Knight Riders v Kings XI, IPL 2012, Kolkata April 15, 2012

Punjab hold nerve to win thriller

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Kings XI Punjab 134 for 9 (Mandeep Singh 38, Narine 5-19 ) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 132 for 7 (Das 35, Chawla 3-18) by 2 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A triple strike from Piyush Chawla in the middle of the Knight Riders innings and last over heroics from Harmeet Singh brought Kings XI back from the dead to beat their hosts in unlikely fashion. After posting a below par 134 and allowing Knight Riders to canter to 71 for 2 at the halfway stage of the chase, Kings XI relied on a spectacular effort from their legspinner to negate Sunil Narine's jaw-dropping 5 for 19.

Narine's strangling efforts and Rajat Bhatia and Shakib al Hasan's supporting efforts kept the lid on Kings XI. Knight Riders were favoured to chase down a moderate target after Gautam Gambhir started with a speedy 22 and Manvinder Bisla and Manoj Tiwary steered the reply with a stand of 43. But, the home side unravelled after Chawla removed three of their key batsmen, Bisla, Yusuf Pathan and Shakib. Debrabata Das threatened to take the match to its expected conclusion with his aggressive innings but a slew of legbreaks from Harmeet ensured Kings XI defended what seemed hard to defend at one stage. 

Gambhir began in a hurry. The early loss of Jacques Kallis - caught spectacularly by Paras Dogra at point - did nothing to deter him as he collected boundaries at will before offering Dimitri Mascarenhas a simple return catch.

Despite the departure of their captain, Bisla and Tiwary continued the task stoically and formed a partnership that would not have been out of place in longer formats of the game. They rotated strike, searched for singles and only targeted the boundary when they got a bad ball. They seemed certain to guide Knight Riders to an easy win but the match turned when Tiwary was trapped in front by Bhargav Bhatt.

A tiny wound had been inflicted on Knight Riders and Chawla prised it open. He bowled Bisla with a delivery that did not turn and meted out the same to Yusuf Pathan with a legbreak in the same over. After 14 overs, Knight Riders were 85 for 5. Chawla had pulled them back to exactly the position Kings XI had been in at that stage - 85 for 3. He struck again, with a googly to Shakib al Hasan, to have the Bangladesh all-rounder caught of his own bowling. 

Das defied the Kings XI charge. He started by smacking a full toss from Chawla for a straight six. As full deliveries were offered to him, he smoked them to the boundary. Ryan ten Doeschate provided some support and the pair took Knight Riders to within 13 runs of victory with two overs left.

Praveen Kumar gave away only four of those runs, bowling an over punctuated with yorkers and Harmeet had nine runs to work with in the final over. His seemingly harmless legbreaks had ten Doeschate frustrated as he played on. Harmeet then proved impossible to get away as he made up for Kings XI's lapses with the bat through cunning bowling.

Kings XI saw off 36 dot balls in their innings and allowed Knight Riders' attack to create pressure and use it to their advantage. Narine struck twice in his opening spell - when Adam Gilchrist top-edged and attempted pull to depart for 5 and by bowling Shaun Marsh with a delivery that turned away from the left-hander.

Together with Kallis, he ensured Kings XI crawled to 31 for 2 after seven overs and that they did not score a single boundary in five of them. If not for the half-century stand between Mandeep Singh and David Hussey, they would have not got off the starting blocks at all. The pair settled in on the surface, started to time the ball better and occasionally challenged the fielders, beating them for boundaries and pushing them hard to turn singles into twos. Old-fashioned grit and grind helped them build but just as they were looking to launch, Mandeep slog swept straight to deep mid-wicket.

They were never really able to push after that as Hussey was run-out soon after and the dominoes fell steadily after that. Bhatia took two wickets in his final over and Narine also struck twice on being brought back on the attack. Kings XI scored 30 runs off the last two overs which, in the end, proved to be the difference.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on April 18, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Only one change required in KKR line-up ... Balaji in for Yusuf ... apart from this the side rockzzz !!! ... And a few changes up the order ... Das and Gambhir to open ... Bisla and Kallis to follow ... Tiwary, Shakib, RTD and Bhatia in the lower middle order ... perfect balance

  • NAZKI on April 17, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    why everyone is blaming Yusuf Pathan.Inshallah he will bounce back with some good knocks.

