Bangalore v Kolkata, IPL 2012, Bangalore April 10, 2012

Kolkata seal season's maiden win

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Kolkata Knight Riders 165 for 8 (Gambhir 64, R Vinay Kumar 2-18) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 123 for 9 (Vinay Kumar 25, Balaji 4-18) by 42 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

L Balaji bowled Kolkata Knight Riders to their first victory in IPL 2012 against a strong Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up. He formed part of a destructive, three-pronged Knight Riders' pace attack that saw Brett Lee create pressure and Jacques Kallis get the early breakthroughs.

Their consistent line outside the off stump and slightly shorter length had the Royal Challengers' batsmen tied down. The required run-rate eventually soared out of control, leaving the home side playing catch-up throughout.

One of Kallis' two early strikes removed the biggest threat in the Royal Challengers line-up, Chris Gayle, before he could do any damage. After having Cheteshwar Pujara caught at slip with a ball that angled into him and bounced a little more than usual, Kallis simply presented Gayle with a short ball. With only a single added to the total after Pujara was dismissed, Gayle's shot was a response to pressure and he top-edged a pull to midwicket.

Responsibility then fell on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers' shoulders and neither was able to get the job done as Balaji brought a second wave of attack. Kohli was beaten twice by Balaji before getting a leading edge to point. De Villiers followed in the next over, bowled by a beautiful delivery which angled in from a good length and straightened to hit the off stump.

Balaji continued to trouble the batsmen with his line. He had further reward when Mayank Agarwal spooned a catch to extra cover and then bowled Daniel Vettori with a slower ball to complete his quadruple haul. He should have had a fifth when Saurabh Tiwary swung violently and presented Shakib Al Hasan with a simple catch at deep square-leg that was fluffed.

By the time Balaji had finished his quota, Royal Challengers were 61 for 6 after 12 overs. Tiwary was the only recognised batsmen at the crease and the required run rate was over 13. It ballooned to over 30 as the innings neared an end, ensuring the Knight Riders were able to comfortably defend a total that, at the halfway mark, appeared a few short.

Despite 165 being the highest total Knight Riders have posted this season, they would have wanted more after establishing a platform from which a score in excess of 200 seemed possible. Captain Gautam Gambhir opened the batting and combined with Kallis and Manvinder Bisla in two aggressive partnerships to take his team to 125 for 1 in the 14th over.

Bisla was preferred over big-hitters like Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate despite Knight Riders' start and he repaid the faith shown in him. He hit the ball with immense power, complementing Gambhir, who showed the deftest of touches with his dab to third man off Muttiah Muralitharan.

The Knight Riders' captain brought up the fastest half-century of the tournament so far, off 28 balls, with a lofted shot over cover but could not press on as much as he should have. Bisla was stumped three balls later, in the first boundary-free over of the innings and the Knight Riders slid steadily from there.

Royal Challengers effected a collapse which saw Knight Riders lose seven wickets for 26 runs. R Vinay Kumar was the chief strangler and used wily changes of pace to dry up the runs. His economical effort was headlined with persistent use of the short ball and he was well backed up by Muralitharan and committed fielding.

The Royal Challengers' bowlers conceded only 50 runs in the last eight overs but their batsmen did not do justice to their efforts in the field.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • tasdik2012 on April 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan just got the "Man of the Match" reward for his wonderful all round performance with bat and ball against RR. Great display of cricket skill! I want to dedicate a famous quotation of a great Philosopher to some self proclaimed "Cricket Critics" who think that they know everything about cricket. "The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance".-----Socrates

  • Jakir_Hossain on April 13, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Sakib showed his class against RR. he got 3 wicks and 16 run. this is how he become MAN OF THE MATCH.

  • tasdik2012 on April 13, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Shakib just got two wickets of Royals. Where is Mr. Rocking IPL?

  • Raiyan24r on April 12, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    to those who talk about shakib's strength.Didn't u see his innings against india where he smacked the indian bowlers all over the place(29 ball 49).also his innings in the semi of bpl where there were bowlers like afridi,ajmal,azhar(42 ball 89*).Further more, he batted @7 with only 12-14 balls left.bring Gambir there lets see what he can do.he came to bowl @15 over but still took 2 wickets.he was allowed to bowl only 3 overs.

    LET SHAKIB BAT @4 AND BOWL EARLIER,THEN SEE.GAMBHIR IS TAKING REVENGE FOR THE ASIA CUP.

    BESIDES,WHAT DID YOUSUF,RYAN,TIWARY DO.

  • on April 11, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    No Shakib No Win For KKR....Please utilize Shakib....Give hin Chance...He is not a Lower order Batsman....He is No 12 ODI batsman in World...He is beter than Gamvir & Kalis on Batting....Coz Gamvir No19 Batsman...

  • on April 11, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    @rohanblue......ha ha ha feeling bad about yusuf, sorry bro.i didn't want to mention but his present form says so. @Rocking-IPL ... Yes yusuf is a medicore player...he is the same as shakib...but we don't have much choice but to play 7 Indian players..ha ha ha u r rocking man!!!!!!!!!!! sunil narine + RTD much better than shakib !!!!!!!!!!!ha ha ha,probably RTD but not so sure about the present form..u need to consult with......

  • on April 11, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Dear fellow Bangladeshi fans, IPL (or any other T20 leagues) is being played for money and it is up to KKR which players they will choose in their team. Your comments will not influence their decision. Let's not give others the opportunity to tarnish the image of the country or any of its players by making egregious comments/claims.

  • on April 11, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Hi all. KKR should play sakib for the next matches witout any break . He will definitely give KKR win in return. 1 or 2 matches won't do for sakib . KKR has to find the team combination by keeping him in the team like kallis and lee. With sakib KKR started winning the 1st time in IPL 2012 so he should play and he has to play. Good Luck KKR and Shakib.

  • on April 11, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I think Shakib is not playing at the right place in batting order. See all the international stars most of them are playing in the same batting order that they are playing for their own countries. But KKR pus him at no. 7 and what he is getting ??? 8-10 balls to show and prove his allround skills . Its not fair . KKR should rethink the matter i hope. Pathan should be playing at 7 and shakib should play at 5. Moreover the team mates specially the cptain should inspire him cause no doubt he is a match winner . U should not give him 7-10 balls and tell him show yr skills . He should play at his normal batting order which he plays for his country and team should have faith and inspire him that he is a match winner and KKR is behind him to support like KKR does for kallis and lee . I m sure if KKR do this the team spirit will go high and win the next matches with sakibs skill along with the team mates .

  • on April 11, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @rocking ipl...just who are the better international players in KKR.jsut a question and please explain y.......kallis yes, lee yes......and????

  • tasdik2012 on April 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan just got the "Man of the Match" reward for his wonderful all round performance with bat and ball against RR. Great display of cricket skill! I want to dedicate a famous quotation of a great Philosopher to some self proclaimed "Cricket Critics" who think that they know everything about cricket. "The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance".-----Socrates

  • Jakir_Hossain on April 13, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Sakib showed his class against RR. he got 3 wicks and 16 run. this is how he become MAN OF THE MATCH.

  • tasdik2012 on April 13, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Shakib just got two wickets of Royals. Where is Mr. Rocking IPL?

  • Raiyan24r on April 12, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    to those who talk about shakib's strength.Didn't u see his innings against india where he smacked the indian bowlers all over the place(29 ball 49).also his innings in the semi of bpl where there were bowlers like afridi,ajmal,azhar(42 ball 89*).Further more, he batted @7 with only 12-14 balls left.bring Gambir there lets see what he can do.he came to bowl @15 over but still took 2 wickets.he was allowed to bowl only 3 overs.

