayed! Anderson hurls it on a length and wide outside off, Gambhir is quick to hit i through point. It blazed away to the fence.18.05 IST: Zaheer Khan is walking off the field as he cramped up after bowling the previous delivery. Corey Anderson to continue the over.18.02 IST: Two overs gone. KK8 18/1, chasing 161. Gambhir 4*, Uthappa 5*18.02 IST: Four Byes! Short of a length delivery, at 146 kph, it rises off the deck as Robin Uthappa ducks under it. It’s so tough to gather has even a leaping Pant couldn’t stop it. Bonus runs for the hosts.18.01 IST: FOUR! Uthappa is away! But can say Shreyas Iyer helped him too. Rabada drifts it on the pads, Uthappa just flicks it sweetly through mid-wicket. Iyer in the deep does well to stop it but at the last moment he fails to gather it as the ball crosses the rope.18.00 IST: Robin Uthappa comes out to bat.17.58 IST: OUT! Castled! Full and straight on the stumps, Sunil Narine is beaten for sheer pace here and Rabada makes him hear the death rattle. Narine, the dangerous Narine is sent back cheaply this time. Delhi get an early breakthrough.17.58 IST: Kagiso Rabada to share the new ball with Zaheer.17.59 IST: FOUR!17.54 IST: Good first over from Zaq. KKR 8/0 after one over. Still need 153 runs to win. Gambhir 3*, Narine 4*17.51 IST: Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine to open for Kolkata while Zaheer Khan has the ball for Delhi. #[email protected] has scored 125 runs in boundaries (89%) out of 137 runs in #IPL2017. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.48 IST: Gautam Gambhir is just five runs away from regaining the Orange Cap.17.47 IST: The target that is set looks to be an easy one considering the way Kolkata has been chasing so far but mind you, Delhi do have the bowling attack to restrict them. Join us in a bit to see if Kolkata win 2 out of 2 against the men from the capital city this season.Delhi Innings:17.43 IST: However, the 16th over from Nathan Coulter-Nile turned the tides in the hosts’ favour as he picked up two wickets in the same over. Delhi found it difficult to score towards the end as the home side were right on the money. Coulter-Nile was the standout bowler, picking up a 3-fer. Once again their spinners Narine and Kuldeep were magnificent in their respective spells to dry up the runs. The target that is set looks to be an easy one considering the way Kolkata has been chasing so far but mind you, Delhi do have the attack to restrict them. Join us in a bit to see if Kolkata win 2 out of 2 against the men from the capital city this season…17.41 IST: Kolkata will be pretty pleased with their efforts with the ball! They have conceded just 24 runs in the last 4 overs and that should tell you how beautifully they bowled in the death overs. Delhi started off really well with Samson and Nair. Once the latter departed, Shreyas Iyer continued the good work. He along with Samson accounted for a 75-run stand and it seemed like the visitors will make it big.17.38 IST: Coulter-Nile’s 3/34 helps Kolkata restrict Delhi to 160/6 in 20 overs. Samson 60, Iyer 47Kolkata will be pretty pleased with their efforts with the ball! They have conceded just 24 runs in the last 4 overs and that should tell you how beautifully they bowled in the death overs. Delhi started off really well with Samson and Nair. Once the latter departed, Shreyas Iyer continued the good work. He along with Samson accounted for a 75-run stand and it seemed like the visitors will make it big.17.38 IST: Full outside off, driven hard but straight to covers. Just a single to end the innings. DELHI FINISH ON 160/6! 17.36 IST: Coulter-Nile to Morris, WICKET! 3-fer for Coulter-Nile! Full and wide outside off, Morris kneels down and slices it over backward point. Woakes in the deep, runs to the ball and takes a good low catch, diving forward. DD 159/6 in 19.5 ovs WICKET! 159/6Coulter-Nile picks up his 3rd wicket as @chriswoakes takes a brilliant diving catch at third-man. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/fGes4e8rIk- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.32 IST: Coulter-Nile to Bawne, FOUR!17.30 IST: Excellent over from Woakes, just five runs conceded. DD 154/5 in 19 overs17.25 IST: Brilliant stuff from Kolkata pacers this season.#KKRStatCornerOur pacers have picked up 3?7? wickets so far, highest from any team in #IPL2017. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.23 IST: RUN OUT! Anderson makes the full oh his lives! Flatter delivery, spinning away, dabbed in the point region. Morris calls for a single but seeing Gabhir rush to the ball, sends Anderson back. Anderson is halfway down the track and can’t reach back in time as Gambhir makes an underarm throw to his keeper, who knocks off the stumps. The dangerous Anderson departs. DD 146/5 in 17.1 ovsWICKET! 146/5A mix-up in the middle between Morris & Anderson leaves the latter in no man’s land, he’s run-out by a long distance. #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.16 IST: Coulter-Nile to Iyer, OUT! Iyer departs! Another full delivery, angling in at 140 kph. It’s too quick for Iyer as he is late into the shot and gets rapped on the pads. There’s an appeal and umpire Llong obliges immediately. Iyer departs after playing a good handy knock. DD 140/4 in 15.5 ovsWICKET! 