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All eyes on Ishant and Gambhir as Delhi clash with Karnataka

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Ishant Sharma's fitness will be put to test even as selectors will also keep an eye on comeback- man Gautam as a strong side take on a depleted in their cricket match here tomorrow.

It will also be a homecoming for when the two-time IPL-winning Knight Riders take field at Eden Gardens.

Viral fever, Chikungunya had forced gangling Ishant out of the three-Test series against and he will be keen to make an impression ahead of the series against

Former champions will wear a depleted look as skipper R has joined Lokesh Rahul in the injury list and youngster Karun Nair has been named captain to lead the side for the first time in

It presents a good chance to consolidate their place atop the standings in Group B.

Vinay suffered the injury in their match against in Greater He could bowl just 2.3 overs and either left-arm pacer S or youngster Ronit More is expected to be roped into the playing XI.

had beaten Assam by an innings and 93 runs in their Ranji opener en route to log seven points with bonus in Vadodara.

They had to settle for one point against Maharashtra conceding first innings lead in a run-glut in Mumbai in the last match.

Left-handed wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been in ominous form with his knocks of 308 and 146 to lead the run charts, while Gambhir's presence on his familiar territory will make the Delhi batsman feel at 'home'.

Referring to Gambhir's successful stint with KKR since 2011, former Delhi captain and coach KP Bhaskar said: "It is like a hometown for him... Yes, he has been giving us valuable inputs."

This will be Ishant's first match in two months and if he gets into his rhythm he will certainly pose a big threat especially with the new ball on a relaid Eden turf.

Earlier this month, seamers dominated the proceedings grabbing 26 wickets in India's win in the second Test against in an otherwise spin-oriented three-match series as both teams will certainly weigh their pace options.

This will be Karnataka's second match and they come here on the back of a solid performance against where opener R Samarth slammed a career-best 235.

They have the experienced duo of Stuart Binny and Robin Uthappa who is also part of the KKR family.

"It's a huge honour for me to be captaining It's a huge state and a lot of legends have led Karnataka. I want to express myself and do my best," the 24-year-old told reporters.

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First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 18:13 IST