Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Kolkata April 5, 2012

Irfan Pathan blows take Delhi to win

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Delhi Daredevils 100 for 2 (Irfan 42*, Finch 30) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 97 for 9 (Shukla 26, M Morkel 3-18) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Irfan Pathan bowled only one over in the game but proved decisive with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 42 from 20 deliveries to ensure Delhi Daredevils did not make a mess of their chase of 98 after having been 49 for 0. It would have been embarrassing for Daredevils to lose after that opening partnership, and especially after they had reduced Kolkata Knight Riders to 55 for 6 at one stage.

Aaron Finch and Virender Sehwag had gone serenely after the target in the rain-affected game shortened to 12 overs per side. But the asking-rate suddenly rose above ten runs an over after their dismissals in successive overs, and it was left to Irfan to bail Daredevils out.

And he did so in style, with some nerveless stroke-making under pressure. With 35 needed from 20 deliveries, Irfan lofted Jacques Kallis for six over long-on. South Africa fast bowler Marchant de Lange, on IPL debut, was pulled over deep midwicket and swung over long-on for two more sixes. Game over.

That the game was actually played was only because the rain relented after causing a two-and-a-half hour delay. A packed Eden Gardens had waited and waited for the rain to stop.

When the match finally got underway, the home team Knight Riders crumbled instantly. By the end of the fourth over, they had lost four wickets, and six by the end of the seventh. Morne Morkel was responsible for three of those strikes, including the wickets of Kallis and Tiwary off consecutive deliveries.

The crowd eventually found their voice when Bengal boys Debabrata Das and Laxmi Shukla hit the Daredevils spinners for a few sixes. The blows also ensured Knight Riders ended up with a decent score after having been reduced to 55 for 6.

Things had looked worse for Knight Riders at 31 for 4. Brendon McCullum missed a pull off Roelof van der Merwe to be caught plumb in front in the second over. Morkel came on in the third and uprooted Kallis' middle stump with a stinging yorker. Manoj Tiwary has travelled around the world with the Indian team recently without getting a game. And when he finally got one today, he lasted one ball, going back in his crease and conspiring to convert a very low full toss into a yorker. Bowled again.

Yusuf Pathan lasted three more deliveries than Tiwary had. Off his fourth, he tried to duck under a not-so-short ball from Umesh Yadav but only managed to glove it awkwardly to the wicketkeeper. Knight Riders' troubles only increased when Gautam Gambhir chopped an attempted guide to third man off a short Morkel delivery onto his stumps.

Knight Riders were in danger of getting bowled out in an innings of 12 overs, but Shukla and Das went after the spinners. Shukla, who played three ODIs for India in 1999, had cracked an unbeaten century last month to help Bengal beat heavyweights Mumbai for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

He lofted van der Merwe over long-off and deposited Shahbaz Nadeem over deep midwicket. Das had started the fightback earlier with a straight six off Morkel and the home fans now had reason to stay on for the chase. Knight Riders almost made their long stay worth it, but ran into Irfan.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 7, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    the KKR problem is kallis, kallis likes only S.A. players, last season he brought mark boucher, this time marchant de lange. Kallis & de lange bowls 6 ovrs & consumed 59 runs!!!! rest 6 overs required only 38 runs to win. the 10th overs bowled by lange should've beeen bowled by bret lee. Gambhir is foolish captain.

  • on April 7, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @Rahiq Uz Zaman, I agree with you Shakib is a good alrounder.I think in india we don't have such a good alrounder.But you are comparing kallis & shakib.Recently Kallis score 100 against india. Delhi won the match because overs are reduced & the crucial over from Morne morkel(kallis wicket).I want shakib to be included in KKR but not in place of Kallis.I don't know why they gave man of the match to pathan instead of Morkel.

  • zkhan12 on April 6, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Come On KKR,whats wrong with the think tank?every match in IPL would prove decisive as the tournament progresses,try to select a winning combination GAMBHIR,YUSUF,KALLIS,BRET LEE,SHAKIB,RYAN,BALAJI,IQBAL ABDULLAH,MNOJ TIWARY,BHATIA/SHUKLA,BISLA.per sure this winning combination could do wonders,where in u have player's who can bat nd bowl as well.

  • anupambarua on April 6, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Sakib only problem is.. he is the player from Bangladesh..If he is south african or australian or from so called big brother cricket nation thn he play every matches for KKR.

  • on April 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Result of not being taken SHAKIB in the squad...

