Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2011, Navi Mumbai May 18, 2011

Ganguly goes up against Kolkata

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Match facts


Thursday, May 19, Navi Mumbai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture


Going into their last two league games, Kolkata Knight Riders' task is not as clear as they would like it to be: if Kings XI Punjab lose their last game, Kolkata can make the play-offs even if they lose both their matches. If Punjab win, though, Kolkata might need two wins to be assured of a spot in the final four. Sourav Ganguly - the biggest player to emerge from Kolkata and a name that was synonymous with their franchise until the most recent player auction - has a chance to stop them. It happens only in the IPL.

Yet, both Ganguly and his team-mates at Pune Warriors will know that they go in as rank outsiders. Kolkata have been consistent through the season, with their big-ticket players pulling their weight at different stages. The domestic Indian players have played their part too, especially Iqbal Abdulla and Manoj Tiwary. Pune, on the other hand, are out of contention after suffering an early-season slump that spanned seven successive losses. Ganguly looked like a batsman who hadn't held a bat in 12 months in his first outing, and fell for a duck in his second. Does Pune's campaign have a sting in its tail? Kings XI Punjab will be hoping it does, since a Kolkata defeat will keep their chances alive.

Form guide (most recent first)


Kolkata: LWLWW (fourth in points table)
Pune: LWWLL (ninth in points table)

Team talk


Kolkata have seemed keen to open with Eoin Morgan, though the move has had little success. Morgan is not with the team anymore, and Shakib Al Hasan might be the one coming in for him. Given the lack of muscle in the middle order - excluding Yusuf Pathan - Gautam Gambhir might consider moving himself up the order.

Pune will mull over the option of replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar with Shrikant Wagh, who was impressive at the DY Patil in the initial part of the season. Will Ganguly continue to play at No. 3?

Predict the playing XIs for this match. Play ESPNcricinfo Team Selector.

In the spotlight


Time is running out for Robin Uthappa to deliver returns on the tremendous investment Pune made on him. He has scored 252 runs in 12 innings, but has not produced a single half-century. He has paraded all his shots this season, without displaying the right kind of shot-selection.

Brett Lee has set up a few sparkling mini-battles with Uthappa in the past - a league match in the 2007 CB series, and a 2010 IPL fixture being the most notable. There's something irresistible about a contest between a fast bowler who likes to bowl straight, and a batsman who likes to hit it back, just as straight. Who will triumph when they clash on Thursday?

Prime numbers


  • Kolkata haven't hit enough sixes this year. Tiwary, with 12, is their leading six-hitter but he is only 14th on the overall list. Yusuf has only managed 11.

  • Rahul Sharma is the third-highest wicket-taker this season, with 16 wickets. He has also been the most economical bowler (5.33 per over) among those who have at least six wickets.

The chatter


"We need one win from two games and that's all I will be telling the team. I'm not obsessed with the points table. Our priority right now is to get the two points on Thursday."
Can Pune deny Gautam Gambhir the two points he seeks?

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • loung_singh on May 19, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    m really sick of watching tv channels saying dada ll revenge on kkr.come on pune just signed ganguly 2 increase their fan base..he is past his prime...and a very gud decision by kkr not 2 retain him..dnt knw why ppl r so mad abt him he cant bat at strike rate more dan 110 or so and he has failed 4 kkr last 3 seasons...it was gud if he hd accepted role of mentor ..sad 2 see his plight

  • on May 19, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @Chinmay: paying Gambhir huge some to take revenge on Dada? lol.. this is the mother of all silly accusations..lol.. I hope u are kidding! Waving Srilankan flag? when did that happen?? sorry mate, I tried googling it.. cant find any links! more over SRK didnt attend the WC final - fyi!

  • on May 19, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    GR8 2 SEE shakib BACK! GO ON SHAKIB.... WE R PROUD OF U!

