Tom Curran returns in place of Mitchell Johnson as Delhi bowl first. © BCCI

Tom Curran returns in place of Mitchell Johnson as Delhi bowl first. © BCCI

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Toss: Gautam Gambhir won the toss and Delhi Daredevils chose to field first against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday (April 16), in the 13th match of the Indian Premier League 2018.

Team News:

Kolkata Knight Riders: IN: Tom Curran; OUT: Mitchell Johnson.

Delhi Daredevils: IN: Chris Morris; OUT: Dan Christian.

What they said:

Dinesh Karthik: All teams seems to be chasing, gives us a chance to put a score on the board. We all expect ourselves to bat a little better. We all can play a bit longer.

Gautam Gambhir: Looks a good wicket, not going to change much. If anything, it’ll be better. Trying to control it (emotions). I couldn’t have achieved all that we did without the support of the Kolkata fans. We all know how destructive Jason Roy can be. This wicket will suit him as well. Hope he can continue the same form.

Tournament: Both Delhi and Kolkata have won one of their three matches. While Kolkata beat Bangalore and then lost to Chennai and Hyderabad, Delhi opened their account after two losses with a last-ball win against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. This game marks the return of Gambhir to Eden Gardens as an opponent after he led Kolkata for seven seasons.

Conditions: In both the matches played at the Eden Gardens this season, the spinners have got good assistance and not much is expected to change. Batsmen will get value for runs provided they imply themselves. It has been quite hot, but the temperature is expected to drop in the evening.


Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (capt, wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav.

Delhi Daredevils: Jason Roy, Gautam Gambhir (capt), Rishabh Pant (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer, Vijay Shankar, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammed Shami, Trent Boult.