Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Cuttack April 22, 2012

Kolkata earn hard-fought points

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Kolkata Knight Riders 127 for 5 (Tiwary 30*, Steyn 2-24) beat Deccan Chargers 126 for 7 (Dhawan 50, Balaji 2-22) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Deccan Chargers bowlers strived to earn their side a maiden victory in this season of the IPL but, even on a slow pitch that turned, they did not have enough runs to defend. The upshot was a fifth consecutive defeat for the home side while Kolkata Knight Riders drew level with the other top teams in the tournament with their fourth win. The finish, however, was far more tense and hard fought than was expected after Chargers had been limited to only 126.

For the briefest of periods, Chargers looked like posting a stronger total. And then, though wickets did not fall in a heap, the scoring-rate began to splutter and the innings stuttered. The odd boundary would be followed by periods of low productivity, depriving Chargers of all momentum. The Knight Riders' chase followed a similar pattern - at no stage did the batsmen consistently dominate the bowling. However, they kept the situation under control by staying abreast with the asking-rate, ensuring the pressure did not get too intense to handle.

While Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis were steering the chase, Knight Riders were in control. Then Gambhir mis-hit Anand Rajan to mid-off, leaving his team on 64 for 3 in 9.5 overs. Yusuf Pathan clouted one six off the spinner Ankit Sharma before trying to slog the next ball and getting bowled. Kallis, however, stayed calm and in the company of Manoj Tiwary took Knight Riders slowly but steadily towards their target.

Things came to a head when Kumar Sangakkara brought back Dale Steyn for his final over, with 26 to defend off 24 balls. Kallis drove hard at the first ball, and edged past the keeper for four. The second, he edged to the keeper. Steyn, now pumped, bowled with hostility at Debabrata Das. He then got into a minor confrontation with Tiwary, who came towards the bowler to exchange words after playing to mid-off, and then had to scramble back as Kumar Sangakkara threw at the stumps but missed.

The pressure built up in the 18th over - Knight Riders scored only 3 off four balls - and 17 were needed from 14 deliveries. Then Das lofted Veer Pratap Singh towards long-on, where Rajan ran in but misjudged the catch, costing his side a wicket and two runs. Chargers, whose coach Darren Lehmann had said they fielded like 14-year olds earlier in the week, had fluffed their last chance.

The start in Cuttack had been delayed by a little more than an hour because of rain, but no overs were lost. Before the interruption, however, both captains had got what they wanted at the toss, with Sangakkara saying he would have batted after Gambhir chose to bowl. Sangakkara did not go on to have a good day, losing his middle stump to L Balaji after a scratchy 12 off 15 balls.

Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, was spunky at the start. In the third over, he heaved Yusuf, who had opened the bowling with his offspin, over wide long-on for six. Little did Chargers know that it would be the innings' only six, until Steyn hit one in the 20th over. Dhawan also pulled and drove Brett Lee powerfully for four, gathering five boundaries in his first 22 balls. Little did Dhawan know he would not hit another one in his next 28.

Chargers had made 30 for 0 after four overs when the slowdown began, with Sunil Narine and Balaji operating with discipline. After Sangakkara fell, Dhawan and Parthiv Patel batted without dominating the bowling. Parthiv was eventually run out in the 12th over, but even Cameron White, who replaced Daniel Christian for this game, could not improve Chargers' situation. He fell slogging Lee to deep square leg; Lee's last two overs, the 15th and 17th, yielded only four runs.

Dhawan had anchored the innings but he too was going nowhere, and his struggle ended when he mis-hit a full toss from Rajat Bhatia to deep midwicket. He was gone for a run-a-ball 50. He would say later that the pitch was hard to bat on. Knight Riders also found batting tough, but they were tough enough to get over the line.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY kishore_4DC on | April 24, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Great finally DC has a point, courtesy rain. Rain God helping DC team.... Interestingly, DC has been so inconsistent or should I say a pattern - IPL 1 they are bottom of the table, IPL 2 - top of the table, IPL 5 bottom of the table. Not sure IPL 3,4.

