After their sixth loss last night, DD, who started the season with a lot of promise with big signings in Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews and Zaheer Khan, face the prospect of an early elimination.

Slipping to the sixth spot with eight points, DD's survival hopes appear bleak as they may have the onerous task to win all their remaining four matches to stay in contention for a last four berth.

KKR on the other hand are third in the table with 11 points from 10 matches. The Gautam Gambhir-led side has two more home matches left -- DD and Kings XI Punjab on May 10 -- and they would look to keep the momentum going to brighten their playoff hopes.

The smiles are back on KKR team after they returned to winning ways at home against SunRisers Hyderabad in their last match.

KKR had registered a resounding six-wicket victory in the Delhi leg with Gambhir leading from the front with a halfcentury.

The Gautam Gambhir-led unit has got its act together in the last few games at Eden with star players living up to the reputation and the youngsters also providing the necessary support.

Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg has nicely filled in the void left by Sunil Narine, who has been barred by the BCCI for bowling the off-spinner. With eight wickets from four matches, Hogg has bowled at an economy of 6.21.

Gambhir has been the backbone of KKR's batting as they look at their best when the southpaw gives the start along with Robin Uthappa but they have shown a chink in the armour with a weak middle-order.

The likes of Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav have been inconsistent as KKR would hope for the Indian duo to convert their starts.

The campaign for last season laggards, DD has beenblowing hot and cold as they have not able to hold on to the winning momentum.

But come tomorrow, it will be a battle between two spin attacks of both teams with DD boasting of Imran Tahir and Amit Mishra and the duo will look to take the maximum out of the slow Eden track.

Tahir, who had Gambhir bowled after the KKR skipper dragged one back to the stumps, will look to renew his rivalry and give early breakthroughs.

Yuvraj Singh also hit form with a 44-ball 57 in Wankhede but in hindsight DD appeared to have got 15-20 runs short as they eventually went down by five wickets.

But against a team who look invincible at their home zone, DD need to quickly rethink their batting strategy.

DD have inform batsmen in skipper Jean-Paul Duminy and Shreyas Iyer as they would be up for a spin challenge from the likes of Hogg and Piyush Chawla.

As far as head-to-head result is concerned, KKR have their noses in front, having won eight of the 14 matches, while DD have prevailed in the remaining six.

Last season, the honours were split evenly, with both teams winning one match apiece. DD won the first meeting of the season in Dubai by four wickets, before KKR returned the favour, winning by eight wickets in Delhi.

Teams (from)

Kolkata Knight Riders:
Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Ryan ten Doeschate, Andre Russell, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Pat Cummins, Veer Pratap Singh, Piyush Chawla, Brad Hogg, Johan Botha, Kuldeep Yadav, Sumit Narwal, Sheldon Jackson, Aditya Garhwal, K C Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal, Azhar Mahmood and Sunil Narine.

Delhi Daredevils: JP Duminy (c), Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews, Saurabh Tiwary, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Amit Mishra, Imran Tahir, Zaheer Khan, Quinton de Kock, Manoj Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Gurinder Sandhu, CM Gautam, Travis Head, Srikar Bharat, Albie Morkel, Markus Stoinis, Zaheer Khan, KK Jiyas and Domnic Joseph.

Match starts: 8 pm.

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