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    If IPL has a sign for highest run getter and wicket taker..then they need to introduce another sign in IPL that is THE LAMEST PERFORMER ...EOIN MORGAN definitely a good contender...khek khek khek u know i just feel to laugh so loud when i see a team combination of KKR and i become worried when i think their management and get thrilled that how come a guy wasting so much money every year though he has self pride for his money and he has a lot....this year i am for sure waiting to see KKR down..guys will get my anger when u will find me a BANGLADESHI...one thing i would suggest to IPL franchisers that better u don't buy any Bangladeshi player but dont neglect or insult their talent after getting them in the tournament.... may be u have a lot money but we have self respects....

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    The major reason why KKR losing its fame is the attitude of King Khan.Some of them are like Removing Dada/Wanted Pak players/Paying a huge amount to Gambhir to take revenge on Dada/ Commenting on Gavaskar/Holding Srilankan flag in final match. More over he feels like he represents the minorities. Some how I felt his behavior is just like Sidhartha Mallaya.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    KKR team should be: 1 Gambhir 2 Kallis 3 Manoj 4 Yusuf 5 Shakib 6 Ryan Deschote 7 Sribatsa 8 Bhatia 9 Lee 10 Abdulla 11 Balaji

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    I sincerely believe that Dada is way past his best and should call it a day.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    For all the guys who want Shakib al hasan in the playing XI the reason he is not there is coz kolkata need a balanced batting in their middle order,and hasan is pretty expensive in his bowling considering they have abdulla and yusuf as spin options,they are doing a decent job.Most of the surfaces KKR have played on they can do with these two.I would really like to see Ryan Ten Doeschate get a look in ahead of Morgan though.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    @ ChinkiMonki: is it a written rule tat ur not supposed to support KKR if dada is not tere...wat if somebody is a fan of say gambhir wants kkr to win..nothin wrong in tat...

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 19, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Want to see Tendo playing for Morgan -- not Shakib (sorry guys, although I'm his fan) --- can't support KKR without Ganguly -- like MI supporters probably support MI if Sachin is ignored. But is Shakib plays then will support Shakib not KKR. So my equation is "KKR minus Shakib is equal to Pune's win" -- hope to see that happens tonight.

  • loung_singh on May 19, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    m really sick of watching tv channels saying dada ll revenge on kkr.come on pune just signed ganguly 2 increase their fan base..he is past his prime...and a very gud decision by kkr not 2 retain him..dnt knw why ppl r so mad abt him he cant bat at strike rate more dan 110 or so and he has failed 4 kkr last 3 seasons...it was gud if he hd accepted role of mentor ..sad 2 see his plight

  • on May 19, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @Chinmay: paying Gambhir huge some to take revenge on Dada? lol.. this is the mother of all silly accusations..lol.. I hope u are kidding! Waving Srilankan flag? when did that happen?? sorry mate, I tried googling it.. cant find any links! more over SRK didnt attend the WC final - fyi!

  • on May 19, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    GR8 2 SEE shakib BACK! GO ON SHAKIB.... WE R PROUD OF U!

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    If IPL has a sign for highest run getter and wicket taker..then they need to introduce another sign in IPL that is THE LAMEST PERFORMER ...EOIN MORGAN definitely a good contender...khek khek khek u know i just feel to laugh so loud when i see a team combination of KKR and i become worried when i think their management and get thrilled that how come a guy wasting so much money every year though he has self pride for his money and he has a lot....this year i am for sure waiting to see KKR down..guys will get my anger when u will find me a BANGLADESHI...one thing i would suggest to IPL franchisers that better u don't buy any Bangladeshi player but dont neglect or insult their talent after getting them in the tournament.... may be u have a lot money but we have self respects....

