IPL 2016, KKR vs DD as it happened: Torrid night for Daredevils as Knight Riders win by 9 wickets

Apr, 10 2016 IST

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    That's it from us today. Join us tomorrow for what what will hopefully be a better match - KXIP vs GL

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    IPL is a long tournament. This is our 1st and last bad game and we've gotten it out of the way. We're happy with our plans,batting looks good, even though they had a bad day. This season is going to be about @DelhiDaredevils: Zaheer Khan doing his best to sound positive

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    It's all-over! As one-sided as it can get as Knight Riders thrash Daredevils by 9 wkts & 35 balls to spare

     

    #IPL2016 #KKRvDD 

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    Big over from Nathan Coulter Nile and it's going from bad to worse for DD. Not Gambhir's best shot of the night - a thick edge flies to third man boundary. Pamdey then gets into the act. Back-to-back fours from Manish Pandey, 13 from Coulter-Nile's over. 

    KKR need just 2 runs 

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    Coulter-Nile with a good  bouncer in that over but Gambhir rolls his wrists brilliantly, pulls it in front of midwicket. Super shot! Nice and easy for KKR this. 

    KKR 82/1 after 12 overs

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    Manish Pandey pulls Morris and Shreyas couldn't keep the ball in at fine leg.

    KKR 76/1 after 10 overs 

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    How's that for a coincidence!

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    Spin rules!

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    OUT! It's a breakthrough for Delhi finally but Uthappa might have already done the damage. Uthappa caught at long off, goes for 35 off 33 balls. 

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    Gambhir plays an elegant flick off the last ball of the ninth over - all about the timing! Uthappa missed out on a free hit after Brathwaite bowled a full toss on his gloves -- dew kicking in too?

    KKR 62/0 after 9, need 37 off 66 balls 

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    Mishra into the attack for the first time but the leg-spinner has very little room to work with, depsite the legspinners doing so well for KKR earlier. Brathwaite from the other end as KKR keep it nice and simple.

    After 8 overs KKR 53/0

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    Uthappa is looking in great form. 2 of the best straight drives you'd see. He's on 30 with 7 fours -- that straight drive off Morris in the 6th over was beautiful! 

    After 6 overs KKR 47/0

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    That straight drive came from the last ball of what was otherwise a very good over from Zak. Makes it six from the over. KKR are 42/0 after 5 and heading  towards a comfortable win

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    Uthappa wants to go home early tonight. 9 runs from NCN's 2nd over, including two boundaries. And then Chris Morris is introduced from the other end and he flicks it superbly for a four past mid-wicket --7 runs from that over. Some excellent running by the two as well.

    After 4 overs KKR 36/0, target 99 

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    We would too if we didn't have to do this match live (please don't tell our boss we said this)

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    Horror first over from skipper Zaheer Khan! Gautam Gambhir starts with a series of flicks as Zak goes straight and medium-pace to Gambhir who does have a tendency to fall over while playing across. But Gambhir takes two fours and a couple. Uthappa then drives beautifully for four. 14 runs from the over! DD Can't afford that.

    After 2 overs KKR 20/0

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    And with that four, Uthappa reaches a milestone...

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    Robin Uthappa encounters some swing from NCN first up, leaves a couple, beaten by a ripper but then last ball is a gimme - full on the pads on Uthappa flicks it away for 4.

    KKR 4/0 after 1 over

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    Alright, KKR chase is about to begin. Gambhir and Uthappa in the middle. Can Delhi bowlers exploit the swing and strike early? Or will it be a cakewalk for KKR?

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    This is 'impressive' from Delhi Daredevils

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    Wicket-maiden from Brad Hogg to finish his spell! Daredevils 92/9 after 16 overs.

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    Indeed as Brad Hogg gets his third and it's that left arm chinaman's perfect googly yet again -- Amit Mishra plays all around the turn, edges to Gambhir at first slip. 

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    No answers from DD to the spin-twins of KKR. NCN manages to get a away a boundary off Hogg but both Mishra and the all-rounder are getting beat by the spin repeatedly.