1?4?0? / 4?Another one for Coulter-Nile, the reverse swing doing the trick as Iyer misses the flick shot. #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/qyavUcHBxU- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.12 IST: Coulter-Nile to Pant, OUT!! Coulter-Nile strikes! Very full crossed seam delivery, angling into the southpaw, Pant looks to play it across the line but is tad late in bringing his bat down. Gets rapped low on the pads and the players start appealing and is ruled out straightaway. DD 131/3 in 15.1 ovs WICKET! 131/3Coulter-Nile strikes on the first ball after being brought into the attack! Pant misses the ball and is adjudged LBW. #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/wyAlPC0PPm- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.11 IST: Excellent over from Narine, just 8 runs came off it. DD 131/2 in 15 ovs17.06 IST: Umesh to Samson, OUT! Plumb! Fuller length delivery, angling in, Samson gets across to play it across the line but misses it completely. Gets rapped on the pads in front of the wicket and the umpire raises his finger immediately to the appeal. Umesh gets his man. Samson has to depart after playing another fine knock! DD 123/2 in 14 ovsWICKET! 1?2?3? / [email protected]_umesh gets Samson for 60 as he’s trapped LBW right in front of the stumps. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/QsICCRsfcT- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.00 IST: de Grondhomme’s first over goes for 15 runs – 4, 1, 1, 6, 2, 1. Delhi 108/1 in 13 overs16.58 IST: de Grondhomme to Iyer, SIX! Stand and deliver! Length delivery, angling in, Iyer goes back and punches it uppishly with the angle. Times it so well that the ball sails over the deep mid-wicket fielder for a maximum.100 comes up for DD with that six from Iyer over deep midwicket. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.55 IST: Kuldeep to Samson, SIX! Tossed up around middle and off, Samson kneels down and slog sweeps it over square leg for a maximum. Gets to his fifty with that. What an innings it has been from him. He is having a great season. DD 93/1 in 12 ovsAnother well played innings and another great 50 for #DilliBoy #SanjuSamson. #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/RveKgKRQFT- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 2017Samson brings up his 50, he’s battled hard out there in the middle. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.52 IST: Robin Uthappa is off the field, Sheldon Jackson is keeping wickets for KKR for now. Excellent over from Umesh, conceded just five runs. DD 83/1 in 11 ovs.16.48 IST: After 10 overs, Delhi are 78/1. Samson 44*, Iyer 13*. Current stand: 30 off 31 balls.16.42 IST: Strategic time-out has been taken. No boundaries scored in the last four overs. DD 71/1 in 9 overs. Samson 42*, Iyer 8*. Last 4 ovs – 23 runs.TIMEOUT! ??DD are 7?1? / 1? after 9 overs.Our bowlers have pulled things back after a strong start from DD. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/fVQr8FJhsf- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 2017The spirit of sportsmanship. #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/qzp0KOJijH- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201716.38 IST: After 8 overs, DD are 6?6? / 1?.6 runs from @imkuldeep18’s over as he keeps the batsmen guessing with variations. #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.34 IST: Umesh returns for his second spell, concedes just 7 runs. DD 60/1 in 7 ovs, run rate – [email protected]_umesh keeps it tight and goes for 7 runs. DD are 60/1 after 7 overs. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.29 IST: Delhi have scored 53/1 in the 6 overs of the powerplay. Samson 30*, Iyer 2*50 runs up for DD, @imkuldeep18 is in the attack as #Gambhir opts for spin from both ends. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.24 IST: Narine to Karun, OUT! Gone! Sunil Narine strikes in his very first over! Sunil Narine bowls a flatter delivery around off, Nair gets down to sweep it away but gets beaten and is hit on the pads. They appeal for an LBW and the umpire raises his finger. Replays show the impact was just outside the line and would have gone onto clip the off stump. Kolkata will take that as they have broken the opening stand. DD 48/1 in 5 ovsWICKET! 4?8? / 1?#Narine strikes in his 1st over, Nair is judged LBW as he misses the sweep shot. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/KkomlGTFpk- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.20 IST: Sunil Narine brought into the attack to stem the flow of runs now.4?1? / 0? after 4? overs.This has been an adventurous start from DD. https://t.co/XRBSC4y4Ad #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.16 IST: Woakes to Samson, FOUR! Terrific stuff! Woakes with a cross seam delivery, wide outside off and a tinge of width as well. Samson latches onto it with a cut behind point for another boundary.The Eden Gardens outfield is lightening fast. The ball just races away to the boundary in no time. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.16 IST: Woakes to Samson, FOUR! Finds the gap! Good length delivery outside off, Samson lunges a bit and punches it between cover and cover-point. Once it pierced the gap it was always running away for a boundary.16.12 IST: Coulter-Nile to Karun, FOUR! Deft from Sanju! Short of a length delivery outside off, Samson waits for it till the last moment, opens the bat face and glides it past Yusuf Pathan at first slip for a boundary. Outfield is rollicking quick!A great over for us as we take 14 runs from that one.