Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Raipur

Struggling teams look to leave the bottom third

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April 30, 2013

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Match facts

May 1, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Jacques Kallis cuts off the back foot, Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, Kolkata, April 26, 2013
Jacques Kallis hasn't been fluent with the bat this season © BCCI

Big Picture

Teams usually go into the IPL targeting one win more than half the matches they play, and then take it from there. Nine has been the magic number all captains have been talking about. Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils have played nine games each, and are six and seven wins away from that magic number.

The phrase captains quote most is about doing things right and letting results take care of themselves. Knight Riders and Daredevils haven't quite been able to do that so far. Knight Riders have relied on spin, but their local batsmen have let them down. Daredevils have the big names in both the batting and bowling department, but they haven't fired as much as they would have liked.

They don't have much time left, and need to start winning consistently to keep the league interesting. The halfway point is way too early for teams to be ruled out of the playoff stakes.

Form guide

Delhi Daredevils WLWLL (most recent first)
Kolkata Knight Riders LWLLL

In the spotlight

What has Twenty20 reduced Jacques Kallis to? In the last match, bogged down by his tournament strike rate of 106, with others failing to make up around him, he premeditated a ramp, and ended up playing from well wide of off with eyes nearly closed to get dismissed. He looks stylish when he bats, he is a classy batsman without doubt, but he shouldn't have to resort to such ugly shots.

Mahela Jayawardene, David Warner and Morne Morkel usually take the three overseas slots for Daredevils, but they haven't been able to sort out their fourth foreign player. They have tried Andre Russell, Johan Botha, Jeevan Mendis, Ben Rohrer and Roelof van der Merwe without any success. Will they go a step ahead and play with eight Indian players?

Stats and Trivia

  • Gautam Gambhir is the second highest run-getter in all IPLs, behind Suresh Raina, but he has hit the most fours: 280.
  • In nine matches, Daredevils' wicketkeepers put together have registered four dismissals, the worst per-match rate in the league.


"Hi guys, continue your support, KKR flight has hit slightly rough sure we'll soon take control. Need your wishes"
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gambhir on Twitter

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Posted by imransaheb on (May 1, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

All IPL matches will progress as decided.With top teams suddenly losing out to weaker teams so that there is a constant see saw in the points table as much as possible until it will not be possible any more.

Today DD should win.

Posted by Ravishankara on (May 1, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

IPL 6 is fast losing its charm. In another three to four matches all the semi-finalists will be decided

Posted by   on (May 1, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

Gambir again.and again .selecting kalis..give a change to Tendo....did u forget Tendo in ur Team????

Posted by TUPZ on (May 1, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

ITS too late for both KKR & DD to progress to the knockout stages in the season. They should now focus to keep them above PWI ,and definitely force the wooden spoon holders to achieve the WOODEN SPOON for the 3rd time in row. Incidentally both the teams home ground will host this years playoffs and final and what a golden opportunity they both are going to miss!!!! It will be again the CSK that will hold the IPL trophy for the 3rd time in 6 years in the iconic eden gardens for sure. MI and RCB the real losers of IPL will be one of the opponents in the final. One out of SRH ,RR and KXIP will make the 4th spot.

From next year onwards every team should made to play 6 home matches, 8 away matches and 2 neutral venue matches as this year DD,KKR & KXIP will be playing.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Brett lee should definitely play today. He is a class bowler and kkr should utilise him. Not many teams have a luxury of having someone of brett lee's calibre. Kallis should be rested. He's a great player but sometimes too slow which costs kkr alott!! Mcullum, lee, narine n morgan should be the 4 foreigners in the team.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Jacques Kallis needs some rest after his lacklustre form. Lee coming back would be a big addition to the side. They've been leaking a lot of runs. DD on the other hand, will have to Jeevan Mendis another chance. He's a good finisher and now with Warner taking that role, Mendis will have some cushion. Hope it's a good game! Viru needs to fire.

Posted by aryancal on (May 1, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

Main problem of KKR what I feel is choosing of 4 RIGHT Overseas Players. Looking at the current form of 4 Overseas players, I bliv McCullum, Morgan, Nairne and Lee should pe in first XI. Since Raipur is having little bouncy pitch, Lee is must and may be Tendo can be placed instead of McCullum. Rest 7 Indian should be GG, Bisla, Pathan, Bhatia, Das, Abdullah and Shami Ahmed. I think Shami would b much more effective bowler in Raipur considering the Pitch condition and looking into Balaji's form, Abdullah should get a chance, who can bat better than Balaji. Batting Order should be GG, Bisla, McCullam/ Tendo,Morgan, Pathan,Das, Bhatia,Lee, Shami, Abdullah, Narine. Batting order should be as per match condition. Either of Pathan orDas can be promoted for pich hitting is situation demands.Bowling option ll be also increased if Tendo is given a chance. Jai Ho....KKR

Posted by   on (May 1, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

my playing 11 for delhi are.... Sehwag, Chand, Jayawardane, Warner, Jadhav, Rhorer, Irfan, Nadeem, Nehra, Yadav, Morkel continue tho older team they have gone against Warriors

Posted by virgoan81 on (May 1, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

what is happ. with KKR, they should rest Kallis, he is a great player but you need to give him some break.and you cant keep Haddin so long warming the bench, Lee should be in the squad, he his a great fast bowler, thats what KKR is missing they dont have a good fast bowler, trying too much with the spinner will not help..... the team i hope will play this match will be..

1. Bisla, 2. Haddin, 3. Ghambir, 4. Morgan, 5. Pathan, 6. Manoj, 7. Bhatia, 8. Lee, 9. Narine, 10. Balaji, 11. Abdulla.

they should go with 4 full time bowlers, and Bhatia and pathan to bowl quick 2 overs each. and ghambir should bat in the middle order as KKR is missing consistency in the middle order... they cannot convert good starts.. so hope ghambir realize this before it is too late... I am with KKR always.. they will win today..

Posted by K.U.YOGESHWARAMURUGAN on (May 1, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

I want delhi go with vander,warner,mendis and morkel.warner should leading the side.viru and chand open the innings follow by jhadav,warner,pathan,mendis,and vander merew.drop nadeem bring back playing x1 is viru,chand,jhadav,warner,pathan,vander,mendis,agarkar,umesh,morkel,nehra.

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