IPL 2013 Live Stream: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils
Pepsi IPL 2013 Match 1: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils Live Streaming played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on April 03, 2013
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It promises to be a pulsating contest as the vociferous crowd would back the home side against a team full of impact players.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir had announced that he would be fit in time for the first game and he is their anchor in the batting. It was due to his consistency at the top that Kolkata could march to the title last year and a similar performance would be expected of him. The word from the camp is that he looked in good touch during the practice sessions and that is good news for Kolkata. Manvinder Bisla should open the batting with the captain given his fantastic knock in the final last season. Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das and Manoj Tiwary would form the middle order.
The bowling would be led by Brett Lee, who has also taken over the role of a mentor. Sunil Narine may not be the mystery he was last year, but can still spin a web around the batsmen. Perhaps a Sachithra Senanayke may get a game to add to Narine’s tricks. Shami Ahmed and Lakshmipathy Balaji give them options in the fast-bowling department. The rest of the playing eleven members would be picked on the basis of the combination Kolkata want to field.
There have been times when Delhi has been over-dependent on their top order. The rise of Unmukt Chand is a heartening development for them and that would strengthen their middle order. The likes of Yogesh Nagar and Naman Ojha would complete Delhi’s batting. Irfan Pathan can be used up the order as well, but he would be in the side majorly for his bowling.
Johan Botha’s presence gives them good stability as he can be useful with the bat and miserly with the ball. The Kolkata wicket should help his style of bowling. Morne Morkel is yet to join the team and as a result Andre Russell should play.
Morne Morkel is Delhi’s trump card in the bowling and his performance in the previous season would be fresh in memory. He has a host of Indian fast-bowlers to help with Umesh Yadav, Ajit Agarkar, Pathan and Ashish Nehra in the side. It would be interesting to see which one gets picked. Through all that, Delhi have backed their young left-arm spinners in Shahbaz Nadeem and Pawan Negi. The latter might make the cut owing to his all-round skills.