Highlights, KKR vs DC, Match 26, Live from Eden Gardens: Hello and welcome to our coverage of Match 26 of the Indian Premier League as Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with Delhi Capitals live from Eden Gardens, Kolkata. With two heavy batting colliding once again, the previous encounter brought the first 'super over' of the season, where Delhi emerged victorious via Kagiso Rabada's yorkers. However, with Delhi now at Edens, KKR isn't going to spare the Shreyas Iyer led side this time, given their recent performances. The weather in today's clash is a bit unpredictable as it is cloudy for now and hope it remains that way so the fans witness a superb encounter once again. It's an action-packed Friday so don't miss out on any of the action as we bring you all the live scores, live IPL match updates and ball by ball commentary here at IndiaTV Sports. (MATCH SCORECARD)
DC win by 7 wickets
* Wow. Did not think this would happen. Everyone was waiting for a Dhawan century. But poor guy has been stranded on 97. 97 - would you believe that? But kudos to the team. Chased down 179 with 11 balls to spare.
23.38 IST: Piyush Chawla to Colin Ingram, SIX! INGRAM FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE! No hundred for Dhawan. Ingram clears the front leg and then tonks the ball over the long on fence. All smiles though in the Delhi camp as THEY HAVE WON BY 7 WICKETS!
23.35 IST: Piyush Chawla to Colin Ingram, FOUR! Edgy, that would do for Delhi! Runs needed in single digits now. This is slower and it is tossed up outside off. Ingram throws the kitchen sink at it but only manages an outside edge to the third man fence.
23.33 IST: Nitish Rana to Colin Ingram, A couple to finish! 12 in 12! Ingram dances down the track and hits it hard towards long off. The fielder there makes a good diving stop, can't stop two though. A good over though by Rana, he has given Kolkata some hope.
* Colin Ingram walks in at number 5, replacing Pant. Surely can hang around with Dhawan to seal this through...
23.30 IST: Nitish Rana to Rishabh Pant, OUT! PANT HOLES OUT! He has thrown it away! This was just needless. This though has been his problem throughout this year. He walks down the track and looks to go for another one-handed biggie. This time he does not time it and it goes straight into the hands of the fielder at long on. Kuldeep Yadav makes no mistake. 17 needed in 17. Delhi can't surely lose it from here right or can they? We will have to wait and watch. DC 162/3 in 17.1 Overs
23.27 IST: Andre Russell to Shikhar Dhawan, A couple to end! So 17 needed in the last 3 overs. Slightly short and outside off, Dhawan drives it square on the off side and takes two.
23.26 IST: Andre Russell to Rishabh Pant, SIX! That is probably the blow which seals it for Delhi. The runs needed is below the balls to be bowled. The slower one and it has been picked. Pant lofts it over long on and it goes all the way. The 100-run stand is also up, they have taken Delhi to the brink of victory, they now need to take them to victory.
23.25 IST: Andre Russell to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Smashed! A half volley and it has been put away! Very full and outside off, Pant hits it through covers. Long off had no chance.
23.22 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! The boundary that is needed in the over has come! Dhawan makes very good use of the feet and gets to the pitch of the ball. He smashes it to the long on fence.
23.18 IST: Prasidh Krishna to Shikhar Dhawan, A couple to end another productive over for the visitors. Dhawan slashes at this one which is wide outside off. Ferguson at sweeper cover runs to his right, slides and keeps it to two. DC 138/2 in 15 Overs
* Pant is taking a long time to recover, it seems. So the umpires have called for the STRATEGIC BREAK. Delhi are cruising. But we will keep our lips sealed. And our fingers as well. We have seen this in the past that Delhi have cruised through, only to fumble towards the end. What's in store tonight?
23.12 IST: Prasidh Krishna to Rishabh Pant, Ouch! This is angled into the batsman. Pant looks to flick but misses. Gets hit near the box. It rolls towards the off side and a leg bye is taken.
