Auckland Aces v KKR, Group A, CLT20, Cape Town October 15, 2012

All-round Mahmood pushes Kolkata to the brink

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Auckland Aces 139 for 3 (Mahmood 51*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 137 for 6 (McCullum 40, Mahmood 3-16) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A high impact all-round performance from Azhar Mahmood, his second of this Champions League Twenty20, gave qualifiers Auckland Aces their third comprehensive victory in South Africa, and severely damaged Kolkata Knight Riders' prospects of progress in the tournament. Mahmood's timely wickets and composed innings during the chase, which was supported by several top-order cameos, led Auckland to the target with 14 balls to spare, a considerable boost to their net run rate.

While this was Auckland's first match of the Champions League proper, it was Kolkata's second, and a second defeat left the IPL champions needing to win both their remaining games, while keeping an eye on run rate, in order to make the semi-finals from Group A.

After winning the toss on a cold and windy day in Cape Town, Kolkata looked like setting a formidable total on two occasions, and both times they were stymied by Mahmood. Gautam Gambhir had fallen early - caught by Martin Guptill diving low and to his left at point - but despite the new ball seaming and bouncing, Manvinder Bisla and Brendon McCullum had begun finding the boundary regularly. They got to 72 for 1 in the ninth over when left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira made the breakthrough by having Bisla caught at long-off, and then it was over to Mahmood.

In his first over, Mahmood had Jacques Kallis caught at slip and Manoj Tiwary caught and bowled off successive deliveries, reducing Kolkata to 72 for 4. His two-over spell contained a maiden and returned figures of 2 for 7. The loss of those wickets forced McCullum and Shakib Al Hasan to consolidate and Auckland were able to drag the run rate from 8 down to just above six and a half per over.

McCullum was Auckland's major threat and he began to break free with a tremendous six against Andre Adams, charging the medium pacer and smashing him beyond the midwicket boundary. Gareth Hopkins brought Mahmood back for the next over - the 15th - and he had McCullum edging behind with the third ball.

Shakib didn't last much longer, toe ending a slash off Kyle Mills to deep cover to be dismissed for 15 off 22. He didn't come off with the bat and his selection ahead of Brett Lee on a pitch that had seam movement and bounce was questionable.

From 108 for 6 in the 17th over, Yusuf Pathan wasn't able to provide the kind of acceleration he's done on occasion during the IPL. He managed to pull twice in succession for fours, in the 18th over bowled by Michael Bates, but Kolkata found the boundary only once in the last two overs. Mahmood finished with 3 for 16 in his four overs, after he had taken a five-for to knock out Hampshire in the qualifying stage.

Chasing 138, Lou Vincent waylaid Kolkata. In the first over, bowled by L Balaji, Vincent smashed over mid-off and clipped over midwicket for fours, before hitting a towering six over long-on. He slog swept Shakib for another six to blast Auckland to 31 for 0 after two overs.

Realising Kolkata needed wickets and fast, Gambhir gave Narine the third over and the spinner had Vincent top edging to square leg the ball after conceding a boundary. Mahmood joined Guptill and the pair used the buffer provided by Vincent's aggression to accumulate steadily, while hitting the odd boundary. Auckland were 51 for 1 when the fielding restrictions were lifted.

Auckland seemed to want to target some bowlers more than others and Balaji was one of them. He returned to bowl the tenth and Mahmood immediately hoisted towards deep square leg, where Pradeep Sangwan took the catch but stepped on the boundary cushions. Guptill fell in that over, slogging to long-on, leaving Auckland 62 to get off 61. Anaru Kitchen then hit a four off his first ball and a six off his third, hacking at the equation, while Mahmood calmly stayed the course.

With three runs to get and plenty of deliveries remaining, Mahmood pulled to the square-leg boundary, the winning shot bringing up a successive half-century in the Champions League.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed: I don't think too many Ind fans dislike Shakib or do not think he is a nice player. I think the reason you find some comments against Shakib is cos nearly in every BD match or every IPL match involving KKR most of the BD fans are obsessed with Shakib playing or not playing and seem to blame any KKR losses to the absence of Shakib.I too have noticed this fixation. Most of us know Shakib brings a lot to the table but several BD fans refuse to see the various combinations possible for KKR team as per the team requirements or the 4 foreign player rule etc. It is then that you will find some ppl saying mockingly that had Shakib been there then KKR would have won by 120 runs in 12 overs flat. And the BD fans have no idea how much pressure they put Shakib in when he goes in. As it is international cricket is a tough game and then he gets this added pressure. Why do you want to ruin a top class player of your team. He can take B very high but only if left alone to grow.

  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @Miah Mohammad Rabiul Hasan: Ah shifting the goalpost now? First you talked about IPL teams and when you were rebutted there you now want to talk about Indian players in the IPL teams. FYI, it was an Indian player Suresh Raina who scored a fab 94 in the SF to help CSK reach the finals. It was another Indian player Virat Kohli who had scores of 49 and 47 and those might have been the best of the tournament such was the quality. RD scored 70 too, Ashwin was MoS. Now now, I hope you don't mean that EVERY Indian player has to do well before you utter a single word of praise, do you? And Mr Smart Alec, I referred to India's 2007 title cos it was relevant here. Anyone can see that. And you mention test results here? What was England's result in UAE? 0-3. What did Eng score vs India in SL WT20? 80 ao. What did Eng do in Aus? 1-6. What did Aus do in Eng? 0-4. What is Aus score in tests in India? 0-2 and 0-2. When did Eng last won a series in India? 1984 !!. Happy with this rebuttal?

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @Harmony111 - I have no issues with Indian Cricket mate and I know they have special Cricketers themselves like Kohli, Sachin even Unmukht Chand whose coming up. The only problem I have with India are 'some' of its fans who unfairly criticize our players if you can see where I'm coming from. As long as facts are used and reasonable logic is given than its fine by me. Just imagine you heard some fan saying i.e. Virat Kohli is not talented or something must be out of your mind so that's why I'm not happy how some fans is treating Shakib. Had Shakib played for India, it would've been a total different story.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @Harmony111 - People can rightfully question Bangladesh Cricket team performances because its true they don't play to standard and are still minnows but there are good reasons why they're not as strong but yeah I agree they can do much better then they currently are now. But some of their players like Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are no ordinary players otherwise Bangladesh would'e been in an even worse situation without their performances hope you understand.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @Harmony111 - People need to go to the ICC website and have a look how rankings work I mean the ICC are not silly. They base these ranking on the strength of opponents and players performances nothing else. The only all-rounders which can be considered better than Shakib are Jacques Kallis and Shane Watson because these 2 have performed consistently well over the past 2-3 years in all forms. Shakib is NOT a specialist batsman or bowler but a genuine good all-rounder who can perform with either bat or ball on a consistent bases.

  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed: Since you are at pains to explain that Shakib is a great/good test all rounder (and I don't contest it) and use Shakib's ICC rank as a yardstick then do you promise that the next time India become #1 in ODIs or Tests or T20s you will admit that India are deserving #1 holders? Are you sure you have not said anything against India's #1 rank or even WC 2011 win in the past?

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    @CricFan707 - "Ryan has more experience than Shakib" - Maybe I guess Ryan has played in 126 ODI matches all over the World like Shakib and 26 Test matches. Yes Ryan plays in County Cricket but so did Shakib for Worcestershire and believe Essex are trying to recruit him now for next season. "It's just that u can't compare him to the likes of RTD so early"? - Shakib has already done extraordinary things that Ryan hasn't Test 100s, 5 wickets hauls, IPL man of match awards, BPL man of tournament, Asia Cup man of tournament want more? I guess Ryan achieved those things as well then otherwise because you just contradicted yourself now mate :)

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    @Summer_Sport....Great analysis bro I didn't actually know that good trap. These fans of other teams know Shakib has great things to achieve but to nervous to admit it. Once Kallis who just turned 37 recently leaves the game then its most likely Shakib will dominate these all-rounder rankings for many years to come.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    @CricFan707 - The fact is ICC rates Shakib as Number 1 all-rounder in Tests and ODIs so he does perform well with both bat and ball so what are you finding difficult mate? The last time Shakib has played a Test match he scored a Test 100 against Pakistan what you think ICC rating players are wrong? funny that last Test match of his against Pakistan he also picked up a 5 wicket haul so you can see why ICC rates him as Number 1 so other than Shakib, when was the last all-rounder that achieved a 100 and a 5 wicket haul in the same Test match? Exactly! :)

  • on October 18, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    all this sakib talk....woooooot narine \0/ bowled well every game..although he got no wickets in the last an econ of 4.50 was aite..but still narineee narinee narrineee..kill it with the sakib talk already..

  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed: I don't think too many Ind fans dislike Shakib or do not think he is a nice player. I think the reason you find some comments against Shakib is cos nearly in every BD match or every IPL match involving KKR most of the BD fans are obsessed with Shakib playing or not playing and seem to blame any KKR losses to the absence of Shakib.I too have noticed this fixation. Most of us know Shakib brings a lot to the table but several BD fans refuse to see the various combinations possible for KKR team as per the team requirements or the 4 foreign player rule etc. It is then that you will find some ppl saying mockingly that had Shakib been there then KKR would have won by 120 runs in 12 overs flat. And the BD fans have no idea how much pressure they put Shakib in when he goes in. As it is international cricket is a tough game and then he gets this added pressure. Why do you want to ruin a top class player of your team. He can take B very high but only if left alone to grow.

  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @Miah Mohammad Rabiul Hasan: Ah shifting the goalpost now? First you talked about IPL teams and when you were rebutted there you now want to talk about Indian players in the IPL teams. FYI, it was an Indian player Suresh Raina who scored a fab 94 in the SF to help CSK reach the finals. It was another Indian player Virat Kohli who had scores of 49 and 47 and those might have been the best of the tournament such was the quality. RD scored 70 too, Ashwin was MoS. Now now, I hope you don't mean that EVERY Indian player has to do well before you utter a single word of praise, do you? And Mr Smart Alec, I referred to India's 2007 title cos it was relevant here. Anyone can see that. And you mention test results here? What was England's result in UAE? 0-3. What did Eng score vs India in SL WT20? 80 ao. What did Eng do in Aus? 1-6. What did Aus do in Eng? 0-4. What is Aus score in tests in India? 0-2 and 0-2. When did Eng last won a series in India? 1984 !!. Happy with this rebuttal?

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @Harmony111 - I have no issues with Indian Cricket mate and I know they have special Cricketers themselves like Kohli, Sachin even Unmukht Chand whose coming up. The only problem I have with India are 'some' of its fans who unfairly criticize our players if you can see where I'm coming from. As long as facts are used and reasonable logic is given than its fine by me. Just imagine you heard some fan saying i.e. Virat Kohli is not talented or something must be out of your mind so that's why I'm not happy how some fans is treating Shakib. Had Shakib played for India, it would've been a total different story.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    @Harmony111 - People can rightfully question Bangladesh Cricket team performances because its true they don't play to standard and are still minnows but there are good reasons why they're not as strong but yeah I agree they can do much better then they currently are now. But some of their players like Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are no ordinary players otherwise Bangladesh would'e been in an even worse situation without their performances hope you understand.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @Harmony111 - People need to go to the ICC website and have a look how rankings work I mean the ICC are not silly. They base these ranking on the strength of opponents and players performances nothing else. The only all-rounders which can be considered better than Shakib are Jacques Kallis and Shane Watson because these 2 have performed consistently well over the past 2-3 years in all forms. Shakib is NOT a specialist batsman or bowler but a genuine good all-rounder who can perform with either bat or ball on a consistent bases.

