Kolkata v Delhi, IPL 2013, Eden Gardens April 2, 2013

Tournament opener hit by injuries

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Match facts

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

For much of IPL 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils were the form teams favoured to make it to the summit clash. Knight Riders got there and won it, putting the horrors of seasons past behind them. Daredevils always promised so much, but in 2012 they inexplicably left out top wicket-taker Morne Morkel from the knockout against Chennai Super Kings, a decision that contributed to their heavy defeat.

The pre-season build-up has been bad news for Daredevils, who have had to suffer high-profile pullouts. Kevin Pietersen will miss the entire tournament due to a knee injury sustained in New Zealand, while Jesse Ryder was set to fly to India before being assaulted in Christchurch. The franchise has just replaced him with the Australian batsman Ben Rohrer, but their troubles do not end there.

Virender Sehwag, who captained Daredevils last year, has been ruled out of the opening game on Wednesday after he suffered back spasms and was advised rest. Morkel will miss at least the first game because he is in South Africa representing Titans in the final stages of their domestic T20 competition. Mahela Jayawardene, who took over as full-time captain, will have to deal with a depleted batting line-up.

Knight Riders don't have a fully fit squad at their disposal either. Brendon McCullum is yet to join the squad in India, as he is recovering from a hamstring injury sustained during the England Tests. James Pattinson, the Australia fast bowler, is resting at home, as advised by Cricket Australia following the Test tour of India. Jacques Kallis is only just returning from injury and Gautam Gambhir, the captain, has just recovered from jaundice and insists he is fit to play from game one. On paper, Knight Riders look the stronger side and playing at home will give them an edge.

Players to watch

Mahela Jayawardene is coming off an injury layoff, having missed Sri Lanka's entire home series against Bangladesh. In the absence of Pietersen and Sehwag, much will be expected from the captain, who might position himself as an opener. He wouldn't have had much match practice going into tomorrow's game, so his team will hope he finds his touch straightaway.

Manvinder Bisla made the world sit up and take notice on May 27, 2012, the night of the IPL final. In a high-scoring game, Bisla smashed 89 off 48 balls to stun Chennai Super Kings and help Knight Riders to the title. An aggressive top-order batsman-cum-keeper, he played only seven games for Knight Riders last season. He should expect more this year, following that knock.

2012 head-to-head

The teams met twice last season, both winning a game each. In the first match in Kolkata, a game reduced to 12 overs a side due to rain, Knight Riders managed 97 for 9, and Daredevils chased it down with five balls to spare. In the return match, Knight Riders hit back with a six-wicket win, with McCullum leading the way with a fifty.

Stats and trivia

  • Knight Riders have a 5-4 edge in 10 IPL games between these two teams (one match abandoned). In the last five matches between these two teams, Knight Riders have won four and lost one.
  • In IPL 2012, Knight Riders' spinners took the most wickets at the best average and economy rate: 43 at 19.65, conceding 6.34 runs per over. Daredevils' spinners were the least effective, taking 18 wickets at 40.72, with an economy rate of 7.63.
  • The average run-rate for Daredevils' opening partnerships in all IPL matches is 8.87 runs per over, the best among all teams. Knight Riders' opening stands have been far more sedate - they average 7.46 runs per over.

Quotes

"Being the defending champions does not add to the pressure, it only gives us some extra confidence."
Gautam Gambhir, the Knight Riders captain

"It is unfortunate that KP and Jesse Ryder will not be a part of the squad this season. [But] that probably gives some of us Indian batsmen an opportunity to put our hands up and perform well.
Unmukt Chand, the Daredevils batsman, on the immediate challenge facing the side

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Krishhhhh on | April 2, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    This match will play a big role in setting up the confidence of morale for both teams .... since both teams struck with piles of issues on availability, injury, form issue .. only a good start can fetch them all the way home .. on papers and home advantage is in favour of KKR .. but Mahela , Unmukt, Morne, J mendis .. its DD all the way :). KKR fans should pray for Yusuf, Tiwary and Das for their rescue.

  • POSTED BY Mahek_91 on | April 3, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Delhi had power packed team during auction. Same old story lost big players due to injuries, When the tournament started. Why don't they sign Ganguly (Batting All-Rounder).

  • POSTED BY MB40 on | April 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    If Morgan doesn't play for KKR on a day like today, will he, ever? I would have thought Eoin would be better off playing for a team like Hyderabad rather than warm the KKR bench.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    delhi delhi.....................