  • on April 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    @sunil xavier....kallis is a great cricketer.....but sakib is more efficient player here.....now he is d no.1 allrounder.......if u look at kallis run & wicket in international cricket he is best no doubt......but sakib is still young & holding a country like bd.......he needs more time to b like kallis......kallis is 3 & sakib is 24 now.....

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 6, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Agree with @Jayabharathwaj Venkataraman - Irfan Pathan is perfect All-rounder for Team India. Selectors are you seeing and listening! MSD can't select him if he is not part of 16 man test team squad.

    It's time to get rid of non-performers like 10dulkar, Laxman, Sehwag and Ishant. Bring in Rahane/Mukund for Sehwag, Badri/Pujara/Mohd Kaif for Laxman, Dinda/Varun for Ishant. Virat Kohli is a perfect replacement for the retired gentleman - Dravid. No selector has the guts to drop 10dulkar. So he will play - whether we like it or not.

  • Saif_I_Khan on April 6, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @ Akib Alam: Please check Gauti's post match press conference. You are going to see lot of DeLenge b'coz even with poor T20 records, he has become Gauti's favorite. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/current/video_audio/560117.html What a shame. He says 'there are something not in your hand like toss'.... again later says 'toss is not a big factor'. What a confused guy.... Gauti... the bowler you feel difficult to face is not always the best bowler. Grow up man...

  • on April 6, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    It is just the FIRST MATCH, there are MORE MATCHES ahead.....SHAKIB would be TAKEN MOST of the TIME....So RELAX COUNTRYMEN....

  • ridwan0002 on April 6, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Side line all the players in the KKR side in any format of the game, and select only Shakib and then you should see the difference. You have to provide right recognitions for right players in a team to create good Team Spirit. If you deprive some you will most probably be deprived in turn. Good luck Shakib and your KKR.

  • on April 7, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    the KKR problem is kallis, kallis likes only S.A. players, last season he brought mark boucher, this time marchant de lange. Kallis & de lange bowls 6 ovrs & consumed 59 runs!!!! rest 6 overs required only 38 runs to win. the 10th overs bowled by lange should've beeen bowled by bret lee. Gambhir is foolish captain.

  • on April 7, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @Rahiq Uz Zaman, I agree with you Shakib is a good alrounder.I think in india we don't have such a good alrounder.But you are comparing kallis & shakib.Recently Kallis score 100 against india. Delhi won the match because overs are reduced & the crucial over from Morne morkel(kallis wicket).I want shakib to be included in KKR but not in place of Kallis.I don't know why they gave man of the match to pathan instead of Morkel.

  • zkhan12 on April 6, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Come On KKR,whats wrong with the think tank?every match in IPL would prove decisive as the tournament progresses,try to select a winning combination GAMBHIR,YUSUF,KALLIS,BRET LEE,SHAKIB,RYAN,BALAJI,IQBAL ABDULLAH,MNOJ TIWARY,BHATIA/SHUKLA,BISLA.per sure this winning combination could do wonders,where in u have player's who can bat nd bowl as well.

  • anupambarua on April 6, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Sakib only problem is.. he is the player from Bangladesh..If he is south african or australian or from so called big brother cricket nation thn he play every matches for KKR.

  • on April 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Result of not being taken SHAKIB in the squad...

  • on April 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    @sunil xavier....kallis is a great cricketer.....but sakib is more efficient player here.....now he is d no.1 allrounder.......if u look at kallis run & wicket in international cricket he is best no doubt......but sakib is still young & holding a country like bd.......he needs more time to b like kallis......kallis is 3 & sakib is 24 now.....

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 6, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Agree with @Jayabharathwaj Venkataraman - Irfan Pathan is perfect All-rounder for Team India. Selectors are you seeing and listening! MSD can't select him if he is not part of 16 man test team squad.

    It's time to get rid of non-performers like 10dulkar, Laxman, Sehwag and Ishant. Bring in Rahane/Mukund for Sehwag, Badri/Pujara/Mohd Kaif for Laxman, Dinda/Varun for Ishant. Virat Kohli is a perfect replacement for the retired gentleman - Dravid. No selector has the guts to drop 10dulkar. So he will play - whether we like it or not.

  • Saif_I_Khan on April 6, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @ Akib Alam: Please check Gauti's post match press conference. You are going to see lot of DeLenge b'coz even with poor T20 records, he has become Gauti's favorite. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/current/video_audio/560117.html What a shame. He says 'there are something not in your hand like toss'.... again later says 'toss is not a big factor'. What a confused guy.... Gauti... the bowler you feel difficult to face is not always the best bowler. Grow up man...