23.11 IST: Prasidh Krishna to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Too easy for Dhawan! You bowl him there, he would do that everytime. A half volley and on off, Dhawan strokes it past mid off. Russell there dives but in vain. A boundary.
* Prasidh Krishna is back into the attack.
23.09 IST: Piyush Chawla to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Boundary to begin the over and boundary to end! Not off the middle though but Delhi will take it. Pant is down on one knee and goes for the sweep. It goes off the inner half and through mid-wicket for a boundary. 49 more needed in 36. Delhi's game to lose now.
23.05 IST: Piyush Chawla to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Another one which begins with a boundary! Short and it is the googly. Pant picks it and he slaps it through covers. It races to the fence.
* Piyush Chawla is back on.
23.03 IST: Lockie Ferguson to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Brilliant from Dhawan! Second boundary in the over and it is once again in the cover region. Full and on off, Dhawan just puts bat to ball, pierces the gap in the region and a boundary results.
22.59 IST: Lockie Ferguson to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Welcome back into the attack, Ferguson! Ideal start to the over. Full and outside off, easy for Dhawan, he strokes it through covers and you need not run for those. Also, the 50-run stand is up. A very important one for Delhi, they are on top at the moment but the job is not done.
22.57 IST: Nitish Rana to Shikhar Dhawan, A short delivery by Rana, Dhawan pulls it to mid-wicket. Single taken. 74 runs needed from 48 deliveries.
* Nitish Rana is on now. Karthik trying everything here.
22.53 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Rishabh Pant, SIX! A one-handed biggie! Dances down the track, gets to the pitch of it. Lofts it over the long off fence by taking a hand off the handle. Pin-drop silence here as Delhi are cruising at the moment.
22.50 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Poor bowling and put away! Consecutive boundaries! Short and down the leg side, easy pickings. Dhawan pulls it through backward square leg and into the fence.
22.48 IST: Carlos Brathwaite to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Brings up his 50 in style. His 34th in this format! He though needs to continue, only half the job is done! Dhawan makes room and it is the slower one outside off, Dhawan slaps it away from sweeper cover and a boundary results.
* The Strategic break has been signalled! Delhi moving along nicely here. Both Dhawan and Pant are playing sensibly at the moment and the visitors would hope they can continue. Kolkata on the other hand, know they need to break this stand early and once they do so, they will be into the fragile middle order of the away team.
22.42 IST Kuldeep Yadav to Shikhar Dhawan, 1 run. Excellent over from the chinaman, only three runs from it. DC 75/1 in 9 Overs
22.40 IST: Piyush Chawla to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! In the gap! Pant takes the risk and it comes off! He goes for the slog sweep, it is not right off the middle. Also, he has to drag it from outside off. The ball is in the gap in the mid-wicket region and a boundary. Spoils the over, 10 from it.
* Piyush Chawla into the attack now.
22.35 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Shikhar Dhawan, On the shorter side, Dhawan pushes it to the left of the bowler. He fails to stop it and it is a single down to long on.
* Kuldeep Yadav comes into attack
22.30 IST: Andre Russell to Rishabh Pant, A nasty welcome and Russell's followthrough is right uptill the batsman. He has his tail up here. A good bumper on middle, Pant ducks under it.
* Rishabh Pant is the new man in.
22.29 IST: Andre Russell to Shreyas Iyer, OUT! Iyer has been caught down the leg side! Excellent sportsmanship from the Delhi skipper as he has walked. A very soft, soft dismissal and Iyer will be very frustrated with himself. Russell though is up and running in his celebration. DC 57/2 in 5.4 Overs
22.25 IST: Lockie Ferguson to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Short and that sits up to be hit! Dhawan is quickly onto the back foot and dismisses it through mid-wicket. 10 from Lockie's second as well. 124 needed in 90. DC 55/1 in 5 Overs
22.24 IST: Lockie Ferguson to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! Delightful from Iyer this time! Slower ball and it is very full in length. Shreyas waits for it and then strokes it down to the mid on fence. 50 up for the visitors and it has come up in very quick time.