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    The major reason why KKR losing its fame is the attitude of King Khan.Some of them are like Removing Dada/Wanted Pak players/Paying a huge amount to Gambhir to take revenge on Dada/ Commenting on Gavaskar/Holding Srilankan flag in final match. More over he feels like he represents the minorities. Some how I felt his behavior is just like Sidhartha Mallaya.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    KKR team should be: 1 Gambhir 2 Kallis 3 Manoj 4 Yusuf 5 Shakib 6 Ryan Deschote 7 Sribatsa 8 Bhatia 9 Lee 10 Abdulla 11 Balaji

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    I sincerely believe that Dada is way past his best and should call it a day.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    For all the guys who want Shakib al hasan in the playing XI the reason he is not there is coz kolkata need a balanced batting in their middle order,and hasan is pretty expensive in his bowling considering they have abdulla and yusuf as spin options,they are doing a decent job.Most of the surfaces KKR have played on they can do with these two.I would really like to see Ryan Ten Doeschate get a look in ahead of Morgan though.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    @ ChinkiMonki: is it a written rule tat ur not supposed to support KKR if dada is not tere...wat if somebody is a fan of say gambhir wants kkr to win..nothin wrong in tat...

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 19, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Want to see Tendo playing for Morgan -- not Shakib (sorry guys, although I'm his fan) --- can't support KKR without Ganguly -- like MI supporters probably support MI if Sachin is ignored. But is Shakib plays then will support Shakib not KKR. So my equation is "KKR minus Shakib is equal to Pune's win" -- hope to see that happens tonight.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    dada will rock on today go dada go

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    HopE SakiB wiLL come back anD makE a winninG peRformancE in the tEaM............@ KKR on the waY to wiN the MatcH...@

    -alsO...GooOD LucK for "DADA"

  • on May 19, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Kolkata will win! Ganguly cannot stop them!

  • KhanArif on May 19, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Ganguly was a very manipulative person (remember the days when he was not perfoming in the team but as a captain continued and used to make fights between team members) - I lost respect for him - A Captain always puts his team before himself.

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    All Bangladeshis Love Kolkata Knight Riders all time. Cause there Shakib Playing. But last few matches he not playing. Shahrukh Khan may be don't know that Shakib is a good performer. He got 7 wickets in 3 matches. If he play that's will be very good for Kolkata...

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    m punjab supporter n today it's feels like ganguly is playing for punjab n today gonna be punjab vs KKR .. obviously which team win today will becomes stronger contender for play offs.... so come on "punjab de puttar yuvraj" kick off KKR out of the contest... n best of luck ganguly ...hope u'll score big runs today n slap on the face of KKR n shahrukh who avoid you on auction...

  • NatarajR on May 19, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Eager to watch this match where Ganguly goes against his home team.... Just curious to watch while he bats to see if the Kolkata crowd cheers Dada or cheers their home team.... It happens only in IPL.... :)

  • Rezaul on May 19, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I bet u guys, Dada will deliver his final hurrah today against KKR. He is a true fighter and every time he was discarded he came back strongly and proved his critiqs wrong. Go Dada go, beat the moody KKR and prove everybody wrong once again.

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Well. If shakib play that match it will be very good for KKR. Cause he is a very good skilled performer...

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    when ganguly was plating for KKR he was blamed all the time for KKR's failures and early eliminations... now this is the time to be real reason for elimination of KKR.... win today and take KKR out of play-offs.....

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Pune will surely try their best to upset SRK's applecart. With Ganguly in their ranks, the game against KKR takes on the hue of a derby a bit. But I do not think KKR will allow Ganguly's nefarious plans to succeed. They are too well-knit a team to slip up now.

    I think Shakib will play today. Its the Bengali base versus the ex-Bengali idol who stirs up strong emotions even now..

