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Knight Riders opt to bat first

Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and elected to bat first against Delhi Daredevils in the 35th IPL match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday.

For Knight Riders, Shoaib Akhtar replaces Umar Gul to make his IPL debut. Murali Kartik makes way for the left-arm spinner, Iqbal Abdulla in the Kolkata camp. For Delhi Daredevils, Manoj Tiwary comes in for Dinesh Karthik.

Sourav Ganguly-led Kolkata Knight Riders have won four matches and lost four from their eight outings so far, and are placed fourth in the standings. As for Virender Sehwag-led Delhi Daredevils, the visitors have also suffered four defeats and four wins from the eight matches played by them so far. Team Delhi are currently placed fifth in the standings, with their net run rate of (+0.500) being a wee less than Team Kolkata (+0.545).

Both the teams will look to climb up the ladder in their quest to make the semi-finals of the inaugural IPL. While Kolkata will be looking to extend their mini winning streak of last two matches, Delhi would be hoping that their top order continues to perform well to give Delhi a win after their last three defeats.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Salman Butt, A Chopra, SC Ganguly, DJ Hussey, LR Shukla, T Taibu, WP Saha, Iqbal Abdulla, I Sharma, AB Dinda, Shoaib Akhtar

Delhi Daredevils
V Sehwag, G Gambhir, S Dhawan, AB de Villiers, TM Dilshan, MK Tiwary, MF Maharoof, VY Mahesh, GD McGrath, P Sangwan, A Mishra.

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