  • Harmony111 on October 18, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed: Since you are at pains to explain that Shakib is a great/good test all rounder (and I don't contest it) and use Shakib's ICC rank as a yardstick then do you promise that the next time India become #1 in ODIs or Tests or T20s you will admit that India are deserving #1 holders? Are you sure you have not said anything against India's #1 rank or even WC 2011 win in the past?

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    @CricFan707 - "Ryan has more experience than Shakib" - Maybe I guess Ryan has played in 126 ODI matches all over the World like Shakib and 26 Test matches. Yes Ryan plays in County Cricket but so did Shakib for Worcestershire and believe Essex are trying to recruit him now for next season. "It's just that u can't compare him to the likes of RTD so early"? - Shakib has already done extraordinary things that Ryan hasn't Test 100s, 5 wickets hauls, IPL man of match awards, BPL man of tournament, Asia Cup man of tournament want more? I guess Ryan achieved those things as well then otherwise because you just contradicted yourself now mate :)

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    @Summer_Sport....Great analysis bro I didn't actually know that good trap. These fans of other teams know Shakib has great things to achieve but to nervous to admit it. Once Kallis who just turned 37 recently leaves the game then its most likely Shakib will dominate these all-rounder rankings for many years to come.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 18, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    @CricFan707 - The fact is ICC rates Shakib as Number 1 all-rounder in Tests and ODIs so he does perform well with both bat and ball so what are you finding difficult mate? The last time Shakib has played a Test match he scored a Test 100 against Pakistan what you think ICC rating players are wrong? funny that last Test match of his against Pakistan he also picked up a 5 wicket haul so you can see why ICC rates him as Number 1 so other than Shakib, when was the last all-rounder that achieved a 100 and a 5 wicket haul in the same Test match? Exactly! :)

  • on October 18, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    all this sakib talk....woooooot narine \0/ bowled well every game..although he got no wickets in the last an econ of 4.50 was aite..but still narineee narinee narrineee..kill it with the sakib talk already..

  • CricFan707 on October 18, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    I just think that RTD is underrated a lot.

  • CricFan707 on October 18, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @Summer Sport I'm not judging Shakib below RTD because he is a Bangladeshi. I was actually also routing for Bangladesh during World T20 even though I'm Indian.@Extreme Speed There are very few exceptional performances of Shakib in batting. And I'm talking about batting not bowling. To be an allrounder u should perform considerably well in all fields which Kallis did. Even though Kallis has only three 5wicket hauls many consider him the among the best allrounders because of his parallel performance in batting. Does Shakib have that other than a few handful performances in bowling? RTD has just bad luck that he didn't get many chances. Shakib has got many chances and obviously he'll perform sometime. Shakib is an exceptional cricketer I agree to that. It's just that u can't compare him to the likes of RTD so early. He's just 25 and he has a long way to go. And by the way RTD has more experience than Shakib. He has played county and club games all over the world.

  • sfarazi on October 18, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    The double standards held by some people here really surprises me. It would be illogical to blame Shakib purely on the fact that he was selected ahead of Lee. Everyone has a bad day and KKR was just outplayed by a team who did the basic things right. Instead of pointing fingers, we should give some credit to Auckland Aces for a good performance. Shakib is the no. one all-rounder for a reason but that doesn't mean he's going to be the man winning matches for every team he is in ALL THE TIME. Give the guy a break and for people who are making comparisons between him and Ryan - They're two completely different players and have different qualities to bring to the table. Bangladeshi fans don't jump up and down over Shakib for no reason. He has given us some hope of becoming a competitive cricketing nation and for a country who worships cricket, that's a huge deal. Don't hate on Bangladeshis just because we support our team!

  • on October 18, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @ Harmony 11: Yes, CSK Won and 2 of 4 IPL Teams were in Semi. But how many Indian players really performed please check that out. Your IPL teams are too dependent on foreign players when playing abroad. And you are referring a win 5 years back. Let me remind of your latest test-series result against England and Australia at their country. Its 4-0 and 4-0. Need any more proof...

  • Summer_Sport on October 17, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    @CricFan707.. Dude you're comparing Ryan with Shakib and saying he's miles ahead of him then I guess he must also be ahead of Kallis and here's one example, In Kallis 155 tests he only has in total 5 wicket hauls and these were against 3 full member teams Bangladesh, England and The West Indies meaning even after playing that staggering amount of Test matches, Jacques Kallis still hasn't achieved a 5 wicket haul against Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe whereas Shakib who only just played 26 test matches and already has 9 5 wicket hauls against England, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand all except for Australia and Zimbabwe because he hasn't played a Test match against them yet but still you don't also rate Ryan above Kallis? looks like double standards in my eyes and therefore judging him simply because he's Bangladeshi. So that evidence I have just pointed out is proof enough Shakib is better than Ryan :)

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 17, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @CricFan707 - I seriously can't believe another one says Ryan is better than Shakib well the important thing is that ICC rates Shakib as Number 1 in the world but if you feel Ryan is better than Shakib then so be your opinion. You say Shakib averages or will averages in his 20s against big teams funny he averages over 50 against Pakistan alone mate so that invalids your point already. Also Shakib is 25 Ryan is 32 or something so even if he's not better than Ryan he has the potential to be. Ryan doesn't hardly even plays International Cricket of course players averages will be high when they first start to play International Cricket. lol Shakib is far more experienced than Starc and Cummins. If he can take on Bret Lee, Umar Gul, James Anderson etc then Starc and Cummins won't be a problem. Even Tamim Iqbal can take on those bowlers.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 17, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @CricFan707 - Also why are you behaving prematurely by already suggesting without proof that Shakib will struggle on Australian pitches? Do you know that for sure? Shakib blasted 84 off 50 odd balls against Pakistan at World T20 in Pallekele which also happens to be one of the fastest pitches in World Cricket now so if he can do that then I'm sure Australia won't be a problem. Mind you he scored a Test 100 in New Zealand on seaming wickets so that's another proof. Also just to finish off that argument of yours the recent Under-19 World Cup which was held in Australia and guess which nationality was the top scorer at that World Cup? and if he can score runs especially more than one 100 at these Australian Pitches then I'm sure Shakib can too enough said :))

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @ CricFan707: Absolutely no idea if you were being this way or that way. You may want to know about Poe's Law a bit more. I was completely taken in by your comment and still can't decide what side you were taking.

  • CricFan707 on October 17, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    @RahaneFan@Extreme Speed: I totally agree with rahane fan. RTD is way better than Shakib. Cmon guys. RTD hasn't got many chances to prove himself. That's the truth. Even at international level he hasn't played many matches. Shakib is not even close to RTD. Extreme Speed tell me what's Shakib's average and compare it with Ryan's average against Test playing nations. Ryan's average is about 44 and Shakib's average mus be in 20s. Also RTD played matches against test playing nations on subcontinent pitches which were totally alien to him. Now imagine Shakib going to play a WC in Australia and face Australia's pace bowlers. He will make a fool of himself in front of Australian pace attack of Starc and Cummins. So obviously TENDO is the BEST.

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @JG2704: And I had already answered the second part. MJ's job must have been to score quick runs and he couldn't do that. SRT's job was to stay at the wicket and guide the team to a big total. If SRT is criticized for not doing his job then it is fine and hardly anyone would insist on saying that SRT batted well in that match but if SRT is criticized for scoring runs slowly then that is misplaced. SRT was not there to score 40 runs of 24 balls and had he stayed there for longer he would have managed to improved his SR too. SRT is entitled to use more balls than MJ cos he is a front line batsman with a certain role. MJ was supposed to make full use of any balls he faced which he couldn't. I repeat that neither me nor most other Ind fans have said that SRT played well, but criticizing SRT for not being there to guide is fair but it would be unfair to criticize SRT for scoring runs slowly. De Cock went in background cos most are busy bashing IPL teams, you can't blame us for this.

  • Sinhaya on October 17, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @JG2704, well fact is that if someone schooled in England (moved before 18), they are not imported, simple! Bopara, Ajmal Shazad, Panesar, Samit Patel were all born and bread in UK. Strauss and Prior were born in SA but grew up in UK. Those fellows called UK home so cant blame England for importing. Mahmood wont be wellcome again in Pakistan. So my view is make use of him for the remaining 2 or 3 years he can play. He is ideally tailor made for T20s.

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    @JG2704: I fail to see your point in the first two lines of your last comment. I assert here that barring a really tiny infinitesimal miniscule no. of Indian fans NO Ind fans have claimed that IPL teams are the favs to win CLT20 and NO Ind fans have claimed that CLT20 is being run in a perfect manner. Those who defend CLT20's process usually point out the constraints - I think that is fair. Your 1st allegation is that Indian fans needlessly sing about IPL on non IPL fora. Your 2nd allegation is that Indian fans RAM IPL DOWN THE THROAT of others. Your 3rd (modified) allegation is that many Indian fans are wrong in responding to other's jibes on IPL. Well, back up your 1st 2 allegation with some evidence and pls find some regular Indian fans or even some inconspicuous Ind fans talking needlessly about IPL on non IPL fora or forcing others to accept IPL's superiority. As for the 3rd allegation, do you think Indian fans don't have a right to rebut? I thought you were biased but fair.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 17, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    @ JG2704 just wondering if ur thoughts count with English football and rugby as well ?

  • Sinhaya on October 17, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, since you are a Canadian of Indian origin you are talking in an impartial way. My view is that dont have qualifiers for the SL, Pakistani, NZ and England domestic sides. Let 2 teams from each of the 8 countries play and this tournament will be far better off. Also, dont allow any foreign player in any team at all. This means Tanvir should only play for the local Pakistani team and even Umar Gul should not be playing for Uva.

  • JG2704 on October 17, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (October 17 2012, 09:26 AM GMT) To be honest , I'd rather Eng didn't go down that route. Eng fans/Eng get enough abuse for fielding players who weren't born in UK even if many of them have lived most of their lives here. Mahmood goes through peaks and troughs over here and I'd prefer to see Eng develop their home grown youngsters. I don't feel so uncomfortable about KP and Trott - who never played for their country at senior level as I do re Morgan and Mahmood who have - esp Mahmood who played for an established cricket nation.

  • JG2704 on October 17, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 17 2012, 09:18 AM GMT) So basically what you are saying is that NO Indian fans would have ever tried to belittle any other country's cricket leagues unless it was purely in response to others jibes in the first place? Yeah right. Agreed re MJ that it was a mistake but if he is to get lambasted for 30 off 29 when he is expected to score at a quicker rate then why isn't Sachin being similarly lambasted for his 16 off 24? He was neither the glue to keep the inns together or the guy who got them off to a flier at the start. Don't get me wrong , MJ up the order was a bad decision but several Indian fans have said/intimated that this was why MI lost when there are a number of other factors to blame , including the quality of Mckenzie/De kok and I'd say it is up to Indian fans to give some credit to the opposition , even if they are also defending their own side.

