7.40 pm: The toss update is here. KKR have won the toss and decided to have a field. Two changes for Delhi. Colin Munro and Vijay Shankar are back as Daniel Christian and Gautam Gambhir go out. For KKR, Mitchell Johnson is back in place of Tom Curran. Follow the match here with our scorecard.
7.30 pm: Hello and welcome to Match No.26 of IPL 2018 between Delhi and Kolkata at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium. Following Gautam Gambhir’s decision to leave the DD captaincy earlier this week, more bad news greeted the franchise ahead of the match as allrounder Chris Morris was ruled out of the rest of the season due to injury. Fellow South African Junior Dala was named his replacement.
Struck by the crisis emanating from Gautam Gambhir’s resignation as captain, a beleaguered Delhi face a Herculean task to revive their IPL campaign when they clash with Kolkata on Friday under young skipper Shreyas Iyer.
Gambhir leaving the captaincy role earlier this week does not guarantee resurrection of the side but the left-hander’s decision has given the team management a chance to infuse new life into the franchise with new ideas.
Gambhir’s rough patch, along with poor form of other batsmen, has resulted in over-reliance on young Rishabh Pant. The team has lost five of its six matches and is languishing at the bottom of the points table.
Gambhir the batsman would still be critical if a turnaround has to happen for Delhi but it remains to be seen if he remains in the playing XI. The hosts are now in an unenvious position where they need to win seven of the remaining eight matches to be in Play-offs contention.