IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders on the cusp of T20 landmark on return to Eden Gardens

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are back playing at home after close to two weeks of being on the road. Dinesh Karthik’s men had a brilliant start to Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, winning two on the trot at Eden Gardens and the second-placed side will be keen on continuing the winning momentum at home when they host Delhi Capitals on Friday.The focus has been on India great Sourav Ganguly in the lead up to match 26 of IPL 2019 as the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain will be seen sitting in the Delhi Capitals dugout as the advisor of the visiting team at the Eden Gardens.Incidentally, the Knight Riders will be eyeing a major T20 landmark in the presence of their former captain and local hero, Ganguly on Friday. KKR have the opportunity to become only the fifth side in T20 history and the third team in IPL to win 100 matches.Only Middlesex (112), Nottinghamshire (103), Warwickshire (101), Mumbai Indians (112) and Chennai Super Kings (110) have managed to register more than 100 wins in T20 cricket.Delhi’s woeful record at Eden GardensKolkata Knight Riders are being considered favourites to beat Delhi Capitals despite the visitors heading into Friday’s match with a two-match unbeaten run.The head-to-head record stands firmly in favour of the Knight Riders. Delhi have lost seven out of eight matches at the Eden Gardens with their only win coming in 2012. KKR have an overall head-to-head advantage of 13-9 in 23 matches between the two sides over the years.The Knight Riders will also be hoping to avenge their early-season defeat to Delhi Capitals. Notably, Shreyas Iyer’s men clinched a Super Over victory when the two teams met on March 30 at the Feroz Shah Kotla.advertisementOne can expect a lot of runs at the Eden Gardens as the wicket at the iconic venue has been extremely batsman-friendly in IPL 2019 with an average score of 200 the highest this season.KKR will be hoping their big guns at the top Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine fire The opening duo has been blowing hot and cold but showed signs of hitting form against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Sunday.All eyes will be on KKR’s top-scorer Andre Russell, who has set IPL 2019 on fire with 25 sixes so far. The last time Russell played at the Eden Gardens, he smashed five sixes and three boundaries in a 17-ball 48 against the Kings XI Punjab (March 27).Russell had also taken the Delhi Capitals bowlers to the cleaners during their away game at Kotla, hitting six sixes in a 28-ball 62.Also Read | MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine: Sanjay Manjrekar on IPL 2019 no-ball rowAlso Read | Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for meAlso See:last_img read more

Klopp: Liverpool unlikely to make more Jan. signings

first_imgTransfers Liverpool unlikely to make further January signings – Klopp Dejan Kalinic 09:46 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JurgenKlopp - cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion FA Cup The Reds have added Virgil van Dijk, but their manager said that would likely be the club’s only signing of the transfer window Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted it was unlikely the Premier League club would make further signings in January.Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool earlier this month in a reported €160 million move to Barcelona.While Klopp has added defender Virgil van Dijk to his squad, Liverpool continue to be linked to numerous other players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, the German said it was unlikely the club would make further additions this month.”It’s not really likely,” Klopp told a news conference Friday.”Should I say 100 per cent no? But that would kill all the rumours and I don’t want to do that.”Come on, we should enjoy it another five days.”Liverpool, who are fourth in the Premier League, host West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round Saturday.Klopp said the club had planned for the entire season and had no reason to panic in January.”I can’t forget our needs. We have a lot of games to come,” he said.”What I don’t like about the January transfer window, is that very often it feels like the season is over and we didn’t use players in the first half of the season so why do you need them in the second part?”We have to plan a full year and that’s what we did.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more