CL T20 Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Score

The glamour and the excitement will return. There would be superstars on the field as well as in the stands. SRK would return with his entourage. KP would thankfully be on the field rather than in the broadcasting studios. The cheerleaders would suddenly appear prettier. Passionate Indian fans would fill the stadium singing chants of their favourite teams. The atmosphere would suddenly become, as Ravi Shastri would describe it, electrifying. ‘The Shaz and Waz show’ will return. While Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar would be back in the commentary box defending the BCCI and the direct inclusion of 4 Indian teams in the CLT20 (hopefully Nasser Hussain would stay away), the legendary Wasim Akram would be in the dugout as the bowling coach of KKR. Rameez Raja would try desperately (through his unique one-liners) to include himself in the limelight and be a part of the bandwagon. Suddenly Centurion would seem like the colossal Eden Gardens or the historic Ferozshah Kotla – all the recipes for an appetising Indian Derby! Let us hope that the razzmatazz lives to its hype. Let us hope that the cricket does not disappoint for the proof of the pudding lies in its taste!

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Teams:
Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Manvinder Bisla(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manoj Tiwary, Brett Lee, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Iqbal Abdulla, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shami Ahmed, Debabrata Das
Delhi Daredevils (From): Mahela Jayawardene(c), David Warner, Virender Sehwag, Ross Taylor, Andre Russell, Naman Ojha(w), Venugopal Rao, Irfan Pathan, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Ajit Agarkar, Unmukt Chand, Morne Morkel, Kevin Pietersen, Aavishkar Salvi

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One Response to CL T20 Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Score

  1. Dinesh Mehra says:

    Match facts
    October 13, 2012
    Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)

    Gautam Gambhir and Mahela Jayawardene on the upcoming clash
    Related Links
    Matches: Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils at Centurion
    Series/Tournaments: Champions League Twenty20
    Teams: Delhi Daredevils | India | Kolkata Knight Riders

    Kevin Pietersen is part of the dangerous Delhi Daredevils batting trio that includes David Warner and Virender Sehwag © AFP
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    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
    Quotes
    “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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