  • hariharan900 on May 19, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    @DebabrataDutta : I appreciate ur feel towards kolkatta but see DADA is the symbol of ur city. You should have same respect for kolkatta guys too. As a cricketer point of view , KKR is a good team but as a fan no one support recent KKR team. KKR team is playing without prince.ha ha ha and u ppl are supporting. Yes understand and started to hate KKR but few like u still supporting KKR. Even as am a chennai fan , i feel worst on hearing that news. but u ppl still supporting KKR. i want DebabrataDutta or some one who is still supporting KKR to answer these questions:

    1.someone said his days are over ? i wanna ask did dravid and laxman is playing in his twenties? or they are more explosive than sourav? 2.And sourav is the oly reason for KKR lose in previous IPL? You know he s the best batsman among KKR in previous editions. 3.Last one ques Will you think if mumbai fans support MI without sachin ?

    And oly one request

    Please answer the above questions from ur heart.

  • on May 19, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    where is sakib why not he is in the team & why morgan plying in the team Sakib is better bastman than Morgan bowlling is bonus.............

  • on May 19, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Ive heard that Morgan has gone back to England to try out for the test team. i expect Shakib will get a tryout, bar injury, his bowling is first class, haven't seen him as a power hitter though, maybe as an opener to do some damage early on?

  • on May 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Daada vs kkr, it will be an awesome game, especially must watch daada's batting.... i wish he scores some good run and kick kkr out of the tournament..........

  • on May 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    It is difficult to stop KKR from getting into play offs they are certain for play offs and favourites in today's game. As far as DADA is concerned I m big fan of his but I don't think so he will make any difference today because he didn't touch the bat for 5 months. So its diffiultl for him to score today as well. KKR sure shot contenders for play offs and today's game.

  • on May 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    wiseshah on (May 18 2011, 18:26 PM GMT)

    KKR's problem is they are stubborn to retain same XI. morgan is a total failure and still he is getting chances because he plays for england team. shakib or ryan ten is 100 times better option than him. i dont think they need boucher either. they can have their local wkt keeper. my line up will be 1. kallis 2. gambhir 3. shakib 4. monoj tiwari 5.yousuf 6. ryan ten 7. iqbal abdullah 8. wkt keeper 9.LR shukla 10. bret lee 11. balaji. this is the best combo for KKR.

  • narvan on May 19, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    this is time to take revange.dada show them how big mistake kkr have made.god has given perfect chance to dada to spoil kkr's play-off hopes.

    pune team according to batting order : 1.rayder 2.ganguly 3.robin 4.yuvraj 5.Ferguson 6.Mithun Manhas 7.Mohnish Mishra 8.Parnell 9.Rahul Sharma 10.Wagh 11.Jerome Taylor

    kkr team according to batting order : 1.kallis 2. gambhir 3.tiwary 4.pathan 5.Shakib Al Hasan 6.Boucher 7.Iqbal Abdulla 8.Brett Lee 9.Balaji 10.Sangwan 11.Unadkat

  • Chiragsenyork on May 19, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    If Kolkata has to win they should use use their resources effectively.First of all they should play Shakib instead of Morgan.Gambhir should open the innings and Yusuf Patahn should bat at no.3.Also, P.Sangwan should replace naive bowler J.Unadkat.He's useless. Only then Kolkata can win comfortably while batting first otherwise it relies too much on toss.There has to be someone at the top to utilize first 6 overs and counter the slow strike rate of Kalis.

  • on May 19, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    whose ego is big, we ALL will come to know SRK VERSUS S.GANGULY

  • Tusher1987 on May 19, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Who says KKR middle order is not strong enough? bring Shakib in the team; place him suitably he will deliver his best. I was hoping that KKR will drop Morgan and Gambhir will open with Kallis which will leave Shakib a place. Make no mistake Shakib is a class bowler and a dependable batsman and he deserves a place in the main xi. Putting him on sideline is nothing but waste of his talent.

  • imDebD on May 19, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Few years back, our national football star Baichung Bhutia left East Bengal Club and joined Mohun Bagan Club, both are kolkata based. If you notice, Mr. Bhutia is brought up with the East Bengal Club and played so many years, he was the hero of the Club's supporter. when he left the club, not a single East Bengal supporter had started supporting Mohun Bagan. bcoz club is bigger than a single person. samething for Dada.

