Indian Premier League, IPL 2019, KKR vs DC, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals
Bruised after their defeat to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their previous match, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are looking to return to winning ways.

11.51 pm: That’s a wrap, folks. Do stick around for all the post-match reports, analysis, videos and much more. Hope this match was a fitting end to your week. Till then, from all of us, it’s goodnight!

11.48 pm: Rishabh Pant too has his say:

“I just try to keep my head clear and play according to the ball. (The plan) Take the game deep and complete the game as soon as possible. In T20, when you are chasing, you need to control and pace your innings in such a way that you could complete the match in 18-20 overs. I don’t focus on what the bowlers are thinking. I just focus on my stuff. We (him and Dhawan) were just talking about taking the match deep. It was a fantastic pitch to bat on and in the end we got it easily.”

11.46 pm: The losing captain has his say after the match:

Dinesh Karthik: “To be honest the par score was 10-15 runs more than that. We didn’t bat well and didn’t post a good score. I expected our bowlers to perform better, that didn’t happen though. Such things happen in a game of cricket. They (Lynn and Narine) are two key players and missing them is never good. but Shubman grabbed the opportunity. You are always going to have replacements. It was hard on Joe to get out on the first ball, but I am sure he’ll come back strong in the next game. I think picking wickets on this ground has been difficult but the bowlers can work on few areas and come back harder. That’s what IPL is about, coming back stronger every time you can.”

Delhi Capitals innings: 

Summary: What a clinical performance by Delhi Capitals. Everything went just according to plan, their bowlers did the job to restrict the opposition. And when it came to the run-chase, their batsmen went out all guns blazing. Delhi Capitals move up to fourth place with their win over KKR.

19th over: Chawla to continue and Colin Ingram has finished off things in style, smashes a boundary and a SIX on the fifth ball to seal the victory as Delhi Capitals thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets. 

18th over: BOWLING CHANGE! WICKET! Nitish Rana comes back into the attack and strikes immediately with the important wicket of Rishabh Pant, who departs four short of a half-century. Was a fantastic knock but he has thrown it away at the brink of it. Colin Ingram joins Dhawan in the middle.  5 from the over. DC 168/3 (Dhawan 96, Ingram 3)

17th over: BOOM! Andre Russell comes back into the attack and Rishabh Pant joins the party tonking a MASSIVE SIX over long-on and a boundary. 14 runs from this over. DC 163/2 (Dhawan 94, Pant 46)

16th over: Kuldeep Yadav to continue and Dhawan has smoked this one down the ground for a BOUNDARY. The Indian southpaw moves into the nineties. DC 149/2 (Dhawan 91, Pant 35)

15th over: 8 runs off this Prasidh Krishna over that included a boundary by none other than Dhawan. DC 138/2 (Dhawan 84, Pant 31)

14th over: Rishabh Pant’s turn to hit two fours in an over now as Piyush Chawla goes for 12 runs in his second over of the night. DC look in control here as KKR search for wickets. DC 131/2 (Dhawan 78, Pant 31)

13th over: Shikhar Dhawan is making merry as Lockie Ferguson concedes 13 runs off the 13th over, giving away two fours. DC 119/2 (Dhawan 77, Pant 20)

12th over: BOWLING CHANGE! Nitish Rana comes into the attack. 7 from the over. DC 106/2 (Dhawan 66, Pant 19)

11th over: DHAWAN ON THE ATTACK! Kuldeep continues and Dhawan has smashed the Chinaman bowler for a MASSIVE SIX over long-off. 10 from the over. DC 99/2 (Dhawan 61, Pant 17)

10th over: BOWLING CHANGE! Carlos Brathwaite comes into the attack and Shikhar Dhawan brings up his second IPL 2019 half-century, his 34th overall. Consecutive boundaries by Dhawan in this over which yielded 13 runs. DC 88/2 (Dhawan 58, Pant 10)

Strategic timeout!