    DC is somehow 1st on the points table mostly, either from top or bottom !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    We want to be Shakib play today.

  • POSTED BY PhaniBhaskar24 on | April 24, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Good Joke by Hussian. Kallis Vs Shakib...... No comparision. Forget about people who are matching Cricket for a decade, ask anyone who has just started seeing Cricket. Passion for country Player??

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | April 24, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank =did you see kallis's economy rate in this ipl(7.61).look before you talk.what's kallis doing in the death overs.even his batting is not upto mark.shakib's become the 5th highest wicket taker for kkr in just 15 matches.

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | April 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @ROCKS-IPL=shakib is a better batsman than Gauti and kallis.Gauti's ranking is 17 and kallis's is 14,whereas,shakib is in 12.shakib in bowling has the second best average in ipl 2012 after malinga and has the 5th best economy rate among original bowlers.Again,he is in 18th position in top wicket-takers with 6 from just 3 matches. BEAT THAT.

  • POSTED BY IJ-IPL on | April 24, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    YES ! ! YEs ! ! one more win for KKR (yes, very much without Shakib..KKR does not need him) I don't understand why the Bangladeshi fans are seeing only that Shakib is the number-one all rounder in ODIs. Please go on espn and check out his statistics in T20. It's miserable and disappointing. Every other KKR FOREIGN player has better statistics than Shakib in T20. Shakib does not understand T20. And his IQ in T20 is next to nill. lolzzz. And don't forget all these bangladeshi fans will come pouncing back when KKR loses the next match saying that they lost because they didn't take shakib. I think Shakib is pathetic player in T20.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Shakib is better than Kallis and the ICC Test and ODI Rankings speaks for itself :)"

  • POSTED BY kishore_4DC on | April 23, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    All the best DC atleast for next season. Please get some good players who can play. Get the matches in Hyd if possible, I understand the political issues though. C.white - no good, don't breed players and sell them off to MI (Rohit, Suman, Oja, RP, Symo, Gibbs). Get Rayudu, Venu. See the other IPL teams, how they are trying to get good players and their management donig their bit shelling money. It's too much of a burden for Sanga to manage with 'good on paper' players. Dan Christan, P.Patel - pl find good replacemets. C White, ahhh !!!How much can you expect Steyn to deliver ? JP - was good though. But you cant expect to win matches forget about winning tournament with one man show. We need a good team to think of atleast competing with sides like MI, RCB, RR, KKR. DC management, if you are really serious about DC team performing, please rethink your strategy and build a good team. I am here to support team always.

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | April 23, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I hope the DC management remembers that theres Rusty Theron too in their squad whos a specialist death overs bowler and lusty lower order hitter...and ofcourse a good fielder hes a Saffer.

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | April 23, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Dhawan, Sunny Sohal (played well last season), Sanga, Duminy, Parthiv Patel, Ravi Teja, Rusty Theron, Steyn, Mishra, Ankit Sharma, Veer Pratap Singh

  • POSTED BY kishore_4DC on | April 24, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Great finally DC has a point, courtesy rain. Rain God helping DC team.... Interestingly, DC has been so inconsistent or should I say a pattern - IPL 1 they are bottom of the table, IPL 2 - top of the table, IPL 5 bottom of the table. Not sure IPL 3,4.

    DC is somehow 1st on the points table mostly, either from top or bottom !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    We want to be Shakib play today.

  • POSTED BY PhaniBhaskar24 on | April 24, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Good Joke by Hussian. Kallis Vs Shakib...... No comparision. Forget about people who are matching Cricket for a decade, ask anyone who has just started seeing Cricket. Passion for country Player??

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | April 24, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank =did you see kallis's economy rate in this ipl(7.61).look before you talk.what's kallis doing in the death overs.even his batting is not upto mark.shakib's become the 5th highest wicket taker for kkr in just 15 matches.

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | April 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @ROCKS-IPL=shakib is a better batsman than Gauti and kallis.Gauti's ranking is 17 and kallis's is 14,whereas,shakib is in 12.shakib in bowling has the second best average in ipl 2012 after malinga and has the 5th best economy rate among original bowlers.Again,he is in 18th position in top wicket-takers with 6 from just 3 matches. BEAT THAT.