  • imDebD on May 19, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    @sandip_kar_chem, I fully agree with you, I do love him, a big fan. Last 3 years, we saw KKR performances and Dada was fully involved with the team selection. Dada should take the responsibility bcoz he was the technical person during the first Auction, SRK not the technical person for the Crickect. but look this year, atleast some hopes are there for play-off!!!.why we will not support KKR!!!!!..last 3 years KKR only used to give entertainment not good cricket. but this year KKR performing well atleast.

  • Balu_raj on May 19, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Donno why KKr fans still supporting their team ... How rediculous to leave Kolkata hero out ... and no reactions from fans for that ... Dada is a fantastic player .. So disgusting even for me (as iam a CSK fan though) .. But not for kkr fans ... Its hurting guys .... !!!

  • on May 19, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Love to see KKR win this match with SAKIB in the XI and Ganguly gets 50 in this match. As BD fan we love DADA.Good wish for Ganguly and KKR. Go KKR go....

  • anreddy9 on May 19, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Come on 'dada'...this is the time to show who you are. Cricket is a sport, and a sportsman should be respected, and show the place where the 'nautanki' belongs to. You can't get a better chance at this stage of your career!! Go 'dada' go!!

    -Prashanth Reddy

  • shayad on May 19, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Pune XI

    1. JD Ryder 2. MK Pandey 3. SC Ganguly 4. RV Uthappa 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. M Manhas 7. MR Marsh 8. SB Wagh 9. WD Parnell 10. R Sharma 11. AC Thomas

  • mrcool on May 19, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Team management of pune is very poor. uthappa got success at no 3 batting position in 2 matches still management wasted him at no 4 or no 5 position. He should always play as opener or 1 down batsman.players like pandey,ganguly plays very slow at start and bulids pressure on uthappa and yuvraj.hope pune management learn from this mistake next season.

  • on May 19, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    I think KKr should go with this XI

    Kallis Bisla (wk) Gambir Yusuf Pathan Manoj Tiwari Eoin morgan Shakib Al Hasan Brett Lee Unadkat Iqbal Abdullah Balaji

    Batting order may be changed

  • on May 19, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    KKR should go with Kallis, ten Doeschate, Boucher & Lee as the four overseas players in todays game.

  • on May 19, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    I want KKR to win today......as it deserves a place in the play offs.....With the likes of Kallis, Lee,Pathan and Gambhir with Tiwary chipping in i must see them in the top 4.....Inshallah......If Pathan gets going the Pune are gone for a toss......Go KKR blast DY Patil and come out with a inspiration win for the remaining matches.All the best Pathan.

  • on May 19, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Best XI : Kallis , Shakib , Gautam , Monoj , Morgan , Pathan , Bisla , Iqbal , Lee , Balaji & Unadkat. Next year Tamim Ikbal Khan must be replace by Morgan or Doeschate. Also Pattinson replace by Kelvin O'brain(Ire) or Safiul Islam(Bd) or Jimi Anderson(Eng). Shakib got 7 wickets in 3 matches...after Bangalore game, he is out of team combination. E Morgan played 12 matches & scores only 137 runs (av 15.22). Shakib must play todays game.... Best of luck KKR.....love u so much...

  • on May 19, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Don't worry about Ganguly . kkr must go with shakib insted of Boucher....................

  • ashekahmed on May 19, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    kolkata knight riders will be definitely defeated as they are too much intelligent in the team selection....not using shakib al hasan who should get the first priority in the main-11.shakib was playing tremendously well and he could be the real weapon for kkr but they just misused it and going to be out of the tournament.shame on the kkr authority.