* Lockie Ferguson is back!
22.21 IST: Andre Russell to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Nothing lucky about this one! Delightful from Dhawan. It is fuller in length on middle, Dhawan with a very straight bat strokes it past the mid on fielder. Three boundaries in the 4 balls bowled by Russell.
22.19 IST: Andre Russell to Shikhar Dhawan, DROPPED AND FOUR! A tough chance though. Russell lands this one just outside off and it is on a length. Dhawan pokes at it and the ball takes the outside edge. The ball flies through first slip. Rana at flying slip dives, gets a hand to it but can't hang on. The ball races to the third man fence. Consecutive boundaries and both lucky.
22.18 IST: Andre Russell to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! Misfield costs another boundary. A back of a length delivey on off, Dhawan slices it to backward point and fumble by Krishna gets Dhawan four.
* Captain Shreyas Iyer walks in at number 3, replacing Shaw. Andre Russell to bowl.
22.15 IST: Prasidh Krishna to Prithvi Shaw, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! No doubt this time and Krishna has provided the much-needed breakthrough. The high-flying opening stand has been cut short. DC 32/1 in 3 Overs
22.14 IST Prasidh Krishna to Shikhar Dhawan, SIX! Poor bowling again! Short and wide, Dhawan would hit that all day long. He cuts it uppishly and it carries all the way. Second maximum of the over.
22.12 IST: Prasidh Krishna to Shikhar Dhawan, NOT OUT! There was not a lot of evidence to over turn the on-field call. A good decision in the end. Kolkata lose their only review very early.
* Review time! Karthik feels he has got his man here. The umpire though feels different. Dinesh has taken a review for a caught behind.
22.09 IST: FOUR! Krishna is not learning here! He continues bowling to Dhawan's strength. Short and outside off, Dhawan says thank you very much and he slaps it over point for a boundary. 10 from the two balls bowled. KKR 25/0 in 2.2 overs
22.08 IST: SIX! Dealing in maximums are Delhi here. One to begin the third. It is short and outside off, Dhawan arches and then lofts it over the slip fielder for a biggie. KKR 21/0 in 2.1 overs
22.06 IST: SIX! Another one and the short ball proved costly for Ferguson. Shaw at it again and goes for a big one. Top edge and it goes all the way! A maximum to end a very expensive first by Ferguson. He goes short and on the body of Shaw. Prithvi swivels and tries to pull but the ball flies off the top edge, over the keeper's head and over the fence. DC 15/0 in 2 overs
22.05 IST: SIX! Shaw slams Delhi's first maximum of the match. What a shot! Ferguson is guilty of offering a lot of width outside off. Shaw is down on one knee as he lofts it over covers. It is right off the middle and it carries all the way. First of the innings. DC 9/0 in 1.4 overs
22.01 IST: Prasidh Krishna to Shikhar Dhawan, Good delivery! From around the wicket, Krishna comes running in and lands it around off. It comes back in. Dhawan looks to play at it with soft hands but ends up getting an inside edge to short fine leg.
22.00 IST: Prasidh Krishna to Prithvi Shaw, Delhi are underway! Slightly short and on the body, Shaw works it through square leg. The fielder is in the deep and a single is taken.
21.58 IST: We're back for the chase! Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw walk out, Krishna handed the ball and 179 on the board. Let's get started.
21.43 IST: Keemo Paul to Kuldeep Yadav, A top edge to end the innings. A top edge to end the innings. Another slower ball, around middle, Kuldeep looks to pull but gets a top edge which balloons over the keeper. Short fine leg gets across and keeps the batsmen down to a couple. KOLKATA FINISH ON 178/7!
