Knight Riders v Royal Challengers, IPL, Eden Gardens April 28, 2012

Gambhir extends Kolkata's lead at No. 2

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Kolkata Knight Riders 190 for 4 (Gambhir 93, McCullum 43) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 143 for 6 (Gayle 86) by 48 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Gautam Gambhir made Royal Challengers Bangalore pay for dropping him twice, batting with aggression and precision to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to a match-winning total, which the visitors struggled to chase on a traditionally slow pitch at Eden Gardens. Gambhir used the depth of his crease, as well as his feet, to pound the leg side, where he scored 11 out of his 14 boundaries, primarily through pull shots. His 93, and supporting acts from Brendon McCullum and Jacques Kallis, helped Knight Riders stay No. 2 and move two points clear of their closest rivals, Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings.

Knight Riders' bowlers also came to the fore during the defence, striking early and neutralising their biggest threat, Chris Gayle, by keeping him off strike. Yusuf Pathan, who has struggled for form with bat and ball, bowled an economical opening spell, during which he dismissed Tillakaratne Dilshan in the first over. In the sixth, Kallis ripped the heart out of Royal Challengers' chase by trapping Virat Kohli lbw and having AB de Villiers caught miscuing a pull off his first ball. The visitors were 34 for 3, and by the end of the eighth over Gayle had faced only 16 balls and scored as many runs. The chase went nowhere after that, despite Gayle batting until the 20th over to finish with 86 off 58; Sunil Narine confounding batsmen with his variations on a responsive pitch.

Royal Challengers' struggle for any sort of fluency only highlighted the quality of Gambhir's performance after he chose to bat. Despite scoring heavily between long-on and square leg, Gambhir's first boundary was on the off side, when he cut his first ball, from Zaheer Khan, through point. So was his second, but his slash to third man off Zaheer was initially caught by Harshal Patel, running and diving to his left before he lost control of the ball after hitting the ground. Two balls later Gambhir, on 13, cut firmly towards gully, where Gayle stuck out his left hand but did not catch the ball. Gambhir went on to score 80 more runs, and dominate partnerships of 95 and 80 with McCullum and Kallis.

Gambhir's comfort on this surface was in contrast to McCullum's struggle. Despite tucking the first ball of the match for four, McCullum failed to time the spinners and was on 11 off 20 balls after six overs. That Knight Riders had reached 46 for 0 was entirely down to Gambhir. He even exchanged words with de Villiers, which seemed to intensify his determination.

McCullum eventually began to break free, accelerating his sluggish strike rate to more than a run a ball. He had just swept and driven his countryman Daniel Vettori for boundaries when he missed a cut and was bowled in the 11th over. Now in the company of Kallis, Gambhir went from strength to strength, muscling deliveries from all varieties of bowlers to and over the midwicket boundary. Perhaps it was the fatigue caused by the intensity of his performance, but Gambhir failed to score a boundary off six balls, before holing out to long-off in the 19th over, when he had a real chance of scoring a maiden IPL century.

Kallis, however, ensured the momentum did not abate, striking three colossal sixes straight and over midwicket to finish on 41 off 27 balls. Shortly afterward, he would deal Royal Challengers two body blows off consecutive balls during the chase, ending the game as a contest. Gayle went on to muscle six sixes, and became the highest run-scorer of IPL 2012, but most of those were after Royal Challengers had no chance of winning.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Angry_Bowler on April 30, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir are good only on flat and slow indian pitches. We didn't forget how they played in Australia and England (0-8). In IPL any tom, dick and harry can hit like they do.

  • on April 30, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Good job RCB. Bunch of losers spoil quality batsmen like Gayle and ABD. Any justification for the packages you carry on your shoulders? Virat, Vinay, Kohli, Zaheer, vettori & Dilshan good to see good names but absolutely useless. Big useless guy in the team seem to be Venkatesh prasad. Is he really a Bowling coach? It's better to ignore watch them playing than getting frustrated.

  • 786.19 on April 30, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @soumyas.Thank you soumyas.i like your truth.But for showing performance at big stage he need to get chance in the team.Be patience.InSa-ALLA-H not only you and Indians but cricket lovers of all over the world will respect him in future .