  • Sinhaya on October 17, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @JG2704, I did hear about the change in overseas players rule in England. If someones moves to England after 18, they must stay for 7 years. But Mahmood has been on a British Passport before that I think. If he got the UK passport before the rules changed, surely he can play. I hope ECB calls him. Last time he played for Pakistan in 2001.

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @JG2704: If the comments were made by Indian fans in response to some needless pricking then do they count as ramming down the throat? I am fairly certain that no Indian fan has banged in some place and made noise about how IPL is better than sliced bread etc. I repeat, it is only when someone else has made a point against IPL (fair/unfair) that some Indian fan would have rebutted. In fact, the main problem here is that this medium is so limited that one feels cramped to rebut in full. An allegation can be made in 10 words flat but a rejoinder needs space not to mention timely publishing. ... Anyways, regarding MI's loss, MJ's promotion was definitely a mistake, perhaps he had no clear brief. You can't compare a pinch hitter's SR with an opener's SR - their roles are diff. SRT's job is to stay and guide, when he does that MI gets a good score. And the reason why De Cock et al got no mention is cos everyone has been busy bashing IPL teams, that's not Ind fans fault.

  • JG2704 on October 17, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 16 2012, 19:27 PM GMT) Trust me there have been a number of comments re IPL from Indian fans which would have rubbed many a person up the wrong way , saying people are jealous of it and our country's leagues are rubbish etc. I'm not going to trudge through them all but I'm pretty sure there were people saying how much better the IPL sides were on some of the previews in this years CLT20. When you get folk say "The only reason MI lost was because of MJ's batting" - I personally find that a little disrespectful to Mckenzie/De Kok who deserved credit for the way they played. Also MJ's bowling (which he was in the side for) was decent enough and a certain batsman scored 16 off 24 , not to mention some lacklustre fielding efforts - it wasn't like the target was a gimme. Anyway , most of the IPL teams have lost in close games so there's still a way to go

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    @Miah Mohammad Rabiul Hasan: Ha Ha. You are uninformed. CSK won the CLT20 played in South Africa in 2010. In fact 2 of the 4 SF teams were Indian teams. And to break your "Indian Team" argument, Indian won the 2007 WT20 in South Africa. It would be nice if you cared to read some before making such stupid comments.

  • on October 17, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Fact is Indian Teams players cannot play in true sporting wicket. The CL T-20 is just proving it again. Rather than thinking about only money, BCCI should prepare better pitches at home first

  • ManmeatDikxhit on October 16, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    it is true that including more Indian team in CLT20 is important, probably even necessary for financial reasons. At the same time, i think the cricket finances in general across all nations would benefit if the nations such as SL, Pak, Ban had the opportunity to participate in CLT20 to a greater degree. Maybe the way to fix the tournament format is to emphasize the qualification stage more, sort of in a way that regular reason and play offs are structured in the west. Let's give byes to 2 IPL teams + 1 CSA and 1 AUS team and have a single group consisting of 2 IPL teams+1AUS+1SL+1CSA+2ENG+1PAK+1SL+1BAN teams where top four qualify. That's the CLT20 i would in fact watch.

  • on October 16, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Who on the wildest of dreams is comparing players like Jadeja and Ryan and what knows who else to Shakib Al Hasan? Shakib Al Hasan already at the age of 25 at International Level has scored 5688 runs with 36 half centuries and 07 hundreds. Shakib Al Hasan at International Level has taken 283 wickets with 14 four and five wicket hauls very impressive. Now how does Jadeja and Ryan compare to this man? especially before the age of 25 anyone I should say with bat and ball together? Kallis and Sobers are the best all rounders of all time of course Shakib is nowhere near them has a long way to go.

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    @ JG2704: I don't think many Indian fans ever claimed that IPL teams are the favs to win the CLT20 in any of the seasons. Heck I can't remember reading even a single one. I don't think any or many Indian fans have said IPL is the best quality league in the world but the truth is not far from that anyways - Proof is the 2 CLT20 titles won by IPL teams, once in SA. Yes, most Indian fans including me take pride in the way IPL is organized. The experience of watching an IPL match is much better than other leagues that I have seen and that includes Friends T20 too. Like I said, if someone needlessly bashes IPL then he would get it back too - you can't call this Indian fans being needlessly touting up IPL - they are merely defending when being over-criticized.

  • spiritwithin on October 16, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    @Irfan Sair and other fans..IPL team won the last two champions league so all ur harsh comments makes no sense

  • JG2704 on October 16, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @Rahane-fan on (October 16 2012, 13:55 PM GMT) So Mitch's 30 off 29 was worse than Sachin's 16 off 24? Yeah right. Mitch is there as a bowler and he went at 6.6 per over which if other bowlers went at similar rates would have comfortably seen MI home

  • JG2704 on October 16, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 16 2012, 13:48 PM GMT) I never said you said about the number of IPL teams in the CLT20 but there were plenty of people on here complaining that 4 was too many when most countries had 2 or even 1. Personally I can see both sides and see why there is 4 IPL sides. Maybe if one of the other countries reps win CLT20 then they can have their allocation upped at the expense of an IPL side. My other point was that most non Indian fans will almost definitely want a non IPL side to win - it's human nature to cheer an underdog and TBH alot of comments from Indian fans who say how brilliant IPL is and how poor other leagues are and how others are jealous will probably be one of the big reasons why you are getting these anti IPL teams comms.

  • on October 16, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    why are all the Indians blaming Shakib and his fans ??? i don't get this......this guy has earned the no.1 all-rounder spot deservedly and about him being compared to R.Jadeja and J.Mendis......grow up guys !! Shakib is a way better all-round cricketer than many........he is consistent and he is one which every captain would want to have in the team. Gambhir played two nothing shots in the last two games....whoz blaming him for that ???

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 16, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @Rahane-Fan - lool Can't believe you just compared Shakib to Jadeja so illogical just compare the stats of the two so you know what I'm talking about. Your arguments just doesn't hold any value based on that statement alone. I guess Jadeja also scored Test 100s and taken 5 wicket hauls need help? :)

  • Summer_Sport on October 16, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    @Rahane-fan You're not making much sense the ICC ranks Saqibul Hasan as best All-Rounder in tests and 50 over Cricket but you rate players like Ryan, Ravindra and them just as good if not better than him but can you explain why? unless because he's Bangladeshi or something thanks.

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    @ JG2704: Regarding the latter part of your comment, are you sure about it? Are you sure that Indian fans talk about IPL on non IPL threads? Barring very few juvenile or cracked ones I don't think any Indian fan needlessly talks about IPL all the time all over cricinfo. The only context I can honestly recall is when someone on a BPL or SLPL forum claims that their league is better than IPL in any of the parameters. You can't blame Indian fans in that case. They didn't start the fire. Indian fans never start the fire. You will never find Indian fans making claims like how they will be no 1 for 5 years or how they are as good as WI/AUS of past blah blah. Worse, the ex players of some teams makes such claims, imagine !! Any claim made for IPL by me or most other Indian fans is objective like how it is the 5th largest global sport brand etc. IPL may or may not be the best but definitely it is the most visible one. Q for U: Perth Scorchers lost to Titans by 39 runs -> are they pathetic?

  • The_Ashes on October 16, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I'm an Indian supporter and I'm just so not happy that even with 4 IPL teams we're still struggling against them and I hope at least one of them progress...@WickyRoy.paklover...brother if you do not treat these players as fairly then how do you expect fans to treat the Pakistani players fairly?...@Rahane-Fan don't be silly, Sakib is one of the most consistent performing all rounder in Cricket today. No one is close to Kallis but according to stats Shane Watson and Sakib Hasan have performed the best with with both bat and ball together...@Harmony111...The Champions League is heavily relied on India though otherwise the tournament won't benefit as much.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 16, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    lool The amount of people that's rating Ryan above Shakib don't know nothing about Bangladesh's Cricket. So here are the facts Shakib is ranked number 1 all-rounder in ODIs and Tests, Ryan not even close infact if Ryan is so good then why has South Africa decided to let go of him? :) Shakib has taken 9 5 wicket hauls against England, South Africa etc Shakib has over 35 half-centuries against Australia, England, India etc, Shakib in total has over 250 wickets in all forms and so on...Has Ryan come close? Shakib is 25 years old how old is Ryan? the future looks fantastic for Shakib unlike the other all-rounders based on age alone :) How many years has Shakib been amongst the top 3 all-rounders in World Cricket trivia? If its because he's Bangladeshi than I think some of you need to check yourselves out :)

  • AzAb12754 on October 16, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @Rahane-fan: lol Rahane better than Shakib in batting? first bring in the International stats of rahane and compare it with Shakib also why isn't Rahane ranked higher in any of the forms in batting in International Cricket? I think you forget too easily it was Shakib who obliterated the Indian team last time out ;)"

  • 30-30-150 on October 16, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover..... Dear Wicky, MI lost because of Johnson's batting. Why the heck was Johnson even sent above the likes of Rayudu, Pollard, Karthik is something no one will be able to answer.

  • on October 16, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    I love to hear comments from those who were criticizing Sialkot Stallions for one bad performance against Auckland Aces, had Malik lose the toss that day or bowled first on that track which was even more bouncy than last night, we could have been watching Stallions Vs KKR. it is bad to look for the escape goat in shape of Shakib, Aces were far better in all departments than so called ipl winner/champions KKR, just Azhar Mehmood was too hot to handle. Hope to see 8 ipl teams participating with two teams to fight for the two spots in next champion trophy, but can't guarantee that winner still could be one of ipl team even with 6 of over seas players, have big doubt on that.

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @JG2704:

    I have not said anything about the no of IPL teams that play in CLT20 or the qualification process. This is an evolving tournament of an evolving format of cricket. Hitherto there had never been such times where we could have so many champion teams. T20 makes it possible. The exhaustive option is alas not feasible since there is not enough time for that. The most optimal solution is to have the eye catching teams play for the title. It also has to worry about the financial aspect. Advertisers will not pay if a SLPL team plays a BPL team. In their attempt to have a larger audience the organizers have been forced to add IPL teams to keep this running else it will fold up. The 3rd CL saw good attendance and good cricket and one reason was IPL teams. The process is not yet perfect but like I said it is still evolving. The RoW refuses to pay for the wheat, refused to make the dough and now is crying why India has 4 slices of bread even when they are getting a slice for free.

  • 30-30-150 on October 16, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed - Going by the same logic, Shakib is ranked No.1 in the rankings, above the likes of Watson, Kallis, Bravo, Yuvraj, Afridi etc. Do the rankings make Shakib better than these 'genuine all-rounders'?? I wouldn't be surprised if some uninformed BD fans say "Yes"..... Honestly Shakib is just as good as Ravindra Jadeja and Jeevan Mendis in terms of batting and bowling, but certainly not in fielding..... Now pls don't say "Hey Shakib is No.1 in rankings! Where are Jadeja and Mendis ranked?" LOL.

  • Valavan on October 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Who said subcontinent tracks easy to bat, but Indian superstars and other subcontinent stars unfortunately can bat on subcontinent tracks and the same applicable to SA, Eng and Aus who bats better in green tracks. malinga finding it hard to get wickets on a pacy track than he used to in slow tracks. thats what i meant. cricinfo please publish.