  • POSTED BY sai_sankar on | April 3, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I hope that today's match....I can't predict one side.....both are having their chances ....It's 50:50

  • POSTED BY RANCHO_juit on | April 3, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    dd will a give a good fight...winning the match seems tough with sehwag and morkel out :(

  • POSTED BY UDAYANDAS on | April 3, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    KKR Probable XI Gambhir, Kalis, Bisla, Manoj, Pathan, Lakshmi, Doeschate/Bhatia, Lee, Shami, Abdulla, Naraine

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I hope DD will definitely win this match even without Sehwag,M.morkel...

  • POSTED BY bootlicker on | April 3, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    KKR will go home limping today.

  • POSTED BY PankajSonar on | April 3, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    KKR XI are :- 1.G Gambhir 2.JH Kallis 3.MK Tiwary 4.RN ten Doeschate 5.MS Bisla 6.YK Pathan 7.SP Narine 8.B Lee 9.Iqbal Abdulla 10.LR Shukla 11.Shami Ahmed

    DD XI are :- 1.DA Warner 2.DPMD Jayawardene* 3.U Chand 4.KM Jadhav 5.NV Ojha† 6.Y Venugopal Rao 7.AD Russell 8.IK Pathan 9.RE van der Merwe 10.P Negi 11.UT Yadav

  • POSTED BY Krishhhhh on | April 2, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    This match will play a big role in setting up the confidence of morale for both teams .... since both teams struck with piles of issues on availability, injury, form issue .. only a good start can fetch them all the way home .. on papers and home advantage is in favour of KKR .. but Mahela , Unmukt, Morne, J mendis .. its DD all the way :). KKR fans should pray for Yusuf, Tiwary and Das for their rescue.

  • POSTED BY Mahek_91 on | April 3, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Delhi had power packed team during auction. Same old story lost big players due to injuries, When the tournament started. Why don't they sign Ganguly (Batting All-Rounder).

  • POSTED BY MB40 on | April 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    If Morgan doesn't play for KKR on a day like today, will he, ever? I would have thought Eoin would be better off playing for a team like Hyderabad rather than warm the KKR bench.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    delhi delhi.....................

  • POSTED BY sai_sankar on | April 3, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I hope that today's match....I can't predict one side.....both are having their chances ....It's 50:50

  • POSTED BY RANCHO_juit on | April 3, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    dd will a give a good fight...winning the match seems tough with sehwag and morkel out :(

  • POSTED BY UDAYANDAS on | April 3, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    KKR Probable XI Gambhir, Kalis, Bisla, Manoj, Pathan, Lakshmi, Doeschate/Bhatia, Lee, Shami, Abdulla, Naraine

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I hope DD will definitely win this match even without Sehwag,M.morkel...

  • POSTED BY bootlicker on | April 3, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    KKR will go home limping today.

  • POSTED BY PankajSonar on | April 3, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    KKR XI are :- 1.G Gambhir 2.JH Kallis 3.MK Tiwary 4.RN ten Doeschate 5.MS Bisla 6.YK Pathan 7.SP Narine 8.B Lee 9.Iqbal Abdulla 10.LR Shukla 11.Shami Ahmed

    DD XI are :- 1.DA Warner 2.DPMD Jayawardene* 3.U Chand 4.KM Jadhav 5.NV Ojha† 6.Y Venugopal Rao 7.AD Russell 8.IK Pathan 9.RE van der Merwe 10.P Negi 11.UT Yadav

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Injuries are bound to happen as there cricket is played throughout the year. Stress,Strain & Mental Pressure are always there. Even the food habits change. Only thing to keep them fit is YOGA & Meditation which is needed in day to day life for each & every individual in this universe.Late night outs to be banned. After the match the must have good rest if not it will be rust. All the best for IPL-6. Cricket is the winner.

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | April 3, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    My xi DD - Mahela, Warner, Chand, Jadhav, J.Mendis, Botha, N.Ojha, Irfan, Agarkar, Negi, Umesh KKR - Gambhir, Bisla, Kallis, Yousuf, Tiwary, Tendo, Bhatia, Senanayake, Narine, Shami/ Abdulla, Balaji. I hope Eden Pitch will be a slow spinning one as usual.

  • POSTED BY sonu77 on | April 3, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @Cricinfo: Please include probable xi's in upcoming previews.That'll be more interesting to read.

  • POSTED BY FATEHPUR.PARIS11 on | April 3, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Its KKR all over.. Team for today-- Gambhir, Bisla, Kallis, Yusuf, Tiwari, Morgan, Shukla/Das ,Narine, Balaji, Lee , Shami/Abdullla.

