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IPL 2018| KKR vs DD: Everything you need to know

Knight Riders join Sunrisers at IPL summit Knight Riders join Sunrisers at IPL summit
Kristopher Love | 17 April, 2018, 03:19

It is not yet time for the alarm bells to ring, but KKR will be aware they could have converted those two defeats to wins with only a slightly better performance.

Rana slog-swept Rahul Tewatia for a six to get started, and his 35-ball 59 became the fulcrum around which the innings revolved. As the required run rate skyrocketed and wickets fell around him, Maxwell kept a cool head and deposited Kuldeep Yadav (3-32) over the rope twice in as many balls, caught on the boundary going for a third to end his 22-ball stay.

Gill looked a fish out of water, huffing and puffing to three runs of nine balls before Bhuvneshwar Kumar got his back while Mavi was hit for 10 runs in his only over.

Kolkata Knight Riders travel to Jaipur for their next game against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday while Delhi Daredevils have a four-day off before their next game, against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. 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.

After losing Narine early, Uthappa and Lynn have been playing cautiously and only despatching bad balls to the boundary as Delhi pacers have hardly given them room to free their arms thanks to some tight bowling.

It's also high time that Karthik backs his skill and makes an impact before questions are raised about his captaincy as he would be under enormous pressure in one of the biggest tests of his career. With losses in the first two games, Delhi tasted success for the first time in the tournament when they chased down 194 against the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai. Other options include Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa, both at [4/1], but Lynn is the pick.

The big-hitting Russell smashed six sixes, Mohammed Shami in particular coming in for some treatment while Jason Roy was left to rue putting down a hard chance to remove the dangerman when he had only seven to his name.

Gambhir too is expected to be among runs at Eden Gardens. The spell was divided between India's Mohammed Shami and Kiwi quick Trent Boult.

Kolkata Knight Riders: in 20 overs (Nitish Rana 59; R Tewatia 3/18).

The visitors also made one change by including South African all-rounder Chris Morris in place of Dan Christian.

KKR VS DD lives match broadcast on Star Sports Network channels and HotStar.