Knight Riders v Daredevils, Group A, CLT20, Centurion

Explosive Daredevils to test Knight Riders

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria

October 12, 2012

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Match facts

October 13, 2012
Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)

Kevin Pietersen brings out the switch hit, Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Delhi, April 27, 2012
Kevin Pietersen is part of the dangerous Delhi Daredevils batting trio that includes David Warner and Virender Sehwag © AFP

Big Picture

The first match for the two IPL teams will not only be a tug of war for the first points or an opportunity to work-out their strategies for the tournament; the focus will also be on Delhi Daredevils' Kevin Pietersen, who is making a return to the field of play after his brief stint as a TV commentator.

Kolkata Knight Riders may need a shift from the bowling plans they employed in the IPL to suit the conditions in South Africa. The variations that worked well for L Balaji and Rajat Bhatia in India will need adjustments, and it remains to be seen what tricks they use to supplement their lack of pace. Sunil Narine and Jacques Kallis are the automatic choices, but Brett Lee hasn't had any cricket since Australia's ODI tour of England in July, where he managed just two wickets in three outings. His competition to get into the team will be primarily with Shakib Al Hasan. Batting-wise, the team will again look up to their captain Gautam Gambhir, despite his recent patchy form, Brendon McCullum and Kallis.

Daredevils, on the other hand, are much more settled. Their four first-choice overseas players - the captain Mahela Jayawardene, David Warner, Kevin Pietersen and Morne Morkel - are likely to play all the matches. Their pace-heavy bowling attack, which got batsmen hopping and ducking on benign pitches in the IPL, doesn't solicit a change and therefore, the team, on paper, will go into the match as favourites.

Watch out for...

Daredevils' top order features three of the game's fiercest hitters - Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Pietersen - and that spells entertainment for the crowd. Pietersen, in his debut season for Daredevils, injected an aura into the team with his explosive batting. He played in less than half of the team's matches - eight - but was the third highest run-getter for the team with 305 runs at an average of 61. The highlights of his stay were the unbeaten 103 and the 20 sixes he racked up in the tournament. Warner came in after Pietersen left and added another century to his T20 tally, while Sehwag was at his consistent best - scoring five half-centuries in a row - on his way to amass 495 runs in the season.

Jacques Kallis was one of the pillars of Knight Riders' success in the IPL. He played in all the matches to score 409 runs and collect 15 wickets. But he has had a forgettable time after South Africa's successful tour of England. He failed to contribute with the bat - managing 24 runs in three innings - during the World T20 in Sri Lanka. However, in the familiar climes of South Africa, he will be one of the key players to guide the rest with both bat and ball.

Stats and trivia

  • The two teams have played each other nine times and Knight Riders are marginally ahead in terms of wins by 5-4
  • Gambhir's strike-rate in IPL 2012 was 143.55, 18 points above his career figure
  • Gambhir led Daredevils to wins over Knight Riders twice when the two teams met each other during the IPL 2009 season in South Africa


"There are no favourites in this format, but we have the potential. I look around in the dressing room, and see a lot of greats of the game. If all of us play to our potential, we can go a long way in this competition."
Kolkata Knight Riders' captain Gautam Gambhir on his team's chances

"This is a different challenge. I was asked to do it and I felt since I captained Kochi and a few matches for Kings XI that I would do it this time."
Mahela Jayawardene on taking over the captaincy of Delhi Daredevils from Virender Sehwag

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Posted by 10Devils on (October 13, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Welcome back K.P. Love to see you playing. Hope you will do well and the action begins

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Actually...KKR chose to bowl...not bat

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Mine- 1:Virender Sehwag, 2:Mahela Jaywadene 3: Kevin Pietersen 4 :Ross Teylor 5: Naman Ojha 6:Ifran Pathan 7:VenugopalRao 8: Agit Agarkar 9: Morne Morkel 10: Shabaz Nadeem11: Umesh Yadav ..............

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

whatever happens..... in the end KKR will be d one standin on top...

Posted by CricShanghai on (October 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Finally we will have a chance to see KP in action...hope he do well to please his wide supporters around the world. Go for it, KP!!