  • on April 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    About time Vettori made way for Murali in RCB team. He doesn't seem physically fit either

  • on April 30, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    I love your WI World Cup squad Randy_Wilson. Boy oh boy . . . they will be more than a hand full to contend with. They will be more than capable to destroy any other team, but I still hope that South Africa can, somehow, this time, manage to win the tournament. They have the players, the belief and the ability to do so.

  • Breaking_Point on April 30, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    I dont know why some of my bd mate r jst wasting their tym.... Its clear that Shakib is not going to get any chances....they r just doing the same what they did with "Mashrafe" they r gonna sit him most of the tym n then bang! All on a sudden they'll give him a chance n if he fails in the 1 chance they'll jst throw him... I still remember what they did with mash bt anyway guys Shakib is going to play County though he was supposed to take rest after IPL, he is getting the Rest by sitting in the dugouts jst w8ing for the county action

  • soumyas on April 30, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    let me be clear to all shakib fans, IN India, we indian fans don't consider Shakib as a gr8, he is just another gud player in IPL. But opponent teams do Fear Brendon Mcllum and do respect Jack Kallis. For Shakib to command respect from indian fans he needs to perform at big stages for much more longer time.. and all we know that he can be a useful contributor but not deadly or fearing like Mcllums,Gayles,shewags...So please stop blabbering all the time abt shakib.

  • pai11 on April 30, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Raiyan24r: I can counter most your points. but i will stick to the counter you have made to my view. yes I definitely think, players in IPL are considered as per their performance in T20. what else do you think is the consideration. players like Levi,Hodge,Azhar Mahmood were selected based on their performances in T20...

  • on April 29, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    soumyas: And the worst thing is when Shakib got picked and din't contribute with Bat then they said he should get bat higher :O ! I mean, he is a World-Class player if he would bat higher then who will score quick runs in death-overs ? Das ? Bhatia ? U Kidding me ? Yusuf Pathan is in horrible form else he would have done that job and the saddest part is there in NO REPLACEMENT for him either, so he has to be in every playing XI.

  • on April 29, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Raiyan24r: yeah I'm in for Shakib replacing McCullum. But sadly KKR's think-tank don't agree with us. And for God sake, don't just blame Gauti for this. Whole team management including professionals (from different countries) such as Wasim Akram (who is the bowling coach) take decision about playing XI.

  • Angry_Bowler on April 30, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir are good only on flat and slow indian pitches. We didn't forget how they played in Australia and England (0-8). In IPL any tom, dick and harry can hit like they do.

  • on April 30, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Good job RCB. Bunch of losers spoil quality batsmen like Gayle and ABD. Any justification for the packages you carry on your shoulders? Virat, Vinay, Kohli, Zaheer, vettori & Dilshan good to see good names but absolutely useless. Big useless guy in the team seem to be Venkatesh prasad. Is he really a Bowling coach? It's better to ignore watch them playing than getting frustrated.

  • 786.19 on April 30, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @soumyas.Thank you soumyas.i like your truth.But for showing performance at big stage he need to get chance in the team.Be patience.InSa-ALLA-H not only you and Indians but cricket lovers of all over the world will respect him in future .

  • on April 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    About time Vettori made way for Murali in RCB team. He doesn't seem physically fit either

  • on April 30, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    I love your WI World Cup squad Randy_Wilson. Boy oh boy . . . they will be more than a hand full to contend with. They will be more than capable to destroy any other team, but I still hope that South Africa can, somehow, this time, manage to win the tournament. They have the players, the belief and the ability to do so.

  • Breaking_Point on April 30, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    I dont know why some of my bd mate r jst wasting their tym.... Its clear that Shakib is not going to get any chances....they r just doing the same what they did with "Mashrafe" they r gonna sit him most of the tym n then bang! All on a sudden they'll give him a chance n if he fails in the 1 chance they'll jst throw him... I still remember what they did with mash bt anyway guys Shakib is going to play County though he was supposed to take rest after IPL, he is getting the Rest by sitting in the dugouts jst w8ing for the county action

  • soumyas on April 30, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    let me be clear to all shakib fans, IN India, we indian fans don't consider Shakib as a gr8, he is just another gud player in IPL. But opponent teams do Fear Brendon Mcllum and do respect Jack Kallis. For Shakib to command respect from indian fans he needs to perform at big stages for much more longer time.. and all we know that he can be a useful contributor but not deadly or fearing like Mcllums,Gayles,shewags...So please stop blabbering all the time abt shakib.

