Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

The Preview by Nikita Bastian

April 17, 2014

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Time for Kolkata to play a specialist wicketkeeper?

Match facts

Kolkata v Delhi, Dubai Saturday, April 19, 2014
Start time 1830 (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Sunil Narine was on song again, taking 4 for 20, Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi, April 16, 2014
The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again © BCCI

Big Picture

Kolkata will be high on confidence after beginning with a thumping win over the defending champions. Jacques Kallis repaid the faith they showed in him at the auction, where they used a right-to-match card on him, with a well-paced 72 off 46. Manish Pandey began brightly in his first game with the franchise with a quick half-century of his own. Sunil Narine spun another web around the opposition on his way to figures of 4 for 20. There were many positives for the team. But they can't get too ahead of themselves. On the downside for them, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and Shakib Al Hasan aggregated two runs among them, part-time keeper Uthappa looked uncomfortable in the role against the wiles of Narine, and they have probably lost the services of the other player they used a right-to-match card on - Yusuf Pathan is back in India after his wife delivered their first child and is likely to miss the match.

Delhi were off to a disappointing start, losing to Bangalore. JP Duminy was at his best with the bat, with 67 not out off 48 under pressure, but he was the exception for them. Overall the team's confidence would have taken a bit of a hit - they had expressed great hopes in making a fresh start with their new-look squad, but were in disarray eight overs into their campaign at 35 for 4. In the latter part of Bangalore's innings, their catching was a shambles and their bowlers fed Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli length balls on the pads and gentle half-trackers.

Even Ross Taylor, who helped resurrect the innings with 43 off 39, hardly looked fluent during his knock. Worst of all, they were without their main batsman and captain, Kevin Pietersen, who sat out with a finger injury. They are not assured of having his services against Kolkata either. But it's just the start of a long tournament; one loss does not derail a season. What they will be wary of is allowing one bad game to grow into a poor run, as it did last season, when they they lost six in a row at the start, and never recovered.

Watch out for ...

Gautam Gambhir was one of two players retained by Kolkata. He is the team's captain. He has gone from being one half India's primary Test opening partnership to having not played for the country in over a year. He was out for an eight-ball duck in Kolkata's opening game and will be eager to contribute a lot more, soon.

Dinesh Karthik will be the Delhi captain, should Kevin Pietersen not return. He was the second-most expensive buy at the 2014 auction, with Delhi paying Rs 12.5 crore (US$ 2 million approx) for him. He has played for India as a specialist batsman on several occasions. He last got his chance for the country behind and in front of the stumps in the Asia Cup in March, when Dhoni was injured, but didn't impress. He was also out for a duck in his team's opener. He, too, has much to prove and will be eager to do so sooner rather than later.

Stats and trivia

  • Kolkata's top three - Gambhir, Kallis and Pandey - are joint holders of an unwanted record: most ducks by recognised batsmen in the league. Each of them have eight, and only Amit Mishra has more.
  • The last match Delhi won was against Kolkata in 2013 - they have lost seven in a row since

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 20, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

Kolkata is doing a big mistake by sending Yusuf at No. 6. He is single handed match and tournament winner as did in 2008. He must be sent at 4.

Posted by wapuser on (April 19, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

From this time kkr should play tendo in place of goutom gamvir not shakib al hasan @ cricfan 707

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

Gautam Ghambhir is now the formless & bad cricketer not only in KKR but also all the teams in ITTL

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

hope kkr win

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

miss kp hard time for delhi

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

for this match my team is KKR and love to see narine bolling

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

I wold like to see Petersen on the field hope to see him soon

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Shakib al hasan is a natural ginious of cricket.Many indian supporter comment toleft him/ because they can't understand cricket. Today Shakib al hasan will man of the match .must must must.....................

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Delhi will win this time..........

Posted by warneneverchuck on (April 19, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

@ planet cricket lol we dont care wheather u like ipl or not. But I can tel u stil it is watched by more number of people than so called great ashes

Posted by wapuser on (April 19, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Dinesh karhik should be dropped from this side,then only Delhi have some chance

Posted by Caarjun786 on (April 19, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

gambhir need to fire...i am sure he will be man of the match today.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

Hi... kkr team all members, here i have request u please beck in breatlee sir.

