Former Kolkata Knight Riders captain and currently the captain of Delhi Daredevils Gautam Gambhir won the toss and invited KKR to bat first. The match is homecoming for DD captain Gautam Gambhir as he will be playing this match at the Eden Gardens, which used to his home ground when was with KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to break its losing streak as it lost the previous matches. Delhi, on the other hand, would be high on confidence after winning the previous match. Kolkata Knight Riders innings update: Over by over
Over 1: Here we go from the Eden Gardens. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn to open. Tried and tested formula for KKR. Trent Boult to fire it up for DD. Starts off with a dot. Short pitch, aimed at the chest of Lynn, dot ball. Driven by Lynn, straight to the fielder. Swing and a miss. Another beauty by Boult, swing and a miss yet again. Width on offer, driven firmly, straight to the fielder at cover. Maiden over. Terrific. KKR 0-0.
Over 2: Chris Morris into the attack. Sunil edges to the fielder, single. Short pitch to Lynn, he swings and misses again. Lynn swings, and he connects, six runs. Swings again, missed again. What Lynn has in his mind? Dot ball to end. KKR 7-0
Over 3: Boult to continue, Narine on strike, dot ball. Edged on the pad. Bouncer, missed, one for the over says umpire to Boult. Bouncer, Narine pulls, edge and Narine is gone for 1. KKR 7-1. Robin Uthappa is the new man in. Beauty of a ball, Uthappa misread the line totally. Single taken. Square cut for four. KKR 12-1
Over 4: Shahbaz Nadeem comes to the attack. Chris Lynn hits a four. Three singles taken.
Over 5: Boult to continue, that is a dream spell. Down the ground, Uthappa hits a four. Single. Lynn now giving it back to Boult. Another four. Very poor fielding. Four runs. KKR 32-1.
Over 6: Nadeem continues, fine ball. Uthappa sweeps for six. Cheely double. Down the ground, six runs. Square cut for four. Very costly over. KKR 50-1 at the end of the powerplay.
Over 7: Ten runs came from the over. Over 8: Nadeem has his man, he gets Uthappa’s wicket. Gone for 35. Nitish Rana is the new man in. KKR 64-2
Over 9: Tewatia to Raha. Decent balls, but gets hit for a six. KKR: 71-2
Over 10: Nadeem continues, gets hit for 14 runs, six and a four, and singles. KKR 85-2
Over 11: Shami comes to the attack. He gets his man. Lynn is out caught for 29. only 5 runs from the over. KKR: 90-3
Over 12: Vijay Shankar comes to bowl. 12 runs from the over. Gets hit for four and six. KKR: 102-3
Over 13: Shami to continue, huge appeal, and he’s given. Reviewed. Ultraedge shows a huge spike. Decision overturned. Karthik is safe.
Swings and misses, twice. KKR 108-3
Over 14: Chris Morris to continue. One run. Karthik flicks off the pad in the air for four. Photocopy of the previous shot, same result. Karthik got trapped, played the same shot for the third time, now gets caught. Karthik gone for 19. Andre Russell comes in.
Over 15: Shami to continue, singles on first two balls. Upper cut, over the head of the keeper, six runs. Russell flicks, gets dropped. And now hits a maximum. What a mighty blow. Another six. KKR 145-4
Kolkata Knight Riders innings analysis from 1-10 overs Put in to bat first after Delhi Daredevils’ captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine came to bat open the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders. Trent Boult opened the bowling for Delhi Daredevils and bowl the first maiden over of IPL 2018. He didn’t allow Lynn to score run as he keeps on trying to pierce the off-side field but failed to do so. Chris Morris came to bowl the second over of the innings and Narine took a single off the first ball. Lynn who played the maiden over in the previous over opened his account with a six over mid-on. Morris put the things tight after the six and gave only 7 runs. Boult came to bowl his second over and took Narine’s wicket as a bouncer, Pant lobs it up, slip completes the catch and DD got rid of the dangerous Narine cheaply. Robin Uthappa came to crease after the loss of first over. Lynn ends the 3rd over with a four in point region. After the end of 3 over KKR 12 for 1. Shahbaz Nadeem came to bowl the 4th over of the innings and gave 7 runs as Lynn hit the third ball of the over for 4 in the cover region. At the end of 4th over KKR was 19 for the loss of 1 over. The desert of runs for KKR in the 3rd over of the Trent Boult as Uthappa and Lynn hit 3 fours straight down the ground to collect 13 runs of the innings 5th over. Nadeem came to bowl the last over of the powerplay. Uthappa dispatched the 2nd ball of the over for a six over mid-wicket before collecting 12 runs off the last 4 balls. Uthappa scored 18 runs in the 2nd over of Nadeem and end the powerplay on a high for KKR. At the end of the powerplay KKR was 50 for 1 with Lynn (23 runs off 18 balls) and Uthappa (26 runs off 14 balls). Tewatia came to bowl the 7th over of the innings and Uthappa slog sweeped him for a six over in the leg side. Tewatia pulled it back and gave only 3 runs of the last 4 balls. At the end of 7th over KKR was 60 for 1 with a run-rate of 8.57. Nadeem came to bowl the 8th over and caught and bowled Uthappa of the 3rd ball as Uthappa tried to play the slog sweep but only managed to get a top edge. Nitish Rana came to wicket and took single of the last ball. Nadeem gave 4 runs and took the wicket of Uthappa in his 3rd over. Tewatia came to bowl the 9th over and gave 7 runs in his 2nd over which included one six over deep square leg. Nadeem came to bowl the 10th over of the innings and hit for 12 runs in his first 3 balls as Nitish Rana used his crease beautifully to hit a six and four of the 2nd and 3rd ball. Delhi Daredevils wasted their DRS as Nadeem appeal for a leg before but ball hit the pad outside the line of off stump. Nadeem gave away 14 runs in the last over his full quota of overs. KKR was 85 for 2 after the end of 10th over. Mohammed Shami came to bowl the 11th over of the innings at his home ground and bowled brilliantly to gave away only 4 runs in his first 4 balls before taking the wicket of Lynn of the 5th ball. Chris Lynn scored 31 runs off 29 balls with a strike rate of 106. Dinesh Karthik came to the crease after the loss of Lynn’s wicket. After the end of 11th over KKR was 90 for 3. Vijay Shankar came to bowl the 12th over of the innings and gave away 12 runs in his first over. Shami bowled an economical 13th over as he gave away only 6 runs in his second over. At the end of 13th over KKR was 108 for 3 with Nitish Rana (29 runs off 19 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (11 runs off 7 balls) at the crease. The South African all rounder Chris Morris came to bowl the 14th over and Karthik greeted him with two boundaries over the mid-wicket region before getting perished to pursue score big runs. Maxwell take easy catch to sent back the KKR captain back to the pavallion. But Rana hit the next ball for six over long on shows in how good he is in. Morris gave away 15 runs and took one wicket in his 2nd over. Here are the squads for both the teams:
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
Delhi Daredevils Playing XI: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult
Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, lost to Kings XI Punjab in their opener and then went down against Rajasthan Royals in a rain-hit match. But the Gambhir-led side bounced back in style against Mumbai with Jason Roy smashing an unbeaten 91 in his debut match for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018. It will be Gambhir who will have the upper hand despite DD’s poor 8-12 head-to-head record against KKR. Gautam Gambhir, who was associated with KKR since 2011, has better knowledge of the conditions and he will be keen to make a point against his former franchise, who did not retain him for IPL 2018. Here what to look forward to as Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Delhi Daredevils in today’s match at Eden Gardens: Kolkata Knight Riders not thinking much about ‘Gambhir factor’, says Simon Katich: The focus may be on Gautam Gambhir in today’s between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens but the hosts’ batting coach Simon Katich insisted his team is not paying attention to off the field chatter. “If you start playing the man rather than the ball, you know you are in trouble in this game. Things can change very quickly in this format. We need to be sure that mind stays positive,” Katich said referring to Gambhir’s presence in the opposition camp. “Gautam knows our team inside out. Conversely, so do we. It promises to be a fantastic game. You can look at the game before and in this format, it can count for confidence but it all changes once the first ball is bowled,” Katich said. Simon Katich on Under-19 World Cup winning duo of Shivam Mavi and Shubman Gill: “Had they not been backed by the team they would have been sitting on the bench, given the amount of experience we have. As a young player, there will be times when you don’t always get to bat at the position you are used to but that’s all part of the journey of adapting as a batsman,” he said of Gill. “It is the same for the bowlers. They don’t get to bowl at the time of the innings they want, because the team comes first. The captain has to decide who’s going to the bowl, who he thinks is the right option at that time and we do have a number of very experienced players in the team. We are not expecting them to go out there and play an innings like an Andre Russell, it is about giving them an opportunity. Hope the senior guys take a little bit of pressure off them in terms of the way they set the innings up particularly in Shubman’s case,” Simon Katich said. Dinesh Karthik on KKR’s pacers leaking runs: Lauding his spinners for a spirited bowling performance, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Dinesh Karthik urged his seamers to learn the knuckleball from Sunrisers Hyderabad. “SRH bowlers have a good knuckleball going. They use it to good effect. That’s something we can look at and learn from,” Dinesh Karthik said. Here is how KKR and DD have performed against each other head-to-head in IPL matches so far: Overall: Matches played: 19 Kolkata Knight Riders won: 12 Delhi Daredevils won: 7 At the Eden Gardens: Matches played: 7 Kolkata Knight Riders won: 6 Delhi Daredevils won: 1 Some trivia ahead of today’s match between KKR and DD
- The two captains in this match have both represented the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils.
- The current KKR captain Dinesh Karthik had played for Delhi Daredevils in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2014.
- The current DD captain Gautam Gambhir captained KKR between 2011 & 2017 and led them to two IPL titles.
- Sunil Narine needs one more wicket to join the 100 IPL wickets club and he will be the first overseas spinner to reach the milestone.
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