  • sandip_kar_chem on May 19, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    @Debabratadutta and @Cricketgladiator Look you are absolutely correct that days for Ganguly is over..But if you look at the third year IPL performance of Sourav (as a captain) 14 14 1 493 88 37.92 419 117.66 0 4 1 58 15 and Gambhir"s performance as a KKR captain 12 12 3 312 75* 34.66 256 121.87 0 1 1 36 2 , there is virtually no difference. The only thing is that this year KKR has a better team with better Indian contingent. So cricket is not the criteria because of which DADA is overlooked by the other team. The team that finally took him was in similar distress as KKR was last three year. I feel for him because he is perhaps one of the few LION-HEARTED BENGALI guy who has to prove himself time and time again that he is special. I am proud that my country has produced such a person with full of determination and courage. He should be a role model to all of us just not because of his cricket but for his attitude to overcome any barrier in life. Hats of to DADA.

  • on May 19, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Alas !!! what is going on with Dav & Akram ??? Why they didn't keeping the Skipper of Bangladesh on the best 11 i/o Morgan !!! Surely KKR will be out of the tournament again as last couple of years. If even they didn't include Shakib Al Hasan. KKR need him and We want to see him in the squad.

  • on May 19, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    KKR must go with combination of shakib, ten, lkallis and bretlee with our players as every body knows and opening combination must be pathan & kallis. In bowling, unadk, balaji, iqbalabdullah and bhatia.

  • anver777 on May 19, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Dada this is the right time to answer the critics with the Bat.......hope to see a match winning knock from u !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jimmy86 on May 19, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    thats great dada will play against kolkatta he scores 50 and sends srk out of the tournament i like kkr but not srk

  • on May 19, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    hope kkr loses and that gives the EX DECCAN the charge

  • sircha on May 19, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Eagerly waiting for a DADA special against his home team..

  • bappi_ipe06 on May 19, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    I dont know what KKR management are thinking!! Leaving SHAKIB & TENDO...instead of Boucher!!! Definitely u need a consistent 11. But if u act dogmatic, the whole team has to suffer.

    Please come with ur sense & play the best 11. Otherwise u'll be the only thing to blame.

  • on May 19, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    toughest day of souravs cricketing life. if he wins his janam bhoomi loses if he loses his heart will lose hope for lot of rain and match washed out plz god rain at dy patil today

  • Pandeyjii on May 19, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Gambhir is saying they need only one win to qualify and also the author of this article is also having the same impression, they didn't realise that even after one win Punjab can kick out the Kolkata from the qualifiers.

    I have a simple maths . . . if Mumbai wins one of their two matches, even though Kolkata win one of the two matches but with very less margin, say, some 2-4 runs win and Punjab went on to win another match with huge margin (remember the next Punjab match is again on that small Dharmshala ground), they their net run run would be higher that the Kolkata and Punjab will be in at the expense of Kolkata . . . again remember only one good match made Punjab's NRR zoom from negative to +0.271.

    !!WAKE UP GAMBHIR!!

  • on May 19, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Hurricane 'DADA' to clean up KKR

  • cricketgladiator on May 19, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    can't agree anymore with DebabrataDutta. No disrespect to DADA, but his time is over. See what is his total score in last three IPL with KKR and the strike rate as well!!!!!!!! Why would KKR keep him in such a competitive tournament while he is doing no good for the team. blaming SRK for not keeping DADA in the team is very childish. Anyone else would have dropped him after the second edition of IPL if not the first. It was SRK who gave him so many chances to prove but he failed. Anyway, I don't like the current KKR team combination. The have players to make the best team in the IPL but thier combination is poor. Gambhir should open the bat and Shakib should be in XI as he can Bat, Bowl and field. Good luck KKR!!!!!!!!!

  • nlambda on May 19, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Dada... remember if you score runs here then it will be difficult to buy any misthi doi or roshogulla in Calcutta in the future...

  • Rahman_Anis on May 19, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    KKR Should play SHAKIB AL HASAN , becz he is truly a Match Winner & a genuine ALL-ROUNDER.