  • on April 17, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    I think KKR should drop Gambhir as captain. As he is failing to motivate or gel the team together. Kallis or Sakib may be given the captaincy for KKR. It will bring good to him.

  • British-Bangali on April 16, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Keep faith in yusuf pathan, He will come good. Keep the same team.....

  • on April 16, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    after joining KKR stiil yousuf pathan cant get a half century.....what a waste of money.....

  • on April 16, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    The combination of kkr is not bad at all now. they should rock on the top order as they did it against rcb. and their captain gumbir should be wise to use his bowlers and arrange the batting order.even he should be more friendly and open minded with his mates like dada and dravid. hope the things will b ok for kkr.

  • MadhavY on April 16, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous from Bangladeshi, Pakistani SAKIB fans, if KKR wins then credit goes to Sakib for his 10- 15 runs but if they loses then Sakib should not be pointed out.??

  • sabir1054 on April 16, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    KKR should drop Yousaf pathan and bring Morgon

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    WHOLE KOLKATA WILL SUPPORT DADA'S PUNE ON 5TH MAY.......

  • on April 16, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    hail 2 kings XI punjab , stage well set 4 big bang ' azhar mahmood'

  • on April 18, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Only one change required in KKR line-up ... Balaji in for Yusuf ... apart from this the side rockzzz !!! ... And a few changes up the order ... Das and Gambhir to open ... Bisla and Kallis to follow ... Tiwary, Shakib, RTD and Bhatia in the lower middle order ... perfect balance

  • NAZKI on April 17, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    why everyone is blaming Yusuf Pathan.Inshallah he will bounce back with some good knocks.

  • on April 17, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    I think KKR should drop Gambhir as captain. As he is failing to motivate or gel the team together. Kallis or Sakib may be given the captaincy for KKR. It will bring good to him.

  • British-Bangali on April 16, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Keep faith in yusuf pathan, He will come good. Keep the same team.....

  • on April 16, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    after joining KKR stiil yousuf pathan cant get a half century.....what a waste of money.....

  • on April 16, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    The combination of kkr is not bad at all now. they should rock on the top order as they did it against rcb. and their captain gumbir should be wise to use his bowlers and arrange the batting order.even he should be more friendly and open minded with his mates like dada and dravid. hope the things will b ok for kkr.

  • MadhavY on April 16, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous from Bangladeshi, Pakistani SAKIB fans, if KKR wins then credit goes to Sakib for his 10- 15 runs but if they loses then Sakib should not be pointed out.??

  • sabir1054 on April 16, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    KKR should drop Yousaf pathan and bring Morgon

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    WHOLE KOLKATA WILL SUPPORT DADA'S PUNE ON 5TH MAY.......

  • on April 16, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    hail 2 kings XI punjab , stage well set 4 big bang ' azhar mahmood'

  • Ibanezfan on April 16, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    KKR must drop Yusuf Pathan. The man has no stomach for high-intensity matches that require him to play relatively longer innings. He plays the odd quality innings and then potters around for a long time. That said, the Indian batsmen in KKR who could replace him are no better than him. And I really do think Shakib must bat higher up. He's in form and will do well at no. 3. A really good all-rounder, with a calm head during tense moments, must be given more time in the middle. As an aside, would love to see Pune beat KKR. :) Go Saurav!

  • on April 16, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    KXIP seized the match from KKR. Good bowling, fielding result KXIP won the match.