21.42 IST: Keemo Paul to Piyush Chawla, FOUR. Excellent batting! A yorker outside off, Chawla squeezes it behind point and the ball races away!
21.41 IST: Keemo Paul to Carlos Brathwaite, OUT c Rahul Tewatia b Keemo Paul. Kolkata have lost their seventh wicket.
* Keemo Paul to bowl the final over. 3-0-36-1 so far.
21.37 IST: Chris Morris to Piyush Chawla, FOUR! Lucy there for Chawla. Morris changes the pace of the ball here and bowls a slower off cutter. Chawla goes for the drive as the ball takes the inside edge and rolls fine behind for a boundary. The ball was too close to the leg stump.
* Piyush Chawla walks in at number 8, replacing Russell.
21.34 IST: Chris Morris to Andre Russell, OUT! caught in the deep! Russell departs. Read that again. DRE RUSS OUT. But another good innings. And let us praise the field placement and the execution of the plan. The strategy was to bowl full and wide outside off and force Russell to go on the off side. It was a low full toss outside off and Andre squeezed it out. Gave it direction but it went straight to Kagiso Rabada at deep backward point who simply did not have to move an inch. Russell goes down on his haunches but he has been well trapped here.
* A bit of a delay again as the physio comes out.
21.28 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Andre Russell, SIX! Another mistimed stroke goes the distance! Short and on middle, following the batsman again, Russell looks to pull but the ball takes the top edge and sails over mid-wicket this time!
21.27 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Andre Russell, SIX! What. A. Shot. Rabada can just stand over there and admire the hit. He has followed Russell with a short ball but what has the Jamaican done?
21.26 IST: Chris Morris to Andre Russell, SIX! Colossal! Well u don't bowl those to any batsman. Morris bowls a waist height full toss to Russell, he just clobbers it over deep mid-wicket and for a maximum.
21.24 IST: Chris Morris to Andre Russell, OUT OF MY WAY! Oh dear... poor Brathwaite. He is smiling and thank God for the abdomen guard. This was hammered. Absolutely nailed. Short and outside off, Russell backs away and slaps it straight back. Unfortunately for him and more unluckily for his partner, it is straight at his box. Brathwaite tries to duck but is hit on the box. Ouch. But he shows no pain. Instead, he shows a thumbs up and smiles! Strong man...
* A bit of sawdust being sprayed around the bowler's landing area. Apparently, Morris was slipping, so he called for the same.
21.20 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Andre Russell, SIX! CRASH! The first of the night! Full and outside off, Russell gets down and slogs it over deep mid-wicket. Flat hit!
21.18 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Andre Russell, FOUR! Brilliant batting. Not for the first time this season, have we seen placement and timing apart from power, from Russell.
* STRATEGIC BREAK. Kolkata are losing the plot here, they were cruising after the fall of the first wicket when Uthappa and Gill made a comeback and build a 63-run partnership.
21.15 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Dinesh Karthik, OUT c Shikhar Dhawan b Kagiso Rabada. Kolkata have lost their fifth wicket.
21.12 IST: Keemo Paul to Andre Russell, FOUR! Too short and too far down the leg side. Russell helps it past the diving keeper to the fine leg fence.
21.10 IST: Keemo Paul to Shubman Gill, OUT! CAUGHT! Gill has to depart after a really fine innings.
21.08 IST: Keemo Paul to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Excellent placement by Gill. Paul starts with a slower ball outside off stump line, Gill reads it early and he just cuts it behind point for an excellent boundary.
* Keemo Paul is back on. 2-0-25-0 so far.
21.07 IST: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, FOUR! More runs. This is turning out to be a bonus over for Kolkata. Iyer wants the spinner to be done and dusted with quickly, before the death overs but this last over of his has taken a pounding.
21.06 IST: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, SIX! Gill freeing up now!
21.05 IST: Axar Patel to Andre Russell, FOUR! CRACK! Short and wide outside off, Russell rocks back and slaps it through point for a boundary!