9th over: Kuldeep to continue, excellent over this, just 3 runs off it, DC 75/2 (Dhawan 46, Pant 9)

8th over: SPIN FROM BOTH ENDS! Piyush Chawla comes into the attack, and the Delhi batsmen ensuring hardly any dot balls, but Rishabh Pant finally managed to smash a boundary on the last ball. 10 runs from this over. DC 73/2 (Dhawan 45, Pant 8)

7th over: Kuldeep Yadav has been introduced into the attack, and he concedes just 6 runs. DC 63/2 (Dhawan 41, Pant 2)

6th over: WICKET! Is there anything Andre Russell cannot do? This time he works his magic with the ball to get rid of the Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer. Short ball by Russell and Iyer tries to glance it down leg side, but gets a faint touch that leaves DK do the rest from behind. Iyer departs for just 6. Rishabh Pant joins Dhawan in the middle. DC 57/2 (Dhawan 37)

Meanwhile, here’s an observation from the Indian women’s head coach WV Raman.

5th over: Lockie Ferguson to continue, and Shreyas Iyer has struck his first boundary, 50 comes up and it has come at the rate knots. 10 runs off this over. DC 55/1 (Dhawan 36, Iyer 5) 

4th over: DHAWAN ON FIRE! Andre Russell comes into the attack and he has been smashed for THREE boundaries by Dhawan. 13 runs off this over. DC 45/1 (Dhawan 31, Shreyas Iyer 0)

3rd over: WICKET! Prasidh Krishna will continue, DRS time, KKR review, has Dhawan nicked this one? There’s a spike on the ultra-edge, tough call and Dhawan survives. In the next delivery, he whacks it over deep backward point for a MAXIMUM. Prasidh Krishna finishes off the over in style with the BIG WICKET of Prithvi Shaw, who departed for just 14. Excellent catch by Dinesh Karthik from behind after the batsman got a thick edge while trying to defend it. The Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer has joined Dhawan in the middle. DC 32/1 (Dhawan 18)

2nd over: Lockie Ferguson will share the new ball with Krishna, and Prithvi Shaw immediately attacks, brilliant timing as he goes down on one knee and sends this one over the deep point boundary. 14 runs from this over. DC 15/0 (Shaw 14, Dhawan 1)

1st over: Prithvi Shaw will face Prasidh Krishna, excellent over by Krishna and KKR, just the 1 run from it. DC 1/0 (Prithvi Shaw 1, Shikhar Dhawan 0)

Kolkata Knight Riders innings:

9.51 pm: Here’s what Ishant Sharma had to say about Delhi Capitals’ show during the mid-innings break:

“We don’t really expect that in the first over – a wicket off the first ball and a maiden; obviously a good feeling. I’m just taking the confidence from whatever I did in the in the Test series. I have been working hard on my variations. That’s the reason I’m coming out pretty well. (Advice to his batters) Take your time initially, the Kookaburra ball will swing only for two balls. After that, it’s a batsman’s game. Dew will play a big role as well. Sunil Narine is not playing for them.”

Summary: Delhi Capitals will be really pleased by this performance. They were able to stem the flow of runs all along the way. Even the big Andre Russell was sent back soon. KKR’s innings revolved around some sublime batting from Shubman Gill, who top scored with 65 and a brilliant cameo from Andre Russell, who scored 45 in just 21 balls. None of the others could contribute. Can the target be enough at the Eden Gardens. It all depends on how the top order comprising of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer perform. Catch the run-chase in a few minutes from now… 

20th over: THAT’S IT! Keemo Paul’s final over goes for 10 runs and the wicket of Carlos Brathwaite, who scored 6. KKR finish at 178/7.