  • ktk2020 on April 16, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    This is really exciting match and we have to appreciate Kings X1 fighting spirit ,I never thought kings X1 will win this match after their 17 and 18 over performance but they turn around events in 19 and 20th over ,that is 20-20 games , we can't predict the outcome until the last ball ,that why this format so amazing and exciting to watch

  • on April 16, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    SRK should ask for his money back from Yusuf Pathan & Gambhir..both of them r big time losers

  • on April 16, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Oh Shakib what did you do?? The stage was set for him to win another match for his team but unfortunately he failed it and now c d comments of those who think low abt BD players... tht's d problem of us, hardly anyone gives a damn if buzz fails it for KKR for two consecutive matches or if kallis fails to give a gud start, but if Shakib fails for once all hell breaks loose. Tht's why we dont hv any option but to grab on every single opportunity we're given, whereas others can let go off a few but still are regarded as quality players.... very sad. Somehow i've got a feeling tht it's time for BD to say goodbye to IPL as i doubt Shakib will b given another chance by gambhir as he has found a reason to drop him, he couldn't deliver it for once when required. Anyway, doesn't matter tht much though as long he keeps performing consistently for his country. Always wish d best for BD players.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on April 16, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Forget everything what happened in the match- 13 needed from 12 with 6 wickets down and two recognized batsmen in the crease with one more batsman to come. A walk in the park but yet they failed- Nobody to blame- it's just KKR couldn't pick a boundary. Bad Luck

  • Mali-T658 on April 16, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    (1) I'm awaiting the day Bangladeshis claim their Shakib and Tamim as the greatest players ever played cricket. Looking at their very rational comments, I don't think that day is too long. (2) Kallis, Dravid, Ganguly and all others who barely pull off a SR of 100 in T20s are an onus to their respective teams. Playing with a SR of <100 when the individual score is 30-40+ is an absolute blunder unless the batting order has collapsed and the team needs some building. I admire the way Sachin paces his innings in T20s. He doesn't slog much and yet maintains his SR around 120-125 most of the time.

  • Khairul101 on April 16, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    @axdfg You thinking wrong. We know Shakib a winner, but not everyday.>>>><<< @all crick user, It is good that we can talk or discus every moment of happening cricket. Where done wrong, what did wrong, which decision made wrong and which players job not properly. Any some crick user also made his comments wrong by miss-understand.It is first time that Shakib be talk top of the cricket world by his performance. Be Shakib fan be KKR fan and be a big Cricket fan without ha-citation.

  • pai11 on April 16, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Eden pitch which is a rank turner may make the KKR team happy as they have Naraine & Shakib to exploit the conditions but it will definitely be detrimental to their prospects on the whole coz even if there are average spinners in the opposite ranks they will get great help from the wicket too!!! moreover on such wickets only the skillful batsmen can win you matches which KKR hardly have (apart from kallis and occasionally gambhir). KKR-think about it....

  • Romenevans on April 16, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    KKR = Stars studded losers! That's it.

  • Fawmy on April 16, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @axdfg, I have seen several of your comments that criticizing Bangladesh Players Shakib and Tamim, I don't get your point that what you are trying to say, keep in your mind and don't forget at all that Shakib is the world no. 1 all rounder in both format of cricket where your Indian players not listed. Support for cricket and don't embrace your biased into IPL.

  • Fawmy on April 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Let YOUSUF FATHAN to warm the bench, Ein Morgan is the world class T20 batsman, I don't understand why KKR management keeping him rest. Shakib bowled well but he failed to with bat.

  • on April 16, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    hi ALL GUYS!! Why e/one is blaming sakib???? E/one should blame kallis for his last over for 19 runs and Narin also though Narin bowled excellent!! Kallis's last over was the turning point for the match....... Sakib performs e/day and one day he couldn't perfom now e/one is after him !!! Please give me a break!!! This the point i was trying to note e/one is after Sakib why??? Think including sakib and the team spirit will be back and the team will be on top of the table.Walk beside sakib. The captain should help him ..........

  • khaledys2 on April 16, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    why everyone blaming shakib. wats jaque kallis doing ha? shakib played 3 matches nd picked up a man of the match nd where is kallis ha? why isnt anyone blaming kallis. did kallis do jado tuna to u guys??