    LET SHAKIB BAT @4 AND BOWL EARLIER,THEN SEE.GAMBHIR IS TAKING REVENGE FOR THE ASIA CUP.

    BESIDES,WHAT DID YOUSUF,RYAN,TIWARY DO.

  • on April 11, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    No Shakib No Win For KKR....Please utilize Shakib....Give hin Chance...He is not a Lower order Batsman....He is No 12 ODI batsman in World...He is beter than Gamvir & Kalis on Batting....Coz Gamvir No19 Batsman...

  • on April 11, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    @rohanblue......ha ha ha feeling bad about yusuf, sorry bro.i didn't want to mention but his present form says so. @Rocking-IPL ... Yes yusuf is a medicore player...he is the same as shakib...but we don't have much choice but to play 7 Indian players..ha ha ha u r rocking man!!!!!!!!!!! sunil narine + RTD much better than shakib !!!!!!!!!!!ha ha ha,probably RTD but not so sure about the present form..u need to consult with......

  • on April 11, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Dear fellow Bangladeshi fans, IPL (or any other T20 leagues) is being played for money and it is up to KKR which players they will choose in their team. Your comments will not influence their decision. Let's not give others the opportunity to tarnish the image of the country or any of its players by making egregious comments/claims.

  • on April 11, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Hi all. KKR should play sakib for the next matches witout any break . He will definitely give KKR win in return. 1 or 2 matches won't do for sakib . KKR has to find the team combination by keeping him in the team like kallis and lee. With sakib KKR started winning the 1st time in IPL 2012 so he should play and he has to play. Good Luck KKR and Shakib.

  • on April 11, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I think Shakib is not playing at the right place in batting order. See all the international stars most of them are playing in the same batting order that they are playing for their own countries. But KKR pus him at no. 7 and what he is getting ??? 8-10 balls to show and prove his allround skills . Its not fair . KKR should rethink the matter i hope. Pathan should be playing at 7 and shakib should play at 5. Moreover the team mates specially the cptain should inspire him cause no doubt he is a match winner . U should not give him 7-10 balls and tell him show yr skills . He should play at his normal batting order which he plays for his country and team should have faith and inspire him that he is a match winner and KKR is behind him to support like KKR does for kallis and lee . I m sure if KKR do this the team spirit will go high and win the next matches with sakibs skill along with the team mates .

  • on April 11, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @rocking ipl...just who are the better international players in KKR.jsut a question and please explain y.......kallis yes, lee yes......and????

  • secondopinion on April 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Good performance, to continue top 5 batsmen will have to perform match after match. KKR's advantage is in its all-rounders. KKR pray that Yusuf and Shakib click. Bangladeshi friends, pls understand Shakib is a great ODI player, and v good but not great in T20, and there are only 4 slots for overseas players. Since Lee, Kallis are sign-in names; the other two spots to go to Shakib, RTD, McCullum and Narine depending upon form, opposition and pitch conditions. In slow Eden Gardens pitch, Shakib is a must.

  • sunildr2005 on April 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    yuvi no. 1 no comparison ......

  • Khairul101 on April 11, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Rocking_IPL "I read your comments care fully. Previous KKR vs RCB matches also enjoyed care fully. I have a observation this match. When field KKR. Than Shakib didn't know when captain use him. After 15th over than captain called him. But This time he missed his mentality on field because Captain not called him. So he missed a catch suddenly. So this missed ordinary but not Shakib".@all we stop argument. They play well and be win this IPL. Well come SHAKIB just wining moment.Good-luck.

  • on April 11, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Shamim_araf: ya we agree with you as Yusuf is medicore player. but we strongly disagree with you as we don't had allrounders after kapil.. R U watching cricet.?.. then who is Irfan? who has a Natural swing with ball & hard hitting batsman against any bowler in the world. the only point is he never got a right opportunities to expose him otherwise he could be world #1 allrounder... ok

  • rohanblue on April 11, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @ Raqib Islam if yusuf is mediocre then shakib is super mediocre

  • on April 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    A player must be ensured his position in the team and must place him his batting and bowling order where he fits most. Both Yousuf Pathan and Shakib are not placed at right batting order. Gambhir has proved to be the worst captain failing to place right man at right position.

  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    @Shamim_araf - I think it is you who has no knowledge of cricket. Stop alleging things about others. You failed to have knowledge about our all-rounders, all of who have better statistics than Shakib in T20 cricket (please check the statistics for T20 on cricinfo) : Yuvraj Singh, Ravendra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan. So your shakib is nothing but an ordinary player in IPL.

  • on April 11, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    mate, @all bangladeshi fans, we all know what sakib can do, he's a class player but he didn't perform up to the mark last night, two wickets prove nothing , but KKR is a team game, so we should not concentrate on one player ! last night sakib didn't win the match for kkr, gamvir and balaji did, so it's better not to discuss about one player over and over again, it gets boring , sakib will play all the matches so hope for the best

  • Tiger-Claw on April 11, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    He wasn't in the team partly because of politics in cricket, and it doesn't matter anymore since the Indians in the team have gotten in form. Since Bangldesh in the form of two men Tamim and Shakib (mainly but the team played very well overall) they won us most matches with their skill. Because of it they knocked out India and now if they came to IPL and played really good there, it would be embarassing for Indian cricket. However where he doesn't make up for in the bat which is unlucky because everyone knew they had to just come in and slog, that is main reason for so many wickets, if Pathan just relaxed a little, he could have done better because he had some time. Shakib should have had the catch dissappointing, I really was excited by Balaji adn even then Shakib could have got 3 wickets. They may have already won the match but it is impressive. Ten Doeschate was dissappointing with his wides, they were like amateur bowling but hopefully he does better,

  • on April 11, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    What is the benchmark of "Econ" in IPL? I would love to know. The statement is pretty interesting. "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." Brett Lee's "Econ" in his entire T20 Career is 7.21 and he had never taken 4 wickets in a single match and already played 79 matches. And another interesting point: Dale Steyn who is considered as the Number one bowler of the world; what his statistics says? In his total 89 matches in his entire T20 career, his "Econ" is 6.69 and he took 4 wickets in a single match only once. I just want to know, does this above mentioned statistics has anything to do with the ability of these two legendary cricketers? Finally, there is one another thing- In T20 matches Bret Lee's and Dale Steyn's strike rates are 25.0 and 20.7 respectively. And what's Shakib Al Hasan's strike rate? The answer is 16.8. All the statistical data can be found at http://www.espncricinfo.com

  • on April 11, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    I am really shocked seeing the cricketing logic of some people. Even the Fielders who are regarded as the "God of Fielding" miss simple catches sometimes. The best instance is Herschelle Gibbs who missed the famous catch of Steve Wagh at Headingley. But this instance does not make Mr. Gibbs an ordinary fielder. Anybody can make mistakes. And by the way, Herschel Gibbs took 65 catches in his entire T20 Career. And how many matches he played? Answer is 137.