  • on April 6, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    It is just the FIRST MATCH, there are MORE MATCHES ahead.....SHAKIB would be TAKEN MOST of the TIME....So RELAX COUNTRYMEN....

  • ridwan0002 on April 6, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Side line all the players in the KKR side in any format of the game, and select only Shakib and then you should see the difference. You have to provide right recognitions for right players in a team to create good Team Spirit. If you deprive some you will most probably be deprived in turn. Good luck Shakib and your KKR.

  • soulhunter01 on April 6, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @DJ_Priyank lol even if you select the world 11 team now for one day. Sakib should be in that team. Go & check his one day batting, bolwing average, economy, Wickets etc. Most Importantly A player who has been no 1 all rounder for the last three years should be picked up for any team in the world without even thinking twice about it.

  • DJ_Priyank on April 6, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @ lipurew ... Grow Up !! If this was the case, he wouldn't have been picked even in KKR squad in first place.

  • pinakibgl1 on April 6, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Now Irfan Pathan shows his batting skills....he is a pure talented player and also a very good allrounder...hope to carry on like this.

  • salsgron on April 6, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A STUPID & NONSENSE TEAM LIKE KKR!!! WHAT A PSYCHO SELECTION!!!

  • Ordinary_think_tank on April 6, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    KKR should use brain for team selection. not ego!

  • tomru on April 6, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    kkr team management is a great fool... you cant do well without shakib in this season.. remember it?

  • lipurew on April 6, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    india is very afraid of sakib....because if he play all maches of ipl.......he must be the the man of the series of ipl......but they dont want....because they are afraid of tigers

  • on April 6, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I am sure this time DD won't finish in bottom of the table. I feel they make their combination right. Only they have a problem for slow bowlers. Once Warner, KP and Mahela in they can challenge any other team in this tournament. They show lot of improvment in their fielding lot of desperate dives we have seen yesterday. Viru presence middle for atleast 5-6 overs will help DD and he needs to bat sensibly. Irfan proved his worth and he will raise to the occasion and the real allrounder India looking for. MSD should re think his favour towards jaddu.

  • rrr_iba on April 6, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    My KKR 11 -1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Jacques Kallis 3.Ryan ten Doeschate 4.Manoj Tiwary 5. Shakib Al Hasan 6.Yusuf Pathan 7.Manvinder Bisla 8.Laxmi Shukla 9.Debabrata Das/Rajat Bhatia/(12) 10. Brett Lee 11.Iqbal Abdulla 12.Jaydev Unadkat?Balaji

  • on April 6, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    sakib al hasan was absence match.this match is lost.

  • on April 6, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Shakib is the best all rounder is all format of game. No Shakib...No KKR...KKR is always loser !!!

  • on April 6, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    its funny. pathan is the hero? then what is Morkel??????????????????

  • on April 6, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Total waste of Money. on Guatam & Yousuf 3.2 and 3.1 Millions dollars . Are you Crazy. they are not worth of that money at all... if someone worth of such money thats only Chris Gayel, and Warner, and Afridi if he would played in IPL. KKR needs a better Captain , and Better bowlers......... KKR have batsman ...

  • on April 6, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    irfan is the best all-rounder

  • on April 6, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    dear bengalis,

    don't compare kallis & shakib.shakib is a big zero infront of kallis,in all format of criket.

  • towfiq90210 on April 6, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    De lange given away 36 run in his 3 over spell paid of loosing the match. Taking extra fast bowler for wet pitch was good idea. But replacing De lange instead of Sakib was a wrong pick I think they should have took Balaji for extra fast bowler and use Sakib as number 4 international player in place of Rajat vatia or Abdullah. And my advice to KKR selection committee they should count Sakib as a batsman also and send him batting at number 3 to 5 position instead of 7 or 8th position . He is in very good form with his batting . He is number 12 in One Day ranking. I don't see any KKR Batsman are as good as Sakibs form. Best of luck KKR in tomorrows match.

  • DJ_Priyank on April 6, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @ Topic...Being a Delhiite, its so refreshing to see my team winning especially after disastrous tournament last season. Just imagine how strong the batting line-up would be when in-form Mahela and KP return to the playing 11. And for KKR, Shakib should be in team. He is a man in form NOT only with bat but with ball too. Instead of de Lange, Shakib should be picked. And to strengthen the fast bowling attack, Balaji or Undkat can replace Das. And to all BANGLADESHI fans, I think u must have seen Kotla's pitch yesterday where the ball was carrying with good speed and bounce, this might have been the reason de Lange was picked ahead of Shakib. Anyway, Shakib should turn out to be trump card of KKR in upcoming matches.

