Kolkata Knight Riders v South Australia, CLT20 2011, Hyderabad September 26, 2011

Knight Riders and South Australia seek quick turnaround

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Match facts

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

Big Picture

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.

Quotes

"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

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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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."

  • 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."

  • POSTED BY AnshulNagar on | September 27, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Change in Strategy; Change in Strategy ; If any body associated with KKR is reading it plz do it otherwise will write it 22 time next time.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | September 27, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Promote Ryan TD and Shakib Al Hasan in the batting order----to win the trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    In my opinion.. Kallis should be dropped.. No doubt.. that he is a fine player.. BUT in T20 you need to score runs more quickly.. In place of Kallis KKR should play Haddin.. So basically.. Haddin & Bisla should open the match with positive attitude.. I mean aggressive attitude.. Gambhir should come next.. They should experiment with Shakib by playing him number 4.. Cause he is a great player.. but he needs few balls to settle down.. Then Tiwary.. Yusuf.. Tendo.. Bhatia.. Lee.. Abdulla.. Balaji !! And in terms of bowling.. Shakib should bowl over number 7, 9, 13, 15.. Cause he is good with old bowl.. Abdulla and Yusuf should bowl 4 over each.. Best of Luck KKR !! :D

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    In my opinion.. Kallis should be dropped.. No doubt.. that he is a fine player.. BUT in T20 you need to score runs more quickly.. In place of Kallis KKR should play Haddin.. So basically.. Haddin & Bisla should open the match with positive attitude.. I mean aggressive attitude.. Gambhir should come next.. They should experiment with Shakib by playing him number 4.. Cause he is a great player.. but he needs few balls to settle down.. Then Tiwary.. Yusuf.. Tendo.. Bhatia.. Lee.. Abdulla.. Balaji !! And in terms of bowling.. Shakib should bowl over number 7, 9, 13, 15.. Cause he is good with old bowl.. Abdulla and Yusuf should bowl 4 over each.. Best of Luck KKR !! :D

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Sakib is a good allrounder cricketer in morndern cricket...he can bowl any time when team need...but he can't bat in lower order... he is not a power hiter... kkr should go with the following batting line up:1.kallis 2.shakib 3. gambhir 4. yousuf pathan 5.ryan t d 6. tiwari 7.bisla 8.bhatia 9.lee 10.balaji 11.abdullah . I am just 24yrs...but i am a Coch of a school team... My favr coch is D Wtmore..fav player W Akrm...so Wasim n Wtmor plz accept my team combination...make us proud....

  • POSTED BY soumik on | September 27, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    From the reaction of the fans it's mostly evident that the real cricket followers do see the lack of strategy from KKR team management's part.It's already a shame for us the KKR supporters that the team qualified through the back door and that too by mere qualification after loosing a match.I was surprised (and taken aback) to see the cumulative joy in the KKR team management's face after KKR qualified in the match against Somerset.What a disgrace and shame!!You celebrate in such a way after loosing a match?That too after given an unfair chance to qualify which virtually ensured a spot in the main tournament?That tells a lot about KKR management's approach towards IPL and CLT and in general cricket.As a cricket lover I tend to believe that more matches KKR play more is the promo of a certain film(apart from the money aspect) and footage for a certain person.It's all about misplaced priority all over the years where certainly cricket is not the main one!

  • POSTED BY soumik on | September 27, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    From the reaction of the fans it's mostly evident that the real cricket followers do see the lack of strategy from KKR team management's part.It's already a shame for us the KKR supporters that the team qualified through the back door and that too by mere qualification after loosing a match.I was surprised (and taken aback) to see the cumulative joy in the KKR team management's face after KKR qualified in the match against Somerset.What a disgrace and shame!!You celebrate in such a way after loosing a match?That too after given an unfair chance to qualify which virtually ensured a spot in the main tournament?That tells a lot about KKR management's approach towards IPL and CLT and in general cricket.As a cricket lover I tend to believe that more matches KKR play more is the promo of a certain film(apart from the money aspect) and footage for a certain person.It's all about misplaced priority all over the years where certainly cricket is not the main one!

