Auckland Aces v Kolkata Knight Riders, Group A, Cape Town

Jolted KKR look for turnaround

The Preview by Kanishkaa Balachandran

October 14, 2012

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Match facts

October 15, 2012
Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)


Brett Lee is bowled, Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils, Group A, Champions League Twenty20, Centurion, October 13, 2012
Knight Riders were undone by pace against Daredevils © Associated Press
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The Champions League moves to Newlands in Cape Town, which will host its first game, between Auckland Aces and Kolkata Knight Riders. The IPL 2012 winners, Knight Riders, got off to a terrible start on Saturday, losing heavily to Delhi Daredevils in Centurion. Chasing 161, Knight Riders were reeling at 3 for 3, undone by pace and movement. It was a puzzling decision by the captain Gautam Gambhir, to chase on a ground that heavily favours the team batting first under lights. Five of their batsmen got hit and Delhi's four-man pace attack was too imposing to tackle.

Knight Riders will be up against a team making its debut in the main round of the Champions League. Auckland arrived in South Africa two weeks before the qualifying round to acclimatise and things have gone smoothly for them, with victories in both their qualifying matches. Kyle Mills has been parsimonious - he had figures of 4-1-6-2 against Sialkot Stallions - and Azhar Mahmood has been among the wickets. Sterner tests lie ahead, when they come up against franchise teams that have the best foreign Twenty20 talent.

Watch out for...

Azhar Mahmood demolished Hampshire with bat and ball, becoming only the sixth player to take five wickets and score a fifty in a Twenty20 match. He may not be an international player anymore but he is enjoying a second coming as a freelance T20 specialist. Gareth Hopkins, the Auckland captain, emphasised the experience Mahmood brings to the unit. His game-changing abilities made him an asset during his on-and-off career for Pakistan and, at 37, his skills haven't diminished.

Brendon McCullum began his World Twenty20 campaign with a blazing 123 against Bangladesh in Pallekele - his second T20 international century. His CLT20 campaign wasn't so special though, getting out for a second-ball duck. Knight Riders also lost Jacques Kallis to an injury before he could open his account. If Kallis misses out, McCullum's contributions at the top will be all the more crucial.

Stats and trivia

  • Gautam Gambhir's last five scores in competitive matches, including India games, are 0,8,0,17,45.
  • Manvinder Bisla needs another 44 for 1000 runs in Twenty20s.

Quotes

"We played badly and it was an embarrassing batting performance. We have the talent and we will come back."
Gautam Gambhir

"Our guys were a step ahead of the opposition in the fielding department and they adjusted to the pitch conditions and the bounce."
Auckland coach Paul Strang

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Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

so nice, that shakib innnnnn......

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

I can't believe gambit chose to bat. Does he not realize that duckworth Lewis heavily favors team batting 2nd in t20 and the weather looks like rain. He always bats first without even thinking. This decision could cost kkr. Aa will be pleased as I am sure they would have chosen to field first. Aa r just lucky gambit is captaining kkr. All these things add to a likely aa win.

Posted by mahafuz1983 on (October 15, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

what a blunder....no no...I am a BD and shakib fan.....happy he is playing......maybe KKR will win too....but bad move to drop lee......r u kidding?......in southafrica?......in overcast condition?......when he bowled briliantly last match?......if they wanted shakib they should have dropped brendon......finger crossed....please Balaji don,t have a off day again

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

kkr very good team.

kkr very good team

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Aces has a good chance to put up a solid competition. With the likes of Mahmood, Guptill, Mills, Hopkins, Vincent n Adams, this team has a good composition to fancy their chances against the KKR. All the best Aces. KKR is one of my favourite teams in CLT20, still today I want Aces to wins. They deserve this coz they cleared the qualification in style. Go ACES GO!!!!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Sakib hove to play today...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

They should play field ryan tendo if kallis is not fit...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

It is a different ball game playing on turning tracks, unlike the dead Indian pitches. Acclimatization process always gets the least time and precedes before parties & private moments. This, then, shows in their field performances

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Big guns of KKR are not having best of time and i wonder why Sakib is not there as he has the best score among all in KKR in individual last match, scored 84 against the strongest bowling attack of the world. and batting lineup is another issue, tiwari need to be promoted, he is a wonderful cricketer no doubt, looking for more time on the wicket. And magical Bret Lee needs to Strike early to make sure narine and Skib do the rest convincingly.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

kallis is not the star hasnt been. I find it quite funny. his excuse for batting so slowly in test matches and one day games has been that theres pressure because if he fails, the whole team does. but in t20? theres 20 overs. theres very little time to anchor as is his usual excuse. and on top of it, in an ipl team theres just a whole bunch of people who can score, gambhir,mccullum,sakib, pathan,etc. So if anything, there would be not pressure, he could just express himself in this format. but alas, he just anchors again. so takin little risks, batting at at strike rate of just over a hundred, basically a run a ball, is it any surprise that he makes 30 40 runs a game, close to 400 500 a season of ipl? and then he gets hits for close to 8 runs an over, and takes basically 1 wicket a game lol. is that really world class? pretty much average i think the sa t20 team finally learnt and dropped him down the order in games where quick run scoring is required. he just cant do it regularly.