  • on April 16, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Amazing game this ... n amazing result by KXIP ... Congratulations ...!!! Back to the drawing board if KKR wants to take revenge from KXIP on Wednesday --- this is the order they need --- 1. Das 2. Gambhir 3. Bisla 4. Kallis 5. Tiwary 6. Shakib 7. ten Doeschatei 8. Bhatia 8. Balaji 9. Narine 10. Unadkat -------- First of all Das is totally wasted at number 8 ... If u are playing a hard hitting pure batsmen ... then play him at the top of the innings or don't play him at all ----- This combination gives a good combination of hitters against nudgers ... The only replacement is an out of form Yusuf with Bala which would strengthen the bowling ... No point in leaving out Unadkat after only one poor performance ... Have to give him another chance to be fair

  • Jakir_Hossain on April 16, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    SAKIB AL HASAN! I found that everyday someones post comments about Sakib Al Hasan. This is mean he is a great Player. legend player. I guess after someday he will be the Number #1 All-rounder in the cricket world. Maybe he is talent by nature.

  • ziggy500 on April 16, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    shakib still had an OK bowling performance, not good with bat, but he still got better than kallis who had the worst economy rate for bowlers, picked up no wickets and only got 1 run of 5 balls. pathan got a duck as well, but he undoubtedly has been misused by gambhir

  • Bruisers on April 16, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - Gambhir useless?? What game are you talking about mate! Without him KKR wouldn't have made even 100. He is one of the best limited-overs batsman of India and he played some brilliant shots before getting out. Yes, Pathan is a waste and must be AXED soon..

  • TSJ07 on April 16, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    @Jis:-+1 to your comments>Everyone is talking about poor game played by KKR and KXIP's good performance.It was a turning track thats why KXIP could only get 135 partially due to last two good overs for KXIP's batsmen.But due to same turning track KKR barsmen could not get to cross as chasing is always difficult on slow turning tracks especially if chasing team loses few quick wickets in the middle.Still it was good effort by Das o/w KXIP would have won it more easily.Hats off to KXIP bowlers for excellent effort.They dont have any Indian star in their ranks but they have are not bad job.Now I hope Preity Zinta spend some money she still have in her coffers to get a good Indian batsman on loan or something like.How about KKR giving Yusuf Patan to KXIP on loan and he is asked to open for KXIP.That would be good. BTW Narine would be solved like that SL bowler in next few matches.

  • on April 16, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    For a change the bangla sakib fans are quite. I was getting sick and tired of their incessant moaning. sakib this and sakib that. KKR is not bangla team and this is IPL not BPL. so from now on just put up with it. and one more thing IPL being watched in bangla or not does not make any difference to the revenues of IPL. you choose to watch because sakib is a fellow Muslim player.

  • axdfg on April 16, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    Hi Kamrul_BD Everyone criticize Murali Vijay. Is he Match Winner. Shakib is same like that. We had talented all rounder Kallis, Lee and bowler Narine. We need quality with powerful batsman like McCullum. Shakib is all rounder but his bowling alone ok. Very poor in Batting and fieldingwith no seriousness. He denied Balaji 5 wicket haul. Though it is hard Shakib need to be drop at the cost of Batting. Anyhow DADA reserved IPL5 cup. So no use whatever KKR tries.

  • on April 16, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Should bring Mccullam back

  • on April 15, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    For a change guys why dont you guys give some credit to some excellent death bowling by PK and Harmeet. Is there a rule which says batsmen has to succeed irrespective of what the game situation is ? The ones who show a better nerve wins whether he is a bowler or batsmen. I dont think there was any lack of intend on the part of KKR batsmen who faced the last 12 balls. It is just that bowlers did a better job in that period. As captain GG should have appreciated that and must have supported the valiant effort of S Das. Instead he chose to criticize him. Now i think i know why he was taken off from the VC role for india. He is a very good batsman very good at his role starting the innings. he seldom finishes the innings and doesnt know how tough that is.

  • Kamrul_BD on April 15, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    It's good to see that people are blaming Sakib for the defeat of KKR.... I take is that they feel Sakib is a match winning player otherwise why they are blaming Sakib alone for this defeat! Yes I do agree Sakib could have done better in this match but don't forget he was the MOM just in previous match. I am sure Sakib would show his class in the upcoming matches in batting also..And in bowling 6 wkts in 3 matches!nothing more require to prove. So my dear friends please do wait for the next match and see why Sakib is number 1 all-rounder in the world.