  • POSTED BY IJ-IPL on | April 24, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    YES ! ! YEs ! ! one more win for KKR (yes, very much without Shakib..KKR does not need him) I don't understand why the Bangladeshi fans are seeing only that Shakib is the number-one all rounder in ODIs. Please go on espn and check out his statistics in T20. It's miserable and disappointing. Every other KKR FOREIGN player has better statistics than Shakib in T20. Shakib does not understand T20. And his IQ in T20 is next to nill. lolzzz. And don't forget all these bangladeshi fans will come pouncing back when KKR loses the next match saying that they lost because they didn't take shakib. I think Shakib is pathetic player in T20.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Shakib is better than Kallis and the ICC Test and ODI Rankings speaks for itself :)"

  • POSTED BY kishore_4DC on | April 23, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    All the best DC atleast for next season. Please get some good players who can play. Get the matches in Hyd if possible, I understand the political issues though. C.white - no good, don't breed players and sell them off to MI (Rohit, Suman, Oja, RP, Symo, Gibbs). Get Rayudu, Venu. See the other IPL teams, how they are trying to get good players and their management donig their bit shelling money. It's too much of a burden for Sanga to manage with 'good on paper' players. Dan Christan, P.Patel - pl find good replacemets. C White, ahhh !!!How much can you expect Steyn to deliver ? JP - was good though. But you cant expect to win matches forget about winning tournament with one man show. We need a good team to think of atleast competing with sides like MI, RCB, RR, KKR. DC management, if you are really serious about DC team performing, please rethink your strategy and build a good team. I am here to support team always.

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | April 23, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    I hope the DC management remembers that theres Rusty Theron too in their squad whos a specialist death overs bowler and lusty lower order hitter...and ofcourse a good fielder hes a Saffer.

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | April 23, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Dhawan, Sunny Sohal (played well last season), Sanga, Duminy, Parthiv Patel, Ravi Teja, Rusty Theron, Steyn, Mishra, Ankit Sharma, Veer Pratap Singh

  • POSTED BY coverdrive86 on | April 23, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    KKR is definitely my side for this IPL but there is something that i think they need to address. I understand Gambhir's point that Y Pathan is a big match winner but sometimes a guy needs to be given a break for him to re-coperate and when he does comes back, you will be suprised at his improvements. There are other match winners on the side as well that is not getting a chance because he is there. You cannot be going on and on heading into your 8th game with a guy who is consistently failing, hoping he will get into form in the next match. Let him head to the nets with the coach who will assist him in getting into form while Ryan or Shakib gets a play

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    The problem with DC is - Lack of Quality Indian players. Enough Said !

  • POSTED BY PhaniBhaskar24 on | April 23, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Hi all, can someone tell me, wts wrong with DC. Wt happened to Gibbs, Symonds, Clarke....... r they still in DC team. If yes, why are they not playing. Apart from known faces of Sanga, Steyn, rest all players seems to be completely have less mark in international field. On other side, KKR Captain should bat at 4. If he continues to open the innings, KKR will have slim chances against strong opponents. Tiwary should open the innings

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    To all Bangladeshi friend's - Shakib will definitely play in few more matches where the pitch is taking more turn, IPL allows only 4 foreign players and KKR have 6-7 international match winners like LEE, Kallis, Shakib, Mcullum, Narine, Morgan, Tendo so they have to try out different players in different conditions

  • POSTED BY harsha_chu on | April 23, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    I really hope that the next match of DC gets washed out ! That is the only way we are ever gonna win a point ! The fans certainly don't deserve this embarrassment. Selling KP, Ojha, Harmeet for a profit , not bidding for Venugopal rao and not picking any player of repute who have played for India... Thank god Shikhar Dhawan is in good form. If not, all matches would be done in 10 overs. And I think Darren lehmann can bat better than Cameron White and Dan Christian ! I would rather lose with all smaller players than with White and Christian in the team.