  • 30-30-150 on October 16, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    @AzAb12754...... RTD hasn't scored a hundred in Pakistan because he has NEVER played in Pakistan. And yeah Shakib better than Rahane? Bowling-wise YES! Batting-wise... heck! NO!!

  • 30-30-150 on October 16, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @AzAb12754.... The matter is, RTD has scored a century in his only game against England. Moreover it came in alien subcontinent conditions. Whereas Shakib has played many games against England and has no hundreds yet.. Infact he has just the one fifty (must have obviously come in Dhaka :P) which will be boasted about for several generations.

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    @Valavan:

    Kallis plays for KKR and was retired hurt in the 1st match and scored a duck in the 2nd match. Kallis is a Saffer btw and these are his home conditions. Bisla is an Indian and scored 38 of 24 balls. What do you want to say for this? Irfan Pathan bowled beautifully in DD's match and he is an Indian. I find it strange that you give so much stress on Azhar Mahmood's performance. He is a Pakistan Born Naturalized Brit playing for a NZ team but you tend to focus on the foreigner players who play for IPL teams. Don't you know that foreigner players play in BB and Friends Cup too? Foreign players played in SLPL and BPL too. I am not much aware of SA T20s but why focus on the foreign players of IPL only? You find anything wrong with your thinking here or not?....And btw the best batsman of these times Hashim Amla could do no wrong in England but could hardly score runs in WT20 in SL's slow and low wickets. You still regard Subcontinent wickets as easy to bat huh?

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: So you judge how close a match was just by looking at the final scoreboard? Lions needed 94 of 60 balls vs MI and it looked a pretty tight match at that time but in a T20 match if Team A perfectly shifts into top gear slightly before Team B then it can run away with the game and Lions did just this. As for the CSK vs Sydney match it was even closer and tighter when Raina and Dhoni were batting. Once Raina got out CSK lost steam and went down. Funny that you don't label these matches as close ones but some SL fans say the WC 2011 Final was a close match cos SRT and Viru were out cheaply. Take the last Indi-SL series. Many SL fans were saying that it was a close series even though the result was 4-1. For them losing by 30 runs or by 5 wickets etc was a close match and here you are saying something else, just trying to show you the PoV. You need to learn how one system can beat another system by making timely use of minor weaknesses. I am serious here.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 16, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @Tushar Tyagi - You need to do you research mate before commenting Shakib has scored a 100 against New Zealand in New Zealand in a Test match so he can bat on seaming conditions. But you judge a player on one performance especially in a T20 match where he had less than 10 overs to score big for his team says it all :)

  • on October 16, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    A simple answer : if shakib in the side, or tendo is the side, it does not mattr much,,, main problem is captaincy nd problem is in making dicision.. Ghambhir should leave the post of captaincy, thats it... [shakib/tendo/macculum/lee/kallis/narine] they are not supermen... when captain is better, the team will be better.... Gauti pls leave captaincy....pls.. a worse captain, i have ever seen... look at Delli Dare Devils... when Mahela came, now they are one of the best side... When there was Viru,,, what happen, just remember...

  • mohityash on October 16, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    I would suggest KKR Management to follow the below Batting oreder if they want to win in next two games. Here are my batting order for KKR.Guy's what's your views 1. B.McCullum 2 Yusuf Pathan 3. Ryan ten Doeschate 4 Shakib 5 M.Tiwary 6 M.Bisla 7 R.Bhatia 8. B.lee 9. S.Narine 10. P.Sangwan 11G.Gambhir

  • kkrcaptain on October 16, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    shakib-the most useless player ever. In India, there are millions of Shakibs playing at every street corner. Crazy Bangladesh fans, they will even say Shakib better than Sachin or Bradman, if given the chance!

  • TopOrder_ on October 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    The question might rise that Why people post comments here when they r not interested in IPL or CLT20 or any other domestic leagues. The answer is quite simple. 1 or many Bangladeshi cricketer will make the Comments Section ever more spicy by their FANs. So we visit here just to checkup on you. Keep it UP!! well played... Shakib>Kalis ;) if u know what i mean.

  • on October 16, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Lets haters be hate we can't change them the important thing is Bangladesh Cricket is here to stay forever now and the proof of them is that they're hosting the next T20 World Championships and the next ICC Vice and President will be a Bangladeshi. As long as Bangladesh has a huge support and passion then the haters will stay stuck and just have to live with it. They don't like to see Bangladesh rising and don't want other nations like Ireland, Zimbabwe succeeding as well :)

  • taslu613 on October 16, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    I am wondering why everyone yelling over shakib's selection in the team. He is a better player.Can anyone tell me who played well in that game. That was bad day for the KKR thats all.its not understandable why we dont wana give credit to auckland for their performance. They played much better cricket than KKR. Its our nature to find anyone to make him BALI KA BAKRA (shakib) after losing a game. I dont think Bret lee would have done something like Azhar did for Auckland,taking 3 wickets for 16.

  • Dreamscrapper on October 16, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Just one bad day of SHAKIB and he is totally out from the remaining CL matches of this season for sure. As far as i know, kkr won't give SHAKIB a second chance like they provided to B McCullum and Kallis. and if my detection really comes true, kkr won't qualify for the semis as well.

  • umaMohanraj on October 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I like Azhar skills and talent. He is really a good cricketer in field. I saw him with mustache in 1999 when i was a kid. Still he is playing with great potential. I wish you all the very best .

  • AzAb12754 on October 16, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @Rahane-Fan: haha You say Shakib no century against England even though his highest score against them is 96 only 4 short which tells me if he does get to play enough against England for sure he would've scored a 100 what's the matter bro? :)

  • davidatlas999 on October 16, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    wait plz stop this.for those indian who against shakib ok shakib played very bad.what other 10 do there.cricket is a team game.not only shakib kkr played bad.and for bngla fans ok no doubt shakib is best player.is he need your noise for that think a bit.the guy is very good player but why u shouting that much if some one not agree with u.just let them with there thinking. M not from india not from bngla. m just a fan of good cricket from pak.cheers

  • AzAb12754 on October 16, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: He's better than Afridi that's for sure when was the last time Afridi scored a 100? wait when was the last time Afridi scored a 50? Does Afridi play Test Cricket still? when are the Pakistani players going to retire? why did the Pakistan under-19 team perform so bad at the tournament recently? Are Pakistan going to hold tournaments and Cricket matches again? feel really bad some future :P

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 16, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    @g.narisma,forget what we hav in d store N lets Enjoy The CL 4 NOW,LOLZ.UR DOMESTIC PLAYRS R CLUELES WHEN they R PERTURBED 4RM THEIR AREA OF COMFORT i.e Home.EVEN IF CSK OR DD MAKES IT TO FINAL 2 IT WOULD B PURELY BCOZ OF OVR.SEAS PLYRS i.e morkel,duplesis,hussy,albie,KP PLZ MARK MY WORDS.SO THE POINT Z IF UR DOMESTIC PLAYRS R NT BETR THAN OF PAK,S THEN WHATS THE NEED OF ALL HYPE N FUSS U PEOPLE CREATE ?UR GOING OVR D BOARD ALONG WD UR FELOW INDIANS AFTR S.S MATCH WAS JUSTIFIED? I doubt though

  • on October 16, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Very funny and illogical comments I'm reading from some fans. Although I think Shane Watson is the best all rounder in World Cricket today, he along with Kallis and Shakib are the most consistent which is why ICC ranks these 3 highly in the ranking table I mean what else are the ranking tables for??? Angelo Matthews is another one on the rise the rest are ordinary and inconsistent.

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 16, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    lool The amount of people that's rating Ryan above Shakib don't know nothing about Bangladesh's Cricket. So here are the facts Shakib is ranked number 1 all-rounder in ODIs and Tests, Ryan not even close infact if Ryan is so good then why has South Africa decided to let go of him? :) Shakib has taken 9 5 wicket hauls against England, South Africa etc Shakib has over 35 half-centuries against Australia, England, India etc, Shakib in total has over 250 wickets in all forms and so on...Has Ryan come close? Shakib is 25 years old how old is Ryan? the future looks fantastic for Shakib unlike the other all-rounders based on age alone :) How many years has Shakib been amongst the top 3 all-rounders in World Cricket trivia? If its because he's Bangladeshi than I think some of you need to check yourselves out :)

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 16, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Shakib should play 1st down last night and also cricket lovers any test playing country would love to have sakib in their national cricket team :D

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 16, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @g.narisma tend to agree wd u.ESPECIALY TALKNG ABOUT PAK CRICKT,A PLAYR WHO DOESN,T EVEN deserve to b In playng 11,z Nt only selectd N given A long run Bt ALSO MADE THE CAPTAIN of the Team.RECENT MOST EXAMPLES R OF MISBAH(baring tests) N HAFEZ

  • AzAb12754 on October 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @Rahane-fan: You see to forget Shakib destroyed your Indian bowlers the last time he played against them. Has Ryan scored a century against Pakistan in Pakistan? because Shakib did. Has Ryan taken 5 wicket hauls against England, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand etc? because Shakib has want more? didn't think so yes Ryan is better than any of your Indian all-rounders that's for sure if that was what you meant. Also Shakib is better than Rahane something we can all agree on for sure Rahane fan :D

  • on October 16, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    All those people shouting NO SHAKIB=NO KKR... i see there is no kkr even with shakib... And infact i gues u guyz mean that now as kkr has lost, shakib sould take full responsibility of the loss... right? RTD is way better than shakib in these conditions. he can bowl seam, and has played all his cricket on seaming tracks unlike shakib who only bats well in sub continent...

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @Rahane-fan...lool You sound jealous first of all Bangladesh does not play that many games against England so that's why he hasn't got a century against them besides he has 50s against England in ODIs and Tests and also in his limited amount of games he has played against England, he has already picked up a 5 wicket haul in England good luck!!! :) Its funny Ryan may have a superior average like you said than any batsman in the world including Amla but does that make him a batter batsman than Amla? of course not also why isn't Ryan ranked Number 1 in Batsman, All-Rounder etc then? so here's your answer because he plays against teams like Kenya, Bermuda etc just check out his profile good luck next time mate thats proof enough. Nobody picks Ryan Shakib is ranked higher than him in all forms facts enough said :)))

  • SuperSharky on October 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I totally agree with Ahmed Ishtiaque on (October 16 2012, 07:46 AM GMT). Kallis is injured and not giving 100% I'm sure he is the number 1 pick when he is 100%, but for now I would also go with Shakib instead of Kallis. If the pitch is green with bounce, then pick Brett Lee, otherwise Ten Doeschate and Andre Russel should be considered. Sunil Narine must always play, even on a glass pitch with zero spin. And McCullum is in good form and should also be picked.

  • on October 16, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @sher-e-slc- have you even understood what i tried to say? And precisely where i have said shakib is better than lee? i just tried to say how shakib was singled out for this defeat, just take a look at the comments below how some guys are ridiculing themselves by saying its only shakib's fault. what about other big guns like gg or kalis who failed to contribute? kkr took shakib to reinforce their batting order but he didn't click. as for comparison, u brought it up here. its completely pointless comparing a bowler with an all-rounder.

  • SuperSharky on October 16, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    It's brilliant to see Azhar Mahmood is still in good form. What a legend! Traveling the globe and playing for so much different teams in 1 year and still doing that well is amazing.