  • on May 19, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    KKR is not one the way they should change their combination like shakib sholud back as a all rounder who is really success in this ipl.......what KKR is donig now? same team same combination..........

  • imDebD on May 19, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    DADA is not bigger than our loving Kolkata!!!!..Dada is great but we all love Kolkata..we will support KKR..why you people are blaming SRK..KKR didn't go for Dada in Auction, but why others teams didn't call him..Drvid is playing with RR, Laxman playing with KTK, Yuvraj playing wth Pune. they are not shouting like us..its shame..

  • on May 19, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    It would be great if Ganguly scores big and hits those huge trademark sixes and sends SRK and his team out of the tournament

  • on May 19, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    For next year IPL-2012,please drop Morgan bring TAMIM IQBAL he is thousand time batter then Morgan or Boucher.KKR management please do accept my option

  • hasib9 on May 19, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    I was a fool to think KKR was going to win this year. Look at their team selection!! Shakib 7 wickets in 3 matches (can also bat and field) is left out!! Last year they had McCullum and Ganguly 2 captain formula and lost. This year they will lose again because of poor selection.

  • on May 19, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    dada againts his mother land......bst of luck DADA....hope u'll give SRK a grt reply......

  • on May 19, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    should have been played at Eden Gardens

  • hp-india on May 19, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    @Jay_Ajit: Dada knocking the doors of ODI team..? I fell off my chair laughing at this comment. Seriously dude, Dada fanbois like you need to get a life. His international career is over. Period. P.S: No disrespect meant towards Sourav. He is and will always be a great cricketer; no denying that.

  • on May 19, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    dada againts his mother land......bst of luck DADA....hope u'll give SRK a grt reply.....

  • on May 19, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    its, kolkata vs the son of kolkata.......whom u sprt...????? I sprt the son.....sprting son mens soprtin his kolkata.....lol....!1!!! dada all the way........ dada againts his mother land......bst of luck DADA....hope u'll give SRK a grt reply......

  • on May 19, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    KKR will win, Ghambhir, not to forget is India's finest openers, and if he opens in tomorrows game, he can thrash Pune Warriors. Dada hasn't, played cricket in over a year and isn't in form, whereas most of the players in kkr are, in form, so it shouldn't be a hassle, to win this match. The only man that can actually make an impact is Yuvraj Singh

  • on May 19, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    is shakib gonna play i hope he does

  • cricket2011 on May 19, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    I wish Sourav Ganguly's Century against Sharukh Khan's Team and big Victory over Kolkota knight riders........................

  • on May 19, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    This is the last chance for KKR to qualify becox their next game is with Mumbi Indian where winning % is very less.Please bring back Shakib to have right combination

  • wiseshah on May 18, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    glad to see the right combination finally. i hope they will not have wktkeeper opening formula. shakib/ ryan ten should open and ghambhir should come as one down. 3 match and 7 wkt and still kolkata keep him out of team , thats ridiculous.

  • on May 18, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Everything rests on Dada's shoulder's. He should be allowed to captain the side and bowl few overs .....If he performs well, he might even be knocking on the door of India ODI team .....

  • Parthi_nava on May 18, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Gayle first and now Dada will hurt their old franchaise KKR....

  • TeamSelector on May 18, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Leave out Boucher & play both Shakib & Tendo.

    1-Kallis, 2-Goswami, 3-Gambhir, 4-Tiwary, 5-Yusuf, 6-Shakib, 7-Tendo, 8-Shukla, 9-Lee, 10-Abdullah, 11-Balaji.

  • Cricinfo-Editorial on May 18, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    As many readers have pointed out, Eoin Morgan has returned to England to play for the Lions against the Sri Lankans at Derby. The preview has been suitably modified. The error is regretted.

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    KKR desperately need Shakib in the place of Morgan. I dn know y they r taking morgan in the squad, he managed only 1 half century in 13 (probably) games. morgan is just a waste...