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    kkr win this match easly becoz brett lee is the key men for kkr

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | September 27, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    In modern cricket injured players are always a liability however big names they are. I dont take Gambhir at face value when he says he is 100% fit as he played in IPL with a shoulder injury which resulted in his missing WI tour. MI ridiculously played an overage and injured Tendulkar in the IPL final and he couldnt win the match for them. In t-20 cricket you need sharp, fit, athelets as one catch missed or fielding lapse may change the game. T&T lost a close game only because two fielders couldnt stop a boundary. Would BCCI take action against Gambhir if he misses a future tour due to reoccurance of injury. BCCI with so much money should professionalise its structure. Its injury management, team selection, standby players, a fitness program for all the contracted and stanby players needs complete makeover.

  • POSTED BY soumik on | September 27, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    If you see the way KKR played in the CLT20 so far (and most of the matches in IPL4),it looks like they don't have any plan at all to better utilize their resources.While almost all the teams has found their proper combination KKR is yet to do that.Bisla is given the responsibility to score quickly at the top,but unfortunately he is not that reliable to score heavily(I can't remember he getting 50).It's understandable that if Kallis plays then opening is the only option for him to score at an acceptable rate.However,I don't simply understand the strategy with Ryan TD and Shakib (as batsman).Most of the times they don't get to bat,when they do the team is already under pressure and on back-foot.Such a waste of talent.I would say open with Kallis and Ryan TD.Have GG at #3 and use pathan and tiwary based on the situation of the match(as a floater).But I wonder if that would ever happen.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | September 27, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    KKR should not win... Was pretty shameful how in the qualifiers, they played for being qualified instead of playing for the win and immediately I was against the team. Would like Mumbai Indians, Somerset, T&T, and Warriors to make it to the semis. Would be very interesting. CHennai just relies on Dhoni, Hussey, and Raina.... Then for Ashwin as a bowler.

  • POSTED BY paxmaxi on | September 27, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Does anyone know if Haddin is playing?? If not why??

  • POSTED BY Umair_Arif on | September 27, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    i just hope no ipl team win as they are so proud

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    if u have the best of guns unused and want to win the battle success will never come on your way. on pen and paper kkr seems to be the best of the teams with three best all rounders of world cricket(shakib,kallis,ryan), one of the best openers(gambhir), finest hard-hitting batsman pathan(also can bowl), famous bret lee, best local lads like abdullah, bhatia,tiwari, bisla. the only thing they require to make the best use of it. for 20-20 cricket the management should act smarter bringing in the best batsmen ahead of few locals. kkr should go with the following batting line up: 1.kallis 2.gambhir 3. ryan t d 4. yousuf pathan 5. shakib 6. tiwari 7.bisla 8.bhatia 9.lee 10.unadkat/balaji 11.abdullah . for bowling experience of kallis and merit of ryan t.d. will come handy. kkr is having the flexibility to utilize at least 7 to 9 bowlers from this eleven and all of them can come good. all the best kkr.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | September 27, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    lee and tait against each other! mamma mia!!

  • POSTED BY Mudaser on | September 27, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    KKR team management should promote tendo in the batting order.

  • POSTED BY Comments11 on | September 27, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    KKR should promote tendo in the batting order. He will rotate the strike and will socre quick runs.

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Kkr should drop shakib al hasan and bring back brad haddin because we get fumbled in the middle order batting and bisla is not good in keeping in last match a simple chance of making van der merve catch behind the stumps in his first ball if he ad done that match would have been different. haddin inclusion will add depth to batting and we will get good keeper and make him open or they can make ten doeschate to open the inns with kallis or gambir too can open with left right combination and haddin to follow and then tendoeschate on 4 and yusuf on 5 followed by bisla as he just looking to attack and concentrating on staying in grease due to this kkr is loosing wickets and runrate is dropping down in first ten overs. this order will strength to kkr midle order. kkr should open bowling attack with kallis and abdulla and lee should not be used in first sixovers because with extra pace in his bowling batsman are taking runs. kallis will be brilliant in opening spel inspite of him in start.

  • POSTED BY carntheredbacks on | September 27, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    I hope the mighty Redbacks destroy KKR!

  • POSTED BY TeamSelector on | September 26, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    KKR need big hitters to bat in the first six overs ... have Kallis anchor the middle & then unleash Yusuf at the death.

    1-Bisla, 2-Gambhir, 3-TenDoeschate, 4-Kallis, 5-Tiwary, 6-Shakib, 7-Yusuf Pathan, 8-Bhatia, 9-Brett Lee, 10-Abdulla, 11-Unadkat

  • POSTED BY nuryhaque on | September 26, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    I think KKR failed to utilize Shakib in proper way.....