Posted by deadite11 on (October 15, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

It seems without shakib al hasan no kkr exists, as some said due to shakib only kkr got cup, yes its true, without him, kkr cant even reach semis.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Lee is not effective for kkr. Every match he gives a lot of runs more than 8 per over and he could not use his experiences. His t20 career is m=87 I=87 Balls=1944 Runs=2360 Wic=76 Econ=7.28 He is not a wicket taker in this format. So KKR can take a spinner for him

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Take SHakib in the team. Otherwise, KKR will not only loose match. They will also loose the support of 150 million people.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

sakib is best allrounder in the world.so he must be played

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Shakib is the best all rounder in the worl,d then dont miss to Click 'Like'.No Shakib , No Kkr.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

It's less about the foreign recruit but more about the local selection that has caused the downfall for kkr. Gambhir will be a complete flop in SA. Yousuf should be immediately replaced. He plays lot of bottom handed shots..not suitable in SA conditions. If kallis is injured, RTD should be in the team, he has experience playing in SA conditions. Shakib can be tested in place of Macullum.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

No Sakib no KKR, KKR needs Sakifs service for wining, Sakif is the number 1 player, remember it.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

shakib is the player KKR needs now...look how well narine bowled..think of narine and shakib bowling 8 overs giving around 45-50 runs and picking 5 wickets in between them

Posted by Ahmad991 on (October 15, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Kkr can use tendo as a opener...a combination of mature and aggresite batting...he also know the r.s.a condition very well best of luck for both team

Posted by jhumon_sydney on (October 15, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

It is realy very disgusting when kkr can not win shakib fans try to prove him superman and shakib haters try to prove him superworst.For the sake of the cricket ppl should find out the weakness or fault of the last match.Biggest problem of kkr is off form of the top players(gambir,kalis,pathan) I reckon monoj tiwary should be promoted to 2 or 3.All should keep in mind this is south african pitch..must be pace friendly.In this case Narine is exceptional..and shakib had very good record in south african pitch.

Posted by repex on (October 15, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

shakib must need for kkr today

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Gambhir should open the inning with yusuf pathan bcoz you have lots of fine plyers at the end.

Posted by Nampally on (October 15, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Gambhir's statement - "We played badly---" is an understatement of the facts. KKR lost top 3 in first 10 balls of the innings. What were they thinking? They also lost their star, Kallis, due to injury. It is tough to rally from this position. Secondly with such poor bowling, KKR cannot afford to keep Shakib on the bench. He is an economical wkt. taking bowler+ an all rounder. If Yusuf Pathan is playing he has to contribute otherwise include another bowler. Balaji was attrocious. Hopefully Kallis is fit to play otherwise this team has little or no chance against Azhar Mahmood & his team. From this game on every match is a "Do or Die" for KKR. The road to recovery starts with Gambhir batting like a Captain in a responsible manner avoiding rash slogs or poking at the balls outside the off. He has to lead the way or give way to someone more reliable & responsible for his actions!.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Kkr will be easy beats in this coetition. Their Indian players will not handle the sa pitches and they will rely totally on their imports. With aa not having to hand over their best players to ill clubs they should knock over kkr with a solid team performance

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

I think Yusuf should open innings with gambir today...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

there was no excuse playing shakib if he was a player of other country undoubtly i think,being a bd player he is descriminated a lot

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

If Shakib playing Today I think KKR Will Wine..........................................

the perfect team 1.Gautam 2.Bisla 3.Kallis 4.Manoj 5.Shakib 6.Yusuf 7.Narine 8.Abdullah 9.Brett Lee 10. Ryan ten Doeschate 11.pradeep Sangwan

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

AA have one man army if he fires team will fire.that is no one else except the azhar mahmood

Posted by Deed on (October 15, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

I won't compare Shakib with Kallis, Shakib is yet to go a far far distance to be measured on that scale. But for KKR's middle order sake Sakib should play. Pathan is hopelessly out of form and it seems KKR don't posses any threat in middle order bating. Adding to that Shakib has this matching winning x factor in terms of both batting and bowling. NB Gagg, you sound more like brainless wrestling fan. Its cricket we are talking about. And remember his score of 83 against Pakistan balling attack in T20 WC, sixes of Omar Gul and lofted cover drive of Said Ajmal, his econ was less than 6 in the same match is good enough to prove his worth.

