Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata

Can Kolkata stop Bangalore's run?

The Preview by Kanishkaa Balachandran

April 27, 2012

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Match facts

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Kolkata Knight Riders celebrate as Chris Gayle departs, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Bangalore, April 10, 2012
Knight Riders won the previous encounter against Royal Challengers © AFP

Big Picture

Both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders were unlucky with the weather in their most recent matches. Rain didn't allow a ball to be bowled in both games, though the one point was handy for Royal Challengers as they moved from sixth place to fourth. Knight Riders moved from third to second after the Eden Gardens washout, and they are still in that position.

Their previous match was Knight Riders' first win in this edition. After a strong start provided by the top three, Knight Riders collapsed to what seemed like a below-par 165 against a strong Royal Challengers line-up. Knight Riders pulled things back courtesy L Balaji's 4 for 18, which saw the hosts crashing to 123.

Royal Challengers' are on the upswing, having won three out of three before the washout. Virat Kohli walked out for the toss before the rain against Chennai Super Kings to cover for Daniel Vettori who had a niggle, but Vettori is likely to return.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: NR, WWWL
Kolkata Knight Riders: NR, WWLW

Players to watch

With one fifty in seven games, Virat Kohli is yet to recreate his one-day form in this IPL. He was promoted to open against Rajasthan Royals but managed only 16. Fortunately for him, Royal Challengers' overseas batsmen have been in good touch.

Time and patience is running out for Yusuf Pathan, who has just 29 runs from six innings. He's yet to pick up a wicket too. Knight Riders have shown faith in his abilities, though, so one big innings should set things right. .

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers lead the head-to-head, with five victories in nine games.

  • At the Eden Gardens this season, spinners have claimed 20 wickets while the seamers have taken 12.


    "We're still far below than playing our best cricket. When I look around the dressing-room I see some matchwinners. Our best is yet to come."
    Gautam Gambhir on Knight Riders' performances so far.

    "If we concentrate on Gayle solely, what will happen to the others? They have two or three others in terrific form. It's going to be a tough game."
    Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss on Royal Challengers' strong batting line-up.

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Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

LET'S GO NARINE!!! this is the game narine can make aa big name for himself

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

I am very dissapointed not to see Shakib in the KKR team. Very poor management by KKR authority. I think they are only looking the nationality of the foreign cricketers. Shakib is from Bangladesh and bought with less money. So, KKR is not respecting his caliber. They should understand, Shakib is present world cricket's no. 1 all rounder. He just did not make his such career by playing only against associate teams like Ireland, Neth'land or Scotland. He was man of the series in recently finished Asia cup where Bangladesh almost won the title. So, this is bad to under estimate Shakib. At least he is far better cricketer than Brendon and Sunil Narine.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (April 28, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Very disappointed by not seeing Shakib in the squad again. Hope BB McCullum perform well in this match. Good luck KKR.

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Shakib should come back from KKR. Total waste of talent. He could play home cricket. It must be very frustrating for him

Posted by Hayat22 on (April 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

I believe Lee is wrong selection and Shakib should have played in his place along with Morgan for Mc Cullum. This is a Kolkota's slow wicket and Lee's pace could be of advantage to Gayle. Shakib; with his slow turners could have been better used, and him along with Morgan would only have added greater depth to the batting which is now 2 down already since Mc Cullum and Yusuf are adding less 20 runs together on an average per match.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (April 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Very happy to see Kalam Miya, the KKR opener is playing --- and Sir Shakib Al Hasan is warming the bench! So I'm gonna watch this one in my dream!!!

Posted by farhanec on (April 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Brendon McCullum was not impressive till now why not give chance to brad haddin

Posted by   on (April 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

@vijay51982 the match is at eden gardens so doesnt matter if it rains at bengaluru.. i feel KKR shoul try morgan once.. we all know he is a great finisher.. since eden pitch is slow, try shakib instead of bret lee..

Posted by TeamSelector on (April 28, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Tendo should replace Lee for this game, otherwise Gayle will take him apart. We all know how much Gayle loves fast bowling. I would also gamble with Morgan instead of McCullum ......... & Shakib should replace Narine. 1-Gambhir, 2-Bisla, 3-Kallis, 4-Tiwari, 5-Morgan, 6-Shakib, 7-Tendo, 8-Das, 9-Yusuf, 10-Balaji, 11-Ladda.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (April 28, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

I'd be sad if Kalam Miya does not play -- In my opinion Kalam Miya must play for KKR -- doesn't matter who will warm bench for him. This guy Kalam Miya is a great player who loves to hit only boundaries --- plays too many dot balls and always gets out very interestingly -- good to watch his dismissals.

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