  • on April 6, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Here are the top ranked players of Kolkata knight riders: Icc ODI batting ranking 12. Shakib Al hasan 14. Jack Kallis 17. Gautam Gamvir 19. Brendon McCullum

    ICC ODI Bowler Ranking 08. Shakib Al Hasan 21. Brett Lee 53. Jack Kallis

    We all know the situation in allrounder ranking. But still Kolkata knight riders management decided not to play shakib and got the worse possible result with bat and bowl !!!

  • Azilur on April 6, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Why KKR went without SAKIB....?? He is the No.1 ODI all rounder in the world at the moment...! In these conditions, he would have done excellent both with the bat and the ball....!! KKR should realized before it's too late...!!

  • on April 6, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    No Shakib, no KKR...KKR is always a loser

  • on April 6, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    kkr has the potential to win this series its not a poor team .talking abt last night its T20 everything can happen in this game .it is the game of uncertinity so ple whatc the game its first match only

  • on April 6, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Just Kick out Mc Cullum & Kallis out of the team...this two Old & useless buddies is just show case players.... did u notice Mc cullum when he was batting.... his muscles were prominent than anything else... Hell Mc Cullum...u are a cheap cricketer .... not a macho man.... LOL

  • rabzeey on April 6, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    KKR is just so sad...yet u make the mistake of not playing SHAKIB the best all rounder in the world and a complete match winner...who the hell is de lange bowlong in a slow pitch whr shakbi bowling would have been devastating...kkr pls dont make the mistake again and playin match winners and learn to accpet that yes a bangladeshi player is the best all rounder in the world

  • on April 6, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    why no shaqib ?there was no point in playing both Lee and De lang ; KKR needed one strong allrounder like al-hasan . Kallis and Yusuf r allrounders too ; but their bowling isnt strong . somehow KKr lost it wen they lost Kallis and tiwary on consecutive balls. Hope they learn from mistakes and not get overconfident . coz thats the problem with KKR ; they always express through their body language that they are the best and opp. is worst but thats not a sign of good team. DD on other hand seems to hav worked hard on their all flaws last season. Though Irfan no doubt played one of his best knocks yesterday ; MoM shud hav gone to Morne ; it was his 3 wickets which dented KKR . Roulf and Umesh yadav too did a great job and DDs fielding has improved a lot too. No one shud take them lightly this time

  • on April 6, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    On Indian pitches, Shakib will certainly be more effective than Marchant de Lange. Shakib's batting is a bonus. On fielding too, he is not inferior to any one else who played yesterday. In addition to Kallis, KKR need to play just one pacer. On Indian pitches spinners will do the job. With Narine and Shakib (in addition to the Indian spinners), they have an embarrassment of riches in the spinning dept. It is up to the Captain to make the best use of his resources.

  • on April 6, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    my question to KKR, is Kallis a viable option in T20? why playing Kallis instead of SAKIB?

  • on April 6, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    KKR left out the MATCH-WINNER out of the lot. So, it's no wonder that they lost. And here is a clear example of- paying the price for your own stupidity. Learn KKR management learn. Shakib wins matches. And he has proved it time and time again.

  • Yolk_Eater on April 6, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    where is ten doeschate? Am i the only one to notice that he has consistently performed well for KKR, no matter if even he had 10 balls left to play when he came on to bat, he would make 20-25 runs from those 10 balls. And he is so under-utilized, he is one of the leading all rounders in world cricket, he opens the bowling attack for netherlands, i have never seen him bowl for KKR. They are really wasting him.

  • on April 6, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Now we know who is the All-rounder Team India needs! MSD are you seeing and listening!

  • on April 6, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    no shakib ..........................no kkr...............

  • rrr_iba on April 6, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    KKR could have lost the match even with SHakib and or RTD/Narine. And it is also possible that any or all of those three may not perform or win matches for KKR. But whatever the future results, strategically the made a huge mistake yesterday. I can recall irfan pathan saying that the extra pace of de lange was helping to hit the ball in that slow pitch. Now how the hell KKR miss that. To me the biggest weakness of KKR is that even in the fifth season they dont have any settled position for any of their players. No settled openar, middle order, no quicks or even no spinner. Kallis seems to be one but in some matches he consumes so many balls. Lee didnt have any good season. Spinners like Iqbal, shakib, pathan did good job but they didnt get the chance consistently. Hope KKR would sort this out. They should play RTD up in the order, should use shakib more.