  • colombo_SL on October 16, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    @g.narsimha; well said. Actually correct. AZHAR is in his peak now & should retain in Pakistan. Nice performance.

  • g.narsimha on October 16, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    WICKY ROY PAK LOVER -I know u will celebrat , but how about our RAINA, CHAND SAHWAAG scoring, few fail. some secceed , & it erly days so wait & see how our teams progres it is not that all 4 IPL teams win every match , i an sure DELHI OR CHENNAI TEAMS WILL MAKE IT TO THE FINALS ONE MORE THING before making fun on our teams pl keep it in mind u r team will be visiting SA , WITH THIS PATHETIC BATTING & WITHOUT A QUALITY PACER , I cant emagine what is in store for u r team .

  • mohityash on October 16, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Yusuf is destroying his career batting at 6-7 for KKR. Neither he will not perform for KKR or will not be selected for indian cricket team. How you can expect win for KKR from such player like Bisla,Tiwari & Unform Gautam . KKR management have to think about & to take advise from shane warne how to use talent like pathan.

  • g.narsimha on October 16, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    AZHAR MAHMOOD is now at the peak of his form , its no mean a achievement to be man of the match in 2 consicutive matches winning single handedly both the times , if could do one wise thing - surrendering BRITISH PASS PORT & making available himself for PAK NATIONAL TEAM , in that senario PAK HAVE GREAT advantage in FORTHCOMING SERIES IN SA , but going by the track record of our administrators in IND, PAK there is no gaurantee that he will be selected even after secrificing asured future as BRITISH NATIONAL .

  • CricFan707 on October 16, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Is Gauti mad? I respect him but leaving a guy like RYAN TEN DoESCHATE out for Shakib??? If this is not enough he left out Brett Lee??! I don't what think tank KKR has got but player choosing is very bad. I've observed that for some reason Gauti doesn't play TENDO in the playing 11. From IPL 4 to this CL he's just been ignored. If RTD gets going it's impossible to stop him. Shakib just hits some boundaries and he gets out. Also when Gauti takes TENDO in he doesn't let him bowl. Even when TENDO gets to play he doesn't get utilized full. Everyone knows he is one of the best all rounder and one of the most exciting players to watch out on the field. He's esaily a better allrounder than Shakib. I respect Shakib but RTD is way ahead of him. Sometimes I think RTD were in PWI he wuld've dominated the IPL like Gayle. All I hope now is that he gets a chance to play in the next game and prov hi worth!!!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 16, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @Harmony,WAS MI,s defeat close one?Scorchers hav jst 1 gibbs N btw How many ovrseas playrs play in ipl teams? A PERSON WITH EVEN a beginnier's knowledge can Assume that a victory with more than 4 wickts to spare or othrway round wining with 15 odd runs z a cnvincing win

  • parthaacs on October 16, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    well said Harmony111

    Add to that, if an IPL team wins the tournament, then the losers here will say it won because BCCI used pressure and made it win etc etc. It's a no win situation for IPL with these jealous fans!

    Last 2 editions were won by IPL teams - still people moan about the quality of IPL teams.

  • on October 16, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    my team for next match wud be. 1. B.McCullum 2. M.Bisla 3. Ryan ten Doeschate 4. G.Gambhir 5. M.Tiwary 6. D.Das 7. (any Indian batsman or akk rounder except yusuf) 8. R.Bhatia 9. B.lee 10. S.Narine 11. P.Sangwan

    Pleeeeeese remove Balaji and ysuf from the squad. both are liabilities to KKR and i Want Kallis to rest for 1 game becoz. he looked unfit to me.. in the last game. Go KKR.. I am supporting u for 5 yrs.. plz.. Play gud for us.. :D

  • 30-30-150 on October 16, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed....... ""Who is RTD?"" Really? The guy has the best ODI average in the world (almost double of Shakib's)..... RTD scored a blistering 119 (110) vs England in WC2011. Does 'the great' Shakib have a century vs England? Or a WC century? LOL he can't even dream of getting one........... RTD has played only 8 ODIs so far against Test nations and has scored a century and two fifties in those 8 innings. He also has 10 wickets to his name in those select 8 games. Pretty impressive, huh? And RTD's last T20 innings - 47 (24) vs Somerset. What did Shakib score in his last T20 innings? A delightful serene 15 (22) vs Auckland.... xD :))

  • British_North_America on October 16, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover.Shakib scored 84 0ff 54 against PAKISTAN in world T20.Did this match happen in Sher-e bangla Stadium??????????????

  • on October 16, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    My point of view about KKR is that this team needs to come out of the shackle that they are IPL Champions. This is new tournament and new venues. South Africa has bouncy pitches, which always had great trouble for the Asian batsmen. Green top pitches always create problems for the batsmen. KKR bating order is also having severe problems. Wasim Akram needs to revive his thinking about the bowling line up specially about the induction of Bala Jee in the top 11. In the last matches Balaji gave 99 Runs in 8 Overs. Team management should consider all thee facts if they want to stay alive in the tournament. Best of luck for the future games.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 16, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Harmony,WAS MI,s defeat close one?Scorchers hav jst 1 gibbs N btw How many ovrseas playrs play in ipl teams? A PERSON WITH EVEN a beginnier's knowledge can Assume that a victory with more than 4 wickts to spare or othrway round wining with 15 odd runs z a cnvincing win

  • amilag on October 16, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    So far, the quality of IPL teams were well revealed by CLT20. They are pathetic in seaming and bouncing conditions. Remove the foreign players who are playing IPL teams like macculum,narine,malinga etc, then you can see the quality of Indian Cricket......

  • Valavan on October 16, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Harmony111, its really bad ppl taking on IPL teams, but the reality is same, IPL teams are same as India, when they get out of comfort zone, they can win if and only if the foreign imports play for them, else they get massacred. Look how subcontinent players struggle for MI, esp Malinga and Harbhajan, same yesterday, all big hitters like yusuf,gambhir and ofcourse Manoj Tiwary ( whom every indian fan wants ahead of Rohit Sharma at International Level), all were trapped in hard wickets, if you speak about Azhar mahmood ,he is a british now, lived in Britain since 2001 and played and got the experience of playing at hard wickets much better than any of the IPL stars. Auckland rallied around Azhar and contributed to win, Winning by 8 wickets with 7 balls to spare, isnt it a close game (MI vs Lions). 2 IPL teams would have been enough. soon will see 6 IPL teams in CLT20 and more becoming a bunch of jokers in admin level.cricinfo please publish.

  • SaadRocx on October 16, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    KKR lost already when Shakib got selected over Lee? I mean are you serious? considering a mediocre allrounder over a World Class seamer on these bouncy pacy tracks. He's still the 2nd fastest bowler in the world and i must say KKR commited a suicide by not picking him....(as simple as that)...!

  • JG2704 on October 16, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 16 2012, 07:33 AM GMT) Many people on here have a gripe that there are 4 IPL teams who don't have to qualify while other countries have only 1 or 2 reps and many of the Champions of other countries have to go through the qualification period which often becomes a knockout after 1 defeat. A compromise could be that MI and whoever won the IPL 2012 would automatically qualify and the other 2 have to qualify with the other sides. Maybe folk are revelling in the IPL sides defeats because other countries get it rammed down their throats - even on non IPL related threads - about how superior IPL is and how poor other leagues are etc. Personally I'd like to see a non IPL side win it because I feel IPL sides have all the financial power and it's always (as a neutral) good to see an underdog win

  • JG2704 on October 16, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (October 16 2012, 02:02 AM GMT) Not sure he would qualify for England just because he holds a British passport. I know ECB tightened their qualification rules recently.

  • IndianCoolGuy on October 16, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    If KKR needs to win matches, he needs to utilize Yusuf Patan well. Earlier ShaneWarne used him very well. depending upon situation Yusuf used to come starting from 1st down to 8th down. If KKR is batting first then, Yusuf should have given more balls to play. last 2 overs what he can do?. Some times he may fail, but he will atleast win a match for you for sure. and that is enough for you to get 4 points. and also Kalis and B.McCullum should open and Gambir should come at 1st down. my order is 1.McCullum 2.Kalis 3.Gambir 4.Yusuf 5.Bisla 6.Tiwari 7.Lee 8.Balaji 9.Narine 10. Bhatia 11. Sangwan

  • Alexk400 on October 16, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Yusuf pathan is not good in SA. He should be dropped in pacy swinging pitches. Bad selections. KKR problems is mainly due to balaji skill is not suitable in SA pitches where you need pace.

  • on October 16, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I think this Aukland team with there bowling and batting is dangerous to begin with. The one good all rounder is actually the secret ingredient. Eases the pressure off the batters and bowlers equally.

    They actually had to qualify before they could nail the IPL champs. Tragedy.

  • masoodali150 on October 16, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Hopkins - Captain of Auckland give the right name to a Particular person, who is performing at every place in the world. Yes, He is The Master Azhar Mahmood. Well quoted Hopkins in the presentation, Most of us, agree with your comments.

  • Ayush_Chauhan on October 16, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Understand, no one is criticizing Shakib, its the selection that is questionable. You are playing in South Africa, in seaming condition and you are not gonna sit Naraine out. Kallis picks himself, and McCullum seems to be finally scoring runs. Your new ball options are Balaji and Sangwan, so tell me what makes more sense here Shakib or Lee?

  • on October 16, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Lots of talking about Shakib, I would love to join..Lets come to his batting part..he had to come to bat when two wickets were fallen in just two balls...he even did not get time to prepare himself mentally..The pitch was not an ideal one where you just come and start making runs..he had to reconstruct the KKR innings, he took some time because with his caliber he could balance it up at the end...unfortunately this did not happen...With his bowling, it was not an ideal pitch for spinners, still he bowled well except the first over...Its always a gambling to bring spinners in the first 6 overs specially when your are defending such a small total...Gambhir showed his faith on Shakib as he did previouslyl...BUT what about Kallis? He's not fit, he does not have any innings to mention from tour to England...and he showed his unfitness with another DUCK..Don't go with past glory, stick with present...My Pick for the next match would be LEE, NARINE, SHAKIB, McCullum.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 16, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood like playing in SA. but he has been performing very well all around the world now. Well done and keep it up.

  • on October 16, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    MY KKR Team :-

    Gambhir And Mccullem Openin Followed bY Kallis/Tendo (Tendo Is Far Better Than Kallis In T20's) , TiwarY , Shakib (BesT Pick),Debratha Das (Far Better Than Yusuf Wid Non FOrm),Lakshmi Shukla,Bhatia,Sangwan,Narine, & BrettLee...

    Bowling Shuld Start Wid Brett Lee ...Then Narine(EarlY WkTz Increases Pressure )... Then Shakib And Kalli/Tendo....Up To 8 Overzz...Then Bring Sanghwan And Bhatia...And Last Spell Would Ne Lee And Narine....This Is Simple Logic Of Bowlin Buddies....

    Hopin 4 BesT...Come On KKr...Korbo Lorbo Jeethboooo \m/

  • on October 16, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Winnin And Loosin Is Like Coin Havin Head And Tail,TheY Are Dependin UpOn Luck,DonT Blame AnY PlaYer,Before Commint About Them Think About Y The Hell U People Are Sitting In Home Watchin Them PlaYin,If U Are Proved Then Leave A CommenT Or Blame AnY One...OK !!!

