IPL 2013 1st Match: KKR vs DD Live Streaming - Kolkata vs Delhi
The sixth season of the IPL has begun on the wrong foot with a host of injury woes and high profile absentees for Delhi Daredevils. Not only they face the wrong questions, they also take on the mighty Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening match. The Delhi boys have been the underachievers in the IPL with two semifinals and a play-off under their best. They start off brilliantly but have somehow lost the plot regularly in the business end of the tournament.
This season, Mahela and his men would be out there to prove the critics wrong. But even before they take the field, a string of bad news have plagued them. First, the unavailability of Kevin Pietersen and then the assault on Jesse Ryder has left the Daredevils batting line-up in a tangle. The swap of Ross Taylor for Ashish Nehra weakened the batting and with Sehwag pulling out of the opening game due to a back spasm, the entire batting will hinge on David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene and the upcoming Indian star Unmukt Chand. Against a bowling attack that includes Brett Lee, Sunil Narine, L. Balaji and Jacques Kallis, the Delhi batting might just be found wanting.
However, Delhi has always boasted of a dangerous pace attack and this season they have bolstered they slow bowling department. The addition of Johan Botha and Jeevan Mendis has provided them with the cutting edge they needed on the slower tracks of Chennai and Kolkata. The fast bowling will be led by Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav while Irfan Pathan will come back after an injury lay-off. The presence of Ajit Agarkar and Andre Russell will enhance the fast bowling reserves while Ashish Nehra will look to make his mark.
Delhi may have a few issues with the big players but their domestic core is perhaps one of the finest. Led by Unmukt Chand, Delhi comprises of a few of India’s finest youngsters in CM Gautam, Sidharth Kaul, Shahbaz Nadeem, Kedar Yadav and Manprit Juneja.