  • on April 11, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I am always attracted towards a good cricketing discussion where the cricket lovers represent their logics and counter logics in support of their beloved teams/players. May be sometimes it gets little overboard and people get unnecessarily angry and sad over something which is really unexpected. But an interesting cricketing debate always mesmerizes me. But what I am seeing here in this particular discussion really surprised me. I want to know the meaning of, "Only 23 cts in entire career of T20 ? very ordinary fielder" How many T20 matches Shakib Al Hasan played? The answer is 59

  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Raqib Islam,akashhaque and third_gear: (i) Yes yusuf is a medicore player...he is the same as shakib...but we don't have much choice but to play 7 Indian players. However, in the international choices...we have better players than Shakib easily as the statistics show in my post below. (ii) With respect to KKR's captain scoring...again the same answer as the first, we can't do anything just add another local player if we have to replace (I doubt that is required). But this does not give any reason why Shakib is to be played in the 4 international players category. (iii) For third_gear all I can say is that in that case we should remove shakib so that all these fans stop watching the IPL and bring frivolous controversy to put pressure on KKR to take decisions. Shakib is a medicore player and he will be given chance by KKR as and when required...you have no answer to shakib's bad statistics in T20 cricket. Statistics come much later...but even in performance he has failed.

  • Shamim_araf on April 11, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @Rocking ipl - u have not enough cricket knowledge 4 measuring about top class allrounder Shakib al hasan.what about yusuf pathan,wht a sloppy shot he played?!!! u have not a allrounder lyk Shakib,,after Kapil dev indian r struggling 4 top class allrounder..

  • on April 11, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @India_boy@Rocking-IPL how funny!!!!u r arguing for d sake of argument.shakib is a mediocre palyer,who cares...u. how mediocre yusuf pathan playing ,,,, getting GOLDEN ANDA(EGG) but he will be playing all 16 games(ha ha ha) dat to at his choosen positions,if shakib plays regularly he will be coming good. don't judge his fielding ability by seeing only one match... Abu Jubaer & Tawfiq Chowdhury has d ans for u.

  • akashhaque on April 11, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @Rocking IPL, well, it appears thet u finally got an excause for ignoring Shakib. Good for u. Now can u pls tell how much ur captain scored in first 2 matches? well even if u like or not shakib is the best all rounder, just digest it ,cant help u. sorry.

  • on April 11, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    i think rtd n shakib shuld definitely ply 4 d nxt few matches bcoz rtd is a superb player

  • Third_Gear on April 11, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    only_sehwag@ Its not IPL, SHAKIb is being watched by the people of BD. If SHAKIB is not there nobody even bothers to know when IPL is taking place, where n why.

  • on April 11, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    helo friends.. Shakib is a telnet who can turn the match i a critical situaltion, never underestimate him....

  • on April 11, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Shakib is really lucky player in KKR.about drop couch sometimes can be happen all of them but he have got 2 wiket.try to give him another chance to play and remember every match he have taken wiket this is the plus point for him have a look last IPL about shakib

  • drkadir on April 11, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Friends what is your suggestion of replacing RTD with MCCULLUM AND Shukhla with Abdullah ...........for next match

  • venkatesh018 on April 11, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    When India is starving for quality bowlers, why is Balaji continuously ignored for Test selection?

  • Shamayel97 on April 11, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    anyone hear is aware that ten doeschate played?

  • IJ-IPL on April 11, 2012, 7:21 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

  • on April 11, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Shakib is a lucky cricketer for KKR..Shakib is the best player in the world.. so mind it KKR team management...

  • on April 11, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Dear Mohan, Please go back in 1947 and look you performance after 12 years.

  • on April 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    @ALL- Stop guaging others ability he is there bec of his ability..... And celebrate the win..who ever play in the x1 team must play good cricket and as a result they will win..

  • on April 11, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Dont knw..why everyone is concerned about shakib. Yes,he is a good all rounder but Gambhir believes less in spinners.Gambhir`s strategy is diff.God knws it wll work or not?

  • rohanblue on April 11, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @Raqib Islam hey bro jst chill, i was jst joking, im big fan of shakib's telent, he is going 2 be a great asset fr us(KKR) in this ipl......

  • on April 11, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    KKR won but will they continue...I doubt. The middle order went down yesterday like a pack of cards.

  • only_sehwag on April 11, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Looks like IPL is being watched by more people in BD than in India

  • on April 11, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    I really really don't care if Shakib or Tamim wouldn't be in the playing XI. More than that I don't even give a damn to them who commented about Tamim & Shakib by saying, "they are most irrelevant or bad buys for KKR & PW". Coz, they got those places for their abilities and they've already proven them wrong. Now, about performances, Mashrafee was given only one chance where he did really bad.But even before 1 hour of that match Mash wasn't told that he was playing.So, you can understand how was he preparation.

    On the other Hand, Shakib did extremely good last year.KKR's top 3 wk takers were Iqbal who took 15 wk in 15 games(Eco 6.10 Avg 19.06 SR 18.7), Yusuf who took 13 Wk in 15 games(Eco 6.10 Avg 18.30 SR 18.0) & Shakib was 3rd. He took 11 wk in 7 games(Eco 6.86 Avg 15.90 SR 13.9) and scored 29 runs in his 3 innings.So, how pathetic you guys are sounding when you were saying that Shakib is unworthy to play in IPL??Feel pity for these kinda cricket fan who say anything out of nothing.

  • son_of_Bd on April 11, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    In KKR Team Top Ranking Player As Batsman (Present ICC ranking) 1. Sakib Al Hasan (12th) 2. Jack Kallis (14th) 3. Gautam Gambhir (17th) ... 4. Brendon MacCullum (19th)

    Top Ranking Player As Bowler (Present ICC ranking) 1. Sakib Al Hasan (8th) 2. Brett Lee (21st) 3. Jack Kallis (53rd) 4. Sunil Narine (58th)

    Top Ranking All-rounder (Present ICC ranking) 1. Sakib Al Hasan (1st) 2. Jack Kallis (5th) 3. Ryan ten Doeschate (7th) Now what you say?????

  • squarepeg on April 11, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Lets get some things clear. No player should be judged by one match, even two. Shakib is a very good all-rounder, a better bowler than a batsman, but a poor fielder. Today he got two bottom players' wickets of a team in tatters chasing a big score, not to be compared with someone who gets wickets after the other team has knocked off 100 runs in 10 overs. Let us not forget Shakib's performance in the recent BPL, and also his performance when the australians toured Bangladesh.

  • on April 11, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    bangladesh beats india once or twice or thrice in 10-15 years n bd fans think their team is better than the Indian team lol...hav bd won any trophy's or tournaments till now at'll..??? reserve ur cocky comments until they win sometin atleast..!!!

  • on April 10, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Sakib and RTD are excellent choice for KKR!

  • MMHossain on April 10, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @niks_glance: I have not had the scope of reading all the comments but I am sure majority comments from Bangladeshi fans have come in relation to Shakib. I don't want to go into the debate of whether he should be selected regularly or not as it is the selectors call. I am sure that Bangladeshi cricket lovers will not argue that SRK is the one of the greatest batsman of all time. Sehwag is also among the top batsman. Bangladeshi fans have the courtesy and the modesty of giving credits where it is due and will not unnecessary impugn/malign a good cricketer by calling them "average". May be there is nothing to be jealous of despite the fact that after Kapil Dev India never really had a world class all rounder, BUT clearly some modesty/honesty would do no harm. I am a fan of Indian crick team (largely for SRK, Dada, Laxman, Dhoni & Dravid) but I don't think Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Raina and Kohli has upheld the gentleman spirit like their predecessors, also evident from a lot of comments here.

  • on April 10, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Did you know? Shakib's name has been mentioned more than 150 times in this thread!!

  • MrGarreth on April 10, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Shakib bowled when the match was already over. Nothing special about what he did. To all those singing his praise.

  • niks_glance on April 10, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    ahmed hussain we are not jealous of shakib al hassan an avrage allrounder...u know why?? bcoz we have sachin tendulkar..are inform virendar sehwag is even better then ur whole lot...i feel said about ur all thinking.