#DDTweets #KKRvDD Zor se bolo #DilDilliHai!- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201716.12 IST: Coulter-Nile to Karun, FOUR! Superbly done! On a good length and moves away a touch, Karun Nair leans into it and unfurls a punchy drive through cover-point for back-to-back boundaries.16.11 IST: Coulter-Nile to Karun, FOUR! Easily done! Too straight from Coulter-Nile again and Nair just helps it off his pads behind square on the leg side for a boundary.16.10 IST: Umesh to Samson, SIX! Sweet! Back of a length delivery on middle, Samson is quick to pounce on it as he swivels on the back foot and pulls it over deep backward square leg for a biggie. DD 17/0 in 2 ovsHuge one from #SmashingSamson which goes for a six. #DD 17/0 after 2 overs. #DDTweets #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201716.05 IST: Coulter-Nile to Karun, FOUR! Nathan Coulter-Nile errs in line on the last ball of the over. Strays on the hips, Nair clips it past Sunil Narine at short fine leg. Deep square leg fielder comes to his right but the ball wins the race. Delhi 5/0 in 1 over Last ball of the over and that’s runs away for a four. Good shot #KarunNair, #DD 5/0. #DDTweets #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201716.00 IST: Karun Nair and Sanju Samson walk on to the field. Coulter-Nile will start the attack for the Knight Riders.15.56 IST: Sheldon Jackson will be making his IPL debut in this match.Here are @ShelJackson27’s T20 career stats for you as he makes his @IPL debut. Wish you all the best! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/bslOJnwTMr- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201715.35 IST: For DD – Ankit Bawne comes in place of Aditya TareIt’s game day and here’s a look at our playing XI for the match. #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/orusT3n0Ag- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201715.33 IST: For KKR – Coulter-Nile comes back in place of Darren Bravo, debutant Sheldon Jackson replaces Piyush Chawla.Piyush Chawla and Darren Bravo make way for @ShelJackson27 and Nathan Coulter-Nile. All the best, #Knights! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/sE5hFDvmjj- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201715.31 IST: TOSS! Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bowl against Delhi Daredevils at Eden GardensGautam Gambhir says that they will bowl first. Feels it’s a good wicket and might get a bit better under the lights. Adds they have played only one afternoon game and it’s better to chase when you play those. Further says they need to be on the top as Delhi are a dangerous side because of some quality bowlers.Zaheer Khan says that we were looking to bat first as Kolkata is a chasing team. Adds that with both teams getting what they wish for sets up to be a good battle. Informs that they need some results in their belt. Hopes to create some winning momentum in the coming matches.Brief Preview: The fortunes of these two teams could not be any more different, Kolkata Knight Riders are sitting on top of the points table with six wins out of eight games. Delhi Daredevils, despite early promise and vigour, are languishing right at the bottom, having scrapped to only two wins in six matches.They will now meet at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata’s fortress. It has rarely been breached and popular consensus would have you believe that Delhi would find it difficult here as well.But there could be some luck for DD, who are stacked with world-class pacers in Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Zaheer Khan. In the last game played at the Eden, KKR’s pacers dismantled RCB for 49, the lowest score in IPL history. There is always a little something here for the faster men and DD would want to exploit the conditions, especially if there is some cloud cover, as is expected.KKR’s batsmen have been in superb form. Skipper Gautam Gambhir has 305 runs including three half-centuries. Robin Uthappa has been among the runs as well with 272 under his belt so far. His 47-ball 87 against Rising Pune Supergiant would have sent shives down every opposition camp – such was the ferocity of that knock.To top it all up, the move to push Sunil Narine up the order to open has worked wonders. The bowling has looked sharp, thanks in no small measure to their pacers up front. The spinners have delivered more often than not and that has resulted in a comfortable position for them, half-way into the tournament.The Daredevils on the other hand, have plenty of flaws to iron out. Sanju Samson’s hundred and Delhi’s subsequent drubbing of RPS in the first week of the IPL seems like in the distant past now. But Delhi have the wherewithals to come back strongly and challenge the mighty Knight Riders in their own backyard.Apart from the famed pace line-up, DD have the services of Sam Billings, Karun Nair and the young and upcoming Rishabh Pant in the batting line-up.This could be an explosive clash – KKR know they would inch ever closer to a last-four spot with another win today while DD have to win to stay in contention for the playoffs.last_img

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