19th over: MASSIVE WICKET! The dangerous Andre Russell is OUT, that’s about 20-30 runs lost right there. Chris Morris does the damage, the big Jamaican allrounder departs for 45 off just 21 deliveries. Piyush Chawla joins Brathwaite in the centre. KKR 168/6 (Brathwaite 6, Chawla 6)

18th over: SIX! There’s no sparing even Kagiso Rabada, Russell is IN THE MOOD! 16 runs from this over. KKR 160/5 (Russell 45, Brathwaite 4)

17th over: SIX! Chris Morris comes into the attack, and he’s clobbered the bowler for a MAXIMUM over the deep square leg boundary, not given a NO BALL and Russell is livid with the umpire. 10 from this over. KKR 144/5  (Russell 30, Brathwaite 3)

Strategic timeout!

16th over: WICKET! Kagiso Rabada comes back into the attack and he strikes first blood, soft dismissal this one, Karthik departs for 2, but Andre Russell is still there and he has his West Indian team-mate Carlos Brathwaite, the other KKR debutante, for company. 12 runs from this over. KKR 134/5 (Russell 22, Carlos Brathwaite 1)

15th over: WICKET! A fine innings by Shubman Gill comes to an end, gets out off a poor delivery, tries to hit a wide delivery, but picks up Axar Patel at the fine-leg boundary. Gill departs for 65, Keemo Paul does the damage. The KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik has joined Russell in the middle. 11 off this over. KKR 122/4 (Russell 11, Karthik 2)

14th over: BOOM! Axar comes back into the attack and he has been deposited all over the place by Dre Russ and Shubman Gill. Carnage at Eden Gardens, 24 runs off this over. KKR 111/3 (Shubman 61, Russell 6)

13th over: FIFTY! Chris Morris back into the attack and Shubman Gill takes a single nicely to bring up his second IPL fifty. Promoted to the top of the order and Gill responds with a fluent half-century. At the other end, Nitish Rana has been BOWLED by Morris, who nails the yorker to perfection, the sound of timber echoes across the arena. Rana departs for 11. Right then, it’s DRE RUSS time. KKR 95/3 (Shubman 50, Andre Russell 1)

12th over: BOOM! Shubman Gill breaks the shackles! Much needed one for KKR, he lofts this one and it clears the ropes with ease. 9 from this over. KKR 86/2 (Shubman 49, Rana 5)

11th over: Ishant Sharma comes back into the attack. He was brilliant in his first spell and VERY WAYWARD in this one. Ishant concedes 2 wides in this over, 5 from it, but he finishes off his fine spell 4-1-21-1 KKR 77/2 (Shubman 41, Rana 4)

10th over: Keemo Paul to continue, and we’ve reached the halfway mark in the innings, 8 runs off this over. KKR 72/2 (Shubman 39, Rana 3)

9th over: WICKET! What a comeback by Kagiso Rabada. After going for 12 runs in his first over, he comes back with the a wicket, but it was a TOP CATCH by Rishabh Pant. Rabada bowls a short one, angling down the leg-side and Uthappa was looking to help it on its way, but manages just a glove. The ball was travelling, but Pant dives to his left and grabs a good one. Nitish Rana has joined Shubman in the middle. Uthappa departs for 28. KKR 64/2 (Shubman 33, Rana 1) 

8th over: Axar to continue, and another brilliant over, just 4 runs coming from it. KKR 62/1 (Shubman 32, Uthappa 28)

7th over: BOWLING CHANGE! Keemo Paul comes into the attack, and Robin Uthappa is immediately on the attack, breaks the shackles and smashes the West Indian for a huge SIX over long-on. Shubman too joined the party and hit a well-timed boundary to point. 17 off this over. KKR 58/1 (Shubman 30, Uthappa 26)  

6th over: SPIN INTRODUCED and Axar Patel will begin with proceedings. Excellent over from the left-armer, just the one run from it. KKR 41/1 (Shubman 22, Uthappa 18)

5th over: FOURS! Ishant will continue. It looks like Shubman Gill’s dealing with boundaries here. Couple of them coming in this over, he’s really taking the attack to the opposition. Good move to open the innings with him. 11 runs in this over. KKR 40/1 (Shubman 21, Uthappa 18)