  • sishajib on April 6, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I was just laughing when i saw de lange was included place of shakib al hasan,!!! while shakib was name of the tounament of BPL and asia cup. India lose by shakib also srilanka. what is the background of de lange? yes he is a person of south Africa and shakib is a Bangladeshi that is the main reason. shakib is such a player who can play every worlds class 11 without KKR. because they are strongest team in the world and they loss 9 wicket in 12 overs. just lolz, if shakib play he can take a responsibilty in batting and bowling bcz he is in top form!

  • Niloyfunk on April 6, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Hi i am a die hard fan of kolkata knight riders. but unfortunately they lost. congratulations delhi. but in a slow rainy pitch wants shakib to play vital role. 4 pace bowler wa not correct decision.

  • pradave17 on April 6, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    its funny. pathan is the hero? then what is Morkel. in Cricinfo, yesterday ojah is a hero with levi. then what is pollard? you always find indians as heros. funny site.

  • on April 6, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    like to see Shakib playing and KKR winning. KKR had not matured enough to learn from last year, very sad.

  • shrastogi on April 6, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Tale of first two mathces in IPL 5 was common - toss. On a new Chennai wicket it was essential to bowl first as the team batting first would struggle to know what good score was and in the rain curtalied game provided there is no more rains it is again essential to bowl first as one knows then how to pace the chase. Irfan Pathan batted well but the reality check is that Sehwag doesnt have confidence in him to give second over. In Delhi scheme of things his batting may be useful but he has to make mark for India his bowling needs to deliver. There is no point in scoring those runs down the order if you go for a plenty and struggle to take wickets in 10 overs. My MOM was Morkel whose bowling converted of 110+ total into less than 100. Chennai batting was case of tactical blunders. Raina was crucial blow as he got out trying to up the ante as there was no clarity on par score. 150 was competitive and 165 winning. But if Dhoni continues to bat at 7 humpty dumpty would have a great fall.

  • on April 6, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Actually KKR unable to understand the value of SAKIB thats why had pain the price.

  • Saif_I_Khan on April 6, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @ Sagar Sonawadekar: The team wasn't changed last minute. Ghambhir during toss interview confirmed that. Ajay Jadeja and Harsha was wondering why don't they think about changing the 11 because 12 overs match required a different approach.

    How on earth Ghambir gives Delenge the 3rd over ahead of Lee. I now realize why Ghambhir has been stripped of vice captaincy from Team India.

  • tiger_zaid on April 6, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    That KKR team was 12-over side not 20-over side..so they took de lange..i think their middle order is fragile...they have to work on it...

  • purna478 on April 6, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    how could kkr leaving sakib nd naraine

  • cricket4every on April 6, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    well done...irfan....gd come back

  • on April 6, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    when will u guys stop taking it personally.... the team was changed at the last minute as we saw it had rained and it made sense to play a fast bowler coz it would have been difficult for any spinner to play as the conditions were such.... stop behaving like little kids that the guy from our country didnt get selected... he is a talented cricketer and in top form...shakib will surely play in most matches.

  • vvsquare on April 6, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    @ABdareVinniers:Certainly agree wid u man...coz andre russell will b d key for delhi in the coming games & ystrday Irfan showed us how mch value an allrounder brings 2 a team and playin russell wud make Delhi d side perfect we d big guns arrive....gr8 going VIRU!!!!!!!!!

  • hari040761 on April 6, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    GOOD WORK IRFAN. YOU ARE FAR BETTER THAN ANY PLAYER IN INDIA AND THOSE SIDELINED YOU WILL REALISE THAT YOU ARE ASSET FOR INDIAN CRICKET WITH BAT AND BALL.TAKE CARE OF YOUR FITNESS AS YOU HAVE TO BRING BACK T20 GLORY TO INDIA IN THE FORTHCOMING T2O WORLD CUP. ONE SMALL REQUEST. DON'T TRY TOO MUCH WHILE BOWLING AND JUST STUMP TO STUMP WITH ACCURACY WITHOUT GIVING ROOM FOR THE BATSMEN TO PLAY BIG SHOT AND MAKE THEM TO THINK.

  • on April 6, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Why not Shakib Al Hassan? Bad Luck & Get the Result KKR.

  • on April 6, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    gud suff. Now make way for MJ , KP ,warner and taylor. hahahaha

  • on April 6, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    I think players like Ryan ten Doeschate, Sakib al Hasan has successfully proved their worth towards KKR and deserve more chances in the team. These players are from so called "bad teams" but they proved that they are equivalent (or even better) than any other good players around the world. KKR should think twice before compromising these players for a match.

