Hello, good afternoon and a very warm welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the 18th match in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, between Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). This is Paulami Chakraborty, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates from the match. Delhi Daredevils, who have been on a roll after two massive victories in the ongoing IPL, are at the third spot in the IPL 2017 point table with 2 wins and 1 defeat in 3 matches. On the other hand, DD’s opponents for this clash, Kolkata Knight Riders seem to be picking up momentum, having reached the second spot in the race to the top. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 2017, Match 18
In what will be a home game for the Delhi Daredevils, the Zaheer Khan-led team will be expected to present a tough challenge to Gautam Gambhir’s KKR. Both, the Daredevils and the Knight Riders, have been at their dominant best. In their last two games, the Delhi Daredevils crushed Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 97 runs and 51 runs respectively. On the other hand, KKR defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 17 runs and thrashed KXIP by a huge margin of 8 wickets. Based on the current form, it will be tough to pick a favourite for this clash.
Delhi Daredevils have found rhythm after a wobbly start. Their batsmen have been among runs, with Sanju Samson recording the only century scored so far in IPL 10. On the other hand, KKR are still likely to be without the swashbuckling Chris Lynn, who is nursing a shoulder injury.
Gambhir has been one of KKR’s prominent run-scorers, and the team would also be pleased with the performance of Robin Uthappa in their last game. It also remains to be seen if KKR do away with the idea of opening the innings with Sunil Narine.
Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (c), Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Sam Billings (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Chama Milind, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Aditya Tare (wk), Ankit Bawne, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Shashank Singh, Corey Anderson, Rishabh Pant (wk).
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Sunil Narine, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Darren Bravo, Ishank Jaggi, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Ankit Rajpoot, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav.