IPL 7: KKR set 167 run target for DD to win their first match at Dubai
For KKR Robin Uthappa top scored with 50, while Manish Pandey and Shakib Al-Hasan contributed a quick-fire 48 and 30 runs respectively.
For Delhi Daredevils, Nathan Coulter-Nile was pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets for 27 runs in his four overs. Meanwhile, Undakat, Shami, and Nadeem all picked up a wicket each.
Earlier at the toss, Gautam Gambhir won his second consecutive toss and elected to bat first. His explanation was that the wicket is dry and since this is second match on the same pitch it will assist his three pronged spin-attack.
Meanwhile, Daredevils once again took the field in absence of Kevin Pietersen, who is still recovering from a fractured finger. Dinesh Karthik, the proxy captain, said, regarding the Kevin Pietersen that the management is playing safe as the season is still in its early stage.
Onto the team news now, Knight Riders made no changes to the playing XI that defeated MI. There were talks of Yusuf Pathan’s taking a leave for the birth of his first child, but he went back to the UAE in time, which allowed Knight Riders to fielding the same XI.
Delhi, on the other hand, went for pace, despite the pitch being docile with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jaydev Unadkat getting their first taste for the season, replacing Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma. Head-to-Head Daredevils and Kolkata are locked at 6-6 in the 12 matches played between them.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Suryakumar Yadav.
Delhi Daredevils: Murali Vijay, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Dinesh Karthik (cap.&wk), Ross Taylor, Jean-Paul Duminy, Jimmy Neesham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat.
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