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Kolkata Knight Riders Innings
Over 18 || Score 161/2
Five runs needed off 12 balls. Nadeem to bowl the over. First ball, Kallis played a splendid cover drive to collect a boundary. Off the next he took a single to seal the match. And with that KKR crushed DD by eight wickets.
Over 18 || Score 156/2
10 runs needed off 18 balls. Gauti Out! Gambhir tried to pull the short ball towards square leg but got the thick edge and Dinesh Karthik took an exceptional catch behind the wickets. The southpaw's captain's knock came to an end. Jacques Kallis is the new man in. Kallis opened his account off the fifth ball with the help of a boundary towards fine third man. Single came off the last. Five runs came from the over.
G Gambhir c Karthik b Parnell 69 (56b)
Over 17 || Score 151/1
23 runs needed off 24 balls. Duminy to bowl the over. Single off the first. Off the next, Pandey hammered the ball towards cover region for a boundary. In the third ball came a single. Off the fifth, Gambhir came down the track to charge the bowler over his head for a six. 13 runs came from the over.
Over 16 || Score 138/1
33 runs needed off 30 balls. Sid Kaul to bowl the over. Four runs from the first two balls. Single came off the next from the bat of Manish. Gauti is playing a captain's knock. Off the fifth ball a sloppy fielding in the deep point by Vijay gave Gambhir his fifth boundary. Ten came from the over.
Over 15 || Score 128/1
Shami is back to bowl his last over. One can expect KKR not do the same mistake like the last match where they lost the match from a very comfortable position. Shami conceded four runs in the over but failed to provide a breakthrough, which is the need of the hour.
Over 14 || Score 123/1
Shukla is back. Off the first ball, Uthappa punched the bowler towards extra cover for a boundary. KKR are looking in total control of the match, in fact, they are cruising towards victory. Seven runs from the over.
Over 13 || Score 116/1
Nadeem is ready with his third ball. Gauti completed his fifty off the third ball by chipping the ball over short mid-wicket fielder. It's 2nd consecutive fifty for the southpaw. Manish Pandey is the new man in after the fall off Uthappa's wicket. Nine runs came from the over.
Over 12 || Score 107/1
Parnell to bowl his third over. Uthappa Out! Straight ball and Uthappa missed the line completely and got trapped in front of the wicket. Can this wicket change the scenario of the match completely? Five runs came from it along with the wicket.
RV Uthappa lbw b Parnell 47 (34b)
Over 11 || Score 102/0
Nadeem is back. Uthappa smashed him for two consecutive boundaries in the fourth and fifth balls to collect 12 runs from the over. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the mark of 100 runs.
Over 10 || Score 90/0
Kaul is back. First ball, short and asking to be hit and Gauti did the same, pulled for a four towards mid-wicket. Both the openers are playing perfect cricket in the middle. Off the fifth, Gauti once again played the ball towards extra cover region for another four. 13 conceded from the over.
Over 9 || Score 77/0
Shami has been reintroduced into the attack. DD desperately need a wicket or two here. KKR have finally sorted out their problem of opening combination. Five runs from the over.
Over 8 || Score 72/0
Shahbaz Nadeem has the bowl in hand. Spin attack by DD. Gauti welcomed the bowler with a four towards cow corner off his first ball. Four runs from the next four balls. Single off the last. Nine runs from the over.
Over 7 || Score 63
JP Duminy is being introduced now. DD is still searching for its first wicket. Both the openers are playing sensible cricket. They are dealing in singles and doubles and collecting boundaries off the loose balls. Four singles from the first four balls. Off the next came another single from Gauti's bat. In the last, Uthappa launched the bowler for a maximum over long on. 11 runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 52/0
Sid Kaul has been given the ball. Can the medium pacer give DD its first breakthrough? In the third ball came four runs from leg byes. Though Kaul gave ten runs from his opening over but an impressive one by the youngster. Meanwhile, KKR crossed the mark of fifty runs.
