April 14, 2010

Why all isn't lost for Kolkata yet

S Rajesh

Kolkata’s heavy defeat against Chennai has considerably set back their chances of a semi-final berth, but all isn’t yet lost for Sourav Ganguly and Co. The disadvantage for Kolkata is their net run rate, which, at -0.632, is the lowest among all the teams. The advantage is that they’ll be playing both of their last two matches at home, where they’ve won three out of five matches. The other advantage is the lack of consistency of the rest of the contestants – none of the other teams in the reckoning have shown the kind of form needed to pull away from the pack. If other results go Kolkata’s way – and if they win their last two matches, obviously – they can make the last four without even the need for net run rates to come into play. Consider the following scenario:

Bangalore, Deccan and Chennai lose their remaining matches, which means each of those teams stays at 12 points. If Rajasthan beat Bangalore and lose to Kolkata, they’ll go up to 14, while Delhi move to second place and 16 points with wins against Chennai and Deccan. In such a scenario, Mumbai and Delhi will take the top two places, with Rajasthan and Kolkata will be on 14, with four teams, including Punjab, tied on 12. (And if Bangalore beat Rajasthan, everything else remains the same with Bangalore replacing Rajasthan on 14 points.) Can someone please tell Shahrukh Khan and Ganguly that it ain’t all over yet?

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Posted by YUSUF on (April 17, 2010, 11:09 GMT)

Journey over for kkr.they r not deserve to play in semis.it has been realy poor perfomence by kkr. ganguly play better but u just look at that his strike rare. its been not good at all.u juts look sachin, dravid kallis thier strike rate.and also biggest mistake they made is they dont open with mccullum.

Posted by kiran on (April 14, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

ll it all up to dada srk and their team lets hope for the best . . .

Posted by Gyan Prakash on (April 14, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

KKR's biggest mistake was dropping hodge and shah for bigger names. Shah was playing well and might have been more useful than mccullum and hussey.

Posted by sailesh on (April 14, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

GANGULY is the only man in the entire team who is playing resonably in this series while gayle is so pleasing for his role. Mccullum, Hussey none of them are showing consistency. Mendis and Ishant can be thrown to trash. KKR should forget what they are and should win last two. Atleast I hope DADA Shouldn't face one more wrong umpiring decision.

Posted by Ramakanth on (April 14, 2010, 16:25 GMT)

It is also possible even if rcb wins all the games...the only thing is chennai and deccan should lose all the remaining matches and kolkata must win the remaining matches..its not that difficult for kolkata still...they must pray for dd and punjab to win the remaining matches.

Posted by Ashish Mishra I Bank on (April 14, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

I Don't know why the people are supporting KKR for their bad performance.we can forgive them once,twice or maximum thrice but not every time.KKR team don't deserve the win and i can not understand where the player like Dada,Gayle,Hussy,mc cullum,Dinda,Karthik,agarkar,and bond is in the team and they are losing losing and losing,whts rubbish.if we are comparing with any team which team is same as KKR.its very dificult to understand why they are not consistance to win?why they are depending on NRR or why they are seeing other's performance?why they are not trusting their streingths.wake up team Dada and SRK.there is something wrong with the team co-operation.Dada you need to take some serious action to reach the semis.rest is ur luck bye and take care with gud luck

Posted by Balu Tutika on (April 14, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

I am a big big KKR fan. Unfortunately, things are not coming in Dada's way. It's not Sourav who let the team down..I don't know why SRK is still supporting mccullum. not only him, there r lot more players like mccullum.for next ipl pluck him from the squad and take in some worthy players..All the best for IPL4 SRK..

Posted by sol on (April 14, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

yeah right? Suppose KKR wins their 2 last games and other games were rained out...KKR makes it. what a day dream!

Posted by Adnan Akram on (April 14, 2010, 16:22 GMT)

At this stage, it seems kkr are fighting for the last position.Can they grab it from punjab

Posted by Yuvaraja on (April 14, 2010, 16:21 GMT)

Really it's Good Strategy Man...We also keep positive hopes and goahead with rest of 2 games!!!

Am Mentally a Ganguly Fan, So I will Surely KKR and where ever Ganguly plays...If it is Domestic too!!!

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S Rajesh
Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.

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