    I pity Sanga, Duminy, Steyn and Shikhar. We DC fans are very sorry for what you guys have to go through.

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | April 23, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    The batting order is a big problem.. Dhawan is good but not an opener at all. Send him down the order and ask him to hit. let players like white and Duminy get more time to play themselves in- as such we dont have many overs to play with in a T20- so good batsmen like Duminy should be utilized rather than wasted by sending at 5 or 6 that too when you have just a few balls left!! 1) Sangakkara 2) Parthiv Patel 3) Duminy 4) White 5) Shikhar Dhawan 6) Dan Christian 7) Anand Rajan 8) Ravi Teja 9) Amit Mishra 10) (another bowler) 11) Ankit Sharma

  • POSTED BY jim_3079 on | April 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    the gr8 indian's yet can not able to forget the loose to the bangladesh....so they will not play sakib in KKR. Sakib is the best allrounder in the world. he is better then kallis also. so dont compare with him. and india is showing their cheap mentality by not playing sakib for KKR, its evident. niways all the best KKR

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I would like to see Morgan and Shakib alternate where Shakib gets the home matches and Morgan gets the away ones. At his current form Baz just doesn't justify a selection in the playing eleven

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @Harmony111, the reason the great Sanga did that was to stop Tiwari unnecessarily bullying Dale. it teaches the arrogant Indians a lesson. And it was a fantastic move by one of the greatest and humble cricketers of all time. But true he is having a horrid time in IPL, and should go to middle order.

  • POSTED BY afzalhyderabadi on | April 23, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    As a hyderabadi, i am deeply disappointed with the performance of our team, at the same time i feel it is have to happened. because there is no attachment of our team with our city or our state. there is not a single match played in the home ground of DC i.e at hyderabad. then how the owners of DC expect us(hyderabadis) to support DC??? I think the main reasons for the downfall of DC is, 1)The name of deccan chargers is not appropriate, even though hyderabad comes under deccan, but other ipl cities like pune,bangalore also comes under deccan. I think the correct name should be "HYDERABAD DECCAN CHARGERS". 2) there are not enough local players in the team, there are some local players who are suitable for T20 like Ibrahim khaleel( don't forget his ICL performance) the up coming pacer anwar ahmed khan,akshath reddy, and also bring back local players like venu,ojha,suman,raviteja.3) play all home games at hyderabad inspite of telangana agitation, by the way TG movement is calm now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    I think Sangakakkara, the Captain is not playing to his full potential. He opens the innings and tries to slog his way to a big score but more often not, his poor shot selection lets him down. He should try to be more selective and reticent in the initial stages and try to last for 10 to 15 overs. He can always build on the run-rate in the second half of the innings. If he loses his wicket at an early stage, it is difficult to recover. He should allow the likes of Dhawan, White, Christian and others to slog and play a supporting role to build a respectable score and open out in the slog-over stages. The score should be defensible by the excellent bowling capacity of the team.

  • POSTED BY justcricket1 on | April 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Dont really understand what DC really wants, In the first three seasons they had very good players who helped them won the second IPL, after that DC never played to win, they did not retain any player, I feel they must have retained Rohit Sharma, RP SIngh and Pragyan Ojha, then this year they sold KP and Pragyan, which was a biggest mistake they made, now they are in situtation where they dont have even a single good T20 player and are just helping other teams to win matches. DC are more concerned about making money by selling players instead of keeping good players and win matches. you always dont need to spend big to have a good team and RR is good example of that, they sold Ross Taylor but bought Hodge and Shah and I think they would have made a good profit in that deal.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    I was a staunch supported of DC for first 3 seasons. They had very good team which included gilly, rohit, symonds, gibbs, ojha, RP Singh, and other local lads. I guess the tropgy of seconds edition of IPL has gone over the heads of the Franchise. I still cannot understand why they let KP go. I believe they will let Styen go next season as he is the best fast bowler around and DC will make 1m or more for Styen.

    When i look at the current DC team, i dont see a player [batsman] who can give me confidence that they will be able to win a game single hand. Unlike other teams, DC does not have local talent. I am very disappointed with DC's management.

