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Kolkata Knight Riders team in IPL Auction 2017: KKR spend big on Boult, Woakes

Trent Boult, Woakes, Coulter-Nile should solve KKR's death bowling woes, also sign Rovman Powell.
Updated: 20 February 2017 15:33 IST - Published: 20 February 2017 15:27 IST
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KKR Auction Summary: Going into the auction, KKR knew they need quality fast bowlers, death bowlers and some back-up at various departments. They knew what they wanted and they went all out for it and despite filling all the gaps, they still had plenty of cash to spare, which speaks of the strategy that they employed.
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KKR end their IPL Auction 2017 with a squad of 23 players, with a maximum of nine overseas players and with INR 5.4 crore in the bank.

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And that brings the proceedings to an end.
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KKR go for another unknown player in Sayan Ghosh for INR 10 lakh.
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Darren Bravo goes to KKR for INR 50 lakh.
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And with that we are entering the final round of the auction with each team submitting three players they want.


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A couple of astute uncapped buys from KKR.
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KKR go for Ishank Jaggi and get him for a base price of 10 lakh.
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Brad Hogg's dark horse pick, Ashton Turner goes unsold but KKR get Sanjay Yadav for INR 10 lakh.
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Gujarat Lions are making a mockery of going for the tried and tested method as they keep picking up unknown players at their base price.
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KKR going silent.
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He might not be a replacement for Russell, but he certainly is a steal for just INR 30 lakh. Another promising Windies all-rounder.
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KKR go in for Rovman Powell with a base price of INR 30 lakh and they get him for his base price.
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Several Ranji stars continue to go unsold.
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Couple of surprising picks from RCB and DD who snap up Praveen Dubey and Navdeep Saini.
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No.1 ranked ODI and T20I bowler Imran Tahir goes unsold
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KKR go for it at INR 3.5 crore and Nathan Coulter-Nile is their man.
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Nathan Coulter-Nile comes up and there is a bidding war between SRH and KKR.


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And Guptill goes to Kings XI for INR 50 lakh.
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The first player of the afternoon session is Martin Guptill.
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ANDDD. We are BACK
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KKR captain Gautam Gambhir reveals why they didn't go for Ben Stokes. He admitted that it is difficult to replace Andre Russell and while he admitted Ben Stokes was an option, Gambhir felt he was too expensive and buying would reduce their chances of getting other players later in the auction.
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There will be a break for lunch and we will resume at 2 PM.
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Morning session in numbers: 
Players auctioned: 108
Players sold: 33
Total money spent: 76.75 crores
Costliest buy: Ben Stokes - INR 14.5 crores


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List of Players bought by KKR so far:
Trent Boult INR 5 crore
Chris Woakes INR 4.2 crore
Rishi Dhawan INR 55 lakh

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We will now break for lunch and be back before too long.
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KKR Auction so far: KKR needed death bowlers and they went big for Trent Boult and Chris Woakes, got them both and still have plenty of money left in the bank to fill other gaps in the squad.
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Next up is spinners but KKR are likely to be silent in this pool.
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KKR are out and GL get Gony for INR 60 lakh.
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KKR go in for Manpreet Gony who has a base price of INR 30 lakh.
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Varun Aaron goes to Kings XI for INR 2.8 crore
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There is a furious bidding war for Varun Aaron between Kings XI and Gujarat Lions.
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KKR have been smart with their buys so far. They have issues in their squad and so far they have methodically solved it. Now they have gone for Rishi Dhawan for INR 55 lakh.
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Up comes Niroshan Dickwella. KKR need a back-up keeper. Will they go for him? No they don't.
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KKR seem to have solved their death-bowling woes with the signing of both Boult and Woakes.
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KKR have Chris Woakes for INR 4.2 crore
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It is already past INR 3.5 crore and the bidding war only continues to go furiously.
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KKR have woken up, finally from their slumber.
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Chris Woakes with a base price of INR 2 crore and KKR have the opening bid.
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Gambhir has the look of a man who has lost his soul and is contemplating life in all of its idiosyncracies. 
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KKR camp have gone silent. And that is surprising with nearly 15 crore in the bank.
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KKR still have INR 14.75 crore in the bank. But another silent round for them.
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KKR need some depth in the fast bowling and it is surprising to see them remain silent.
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After a three-way tussle between Kings XI, SRH and KKR, Kings XI get him for INR 3 crore.

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Another bidding war, this time for T Natarajan, who has been compared to Mustafizur. KKR come in at INR 1 crore against Kings XI.
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RCB have their man at INR 2 crore.
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There is currently a bidding war for Aniket Choudhary, the man India are using as preparation for Mitchell Starc, between RCB and GL.


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Former KKR star Manvinder Bisla goes unsold and up next is uncapped fast bowlers.
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The man who scored a T20 300, Mohit Ahlawat is up next for INR 10 lakh but he goes unsold.
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Surprisingly, Nabi's teammate Mohammad Shahzad goes unsold.


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