Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have beaten Delhi Daredevils (DD) in both the legs of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL). After edging past the Zaheer Khan-led team by four wickets on April 17, the Gautam Gambhir-led outfit easily won by 7 wickets and 22 balls to spare at the Eden Gardens on Friday evening. Gambhir scored a magnificent unbeaten 35th half-century which makes him the leader when it comes to the most number of 50s in the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament. Get highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils here. (Scorecard)
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19:40 hrs IST: And this is what Gambhir had to say: “We still have a long way to go, most boxes ticked but we can’t be complacent. Once you lose momentum it’s difficult to get back. But very professional performance today, to restrict them to 160 after the start they got. Because of the heat .... at one stage I was tempted to bat first but we have been chasing really well so stuck to that. Every player we pick, we pick with a lot of trust, and if you show trust they repay it. We can put some more effort in our fielding, save 10 or 15 runs, will be easier to chase it down.”
19:35 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir is the Man of the Match and also the leading run-scorer of 2017 IPL
19:27 hrs IST: Zaheer Khan has a few things to say after the loss. “We had the platform, we could have defended 160, me pulling my hamstring didn’t help. That dropped catch didn’t help. Maybe we were 15 runs short. The timing of the drops is crucial, today’s was at a wrong time, someone like Uthappa, if we got him out it could have been different,” Zaheer said.
“Could have defended 160. We have to regroup, quickly. We need that spark, that winning momentum, someone to have that kind of day that changes things for us. So far it hasn’t happened but that does not mean it will not happen. I will be able to tell you better about my hamstring tomorrow, I didn’t want to take a chance by bowling again. Let’s see how it holds up in the morning.”
19:24 hrs IST: What a comprehensive victory by the Kolkata Knight Riders to have won by 7 wickets and 22 balls to spare against the Delhi Daredevils. They extend their lead atop the IPL standings.
19:20 hrs IST: Wide ball and KKR have won by 7 wickets!
19:17 hrs IST: KKR now need just 5 runs off 24 balls!
19:15 hrs IST: New man in Sheldon Jackson has hit a four! This match has turned out to be a one-sided affair
19:14 hrs IST: KKR are 140/3 after 15 overs!
19:12 hrs IST: Manish Pandey has been bowled by Rabada, the second wicket for the fast bowler!
19:11 hrs IST: KKR are 138/2 after 14 overs
19:10 hrs IST: Three fours and 13 runs from that Mishra over. Gambhir is hammering everything!
19:08 hrs IST: KKR are 125/2 after 13 overs!
19:05 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir brings up his 35th half-century to become No.1 in the list. He has also brought up 6000 runs in the IPL! What a player!
19:00 hrs IST: RUN OUT! Uthappa departs after scoring a brilliant 59 off only 33 balls!
18:55 hrs IST: KKR are 113/1 after 12 overs!
18:53 hrs IST: 100 run partnership comes up between Gambhir and Uthappa!
18:49 hrs IST: KKR are flooring this! What a brilliant partnership this has been between Robin Uthappa and captain Gautam Gambhir
18:46 hrs IST: KKR are 101/1 after 10 overs!
18:43 hrs IST: Uthappa brings up his 21st half-century in IPL and fourth of the season!
18:41 hrs IST: This is some brilliant hitting from Uthappa and Gambhir!
18:39 hrs IST: KKR are 80/1 after 8 overs, meaning a run rate of 10 runs per over
18:37 hrs IST: Wow! This is some stat
18:35 hrs IST: Stat attack!
18:33 hrs IST: 6,4, 6! That is some brilliant hitting by Uthappa.
18:31 hrs IST: Three boundaries from Mishra’s first over! KKR reach 61/1 after 7 overs!
18:29 hrs IST: Amit Mishra has been introduced by Zaheer Khan.
18:27 hrs IST: KKR are progressing slowly but the fact that they have nine wickets in hand also makes it pretty easy for them.
18:25 hrs IST: KKR are 47/1 after 6 overs!
18:22 hrs IST: Good news for Delhi Daredevils, Zaheer Khan is back on the field!
18:20 hrs IST: KKR are 36/1 after 5 overs!
18:16 hrs IST: Edged and fell just short of Pat Cummins in the 1st slip! Close for Uthappa!
18:15 hrs IST: KKR are 30/1 after 4 overs!
18:13 hrs IST: It appears like Karun Nair is making field changes in the absence of Zaheer.
18:12 hrs IST: After three overs, KKR are 26 for 1 with Gambhir and Uthappa at the crease!
18:10 hrs IST: Zaheer Khan has gone off the field! After bowling the first ball of the third over, he was feeling his hamstring and immediately went off! BIG BLOW for Daredevils!
18:07 hrs IST: A couple of fours here and there and KKR are 18 for 1 after 2 overs!
18:05 hrs IST: Robin Uthappa has come out to bat for KKR!
18:03 hrs IST: OUT! Rabada clean bowls Sunil Narine for 4!
18:00 hrs IST: KKR are 8 for no loss after 1st over!
17:55 hrs IST: Captain Zaheer Khan with the ball, it shapes away as Narine tries to go for a drive!
17:53 hrs IST: And we are back. Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir will open the batting for the home team.
17:51 hrs IST: Heavily loaded in favour of KKR, isn’t it?