* Dinesh Karthik or Andre Russell? It is Dre Russ...
21.03 IST: Chris Morris to Nitish Rana, OUT! A perfect yorker and Rana is out of here! Superb bowling from Morris. Missed the yorker on the previous ball but this time got it right. Right under the bat as Rana looked to go hard through the off side. The LED bails illuminate. KKR 93/3 in 12.4 overs
21.00 IST: Chris Morris to Nitish Rana, SIX! Just over! A length ball, in line of the stumps, Rana flicks it casually over mid-wicket. Dhawan at the ropes leaps but the ball just eludes him.
20.58 IST: Chris Morris to Shubman Gill, Fifty for Gill. His 2nd in the Indian T20 League. Morris bowls a length ball outside off, Gill cuts it behind point and straight to third man for a single.
20.56 IST: SIX! Gill steps up and it goes all the way. Very few shots in this innings have been aerial from him and eventually Gill decides it is time. Steps out, gets to the pitch of the ball and swings it cleanly over long on! KKR 85/2 in 11.4 overs
* Ishant Sharma is back on attack.
* Ricky Ponting who is up for an interview says he is happy with the start as it looks a very good wicket. Further adds there is also dew around so he would be happy if they keep them down to 170. Mentions the bowlers have to bowl a good length here and Gill is playing a good innings but they have good pacers to pull things back. States they will look to not bowl Rabada anymore and hold him for the back end for Russell. Credits the way Iyer has been doing as a captain and says he is a terrific young guy. He hopes to win the game here, they won the toss and they would hope to chase whatever they post. Ends by saying he is enjoying the role of a coach so far, loves the atmosphere and he is relishing the opportunity in coaching in the best League in the world.
20.45 IST: Keemo Paul to Nitish Rana, Continues bowling on a length outside off to Rana, who again guides it down to third man for a run.
* STRATEGIC BREAK. Nitish Rana walks in at number 4, replacing Uthappa. Kolkata not quite running away with the game and Delhi will be happy. The bowling has been decent apart from a few loose balls and do not forget - the hosts are a bit light in batting tonight. Of course, that the batters other than Dre Russ have not fired is another food for thought...
20.38 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, OUT! That is a stunner from Rishabh Pant and Uthappa has to go! The short ball does the trick. A couple were punished earlier but this time, it has resulted in a wicket. Also, the pace. 146.2 kph. No child's play. Robbie looks to pull but clearly is done in by the pace. Too much for him. The ball takes the glove and then lobs behind. Now, about the man doing the glovework. Rishabh Pant. The ball flies after making contact with the glove but Pant takes off too. Leaps full stretch to his left and takes a magnificent diving catch. Rabada starts to appeal but gamesman Uthappa walks. The 63-run stand is broken and it might be a blessing in disguise for Kolkata. 30 balls for Uthappa's 28... KKR 63/2 in 8.4 Overs
* Rabada returns to attack.
22.34 IST: Axar Patel to Shubman Gill, Bowls it slower and outside off, Gill drives it to mid off and takes a single.
22.30 IST: Keemo Paul to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Take that says Gill. Uthappa hits a six and Gill follows with a four. KKR 56/1 in 6.4 Overs
22.27 IST: Keemo Paul to Robin Uthappa, SIX! Maximum use of the Free Hit! Poor bowling. Slower ball and that too, short in length. Uthappa waits and pulls it over long on!
22.25 IST: Keemo Paul to Shubman Gill, No ball! Bowls it outside off on a length, Gill drives it mid on and takes a quick run.
20.22 IST: Ishant Sharma to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Gill is in some fine form here. Fourth boundary for him.
20.20 IST: Ishant Sharma to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Another short ball and another four. Ishant bowls a leg cutter, short and on off, Gill pulls it with ease for a boundary. KKR 33/1 in 4.1 Overs
20.18 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Third boundary of the over! Outside off, Uthappa waits for the ball to come to him and dabs it late past short third man! 12 from the over...