  • pai11 on April 30, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @Raiyan24r: I can counter most your points. but i will stick to the counter you have made to my view. yes I definitely think, players in IPL are considered as per their performance in T20. what else do you think is the consideration. players like Levi,Hodge,Azhar Mahmood were selected based on their performances in T20...

  • on April 29, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    soumyas: And the worst thing is when Shakib got picked and din't contribute with Bat then they said he should get bat higher :O ! I mean, he is a World-Class player if he would bat higher then who will score quick runs in death-overs ? Das ? Bhatia ? U Kidding me ? Yusuf Pathan is in horrible form else he would have done that job and the saddest part is there in NO REPLACEMENT for him either, so he has to be in every playing XI.

  • on April 29, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Raiyan24r: yeah I'm in for Shakib replacing McCullum. But sadly KKR's think-tank don't agree with us. And for God sake, don't just blame Gauti for this. Whole team management including professionals (from different countries) such as Wasim Akram (who is the bowling coach) take decision about playing XI.

  • on April 29, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Mayan Viljoen: IPL is about right combination. In death overs, I would need two pace , experienced bowlers - One is Lee and the second one can't be Balaji or any spinner. Kallis is the obvious option for me. Yeah Shakib and Kallis both should be in playing XI but with only 4 foreign players allowed to play and looking @ the right combination I would go for Kallis and if situation demands good spin bowling attack, I would drop McCullum who is in NOT-so-good-form. Anyway, I respect your opinion.

  • T20sher on April 29, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    RCB's batting approach was shocking to say the least. Why weren't they going for BIG shots??? Don't you smell something fishy here. RCB batsmen not going for BIG shots and Gautam Gambhir dropped 2 times. Vijay Mallya is badly in need of money and who knows?????

  • sabbor on April 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    if only gayl had someone supporting him from other end, it would have been trouble for any bowler, so KKR got away by scoring enough runs, where gyal couldn't do anymore by him self. And if Shakib did get enough game to play, he would end up getting more Man Of The Match then any one else:)

  • 786.19 on April 29, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Be patience Sakib's fan.InSa-ALLA-H, sakib will show her class in T20 worldcup and give answer neglect him in kkr.

  • Raiyan24r on April 29, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, u may stop watching cricket,its ur matter.mccullum can be dropped for shakib and bisla and gauti could open.then kallis,then shakib and so on.this could be the batting order.mccullum plays a good innings every 10 matches.lee is also not performing.why did gauti even take lee in a pitch for spinners without allowing abdullah to bowl.@pai11,do u think most of the players in ipl are taken because of there performance in t20?by the way, did chanderpaul did bad in bpl(played for shakib's khulna)?@sunil xavier, kallis WAS but shakib IS the best allrounder in the world.shakib didn't even play 10 yrs before.Shakib should play for Rajasthan or Pune or Mumbai or Bangalore or any other team next year.For ur kind information bpl was a t20 tournament where he became man of the tournament to those who say shakib is not good for t20.gauti is just taking revenge for the asia cup.

  • Hayat22 on April 29, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    @Mayan, for a South African, you seem to be quite passionate about Sakib? Now that's understandable for BDeshis, considering he is possibly the first superstar from that place, but what's the fascination for you? I mean when did you become such an ardent fan, what was the innings that made you so, if you don't mind? ;-D

  • soumyas on April 29, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @sumonpantha, first u were crying becuz bangla players aren't getting picket by IPL teams, Now u cry they aren't getting chance in every match, later u start crying they don't get proper chance. shakib may be gr8 in bangla team, but in IPL they are not playing to favor shakib, it is Indian Premier League please keep that in ur mind, winning is important and KKR can win without shakib.