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    When Perth Scorchers lost by 39 runs to Titans no one said that they are pathetic or don't deserve to play in this tournament. But when an IPL team loses the match then all ppl start the bashing game again saying that IPL teams are pathetic and should not be playing etc etc. I would love to see how these ppl react when an IPL team beats some other team in this CLT20. And if the victory is a thrashing then it would surely be a mouth-shut moment for these fellows - and also to some Indian fans who are overtaken with a weird sense of justice and impartiality. Moreover, it is being said that IPL teams are over dependent on the foreign players as they have mediocre domestic players and they use money to attract big foreign players but look at who was the MoM for Auckland. The inability of some of the posters here to be consistent and objective in their reasoning is appalling. IPL teams lose 1 match and become poor but what about the 2/3 CLT20s titles and 3/6 Final slots of IPL teams?

  • Romanticstud on October 16, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Why was Mahmood not in the Pakistani side? How was he ever left out? Mahmood is a dangerous allrounder ...

  • AtifSubhani on October 16, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Such a hugely talented player wasted by Pakistan, How unfortunate is this? If Shahid Afridi can play 350 games for the country, Why not Azhar who s far more talented. Fine he had some problems against spinners when he made a come back under Waqar Younus but PCB always had issues with Mahmood for no reasons. The best thing about Azhar is his dedication, passion and his attitude towards the game. Always has been a team man. His all round capability along with his brilliant fielding skills made him an asset for the team alongwith Abdul Razzaq in the late 90's and early two thousand. His performances in county cricket has been outstanding and even he performed well in domestic cricket in Pakistan. One of my favorite cricketers, unfortunately wasted.

  • Chamithg on October 16, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Why did Auckland play in the qualifying but not KKR and other three IPL teams?

  • RezwanMehedad on October 16, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    So now people blaming shakib, Thats cute! When he came to bat, Azhar was on his hat-trick bowl. He felt the pressure not us. In this seaming track, he was told to bowl in the powerplay. Mind you, in the end of the match his economy was better than two other seamers. Lee of course was a better option but that dosent mean KKR lost because of Shakib. Look at KKR's top order. Dont you expect a bit more from Kallis as these are his home grounds? What happened to the last match aganst DD? Shakib did not played but still lost. Who do you blame there? haters gonna hate!

  • Harmony111 on October 16, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster: You need to reign in your pseudo impartial comments a bit. You are talking about a T20 match where the margin is even lesser than an ODI. Here anything can happen, a small spell can change the result. KKR were doing well till Bisla, Kallis and Tiwari got out one by one and KKR never recovered from that. KKR could well do the same to Auckland or to any other team in another match. IPL teams have won 2 of the 3 CLT20 Titles so far and so they can't be that bad. I can argue that IPL teams are actually at a strong disadvantage wrt the other teams as they hardly get to spend time together. Akram was commenting in WT20 a few days back and the core KKR team assembled a few days before CLT20. KKR were very poor today but why should you be so hasty in saying they are unfit altogether? As for the other IPL teams, they lost in close matches, dint they? CSK and MI could very well have won yesterday.

  • sonu77 on October 16, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    I didn't impress with mcCullum's batting yesterday.Only played for his place.wasted too many balls.similar to jhonson's innings the day before.boundary after 3,4 dot balls is not the right way in these type of pitches.

  • on October 16, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    I dont see any comments from Shakib-The Superman fans. I think they understood what a quality opposition can do to him..

  • on October 16, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    What a blunder! The selection was horrible considering the conditions of South Africa. Bret Lee should not have been dropped, Instead of Shakib and Balaji, Lee and I Abdulla should have been selected. Indeed! If Gautam wanted to continue with his affair with Balaji then Sangwan should have been rested. Finally, the way Yusuf Pathan is playing, a chance to Debabrata Das is more than due.

  • hnlns on October 16, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Even though I don't want to sound too pessimistic here, I feel that it is curtains for KKR since their next match is at Durban against Perth Scorchers. Kingsmead and WACA are similar kind of conditions as far as the pitch is concerned, so Scorchers would feel far more at home rather than KKR who are more comfortable with the slow and dead type of pitch seen at Eden Gardens. My feeling is that the road ahead for KKR is going to be rough and tough, having lost to a qualifier team in the group.

  • F.Hashimi on October 16, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Cricket has become a business now and it is being run as one too. Unfortunately there are great players better than most big name cricketers but probably will never get a chance to play in big venues. Don't believe me! check out Hamid Hassan and Dawlat Zadran's name on Youtube for a change. Two great fast bowlers of today.

  • hnlns on October 16, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    This performance of KKR should amply make it clear why IPL champion need not be a very competitive team overseas, in spite of presence of some very big names. KKR thus far has miserably failed to live up to the tag of IPL champions. Their batting has been a big let down. There is no better evidence than this to drive home the point that IPL ought to be played on livelier pitches rather than slow turning dead pitches where any Tom, Dick, and Harry can make himself a big hero, but same guy becomes a big zero when asked to perform in alien conditions like the ones in Joburg and Capetown.

  • Gappistan on October 16, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    The main reason for the loss is KKR's inability to handle Sakib. Th world knows, he is the no 1 all rounder so Gambhir should have asked Shakib to open and get 100 runs in the powerplay and then KKR could have easily taken the score to 200+. Similarly while bowling also he preferred Balaji over Sakib. If sakib bowled the first over than 6 quick wickets in the first over could have jolted the Aces chase. On behalf of all bangla fans i request ICC to increase the over limit of sakib to 8 as he is the no 1 all rounder in the world.

  • anver777 on October 16, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Another fruitful day for seasoned Mahmood....... his bowling turned the match for Aces way !!!!! can accept few more surprises from this fighting Kiwi team !!!!!

  • on October 16, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I thnnk KKR need to make a host of chnges ... But firstly I would say that Bala needs to retai his place in the side ... I would remove Kallis and Shakib and take RTD n Lee ... and would also open the bowling wth both of them as Bala is struggling with the new bll ... I would remove Tiwary and Sangwan and take Debabrata Das n Abdulla... Playing X!(A few changes in the batting order as well) ::::::::::: 1. Bisla . McCullum 3. Gambhir 4. RTD 5. Das 6. Pathan 7. Bhatia 8. Lee 9. Abdulla 10. Narine 11. Balaji

  • sher-e-slc on October 16, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Vintage Mahmood is doing great!!! He is well suited for the bouncy and seamer friendly conditions. He can probably be drafted into the English test team for home test series, but not for indian sub-continental conditions ( he will lose his mojo!!! will get thrashed here on these pedestrain surfaces if there is no swing).

  • sher-e-slc on October 16, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    @Abir Choudhury, FYI if you know anything about CRICKET..LEE is a genuine speed gun and one of the top class bowlers from the McGrath era. If you even have an iota of knowledge regarding team selections & management, the players required for the seaming bowling conditions, then you will not even think about comparing Lee & Shakib. Shakib shouldn't even come into the picture. Yeah if you are talking about sub-continental conditions, then Shakib would have made sense, but not in this case. Don't even think of comparing Shakib & Lee, there is no comparison there. Shakib doesn't even have 1/4th the quality/utility of Lee as an attacking bowler. He is not Shane Warne neither a Narine nor a Mendis. He feeds off on batsmen's mistakes and is just an intelligent if at all he is one!!! So, pls. don't even THINK.

  • on October 16, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    I think NZ can claim Azhar Mahmood as our own.....hes a kiwi now yay

  • Porky_PigTheToon on October 16, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Shakib might be good for flat pitches but here you need Non-sub-continent players as your Overseas players !

  • satish619chandar on October 16, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Pity KKR. With the kind of form Gambhir and Kallis(In T20 format), they MUST pick McCullum for sure. Narine is a MUST too. With Kallis the bowler in good form, he too deserves chance. The fourth slot is between Lee and Shakib. They went for batting to cover for Captain and other holes in batting department. What they do is sacroifice the ONLY bowler with pace in their team and give new ball to Balaji who deserved a drop for his last game bowling. What ever name Gauti earned in last IPL and his developments as Test captain for Indian team is now completely vanished. He is now again the old Gambhir - Prove every game to merit a position in playing 11.

  • Narbavi on October 16, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Where are my bangladeshi brothers who had said earlier that kkr will win only if Shakib is picked?

  • on October 16, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Good to see a team from NZ doing well finally... We might lack the firepower and star quality as other teams have - but with the Aces beating KKR, having a bunch of stars in a team doesn't necessarily guarantee a win. Also am quite suprised at Azhar Mahmood's longevity in the game - I remember watching him on TV playing against NZ at Eden Park way back in 1992, when I was 8 years old.

  • Rafelgibt on October 16, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    I'm really amazed to see that few SHAKIB hatters are trying to blame him for the defeat......are you serious????Most of the stars players like Gautam, Kallis, Balaji, Tiwary failed so badly that it was really difficult for KKR to comeback......KKR are made the right decision to include SHAKIB but they should haven in LEE instead of MCcullum as he is very much chance player like AFRIDI........You cant depend on him rather than SHAKIB and LEE.....Hope in next match both LEE and SHAKIB plays and KKR will be a winner>>>>>>>>

  • pamithK on October 16, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    What do you expect when the top teams of the best T20 nations arent even featured is this silly tournament? I hope all the IPL teams lose out. which would clearly prove a point.

  • on October 16, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    some so called cricket experts here are barking why sakib, why not lee, as if he is only liable for this defeat. cmn man what do you expect from him-score 200 and take 10 wickets. what difference lee would make if he was there when every batsman in kkr is struggling to make run. do you think lee would bowl them out within 5 overs. those who criticizing shakib have no point of putting blame on him.

  • Akshita29 on October 16, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    I think you got to choose a team according to the conditions. Shakib is a very good player and no disrespect to him but Bret Lee should have been an automatic selection . Balaji is a useless and unable to make use of the new ball as he cant hit the deck . Left arm spin of shakib won't be very handy in South Africa as the ball is not going to turn much and his batting in these conditions is unproven too. Eoin Morgan who warmed the benches in Ipl for KKr would have been Real handy in this kind of bouncy and non turning pitches . Anyways he is not available here and I don't think KKR is going to make it to the semis.

  • vikramvetal on October 16, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    This is the tragedy of Indian cricket.. They go as per the names and not as per the utility of players.like tendulkar is now finished and should never step on a T20 ground. but we find him opening and wasting balls and finally getting out the first time he wants to hit a shot. Rohit sharma is another example. He is being given such a long rope after series of failures and he steps out to bat at no 3 and spoils all momentum of the game still plays game after game.. Kallis is another name. He was injured in the last game very badly but played this game for NOTHING..SHAKIB HASAN is another example.. He is definitely a good player but should not have playedas replacement to Brett Lee..WHY THE TEAM MANAGEMENT DOESNT THINK BEYOND NAMES??OR IS IT THATTEAM MANAGEMENT CANNOT DARE TO DROP THE BIG NAMES ?

