Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata April 27, 2012

Can Kolkata stop Bangalore's run?

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Match facts

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

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.

    Quotes

    "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.

    Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • farhanec on April 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • farhanec on April 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

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

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 28, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Shakib is must to win over RCB. Can not think win without Shakib. Remove Mccullum take Shakib. Do not ignore world's number 1 all rounder if you (KKR) have some sort of brain. We 16 crore of people love KKR just because of Shakib.

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    well, we're having a pretty day here in eden gardens so the kkr should win includin shakib & eoin morgan & drop narine, mccullum

  • Baundele on April 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Gambhir has revealed some truth here. They certainly have a strong set of players; but most often they stay at the dressing room. :D

  • on April 28, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Should include B. Lee and Sakib to stop Gale and remove Y Pathan to win KKR.

  • daudrony on April 28, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    painful costly player number 1 Mcculum.

  • RANA_RAAD on April 28, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    KKR is very good bowiling and batting combination team,but very disappoint that they did not put Shakib the world no 1 allrounder in the team,that`s why they lost their first two games.I do`t know why!!!!!!!!

  • Ordinary_think_tank on April 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    keeping wues from indonesia for KKR and the reason is only how Shakib perform. None of the channel even set max not showing IPL here. So will keep eyes on web. Best of Luck.

  • on April 28, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I think Shakib will play the match.Because Kolkata always lucky for Shakib and shakib did not play the 1st match with RCB.So he may be the tramp card for Kolkata.The Major weak point for RCB is their bowling.

  • chethanshivram on April 28, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Come on RCBBBB!!! One more win on your cards..!!!

  • rishab.cricfever on April 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @ Vijay51982 : Lol man, hope against hope coz d match is at Eden in Kolkata and not Bengaluru...its goin 2 b a nice game..gud strong teams both of dem are...

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    shouldn't drop lee, should drop mcculum for shakib! shakib wants to focus on his batting so he should be given a chance! shakib can also be handy as a bowler in eden gardens

  • imneyaz on April 28, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    KKR should beware of team selection they should try different combinations depending on the situations... They should bring Morgan and Shakib in place of Macullum and Lee.They should give some games to Sangwan, Shami,Abdullah and Shukla too.For me today's playing 11 should be Gambhir,Kallis,Bisla,Tiwary,Yusuf,Shukla,Bhatia,Morgan,Shakib,Sunil,Balaji...

  • Vijay51982 on April 28, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Raining in bengaluru since morning. Hope one more wash-out game today.

  • mahafuz1983 on April 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    To me the top 5 teams are DD, KKR, MI, RCB and CSK; RR and PWI are giant killers, and Punjub and DC are weaker teams.....and it seams we (KKR) have the most toughest schedule of all the 5 top teams as 6 of our remaining 8 matches are against the other top teams and 2 matches against giant killer PWI....so the moral of the story is winning every home matches is a must for us starting toinght with RCB if we want to reach the playoffs....please play shakib instead of Macullum....let him, open with Gauti.....please don't drop Lee for shakib.....we need 6 good bowlers as one can have a bad day....but I do fear they might do that....it seems to me that by playing Macullum KKR management is trying to justify their buy.....wrong buy...should have bought Mahela....good luck KKR

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    kolkata is nic nd balanced tm but they cant perofm well so hope they'll show their original game :)............gud luck kolakata bandhu

  • Saad.Navaid on April 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    looking forward to a KKR win... nthing personel but i just love the owner and hate kohli... :)

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  • Saad.Navaid on April 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    looking forward to a KKR win... nthing personel but i just love the owner and hate kohli... :)

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    kolkata is nic nd balanced tm but they cant perofm well so hope they'll show their original game :)............gud luck kolakata bandhu

  • mahafuz1983 on April 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    To me the top 5 teams are DD, KKR, MI, RCB and CSK; RR and PWI are giant killers, and Punjub and DC are weaker teams.....and it seams we (KKR) have the most toughest schedule of all the 5 top teams as 6 of our remaining 8 matches are against the other top teams and 2 matches against giant killer PWI....so the moral of the story is winning every home matches is a must for us starting toinght with RCB if we want to reach the playoffs....please play shakib instead of Macullum....let him, open with Gauti.....please don't drop Lee for shakib.....we need 6 good bowlers as one can have a bad day....but I do fear they might do that....it seems to me that by playing Macullum KKR management is trying to justify their buy.....wrong buy...should have bought Mahela....good luck KKR

  • Vijay51982 on April 28, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Raining in bengaluru since morning. Hope one more wash-out game today.

  • imneyaz on April 28, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    KKR should beware of team selection they should try different combinations depending on the situations... They should bring Morgan and Shakib in place of Macullum and Lee.They should give some games to Sangwan, Shami,Abdullah and Shukla too.For me today's playing 11 should be Gambhir,Kallis,Bisla,Tiwary,Yusuf,Shukla,Bhatia,Morgan,Shakib,Sunil,Balaji...

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    shouldn't drop lee, should drop mcculum for shakib! shakib wants to focus on his batting so he should be given a chance! shakib can also be handy as a bowler in eden gardens

  • rishab.cricfever on April 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @ Vijay51982 : Lol man, hope against hope coz d match is at Eden in Kolkata and not Bengaluru...its goin 2 b a nice game..gud strong teams both of dem are...

  • chethanshivram on April 28, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Come on RCBBBB!!! One more win on your cards..!!!

  • on April 28, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I think Shakib will play the match.Because Kolkata always lucky for Shakib and shakib did not play the 1st match with RCB.So he may be the tramp card for Kolkata.The Major weak point for RCB is their bowling.

  • Ordinary_think_tank on April 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    keeping wues from indonesia for KKR and the reason is only how Shakib perform. None of the channel even set max not showing IPL here. So will keep eyes on web. Best of Luck.