  • Manee94 on May 18, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    If KKR win tomorrow, it doesn't need a mathematical miracle for them to then go out...if Punjab beat decan comfortably, and KKR beat Pune, but lose to Mumbai comfortably, it all goes down to numbers and will be quite tight, won't it?

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    This should be the batting order for KKR tomorrow

    1 Gambhir 2 Kallis 3 Yusuf 4 Shakib 5 Deschote 6 Manoj 7 Bisla 8 Abdulla 9 Lee 10 Balaji 11 Unadkat

  • bigdhonifan on May 18, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Go DADA go!!!! you are the best!!

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    KKR should open with Kallis & yousuf, then Gautam, Manoj, Shakib, Boucher, Bhatia, Lee, Abdulla, Shukla & Balaji. I think these combination will be perfect for KKR. Go KKR go!

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    WHERE IS SAKIB AL HASAN MAKES NO SENSE TO LEAVE HIM OUT AND PLAY BOUCHER HE TOOK 7 WICKETS IN 3 GAME ...NOTHING MAKES SENSE IN IPL I GUESS

  • Kazaldu on May 18, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    kolkata should go for shakib

  • JUSTFORKIX on May 18, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    how is 1 win enough to qualify ? Punjab may still topple them with a higher NRR

  • wiseshah on May 18, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    KKR's problem is they are stubborn to retain same XI. morgan is a total failure and still he is getting chances because he plays for england team. shakib or ryan ten is 100 times better option than him. i dont think they need boucher either. they can have their local wkt keeper. my line up will be 1. kallis 2. gambhir 3. shakib 4. monoj tiwari 5.yousuf 6. ryan ten 7. iqbal abdullah 8. wkt keeper 9.LR shukla 10. bret lee 11. balaji. this is the best combo for KKR.

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Dada....make KKR knocked out....

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  • on May 18, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Dada....make KKR knocked out....

  • wiseshah on May 18, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    KKR's problem is they are stubborn to retain same XI. morgan is a total failure and still he is getting chances because he plays for england team. shakib or ryan ten is 100 times better option than him. i dont think they need boucher either. they can have their local wkt keeper. my line up will be 1. kallis 2. gambhir 3. shakib 4. monoj tiwari 5.yousuf 6. ryan ten 7. iqbal abdullah 8. wkt keeper 9.LR shukla 10. bret lee 11. balaji. this is the best combo for KKR.

  • JUSTFORKIX on May 18, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    how is 1 win enough to qualify ? Punjab may still topple them with a higher NRR

  • Kazaldu on May 18, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    kolkata should go for shakib

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    WHERE IS SAKIB AL HASAN MAKES NO SENSE TO LEAVE HIM OUT AND PLAY BOUCHER HE TOOK 7 WICKETS IN 3 GAME ...NOTHING MAKES SENSE IN IPL I GUESS

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    KKR should open with Kallis & yousuf, then Gautam, Manoj, Shakib, Boucher, Bhatia, Lee, Abdulla, Shukla & Balaji. I think these combination will be perfect for KKR. Go KKR go!

  • bigdhonifan on May 18, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Go DADA go!!!! you are the best!!

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    This should be the batting order for KKR tomorrow

    1 Gambhir 2 Kallis 3 Yusuf 4 Shakib 5 Deschote 6 Manoj 7 Bisla 8 Abdulla 9 Lee 10 Balaji 11 Unadkat

  • Manee94 on May 18, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    If KKR win tomorrow, it doesn't need a mathematical miracle for them to then go out...if Punjab beat decan comfortably, and KKR beat Pune, but lose to Mumbai comfortably, it all goes down to numbers and will be quite tight, won't it?

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    KKR desperately need Shakib in the place of Morgan. I dn know y they r taking morgan in the squad, he managed only 1 half century in 13 (probably) games. morgan is just a waste...