Posted by British_North_America on (October 15, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

@ Gagg you are nonsense to say Shakib nonsense.He scored 84 off 54 against a mighty Pakistani bowling attack in world cup.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

East & west, Shakib is Best, Remember KKR If there is no Shakib NO win for KKR,

Posted by Dreamscrapper on (October 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

I think the XI that played in the IPL final is the best to choose for this match. if kallis is too injured to play, they may take B Mccullum. And the first and most important is keeping SHAKIB in the playing XI. Otherwise they WON'T win. Auckland is a good side this time and the choose players to play wisely, regardless of national discrimination.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

those who r saying sakib is one of the worse int player should remember that before sakib joined kkr they were just sick failures and after singning sakib they r improving only because of his talent. he takes important wickets in crucial times which even suni cant get. sakib is the best allrounder in the whole world and it is proven by icc and plz dont tell that u r more intelligent than the icc

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 15, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Gambhir z a "HOME BIRD" N HENCE HE CANNOT PLAY OUTSID INDIA IRRESPECTIV OF HIS FORM(his career stats sugest that) n he z nt doing anythng 4 his national team 4 quite a while now so he would b playng wid 0 cnfidence.I DNT SUPORT KKR BT I THNK SHAKIB SHOULD B PLAYD TODAY SO THAT HIS MEDIOCRITY MIGHT B EXPOSD 2 DAY In ordr to keep his ovr.hypd fans quiet.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

If you play #Shakib, you will win #KKR, its lucky dip.#kiwi knows Kiwi better MaC & Bring #kallis home ground condition specialist.And trapped Kiwi in mystery with spin magic trio #Shakib #Iqbal & with Great #Narine My XI 1)G Gambhir*, 2)L Balaji, 3) MS Bisla, 4)DB Das, 5) JH Kallis,6) BB McCullum†, 7)SP Narine,8) YK Pathan,9) Shakib Al Hasan, 10) MK Tiwary 11)Iqbal Abdulla..

Posted by gyusuf6 on (October 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

@Gagg, You must be extremely knowledgeable better than all these world known cricket experts who seem to have a different opinion about Shakib. You may have a selected memory, last t20 world cup he scored 84 against Pak. On the other hand, I'm not agreeing that he is better than Kallis but kallis is not in good form lately....

Posted by ameen85 on (October 15, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

If KAllis is not playing Tendo is the right option. Statistically he overtakes Shakib in T20.. He s T20 specialist. Please do not look at the country, look for the talent and bring him in

Posted by indiasucksgobd on (October 15, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

I'm sorry people KALLIS is worlds greatest all rounder BUT ONLY IN TESTS I WOULD DEFINATELY PICK SHAKIB FOR ODIS AND TESTS INSTEAD

Posted by abs.liton on (October 15, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi. Some people of my country always shout for Shakib. I think it is not needed to shout. If KKR thinks that Shakib should be included then they must include him, but "no shakib, no kkr" that is bullshit words. As a Bangladeshi I feel bored to listen disgusting comments from my fellow men. Men, don't shout for him, we know what Shakib is. He has come here by dint of his ability. And don't compare him with another. Every player has individual records. And some guys from other countries also criticize our Shakib as well as my country. I would like to draw your attention that don't criticize others rather respect them. If u don't know how to respect then stay silent.

Posted by mahafuz1983 on (October 15, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Coming from a BD fan.....pls not this shakib madness again.....was quiet annoying during the ipl.....don't compare kalis with shakib.....during presentation ceremony in world T20 final Watson said "I will be happy if I can become quarter of the player kalis is".....that guy is that good.....shakib is the best BD player ever and I love him too.....but im not blind....and KKR doesn't look down on shakib.....in IPL final when Balaji couldn't play....they drop Brendon and brought lee to keep shakib....its what situation demand......I think shakib will play today if kalis is injured....I thought against DD we should have have abdullah instead of sangwan....I know its fast green pitch....but i don't think sangwan is that good to exploit.....beside hey I'm from subcontinent, I'm not comfortable with one spinner (I don't count yusuf as a spinner)....anyway good luck KKR.....not sure whether I can watch the match....coz it will start at 2 am at night where I live....land down under

Posted by Coments on (October 15, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Shakib is good choice for KKR because he is in form ! he plays against Pakistan in world cup fantastic ! and he is really lucky also for KKR ! no doubt Kallis is fantastic player but as i know he is injured ! so why not Shakib ? and in cricket Luck is very important ! as i see Bangladeshi 160 million people pray for him :) ! even we Pakistani fan also like to see him !

