By CricketCountry Staff
Delhi: May 7, 2012
Speedster Varun Aaron is replacing the injured Pawan Negi while David Warner will replace Kevin Pietersen as Delhi Daredevils (DD) elect to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 51st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi.
Skipper Virender Sehwag's flamboyance will be put to test against Gautam Gambhir's gumption when leaders Delhi Daredevils take on second-placed Kolkata Knight Riders in a top-of-the-table clash in Indian Premier League on Monday.
As far as the points table is concerned, only a single point separates the two teams. While Delhi Daredevils have 16 points from 10 matches with eight wins, KKR aren't far behind with 15 points from 11 encounters with seven wins.
On paper, the Daredevils are slightly better side with a formidable batting line-up and a balanced bowling attack while KKR have relied a bit more on individual performances from skipper Gambhir and mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine.
Both the sides are all but assured of a place in the knock-out stages, but a victory in the marquee clash will not only bolster the confidence but also help them consolidate their position at the top.
Both Gambhir and Sehwag know that very well and would be ready to put in those extra yards to log full points tomorrow.
Having been involved in numerous match-winning partnership for their national, state as well as IPL teams, the two Delhi openers have done admirably well in leading their respective sides in this edition of the T20 event.
KKR: Gautam Gambhir (c), Brendon McCullum (wk), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmi Shukla, Brett Lee, Pradeep Sangwan, Sunil Narine
DD: David Warner, Virender Sehwag (c), Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, Yogesh Nagar, Naman Ojha (wk), Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Morne Morkel, Varun Aaron