Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Kolkata April 23, 2012

Kolkata take on deflated Deccan


Match facts

Tuesday, April 24, Kolkata
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

What will it take for Deccan Chargers to get a win? They have made 196 and lost, they have failed to defend 18 off the final over, they have dropped catches and fielded poorly with embarrassing regularity. They are in imminent danger of having to win every remaining match to make the knockouts if their run of five consecutive losses extends further.

Chargers do not have the luxury, like Delhi Daredevils had, of big signings arriving through the tournament to boost them. The current set of players will have to start a turnaround. On evidence of their showing so far, it seems an uphill task. Both their overseas and domestic players have struggled.

Kolkata Knight Riders are on solid ground. They have had their customary stutters almost every game, but apart from the narrow loss to Kings XI Punjab at home, they haven't thrown it away. Having defeated Chargers convincingly on Sunday on a Cuttack pitch that resembled the one at Eden Gardens in its slowness, they will start favourites.

Form guide

Kolkata Knight Riders WWLWW
Deccan Chargers LLLLL

Players to watch

The only game in which Chargers posted a daunting total, against Rajasthan Royals, JP Duminy made an unbeaten 58 from just 26 deliveries. He came in at No. 4 that day; he's batted at No. 5 in his other two innings. Despite getting reasonable starts, Chargers have struggled to get going in the later stages of their innings. Another promotion for Duminy would not be a bad idea.

Yusuf Pathan has made 29 runs from seven games at a strike-rate of 82.85 and gone wicketless in ten overs at an economy-rate of 8.70. Knight Riders have been maintaining that Yusuf is one innings away from finding his destructive touch. How long a rope will he be given by the team management?

Stats and trivia

  • Yusuf made 1011 runs in 42 innings at a strike-rate of 161.24 for Rajasthan Royals. For Knight Riders, his strike-rate drops to 128.81 for just 380 runs scored in 21 innings.

  • Shikhar Dhawan is Chargers' leading run-getter this season with 208 at a strike-rate of 126.82. No other Chargers batsman has made even 100 runs.


    "I think in the last four matches we've played good cricket. It's just that at the big moments we've made a mistake either with the bat, the ball or in the field, whether it be a poor over, a dropped catch or not taking on the right bowler at the right time."
    Trevor Penney, Chargers' fielding coach

    Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Alan on April 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    half way through d league matches..its high time yusuf started firing...KKR mgmt has quite a few good options in shakib,tendo...narine seems to b perfect buy...lee,bhatia,balaji hav backed up well..feel shakib ul hasan can b a better option..bowlin dept is fin..gambhir has done well at d helm..only has selection worries:-)deccan very unlucky dis time..hav made quite a lot f mistakes..but hav enuf resources to bounce bak...

  • Sharad on April 24, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    i think KKR get out McCullam or Yousuf too. And giving the Chance Eoin Morgan or Tendo Also Tendo is a very good Hitter and All-Rounder also he has a Ability to perform when team has no way. he can change the game in the last moment. Eoin also a Good T20 Batsman he has a lots of Uncommon Shot power. KKR now 3rd in the point table. this time KKR a should take a chance Played a new best 11 GOOD LUCK KKR

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Due to the slowness of wicket ,McCullum will be replaced by Tendo/Morgan and Brett lee will be replaced by Shakib and Abdulla will play instead of Pathan !!! KKR Korbo lorbo Jeetbo!!!!;)

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Shakib just play your normal game if you get chance . Next yr. you will play full time for another team and l show your talent .

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    KKR need Shakib in place of Kallis...& Morgan In place of Mccullum.

  • swaroop on April 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    hope the rain vanishes the game and that takes the deccan chargers to open their points table

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Which is best: Brett Lee 18 wickets in 30 match or Shakib 17 wickets in 10 match?????? I m surprised for which reason Tendo is in the team???????????? He is not been a Batsman, a bowler or a fielder......??????

  • Zam on April 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    It seems every board related to KKR is filled up with one thing only: Shakib, Shakib Shakib. Don't know what the BD crowd is going to acheive by its incessant moaning and waving of statistics. Well if Shakib is so good then why has BD won so little. And no one fluke victory like Asia Cup does not mean the world! If that was the case then BD's ranking would have been much higher.

    Shakib is a good player better than average, and an asset in truning conditions, but the foreigner quota of 4 means you can only play him in certain pitches, primarily for his bowling, while keeping the option open at times for more exclusive batters, which is why a misfiring mc Cullum often gets a chance.

    I beleive that instead of Mc Cullum it should be Morgan who should be given a chance along with Shakib, Narine and Kallis. Moreover KKR should stop chasing; if they can, on such 5th day pitches at Kolkota if they want to add points.

  • mohammad on April 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Eden Garden is not suitable as a venue. boring.It should be discarded from IPL.

  • Hafiz on April 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @Sandaruwan Silva =stats speak for itself.shakib's from bd doesn't make him a bad player.shakib could be the best player in the world based on form.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.kallis is good for test but t20 & one-day doesn't suit him.Shakib got 6 wickets and 23 runs from 3 match and also got man of the match in one match.

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