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

first_img India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 14:33 IST IPL 2019: KKR are sitting second on the points table with four wins from six matches ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKolkata Knight Riders are bidding to become the 3rd IPL team to win 100 T20 matchesThe Knight Riders host Delhi Capitals in Match 26 of IPL 2019 on FridayKKR have a 100 percent record at Eden Gardens in IPL 2019, having won two in twoKolkata 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:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Eden GardensFollow Andre RussellFollow Sourav Ganguly IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders on the cusp of T20 landmark on return to Eden GardensIPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping to make it three wins in as many matches at Eden Gardens as they return to Kolkata after having been on the road for close to two weeksadvertisementlast_img read more

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China plays down Indian concerns on Lanka ties

He was answering queries on how China planned to allay Indian fears over increasing forays by its ships and submarines into the Indian Ocean region after Beijing last month released its first ever report outlining a new military strategy enhancing its navy’s duties for the first time to “open seas protection”. China today played down Indian concerns on Chinese submarines visiting Sri Lanka and Pakistan recently.The Indian Ocean (IO) region was not India’s backyard and upholding this perception could trigger clashes, the Chinese military cautioned, with analysts seeing it as sabre-rattling by the northern neighbour to gain dominance in the strategically crucial territory, the Hindustan Times reported. “The word backyard is not very appropriate to use for an open sea and international areas of sea,” senior captain Zhao Yi, associate professor of the Institute of Strategy in China’s National Defence University, told a group of Indian journalists. “I admit geographically speaking India has a special role to play in stabilising Indian Ocean and the South Asian region.”Questions about PLA navy’s maritime strategies were raised in the context of Chinese submarines visiting Sri Lanka and Pakistan recently, but officers played down Indian concerns. “The Chinese government has been very prudent in handling PLA navy’s navigation to the IO. Most of the time when our submarines go to the Indian Ocean, we diplomatically inform our neighbouring countries,” said Zhang Wei, a researcher with the PLA Navy Academic Institute. “We should enhance cooperation in order to enhance mutual trust at the level of military and government.”Zhao quoted a US scholar who said the IO region was likely to be a focus area and at the epicentre of maritime clashes in the 21st century.“This scholar indicated that there would be severe clashes in the IO areas. I did not agree with him. But if someone views (the region) as its backyard, I am afraid this possibility (of clashes) cannot be eliminated,” the officer noted. Beijing, however, did recognise New Delhi’s stabilising influence in the IO and South Asia region, said a senior officer from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the largest defence forces in the world. The Indian Ocean region was very important to China as well as other countries as it was an important channel for international trade and that is why Beijing sought relevant navigational rights through it, Zhao said. read more

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