  • on April 10, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    There are a maximum of 16 games in the group stage and a player like Shakib must play at least half of those. Anyway its amazing to see the amount of Indians who are actually jealous of Shakib, just because you don't have an all rounder like him doesn't mean who have to treat him badly so show some respect to the best all rounder in the world. The changes that were made in this game by KKR has proven to be the correct one especially with Balaji the way he bowled was of top class and I don't understand why he isn't considered in the Indian Team so credit to him. It is clear Gautam Gambhir has a problem with Shakib and you can tell he's clearly jealous of him and upset when Bangladesh destroyed India in the Asia Cup :)

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    For a batting line up which possibly boasts the best OD/T20 batsmen from India (Kohli) WI (Gayle) and SA (AB) that is one sorry scorecard

  • on April 10, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    I think kkr needs these type of batting sequence: gamvir mccullum bisla kallis pathan shakib tiwary rajat lee abdullah balaji. Here gamvir needs to open with mccullum. If mccullum fails then bisla makes power hitting. If two failr earlier then gamvir & kallis makes some partnarship. Then shakib & pathan makes the power hitting. Both have enough power in their hand to do this. But tiwary needs to give the 7th position becoz he is the man for one dayers if he is in 4th or 5th position he only get going with ball by ball run not quick going. But pathan if settled then he blasts sixes like shakib also. So i think this is the best team for kkr. Narine will be replace by lee for turning pitches when he needr rather don't needs to break the combination. If mccullum fails in 3-4 match then he can be changed by tendo.for this time bisla can open and kallis in onedown & tendo in 4th position. Plz Kkr team management follow this then u can win every match.

  • on April 10, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @rohanblue!!!!sorry bro dont make such comment.time will say what he can do in d coming days,he is an asset for BD.JUst think if somebody says SR Tendulkar as Selfish Rookie tendulkar how do u feel.Shakib is just a player and quite early days in his career.

  • on April 10, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I dont understand y people are after shakib... he is a great player..rank one icc all rounder at the moment...I really loved the way he played in asia cup....n i think he should be playing every single KKR match...much better than our over rated yousuf pathan...love u shakib ..from india...cricinfo pls publish

  • Abrar_Rakib on April 10, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Its really heartening to see so many Bangladeshis following the INDIAN Premier League. Thank you guys. What I meant by "physical strength" is that Shakib has hit only 18 sixes in 53 T20 innings and has a strike rate of 115. In T20Is he has hit only 4 sixes in 16 innings with a strike rate of 107. I agree, the sixes doesn't matter much... but in T20 the strike rate sure does. And that's not a strike rate to brag about. For ODIs that same strike rate is great. Hence he's a great ODI player but not a T20 one. And it would be the most foolish thing to judge him BPL standards. Everyone knows about the difference in standards and talents of the IPL and BPL players. Need I say more...?? :-)

    Keep watching IPL. Cheers.

  • Sunil_Canada on April 10, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    KKR team against RCB looked good except for Pathan and Shukla. I have nothing against Shukla as I believe he is good and I know on his day Pathan can win you a match on his own. But are we playing Shukla as batsman, bowler or allrounder; if batsman why he is coming so low in the order, if bowler or allrounder, then why he doesn't bowl. Pathan is overdue for a big score, drop him for a couple of matches, he may learn, he doesn't bowl also. Mccullum may be good on his day but those days are rare, so let's go with Bisla as long as he delivers. Lee needs to live upto his reputation. Don't be complacent with today's performance, it's T20, Bisla, Balaji may look solid today but they may falter tomorrow. Anyway today's team looked good.

  • on April 10, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    all i could see scrolling down the comments was Shakib, Shakib and more Shakib...... :P

  • on April 10, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Hey, all of you just stop quarreling. Cricket is a game don't make it personal issue. We shakib is hero for BD but The KKR mgt must know what they have to select for their team. Again, please don't make it a issue. just enjoy the IPL.

  • pjbarua on April 10, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Shakib is a handy player for any format of the game but he is not a batsman to bat at 7 or 8. Kallis, Shakib & Lee should be selected for all the games for KKR. The current squad should remain unchanged for the next match.

  • KoOlAfFaN on April 10, 2012, 19:12 GMT

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  • on April 10, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    I dont know why ppl talking much about the inclusion of Shakib in eleven. people must be kidding if they raise any question about shakib's capability! A genuine all-rounder who is the top in ODI and Test ranking, how a team can drop him!!! really shocking. some people talk about mccullum, to be honest he is not a consistent player at all and never get announce top ten batsman squad! so dont judge him more capable than shakib. I had an idea that indians have well knowing about cricket but reading some comments here i can definitely say that they have little knowledge about cricket and a very little knowledge how to respect a world class player!! GG should not take any risk by dropping shakib, promise this guy boost up ur line up, gauti must be believe on him! One more thing, to be very gentle i never think GG is the T20 palyer. KKR did mistake by dropping dada and bid lot for GG. However, best of luck KKR!

  • on April 10, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    i think shu-fan is rite..let indians do watever they want..we don need to shout abt shakib how gud player he is! he is best we knw tht nd thts enough for us..IPL is not such a big thing tht,if shakib is not included in a a team he will die or we will die....plz show sum dignity ..we r happy wit our performance,shakib is number 1 allrounder,if they want to deny it let thm na?it wont change his ranking na? we hve our own BPL we hve strong young team and we will go far wit our team..we dont need Indian's recognition who already lost to us brutally:)

  • rohanblue on April 10, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    @ AnshulNagar bro i agree with u, yes our bangladeshi fans we r going to rename shakib as "SIR SHAKIB AL BRADMAN " nd sir don to "DON HASSAN".....

  • rohanblue on April 10, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    SRK win or loss doesnt matter bt plz change our cheerleaders.......

  • MMHossain on April 10, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    If Gambhir defends Shakib's selection for his batting skills, then I think that justification is inconsistent with his decision to send Shakib at 7 after Tiwary and Ten. Although I am no cricketing expert, I am sure Gambhir made all his decision on good faith, such as giving Shakib a bowl instead of Kallis.

  • rusty.booty on April 10, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    hey bangladeshi fans just chill we indians bashing shakib for fun we have nothing against him he is a good player and world class performer so guys don't be irritated its fun to criticize him so we can get some passionate opinions of bangla fans and enjoy your reactions. and i think team will be chosen according to conditions and balance not by our opinions there are 20 men working in support staff of kkr and they got more knowledge than any of us. and every man have his role in the team just because a guy likes to bats at 4 or5 at his national team or domestic team you can't promote him up the order against his role in the team if shakib bat at 4 than who bat down the order tiwary not sure he is hitter?

  • violenttom1 on April 10, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    a player like shakib doesnt deserve a batting position at 7!!!shakib comes to bat before laxmi ratan shukla!!!ha ha ha what a joke!!!come on guys give me a break...and u indians are blaming shakib not played well what the hell did ur so called batsmen tiwary and pathan do??pathan playing a very unresponsible shot when the team needed mature stroke play.gautam gambhir pls dnt be rude at a player like shakibs calibre.. u are giving him bowling whn there is no need of bowling of anyone.i think in the nxt match gauti will bowl shakibs last overs to complete his revenge.shame india shame!!u are a very jealous nation

  • razeez on April 10, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Amazing that while a world class player, shakib's 2 tailender wickets are enough to validate claims of his superior entitlement to a spot in the kkr lineup. They have bench strength to be reckoned with, and his inclusion is and should not be by any means guaranteed. Both Brendon Mccullum and Sunil Narine were dropped after two and one outing respectively, this does not suggest a clear mindset by kkr nor does it lend itself to the consistency which they will require to win this tournament. Shakib is world class, but so are many of the players around him, we should keep an open mind.

