IPL 2013: KKR vs Delhi Daredevils - As it happened...



IPL 2013: KKR vs Delhi Daredevils - As it happened...Zeenews Sports Bureau

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KKR innings

Over 18.4 || Score 129/4

Botha to bowl the penultimate over. And Morgan hits the winning runs! So the defending champions have kicked off their campaign in style. The home crowd at the Eden Gardens just loves it!

Yusuf Pathan 18*(16b), Eoin Morgan 14*(15b)

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Over 18 || Score 126/4

Russell to continue. And Pathan launches the first ball for a Six! That was a much-needed boundary as runs had dried. Tweleve runs from the over. KKR now need just three runs from two overs.

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Over 17 || Score 114/4

Umesh Yadav to bowl his third over. Eight runs from the over as Morgan scored four runs off the last two balls.

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Over 16 || Score 106/4

Russell to bowl his second over. Another good one from the medium pacer, just six runs from it. Morgan and Pathan aren’t taking too many chances as they know with wickets in hand, they can accelerate later on.

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Over 15 || Score 100/4

Nadeem to continue. And he has struck as well. Its Manoj Tiwary this time. Tiwary was looking to sweep on this occasion, didn’t time well and nicked it to Ojha. Two runs and a wicket for Nadeem. 100 up for KKR.

MK Tiwary c Ojha b Nadeem 23 (23b)

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Over 14 || Score 98/3

Botha to continue. And he is finally paid for some consistent good bowling. Gambhir was caught in the crease and the KKR skipper was disappointed with himself as he left the field. Five runs from the over.

G Gambhir lbw b Botha 42 (29b)

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Over 13 || Score 93/2

Andre Russell brought into the attack. Tiwary charged down the track once in that over and scored a boundary past cover. Six runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 87/2

Nadeem into his third over. Seven runs from the over, another good one for the Daredevils. The spinners are doing a good job for their side at the moment.

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Over 11 || Score 80/2

Botha to bowl his second over. Another good over by the South African, just five runs from it.

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Over 10 || Score 75/2

Nadeem to bowl his second over. Gambhir played a tricky shot off the last ball towards third man for a boundary. Seven runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 68/2

Johan Botha introduced into the attack. Ten runs from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 58/2

Shahbaz Nadeem is brought into the attack. And he dismisses KKR’s Mr Dependable Jacques Kallis with some help from Unmukt Chand. It was a short of length ball and Kallis mistimed a shot which travelled though deep midwicket, Unmukt dived to his front and took a fantastic catch! Six runs from the over.

JH Kallis c Chand b Nadeem 23 (20b)

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Over 7 || Score 52/1

Umesh Yadav into his second over. It was a decent over where he gave six runs, four of which came off a misfield from Irfan Pathan.

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Over 6 || Score 46/1

Nehra to bowl his third over. The Daredevils missed a run-out chance in the over. Gautam Gambhir was far away from the crease and Warner’s throw missed the stumps and there was no body to back it. Six runs from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 40/1

Umesh Yadav comes into the attack. He has been off the scene for quite some time due to injury. And Gambhir scored two consecutive boundaries, one towards long on, the other was the result of a misfield. Kallis keeps the strike with a single. Nine runs from the over. KKR are in a hurry for sure!

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Over 4 || Score 29/1

Nehra to continue. Kallis played an elegant straight drive off the third ball for a boundary! The fifth ball was a short one and Kallis played a superb pull shot for a boundary. Nine runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 20/1

Pathan to continue. And Gambhir charges down the track off the first ball and goes over the off-side field for a boundary! It was just the second ball he faced and he executed a shot full of confidence. And guess what, Gambhir clobbers the next ball over wide of long on for a Six! And after bowling a maiden, Pathan gave 15 runs in his second over. Gambhir looks all charged up.

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Over 2 || Score 5/1

Ashish Nehra to bowl the second over. Bisla scored a boundary but perished off the next ball as a top edge was comfortable taken by Unmukt Chand. Five runs from the over.

MS Bisla c Chand b Nehra 4 (9b)

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Over 1 || Score

Gambhir and Bisla to open for KKR, Irfan Pathan will bowl the first over. Decent start by Pathan, begins with a maiden over.

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Over 20 || Score 128/10

Sunil Narine to bowl the final over. And Ashish Nehra perished off the penultimate ball of the innings which he hit straight to deep midwicket. Nadeem was run-out off the final ball which means KKR need 129 runs to start their campaign on a winning note.

S Nadeem run out 4 (8b)

A Nehra c Shukla b Narine 0 (1b)

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Over 19 || Score 125/8

Lee to bowl the penultimate over. Two runs came off the first three balls. Lee fired a short of length ball and Mahela connected well, clobbered it over deep midwicket for a Six! Mahela then dispatches the next one, this time for a boundary in the same region. Lee had the last laugh as Mahela hit a full toss straight to Narine at covers. Twelve runs from the over. A fabulous innings comes to an end.

DPMD Jayawardene c Narine b Lee 66 (52b)

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Over 18 || Score 113/7

Narine into his third over. And he continues to live up to the mystery tag. This time it was Russell who gave him an easy catch.

AD Russell c & b Narine 4 (8b)

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Over 17 || Score 109/6

Lee to bowl his third over. Mahela scored two boundaries in that over. Eleven runs from the over. Mahela is fighting a lone battle here for his team. A captain’c knock for sure.