  • on April 6, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Please sell Andre Russel if ur not going to play him

  • AncientAstronaut on April 6, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    A 12-over game simply sounds ridiculous. The least they should've done is reduce the number of wickets available to the batting side. Even in Twenty20 cricket, the batting side should only have seven wickets available - that'll make the format interesting. In 12-over game like this one, the batting side should only have 4 wickets available.

  • anandodhara on April 6, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    I predicted few days ago that KKR will let Shakib sit so they did. I also predicted KKR will put shakib on after losing few games and shakib will be asked to do the miracle. If Shakib fails, it will be shakibs fault why KKR lost the tournament. They did exactly with Mashrafe. Lets wait and see, my fingers are crossed.

  • sajibop3 on April 6, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    This is clearly the team managements fault.How can you keep your best performers like Ryan ten doescharte and shakib al hassan sit on bench.You should be shamed of yourselves.This was a easy match to pick points.Next time make right decisions otherwise you will lose more matches like this.In my oppinion the team should be in this line up-Gautam Gambhir,Jacques Kallis,Manoj Tiwary,Yousuf Pathan,Ryan Ten Doescharte,Shakib-al-hassan,Rajat Bhatia,Laxmi Ratan Shukla,Manvinder Bisla,Iqbal Abdulla,Brett Lee

    Brendon Mccullm is a great player,but because of his captaincy it was a disaster in ipl2.This team is better without mccullum.look at ipl 4 then you will understand.

  • on April 6, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Gambhir should sit and see other playing. He is a waste of 2M for KKR. Let him go after this year.

  • Lakpj on April 6, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Delhi teams looks good on paper. hope they would fire this time. add Mahela and Warner for Finch and Maxwell, then they would have a real quality team, one that could challenge anyone.

  • on April 6, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Poor team selection! I've no idea why they didn't take Sakib Al Hasan in this match. :(

  • Rohon420 on April 6, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Soooo happy after loosing the mtch being a fanatic KKR fan!!!! Salute to the management fr selecting such a glorious squad???? If this remains our permanent squad,i assure u that we will be 9th once again!!!! Just can't understand how did tey pick Merchant de Lange instead of Shakib....They surely have to be blind!!!! Also,in a 12ovr mtch,how cn somebody pick Kallis!!!!! Surely Tendo is a bttr choice than him considering the ovrs are reduced...Plz,I plead to the management,pick Shakib Al Hasan in the nxt mtch!!!! Trust me,he is much much bttr than de Lange!!!!! There's only 1 to blame if KKR picks such rubbish team fr the playing 11......

  • on April 6, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    FOOL KKR!! NO SHAKIB, NO VICTORY!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 6, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    I am an admirer of Shakib Al Hassan. He's simply an amazing player. How can the KKR team management even think of playing an experience South African bowler in Marchant De Lange ??? he doesn't know peanuts about Indian conditions. I am ok with Brett Lee but the 4th overseas players should have been Shakib. It's common sense. Dear Gambir, I hope you learned from this mistake. The season will only get tougher for your team if you keep making silly mistakes. Next game, bring in Ryan Ten Doeschate or Eoin Morgan and replace De Lange with Shakib.

  • on April 6, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Why Lee and de Lange when u can have Shakib and SunilNarine ??? .... If KKR needed fast bowlers then they could have used Balaji (who is a T20 specialist) and Unadkat ... Fast bowlers seldom win matches in T20's anyways ... In Shakib we could have strengthened the batting and it would have been good to see the young West Indian spin his web of magic ... Hope KKR team management realizes this fast

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 6, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Congratulations Delhi Daredevils. Good Job Viru.....

  • on April 6, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    hi dhoni, pls give the allrounder slot in indian odi and t20 teams to irfan. he will always do well at least in 2 disciplines. fielding and either or batting or bowling. don't put pressure on him by selecting him as a bowler only. pls remove the so called allrounders from team like jadeja and yousuf. take 2 spinners, 2 seamers and irfan as an allrounder. this will be ideal bowling combination.

  • on April 6, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    that's y i dont like Ipl and KKR. how cam they didn't select Shakib on team. Shakib is in form of his life.....

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 6, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    I guess you have to a South African or Australian to be part of KKR. If that's the case, why do you pick players from other countries?

  • Sarpanch2 on April 6, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    I hope Irfan Pathan continues the good work with bat and also with the ball...and he will be given a fair chance in all games under Sehwag's captaincy to prove he is better in the allround department than Ravindra Jadeja (who is supported by Dhoni)....!!!!!