  • POSTED BY Nair_saab on | April 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    i think the DC Management should appoint Indian greats like Lord Munaf Patel/ Sir.Ashish Nehra/ Sir.Ravi aswin who can really help this team with some fielding lessons. Lord Munaf-my personal choice

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @ Raiyan24r ..Ur Shakib can't replace Gauti because Shakib's competition is with other foreign players NOT Indian. No matter what, 7 Indians player have to play in playing XI. As for Shakib Vs Kallis - Kallis is an automatic choice (unless pitch is such even Pietersen beat Murali in spinning the ball) Kallis balls economically in power-plays and especially death overs which a spinner can't ! After Lee, Kallis is the most dependent bowler for KKR in pressure situations. And if you have some Cricketing brain and you analyse things being Neutral, you would realize Shakib had got opportunities and the team think tank - selects the best combo. Shakib can NEVER b selected ahead of Kallis.

  • POSTED BY pai11 on | April 23, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @Mr.Gibbs: I agree to all your points except the one where you claim that Sehwag, Jayawardene, Taylor cannot win matches single-handedly.. they can mate.. and they have...

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @Mr.gibbs..Well said mate..Decan Charges owners are doing a mere business..They need to make big profit by selling good players for high prices..They do not love cricket...Otherwise they are not selling Rohit,Suman,harmeet,ouja ,RPand KP....Further they have not utilised their full entitlement to buy players in this year auction.....Defenitly they are going to sell steyn for a big price .during next IPL ..Sorry for poor Sanga & Lehman...Friends do not blame them..At least they have fought up to last over in 3 matches..

  • POSTED BY bravocric on | April 23, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    really its so pathetic, that DC are consistently losing their matches.. in fact, they are not that much worst team to lose all games.. something thats misery, lehman had to sort this out..better they can change the captain to someone like white, Duminy etc..

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | April 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    shakib is a better batsman than Gauti and kallis.Gauti's ranking is 17 and kallis's is 14,whereas,shakib is in 12.shakib in bowling has the second best average in ipl 2012 after malinga and has the 5th best economy rate among original bowlers.Again,he is in 18th position in top wicket-takers with 6 from just 3 matches.

    BEAT THAT.

  • POSTED BY VenkiVani on | April 23, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    dc the name it self not having the local name. in coming to team i don't think so they r doing the right thing for the team because no local player able to clear the boundary since in this edition and coming to the bowlers no one is giving correct support to the styen and thinking about coach leeman having good time pass in the ipl5 enjoying the cheer leaders.

  • POSTED BY anoop0085 on | April 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    If gambir wants to play yousef pathan in the team ,he should change the batting order of him.he should bring him opening or at No 3.For me mccullum is good batman,so give him one more chance also a chance to morgan.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    not much interested!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    dont bring SL players to IPL. they are very poor in performing and causing loss to their teams. Sanga, Mahela, Mathewa, Perera.....

  • POSTED BY Mr.Gibbs on | April 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    No one to blamce except for the Team owner, What is this team!! which players have they retained! forget the forigners, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, P Ojha, Suman , Harmeet Singh, now that's a 5 expierenced players for t20! y did they relase K Pitersen from last edition? look how much damage hes doing? In that lineup Not Shewag, Jaywardena, Or Ross Taylor are compared to the class of K Pitersen, non of them can go on and win a match single handed! Deccan have lost 5 and many more to come! no hope with this team as long as they change the whole structure one more time nothing will work!!

  • POSTED BY pai11 on | April 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    I have one question here. I just went through IPL rules book. It specifies that there must be atleast 2 players from the under-22 pool in the squad. all the teams are following this rule except CSK!!! can someone clarify whether the rule has changed or CSK given special exemption???