Posted by Rahul_Kayal on (April 19, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Batting does not seem to be much impressive for both the teams in the context of T20. KKR lacks power hitter and DD lacks quality of batsman. KKR is far ahead in terms of bowling attack and they have the best bowling line-up in this edition of IPL both in spin and in pace as per my opinion. It will be very exiting to see when both the teams will fight with each other under the floodlight of beautiful ground of Dubai Sporting Complex. All the best DD & KKR. Cheers, Rahul.

Posted by shanijkrishna on (April 19, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

In 20 20 cricket need good starts to make massive total, unfortunately now all the teams openers are not big hitters except, chennai, punjab and hyderabad. These three teams have a very good hitters, they can build massive total and chase any score. but other teams capable to make an average score and their bowlers need to hardwork.

Posted by websterx on (April 19, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

kkr win today... kkr win today...

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

planetcricket- y r u here then. ? moreover u r even commenting which u don't have to . Please clear the space in case u feel yourself uncomfortable.

Posted by IshanH on (April 19, 2014, 10:49 GMT)

I like how readers put their "my team XI" and it got 12 and sometimes 13 or14 players in them. :)

Posted by unlocker on (April 19, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

kkr is the only team in ipl whos not have any big star in their team ,specially they have very good bowling action more then others ipl team ,as we saw last 3 years ipl perfromance by kkr they win maximum match for their bowling .also they have good bating line up but i dont know why they set batsman not in a row ,as a shakib is allrounder in national team he bat in top oder ,but in kkr team he bat number 8 or 9 and in this position a batsman cant do anything better for his team .i thinks it will be better if kkr played like that in their battings line up like as -gambir ,bisla/or bisla and kallis in opening then gambir in 3rd then shakib then panday ,utappa ,yousuf ,if u cant use batsman in proper place how a batsman his permormance a good position

Posted by Jadejafan on (April 19, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Indian T20 league is boring. Most of the world don't really care.

Posted by British_North_America on (April 19, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir opened the innings and wasted 8 balls before getting out while Uthappa and Shakib came in a situation from where they needed to start hitting from the first ball against the likes of Malinga.Not a good preview.

Posted by Cricmaths123 on (April 19, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

My KKR playing 11: 1. Gambhir 2. M. Bisla 3. Kallis 4. M. Pandey 5. S. Yadav 6. D. Das 7. S. Hasan 8. P. Chawla 9. S. Narine 10. M. Morkel 11. V. Kumar My DD playing 11: 1. M. Vijay 2. D. Kartik 3. S. Tiwary 4. JP Duminy 5. R. Taylor 6. K. Jadhav 7. N. Coulter Nile 8. W. Parnell 9. M. Shami 10. R. Sharma 11. S. Nadeem

Posted by CricFan707 on (April 19, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

KKR should play Tendo in place of Shakib as Shakib was completely useless in the previous game. Chawla and Narine bowled better than him. Also in terms of batting ten Doeschate is miles ahead of Shakib. He also is one of the best t20 finishers in the game and has the ability to assess the game very quickly. Tendo's IPL average is 30 while that of Shakib is 15. Also his strike rate is 140 which is easily higher than Shakib. Also they need more stability and big hitting in the middle order and he satisfies both roles. Shakib can't be relied on with both bat and ball. I don't know why KKR underutilize him. Tendo has delivered evrytime he has got the chance. Hoping to see him in more games this season.

Posted by jee1 on (April 19, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

Delhi need to bring De Kock into the team and make him open the innings with Vijay.And their fast bowling option needs to be revisited..Against RCB,only their fast bowlers Shami and Parnell were effective.. They should play Ross in the middle order as a finisher.. And either of Nadeem/Rahul Sharma shd be replaced by an Indian fast bowler.. HS Sharath was an impressive prospect for Karnataka and he can be tried out.. And Mayank can be played lower middle order..

Team XI:- 1)De Kock 2)Vijay 3)Ross Taylor 4)Duminy 5)Karthik 6)Mayank 7)Lakshmi Shukla/Manoj 8)Parnell 9)Shami 10)Nadeem 11)Sharath/Unadkat

As for KKR,they have a good line-up,and can continue with the same as in Match1.But as they don't have Yusuf,they should replace him with Bisla/Das

Team XI:- Gambhir 2)Kallis 3)Pandey 4)Uthappa 5)Bisla/Das 6)Shakib 7)Suryakumar Yadav 8)Chawla 9)Vinay 10)Narine 11)Morkel

Posted by TheLastJeed on (April 19, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

I believe Daredevils have to go the RCB way this season. But untill KP returns, just a couple of changes. They have a good attack with Shami, Parnel and Nadeem but the problem is if the other spinner rahul Sharma goes for runs, then both Duminy and Neesham has to bowl almost their full quota. Too much to ask from 2 part-timers.