Posted by unlocker on (October 15, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

bd supporter alwayes need shakib.,shakib now playing good cricket in t20 ,he all ready proved ,he can change the game

Posted by Micky TooL on (October 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Again ppl getting emotional..its S.Africa and more bouncy pitches so Kallis Mc Culum Narine and Lee shud be the 4 top overseas players but since Kallis is injured i think Shakib will play...ppl shud not be emotional and think abt the pitch, the field and everything.Shakib is only good in Slow pitches like Dhaka or Kolkata!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Kalis is great, no dout but look at his current form..I think Skakib should be best option for KKR.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Shakib proved his skill in SA long time ago........i think he should be the included to the team..........hopefully he will take kkr to their goals

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (October 15, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Shakib should not play this series, he got better things to do next month

Posted by ComeIndiaNo1 on (October 15, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

im so sorry.. todays winner is Auckland

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

shakib, please be continue in side bench.. no need to play..

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

My kkr xi:- (1) Bisla (2)Mc Cullum (3) Gambhir (4) Shaqib (5) Yusuf (6) Manoj (7) Shukla (8) Rajat/Sangwan (9) Lee (10) Narine (11) Balaji/Ahmed.

Go KKR Go..... Gambjir should come 1 down and spend some time in the middle to regain his touch.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Sakib should play today, If its not happen then problem for kKR

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

People who are saying Shakib is as good as Kallis are a joke. The mans record over 20 years doesn't lie. 2020 included. KKR just use him wrong. He needs to be opening, he takes time to get in. He bowls a heavy ball which is perfectly suited for the south african conditions. Not to mention he knows his conditions better than everyone else. Whilst Shakib is a great player, he isn't even close to being on the same wave length as Kallis. Especially in South Africa where it suits the pace bowlers. No disrespect. But hes more versatile than Shakib

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

shakib should play.he is a very good allrounder.

Posted by StevieS on (October 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Not this Shakib is superman nonsense again. The guy is rubbish as was proved during the world cup, can't bat and can't bowl infact for Aucklands sake I hope he does play. People even saying he is better than Kallis and to drop Nairne for him OMG what friggen planet do you people live on! Statistics don't lie and statistically speaking he is one of the worse international players to be playing internationals.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Well because of Kallis injury the obvious replacement will be Saqibul but I'd be very surprised if they chose all-rounder Ryan over Saqibul even though he's nowhere near Saqibul in any of the all-rounder rankings and has far less experience than Saqibul.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Play shakib if shakib plays kkr wins almost every time, If you want to look better than Kolkata Shakib Is Best Choice............. No Shakib No KKr. My kkr team (1) Gautam (2) Mc Cull. (3) Shakib (4) Bisla (5) M. Tiwari (6) pradeep sangwa (7) yusuf pathan (8) (9) B. Lee (10) S. Narayan (11) Balaji

Posted by Samin on (October 15, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Everybody wants Shakib, KKR should realise if there is no Shakib, the G-A-M-E is O-V-E-R. I think he is almost better than Kallis.

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 15, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Dear Victor Argho Bose, you are asking regarding Kallis injured or not. where are you dear? it looks that you are out of form today. hahahha by the way, yes he is injured and will not be part of KKR as he needs to be recovered due to next AUS series.

Posted by Samin on (October 15, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

I think this would be the perfect team 1.Gautam 2.Bisla 3.Kallis 4.Manoj 5.Shakib 6.Yusuf 7.Narine 8.Abdullah 9.Brett Lee 10.Balaji(his last chance) 11.pradeep Sangwan

Posted by TJayy on (October 15, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

Shakib's bowling will get hammered on these pitches, and he won't be able to cope with the bounce while batting.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 15, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Foolish Team Auckland.And in KKR "How can they take Sakib".Sakib is too bad allrounder and doesnt have any talents.But i agree his luck.That all.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

SAKIB IS BANGAL TIGER............... NO SAKIB ... NO SUPPORT... NO WIN----------

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

who wins this match byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

SAKIB IS KKR HEART. CRICKET WOLD SAKIB IS HERO.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Kallis Is fit or not, PLsss , anyone just reply.........