Over 5 || Score 42/0
Laxmi Shukla has been given the ball. First ball was a wide. Three runs from the first three balls. Off the next came a leg buy. Off the last ball Gauti flicked the ball for a six over mid-wicket. 12 runs conceded from the over.
Over 4 || Score 30/0
Parnell to bowl his second over. Two singles came from the first four balls. Off the fifth Uthappa clipped the ball towards on side for a single. Last ball was a dot. Three runs came from it, a tight one by the left arm seamer.
Over 3 || Score 27/0
Shami to continue. Uthappa collected a boundary off the second ball by punching the ball towards cow corner. Then in the next ball he got lucky as his thick edge flew over the wicket-keeper for a boundary. 12 runs came from the over.
Over 2 || Score 15 /0
Wayne Parnell is sharing the new ball with Shami. Off the second ball Gauti pulled the short ball for a boundary towards mid-wicket. In the fifth ball, Uthappa played a straight drive to collect his first boundary. Then in the last, he played the ball fine towards on side for another boundary. 13 runs came from the over.
Over 1 || Score 2/0
Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa are opening the innings for KKR, whereas, Mohammed Shami has the new ball in hand. Good first over by the seamer as he conceded mere two runs.
Delhi Daredevils Innings
Over 20 || Score 160/5
Narine to bowl the last over of the innings. Two singles came from the first two balls. Then came a double of the next from the bat of JP. In fourth and fifth balls came two singles. Last ball, JP on strike, and he finished off his style by launching the bowler for a six straight his head. 12 runs from the last over. In the last four overs DD collected 54 runs to put up a challenging total of 160 runs in front of KKR.
Over 19 || Score 148/5
Kallis is bowling the penultimate over of the innings. Off the second ball, JP smacked the bowler out of park over long on. What a shot! Next was a dot. Off the fourth came a single. In the next, DD got four runs of leg byes. Last ball was a dot by Kallis. 12 runs came from it.
Over 18 || Score 136/5
Narine to bowl his third over. Off the second JP slogged the bowler for a six over mid-wicket. Off the four and fifth balls, Jadav collected two more boundaries to collect 17 runs from the over.
Over 17 || Score 119/5
Vinay to bowl the over. First ball and Jadav smashed it towards point region for a boundary. Off the third ball Jadav smacked the bowler straight over his head for a six. Good over for DD as 13 runs came from it.
Over 16 || Score 106/5
Mystery spinner, Sunil Narine is back. Shukla Out! Narine foxed the batsmen completely with a straight one to crash into his stumps. Three runs from the over. Kedar Jadhav is the new man in.
LR Shukla b Narine 10 (14b)
Over 15 || Score 103/4
Yadav to bowl his final over. He is mixing up his deliveries well. Meanwhile, DD crossed the mark of hundred runs. Three singles from the first four balls. Next was a dot. Off the last Shukla took a single. Economical over by the seamer as he conceded mere four from it.
Over 14 || Score 99/4
Vinay Kumar has been brought back into the attack. Three runs from the first four balls. Single came off the next from the bat of Shukla. Last ball, Duminy on strike, another single as he placed the ball towards third man. Five runs from the over.
Over 13 || Score 94/4
Umesh Yadav to bowl his third over. Laxmi Shukla is the new man in. DD need a big fifth wicket partnership from this pair. JP has done it in the past and he can do it again. But the question is can he? Nine from the over.
Over 12 || Score 85/4
Shakib to bowl the over. JP Duminy is the new man in. DK Out! Karthik tried to smack the short ball towards fine leg for a boundary but he got the top edge of his bat and ended up giving a simple catch to Kallis. DD is in deep trouble.
KD Karthik c Kallis b Shakib Al Hasan 36 (22b)
Over 10 || Score 82/3
In the last two overs came 21 runs. Karthik is looking dangerous at the moment. In the 10th over bowled by Kallis he collected a boundary and six to get 16 from it.