  • POSTED BY frankjose on | April 23, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Deccan have now lost 5 and no one can deny the fact that they will lose still. But what kind of setbacks do they get for this? The IPL prize money is peanuts compared to what they earn by other means. Here is a plan for the IPL. The IPL must have relegation. The 2 teams that finish last must be relegated from the IPL and should not be allowed to play in the next season. So make the next season a 7 team (or 8 team) tournament. Alternatively, the BCCI could float a parallel 2nd division league that is less lucrative. The ICL could have been the best candidate to be roped in this role - they had the setup in place to conduct a league - stadiums, TV, players etc. The teams relegated from the IPL would go into the 2nd division from next year. The relegated teams from this second div should not be allowed to play for a year. Only this will make teams compete with each other to avoid the drop. Otherwise whether they play or not they will keep earning while leaving fans like me dejected!

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | April 23, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    @Suresh Reddy That is what DC is trying to do.Recovering some investment by selling players like KP, ojha for a huge amount of money. IPL is essentially a tournament with 8 teams with DC just meant for consoling some teams like KKR, punjab. With out DC KKR, punjab or RCb would have occupied the last position LOL. Just imagine if we had got jadeja for 2 million. DC wouldn't have recovered that money :) That said , Iam just hoping that they will play some role later in bringing down teams like MI.

  • POSTED BY Dragon27 on | April 23, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    KKR should try some one else instant of Yusuf Pathan he is also good for nothing in this IPL as like MCCULLUM.I like KKR

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | April 23, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Sanga is a certified failure as a T20 captain (proved with two IPL teams already). White is a certified failure. Except for Dale Steyn, they have no other bowler. God save this team.

  • POSTED BY KK_Cricket on | April 23, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Important victory but not convincing enough... I think its time Bisla moves up to open along with Gambhir and Yousuf should be given a chance to come in at No.3 in couple of matches... If he still fails, he should be dropped.. And Ryan or Shakib need to come in at No.6... Kolkata needs to be aggressive in their batting as they have been with their bowling.. Hope they make it to the finals this time...

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    I dont know how can a team drop out Shakib and take McCullum. Shakib is a consistent all rounder. His consistency made him number 1 all rounder of the world. He carried his no. 1 position for last 3 years. On the other hand Brendon McCullum is a very inconsistent player who has got only 27-28 run of average in his all ODI carrier. He play good innings once in every 10 matches. Shakib is such a good spinner who pick up minimum 2 wickets per match with the economy of less than 6.50. He can play long innings. So, there is no valid reason of putting Sakib on the side bench. DC is a very poor team. So, KKR managed to beat them. But, against strong team, Sakib-less KKR will find it very difficult to beat any team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Bowlers, Fielders & batsmen having separate bad days at the office for Chargers. Do they draw straws for that? >>> "O.K. batsmen you have the shorter straw today, so go & mess up the scores today". >>> How about sharing a bad day & lifting up the game on every other day (for a change)!

  • POSTED BY Jakir_Hossain on | April 23, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    B Lee Man of the match. Rubbish Decision. Balaji got 2 wicks for 22 Run. In a low scoring match. just rubbish!

  • POSTED BY Raiyan24r on | April 23, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    what is mcCullum doing?He is good for nothing .Why was he given the chance when he is still performing bad.even tendo and shakib or even morgan is better than him.

  • POSTED BY rocky2u on | April 23, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Once again a poor show from DC..KKR playing good cricket there is no match winning bowler in DC..there is no supporting bowler for styen..he is the only man carry the total bowling weight..pls don't expect good show from local players in DC..because they are also playing poor cricket..

  • POSTED BY kennybungie1 on | April 23, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Better they win without Shakib....

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | April 23, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    What Cameron White does in this team? He scored 9 runs and bowl just one over for 8 runs. Is he the specialist fielder brought in to improve fielding?