  • on April 15, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @ Nahin Ferdous Rush0- Shakib is the 13th highest wicket taker and narine is 14th. how can you say he is the highest wicket taker. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=6680;type=tournament

  • on April 15, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    This for those how r blaming Shakib. He is the highest wicket taker in this season IPL along with Narine till now. He also have got the best average of 10.66 and economy of 5.81 which is also batter then Narine the specialist spin bowler. So it's very clear that Shakib can very well fit in the XI only for his bowling.

  • goldenjewel on April 15, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    "Hmm, why do guys from BD like Shakib being blamed. I said he did great last time, this one, he was a failure. Thats how it goes. Dont take an Indian domestic tournament SO seriously. Right?">>screamingeagle

    I really agree with 'screamingeagle'.

  • rubelewu on April 15, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    T20 is all about fearless cricket..especially when the target is only 130+ i didn't understand the game-plan of KKR....and as a bangladeshi i must feel 4 sakib...he just lost an another chance of getting MOM which he loves most....hope he should feel this...better luck next time sakib and KKR

  • k4zz on April 15, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    KKR need to fix their batting, having Tendo at 8th when ur not even using him to bowl is big mistake. He should be atleast batting at 3/4/5, yusuf has been terrible should have bowled more today though if its a spinin wicket rather than letting unadkat bowl. Gambhir needs to drop down the order, if sticking with the team that KKR have been using recently then i suggest the team order to be: 1. Kallis 2.Bisla 3.Tendo 4.Gambhir 5.Manoj 6.Shakib 7.Das 8.Yusuf 9. Bhatia 10.Narine 11.Balaji

  • bluefunk on April 15, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    from the way these threads've been going, it's about time SRK changes his team's name from kolkata knight riders to dhaka knight riders :)

  • on April 15, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Shami Ahmad or Pradeep Sangwan should be in the team ahead of Unadkat or even they can try Chirag Jani Poor Pradeep Sangwan..not getting a game last two seasons...Some teams are doing crime by denying a chance to shine new talents...Like SAn yadav of MI,Biplab for DC ,Shami and pradeep for KKR,sidharth chitnis for KXIP,RCB replaced Harshal Patel after not so bad two overs,but who ever selected after that pathetic..

  • on April 15, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    KKR missed binga.............gauti should not drop him.....he is spirited crickter

  • Lovetesh on April 15, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    13 off 12 and you lose. KKR does not deserve to win IPL this year. Kolkata is preparing turning tracks to suit its spinners aka Shakib and Narine. But it looks like they don't have the batting to chase. Shakib is looking good because of spinner friendly tracks, come to other places he will be thrashed. He is no Murali or Vettori, he is just a decent spinner. On this Kolkata track, Even Sir Ravindra Jadeja will be unplayable.

  • screamingeagle on April 15, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Hmm, why do guys from BD like Shakib being blamed. I said he did great last time, this one, he was a failure. Thats how it goes. Dont take an Indian domestic tournament SO seriously. Right?

  • on April 15, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    i think gambhir is not utilising yusuf pathan properly.....he should bat after 1 down...but yusuf is coming to bat when 4 or 5 wickets down for kolkata.....is it not they pressurizing him???..

  • on April 15, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    i want sir shakib to perform i don't care if KKR wins or not...i wannabe an indian selfish kinda guy

  • venusa on April 15, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    we all r talking about the batsmen performances, no doudt it is chaseable tgt n they r near to chase but unfortunately didn't. can body say me why balaji dropped n unadakt taken. see the undakat performance. when in first two overs he is expensive why he brought again back. sorry for KKR.

  • axdfg on April 15, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    What a hell Shakib Al Hasan doing in KKR. If he knows only bowling Sunil Narine is enough for KKR. McCullum must replace Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib wasting the resource of KKR foreign player like Yusuf Pathan for India. Both are waste fellows. DADA rocks because he left Tamim from playing XI. Gambhir must follow the same and left Shakib Al Hasan. They are worth for only BPL and waste for IPL. Hope McCullum will replace Shakib.

  • rongdhonu on April 15, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Kkr should give rest yousuf patan and rayan can be replace by morgan

  • cool2cool on April 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank: +1. Specially the way comments were coming the day before yesterday.