Posted by loki897 on (October 13, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

DD: 1:Virender Sehwag, 2:David Warner 3:Umdukt Chand 4: Kevin Pietersen 5; Mahela Jaywadene 6: Naman Ojha 7:Ifran Pathan 8: Agit Agarkar 9: Morne Morkel 10: Shabaz Nadeem/Pawan Negi 11: Umesh Yadav KKR: 1:Gatuam Gambir 2: Brendon McCullum 3: Jacques Kallis 4: Manoj Tiwary 5:Shakib Al Hasan 6: Mavinder Bisla 7: Yusuf Pathan 8: R Bhatia 9: Shami Ahmed 10: Sunil Narine 11: L Balagi

Posted by Maruf2Megha on (October 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

KKR Team : 1. Kalis 2. Gauti 3. McCullam 4. Monoj 5. Sakib 6. Pathan 7. Shukla 8. Rajat 9. Lee 10. Balaji 11. Abdullah/ Shami Ahmed....This is the best 11 for KKR.... Missing Sunil but its hard pitch.... Batsman: Kalis,Gauti,McCullam,Monoj,Sakib,Pathan,Shukla & Rajat fast Bowler: Lee, Balaji Medium Fast: Kalis, Rajat, Shukla Spiner: Sakib,Pathan,Abdullah

Posted by puneet88 on (October 13, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

My Daredevil team would be :: 1)Warner 2)Viru 3)KP 4)Mahela 5)Unmukt Chand 6)Naman Ojha 7)Irfan 8) Morkel 9) Umesh Yadav 10) Pawan Negi 11) Varun Aaron .. Its Really hard to keep Ross Taylor out !!

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 13, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

you have to play ross taylor over pieterson that is a no brainer. the rest pick themselves. same with kolkata they should be thanking their lucky stars they have lee and kallis because they would struggle otherwise

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

KKR-------bisla,brendon,gauti,kallis,shakib,tiwary,pathan,deb,bhatia,narine,balaji.......can't hv a bttr team

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

I would suggest the playing Eleven like this 1. Naman Ojha 2. Virender Sahwag 3. Kevin Peterson 4. Mahela Jyawardhne 5. Ross Taylor 6.Venu Gopal Rao 7. Irphan Pathan 8. Pawan Negi 9. Morne morkel 10. Umesh Yadav 11. Avishkar Salvi

Posted by A.J.KnightRider on (October 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

most people might be dropping of KKR due to their horrendous showing in IPL 2009 in SA, but they also need to be reminded that this is not the same team of 2009( save McCullum and Abdulla) but a much better one, today's clash is gonna be mouth watering.................

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

go and fire..............kkr

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (October 13, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

DD - Openers - 1. Warner, 2. Viru. Middle Order - 3. KP, 4. Mahela, 5. Unmkut. Lower order - 6. Naman Ojha 7. Irfan. Bowlers - 8. Negi 9. Morkel. 10. Umesh 11. Agarkar.

Posted by Akshita29 on (October 13, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

@Gag Taylor would definitely get the chance to play as KP is likely to miss some of the matches . KP has done well in SA which is his country of birth . So in today's match we won't see Taylor . The player I feel most likely to fail in DD line up is Sehwag and may be even Mahela because they have rarely done well in SA .

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 13, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

I think it is all come to this. If opposition batsman go crazy , can you sheperd your bowlers to play well and field well. We kno jayawardene was asked to do it even though his mind is not full into it , his bare minimum is enough with talent posed by DD. Issue is can he make DD fielders and bowlers do their job when pressure applied. He is definitely 5 times upgrade over sehwag captaincy. Jaywardene do not have to worry about batting. His main worry will be bowling and fielding. KKR has full of role players who can play well on their own. Issue is they never been tested. Their batting is not that great. Pitch won't favor KKR style bowling. So its gona be tough for KKR. It will be DD blowout.