    DD, not sure, what the combination could be, Warner, Chand, Ojha, Jwardane, Rao/Jadhav/Juneja, Russel, Irfan, Mendis/Botha, Nadeem Umesh, Agarkar/Nehra

  • POSTED BY sanyam77 on | April 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I am with DD and DD will win this match

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    KKR can win this match easily because delhi miss KP,JR,MM

  • POSTED BY HINDIYA on | April 3, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I hope KKR will utilize Yusuf Pathan properly by asking him to open the innings or at least at No. 3. KKR is killing his talent by sending him at No. 6 or 7 as he cannot do anything big when only 2 or 3 overs are left. I believe he will be more successful and can contribute heavily to the team if he is asked to open the innings. KKR management, please think about it. Bisla should come at No. 2 and not at No. 4 or 5. Yusuf and Bisla are the two most exciting players to watch who can lead KKR to victory. I am a big fan of KKR and wish them all the best.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    KKR XI

    M Bisla B Haddin (or E Morgan) G Gambhir J Kallis M Tiwary D Das L Sukla (or Y Pathan) R Bhatia S Narine B Lee (or R Mclaren) L Balaji (or Ikbal Abdulla)

  • POSTED BY tejuravi on | April 3, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    raviteju}}

    Dare Devils XI David Warner Mahela Jayawardane Unmukt Chand johan botha Naman Ojha ad russel Irfan Pathan Ajit Agarkar Umesh Yadav jadhava pavan negi

    how it is

  • POSTED BY Aju.Nair on | April 3, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    KKR will win today.. My team DD - U.Chand,D.Warner,M.Jayawardane,N.Ojha,J.Mendis,M Juneja,A.Russel,I.Pathan,S.Kaul,U.Yadav,S.Nadeem KKR - G.Gambhir, M.Bisla,Shakib Al Hasan,M.Tiwari, J.Kallis, E.Morgan,Y.Pathan, S.Ahamad,L.Balaji,I.Abdulla,S.Naraine

    Watch out for U.Chand and Shakib Al Hassan...

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    @Shaikyusuf.... 7 overseas players in Playing 11???

  • POSTED BY sanyam77 on | April 3, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    DD best playing XI today Naman Ojha David Warner Mahela Jayawardene Unmukt Chand Kedar Jadhav Jeevan Mendis Johan Botha Irfan Pathan Sidharth Kaul Umesh Yadav Ashish Nehra

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    where is yousuf pathan baadshah of IPL

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Dare Devils XI David Warner Mahela Jayawardane Unmukt Chand Andreel Russel Naman Ojha Venugopal Rao Irfan Pathan Johan Botha Ajit Agarkar Umesh Yadav Ashish Nehra

    KKR XI Jacques Kallis Manvinder Bisla Gautham Gambhir Manoj Tiwary Debabrata Das Shakibul Hasan Laxmi Ratan Shukla Rajat Bhatia Sunil Naraine Brett Lee Laxmipathi Balaji

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Dare Devils XI

    David Warner Mahela Jayawardane Unmukt Chand Jeevan Mendis Naman Ojha Venugopal Rao Irfan Pathan Johan Botha Ajit Agarkar Umesh Yadav Ashish Nehra

    KKR XI

    Jacques Kallis Manvinder Bisla Gautham Gambhir Manoj Tiwary Debabrata Das Shakibul Hasan Laxmi Ratan Shukla Rajat Bhatia Sunil Naraine Brett Lee Laxmipathi Balaji

  • POSTED BY shaikyusuf on | April 3, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    kkr team:Ghoutham Gambhier,Bisla,Kallis,Brad Haddin,Mechlearn,Sananayak,EMorgam,Sunil Narin,yusuf phatan,Bret lee,Lakshmipathi Balaji .ihope this team will be better.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    i think this ipl will rock

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Why there is no probable 11 in the Match preview ? can you tell me probable 11 for DD?

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    i think kkr win 4 their spin & slow bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 3, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    @Gundolf: Sorry, we can't hear you !!!! *covers ears*. This is NOT just another domestic competition. It's the BEST T20 league in the world ! Believe it or not, many people are following the competition from around the world. If you are not interested, why comment here ? Besides, international cricket/Test cricket was boring for the last 5 months. Time for some real cricketing action and entertainment. Loving the energy !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    IPL starts with injuries!!! BTW Is it good for Delhi?

  • POSTED BY M.G.H.D on | April 2, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    I like brendon i think he good to

  • POSTED BY nareshgb1 on | April 2, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    this is gonna be one tired tournament.

