Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with their opening match win against the defending champions Mumbai Indians will clash with the Delhi Daredevils in Match 6 on Saturday at 8 pm IST, 6.30 pm local UAE time.[KKR win toss and to bat first]
Where to Watch Live:
List of TV channels Showing Live: India : Set Max and Sony Six
In neighbouring Pakistan Geo Super will show it live, while Australian viewers can watch it live on Seven Sport and 7mate (Seven Network) and in Hong Kong, Now TV (PCCW) will show it.
Bangladesh fans, if any, can see the match live on Channel 9 and Indian NRIs or PIOs in Canada can watch it live at Sportsnet One/Omni Television/Sportsnet (Rogers media). In the Caribbean, Sportsmax will show it live and in Malayasia and Brunei, Astro channel will be beaming it live.
In Nepal, Set Max willl be accessible and in Sri Lanka, Carlton Sports Network (CSN) will show the match. In New Zealand, Sky Television Network will show it live and in South Africa or the entire African continent can tune in to SuperSport to watch it.
In Singapore, Cricket Extra (StarHub), in UAE and other Arab Countries, Indian origin fans can see it on CricOne (Arab Digital Network) and in UK, watch it live on ITV4 (ITV). In the United States, turn to Willow.tv, NEO Sports, if you don’t want to miss the match.
Online live streaming Information: Watch Live Streaming on YoutubeHERE or Starsports online HERE or HERE. For US viewers, the play starts at 9:30am CST and they can access the Willow TV for Live coverage. US viewers can watch the match live on mobile and internet HERE. For er parts of the world, click HERE. For Livescore, check ESPNCricinfo.com.
KKR enter the ground this evening buzzing with confidence, their opponents will need to recover quickly from the drubbing they received at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
DD, with their top order demolished in the opening game, could only post a modest 145 runs and were easily knocked off in quick by Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.
It, perhaps, didn’t help DD’s cause that their regular skipper, Kevin Pietersen, was restricted to the dugout because of an injury he suffered in the lead up to the tournament and Dinesh Karthik had to be thrust the leadership baton on short notice. Question marks remain over the availability of Pietersen and DD fans will be hoping if Karthik remains captain, he ought to utilize his resources better.
KKR might be forced to rejig the combination that did the job in the previous match, because Yusuf Pathan has traveled back to India to be with his wife and newborn. Hence, there is a chance KKR will make room for either Ryan ten Doeschate or Andre Russell to add more ammunition to the batting.
The two players in the KKR line-up, whose performances have a significant bearing on the outcome of the match, are Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine. Though KKR ended up on the right side of the result in the opener, their skipper Gambhir contributed very little with the bat. He will be keen to get among the runs and lead by example.
Sunil Narine’s four overs – which come with plenty of variety not only in the type of delivery, but also the pace at which he bowls – has always caused lots of difficulty, irrespective of how much or how often a batsman has faced him previously. The trick will be for the DD batsmen to see through Narine’s spell without losing too many wickets – even if they don’t score too many runs off the 24 balls bowled by him.
In the likely absence of Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils will expect Murali Vijay to anchor one end and set a base so the likes of JP Duminy and Ross Taylor can cut loose at the end of the innings. Duminy is not the power player one often associates with T20 cricket, yet he is very effective.
A very good player of spin bowling and one who can pull off unorthodox shots with little difficulty, the left-hander can keep the scoreboard ticking and can step on the accelerator when needed. In the T20 format, Taylor generally plays in overdrive mode; if he connects – and he does that quite regularly – he can deposit cricket balls into the stands on the leg-side consistently and demolish bowling attacks in a matter of moments.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians: KKR took the conservative route to building an innings and that formula worked fairly well. They will most likely adopt the same approach – with Kallis holding firm at one end, they will allow the stroke-makers to go berserk in the final quarter of the innings.
Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: The top four batsmen consumed a total of 34 deliveries. In a format where setting the tone early is crucial, DD will expect their batsmen to take their time in building their innings. Gary Kirsten and co. will also be aware that their spinners let the team down and will expect them to keep things quiet even if they don’t pick up wickets.
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir (together with Chris Gayle) holds the record for posting the most 50-plus scores in the IPL – 20.
KKR’s Sunil Narine has an incredible economy rate of 5.46 in the 32 IPL matches he has played.
DD’s Ross Taylor is 61 runs short of reaching 4000 runs in T20 cricket. On an average, he hits a boundary every 6 balls.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils have so far clashed on 11 occasions. KKR have a slender edge over their opponents thanks to their 6-5 win-loss record.
Delhi Daredevils (DD) have to face formidable Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and all eyes will be on Kevin Pietersen’s availability to win this match. Kolkatans, with thier win over defending champions Mumbai Indians are set to formalise their winning stream.
Apart from skipper Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, who isn’t a regular wicketkeeper will have to guard against bowlers like Narine as he missed some crucial chances in the last match.
For Delhi, batsmen Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwary need to show thier form, if Pietersen remains unavailable. JP Duminy could open the batting order but Ross Taylor and Mohammed Shami should complement the effort.
Prediction: KKR is well poised to win unless DD turns shockingly awesome.
Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), JP Duminy, Ross Taylor, Mayank Agarwal, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Milind Kumar, Jimmy Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Shukla, Wayne Parnell, HS Sharath, Laxi Ratan Shukla, Kedar Jadhav, Siddharth Kaul, Rahul Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Manish Pandey, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manvinder Bisla, Umesh Yadav, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Mondal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das.