Posted by mfmfaiq on (October 15, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

RYAN 10 DOES CHATE DONE FAB JOBS IN T20'S..GIVE HIM A CHANCE.. DON'T LOOK THE COUNTRY LOOK THE TALENT SHAKIB & ABDULLA ASO HAVE TO BE IN PLAYING TEAM...

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (October 15, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

As a Shakib fan -- I don't want him to see in the playing eleven. Without him, I really want to see how KKR goes. I'm really serious --- not kidding!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

If you want to look better than Kolkata Shakib Is Best Choice.............

No Shakib No KKr....................................... I THINK Bangladesh is a small country, despite being sakib.......

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Play shakib if shakib plays kkr wins almost every time

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

(1) Gautam (2) Mc Cull. (3) Shakib (4) Bisla (5) M. Tiwari (6) pradeep sangwa (7) yusuf pathan (8) debrata das (9) B. Lee (10) S. Narayan (11) Balaji

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Come on KKR, play Shakib for the remaining matches and crash out before the semis,Gambhir can at least prepare for tests against england rather than playing here....

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

SHAKIB has to play...without him it may difficult to qualify for SEMI..............

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

KKR is struggling as its each player is under performing and Auckland Aces is more motivated and hungry for more victories in CL T0. Simple is that, both teams are almost equally graded on paper today... and hopefully a much anticipated match is awaiting in the line.

Posted by rosh280 on (October 15, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

KKR can win if they really find the batting order in the right order.they could use the eleven with the mix of alrounders and batsmen. my eleven would be 1. gambir2. brendon maccullum3.yusuf pathan4. m bisla 5. jacques kallis 6. manoj tiwari 7.pradeep sangwan 8. shami ahmed/ iqbal abdulla 9. james pattinson/ ryan ten doetche 10. sunil narine 11.debrata das. They could use the strategy with gambir and maccullum opening and if any of them go out before 50 runs of 6 overs they could immediately use yusuf pathan or jacques kallis as pinch hitter. they can use m bisla, manoj tiwary, pradeep sangwan, doetche,shami ahmed all are pinch hitters. they should aim somewhere between 180- 195. definitely they can win. there is no need of playing shakib than kallis. kallis is a great player. shami ahmed, pattinson, sunil narine, jacques kallis, pradeep sagwan all can bowl bell. this will be a great victory for them.

Posted by unlocker on (October 15, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

kolkata have some good batsman ,they thev 2 genuine all rounder,gambir.mccullum,perfect for t20.tiware and yousuf can help ther batting ,but kolkata cant used their both all rounder due to rules of 4 foreign players ,this rules should change .

Posted by British_North_America on (October 15, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Don't play SHAKIB please, lets reveal GG and KKR's original color.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

IS kallis is injured today???? Is there anyone who could give me the ans...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

play Ryan Ten Doeschate.....he cud b a handy bowler.He knws d conditin well,as he is 4m SouthAfrica.And most imp thing Drop dt useless Yusuf Pathan...and PLay Das...give Abdulla chance...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Auckland depends heavily on their top 3 batsmen - Vincent, Guptil and Azhar. But the interesting thing to note here is KKR don't even have one on whom they could depend. Their Main Experienced batsmen are out of form - Yusuf, Gauti and Kallis; and McCullum performs occasionally. But I would rate both KKR and Auckland bowling attack the same. If KKR have Narine, Kallis and Lee. Auc have Mills and Azhar. KKR will have to rethink about their combination of players and 4 overseas players. I would include Shakib in place of Narine. Sounds weird ! But KKR needs to strengthen their batting and in-form Shakib is must in playing XI.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (October 15, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

NO SHAKIB=NO SUPPORT=KKR DEFEAT

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 15, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

I know that Azhar will do something different or significant to show his ability. A great player to be remembered and a great lost to Pakistan. Well, he will be known as Legend Player to be part of County Player and non-of-other player will be known as brilliant as he is without a part of his own national team. Best of Luck.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

shakib is playing today. shakib=kolkata victorious :)

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

whr is ryan tendoechste???

Posted by   on (October 15, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Shakib might be a good choice in place of injured Kallis

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 14, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

For Auckland to win, Guptil and Azhar must shine.

Posted by SehwAAGfan on (October 14, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

If Vincent stays for first 10 over than kkr could b in trouble How will Auckland handle narine??? I don't think anyone other than guptill n azhar cud play narine.. Shakib should play in place of injured kallis.. KKR will win if they score 160+

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