Posted by dgsga on (October 13, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

i think Daredevil will wipe kkr off, it could be a blunder by DD to lost this match... my ideal DD team would be : 1)Viru 2)Warner 3)KP 4)Mahela 5)U chand 6)N.Ojha 7)Pathan 8)Agarkar 9)Yadav 10)Morkel 11)S.Nadeem

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

My DareDevils Team :: 1)Viru 2)Warner 3)KP 4)Mahela 5)Venu 6)N.Ojha 7)Pathan 8)Agarkar 9)Yadav 10)Morkel 11)S.Nadeem

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

IPL teams can only have 4 foreign players in the playing eleven.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (October 13, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

@Smith Robertson Yes.. only 4 can be used...

Posted by rohithreddy on (October 13, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

@SmithRobertson.. there is no such limit on foreign players in a team.. but there is a limit on who can play in the final eleven.. everyone out of the 11 should have played for the same team in the qualification period.. Lets take Delhi Daredevils - they can't just go ahead and hire Dale Steyn for CLT because Dale Steyn hasn't played for Delhi in 2012 IPL which is the qualifying season for CLT2012

Posted by aalhasankh on (October 13, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

Sakib Al-Hasan is a rising star and has a bright future.Despite playing for an ever underdog team like Bangladesh,his performance has always been outstanding.Sakib never fails totally.He makes up for his failure with the bat by his tricks with the ball and vice versa.And he can also take some spectacular catches.It will be in KKR's own interest to make full use of his talents.

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

yes there are restrictions

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

Can someone tell me are there restrictions to the amount of foreign players a team can use in this particular tournament or doesn't it matter?

Posted by StevieS on (October 12, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

Taylor has to play for Delhi, his form was blistering during the world cup. I bet my bottom dollar that Pieterson will flop.

Posted by Nampally on (October 12, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Dare devils have a very strong batting line up with Sehwag, Warner, KP & Jayawardane. Their bowling is headed by Morne Morkel along with some good spinners. KKR are relying mainly on Gambhir & Kallis in batting with average bowling. Also SR Khan will be a non factor in getting the crowd behind the team. So Delhi start as favourites for the tournament. But surprises can happen in T 20 on the days' form. If Delhi produce their best they will win easily. It will be an interesting battle between the 2 teams who are good enough to match again in the Final even if one team losses.It will be interesting to see Sehwag reproduce some of his magic & score big. Good Luck guys.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

ideal team for KKR should be....

Gautam Gambhir Brendon McCullum Manvinder Bisla Jachque Kallis Manoj Tiwary Shakib Al Hasan Debabrata Das/Laxmi Ratan Rajat Bhatia Sunil Narine Iqbal Abdulla Lakshmipati Balaji

Posted by Shamonto on (October 12, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

Hope there is no "maximum foreign players limit" in CLT20. Really don't know. I wish to see that McCullum, Kallis, Narine, Shakib & Brett Lee can play together. Except Lee all r in good form & played well in World T20. Though Lee is not playing a long, he must be an important player in SA condition. Shakib, McCullum & Kallis are essential part due to their dual/all rounder rolls. KKR can make choice between Brett Lee & Narine!

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

My KKR Team 1.Gautam Gambhir 2.Brendon McCullum 3.Jacques Kallis 4.Shakib Al Hasan 5.Manvinder Bisla 6.Yusuf Pathan 7.Manoj Tiwary 8.Rajat Bhatia 9.Iqbal Abdulla 10.Lakshmipathy Balaji 11.Sunil Narine

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

dont forget shakib made 80+ score in t20 world he is the best choice i think.....moreover he is 4th allrounder ICC T20 ranking

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

My money for Delhi Daredevils they have better hitter then KKR, and including of KP makes them strong team.

Posted by ProdigyA on (October 12, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Finally, now that the commedians have gone, LET THE REAL DEAL BEGIN.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

should be a good match warner and sehwag opening , sunil narine , kallis ,lee, peterson , jaywardane all superstars . can watch these matches without tensions of supporting home country

Posted by Nmiduna on (October 12, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

it will be no consolation, but i dearly hope mahela will go on to win this with devils..he certainly has the team and the skill to take them thru..if only bad luck n inexplicable things-go-wrong-in the final will stay away!

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