  • POSTED BY mahafuz1983 on | April 23, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Must needed win..except one match against DC we have all tough matchES ahead..we should change our strategy of chasing..every time we chase I got my blood pressure high..has anyone noticed BOWLERS ARE WINNING US MATCHES..so lets put scores on board and defend..and also let Shakib open with gauti instead of Macullum..not saying cause I am Bngladeshi..but makes us one of the best bowling attack..Macullum is not adding any value..I saw Shakib score 84 off 41 balls against Afridi, Azmal, Mahmood, Rana naveed and an inform Masrafee in BPL..he sure can play camio at the top..but he will make sure we have 5 genuine bowler..Kalis and Pathans 4 over last match was costly..Shakib will cheap in with wickets..he doesn't go without wickets..anyway all the way with KKR...Bengalis support Bengalis...KKR CHAMPION IPL 2012 :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 23, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    DC team is a joke, how did the group even bid the team price over $100 million when bigger cities like chennai, delhi, kolkata only bid $70-$84 million. Never bought any big name indian players & rohit was the only one that could score. They gave up ojha & kp for nothing this year, didnt even get a player in return. I think it would be better if they moved to another city as they cant win at home nor do they have any heart. Dan christian hasnt lived up to his price, why not cut him like kemar roach or trade him to another team. Try and recoup some of that $100m bid money lol.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    KKR should consider Sakib instead of McCullum...he is a great allrounder

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | April 22, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Feel sorry for Sanga and Steyn, They are under so much pressure to perform. The DC team is so badly balanced.

  • POSTED BY krajesh10 on | April 22, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    morgan is one of the fine hitter of the ball he should be given chance since yousuf is not firing in the middle morgan could do that job after all he is from the t20 world champion team.................

  • POSTED BY BONG_IN_CHENNAI on | April 22, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Next 2 matches R in EDEN.

    SO my dear DYASHI-bhayas - we will see Shakib back; do not worry. Mccullum (or even Lee ?) may sit out, as the pitch is a devil there, made by the DEMON (prabir), a dear follower of the POK (prince of Kolkata).

    Any news of Pattinson joining us after the the tour of WI ??

  • POSTED BY Hayat22 on | April 22, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Cuttack was a slow wicket and playing Mc Cullum was not the best idea. The pitch was more like kolkota so players suited to spin and slow tracks should have been played. Mc Cullum needs to play only on faster tracks like they did at Mohali. Also its about time Morgan is given a chance, considering the lack of accelerators, in the team. Can Yusuf be rested and another local guy plays in his place since he is only wasting his time out there.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    DC's team selection is mind bogling. Last IPL Sunny Sohal had scored 249 runs at and average of 24.90 has not played a single match this year.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    KKR bowling is suburb, but their weak batting disappoint us. I love this team but I'm worried that who they will chase a garget beyond 150. They should consider their batting line.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Shakib will be back on Eden's slow turner pitches

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | April 22, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Once again DC lost because of dropped catch.Why play 7 Indians instead of 6 and bring no quality.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    again another man of the match (Bret Lee) of KKR is a bowler, among the 5 man of the match , 4 are bowlers. KKR still have to think about middle order and accelerating runs in power play, I hope Morgan will get a chance for Mccullum and waiting for Shakib to see in action.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    DC is very likely to create a new record: Zero wins in the entire tournament. Partly due to their picks like Chipli, Jaggi, Cameron White. Jhunjhunwala.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan is one of my favorite batsman, but I don't know what happened to him in this IPL season. I don't know why he tries only for sixes. I resemble him with my 3 years old son saying he makes only sixes. He should be given a break and should learn some lesson.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    AARRRGH NO TENDOESCHATE!!! very disappointing ... :_(

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    I dont think we are going to see shakib in IPL again....:(

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | April 22, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Sanga again trying to do ridiculous things to win a game, just like he did at the WC Final Toss time. Sanga tried to run out Tiwari when he was not trying to take a run.

  • POSTED BY Khsaiful on | April 22, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    DO U KNOW HOW MANY RUNS SCORED BY MCCULLUM AND PATHAN IN IPL2012? MCCULLUM 36 RUN AT 38 BALL, AVG-9, SR-94. PATHAN 29 FROM 35, AVG-6, GO KKR GO! HURRAH!

