Considering the heat of a late-April Kolkata afternoon, they may as well not have gone out for the toss.”They are a chasing side, we are a defending side,” Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan said. Daredevils were always going to bat first against Gautam Gambhir’s Kolkata Knight Riders.
For purposes academic, Gambhir won the toss. KKR made two changes, bringing back Nathan Coulter-Nile, which meant Darren Bravo was left out. To maintain the balance because of that switch, they brought in batsman Sheldon Jackson to replace Piyush Chawla.
Daredevils made one change, dropping Aditya Tare for Ankit Bawne.
KKR were at the top of the league, level with Mumbai Indians on 12 points but have a better net run-rate. Daredevils were last with only two wins, but had played only six games while most other teams have played eight.
Delhi Daredevils: 1 Shreyas Iyer, 2 Sanju Samson, 3 Karun Nair, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Ankit Bawne, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Zaheer Khan (capt.), 11 Amit Mishra
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt.), 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa (wk), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Sheldon Jackson, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Umesh Yadav