Kolkata Knight Riders v South Australia, CLT20 2011, Hyderabad

Knight Riders and South Australia seek quick turnaround

The Preview by Nitin Sundar

September 26, 2011

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Match facts

Kolkata Knight Riders v South Australia, September 27
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir's return to competitive cricket was not a happy one as he was out first ball, Kolkata Knight Riders v Somerset, Champions League T20, Hyderabad, September 25, 2011
Gautam Gambhir's return from a concussion lasted only one ball. He will want to last longer against South Australia © AFP

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Both Kolkata Knight Riders and South Australia Redbacks suffered defeats in their opening games, and need quick turnarounds. The Knight Riders are worse off: their campaign has been shorn of momentum after successive losses to Somerset, including one in the qualification round. Gautam Gambhir's return to action after the concussion he suffered in England was closely watched, but fizzled out when he perished first ball. Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan batted extremely well to lift the Knight Riders to 161, but the bowling let them down for the second time in two games, despite not having a perceptible weak link.

South Australia were walloped by the Warriors in their first game, one in which they seemed saddled with one spinner too many. To make matters worse, Shaun Tait endured a forgettable day and was taken apart by JJ Smuts. Coming back from that 53-run hiding will require tremendous depths of resolve, but the fact that their opponents are just as short on confidence should lift their spirits.

It is early days yet, but the Warriors look the most complete side in Group B, which is widely considered the easier one to qualify from. Four other teams could be tussling for the second semi-final spot in the group, and the team that loses on Tuesday could be out of that race.

Watch out for …

Brett Lee played a key role in the Knight Riders' victory against Auckland Aces in the qualifying round, but has not been among the wickets. The chance to steam in against his domestic rivals could fire him up, though.

Michael Klinger was one of the stand-out batsmen in the previous edition of the Champions League. He started well in the chase against the Warriors, but will want to make a bigger contribution against the Knight Riders.

Team news

South Australia will consider dropping one of their three spinners in favour of a seaming option. The Daniels - Harris and Christian - combined to pick up 4 for 47 against Warriors, but the rest of the attack went at over ten runs per over in picking a solitary wicket. The Daniels might be pressed into service earlier on Tuesday.

The Knight Riders have tried Jaydev Unadkat and L Balaji as Lee's support seamer, but neither looked convincing in their respective outings. With the spin depth in their side, they might be better off benching both, provided Jacques Kallis can complete a full spell. His solitary over was pounded for 16 runs in the previous game, which is an area of concern.

Stats and trivia

  • This will be the first encounter between these sides
  • Jacques Kallis is one of only five batsmen to have made more than 100 runs in the tournament. All five played in the qualifiers too.


"We'll obviously sit down and have a chat and the selectors will have another look at it. But playing three spinners has worked very well for us over the last two years and I don't see that being any different on Tuesday or for the rest of the tournament."
Callum Ferguson reveals that South Australia might stick to the three-spinner strategy

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Posted by Karthic2228 on (September 27, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

its not goin to be easy for KKR.... But still KKR are favourites in the tornament... hpe lee gets wickets usuf pathan and tiwary to get scores on board... F

Posted by Akshaygandhi on (September 27, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

any thing happened but gauti is best player as only opener.

Posted by Comments11 on (September 27, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

KKR should think of utilizing tendo in batting and bowling. Send him ahead of Manoj in batting.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

Watching KKR play is one of the worst things.. You waste batsmen like Ryan tan doescathe and Sakib to ensure Manoj tiwari and Bisla bat.. Thats just will ensure you lose every match..

Play like this : Gambhir , Kallis, Ryan tan Doescathe, Sakib , yusuf, manoj tiwari..then bring Bisla, Bhatia, lee, abdullah, balaji

Posted by maja2834 on (September 27, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

Eye opener for Mr.Shahrukh khan "its not the big bucks that wins you the matches its the eye for right selection that do the job" KKR have spend more then 40% of there purse on 2 stupid (overrated) players Gambhir and Pathan and there Bowling is utterly weak because of lack of money to buy good bowlers..And the result is for everyone to see..Gambhir is nothing in 20/20 and Pathan is one dimension player ( Good against poor spinners esp on flattest pitches ) . So the Return on investment on these 2 Overrated players are negative and hurting KKR.Also Hitting AV Suppiah for runs does not make you worth 1.5 Million plus player. So Mr. SRK be smart.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

In my opinion pathan should have to open the inning because at that time he can hit out of 30 yard..........................lol

Posted by   on (September 27, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

in clt20 kkr doing nothing so i think now they need to think about IPL 5 in my openion spend 2 milion on yusuf is kkr big mistak they can easily buy 2 indian player like ASWIN AND PRAVIN KUMAR OR VINAY KUMR OR AMIT MISRA .so kkr think about this and also i dont think so BREET is doing good job for T20 they need some good fast bowler and also if i am kkr selecter i defenatly buy craig kieswetter insted of haddin he is very good T20 player.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs.. Whenever I read ur comment, I just cant stop msyelf laughing.."CHennai just relies on Dhoni, Hussey, and Raina.... Then for Ashwin as a bowler." - If a Team has 4 key players(U surely left out Albie and Bollinger), thn even a kid knows they r fav.. Bt, u r simply writting thm off.. Well, wts more funny is u r lukin for MI win(which definitely seems like depending on one player - Malinga).. Whn I say funny, its so, only going by ur logic.. Other than that, I love any of the IPL team winning CL.. Anyways, thnx 4 d entertainment dude.. :))

Posted by   on (September 27, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Gambhir should not be considered for Aus series.He has to do a lot of batting down under and its clear he hasnt prioritised it.Is his choice and its perfectly fine but after all this workingl ike hell he cant get injured/rest during the test series.

Posted by AnshulNagar on (September 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

Before writing my comments anytime on crickinfo, i first read all other comments then if i think something is missing i write it(to the best of my knowledge), but today i can safely say if anyone from KKR wants to improve his teams prospects, he shd do nothing but incorporate the ideas written here. Plz do it KKR "Change ur batting order."

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