  • on April 6, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    To keep Shakib out of the team is nothing but stupidity & KKR pray the price.

  • Randy_Wilson on April 6, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @ABdareVinniers Russel got injured After the 5th ODI against Australia. Not sure if he recover as yet.

  • ramps_wi on April 6, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    KKR pay 700k for Narine, therefore they recognised his potential beforehand, if he had bowl in this match, they would of won

  • stanveer on April 6, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    Rather strange that Shakib Al Hasan should be omitted, especially when he has been so hot both in the BPL and the Asia Cup. Wasn't Gambhir paying attention ?

  • on April 5, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    We don't care anymore whether sakib gets chance on IPL match's or not as long as he performs for BD in international match's nd hold no. 1 all rounder position. Yesterday I didn't watched the match as soon as I came to know that Sakib is not playing.

  • fr600 on April 5, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    It seemed like KKR didn't even care about winning and team was horrible... many good players on the bench and non-performers on the field.

  • Bruisers on April 5, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    @Shakib fans - Stop chanting "Shakib Shakib" all the time... He will get his chance.

  • on April 5, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    hi dhoni, pls listen. pls give allrounder slot in indian team to irfan which you have gifted to ravindra jadeja & yousuf pathan from time to time. pls stop saying that indian team does not have a seam bowling allrounder. pls give pathn the same number of chances which you give to jadeja / raina / aswhin and other CSK members. pls don't select irfan just as a pure bowler and then kicking him out as a bowler. pls select irfan as the 5th bowler and take 2 seamers and 2 spinners in remaining 4. leave out jadeja and yousuf and give chance to rahul sharma and oza.

  • BangCricFan on April 5, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Poor team selection by KKR and paid the price. Shakib would have been a better option as 4th international player. He is in the top form now and top ranked player. KKR does not have the luxury to put him in the bench. Things can be wrong in game but one should put his best possible side in the field.

  • on April 5, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    glad to see KKKR lost! From Bangladesh!

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on April 5, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Enjoy your time doing lots of shopping Shakib, coz like today you will sit out on the bench throughout the whole tournament. You've done nothing wrong, its the KKR selection panel that doesn't like your face. You should have signed for another franchise instead, hope you learn from mistakes like this. Next time please consult Mashrafe before making such moves, as he will tell you about his experience on the bench. Ryan ten Doeschate should have emailed you the facts aswell.

  • on April 5, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    KKR got the result which was well deserved for them.they had a very rich squad but they haven't utilized that properly.all about poor captaincy and poor team management. nothing to say more ... :(

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    it was a poor show by kkr team. 12 over 9 wickets. Really sad performance. Congrates... DD....

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Totally a wrong team selection by KKR. Shakib al Hasan should have been picked as this guy is in the form of his life. Look at the performances in asia cup and BPL as he clinched the man of the series in both tournaments. Wish all the best for KKR in the rest of the tournament.

  • Touhid_Auniq on April 5, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    why no doeschate, morgan or shakib not even narine? why de lange who had not any impressive record played only 2 international t20s and picked up 3 wicket with the economy rate of 9.87. and played 4 1st class t20s picked 5 wicket while econ rate is 10.20... whats wrong with the team management??? i think they do realize thier fault. its not make sense to leave the bunch of playmaker on the bench. come on kkr do some brainwork...

  • ABdareVinniers on April 5, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Was Andre Russell available for selection today? It gets to me how he wasn't picked despite being such a key player. I'm thinking it was perhaps a tactical move on the turner that is the Eden pitch but he seems a staple for DD regardless of the pitch with the overseas players available at this present moment in time. Solid knock by Irfan to carry us through to the end. Batting woes should be sorted in the near future with the arrival of Jayawardene and KP and the healing to Taylor's broken arm so it was good today to see the bowling so impressive. Slight issue in the spin department but DD shaping up well for this tourny. Go DD!

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    how can kkr afford to keep sakib out of playing eleven? disgusting and well deserved result for the worthless kkr management. feel pity on them for their poor team selection.

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    2012 IPL has so far not been a hit and I don't understand why KKR didn't select Shakib, we all know what he did in the recent Asia Cup and BPL in fact by my understanding, it was he who won the man of the series in that T20 tournament.

  • Kamrul_BD on April 5, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    It was a lesson for the KKR...Neither Narine nor Sakib was in the team !! KKR management should value the performance not the face..

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Without Sakib KKR will face this kind of defeat again & again....

