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IPL 2017 Highlights, KKR vs DD in Kolkata, cricket score and updates: Uthappa, Gambhir guide KKR to 7-wicket win

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) face off in Match 32 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.

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IPL 2017 Highlights, KKR vs DD in Kolkata, cricket score and updates: Uthappa, Gambhir guide KKR to 7-wicket win

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Apr 28, 2017 - 20:11 (IST)

A comfortable win for Gautam Gambhir and his boys. They are looking unstoppable and have consolidated their position at the top of the table. Delhi continues to languish at the bottom. That brings us to the close of our live coverage of Match 32 of IPL 2017. But the evening is far from over. Don't forget to join us as we bring you all the live scores and updates from the second match of the evening. It's Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Mohali. Punjab have a chance to move up to fourth with a win, while SRH can consolidate their place at No 3 if they can put it past Maxwell and Co.  

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Gautam Gambhir named the Man of the Match for his brilliant 71 off 52 balls. And in a fantastic gesture, donates the prize money to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in the Sukma attack.

Apr 28, 2017 - 19:40 (IST)

Gautam Gambhir takes back the Orange Cap. He is the highest run-getter in the tournament at the moment with 376 runs.

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The purple brigade rolls on. Another comprehensive win for KKR. The good thing for them is that they are not only winning, but winning comfortably. And on the few occasions when they had to exert themselves in tight situations, they are doing it. Such is the depth of the squad that they can rotate their players and yet maintain their winning momentum, and what's more Shakib Al Hasan - one of the premier all-rounders in the world - is not even getting a look in. Uthappa may have benefited from a horrendous mix-up between the Delhi fielders but at the end of the day, credit has to be given where it is due. The way Uthappa tore the Delhi bowlers to shreds would make any opposition scared. And no praise is enough for Gautam Gambhir - the batsman and captain. If there is anything called leading by example, Gambhir has to be one of its greatest ambassadors. KKR is looking, in every way, top draw.

Apr 28, 2017 - 19:31 (IST)
This is the third consecutive win for Kolkata Knight Riders and the fourth consecutive defeat for Delhi Daredevils in this IPL. Moreover, Kolkata Knight Riders have won their last 12 matches while chasing at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in IPL. 
 
Most runs by captains in IPL:
 
3311 - GAUTAM GAMBHIR*
3270 - MS Dhoni 
2872 - Virat Kohli 

Preview: Delhi Daredevils will have to play out of their skins to try and stop the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) juggernaut when the two sides lock horns in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game here at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

KKR have been in sublime form, winning two back-to-back games in convincing fashion.

While the twice IPL champions skittled Royal Challengers Bangalore for the tournament's lowest score of 49 to win by a massive 82 runs here last Sunday, skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa massacred Rising Pune Supergiant bowlers while chasing a 183-run target with ease.

IPL 2017 Highlights KKR vs DD in Kolkata cricket score and updates Uthappa Gambhir guide KKR to 7wicket win

Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan, captain of KKR and DD respectively. Sportzpics

"I thought we are a good chasing side and we are confident of chasing anything. Restricting the opposition to 180 was terrific and the credit needs to go to the bowlers," said Gambhir after the Pune game as his side registered their sixth win out of eight games in this year's IPL.

Gambhir has been in terrific form, scoring 305 runs in eight matches so far with an average of 50.83. The southpaw has the Orange Cap, given to highest scorer in the tournament, and is happy to be able to contribute in the team's cause.

"It's good to keep contributing, I keep saying Orange Cap does not matter if you don't have points as a team. But it is good to score runs and when you are, score as much as you can," added Gambhir, who has played 224 Twenty20 innings from 228 matches so far.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, who bowled a fiery first spell at the Eden against RCB, was rested for the Pune game and the Australian quick is expected to be drafted back in the side against Delhi on a track which helps fast bowlers.

Sunil Narine seems to have blended well in the opening slot and is doing his job of hitting big in the Powerplay to good effect.

Coming to the visitors, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi side have won just twice in their six matches.

In the last meeting of the two sides, KKR showed champions intent to wriggle out of a hole and script a four-wicket win at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Chasing a modest 168, the men in purple were 21/3 but Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan bailed their team out wonderfully.

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Delhi will have to improve their batting if they are to harbour any chances of making it to the playoffs. Barring Sanju Samson and England's Sam Billings, none of the batsmen have been consistent.

Samson's brilliant century against Rising Pune Supergiant was the highlight and in the next game Billings' gritty 50 helped Delhi win two matches on the trot. But since then, the Rahul Dravid-coached side have lost three in a row.

Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Chris Morris, Zaheer and Amit Mishra make a good reading as far as their bowling is concerned and they would look to back their strength against KKR.

In the head-to-head count, Delhi have lost 11 and won eight of the 19 meetings so far against KKR.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R. Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, AColin de Grandhomme

Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan(captain), Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh.

With inputs from IANS

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