  • ChandrashekharLimit on April 10, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    This is what KKR has the ability to do. Sad to see it took them 3 games to get back to the same winning combo. Why fix something that isn't broken? Shakib and RTD should definitely be a regular in the KKR lineup. If you wanna give the young guys a chance, do it after you've gottten off to a good start. An experiment at the start can dearly cost you, as the pressure to win later on much much greater. Also, Shakib needs to be moved up the order. He does well batting around the upper middle order. He should be brought in no later than #5.

    Good for GG to silence the critics with his bat.

  • MMHossain on April 10, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Good to see KKR win and Gambhir finally scoring after 3 match. Kallis and Gambhirs performance set the match for KKR. However, changing the team lineup has also helped. 4 new players were drafted into the final XI. Bisla scored 46 out of 160 runs and Balaji, Ryan and Shakib took 7 out of 9 wickets to fall for RCB. Undoubtedly Gambhir is a good batsman and he was bound to succeed after couple of failures. But I still don't understand some of the things he says and does as captain. Throughout IPL'12 he has defended his team selection by saying that it was the best lineup given the wicket. I am glad that he was kind enough to include Shakib. What I don't understand is why he thought Shakib's spin would be a better option on a seam friendly wicket at Bangalore whereas De Lange/Narine was a better option at slow spinner friendly wickets at Eden Gardens and Jaipur. If he defends Shakib's selection for his batting skills, then I think that justification is i

  • on April 10, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    shakib should be brought to bat up the order. what do you think guys?

  • Shu_fan_cricket on April 10, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi cricket fan i request all the bangladeshi to stop add any more comment regarding IPL & Shakib. Don't you see some guyz actually taking this chance to insult a consistent performer throughout the season.

    We love Sakib & Sakib repay our feelings in field with his tremendous performance. Let not give anyone to insult your feelings. The day will come. we will shut them up. Till then enjoy the cricket na?...You need not tell anything for him....experts are there....and they already raise the questions.

    Busy period awaiting guys. If Sakid get the rest it will be fine for him. If he is in best xi it will be fine for us. When he will play for national anyone dare to say anything. But for IPL let them talk bull shit. Its cricket time guys. Enjoy CRICKET!!!...let them we have the big heart....not only for our player but for Cricket & Cricketing World!!!

    Cheers for CRICKET!!!

  • on April 10, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL Who said SHAKIB did not score a single runs TODAY? AND HE IS THE MOST IRRELEVANT PLAYER OF IPL? WHAT ABOUT DWAYNE BRAVO WHO SCORED 22 OFF 31 BALLS TODAY?

  • ATIMAYANK on April 10, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    @Kamrul Hasan Shormil Is it? LOl @ you since IPL teams have won two of the three CLt20 titles.. They have beaten the best sides in the world let alon your minnow Dhakas.. LMFAO

  • on April 10, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    @What about Dwayne Bravo and Yousuf Pathan's performances today? Not everyone of your IPL are full of QUALITY.BPL ROCZZZ

  • AnshulNagar on April 10, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    After Sir Don Bradman , next best cricketer is Sir Shakib ul Hasan. sory sory Sir Shakib is batter than Sir Don.

  • KukaSekhon on April 10, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Sakib is a utility player and he cant contribute with bat, ball and with his fielding. I think KKR management and coach should be wiser now. Get more utility player.

  • on April 10, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Hi all..first i congratulate KKR for their first win this season...Balaji was terrific between GG & Bisla played wonderfully well... About Shakib, KKR gave him chance today because of pressure from all round(Media, Kalkata people & Others) apparently KKR wanted Runs from shakib rather then bowl. Because todays pitch is not proper for spinners. Thats why he came to bowl let.. In all this, Im wondering about GG's captaincy.. GG & team management wanted the best comb(As per them) and becoz of their ambitious experiment KKR lost 2. & the match where batsman & simmers suppose to control the match there they dropped Mcculam!! Finally if they played shakib as a batsmen then why he is at no. 7!! I think GG should think more about team line up...

  • on April 10, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Those who are bashing Shakib's batting.....just look at the difference Gauti made switching to opening since he is in my opinion one of the best opening batsman around. Shakib is a genuine middle order batsman and that is his strength. As for fielding he was at best mediocre with the catch. Didn't fare too badly in the bowling section which proves the value of an all rounder, more often than not contributing in one department. Still I think Gauti made the right choice sticking with his seamers who bowled wonderfully. If its a question about Shakibs place in the playing eleven, then he should be an automatic choice but its still up to the captain to chose how to best use his resources and Gauti pretty much made all the right calls today

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on April 10, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Best wicket in IPL 5 season:

    H PATEL b SAKIB AL HASAN 0

  • Sohel_ahmed on April 10, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    I don't think Shakib & RTD were included in the best eleven because the fans across the borders wanted them to be included.KKR had no option but to include them for this match.And every true cricket fan knows that they virtually had nothing to do with the bat or ball as they had not got any opportunity to do so.They came to bat in the middle of a slide and this had also happened to RCB as well and as i'm writing this,CSK is also sliding.About the drop by Shakib,it happens and it didn't cost KKR anything.Just don't write Shakib off yet,he's a class player and class eventually shows.The very inclusion of these two players gave KKR their first win and thats also at the fortress of RCB.Its time to keep Yusuf in the dugout not the players that brought luck for the team.

  • Nurul.... on April 10, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    it is the best combination for kkr.best of luck for next game.

  • murad357 on April 10, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Not sure why People complaining about Shakib here !!! He just played one game and you guys started comparing/complaining? Ridiculous !!! I believe people who are complaining about him are most of whom were hurt when BD did well in the Asia cup. He doesn't need to prove anything for you guys ... Go check his last year IPL performance. And wait and see what he can do in this IPL, unless there is any other controversy (not let him play).

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    yusuf not in form?but when he was in rr he used to clean away but now i dont know why hes not performing well?

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    @ Rocking-IPL , lets arrange the match between Dhaka gladiors vs KKr and then see what happen. KKR will loose by big margin thats sure.If Dhaka gladiors play in airtel league then you can see the quality of dhaka gladiors.

  • gannyboy on April 10, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Really frustrating to see people commenting about Shakib and Gambhir's performance instead of appreciating the man of the moment(Balaji) N People grow up, understand one thing cricket is a team sport so one guy let it be Shakib or Gambhir cant make a difference if the other 10 don't do well. For gods sake would like to see some maturity in the future comments.

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Sakib will come good in the next match.,. guys chill, Gauti was just trying different players in the first two games and is now back to the winning combo of last season.. Selecting Shakib over other useless foreign players was a good choice.. He has done it in the past and will do it again. Other than that it was a superb bowling performance from Kolkatta I hope they get the batting right too.. Way to go!!!

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    why yusuf pathan not playing good thesse days ?

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Did any one notice wat i did in d KKR scorecard....???pathan scored 1...tiwary scored 2....ten do 3....thn sakib 4 n shukla 5.....lee broke the series.... :( But well bowled KKR....congratz boys....!!

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:21 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.

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    bisla....bated at 1 down but shakib bated at 6 down......what do u think who have to do better........if shakib bated at 1 down or 2 down then he can show what he can do....on the other hand he bowled when just 6 over left....he took 2 for 21.....he try to give his 100% but kkr captain try to nervous him till the end.....

  • masud23 on April 10, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    I think INDIA do not have player like sakib. Sakib is best in KKR no one is better than sakib in any part of the game batting , bowling, Fielding, Some indian supporter criticize BPL so brother u should mind in Asia cup sakib beat Indian bowling severely. So no Indian bowler is not enough qualification to play BPL.INDIAn bowler sshould play in Our Street.......