4th over: KAGISO RABADA into the attack and he’s over the radar, totally today. The South African pacer has gone for three boundaries, all coming Uthappa’s blade. 12 runs off his opening over. KKR 29/1 (Uthappa 17, Shubman 11)

3rd over: Ishant will continue, he was going good in this over until young  Shubman Gill smashed him for a boundary in the last ball in front of square on the on side. KKR 17/1 (Shubman 11, Uthappa 5)

2nd over: CHRIS MORRIS will share to new ball with Ishant and he’s conceded a couple of boundaries in this over, one each from openers Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa. 11 runs off this over. KKR 11/1 (Shubman6, Uthappa 5)

1st over: WICKET! What a start for Delhi Capitals! Ishant Sharma disturbs the timber on the first ball to dismiss debutant Joe Denly for a golden duck. Maiden over to start the proceedings. 0/1

7.39 pm: Captains have their say at the toss:

Dinesh Karthik: Last game was a bit of an aberration. We didn’t expect it would play like that. We have got three changes. Lockie Ferguson, Joe Denly and Carlos Brathwaite come in. Narine, Gurney, Lynn miss out.

Shreyas Iyer: We are gonna bowl first. The wicket looks a belter, it’s going to be a flat track. We have been chasing well in the last few games, hence positive about that. Keemo Paul comes in place of Lamichhane.

7.33 pm: Here are the playing XIs:

Kolkata Knight Riders make 3 changes, Lockie Ferguson, Joe Denly and Carlos Brathwaite come in. Sunil Narine, Harry Gurney and Chris Lynn miss out. Playing XI:  Joe Denly, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna

Delhi Capitals make one change, Keemo Paul comes in for Sandeep Lamichhane: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Rishabh Pant (w), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma

7.32 pm: TOSS: Shreyas Iyer wins toss and Delhi Capitals have elected to bowl.

7.28 pm: PITCH REPORT: “This is probably one of the smallest grounds in IPL 2019. Nine runs an over is the average score on this pitch this season. The seamers can bowl around the good length area to make the most out of the conditions. It’s a well grassed track, hence there shouldn’t be much spin on offer. A good chasing ground,” says Ian Bishop.

7.17 pm: Important announcement from the weather man, contrary to the forecast, there’s NO RAIN today.

7.12 pm: Players have arrived at the Eden Gardens.

7.02 pm: So, KKR slipped to the second spot after their huge loss to defending champs CSK in their previous match, while DC occupy the sixth spot with six points from as many games. POINTS TABLE

6.55 pm: One of the key battles to look at in this mouth-watering encounter will be between Dre Russ, that’s right, Andre Russell and KG, Kagiso Rabada. What else to expect? Here’s all the dope.

6.52 pm: How excited are you for this one? Another Super Over at the Gardens too, or will that be too much. We’re building up to this one, hoping to be the perfect end to the week, should be a Friday blockbuster. That and much more.

They met not too long ago and set the stage on fire. But that Super-Over finish involving Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders at Feroz Shah Kotla seems to have happened ages ago. Such is the pace of the Indian Premier League. Since that thrilling encounter, both the teams have played three more matches in the league with KKR winning two while DC managed one come ahead in one of their three contests.

Apart from the results, a lot separates the two teams. DC, despite boasting of a power-hitter in Rishabh Pant, a host of decent spinners and a talented batting order (on paper) have endured mixed results. On the other hand, KKR, on the back of sensational form of Andre Russell, have continued their strong season despite losing their previous clash against Chennai Super Kings. (ALSO READ: Jacques Kallis decodes KKR’s batting phenom Andre Russell)

DC, though, are coming after a win in their previous match. But how much would they have gained from beating a wretched Royal Challengers Bangalore? Surely, some confidence. And the fact that they are one of the two teams, apart from CSK, who lived to tell the tale of Russell-storm will give them the boost when they enter the playing field at Eden Gardens on Friday evening. (FULL PREVIEW, CLICK HERE)