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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

IPL twenty20 – Cracking battle expected between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Garden, Kolkata

After loosing last two games Delhi Daredevils captain is under pressure to perform well with bat to give their team a much needed win in the mid of the tournament. On the other hand Kolkata Knight Riders are full of confidence after wining their last two games quite comprehensively.

Kolkata Knight Riders have upper hand since they will play in front of their home crowd and their “Dada” Saurav Ganguly has come back strongly both with bat and bowl. Sourav Ganguly, one of few icon players to perform significantly, was the Man of the Match in both of Kolkata's recent wins and his form will be crucial to their semi-final aspirations. So the supporter will be hoping his local lad S. Ganguly to get going with bat and bowl.

Kolkata Kinght Riders is also boosted by the arrival of Shoiab Akhtar and he may get chance to play today.

Player to Watch

David Hussey: So far he has done up to his reputation with the bat and he must be itching to fire once gain in front of his home crowd.

Gautam Gambhir: The man with most runs in the tournament is the player to watch and if he gets going then Delhi Daredevils feel more secure. As we have seen whenever he fired in the tournament he got his team to the total around 180 plus.

Virendra Sehwag Vs I.Sharma: The two Delhi lads will be seen first time in front of each other for the first time in IPL twenty20 and it will be really good battle to watch since both players play for same state. Since the debut I.Sharma made a mark at international level, on the other hand as we know if Viru gets going then whoever the bowler he will get hammered all over the park.

Pitch Report

Pitch at Eden Garden will be of full of runs with some help for the spinners under the lights and as the game progresses it might get slower and lower. So the captain won the toss would like to put runs on the board and put pressure on the opposition.

Team News

Delhi Daredevils who lost their last game against Rajasthna Royals is likely to keep the same Playing XI as they played against the Royals. On the other hand Kolkata Knight Riders is most likely will make two changes bringing Shoaib Akhtar in place of S.Butt and may bring D.Das in place of M.Kartik.

Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from 20:00 PM India time)

Kolkata Knight Riders: A.Chopra, D.Das, S.Ganguly (Captain), D.Hussey, T.Taibu, R.L.Shukla, W.Saha (WK), S.Akhtar, U.Gul, I.Sharma, A.Dinda.

Delhi Daredevils: V.Sehwag (Captain), G.Gambhir, S.Dhawan, A.B.Devilliers, T.Dilshan, D.Karthik (WK), F.Mehroof, A.Mishra, P.Sangwan, Y.Mahesh, G.Mcgrath.


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 4:42 PM  
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