From the Pavilion
The Kolkata Knight Riders begin their title defence on a good note with a 6 wicket win over Delhi Daredevils.
Jayawardena's 66 off 52 balls is his highest score for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, outstripping the 56 not out against Kings XI at Delhi on May 15, 2012.
Some disciplined bowling by the Daredevils preventing Knight Riders from running away with the game.
Unmukt Chand became the second Delhi player after Gautam Gambhir (against Chennai at Kingsmead, Durban on April 23, 2009) to be dismissed off the first ball of a match at the IPL.
The Knight Riders look to go on the attack early as they chase Delhi's 128 for victory.
Sunil Narine takes four wickets for 13 runs in 4 overs as Delhi are restricted to 128 in 20 overs.
Delhi set Kolkata a target of 129 runs from 20 overs at Eden Gardens
Mahela Jayawardena hits a fifty as wickets tumble around him.
Daredevils in a spot of bother at 97/6 in the 16th over against Knight Riders.
Rajar Bhatia has a good outing with 2/23 from his 4 overs to pull things back for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Brad Haddin happy to sport a smile as he looks forward to the game against Delhi.
Gautam Gambhir discusses with his team ahead of the game.
Sunil Narine strikes at a critical stage by removing David Warner.
Despite the early loss of Unmukt Chand the Daredevils are looking to up the scoring rate against Kolkata at Eden.
Brett Lee's role is doubled by his role as bowling coach and player for the Knight Riders.
Sunil Narine looks confident ahead of the IPL opener between Kolkata and Delhi. (Photo credits KKR)
Delhi and Kolkata have played each other 9 times in the Indian Premier League. Kolkata has won 5 times while Delhi have won 4 times.
Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir decided to field first against Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens.
Delhi Daredevils beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets when they played at Eden last year. This was the second match of the Indian Premier League 2012.
Delhi Daredevils take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the opener at Eden Gardens. But they are without many of their key players and so face a tough task ahead.
Mahela Jayawardene, Michael Lumb, and Gautam Gambhir have scored - 389, 386 and 384 - fours, respectively, prior to the start of the IPL 6. They require 11, 14 and 16 fours to aggregate 400 fours in T20 games.
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Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni enjoys winning percentage of 61.70 - 58 wins, 36 losses and one no-result game out of 95 played. On May 21, Michael Hussey (86 not out off 58 balls) posted his first fifty against Mumbai Indians in seven innings at the IPL, eclipsing the 49 at Bangalore on May 23, 2012. The veteran Australian's aforesaid innings is the highest individual score by a Chennai player against Mumbai at the IPL, eclipsing Suresh Raina's unbeaten 83 off balls at Brabourne Stadium on March 25, 2010.
Bookie Jitender Singh, alias Jeetu (38), who was arrested from Ahmedabad on Friday, also claimed he tried to strike deals with some players of 'Uva', a team in Sri Lankan Premier League, but was not successful, they said.
Pos. P W NR L NRR Pts.
16 11 0 5 +0.530 22
16 11 0 5 +0.441 22
16 10 0 6 +0.322 20
16 10 0 6 +0.003 20
16 9 0 7 +0.457 18
16 8 0 8 +0.226 16
16 6 0 10 -0.095 12
16 4 0 12 -1.006 8
16 3 0 13 -0.848 6