20.17 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Too easy. On the pads, flicked through square leg for the second boundary of this over.
20.16 IST: Kagiso Rabada to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Skewed, but safe! On a length outside off, Uthappa looks to go inside out but the bat turns in his hands. Gets a thickish outside edge which flies over point.
20.14 IST: Ishant Sharma to Shubman Gill, FOUR.
20.12 IST: Ishant Sharma to Shubman Gill, That's lucky for Gill. It would have been touch and go. Gill taps this length ball to mid on and goes for a quick run. Iyer at mid on, collects the ball quickly and has a shy at the non-striker's end.
* Ishant Sharma to continue from the other end
20.09 IST: Chris Morris to Robbie Uthappa, FOUR! Leg side again from Morris and he pays the price for it. Full and straight, Uthappa walks across and flicks it with ease through mid-wicket for a boundary!
20.07 IST: Chris Morris to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Gill and Kolkata are underway. Starts off with a full ball on the pads, Gill just flicks it with ease through mid-wicket and gets a boundary. KKR 4/1 in 1.1 Overs
* Chris Morris to bowl from the other end.
20.04 IST: Ishant Sharma to Robin Uthappa, Play and a miss. Ishant is making the ball talk. On a length, just outside off, Uthappa looked to defend but the ball just moved off the surface a bit and beat the outside edge. Did not carry through to the keeper. KKR 0/1 in 0.4 Over
20.01 IST: Ishant Sharma to Joe Denly, OUT! KABOOM! What a start that is to the game. A wicket off the very first ball. Joe Denly bags a golden duck on his Kolkata debut. A top, top nut to get first up. That swung in like a banana from way outside off. It is also on a fuller length. Denly ends up playing against the swing as he tries to drive it through the off side. He misses and his off stump goes for a walk. Replays show that the ball has flicked the pads before hitting the stumps. Delhi are pumped up here. KKR 0/1 in 0.1 over
* Simon Katich rings the bell and we are all set for the action to begin now! The Delhi players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by a new opening pair for Kolkata, Joe Denly and Shubman Gill.
19.46 IST: Shreyas Iyer says they want to bowl first, the wicket looks like a better and he wants to see how it plays. Mentions they have done well chasing and hence, they want to chase. Informs Paul comes in for Lamichhane.
19.42 IST: Dinesh Karthik says the first game was an abbreviation, they did not expect the wicket to play like that and they are now looking forward to this one. Informs they have three forced chances, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson and Carlos Brathwaite come in for Gurney, Narine and Lynn.
19.40 IST: Pitch Report - Ian Bishop says that the seamers can bowl the short ball as it could be a good tactic but that can also travel if not bowled properly. Informs that it is a well-grassed surface and the ball won't turn a lot but it will skid and slide on. Ends by saying that dew might be a factor so chasing should be better.
19.37 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 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
19.34 IST: Delhi Capitals Playing XI- Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Keemo Paul, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma
19.30 IST: Delhi Capitals win toss opt to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders
19.14 IST: Both teams have arrived for the clash at Eden Gardens.
19.10 IST: Kagiso Rabada is all set for another heroic show against Kolkata Knight Riders.
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19.00 IST: The previous encounter went to a 'super over'. What can we expect at Edens this time?
Hello and welcome to our live blog of Match 26 of the IPL as KKR host DC at Eden Gardens. The TOSS will take place at 7.30 PM IST while play will commence from 8.00 PM IST.
Brief Report: The spotlight will be on Sourav Ganguly even as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) look to seek home comfort against Delhi Capitals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) return fixture at the Eden Gardens on on Friday. Former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Ganguly is donning the hat of an advisor at Delhi Capitals, and is expected to sit in the away team's dugout despite a conflict of interest complaint against him. (Read Full Report Here)