  • solankibhavesh on October 16, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Outstanding performance from Azhar Mahmood he done a tremendos job by ball and bat. poor show of KKR in second match why should Gambhir include balaji in playing XI he knew very well what was Balaji Performance in WC T20 He have to use Iqbal Abdulla. for Gambhir I think there is no chance for Gambhir also in PlayingXI.

  • on October 16, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Well done Azhar Mehmood..

  • Sinhaya on October 16, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood is in top form in his final years as a cricketer. I am sorry to say this, but wonder if Pakistan made a mistake by not bothering to play him at all after 2001. Now this man holds a British Passport, so can he at least play for a year or 2 for England? Pathetic that Azhar is not playing any international cricket (especially T20s) at this juncture.

  • on October 16, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    @ Built_4_the_Kill why sakib why not kallis... now kallis is in bad form... being in team in 2 matches he cant do anything in bating and bowlling....:/

  • on October 16, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Ipl is just like WWF ,proven by recent matches

  • obatsalem1979 on October 16, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    so far,the only ipl team to win a game,was one who played against another ipl team.....say this pattern continues and only one ipl team makes the semi-finals,if any,would we see a revamp in the champions league again?

    i think champions from which ever league,should be automatic,with losing finalists,like from the aussie and south africa league,in the qualification tourney....not many fans turned up for the pre tournement games. then again,i guess if south africa is to host,then why not have two teams in already,which is understandable too.

    such a shame that T&T are not involved,but they simply were not good enough if i`m to be honest.

  • on October 16, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    I am once again wondering why BCCP overlooked this guy over Afridi, I bet, it would be a different story in last T-20 world cup.

  • shortsillypoint on October 16, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Also notice that AA had no wides or no balls - thats a sure sign of a team playing with purpose and discipline. KKR were just outplayed. There is no reason they cannot go on and win.

  • shortsillypoint on October 16, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Craig Chan - Mahmood do not do it on his own! Yes he is currently making big contributions but AA are a team - that is why they are beating the others. Ryan T should have played.

  • on October 16, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    This boy has a great cricketing brain but unfortunately he was wasted exactly like Razzak

  • on October 16, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Nampally, how long we need to wait to see Kallis is scoring some runs, he is like Tendulkar not suitable to 20 20 anymore, players like McCullum, they can always play big shots and capable of taking the game away from opposition

  • RashadBanna on October 16, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    In hindsight people might think Brett should have played since the wicket was a 'greenish top' but this was Shakib's first game. He's a class player and it will be evident soon. @noplay: Promoting him as our best thing since sliced bread is a vague act of sarcasm really. He has been the world's best all-rounder for quite a while now, including all three formats of the game. We are liable to include him in most of our appreciation, just like other great all-rounders like Shane Watson and Freddie Flintoff in the recent past, not to forget Jacques Kallis who we mention in our conversations when talking about great all-rounders. The lot of us appreciate good cricket, hence we mention Shakib a lot of times. Grow up brother. And remember Kolkata's next game is vital. They must win the remaining two, if not better, to have any chance of progressing. Gambhir recently said he had confusion playing Shakib in a particular batting position since he was so good.

  • Dashgar on October 16, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Only 3 champions left. Who will prevail among the real teams in this comp. Auckland, Sydney or Titans?

  • Todd89 on October 16, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    The suggestions the KKR should drop McCullum as their 4th pro must not be watching the same games. Statistics are on his side he is one of the best batters in T20, if not the best as suggested by the ranking system.

  • ProdigyA on October 16, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Is he the same guy who got trashed every time he played for Pak n finally had to be dropped . Boy the Standard of CL is really coming down.

  • MarkM33 on October 16, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    The comments show exactly why there are four IPL teams in the competition!! Most of the comments are about how the KKR lost, presumably from Indian fans, not how the Auckland Aces THRASHED the KKR.

    Unfortunately for KKR fans, the game wasn't won or lost due to good or bad selections, it was won by Auckland due to a good team effort plus an excellent all round game by Mahmood. Vincent got the batting going, Mills was efficient and economical and the rest of the team mostly did their bit.

    Give the Auckland Aces some credit!!

  • Built_4_the_Kill on October 15, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Shakib is a good player however in this game I don't think he was a good replacement for Bret Lee. Wrong team and shot selections cost KKR this match and probably the chance to progress to semi final.

  • noplay on October 15, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    I don't know that people are blaming Shakib, as opposed to responding to the way Bangladeshis promote him as the best thing since sliced bread. During the IPL, his fans spoke as one, if he was there he would make a huge difference, he alone could win the game. Well he was there today. And so was Azhar Mahmood

  • Feroz9700 on October 15, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Why can't Wasim Akram play for KKR, he would be more than handy on SA pitches and especailly if Azhar Mahmood can play. I bet he must have been itching to get in the middle seeing a green top and KKR without any quick bowlers.

  • Simoc on October 15, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    This tournament is one to many. Ok if we didn't have meaningless ODI revenue raisers but none of these teams will ever be world famous. T20 is easy on players and the schedule can be compressed by half, as in baseball.

  • on October 15, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Loved to see a Pakistani player single handedly defeating IPL champions!

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 15, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Its so laughable that 'some' fans are having a go at all-rounder Shakib even though he scored higher than both top players themselves Kallis and Gambhir. He may not have got a wicket but how many overs are you exactly allowed to bowl in T20s and the odds of getting a wicket especially bowling in powerplays? also neither Kallis got a wicket so what's the problem some fans? Shakib is 25 Kallis is 36 know your math? what's the problem?

  • ExtremeSpeed on October 15, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Who on earth is Ryan Ten Doesc? Wait! the guys who mainly plays against teams like Kenya, Scotland, Bermuda, Afghnaistan etc? and want him to play instead of Shakib who scored a whopping 84 of 50 balls against a mighty Pakistan, a Test 100 144 against Pakistan and more than 2 dozens 50s against England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, India etc plus 5 wicket hauls against South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand etc something Ryan can dream off please be real. It looks to me some fans are a bit jealous of Shakib even though players like Gambhir and Kallis went for much lower scores than Shakib today plus Kaliis too neither got a wicket :)

  • on October 15, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster...lool Don't be silly there's no evidence to support your claim Ryan is better than Shakib Shakib has 160 ODI Wickets at an bowling average of 28, Ryan not even a 100 wickets infact not even close same with batting in all forms want to debate? :)

  • Nampally on October 15, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    KKR relies upon 4 main guys - Gambhir, Kallis, Lee & Narine. First of all dropping Lee from XI is like cutting your own throat. What was Gambhir thinking in going in without Bret Lee in his bowling? Lee is the best T 20 Pace bowler in the World. Kallis, Lee & Marine are the 3 key bowlers for KKR. Also Gambhir needs to take the responsibility of scoring runs & leading by example. What is he in the team for? He failed in both the games. Kallis failed in batting as did Tiwary & Kartik. So 4 out of the top 6 failing is poor batting. Balaji continues his poor bowling. He needs to be dropped for being the single man wrecking his own team.Perrera is a good choice of one of the bowling all rounders. Have him instead of McCullum as the 4th Pro. This give 3 seamers being available & use Iqbal Abdullah instead of Balaji as the 5th bowler. Bhatia & Yusuf Pathan are never being used in bowling- useful off spinners. KKR needs to play as a team & win the next 3 to have remote chance of qualifying!

  • anshu.s on October 15, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Bcci and TV companies beetween them need to sort out weather we need this CL at all or do we go for IPL -2 with only top 4 teams playing home and away,because you see all the haters and doubters will still be there even if an IPL team wins the CL people will say they did because of foreigners or 1 out of 4 teams was bound to win it eventually, so it's all hiding to nothing basically,t-20 is a fickle game anyone can win or lose on a given day. India's pedigree atleast in batting is proven worldwide,Even a guy like Bisla outbatted his seasoned internationals and Chand and Raina were good other day.Coming back to my original point i feel India should go the American way i.e Ameican professional sports are multi billion dollar industry, there USP they play among themseves and don't bother about other countries are playing or not .With 90 % of the revenue gone i would like to see how Cricket survives without India and how would haters respond then.Too much India bashing out here unfairly so

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on October 15, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Brett Lee was a far better option than Shakib.. He deserved a chance on a pacy pitch which was suitable for him.. Fatal Error KKR

  • vittiv on October 15, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    For those arguing that IPL teams are not good enough, you may want to consider the fact that target market is factor than ability.

  • Coments on October 15, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Shakib play as useal ! but our Azar play wonderful ! but today is not KKR day ! its Cricket ! KKR Middle order faild today !

  • on October 15, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    No matter how nonsense they make the qualifying rounds, can't keep them Pakistanis out for long. Next in line, Sohail Tanvir's Lions

  • on October 15, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Team sinks if Captain is not confident and riding on low. KKR is heavily impacted because of poor show from Gauti and Kallis. They lost badly in first match as well. Problem is no Sakib. Problem is poor captaincy. Why Sakib and why not RTD or Lee? On seaming wicket you need him. Why Pathan in tea mas Batsman. Earlier he use to open bowling. Atleast he would have given less runs than Balaji. They should open bowling with Lee and Pathan. Followed by Kallis, Bhatia, Narine and Abdullah. Balaji is of no use..... anyway KKR is Indian soil lion and will be tamed anywhere in world on fast track. You need good technique to play in those condition. Looking at poor form of Gauti and Kallis ...

  • BackfootNossyfan on October 15, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    I'm loving how this Auckland side are representing New Zealand. All of the players performed in some way or another - a good, solid team effort will always go beyond a few stars not gelling together the best. Auckland have done well with flying over early to get lots of preparation, and are now showing off a talented top and middle order and one of the finest, more reliable, and very much together bowling units in the competition. Up the Aces!

  • ladycricfan on October 15, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    No need to bash IPL teams. It is the IPL teams which attract sponsors because of Indian viewers. First Airtel withdrew. Then Nokia withdrew. This year the tournament has a new title sponsor. Without IPL teams the tournament will cease to exist. It's early in the tournament and once the players are acclimatised to the conditions they will put up better performance.

  • Feroz9700 on October 15, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Gambhir or KKR think tank is out of there minds, it's a green top pitch which is newly laid and rain in forecast and they drop Bret Lee. The way Gambhir was batting he could have got out on each of those 5 or 10 deliveries he faced. They could have still won it with 137 if they had Lee. Kallis is a gutsy player and played inspite of injury however not playing Lee especially in these conditions was outright stupid and with so many cricketing brains around wonder whose decision was it. KKR is losing with a bowler like Narine is unbeleivable. Gambhir needs to be dropped big time or bat # 9 or # 10 based on current form.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 15, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @Christian Pattinson whats wrong with Bangladeshi and player from Bangladesh ?

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    @Christian Pattinson: I know right ! I mean, Ryan Ten Doeschate is a BETTER player than Shakib. I don't understand the KKR logic. Do they even want to win this competition or not ?! hahaha

  • on October 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    shame..IPL champions kkr.........................

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 15, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Every dog has its day! reading all this comments realizing Sakib is most subjective in here!

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    kkr deserves to lose...................................................

