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Junior Dala to replace injured Chris Morris for Delhi Daredevils

30 April 2018

Iyer took over the reins of the captaincy after Gambhir stepped down from his position following Delhi's disastrous start to the ongoing 11th edition of the IPL season, which saw the side lost five of their first six games. I knew that he was going to try something, he was going to try yorkers, so I was ready for the half-volleys and prepared to hit straight. Iyer during the post-match conference stated, "It was not his call but purely the senior pro's call while terming it as something really brave".

Dala adds depth to a pace attack that includes Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Dan Christian, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Sayan Ghosh and Liam Plunkett, who had replaced the injured Kagiso Rabada. The Knights' ploy of opening with spinners, Piyush Chawla Kuldeep Yadav, did not pay dividends as the host openers hit them out of the ground easily.

Daredevils' 219/4, the highest score of IPL 2018, came on a pitch that didn't help spinners and dew didn't appear to make it easier for KKR as they had hoped when Dinesh Karthik elected to bowl. "Sunil Narine, I had prepared for him". Iyer went for a big one again and this time Nitish Rana dropped him off Sunil Narine, giving away another six.

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With a mammoth total on the board, Kolkata needed to be ideal and a flurry of early wickets left the middle order with too much to do. It also allowed batsmen like Iyer and Glenn Maxwell to take a bit of time before teeing off.

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Barring the Andre Russell-Shubman Gill partnership of 64 runs, KKR never were in the game thereafter, with Delhi displaying agility in their fielding to go with the tight lines that maintained pressure on their opponents, and eventually led to the wickets. The first to stand was former captain Gautam Gambhir, who did not stop clapping till a smiling Shreyas came up to shake hands with his predecessor. I think we really need to wake up in the fielding department. They desperately need a win.

The pitch didn't seem to have that many runs in it but the Daredevils got off to an excellent start with Colin Munro (33) and Prithvi Shaw providing a fantastic platform for the middle order to launch. His presence becomes utmost important in the team, since Delhi Daredevils has a lot of young talent like Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer who can learn a lot from Gautam Gambhir.

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Junior Dala to replace injured Chris Morris for Delhi Daredevils