  • POSTED BY Danniel on | April 2, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    i think brendon should play cos he is really good

  • POSTED BY Vaskur79 on | April 2, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    The Match Will Be Kkr Hard Bowling Line Up Vs Double D Power Batting Line Up.

    I Think Double D Is Going To Win The Match.

    Davie Warner Will Be Danger For KKR .

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    dd 11 for kkr 1warner,2ojha,3mahela,4unmukt,5manprit/rao,6mendis,7botha,8pathan,9yadev,10nehra,11agarkar/negi tjis team if shewag not fit for today

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    I think the game is favouring kkr /kkr proble team 1gauti 2 kallis 3 bisla 4 tiwarry 5morgan 6 das 7pathan 8senanayake 9 lee 10 abdulla 11 balaji /delhi probable 1 chand 2ojha 3 warner 4jaya 5 russel 6 botha 7irfan 8 yadav 9 Negi 10 venugopal 11Nehra

  • POSTED BY Subhajit111 on | April 2, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I think this be the probable final what we think firstly,so it's great to watch it a year later,both of the teams have lost lots of power players but the rest is enough to make the show super hit,a great IPL starter for this season,Go KKR Go

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    KKR will miss Shakib as he will join after May 12 dur to his National Duty

  • POSTED BY Gundolf on | April 2, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    another year of people getting very excited about a domestic competition that is not even real cricket. Whole comp a bit long winded why 76 matches?

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    I think kkr is best teem they have nice batsman

  • POSTED BY Tronyai on | April 2, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    kkr 11 1gambhir 2bisla 3kallis 4tiwary 5ten doechante 6das 7pathan 8lee 9narine 10balaji 11Abdulla

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    After much analyzing I think kolkata has an edge, the fact that they added eoin morgan, gave them a great batsman in the line up. With balaji, narine , and sananakay, there bowling seems decent for t20

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | April 2, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Gambhir is going to be key, otherwise KKR batting is so very prone to selfdestructing without Kallis

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I hope that Gambhir do not play.He is a liability to the side and really no one on the team likes him.He need to act as a captain and be fair in his picking of players and not only his friends.He isn the worst thing that ever happen to KKR.

  • POSTED BY bestofluckindia on | April 2, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Now for a change, Test matches have caused injuries to many players and IPL is suffering. Rather than the other way round. Anyway i guess it doesn't matter how strong your team is on paper. In T20 any team can win any match.

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | April 2, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I hope the pitch at Eden Gardens is a good one this season. The pitches for most IPL games played there have been poor ones and not fit for T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    KKR might win this IPL also as they are really Strong with Gambhir in fearless form.

  • POSTED BY Madfcric on | April 2, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    I think chand and warner goes for the opening and mahela at no. 3.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Kkr on top ....they have kallis,pathan,gambhir,narine,lee,de lange,tiwary,d.das and don't forgot most dangerous batsman - all rounder Ryan ten.

  • POSTED BY PANDEYZ_XI on | April 2, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Surprisingly, both the team captains were nt in the good shape before IPL & nw they claim to be "fittest on earth"! i wish they are.... :)

  • POSTED BY PANDEYZ_XI on | April 2, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Surprisingly, both the team captains were nt in the good shape before IPL & nw they claim to be "fittest on earth"! i wish they are.... :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Kkr on top ....they have kallis,pathan,gambhir,narine,lee,de lange,tiwary,d.das and don't forgot most dangerous batsman - all rounder Ryan ten.

  • POSTED BY Madfcric on | April 2, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    I think chand and warner goes for the opening and mahela at no. 3.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    KKR might win this IPL also as they are really Strong with Gambhir in fearless form.

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | April 2, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I hope the pitch at Eden Gardens is a good one this season. The pitches for most IPL games played there have been poor ones and not fit for T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY bestofluckindia on | April 2, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Now for a change, Test matches have caused injuries to many players and IPL is suffering. Rather than the other way round. Anyway i guess it doesn't matter how strong your team is on paper. In T20 any team can win any match.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I hope that Gambhir do not play.He is a liability to the side and really no one on the team likes him.He need to act as a captain and be fair in his picking of players and not only his friends.He isn the worst thing that ever happen to KKR.

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | April 2, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Gambhir is going to be key, otherwise KKR batting is so very prone to selfdestructing without Kallis

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    After much analyzing I think kolkata has an edge, the fact that they added eoin morgan, gave them a great batsman in the line up. With balaji, narine , and sananakay, there bowling seems decent for t20

  • POSTED BY Tronyai on | April 2, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    kkr 11 1gambhir 2bisla 3kallis 4tiwary 5ten doechante 6das 7pathan 8lee 9narine 10balaji 11Abdulla