    After 15 overs 92/8

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    OUT! Hogg gets his second, Samson nicks it and is caught behind on 15. A lot of daring and devilry, but not much sensible batting from Delhi

     

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    OUT! No relief for Daredevils, as Piyush Chawla gets his second. Morris played a few good shots -- a lofted reverse sweep, an excellent cover drive -- but falls to a peach of a delivery from Chawla -- a flighted legspinner, drifts and turns to beat Morris's defence. 

    After 13 overs, DD 84/7. Samson is joined by Coulter-Nile

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    SIX AND OUT! Carlos Brathwaite starts off with a humongous six over midwicket -- off his first legal ball of the night, making it 5 sixes in a row at Eden -- but is trapped by the classic googly from Piyush Chawla

    After 11 overs DD 68/6. In walks another big money buy - Chris Morris

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    OUT! That tongue is out and wagging. Brad Hogg still has it! Negi dances down and isd beaten all ends up by the spin, Uthappa has all the time to take the bails off

    After 10 overs DD 55/5

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    Umesh Yadav concedes just 4 runs from his third over. Seems like a long time back he was carted around by QdK at the top of the innings.

    After 9 overs, DD 53/4 - Strategic timeout

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    That's one way to deal with pressure. Lovely shot from Negi, stepping down the track and hitting one flat over long-off. Negi taking on the part-time medium pace of Colin Munro.

    AFter 8 overs , DD 49/4.

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    Wicket-maiden to finish the powerplay from John Hastings. His figures so far : 2-1-1-1

    After 6 overs DD 35/4

Kolkata: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who have roped in some utility cricketers this season, look set to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) season in style when they host Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an encounter at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

The Knights have somewhat stuck to the same squad which helped them lift the trophy in 2012 and 2014 but have managed to bring in the likes of all rounders Colin Munro, Jason Holder and John Hastings.

Delhi too have made some changes to their team from last year, adding England batsman Sam Billings and West Indies all rounder Carlos Brathwaite.

KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. BCCI

KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. BCCI

It was just last Sunday that Brathwaite smashed four consecutive sixes in the final over to gift West Indies the World T20 trophy at the Eden. A week later he will be in different colours trying the same for his franchise.

The KKR bowlers will be wary of his strengths and therefore might rely on spin to do the trick on a wicket that turns.

Tweakers Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla might get drafted into the final XI, supported by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who bowls left arm off-spin.

Mystery spinner Sunil Narine is not likely to be back for the clash, as he has returned to his country after his father's demise.

On paper, KKR's pace arsenal is not the fiercest, but it is promising due to the presence of Umesh Yadav And Jaydev Unadkat. It will once again be led by South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, who clocks 145 kmph with ease in such conditions.

Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have been two vital cogs in the KKR batting wheel. Both have scored plenty of runs in the IPL and skipper Gautam Gambhir will again look to them to deliver the goods.

Gambhir and Uthappa feature in the fifth and sixth position among the IPL's leading run scorers and they would want to make it count this time as well.

"We are a very well balanced unit. We have great options which makes selection tough. Few new faces, which will give us a few new ideas and options. It is going to be exciting, we are looking forward to it," KKR coach Jacques Kallis told the media here a few days ago.

Delhi have a mix of experience and youth going into the ninth edition of the league. They have retained players like Jean-Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock who are tailor made for the T20 format.

They also have the youthful energy of Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson to look forward to. Pant has scored a lot of runs for the India U-19 team and might get his chance to open the innings in a few games.

The bowling unit will be led by wily old warhorse Zaheer Khan, who will also be leading the side. He will have support from seasoned spinners Imran Tahir and Amit Mishra. The other fast bowlers in the side include Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Shami and Chris Morris -- who earlier used to play for the now suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Though Delhi have been sensational at times in the tournament over the years, they have never made it to the final and would ideally want to get off to a winning start.

But KKR will be playing at home, where a full house at the Eden can be expected and so the cheers and support might just give the men-in-purple an added advantage.

The squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, John Hastings, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.

Delhi Dardevils: Zaheer Khan (captain), Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammad Shami, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, Jean-Paul Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Sanju Samson, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings, Chama Milind, Pratyush Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Saeed Khaleel Ahmed, Akhil Herwadkar, Pawan Suyal