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Over 16 || Score 98/6

Narine brought back into the attack. And he once again picks a wicket, this time of Irfan Pathan who gives a straight catch at long-off. Two runs from the over. The Daredevils are struggling in the slog overs.

IK Pathan c Tiwary b Narine 4 (7b)

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Over 15 || Score 96/5

Balaji in his final over. Four runs from the over. Balaji ends another economical spell.

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Over 14 || Score 92/5

Bhatia to bowl his final over. And he scalps Johan Botha who mistimes a reverse-sweep and the umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger. Five runs from the over.

J Botha lbw b Bhatia 7 (6b)

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Over 13 || Score 87/4

Laxmi Ratan Shukla brought into the attack. Eight runs from the over, Botha mistimed a Dilscoop for a boundary.

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Over 12 || Score 79/4

Bhatia to bowl his third over. And Bhatia strikes! Ojha tried to clear the man at long off and hit the ball very high which came down only to find Brett Lee at long off.

NV Ojha c Lee b Bhatia 9 (9b)

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Over 11 || Score 75/3

Kallis to bowl his third over. Two runs came off the first five balls and then Mahela guided the last ball to third man for a boundary.

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Over 10 || Score 68/3

Bhatia to bowl his second over. And as Gambhir would have expected Bhatia continues to make an impact with his change of pace. Eight runs from the over. Delhi are going at almost seven runs per over, with Mahela still there, they can expect some fireworks towards the end.

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Over 9 || Score 60/3

Balaji to continue. Balaji fired a short ball in that over and Juneja got a top edge that went to fine leg for a boundary! Juneja tries to clear the off-side field off the next ball, poor timing and Laxmi Ratan Shukla takes an excellent catch at deep point and Juneja is OUT! Mahela keeps the strike with a single off the last ball. Seven runs from the over.

MC Juneja c Shukla b Balaji 8 (9b)

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Over 8 || Score 53/2

Rajat Bhatia comes into the attack. And he gives enough room off the first ball and Juneja sends that to third man for a boundary. Good comeback by Bhatia, gives two runs off the next five balls.

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Over 7 || Score 47/2

Balaji into his second over. Economical one for Balaji, two runs from it.

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Over 6 || Score 45/2

Mystery bowler Sunil Narine comes into the attack. He was a sensation in the last edition and the mystery hasn’t been solved yet. And Sunil Narine strikes in his first over! It was almost an unplayable delivery for Warner as it turned and that went straight into Kallis’ broad hands at slips. Manpreet Juneja is the new batsman and he gets off the mark with a single. Three runs from the over.

DA Warner c Kallis b Narine 21 (19b)

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Over 5 || Score 42/1

Balaji introduced into the attack. He begins with a wayward delivery and Mahela guides that towards fine leg for a boundary. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 34/1

Kallis to continue. David Warner scored two boundaries in that over. Eight runs from the over and Warner is slowly getting into the groove.

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Over 3 || Score 26/1

Lee to continue. Warner flicks the first ball towards midwicket for a couple. Lee follows it with a slower one and Warner nudges that towards mid off for no run. A single taken. Mahela scores two runs off the next ball and then plays a smart shot for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 17/1

Kallis to bowl the second over. Warner scores a boundary off the fifth ball. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 9/1

David Warner to open the innings with Unmukt Chand. Brett Lee to bowl the first over. And Unmukt Chand is clean bowled first ball! What a start by Lee! It was pitched on line and it moved away after pitching and the off-stump went for a ride. Mahela Jayawardene comes to the crease. Lee bowls on the pads and Mahela has no problems flicking that towards the deep midwicket boundary! A bye scored. Lee drifts the next ball on the leg side and Warner is surprised that hasn’t been called a wide. A dot ball. And Warner gets some room outside the off-stump and he dispatches that for a boundary!

U Chand b Lee 0 (1b)

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Toss: KKR have won the toss and Gautam Gambhir has decided to bowl first.

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Kolkata: After a dazzling opening ceremony which was full of fanfare and fireworks, there can’t be a better opening match than a high-voltage clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils.

While KKR are the defending champions, the Daredevils have some of the most established cricketers in their squad. In a thrilling finale, Gambhir and his boys dethroned the mighty Chennai Super Kings by five wickets.

As a major setback for the Daredevils, some of their key players aren’t available this year. While Kevin Pietersen will miss the tournament due to a knee injury, Kiwi left-hander Jesse Ryder was out at the last stage after he suffered an assault that left him injured in Christchurch. Apart from international players, Delhi would be deprived from the services of their explosive opener Sehwag who will miss the opener due to back spasms.

Players to watch out for:

KKR: While many believe he has nothing left to prove, Gautam Gambhir who was axed ahead of the Test series against Australia would be desperate to show the selectors that he still has the zeal and the skills to deliver at the biggest stage. Apart from him, KKR would want their Mr Dependable Jacques Kallis to make significant contributions with the bat and the ball. Just a reminder – Kallis smashed 69 runs off 49 balls in the final last year against the Super Kings.

DD: In the absence of some veteran players a lot will depend on the Mahela-Warner duo. Mahela didn’t play a single match in the recently concluded series against Bangladesh and apart from his abilities as a skipper, he would have to score a big knock being the senior player. Warner might have had a forgettable Test series against India but then he is altogether a different player in the shorter version of the game.