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    what the hell the bangladeshi is doing there when a player like rayn ten descotche is still there i mean what the hell li wrong with goti

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    @Gautham Va: hahahahaha... and then what ? 6 IPL teams ? and then finally an entire IPL season hahahaha. Hilarious isn't it ? Being an Indian, I feel embarrassed at what the BCCI has done with world cricket. I love the T20 format BUT I only love it when it's genuine and of quality. Too many IPL teams does not mean quality, it's quantity and that too in lethal doses LOL.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    It's HILARIOUS to read some of the comments from Bangladeshi supporters with regards to Shakib playing this game. What did he even do to deserve so much praise ? NOTHING. Just goes to underline the point how poor Bangladesh have been as an international side the last 15 years or so. Whether they like it or not, Bangladesh are adoring towards 'individuals' in a team; a mistake often committed by most Indian fans. KKR were simply not good enough and they are NOT good in any way to even play this competition. It's time the BCCI realizes, no matter how many IPL teams they may bring, they will all lose to quality domestic sides from around the world. Even the Sialkot Stallions would have beaten this KKR team.

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover...Funny he has a batting average of 50 in Tests against Pakistan and has scored test 100s IN places like Pakistan and New Zealand jealous. Kallis went out for a Duck today and no wickets double standards as usual. When is Pakistan going to play Cricket again at home? :)

  • Solid_Snake on October 15, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover ->When Stallions lost.All of our fans from neighbor started laughing and saying that how bad our Domestic cricket is..Now when i see all IPL teams getting thrashed,i wonder if these IPL teams even deserved to be there in the main round.So according to those fans theory,this shows that Indian domestic cricket is ground and dusted.Thanks to IPL :P

  • mngc1 on October 15, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    All through IPL 2012 there were numerous posts about Shakib being the best all rounder in the world and that he should be picked before Narine. Nothing I saw in IPL (except for the final), T20 WC or here supports that tag.

  • pak78 on October 15, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    top performance by one pakistani player oh sorry a british player....... bcci u need at least 5 ilp teams to reach the semis at least lol.

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Why are people blaming Shakib? he came in late in which KKR lost vital quick wickets and had to take it easy and besides he scored more than 3 times the runs Kallis or Gambhir did so why the jealousy? also Kallis neither got a wicket so don't blame Shakib it wasn't his fault but the top order again like usual.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    I think it's a GREAT insult for us INDIANS when the BCCI and other TV companies think we are a MARKET. Sorry to say this guys, but WE don't watch EVERYTHING. Give us a series featuring India vs Pakistan, we WILL watch it. Give us even a BORING test series between India and any top test side, we WILL watch it. Just cause we love cricket, it does not mean these administrators can take advantage of us. I am an Indian supporter who disagrees with the format of the CLT20. I feel there should NOT be more than 2 IPL teams. It's funny isn't it, the fact that a quality team like Auckland should play 'qualifiers' or rather 'earn' the privilege to play against these IPL clowns !!!! Speak about unfairness in a democratic and liberal world. God, the irony is just too much to take.

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I guess this proves a point that the CL T20 is a BCCI event and not an ICC event. Otherwise, all test playing nations should have an equal number of representatives in the competition.

  • om.pani on October 15, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir is pure flat track bully.confirm and sakib is ordinary as allways.

  • Solid_Snake on October 15, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    A team which was put into the Qualifiers..Thrashing the IPL champion team.This shows the true face.In current CL tournament every time when an IPL team is playing against Aus or SA teams,IPL one gets thrashed so badly as if hey dont even know how to play cricket.I wonder what would have happened to KKR if they had to go through the qualifiers..

  • cric_fan12 on October 15, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @ ansarja - do you mean ECB? I thought Azhar is a UK citizen now, can he still technically play for Pakistan?. And even if yes, why should he go back to dark ages, PCB has no respect for players, - what would PCB do to him, dump him after one failure. Nah I think he is better at what he is doing now

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    If a non-IPL team wins this time... BCCI will bring 5 ipl teams next season O_O

  • ifrakurshid on October 15, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    YES NO DOUBT AZHAR MAHMOOD PERFORMANCE PAR EXCELLENCE BUT THE AKULANDERS AS A TEAM PLAYED WELL SPECIALLY ALL TOP ORDER PERFORMED WEL KKR LOOKED A TIRED OUT FIT GOING TO THE MOTION PLAYING VERY MUCH UNDER THEIR POTENTIAL LOU FIRST 1.3 OVERS SETS THE TONE FOR VICTORY WITHOUT ANY TWIST IN THE MATCH SUNIL WAS THE LONE RANGER GIVING SOME RESISTANCE WSTAR MANAGED A COMFORTABLE WIN AZHAR MAHMOOD PLAYING VERY SENSIBLY AS 138 WAS NOT A DEFENDABLE TOTAL TONIGHT AS THE RUN OF PLAY WATCH EAGERLY BY MANY FANS THAT KKR MIGHT FIGHT IT OUT BUT IT NEVER LOOKED IN FIGHTING MOOD PROBABLY MISSING THE OWNER AT THE MATCH VENUE.THE MIDDLE ORDER COLLASPED OF KKR GHAMBIR & KALIS GOING CHEAPLY BACK TO THE HUT LOWERD THE MORALE OF THE TEAM WHICH NEVER RECOVERED PHATAN EFFORTS WAS ALSO SHORT LIVE AS OTHERS COULD NOT PERFORMED WEL CONGRATULATIONS TO AUCKLANDERS FOR A NICE WIN & AJOO BHAI BEOCOMING THE MAN OF THE MATCH HIS IPL OWNERS MUST BE RELIASING HIS LATE ENTRY TO THE TOURNAMENT WAS A ADMINISTRATIVE BLUNDER

  • Harmony111 on October 15, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    @Smith Robertson: Actually they have won 2 of the 3 CLT20 titles so far. Are you now red with shame or green with jealousy?

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Good work Aces! Folks, the presence of 4 IPL sides has nothing to do with blinkered administrators or any perceived superiority of that particular competition. It's simply that India has (by far) largest available TV audience, so in order to maximise access to that audience the organisers include as many IPL teams as they can. I don't agree with it, but that's the way of it.

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Another defeat for KKR and another great performance by one of the top Pakistani all rounders of all time. KKR should have played with Brett Lee and they should hve dropped Balaji. Balaji is struggling in this tournament for sure.

  • predator0 on October 15, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @Sharafat Jamil....just because shakib is in u think its a good team for KKR..??? lets have a look at what he did today:: 15 runs from 22 balls without any 4s or 6s.. and then 4-0-34-0. keeping him in the team for the next match would be stupid. they should bring back Lee instead of Shakib and also replace Balaji, he is out of sorts for som time now...

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Wish azhar mahmood could play for Pakistan again someday

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 15, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Another of my predictions has come true. I said yesterday that KKR will be whacked by the Auckland Aces. In fact, they have gone one more step ahead and WALLOPED the KKR. This is enough to crush KKR hopes in the competition. Once again, I am an Indian fan and IPL supporter. However, I have to be real in my thoughts and wishes. The IPL teams are simply not genuine enough to beat some of these domestic sides from AUS, NZ and SA. KKR got their team WRONG once more. Shakib was a bad choice to begin with. And why is Balaji even in the team begs logic. KKR have 2 more tough opponents coming up. Can't see them win anything in this competition. Even the other IPL teams have major weaknesses. Feel sorry for them.

  • WishIndiaImprove on October 15, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Looks like IPL teams need to pass thru qualification rounds. They are not fit for international level tournament.

  • on October 15, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    The fact that Auckland had to qualify here, just to have the opportunity to thrash the IPL champs, is ridiculous, especially when there are three other IPL teams clogging up the tournament as well. The sooner that Indian administrators admit there is cricket played outside of India, the better.

  • on October 15, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Lee was needed in that team, actually kkr is not suit for green Nd bouncy wicket, coz they dnt have gud seamer except lee, nd very bad batsmen for bouncy pitch. lyk ghambhir is useless batsman in that kind of wicket... only kallis nd macclum is ok, bt kallis didnt click, so no way...... no win...

  • Sulaimaan91 on October 15, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    So a team thought not fit enough for the Champions league has beaten the IPL champions, so much for making the tournament competitive.It has already lost a good 2-3 teams which are way better than these mediocre IPL teams

  • Surajdon9 on October 15, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    You Beauty Azar.well played Azar......

  • Baber_Baloch on October 15, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Still time PCB to bring back Azhar mehmood he 100% better than razaq and Imran nazir.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 15, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Indian bowlrs can't bowl anywhere in d wrld whil there batsmen can only bat on roadlike indian tracks ,same holds true 4 shakib who can only bat at SHER.E.BANGAL STADIUM BANGLADSH

  • on October 15, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Oh dear, another IPL team gets beaten by a State! Money isn't everything.

  • baranasai on October 15, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Poor KKR Their two star batsmen are not scoring -both cpatain Ghambir and Jacques. Adding tammim -if he is still in the squad will be very helpful. Bowling left lot to be desired especially a good support for Lee is needed and dropping him is not the answer. Balaji is having an awful form and every body is murdering him and killing his confidence-unless he comes back with a good bowling plan under circumnstances -I hope this will be his last big tournament both for 20/20 and IPL as he has lost his confidence and people are attacking him easily/ Apart from Sunil Narine there are no other good bowlers except lee -that is where KKR should focus

  • on October 15, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Funny! Even with 4 IPL teams none of them is good enough to win the Champions league :D

  • stud11 on October 15, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    put this shakib out his slow batting rate nd run giving balling make kkr fall

  • Ahmad991 on October 15, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Tendo underrated by kkr very bad!!!

  • FRRR on October 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood is a very good player and genuine match winner. Best of Luck to azhar.

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 15, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Bad team selection....how the hell in earth u can drop Lee in SA Pitches and hope to win ? KKR out of clt20 boooooooo..........

  • on October 15, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    now thats call a good team for KKR comeon bangladesh with you

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  • on October 15, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    now thats call a good team for KKR comeon bangladesh with you

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 15, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Bad team selection....how the hell in earth u can drop Lee in SA Pitches and hope to win ? KKR out of clt20 boooooooo..........

  • FRRR on October 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood is a very good player and genuine match winner. Best of Luck to azhar.

  • Ahmad991 on October 15, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Tendo underrated by kkr very bad!!!

  • stud11 on October 15, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    put this shakib out his slow batting rate nd run giving balling make kkr fall

  • on October 15, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Funny! Even with 4 IPL teams none of them is good enough to win the Champions league :D

  • baranasai on October 15, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Poor KKR Their two star batsmen are not scoring -both cpatain Ghambir and Jacques. Adding tammim -if he is still in the squad will be very helpful. Bowling left lot to be desired especially a good support for Lee is needed and dropping him is not the answer. Balaji is having an awful form and every body is murdering him and killing his confidence-unless he comes back with a good bowling plan under circumnstances -I hope this will be his last big tournament both for 20/20 and IPL as he has lost his confidence and people are attacking him easily/ Apart from Sunil Narine there are no other good bowlers except lee -that is where KKR should focus

  • on October 15, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Oh dear, another IPL team gets beaten by a State! Money isn't everything.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 15, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Indian bowlrs can't bowl anywhere in d wrld whil there batsmen can only bat on roadlike indian tracks ,same holds true 4 shakib who can only bat at SHER.E.BANGAL STADIUM BANGLADSH

  • Baber_Baloch on October 15, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Still time PCB to bring back Azhar mehmood he 100% better than razaq and Imran nazir.