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi I beg to our people plz don't post any comment about shakib.we know how good he is and what can he do that's enough for us and for Bangladesh team,don't need to argue to other and tell them to make play shakib in every matchs in Ipl .Ipl is Indian league where 4 foreign players can play for each teamand those team think except bangladedeshi players all the foreign players are good enough to win matches .so let them to do that their work .Ipl is not international cricket so its not going to add to players career statistic and don't gonna make legends.Ipl dose not going to make any difference to Bangladesh cricket so don't need to think our players don't have chances to show their capability in international cricket as we recently shown in Asia cup.

  • POSTED BY Aria_A on | April 22, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    AAAARRRGGHHH!!!!!No Shakib again..!!very dissapointing...:(

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    As a bangladeshi i wantd sakib to play but this is what happens in a good team so no regrets!! if BD was a team like Aus, pak etc then he wud have sit in the dugout for few matches!! KKR is the best n coolest team!! GO KNIGHT RIDERS GO!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    is it still a home match for DC?

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    m from cuttack...match will start soon.rain is over.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Cuttack is it really DCs home again kolkata is not too far way

  • POSTED BY PhaniBhaskar24 on | April 22, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Rain playing a foul game. But we want match to happen. It really changes the course of Points table if this game is washed out. Lets hope, the game is on

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | April 22, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Good to see Kalam Miya playing today. Last match he deposited Chawla's worst ball in fine leg's safe hands!!! Hope to see some more of those today from beloved Kalam Miya --- such a great hitter of the ball --- always looks for the boundary, gets in each and every over -- missing always the singles! Chargers batted well in their last game -- if they bat today as well -- then KKR's loss will result an interesting points table!!! It's funny T20 -- you never know ---- interesting things happen quite regularly in this format. And today's chargers look very good bringing Cameron White in for Christian ---- very interesting move.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | April 22, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Shakib is not playing today, disappointing but KKR would lose today for sure, so good to see that he is not playing.

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  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | April 22, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Shakib is not playing today, disappointing but KKR would lose today for sure, so good to see that he is not playing.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | April 22, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Good to see Kalam Miya playing today. Last match he deposited Chawla's worst ball in fine leg's safe hands!!! Hope to see some more of those today from beloved Kalam Miya --- such a great hitter of the ball --- always looks for the boundary, gets in each and every over -- missing always the singles! Chargers batted well in their last game -- if they bat today as well -- then KKR's loss will result an interesting points table!!! It's funny T20 -- you never know ---- interesting things happen quite regularly in this format. And today's chargers look very good bringing Cameron White in for Christian ---- very interesting move.

  • POSTED BY PhaniBhaskar24 on | April 22, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Rain playing a foul game. But we want match to happen. It really changes the course of Points table if this game is washed out. Lets hope, the game is on

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Cuttack is it really DCs home again kolkata is not too far way

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    m from cuttack...match will start soon.rain is over.

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    is it still a home match for DC?

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    As a bangladeshi i wantd sakib to play but this is what happens in a good team so no regrets!! if BD was a team like Aus, pak etc then he wud have sit in the dugout for few matches!! KKR is the best n coolest team!! GO KNIGHT RIDERS GO!!

  • POSTED BY Aria_A on | April 22, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    AAAARRRGGHHH!!!!!No Shakib again..!!very dissapointing...:(

  • POSTED BY on | April 22, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi I beg to our people plz don't post any comment about shakib.we know how good he is and what can he do that's enough for us and for Bangladesh team,don't need to argue to other and tell them to make play shakib in every matchs in Ipl .Ipl is Indian league where 4 foreign players can play for each teamand those team think except bangladedeshi players all the foreign players are good enough to win matches .so let them to do that their work .Ipl is not international cricket so its not going to add to players career statistic and don't gonna make legends.Ipl dose not going to make any difference to Bangladesh cricket so don't need to think our players don't have chances to show their capability in international cricket as we recently shown in Asia cup.

  • POSTED BY Khsaiful on | April 22, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    DO U KNOW HOW MANY RUNS SCORED BY MCCULLUM AND PATHAN IN IPL2012? MCCULLUM 36 RUN AT 38 BALL, AVG-9, SR-94. PATHAN 29 FROM 35, AVG-6, GO KKR GO! HURRAH!