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 26, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    KKR batted well but failed with their bowlers in each of the 2 defeats they suffered at the hands of Somerset.They need to reinforce their bowling. Let Kallis bowl his quota of 4 overs, backed by Bhatia, Lee, Abdullah,Shakib & Yusuf. In the last match neither Yusuf nor Kallis were used as bowlers. Balaji & Unadkat need to be benched.Open with Abdullah, Shakib & Kallis. Keep Lee for the later overs.The team has depended heavily on Bisla to score fast, which he did but could not keep his end up. Gambhir needs to contribute as well.A score of 180 appears to be required for the KKR bowling to win.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Promote Ten Doeschate to 3 or 4..he is the key to victory..also let him bowl his overs...he can single handedly bring KKR the champions league trust me!

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | September 26, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    KKR management has a big problem. Their batting order is ridiculous. RTD and Shakib warms the bench while rookie Indians waste too many deliveries. Both Shakib and RTD are under-used. Ryan is the perfect bowler for this condition; but he is never asked to bowl. Kallis' lazy running between the wicket costs at least 20 runs per match. He fails to capitalize in the PP overs as well. Gambhir should open with Kallis at 3 or lower down the order. RTD at 4, Yusuf #5, Shakib #6 and then the rest should follow.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    literally spkn shakib & tendo is da only hope 4 KKR 2 win da trophy...

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  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    literally spkn shakib & tendo is da only hope 4 KKR 2 win da trophy...

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | September 26, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    KKR management has a big problem. Their batting order is ridiculous. RTD and Shakib warms the bench while rookie Indians waste too many deliveries. Both Shakib and RTD are under-used. Ryan is the perfect bowler for this condition; but he is never asked to bowl. Kallis' lazy running between the wicket costs at least 20 runs per match. He fails to capitalize in the PP overs as well. Gambhir should open with Kallis at 3 or lower down the order. RTD at 4, Yusuf #5, Shakib #6 and then the rest should follow.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Promote Ten Doeschate to 3 or 4..he is the key to victory..also let him bowl his overs...he can single handedly bring KKR the champions league trust me!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 26, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    KKR batted well but failed with their bowlers in each of the 2 defeats they suffered at the hands of Somerset.They need to reinforce their bowling. Let Kallis bowl his quota of 4 overs, backed by Bhatia, Lee, Abdullah,Shakib & Yusuf. In the last match neither Yusuf nor Kallis were used as bowlers. Balaji & Unadkat need to be benched.Open with Abdullah, Shakib & Kallis. Keep Lee for the later overs.The team has depended heavily on Bisla to score fast, which he did but could not keep his end up. Gambhir needs to contribute as well.A score of 180 appears to be required for the KKR bowling to win.

  • POSTED BY nuryhaque on | September 26, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    I think KKR failed to utilize Shakib in proper way.....

  • POSTED BY TeamSelector on | September 26, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    KKR need big hitters to bat in the first six overs ... have Kallis anchor the middle & then unleash Yusuf at the death.

    1-Bisla, 2-Gambhir, 3-TenDoeschate, 4-Kallis, 5-Tiwary, 6-Shakib, 7-Yusuf Pathan, 8-Bhatia, 9-Brett Lee, 10-Abdulla, 11-Unadkat

  • POSTED BY carntheredbacks on | September 27, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    I hope the mighty Redbacks destroy KKR!

  • POSTED BY on | September 27, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Kkr should drop shakib al hasan and bring back brad haddin because we get fumbled in the middle order batting and bisla is not good in keeping in last match a simple chance of making van der merve catch behind the stumps in his first ball if he ad done that match would have been different. haddin inclusion will add depth to batting and we will get good keeper and make him open or they can make ten doeschate to open the inns with kallis or gambir too can open with left right combination and haddin to follow and then tendoeschate on 4 and yusuf on 5 followed by bisla as he just looking to attack and concentrating on staying in grease due to this kkr is loosing wickets and runrate is dropping down in first ten overs. this order will strength to kkr midle order. kkr should open bowling attack with kallis and abdulla and lee should not be used in first sixovers because with extra pace in his bowling batsman are taking runs. kallis will be brilliant in opening spel inspite of him in start.

  • POSTED BY Comments11 on | September 27, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    KKR should promote tendo in the batting order. He will rotate the strike and will socre quick runs.

  • POSTED BY Mudaser on | September 27, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    KKR team management should promote tendo in the batting order.