No need to mess with the batting because i believe its a one-off thing. Vijay with his classical play and Agarwal with his counter-attack is good. Bring Duminy at 4. Tryu young indian bowlers like Kaul and Shukla in the first 6-7 matches. They might surprise you.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (April 19, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

Dehli had exactly one batsman who was in command against RCB. When your number 5 is in by the 5th over, top scores at a good run rate, and is not out, the signs are clear. BRING HIM IN AT #3. He is a reliable anchor, deadly finisher, and in great form. Why keep your most bankable batsman at #5? Bring him in when he can do the most good. Clearly he has no problem coming in in the 5th over! Keep him there!

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (April 19, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

DD need a couple of changes. If KP can't play, de Kock needs to come in for Taylor. Yes, Taylor, he looked scratchy and out of sorts. Neesham could be switched out for Coulter-Nile too. Jadhav needs to play as he is in terrific form. Manoj Tiwary could also be replaced by Saurabh as he plays faster and has had a good domestic season. The XI would be 1) Vijay 2) de Kock 3) DK 4) JP 5) Jadhav 6) Tiwary 7) Coulter-Nile/Neesham 8) Parnell 9) Shami 10) Nadeem 11) Rahul

This team had the firepower it lacked against RCB and COulter-Nile could spice up the bowling. The fielding standard needs to improve as well. If they do this, they could win today.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

Delhi's only chance to win this game is to make Kolkata bat first and restrict them under 130-140 and then chase under the lights successfully. KKR has such a strong bowling attack and with this match being the second match of the double header, the pitch will be much much slower. Only duminy , ross , tiwary and karthik key to DD batting while Shami, Nadeem and Parnell in the bowling. KKR looks good and formidable but their batting might have an off day and with this line up being quite inconsistent, DD can actually shake KKR by bowling some tight line but i still expect KKR can do this on the back of their bowling and good form of the batsmen like Pandey, Kallis and Uthappa.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2014, 21:55 GMT)

bisla should be the keeper.

Posted by usernames on (April 18, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

DD are going about it in an odd fashion. They have Jadhav who they aren't using -- and who's in great form. I'd have an XI like this: Vijay, Karthik, Jadhav, Taylor, Duminy, Neesham, Laxmi Shukla, Shami, Rahul Shukla, Sharma, Nadeem

Posted by j4884 on (April 18, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

KKR has a strong lineup. The only weak link is Vinay Kumar who is a tried and tested failure who leaks lots of runs...I cannot believe KKR benched Umesh Yadav for Vinay Kumar.

Posted by Ruhel420 on (April 18, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

After the 1st match I can predict about KKR now. Truely they got the best bowling attack.and no doubt they have batting dept with lots of under rated player. Yes they got match winner like Narine&Shakib. Honestly speaking with respect to KALLIS,''HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SCORE ANOTHER 70+ SCORE IN THE SEASON''. And I think manegment will be smart enough to give a chance to Tendo or Lynn. Yes,SHAKIB need to be autometic choice for KKR.thanks!

Posted by Rakes7 on (April 18, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

KKR should go with same line up with das in place of pathan.they dont have to change the batting order. All the best KKR

Posted by Karan_cricketfan on (April 18, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Why are some saying Pathan should be dropped? He started to get some form towards the end of last IPL and only played 4 balls in the first game. Let's see how he goes.

I think Gambhir should be dropped if he doesn't find form and bisla should replace him.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

I wouldn't change a winning combination after 1 match because that team looked really good... bowling is just great.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

KKR have the best bowling attack in the league. Pace, leg spinners, mystery spinner, off-spinner, left armers, wily death bowler...they have it all... Any target of over 150 would be difficult to chase against them...

Posted by   on (April 18, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Robin and gowtham should open becouse robin will use power play proparly...bisla shuld play in place of pathan ...just try him...robi..gowthi..kallis .pandey..bisla..hassan..yadav..chwla..vinay..narayn..morkel ..170 runs targett they can beat any tean kkr are have solide bowling

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