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Dint take Sakib n got the result ..!! nothing else to say ...!! :(

  • the_Srikanth on April 5, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    KKR have a great squad, but a poor team. Gambhir's shortcomings as a captain became so evident today. When will KKR understand the value of Ryan ten Doeschate. The guy has performed exceptionally whenever he has got a chance, but he continues to be ignored. I'm not even sure if KKR realize that he can contribute as a medium pace bowler as well. 1 over in the whole season, he gave 7 runs and he never again got a chance. And Shakib, the guy is in the form of his life. He was definitely uncomfortable scoring quickly in the previous season, but BPL has now made him a master of T20 cricket. If you don't strike when the iron is hot, you're not going to see the results. I believe that Kallis and Ryan ten doeschate must play alternate games, as they have similar skills and that way, they will remain fresh as well. Same with Brett Lee and Marchant and Pattinson. Same with Shakib and Sunil narine, with shakib playing more. Baz plays all. Others like Morgan,Haddin are in poor form & must sit out.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 5, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Absolutely masterclass performance by the Daredevils. I think KKR felt they could walk in and win this one easily. The rain didn't make it any better for them either. But DD were superb. Morne Morkel, a class act and Irfan Pathan has shown what he's capable. Still too early in the season to say anything but I think Delhi will make a push for the playoffs this time. KKR should have played Shakib Al Hassan instead of Lee or De Lange. The Eden Gardens is ideal for a player like Shakib who is a world class spinner and solid batsman. Wrong team selection by Gambir and company. I hope they get it right for their next game.

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 5, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    What a horrible performance by Marchant de Lange. It was not a good idea to give him a chance. Very bad decision by KKR.

  • on April 5, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    i think kolkata should have played sakib al hasan. look at how the replacement bowler got beaten .

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  • on April 5, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    i think kolkata should have played sakib al hasan. look at how the replacement bowler got beaten .

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 5, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    What a horrible performance by Marchant de Lange. It was not a good idea to give him a chance. Very bad decision by KKR.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 5, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Absolutely masterclass performance by the Daredevils. I think KKR felt they could walk in and win this one easily. The rain didn't make it any better for them either. But DD were superb. Morne Morkel, a class act and Irfan Pathan has shown what he's capable. Still too early in the season to say anything but I think Delhi will make a push for the playoffs this time. KKR should have played Shakib Al Hassan instead of Lee or De Lange. The Eden Gardens is ideal for a player like Shakib who is a world class spinner and solid batsman. Wrong team selection by Gambir and company. I hope they get it right for their next game.

  • the_Srikanth on April 5, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    KKR have a great squad, but a poor team. Gambhir's shortcomings as a captain became so evident today. When will KKR understand the value of Ryan ten Doeschate. The guy has performed exceptionally whenever he has got a chance, but he continues to be ignored. I'm not even sure if KKR realize that he can contribute as a medium pace bowler as well. 1 over in the whole season, he gave 7 runs and he never again got a chance. And Shakib, the guy is in the form of his life. He was definitely uncomfortable scoring quickly in the previous season, but BPL has now made him a master of T20 cricket. If you don't strike when the iron is hot, you're not going to see the results. I believe that Kallis and Ryan ten doeschate must play alternate games, as they have similar skills and that way, they will remain fresh as well. Same with Brett Lee and Marchant and Pattinson. Same with Shakib and Sunil narine, with shakib playing more. Baz plays all. Others like Morgan,Haddin are in poor form & must sit out.

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Dint take Sakib n got the result ..!! nothing else to say ...!! :(

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Without Sakib KKR will face this kind of defeat again & again....

  • Kamrul_BD on April 5, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    It was a lesson for the KKR...Neither Narine nor Sakib was in the team !! KKR management should value the performance not the face..

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    2012 IPL has so far not been a hit and I don't understand why KKR didn't select Shakib, we all know what he did in the recent Asia Cup and BPL in fact by my understanding, it was he who won the man of the series in that T20 tournament.

  • on April 5, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    how can kkr afford to keep sakib out of playing eleven? disgusting and well deserved result for the worthless kkr management. feel pity on them for their poor team selection.

  • ABdareVinniers on April 5, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Was Andre Russell available for selection today? It gets to me how he wasn't picked despite being such a key player. I'm thinking it was perhaps a tactical move on the turner that is the Eden pitch but he seems a staple for DD regardless of the pitch with the overseas players available at this present moment in time. Solid knock by Irfan to carry us through to the end. Batting woes should be sorted in the near future with the arrival of Jayawardene and KP and the healing to Taylor's broken arm so it was good today to see the bowling so impressive. Slight issue in the spin department but DD shaping up well for this tourny. Go DD!