  • isurufdo247 on April 10, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    frm nxt match on wards dilshan shd play 4 RCB. at da top f da order dilshan go aftr da bowlin until gayle settles in,then he tak singls n gv strike 2 gayle once he is firing. gayle-dilshan combntn works wel 4 RCB.....

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Shakib in, KKR won! But what the hell he is doing @ number 7 (when just the few balls are remaining in the innings), its just the injustice from the management to his talent & capabilities ! Shakib should be bat @ 4 or maximum @ 5, specially when there is no logic sending him @ 7, as Shakib is above of all KKR batters according to the current ICC batting rankings and considering his current super form...!

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    I think, all those who are criticizing the selection of Shakib, knows that he played really well in the last year IPL. Dear friends in the neighboring country, please wake up and please realize that your team was kicked out of an international tournament due to Shakib's fantastic performance. For your kind information, everyone saw Shakib hitting huge sixes in their second game, which they won convincingly. I think we should appreciate the win more rather than criticizing a player who is surely world class and played quite well. Friends please don't forget, Jonty missed catches too, so it seems really funny to ask to remove Shakib from the team just because a missed catch. Anyways, well played KKR...

  • babuindhaka on April 10, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Shakib is the best spinner in that match. His figure is better then vettory and murali.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on April 10, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    I would still say change RTD to McCullum and Lee to Sunil Narine ...

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Bro this was shakibs first game and nobody else besides ghambir and the wicket keeper did well with the bat and khalis 18 but the other batsmen were poor so theres no reason to blame shakib and stop going after 1st allrounder in test and odi plus you wanna hear something else look at the over he came in it was crucial kkr needed runs ok bro inshalah shakib will perform next game and they should put him up the order like #5 or 4.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    here is a little answer for them, who are just jealous for nothing (or as he knocked out few big teams from the ASIA Cup?) & against Shakib: In the greenish pitch (suited for the pacers), see the performance of the spinners of the 2 sides today: Murali 4-0-31-2 Vettori 3-0-22-1 Shakib 3-0-21-2 (with 1 stumping chance is missed)....more answers (with bat & ball, of course if he gets fair chance) will come from Shakib in the near future, just wait & see, its only just his 1st match!

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Sakib is great ----he will bring good luck to kkr.He is a real all rounder.Dont forget he is the current world no 1 .He should be a regular in the team .2 wickets for 21 runs proved his worth .Many more to come from Sakib Al Hasan.

  • sunny0700 on April 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    This is the advantage of an all rounder. On a given day if you are not up to in one aspect of your game you always get a chance with another aspect. Like what Shakib did today. He was unable to perform with the bat but make it up with his orthodox spin bowling. Still feel Yusuf should be replaced with Iqbal. Long way to go. Good luck boyzz!!!

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Well you people better not judge someone by just one single match. Shakib came in late to bat and it was not his usual position. Blaming him wont work since he scored more then Yousuf, Tiwary and Ryan. Moreover it was his first match and also took 2 wickets. He really has the capability to change game and today wasn't his day. Lets just wait for the next match. McCullum is not worthy of playing anymore. He hasn't shine since his first match in the first edition of IPL. He should take some rest. Congrats KKR for their first win. This team looks pretty strong. And since they lost 2 matches already..I don't think its time for them to experiment with new players..just go for the same team..let everyone settle and keep winning

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Those who are commenting against shakib, please don't forget to note his position of batting. He is used to bat up in the order. at number 4 or 5. and he proved his capacity of stroke making in those positions in BPL and in Asia cup. So, if KKR wants to be benefittd from shakib's batting, they should bring him up in the order and then you will see his capacity.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    @ Rocking-IPL: Shakib came out to bat at 17.3 overs and there were only 15 balls remaining in the innings. Why comparing to Bisla? You are asking to take Mr. Brandon McCullum instead of Shakib. How funny! Brandon McCullum has done nothing for KKR since his epic innings against CSK back in 2008. KKR was much better without him in the last IPL season.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @ abrarrakib Gyale was cought out today at midon. Does that mean he cannot clear the boundary. It was a pressurew game for him. I am sure you wouldn't have commented on Kalis like this if he would have failed. There is a long way to go. It can happen to anybody anyday. So be patient and watch out for good players. IPL is just a club a cricket, nothing more.

  • Ziad005 on April 10, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @India_boy, dont judge a player by only one match. Shakib proved himself in both ODI and Tests. U should learn how to honour others. Remember, ur overrated whole indian team lost to this man, Shakib a few days ago! :D

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 10, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Shakib didn't do much in this game. Hope the Bangladeshi supporters are happy on his inclusion. My message to you all is, support the KKR club and not just an individual. I hope KKR manage to find a way to shuffle their international players according to the conditions. Sooner or later, McCullum has to play in the XI. He's a match winner. But I was happy wit the KKR team today. Good luck boys.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Poor performance from the RCB batsmen

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Sakib Prove that he is the best...by his bowling...and gamvir is not a good captain... @Rocking - IPL McCullum is a player who have no class to justify his class... and 1 day KKR will realize that Gambir is not a good captain...and Shakib Have that capability to lead the KKR as a captain...

  • Crickrock99 on April 10, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    wow, the world's no.1 all rounder has played a big role in KKR's win today.. how? by giving luck.. hmm good koje Nahid Mehedi Biswas

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    simple equation mate, "Sakib In = KKR Win"

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL Well, playing Shakib & Tendo adds balance to the team. The middle order might have not clicked but the wicket was deteriroarting as the RCB mega-collapse might have told you. As to playing McCullum, he's a match-winner but performs once in 10 games. Shakib & Tendo on the other hand are lot more consistent & reliable.

    @Sriram If you had watched KKR play last season, you will realise that guys like Shakib & Tendo were the unsung heroes of last year's top 4 finish plus a decent CL otuing.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Shakib was given the ball in 15th over... yet he took 2 wickets... and he was sent to bat at 18th over when he had nothing to do but hit... about the catch, it can happen in cricket to anyone even to the best fielders... He is the number 1 all rounder and he proved it many times... the main thing is, he brought the luck of winning matches for KKR just like the last year...

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @Abrarakib ... nice to know that you was waiting so long to prove sakib's performance false but I think Your lame proof is not gonna work ... Sakib just started and keep watching him ... And and about the physical Strength??? I think You forgot the hammers he made to your more Strengthen INTERNATIONAL INDIAN bowlers two weeks ago :P:P No problem ... Short term memory loss is you indian guys problem ... We never put down our heroes (As you guys do with Sachin)... Lets see how it goes :P :P

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Shakib in, KKR won! But what the hell he is doing @ number 7 (when just the few balls are remaining in da innings), its just the injustice from the management to his talent & capabilities ! Shakib should be bat @ 4 or maximum @ 5.....

  • hasib9 on April 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Who smacked some sense into KKR? They finally went in with their winning combo.. oh and look at how Gambhir let Kallis bowl only 2 overs so he can be the man of the match.. Haha terrible captain.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    whatever was Sakibs performance..he came and kkr won...so he should be in the army...

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    finally KKR won...Thnx to shakib for xcellent bowling...

