Sunrisers the rising force in 2018 IPL


Both teams have played 20 times against each other in IPL, out of which Kolkata have won 12 matches while Delhi has won at eight times.

Gambhir led KKR to two IPL triumphs in 2012 and 2014 and is their all-time highest scorer.

Mystery spinner Sunil Narine (3/18) and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/32) were the pick of the bowlers for the hosts. Under their new skipper Dinesh Karthik, KKR could have converted those two defeats into wins with a slightly better performance. Delhi Daredevils, having won their last match were brimming up with confidence to register another win in their name in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR found themselves a surprising run scorer in Nitish Rana, the pick of the batsmen scoring 59 runs in 35 deliveries. Pant and Maxwell tried to make a match out of it but once they fell it was all over for the daredevils.

The ladder: Both sides registered just one win prior to their fourth game matchup, with one team destined to have a 1-3 record after a result had been reached. Hyderabad, who have lost all five matches to the Kolkata at the venue, have set themselves up nicely to break that jinx.

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Karthik would also hope that his deputy Robin Uthappa, who is a KKR veteran, shoulders more responsibility with the bat as his scores of 13, 29 and 3 have been a big letdown. He was clobbered for 42 runs in his last couple of overs as KKR raced towards 200 easily.

Gill looked a fish out of water, huffing and puffing to three runs of nine balls before Bhuvneshwar Kumar got his back while Mavi was hit for 10 runs in his only over. He hit 5 fours and 5 sixes until KKR's skipper took his catch. Momentum too is on their side and could play a huge factor in the match.

The home side batting will be tested against quality bowling line up comprising of Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris and Daniel Christian. It was hard to miss the poetic justice of the milestone coming in front of Gambhir, his former captain, who played a part in Narine's stardom.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.