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IPL: DD win toss, elect to bowl against KKR

IPL: DD win toss, elect to bowl against KKR

The trend will be broken eventually but over the first ten games of IPL 11, only the rain-affected match between Rajasthan and Delhi has gone to the side batting first.

When the KKR face the Delhi Daredevils it would be on the back of their minds that a few things here and there and they could be back on track.

The opening slot with Chris Lynn is also an uncertainty with Sunil Narine not coming out with the Australian on Saturday and Uthappa filling in that role, for only the second time since the end of the 2016 season. On the other hand, Delhi's bowling look comparatively weaker and will look to play Amit Mishra/Jayant Yadav in place of Shahbaz Nadeem to strengthen their bowling a bit.

The KKR batsmen gave a fantastic performance with their magical bat and crushed the Gautam Gambhir Delhi Daredevils.

Gautam Gambhir had a homecoming of sorts as he found himself playing at the Eden Gardens against a team he had won two IPL trophies for in 2012 and 2014. He hit Shami for as many as 5 massive sixes as it was the lack of awareness from Shami cost them a lot of runs. Sunil Narine shone with the ball for the Knights with 2/17 in his four overs but he wasn't defending a competitive score. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they fought hard right to the end despite scoring a modest 138-8 SRH's run-chase got tricky, but they eventually got across the line with one over to spare.

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Glenn Maxwell (47 from 22 balls) and Rishabh Pant (43 from 26) kept Delhi in the hunt with a breezy 62-run partnership from 32 balls.

Incidentally, this was the third straight match where the team that batted first was triumphant unlike the first week where nine of the 10 games were won by teams batting second. But the Gambhir-led side bounced back in style against Mumbai with Jason Roy smashing an unbeaten 91 in his debut match for DD. Asked to open, Uthappa looked clueless particularly against Bhuvneshwar Kumar and it remains to be seen whether he would open again with DD boasting pace duo of Trent Boult and Shami up front.

Earlier, Rana cracked a fine half century while Russell blasted a 12-ball 44 to propel KKR to 200/9 in 20 overs. Delhi bring in Chris Morris for Dan Christian.

Telecast: KKR vs DD match will be telecast by the Star Network.


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