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    u need to know when to use a world class all-rounder.Not picking for 2 match after putting him in no.7 in batting & even not giving the option to bowl...what can u expect

  • muannis on April 10, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Shakib, world's best player, once again prove his worth. What a performance from him in his very first match. Today's performance of spinners : Murali 4-0-31-2 Vettori 3-0-22-1 Shakib 3-0-21-2. So, Shakib is the best. No doubt.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Who did talk about Shakib's ability, they should see all through his career record.. With the bat, when he Came down to bat he had nothing but to hit.. other Batsman also flop whether Sakib played his 1st game... A commentator said," the captain should have to know when to use his best weapon like shakib" this is the thing i told about.. they dont put responsibility on him as he picked up as last bowler to bowl.. nice to see that he got two wicket.. after all u all indian fellow should have to say he is a lucky charm.. if u use HIM as better option u would give u more to cheer.. keep faith on Number 1 Test and Odi all rounder in the earth..

  • cric_lover12 on April 10, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    That's the perfect team combination for KKR. Well played Captain, Gambhir. Still some places need to improve, Shakib should be used earlier specially for bowling & kallis should bowl full four overs. Balaji & kallis bowled really well. Anyway, congratulations to KKR....keep it up KKR

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    after that catch miss and even the 4 run in 4 ball...sakib still got 2 wicket giving 21 run in 3 over and team kkr won. what did maccullam and narane and de lange did in the previous matches to earn a place..those sakib haters plz tell me..then we will talk.give him more game sakib will be surely one of the match winner of kkr

  • Dead_Poet on April 10, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    To all indian fans- who think Shakib is good in ODI/Test but in in T20: Yes, his batting record leaves room for improvement but if you see his bowling record (21 wickets in 16 international T20s, with avg of 17.95, stirke rate of 16.2 and economy of 6.61), you would hardly get many better bowling records than this! So even if his batting does not, his bowling surely gives enough reason to take him to the team, at any tournament. And thats the basic definition of a true all rounder (which India does not have many years). For comparison, Y Pathan, the multi-million dollar man, averages 18.15 (only couple of runs better than Shakib) in international T20 and his bowling average is 33.65 with economy of 8.61. Now who is a bette allrounder? Just because he comes from a minnow team like Bangladesh, does not make him any less quality player. He has proved it at all levels- Test, ODI, T20 and both at Home and Away.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Who did talk about Shakib's ability, they should see all through his career record.. With the bat, when he Came down to bat he had nothing but to hit.. other Batsman also flop whether Sakib played his 1st game... A commentator said," the captain should have to know when to use his best weapon like shakib" this is the thing i told about.. they dont put responsibility on him as he picked up as last bowler to bowl.. nice to see that he got two wicket.. after all u all indian fellow should have to say he is a lucky charm.. if u use HIM as better option u would give u more to cheer.. keep faith on Number 1 Test and Odi all rounder in the earth..

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @ Rocking-IPL u r wrong mf. shakib is for narine. shakib took 2 wickets. if u send batsman in the end of the innings, he can,t to do anything.if kkr try him on top, then u will see who is the best overseas player.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL....Your cricketing knowledge amazes me. Do yo have any idea of Shakib's strike rate? And even with your all 'media lion' players..Shakib is no 1 in both form of games. Accept it or quit.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    i cant understand why KKR management send sakib to bat at the position 7.He is a world class middle order..and why he came to ball after 10ovrs...really shocking..though he showed his talent within this short opportunity..

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    shakib,RTD, & balaji are d wininng symbol for K................K.....................R.

  • BanCricFan on April 10, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    great bowling card for Shakib 3-0-21-2 ... He almost got 3 wickets had Bisla didn't miss that stumping... Go Shakib go... Go KKR go ... And Balaji was super!

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @iNDIA boy. MURALI PLAYED IN BPL TOO.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @India_Boy.If Shakib is a medicore being the best allrounder, then all the other all-rounders are medicore. DO not say INDIA was the 1st test team because of others weakness as they could not keep it. Don;t forget theere are also your SO CALLED KALIS, WATSON AS ALROUNDER. WHY TARGETING ALWAYS SHAKIB? YOUSUF OUT FOR 1 TODAY.

  • BanCricFan on April 10, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @abrarrakib: what kind of physical strength, you mean Shakib need? Gayle also got caught within the circle trying to smash the ball... so you want to tell that Gayle also don't have that 'Physical Strength' !!! Ridiculous analysis.

    @Rocking-IPL: This is the answer to you from Shakib fans. Shakib got two wickets in three overs (almost got three had bisla didn't miss the stumping)!!!

    Anyway, Great team combination for the KKR.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Some people say Shakib is not a good player in t20.Don't forget GAMVHIR was out for duck in the previous match and YOUSUF PATHAN for 1 in this match. AND KALLIS? HE Played 23 balls for his 22.IF Shakib cannot hit then how did he score 49 off 31 balls in the match against INDIA? He was the man of the tournament of BPL and do not forget that there were Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith,Brad Hodge also available.He plays at no. 4 or 5 in t20.But now he comes when only when 12-20 balls left.And people ask about his strength, is Manoj Tiwary is stronger than Shakib? I do not think so

  • RaffStarr on April 10, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    everyone give him(shakib) a break. this boy is in under pressure for all these unfriendly surroundings. he needs more support from his team mates specially from the captain.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Shakib is a great player...... he can't be judged with just 10/15 balls of batting.. he is a wonderful bowler as well. anyone can see his economy rate or no. of wickets he took. if KKR had brought into attack earlier he could have contributed more. he is a superb fielder as well. KKR should bank on him and should include him in best 11... KKR choosed Shakib and won also after two consecutive defeat.......

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    I was disappointed why Shakib was dropped way down the order in the batting lineup because if you saw him in the BPL or in the International matches, when he bats at no4 or n05 as long he can quickly settle himself in he immediately turns explosive and the quick 49 he knocked of against India from just 29 balls and the quick fire 86* he made in his final match in the BPL proved how destructive he can be with the bat but anyway at least KKR won and he got two wickets in a track which really didn't suit spin. My advice to Shakib is to use all his professionalism in this season but immediately leave after so he can get some valuable rest and play in County Cricket because he's clearly being treated as some sought of joke in this Team.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    2 d indian people....do u have a player like sakib????answer is no......he brought stability in d team & that is resulted with a win......he also took 2 wickets at d end....did not get d chance properly 2 prove himself.....

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    all the indian both tendo and shakib haven't got enough over. it is not easy to go hit the ball outside. in bpl shakib bat on 4. there r lots got player palyed in ipl. pakistani player is as good as indian. most of the west indian played bpl. lot of australian played there too. indian bro don,t try humiliate the bangladeshi player. shakib played lots of good knock vs the best team in the world. so please show some respect to him.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    think da team is ok now. should change the batting order.sum1 lyk RTD n shakib should be up in da order n yusuf should be used in da lst few overs to slog.hpy wid da win :)

  • Polash_Dhaka on April 10, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Finally Mr. Ghambhir bring Shakib into bowling at 16th over (dead overs) and he given away 9 runs. Shakib brought into attack as the 7th bowler, may be first time in his life. And they got an opportunity to leave Shakib out again. Vindictive Indians !

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    didn't u c his physical strength against india @abrarrakib

  • rusty.booty on April 10, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    bangla fans how about shakib today's performance gone for runs, drop catches,failed with the bat he can be good in bpl but not the standard of ipl

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Sakib is Whattt? Sakib Proves it through ICC ranking and Asia Cup. This is the revange of asia cup done by Gamvir. He just make dishearted sakib by giving him bowl to the 15th over in a 20 over match. Showing his power of captancy. Go on Gamvir.......... No need to pick sakib from next match. We will show the world in world 20-20.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    IT IS UNFAIR TO SAKIB AS THEY DIDNOT GAVE A CHANCE TO BOWL!!!

