Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Bangalore April 9, 2012

Uphill task awaits Kolkata Knight Riders


Match facts

Tuesday, April 10, Bangalore
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

As the IPL awaits a few close, high-scoring games to justify the hype, the two teams that got it off to a celebrated start in 2008 come up against each other.

Chances of any such repeat - despite the presence of Brendon McCullum, Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis in the Kolkata Knight Riders side - are remote. Royal Challengers Bangalore,who started well with a win in their first match, will only get stronger with the arrival of Tillakaratne Dilshan, even as Chris Gayle gets closer to full fitness and is expected to play. Then there is the spin combination of Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori, and it promises to be a handful. Knight Riders will have to play out of their skins to end what is becoming long enough to be called a losing streak.

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Players to watch

Between them in their last game, Murali and Vettori went for 53 runs in eight overs and took out four recognised batsmen. If the two can keep producing similar results, Royal Challengers will be a tough side to beat.

Yusuf Pathan scored 1011 runs for Rajasthan Royals at an average of 26.6 and strike-rate of 161.2, to go with 20 wickets. For Knight Riders, though, he is yet to score a fifty after 23 games, which have yielded him just 366 runs. Is there something Shane Warne did right but Gambhir hasn't?

2011 head-to-head

Royal Challengers beat Knight Riders twice last year, comfortably in the away clash and after struggling in the return clash at home.

Stats and trivia

  • Jacques Kallis has more scores of 50 and over - 14 - than anyone else in IPL.

  • Kallis, McCullum and Gambhir have scored 36 runs in six innings between them in this season.


"It's a tough one because Andrew [McDonald] performed so well in the last game, so there is going to be pressure on all the overseas players to keep performing and hold on to their spots."
Daniel Vettori is loving the problem of plenty

"It was a good job by the bowlers but with this kind of batting we don't deserve to win."
Gautam Gambhir pulls up the batsmen, including himself

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ish on April 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    ZackH and zzakir39 and Firoj -- you answers can be simply answered by the T20 career records where Shakib records are really bad as compared to other players in KKR. his bowling is not extraordinary in the T20 career records as well. His fielding is also medicore (you can't have a second chance for that...) And if you are asking which foreign player performed. Well Brett Lee and Kallis performed. Both Tendo and Shakib failed to perform. What a disappointment for KKR. now they will have to get 2 other foreign players to play. Keep yelling as much as you like, but statistics of T20 and yesterday's performance both show that Shakib has failed the test by KKR.

  • Ish on April 11, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Shakib failed to BAT = 4 balls 4 runs. Fluke shots. LEE and Bhatia played better in the last over. Shakib was given the bat. In T20 you don't have one over to settle. Shakib is not good in T20. His average is 15.93 and 13.37. Every other player in KKR has better average than Shakib in T20 matches. Shakib is below average player in T20. He only stood in BPL because there were not enough int'l players. a few countries played in BPL. Shakib failed to field = how can all-rounder drop the catch. a simple catch. it wasn't out of the ordinary catch. Though it's not like many others haven't dropped the catch. But overall Shakib's field was below ordinary. Now, Bangladeshis will complain that he was given the right field position. Only 23 cts in entire career of T20 ? very ordinary fielder. Shakib failed to bowl = 2 wickets of tailenders. 3wds. Econ abve 6.61 in the IPL career is not impressive at all. KKR has better bowlers and only thrice he has taken 4 wickets. Shakib below average in T20

  • Ish on April 11, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    I told you about shakib. Now can the fans please not insist on including him in the KKR team. I think even the statistics of T20 career of the player shows that he is not good enough for IPL t20. He may be a above average player in ODI or Test. But T20 in India is not his cup of tea. Please let KKR decide whats right. You can force them to include shakib. If they feel that he should be given a chance, they will by all means give him the chance.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Three Cheers for KKR! hip hip hooray! :) :)

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    It's good to see KKR winning finally. Very impressive performance with both bat and ball and I am glad that finally KKR selected some very good players who will surely bring good fortune for the team in future. And @ Rocking-IPL, no offense from me as well, but would you explain just who are these much better players than Shakib in the team to play in the IPL? "Brad Haddin, Eoin Morgan, James Pattinson, Sunil Narine, Marchant de Lange, Brendon McCullum"?. Sorry mate, we just cannot trade Shakib with any one from the above listed players. You may have your own viewpoint but Shakib belongs to an elite league. Very few players in the world are capable with both bat and ball and he is also a gifted captain as well. And I am not comparing Shakib to Jacques Kallis. Kallis is a legend and he cannot be compared to any of the current all rounders of the world. Jacq Kallis can be compared to only the Cricketing Greats like Imran Khan, Sir Richard Hadlee, Ian Botham and Kapil Dev.

  • Ish on April 10, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Shaikb has become a national joke now. The alleged world-class all rounder. Ha..ha..joke....he Couldn't even bat, couldn't even take the simplest catch and failed miserably in the bowling (a tail ender has hit him for a four...lolzz)

  • Md. Firoj on April 10, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Who is the overseas player performing well for KKR? Plz give me the answer. @Rocking-IPL

  • Zakir on April 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL, dude, you might think there are better players than Shakib, well if you are judging them having played 2/3 matches I'd say you can't judge Shakib with just the 1 match. That'll be unfair, right? And by the way, your better players haven't performed. Of course its not the fans who say Shakib is the best but his rankings for the last 3 years. If you've found a better player then him in KKR it must be a new rank other than 1 (Perhaps an imaginary one by you). No offense but better player than Shakib in KKR....? Well good luck with that debate

  • Zakir on April 10, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL: Good to see you again. If Shakib by chance cant perform in this match, does that implies there are better players than him in the team? Who dare to say Bisla is a better batsman than Kallis though he scored more runs today than Kallis???!!!! No offence, you should not request anything. If Shakib gets chance to play in regular basis and cant perform, I am sure all of the fans of him will stop blaming selectors automatically. You could dream for that. Also dont forget to hope for Haddin to play the next match (WHO WAS IN UR BEST 11 and HE IS NOT EVEN IN INDIA!!!)

  • Ish on April 10, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    There is your answer for all shakib fans. He is catch out for nothing. He has not added any utility to the team. Shakib has failed miserably. KKR is still the same. infact, the Indian local talent Bisla has played a magnificent knock. Good going with the local talent.

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