17:48 hrs IST: Superb bowling from KKR with Coulter-Nile being the pick of the bowlers
17:45 hrs IST: DD only scored 37 runs in the last overs which slowed down their progress in the game
17:40 hrs IST: Delhi Daredevils have scored 160/6, which is a challenging total but may not be enough for a rampaging KKR.
17:35 hrs IST: OUT! Another wicket falls in the last over and this time it is Chris Morris on the penultimate ball of the innings.
17:30 hrs IST: No boundaries in the last three overs and DD are 154/5 after 19 overs!
17:28 hrs IST: DD are 149/5 after 18 overs!
17:26 hrs IST: Corey Anderson is out as well!
17:22 hrs IST: Daredevils are 140/4 after 16 overs!
17:20 hrs IST: OUT! Another wicket for Coulter-Nile! He sends Iyer packing for 47!
17:18 hrs IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up a wicket but also got hit for 2 fours after that!
17:16 hrs IST: OUT! Third wicket for KKR and Rishabh Pant walks back to the pavilion for 6!
17:14 hrs IST: The Delhi Daredevils are 131/2 after 15 overs!
17:12 hrs IST: In comes Rishabh Pant for the Daredevils!
17:10 hrs IST: OUT! After being hit for two fours and a six, Umesh strikes back to take Sanju Samson’s (60) wicket
17:07 hrs IST: Two back-to-back boundaries and a six too from this Umesh Yadav over so far
17:06 hrs IST: The Daredevils are accelerating now and about time too! After 14 overs, DD are 108/1!
17:04 hrs IST: SIX and this time from the bat of Shreyas Iyer.
17:02 hrs IST: After 12 overs, DD are 93/1!
17:00 hrs IST: DD had gone 46 balls without a boundary until that six from the willow of Samson
16:59 hrs IST: Samson’s six over deep square leg also helped DD end their boundary drought!
16:58 hrs IST: Fifty comes up for Samson! His 1st one in IPL 2017 though he has also scored a hundred!
16:56 hrs IST: Seven overs have gone and no boundaries yet!
16:55 hrs IST: Daredevils are 83/1 after 11 overs!
16:53 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer has not been able to accelerate for the visiting yet. Only 13 runs off 14 deliveries without any fours or sixes
16:51 hrs IST: Another over goes by and no boundary yet! DD are 78/1 after 10 overs!
16:50 hrs IST: Samson is nearing his 6th fifty in the IPL
16:47 hrs IST: DD are 71/1 after 9 overs.
16:45 hrs IST: Boundaries have totally dried up for the visiting team as they have not scored a four or a six in the last five overs! That is quite a lot
16:40 hrs IST: The Delhi Daredevils are 66/1 after 8 overs.
16:37 hrs IST: KKR have really tightened things here. No boundaries have come in the last four overs!
16:30 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir has brought back Umesh Yadav into the attack!
16:29 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav gives away only five runs in his 1st over as KKR are 53/1 after 6 overs
16:25 hrs IST: Top over from Narina. Seven from his very 1st including a wicket. KKR are 48/1 after 5 overs
16:24 hrs IST: Sunil Narine is into the attack for KKR
16:23 hrs IST: They are maintaining a run rate of at least 10 per over
16:21 hrs IST: DD are 41 for no loss at the end of four overs!
16:18 hrs IST: Flurry of boundaries from Samson and Nair!
16:17 hrs IST: Daredevils are 31 for no loss after 3 overs
16:15 hrs IST: And here is a recap of the ringing of the bell by Dravid
16:13 hrs IST: Back to back boundaries from the willow of Nair!
16:10 hrs IST: FOUR! Lovely shot for Samson’s first boundary of the day
16:08 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav has come in to roll his arm over
16:07 hrs IST: DD are 5/0 after 1 over
16:06 hrs IST: First five beautiful deliveries giving away only one run while the last ball went for a boundary
16:03 hrs IST: Karun Nair and Sanju Samson out there for DD while Nathan Coulter-Nile with the ball in his hand
16:00 hrs IST: Rahul Dravid rings the bell at the Eden and the game begins
15:59 hrs IST: And the game is about to begin!
15:58 hrs IST: For all the stat fans out there
15:56 hrs IST: And Bawne gets his special cap!
15:55 hrs IST: It is quite a warm day in Kolkata today
15:52 hrs IST: Here are the line-ups
15:46 hrs IST: KKR have made two changes for the game -- Nathan Coulter-Nile and Sheldon Jackson come in for Darren Bravo and Piyush Chawla while the Daredevils have made only one change - Ankit Bawne replaces Aditya Tare
15:43 hrs IST: The home team will look to extend their lead in the points table today
15:38 hrs IST: The Daredevils are quite gung-ho about this game, are they not?
15:34 hrs IST: This is a very special match for Yusuf Pathan. He has become only the second KKR player after captain Gautam Gambhir to play 100 games for the Kolkata based outfit
15:29 hrs IST: KKR have won the toss and opted to bowl against DD
15:27 hrs IST: Toss is just moments away at the iconic Eden Gardens, the home ground of KKR
15:25 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils
The game at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be a battle of the opposites. While Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders sit atop the standings with 12 points from eight games, Zaheer Khan’s Delhi Daredevils are eighth and last with only four points.
As the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament heads towards the business end, both KKR and DD will be eager to get more points in the bag to qualify for the playoffs.