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Edge of seat encounter as Delhi Daredevils face Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR vs KXIP: Match Face Off, Who Will Win Today's Match IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir says heart still beats for Delhi Daredevils
Montrelle Montesinos | 24 Abril, 2017, 07:00

Kolkata Knight Riders replaced Trent Boult with Nathan Coulter-Nile, as Boult had been expensive in the last few games. The West Indian, who had scored an 18-ball 37 in the previous match against Kings XI Punjab, had no answer to Bhuvneswar's in-swinging yorker which shattered the stumps to send the former back with just six runs in his kitty.

3 Number of Yadavs played by Kolkata Knight Riders - Suryakumar, Kuldeep and Umesh.

The hosts are heading into the game on the back of a 51-run win on Saturday against Kings XI Punjab at home. In what promises to be a exciting encounter, the Gautam Gambhir led KKR will face DD in their own den at the Ferozshah Kotla on Monday.

Put in to bat by visiting skipper David Warner, KKR lost opener Sunil Narine (6; 9b, 1×4) and skipper Gautam Gambhir (15; 16b, 2×4, 0x6) early to be tottering at 40/2.

Earlier, Kolkata's ploy of using Narine as an opener, failed to work for the second time running, but as good show by their middle-order helped them put up 172/6 on the board after Warner won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Delhi, however, have in their ranks Sanju Samson, the only centurion of IPL-10 so far, Sam Billings, Rishabh Pant, Corey Anderson and Chris Morris-all of whom have managed to deliver so far. Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey will also have to step up if Kolkata want to rack up the runs.

Uthappa made the most of the reprieve, as well as a missed run-out chance on 15, by cracking five fours and four sixes in his 39-ball knock. In Kolkata, the spin trio of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Yusuf Pathan bowled nine overs for 43 runs and claimed three wickets to stifle the SRH chase. Delhi opened their campaign in the 10th edition of the league with a defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) but then staged a dramatic recovery as they pounded Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab in away and home match respectively. Though the Delhi Daredevils are 3rd on the point table, they have a net run rate of over 2.2.

Gautam Gambhir will be returning to the Feroz Shah Kotla, a place which has been integral with his career graph, both in terms of the highs and lows.

Pathan brought up his half-century in style as he hit Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan for a six.

Off to a blazing start after opting to bat, Sanju Samson and Sam Billings laid a solid platform for Delhi with a quick 53-run opening stand.

Coming in at No.3, Uthappa used all his experience to engineer a crafty 68 (39b 5x4 4x6) along with Manish Pandey who was guilty of a slow start - scoring only 13 in his first 18 balls -to finally score a 35-ball 46 (3x4, 2x6).