  • Hayat22 on April 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    @Jindal, After Sir Ravindra Jadeja, that we all knew, you have conferred the Knighthood to Sir Shakib Al Hasan! It would be interesting to see the duel between the fans of Sir Shakib and his skeptics now. ;-D

    But all in all, Sir Shakib's shot was needless at that moment, as was the shot selection of the entire lot, especially after Bisla and Manoj left, even singles and a lucky four could have done the job.

  • rahulcricket007 on April 15, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    HAD TO FEEL FOR WI . NARINE IS TAKING 5 WKT HAULS IN IPL WHILE WI ARE FIGHTING TO BOWLED OUT AUS AT THEIR HOME . I THINK AUS TEAM SHOULD THANKS IPL . CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT WI LOSE FIRST MATCH BY ONLY 3 WKTS , RESULT COULD HAVE GONE EITHER WAY IF NARINE WAS BOWLING ON A FIFTH DAY PITCH OF BARBADOS .

  • Ha8rick on April 15, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Yousuf Pathan is the most useless & overpriced player and KKR has the worst management. They should play Shukla instead of Pathan. Also Ten Do needs to bat higher in the order. They are wasting his talent again by sending him so far down.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 15, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Some people here need to stop criticizing Shakib Al Hassan for KKR's defeat. There were 10 other guys in the team and it was a collective batting failure. What happened to the OVER HYPED Indian batsmen like Yusuf Pathan and Gambir ? both are 2 million dollar players !! and both are USELESS. Shakib is a class act and he delivered with the ball. Yeah he should have batted a bit more sensibly but he alone can't be blamed for KKR's defeat. The top 4 batsmen should win games for the team. Kallis, Gambir, Pathan and Tiwary all failed. By the way I am an Indian and YES I think some of our cricketers are OVERRATED.

  • sunny0700 on April 15, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    It's time for KKR to look beyond YKP

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Despite having "Sir Shakib-Al-Hasan" KKR lost ? Is this true ? SAD ! He couldn't deliver with BAT. I mean, likes of Pathans and Kalliss r OUT of form. Gauti has had ON n OFF days. Rest of the batting line up is inexperienced. So it is the responsibility of man-in-form ALL-ROUNDER Sir Shakib to win each n every match for KKR with both Bat n ball as he is the World's Best all-rounder n conditions of sub-continent are in his favour too. :)

  • timtom on April 15, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Really unfair to blame Shakib and Tendo... All were equally bad...If someone needs to be singled out then its Yusuf who has been a big No SHOW since joining KKR..Replace him with any other ...surely they cant do worse.... Shakib suddenly thought he was playing for Bdesh...a rash shot..but he will learn....When teams are chasing 50 off last 2 overs, 13 of 12 was not a deal at all..they really deserved to lose...

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    KKR have lost a game which they should have won.. not only were they chasing only 130 odd but also remember, a loss to lesser teams like KXIP and DC is what you cannot afford as beating the bigger teams, ie, RCB, MI & CSK is a far tougher task...

  • Rally_Windies on April 15, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Narine & Shakib are an awesome bowling team.... maybe Bangladesh can entise Narine to migrate...

    In the last game Shakib got the wickets in this game Narine got the wickets....

    Shakib & Narine did delevier with the ball this game... the batsmen failed miserably ....

    Chalwa is not in Shakib or Narine's class ....if KKR had to face Narine & Shakib's bowling, I do not beleive thier batting could make 100 runs.....

  • eZoha on April 15, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    KKR choked. They needed 13 off 12 balls. There was no Malinga coming to ball.

  • arif29 on April 15, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    To all the shakib haters, he at least bowled his full quota of overs and bowled well. you cannot expect him to win you matches everyday.

  • cool2cool on April 15, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    What happened to BD superstar? Just one decent performance in 3 matches?

