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0.2 overs: FOUR! Exquisite! Outside off from Tushar Deshpande and Shubman Gill hits it through point to collect his first boundary. Gill and KKR are off the mark with a cracking four. KKR 4/0
Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana are out in the middle to start the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Tushar Deshpande has the new ball in hand for Delhi Capitals. A slip in place for him. Gill on strike. Here we go!
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Tushar Deshpande, Anrich Nortje
Eoin Morgan: We had good practice for a couple of days, just that we need to re-focus. We haven’t played our best cricket, hopefully we do that today. Nagarkoti comes in, Narine comes in for Kuldeep and Banton. We were looking to bowl first, but this looks a good wicket. We enjoy playing here.
Shreyas Iyer: We will bowl first, there’s bit of grass on the wicket. It will help our seamers at the start. We are not here to survive, but we’re here to express ourselves, so our mindset will be the same. We will have the same approach. Every player has been Man of the match on some occasion and it’s good to see the camaraderie within the team. Rahane comes in for Prithvi, Nortje comes in for Sam.
TEAM NEWS: For KKR, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Sunil Narine come in, Kuldeep Yadav and Banton miss out. In Delhi’s XI, Ajinkya Rahane comes in for Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje replaces Sam.
TOSS NEWS: Delhi Capitals win the toss and top to bowl first.
Hello and welcome once again to the live coverage of another double-header Saturday in the Indian Premier League, and the day begins with a contest between two teams in contrasting forms – the up and down Kolkata Knight Riders vs the in-form and consistent Delhi Capitals.
Here’s the Match Preview:
It’s been a stop-start season for the Kolkata Knight Riders so far and they will need to dish out an exceptional performance when they face table toppers Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi.
In spite of the bashing at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match, KKR still remain in the race for a playoff berth. With 10 points from as many matches, the Kolkata outfit will have to win at least three of their remaining four matches to qualify.
However, that will be a tough task for a team which continues to be let down by its batsmen. Their dilemma remains accommodating both Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.
Given the four foreigners quota, new skipper Eoin Morgan and pacer Lockie Ferguson are automatic choices. Pat Cummins has been scrappy with the ball, but has delivered with the bat in crucial situations.
So, it’s only Tom Banton who can be sacrificed for Russell. The Jamaican, however, has been mostly unfit and his limitation against the short ball has been exposed by pacers Kagiso Rabada and Jasprit Bumrah.