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    you talking about hitting sixes?did u not follow asia cup and bpl?LOL..dude,what do you guys expect?he came at number 8 when yousuf pathan,manoj tiwari,ryan gave their wicket away..and he's not even given the ball..how come you judge a world class player like this?some other players failed aswell but why doo you have to blame shakib for this?

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Shakib dropping a straight-forward catch. I can't beat that. How can (the so called great player) drop a straight-forward catch in such an important match. How can such a player not score a single run of his bat. and still they demand that he should be played in KKR. shakib is the most irrelevant player in the entire IPL series. His fans should realise that this is IPL series. Not BPL series. Here we have world-class players with much much greater potential than (shakib x 10 times). Shakib is the biggest disappoint for KKR. they should cancel the contract with him and take back the money given to him.

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    shakib drop catch and fails with the bat same thing gonna happen to tamim

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    well well bangla fans your sakib is exellent in bpl but he not good at level of ipl where he fails with bat and drop catches!!!!!lol

  • Nurul.... on April 10, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Shakib should give chance to top order which place he always plays.

  • Abrar_Rakib on April 10, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Shakib is a great test and ODI player but 20-20 is not his cup of tea. He did well in BPL because there weren't many really good international players....only a few West Indian and Pakistani players.

    Bro, you need physical strength to hit sixes over long off. Or else you'll hole in to mid-off. We got a proof of that today :-)

  • screamingeagle on April 10, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Hmm, Shakib didn't do much with the bat, hope he does the other half better...

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    There is your answer for all shakib fans. He is catch out for nothing. He has not added any utility to the team. KKR is still the same. infact, the Indian local talent Bisla has played a magnificent knock. Good going with the local talent. Even Brett lee and Bhatia played better than him. I think they missed McCullum. They should have taken him instead of Shakib. Big mistake KKR....might even result in losing this match.

  • on April 10, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Both replacements have turned out to be super flop... However, cant blame them as they came to bat at almost the end of the innings.. Shakib though could be useful with the ball as well... Hopefully, he would get more opportunities.. .

  • sunny0700 on April 10, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Yusuf should be "rested" with immediate effect. He is not in a good form. Iqbal should have been in this team.

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Great players bring luck 4 the team.... sakib has brought it today....

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Welcome Sakib. Now we are seeing the confident of KKR batsman. Enjoy your win today.

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Changed my mind about Bisla......excellant..... & so dedicated....he's hitting sixes, but whenever he's missing a single ball he looks disgusted.

  • tomru on April 10, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    just look how right combination works 103/1 in 11 over.. good luck kkr and shakib

  • Ordinary_think_tank on April 10, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    KKR will realize today that this combination can give them win. Go ahead boys.

  • India_boy on April 10, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    to be very honest, i wudnt want to see Shakib in the playing XI, this guy is just mediocre, hes got his no.1 ranking not because he was excellent, but simply bcos others werent up to the mark, just like team India got its no.1 ranking. even his T-20 stats arent that great as they have been made out by Bangladeshi supporters here, he has a batting avrg of under 16. maybe he shone in BPL, but IPL is a different league altogether, playing against the likes of Steyn, murali, bollinger etc. I remember ther was a similar buzz w.r.t. to Mashrafe mortaza as well, and Rohit Sharma belted him for 25 runs in 5 deliveris to win the match, where is he now? do not raise your hopes to the point they come shattering down

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Finally Shakib is given a chance to play in IPL. Lolz. Let's see what he can make out of it. But I doubt he will get a chance to bat at all. KKR have 9 batsmen. This is unbelievable. He may probably get a chance to bowl. If he performs well in bowling there is some hope for bangladesh in IPL. But once he fails to perform, could i kindly request all his fans to stop blaming KKR for not selecting him in the team. I mean no offense, but there are much better players than him in the team to play in IPL. It's not BPL, this is IPL more passionate, more intense, more expensive, more international players, more high-class performance.

  • mmzmika on April 10, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Oh yeah! now you're in the game KKR... How do you wish to win keeping some of your best short-format players at the sidebench and a playing an 11 with big names but not the combination that a T20 11 needs??? This is the KKR I was looking for, not just because Shakib(as I am a bangladeshi supporter), but also for players like Doeschate and Balaji...... must remind you, overseas players can and will win you some matches but to make winning a habit, you must use the locals at their best. Balaji/Unadkat must make a cut in the 11 so the middle order batsmen like Shukla, Bisla, Debabrata, Bhatia etc has to bat responsible... All the best to you guys

  • isurufdo247 on April 10, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    v'l gonna mis dilly 2dy............. gayle-dilshan combinatn hw devastatin it wud be. hoping 2 c dilly in da nxt match.

  • Khairul101 on April 10, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @Debashis Yes People of B'Deshi is happy now but KKR need to win for good come back this IPL running mat.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    thanks kkr. at last you have chose shakib nd RTD. now enjoy win.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 10, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    So today KKR think-tank thinks enough damage been ALREADY done from their part. They can't survive without repairing some damage --- so they can't avoid Tendo and Shakib anymore. However, "BETTER LATE THAN NEVER" -- wish you all the best Shakib and Tendo.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Bad decision to leave Iqbal out. There is already Lee Kallis and Tendo who are more than capable of handling the seam attack along with Bhatia's medium pace

  • Moyna.Miyan on April 10, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Good luck KKR; Good luck Shakib Al Hasan

  • tasdik2012 on April 10, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    The Highlight is on Chris Gayle. But he surely can not win every match for RCB. Other players must take responsibility. Last time Chris did not perform well in their last crucial match and they lost.

  • Saif10016 on April 10, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    sakib is ok for S.Narian but i think McCullam should 've given another chance....

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK SAKIB & KKR....................

  • Moyna.Miyan on April 10, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Nice to see that world number one cricketer plays this game for KKR. last two game KKR have done the great mistake to kept Shakib Al Hasan to dugout.

    Hope for the best to KKR & Shakib Al Kasan.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    gayl will get out easlly today agains KKR lee will get his wicket

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    nice to see KKR with Shakib al Hasan and Ryan ten Doeschate

  • imrulsh on April 10, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Very very good decision of playing SHAKIB and RTD.. it will boost up their batting and bowling lineup.... Moreover. mcuulum need some rest to forget his heroic innings of 145 (i think) in 2008..... best of luck KKR...

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Hoping for an interesting game ahead.... Best of luck to KKR

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  • on April 10, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Hoping for an interesting game ahead.... Best of luck to KKR

  • imrulsh on April 10, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Very very good decision of playing SHAKIB and RTD.. it will boost up their batting and bowling lineup.... Moreover. mcuulum need some rest to forget his heroic innings of 145 (i think) in 2008..... best of luck KKR...

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    nice to see KKR with Shakib al Hasan and Ryan ten Doeschate

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    gayl will get out easlly today agains KKR lee will get his wicket

  • Moyna.Miyan on April 10, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Nice to see that world number one cricketer plays this game for KKR. last two game KKR have done the great mistake to kept Shakib Al Hasan to dugout.

    Hope for the best to KKR & Shakib Al Kasan.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK SAKIB & KKR....................

  • Saif10016 on April 10, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    sakib is ok for S.Narian but i think McCullam should 've given another chance....

  • tasdik2012 on April 10, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    The Highlight is on Chris Gayle. But he surely can not win every match for RCB. Other players must take responsibility. Last time Chris did not perform well in their last crucial match and they lost.

  • Moyna.Miyan on April 10, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Good luck KKR; Good luck Shakib Al Hasan

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Bad decision to leave Iqbal out. There is already Lee Kallis and Tendo who are more than capable of handling the seam attack along with Bhatia's medium pace