  • Hayat22 on April 15, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Why o why is Kolkota preparing such 5th day rank turners where chasing 135 is looking like a real test of skills, if it does not possess such experience in the middle/lower order? it needs wickets where 150-160 are scored and not 130s with herculean efforts! Scoring 12 out 10 deliveries should not require slogs, and a singles game with a sneak double can do the job. Also at the penultimate delivery the batsmen should have gone for two runs, that was possible, instead of the single, as that would have meant two to tie the match on the last ball, and take it to the superover. This shows lack of intelligence and quite idiotic. Except Narine all the foreign players were disppointing, and Yusuf is having a nightmare of a tournament. He needs a rest for a couple of matches. No need to persist with him for now atleast.

  • KentuckyM on April 15, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Why is Tendo playing ? if he's not going to bowl and acting only as a batsman, I think its better to put Mcullum, Morgan or any other good batsman and @ Dr.Hassan.Malik -Sir Shakib Al Hasan is a bowling allrounder, he bowled well this match and is amongst the wicket-takers. He is unfortunate to be out in such a manner to Chawla as this is Chawla's day and he is on song. Dont forget that sir Shakib just won the last game for KKR and got the MOM. So instead of trying to point finger on sir Shakib open your mind and find out whose responsible for this loss. In my humble opinion I think its because of Yusuf Patan and Jaques Kallis. Think about it.

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Stop blaming Sakib. Talk about the main culprit "YOUSUF PATHAN".

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Well, no player can deliver a match winning performance everyday. Sakib bowled and fielded well. But batting wasn't good. Talk about the main culprit "YOUSUF PATHAN".

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    KKR should replace yousuf Pathan.

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Is Yusuf Pathan the most overrated cricketer in India today?

  • Ibra95 on April 15, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    shakib did it really bad, but sure u'll handle it in the next match. well done narine for ur 5 wkts nd gambir for ur fast 22!

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 15, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    This is wt is expected if Gambhir continues to open the innings. He should be at 4. Let young guns fire & gambhir steadies the ship. It clearly showed the inexperince in the middle. Its time for Yousuf to sit in the dug out.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    very poor batting by shakib....it was a great chance...unable to prove

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Its badluck 4 KKR.... chasing was little bit tough there... but very well batted by das... n well balled by da spinners n bhatia.... naraine n shakib >>> da best bowling pair 4 KKR.... Its a badluck 4 sakib way he was out... coz chawla was bowling really well at that moment... he had no option without charging the ball... very upset with kallis n tendo... Its da great opportunity 4 Tendo..h but he fails... N 4 kallis its da worst performance... 1 run scored out of 5 balls... gives 30 runs in 4 overs... best wishes 4 KKR .....

  • Dr.Hassan.Malik on April 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    SHAKIB HASAN FANS ! Wat now !?!!

  • Jawwad123 on April 15, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    We still love you Shakib bhaiya and we know what you r capable of. It was rare to see you not fulfill the teams requirements at the right time- just what you're best at. Shakib bhaiya wish you all the best!!!

  • Jayakodi on April 15, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Hello Gambir pls why you take the great finisher of world number 1. T20 batsman Eoin Morgan and drop den.

    Then drop Yusuf add Laxmi shukla he bowl and bat to if u want win take this changes for your team

    All the best!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan??? What you are doing man...???? Its shame to tell that i m big fan of your Big hitting shots :( You can change the entire course of match in a single over... but the poor show by u is paining the team a lot..... Look at your competitors for ur slot....

    Irfan Pathan: Your Own Brother though he is showing average show in bowling he batted well in their opening match

    Ravindra Jadeja : The Young Lover of Mahindra Singh Dhoni and Krishnamatchari Srikanth, though he is not in a need to show as his selection for World T20 is an automatic, He is playing superbly with Bat and Ball....

    and there are many young buds are hungry to prove themselves... So your World T20 selection is Big Question mark... Though i m your fan, even i wont select u

    But i have believe that u can make a big turn around in coming matches.. but your body language doesn't seems to be so.. else take rest for few matches and make way to young talents likes of Iqbal Abdullah for playing 11

    KKR bounce back

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Shakib, first few balls you should play ground shot with your maximum force, then you should go for SIX. I am sure you will do great if you play few hard hitting ground shot before SIX.

