Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Match 32 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. I am Paulami Chakraborty and I will be bringing you the live updates of this exciting encounter. It is a battle between the top team KKR and bottom lying side DD. KKR receive further boost as the overall records also favours. KKR have won 11 of the 19 matches played between these sides. As for Eden Gardens, KKR have won five of their six matches against DD here. Their last loss against DD at this venue was in 2012. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Match 32
The contest is already being touted as the clash of pacers. Eden Gardens in recent times have assisted seamers and in the last game played at this venue, KKR bowled out Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 49. DD boast of heavy pace attack with the likes of Chris Morris, Pat Cummins and Zaheer Khan who have picked wickets regularly in the batsmen-dominated tournament. However, KKR also pose formidable unit with their overall performance. KKR are in a comfortable position post a historic victory against RCB and eased to yet another victory against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on Wednesday. KKR’s Sunil Narine has grabbed his opportunity well as an opening batsman.
Robin Uthappa’s consistency and Manish Pandey’s starts in the middle-order make KKR’s batting unit a formidable one. As for the bowling department, Nathan Coulter-Nile could be back for the game against DD after being rested for the previous match against RPS. With his inclusion, KKR would look to unleash full pace battery and spin department being spearheaded by Narine and Kuldeep Yadav.
Although DD’s bowling has paid off, their batting-unit have had a topsy-turvy journey in this tournament with the likes of Rishabh Pant and Karun Nair yet to fire. However, Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer have maintained their consistencies.
With DD needing to win next five games in span of nine matches with a healthy run-rate on hand, they would hope to change their fortunes in the upcoming matches. KKR, on the other hand, look to inch closer to playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Andre Russell, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rishi Dhawan, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav
Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson, Aditya Tare, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Angelo Mathews, Ankit Bawne, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Ben Hilfenhaus, Marlon Samuels