Over 9 || Score 61/3
Vijay tried to launch Kallis over long off but couldn't manage to clear the fence and found a man at deep. Eight runs came from the over.
M Vijay c Narine b Kallis 24 (20b)
Over 8 || Score 53/2
Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay are in the middle for DD. In the 7th over they collected ten runs. In the 8th first Vijay smacked a six off Vinay and then Karthik collected a boundary off the last to get 14 runs in the over. Meanwhile, DD crossed the mark of fifty runs.
Over 6 || Score 29/2
Shakib to bowl the over. KP run out! KP played a ball and tried to steal a single which wasn't quite there and eventually got run out. Poor cricket by the skipper.
KP Pietersen run out 6 (12b)
Over 5 || Score 26/1
In the last three overs DD have lost a wicket in the form of de Kock and collected two boundaries. Skipper KP is in the middle after the fall of first wicket. Umesh Yadav gave KKR its first breakthrough. So once again a poor start by DD.
Q de Kock c Gambhir b UT Yadav 10 (9b )
Over 2 || Score 14/0
Jacques Kallis is sharing the new ball with Suryakumar. Off the third ball, de Kock flicked the ball towards mid-wicket region for a boundary. Ball is moving a bit. Six runs came from the over.
Over 1 || Score 8/0
Quinton de Kock and Murali Vijay are set to open the innings for DD, whereas, Suryakumar is bowling the opening over for KKR. First ball and de Kock placed the balls towards to start of with a boundary. Eight runs came from the first over.
Toss: Delhi Daredevils have won the toss and elected to bat first. Both the teams have done one change each. DD have included Sid Kaul in place of Unadkat, whereas, KKR have called back Kallis in place of Russell.
With in a few minutes, Delhi Daredevils will lock horns against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 28th match of the Indian Premier League at Freoz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
After losing four consecutive matches, Kolkata will look to get back to the wining ways in today`s tie against Delhi, who are still struggling to play as a unit under their skipper Kevin Pietersen.
The major worry for Kolkata is their batting which has failed to perform consistently even in the second leg of the tournament, which is taking place in India. Though, skipper Gautam Gambhir is now getting his lost form back and even found a decent opening partner in Robin Uthappa, the middle order is still struggling to score runs. In fact in the last game against Rajasthan Royals they were cruising to victory when they suddenly lost six wickets in two overs and eventually lost the game.
In today`s encounter two senior pros -- Jacques Kallis and Sunil Narine -- should come up and play the match-winning roles for their team, to boost up the team morale which seems all time low after four consecutive losses. Both the players are in fine form and have the potential to change the course of the game single-handedly.
Both the teams have won two matches so far in the tournament and need to pull up their socks to finish at least in the top three. If Kolkata are at the fifth position at he points table, then Delhi are right at the bottom after having suffered their fifth loss against Rajasthan.
In the last game Delhi batsmen did well to put up a total of 178 runs in front of the Chennai franchise but their bowlers failed to defend the total. It`s high time that team skipper, Kevin Pietersen should play according to his reputation and lead the team with examples. The self belief is simply lacking in the DD players.
In today`s tie Delhi might get a slight advantage of playing at home ground along with the psychological edge of beating KKR in their last outing in Dubai.
Both the teams will look to put their best foot forward in the match to gain some much needed confidence.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Sekhar Mandal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das, Suryakumar Yadav, Manvinder Bisla, Ryan ten Doeschate, Kuldeep Yadav.
Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen (C), Mayank Agarwal, N Coulter-Nile, Q de Kock, JP Duminy, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, S Kaul, Milind Kumar, Mohammed Shami, S Nadeem, J Neesham, W Parnell, HS Sharath, R Sharma, LR Shukla, R Shukla, R Taylor, Manoj Tiwary, S Tiwary, JD Unadkat, M Vijay and J Yadav.