  • dare_to_beat on April 15, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Yousuf has been the most faltu batsman in the kkr squad. He deserve an AXE.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 15, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    My man of the match is Piyush Chawla. S Narine did very well but his last over should bar him to become MOM.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Lee shuld get a chance again & Shakib should dropped ,

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 15, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Well done -- and well played Kings XI. Hats off to Chawla and Harmeet for their allround performance. So the big difference from Kallis' 19th over 19 runs and Narine's 20th overs 11 runs!! In comparison Kumar's 19th over 4 runs and Harmeet's 20th over!!!! Unbelievable ---- congratulations Kings XI Punjab one more time.

  • kunderanengineer on April 15, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    My mistake: Kallis gave up 19 not 23 in 19th over but that doesn't make it any less wasteful.

  • kunderanengineer on April 15, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Great bowling at the death by PK and Harmeet! They gave up only 10 runs from the last 2 overs compared to 30 for KKR. Kallis especially wasteful giving up 23 runs in the 19th over and then using up 5 balls in the chase to score just 1 run. But credit to Punjab for not being overawed or intimidated by the KKR lineup.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    good game of cricket ,, shows team dont need big names in t20

  • arif270191 on April 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    i think kkr should rest yusuf pathan. he suffers too much. and i think there is a problem with there jersey. it warms them a lot for that color. i watched them suffering a lot. so in the hot atmosphere like kolkata they should change that jersey. again, i think shakib is the only bowler whose been consistant among the kkr bowlers.i wish them best of luck for the next match and the remaining turnament.

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    A very poor game played by david hussey. He never try to hit the ball. What is the worth of this player who has been paid 6.5 Cr for strike rate of almost 100% in t20

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 15, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I feel, Gambhir should not be opening the innings. He should have allowed another young indian player to do so. He should be at 4 which really allows the opening batsmen to play free. The other team would defenitely will keep their fingers crossed as gambhir is still yet to come. Gambhir --- This is not indian team, this is KKR. we require your experince at the middle. You play really well against spinners compared to the quicks. Cricinfo pls post this

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    RCB captain should be out & dilshan should join d squad to lead RCB.....Bad captainsip during d match (CSK) in chennai..............................

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    sunil naraine is a magician spinner

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  • on April 15, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    sunil naraine is a magician spinner

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    RCB captain should be out & dilshan should join d squad to lead RCB.....Bad captainsip during d match (CSK) in chennai..............................

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 15, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I feel, Gambhir should not be opening the innings. He should have allowed another young indian player to do so. He should be at 4 which really allows the opening batsmen to play free. The other team would defenitely will keep their fingers crossed as gambhir is still yet to come. Gambhir --- This is not indian team, this is KKR. we require your experince at the middle. You play really well against spinners compared to the quicks. Cricinfo pls post this

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    A very poor game played by david hussey. He never try to hit the ball. What is the worth of this player who has been paid 6.5 Cr for strike rate of almost 100% in t20

  • arif270191 on April 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    i think kkr should rest yusuf pathan. he suffers too much. and i think there is a problem with there jersey. it warms them a lot for that color. i watched them suffering a lot. so in the hot atmosphere like kolkata they should change that jersey. again, i think shakib is the only bowler whose been consistant among the kkr bowlers.i wish them best of luck for the next match and the remaining turnament.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    good game of cricket ,, shows team dont need big names in t20

  • kunderanengineer on April 15, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Great bowling at the death by PK and Harmeet! They gave up only 10 runs from the last 2 overs compared to 30 for KKR. Kallis especially wasteful giving up 23 runs in the 19th over and then using up 5 balls in the chase to score just 1 run. But credit to Punjab for not being overawed or intimidated by the KKR lineup.

  • kunderanengineer on April 15, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    My mistake: Kallis gave up 19 not 23 in 19th over but that doesn't make it any less wasteful.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 15, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Well done -- and well played Kings XI. Hats off to Chawla and Harmeet for their allround performance. So the big difference from Kallis' 19th over 19 runs and Narine's 20th overs 11 runs!! In comparison Kumar's 19th over 4 runs and Harmeet's 20th over!!!! Unbelievable ---- congratulations Kings XI Punjab one more time.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Lee shuld get a chance again & Shakib should dropped ,