  • Sadiqahmed on April 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Once again the bowling weakness of RCB is graphically exposed. KKR made mince meat of the RCB bowling and then ousted the seemingly strongest batting outfit majestically with class bowling. The only exception was Gayle. But you cant expect to win the championship with contributions from only 2 of the 11 players. Bad planning at the auction stage makes it impossible for RCB to aspire for the 2012 IPL title. Sadiq Ahmed

  • azirqusa on April 29, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Dada and Guti are working for Team INDIA too. They have the best two of the BD team in IPL and let them seat idle; good planning for T20-WC-2012. Inclusion of Sakib or Tamim to playing XI = makes no difference to eighter of the team, but Exclusion from playing XI = paring their spirit & form = a weaker BD Team.

  • on April 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Believe me Jindal . . . as a South African cricket fan Kallis is a long time hero of mine. He is a fantastic player, but on current form, alone, Shaqib is a better choice. As a T20 specialist Shaqib is also the better of the two. Kallis' strength is test cricket and will always be. His limited overs, especially T20 bowling is much less effective than Shaqib's and his overall T20 batting stats can also not compete with Shaqib's. Shaqib is also years younger than Kallis, which makes a massive difference in this kind of competition. Experience counts for a lot, but youth, vigour and that never say die attitude of Shaqib for much more in this kind of competition. This is exactly why the ICC's all rounder ratings had Shaqib ranked first and Kallis second, for ages. I still say that both of them should play, but if one of these two must be dropped (I can't see why; Mcullum should be dropped!) it should be Kallis, not Shaqib.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @Fahad Jahid, thanks for your great comment -- I love it. My advice to all Shakib fans is the same as yours one. Great job!

  • sumonpantha on April 29, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Indians don't like Bangladesh as well as Shakib. They are always hesitate to play against BD because of defeat expectation. If Shakib got opportunity to play more matches in the IPL, he would be man of the tournament. Please look at his performace, 3 matches 6 wickets 25 runs. He should bat at number three but he is ignored as batsman. KKR's think tank is absolutly horrible in team selection.

  • Pathiyal on April 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    should say the performance of RCB was not upto the mark. gambir just capitalised on their weaknesses. he is one batsman who gives some half chances to the opposition in the first couple of overs even in ODIs. if they are not smart enough to grab it, then they are in for a toss. remember gautam gambir is considered to be a big match batsman as well as a shrewd batsman. here, RCB also seemed to be troubled by him as well as the wet outfield.

  • Alboyy on April 29, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    good win for kkr..classy knock by gambhir..nice to c bbmccullum and kallis fire too..bowling was superb..narine continues to excel..kallis,lee,yusuf,bhatia did their parts well..can see a change in gayle's game play..poor bowlin on rcb's side..none of the bowlers cud restrict the kkr surge..runs kept on flowing..shakib is a very good player. kkr does hav a lot of resources..choosing the eleven has been quite difficult for kkr..

  • on April 29, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Mayan Viljoen : Let me begin with this that I'm an Indian fan and love Raina more than Kallis. Having said that, the day Kallis gets dropped due to Shakib considering the current form of two, I will quit watching Cricket ! But yes he can replace out-of-form McCullum. But will Shakib open ?

  • Breaking_Point on April 29, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Hm!forget it guys i knew Shakib was only Whatmore's choice...kKR management bought Narine for 700000 it indicated long ago that they r not gonna play shakib kallis lee McCullum if automatic choice then there is 1 slot n they filled Narine..thats why they wanted him badly... N plz who r sayin that he is not good T20 allrounder@ dude we play 2 t20's a year whereas top 8 plays more...ho can he become #1 in t20 by playing 2 t20 a year?!

  • dmqi on April 29, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    This game reminds me the world cup semifinal game of India with Pakistan. Tendulkar was dropped 3/4 times and won the game. Gambhir was drpped 2/3 times and won this match. Both the dropped chance gave them MOM awards. Well, thats the way cricket is. How is Yousuf Pathan a better all rounder than Sakib? Gambhir knows better.

  • on April 29, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    dont need to play ipl. shakib is way too good to play ipl. thats why kkr cant c it. kkr team mgmt is so short that they cant even see shakib in his level. just quit shakib.

  • on April 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    pai11: Couldn't agree more ! Being an Asian, I must say Asians are passionate (mad?) about their players. :-)

  • on April 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Let me begin by saying that I am a South African. It absolutely astounds me to see that the KKR management cannot see that S. Al Hasan, J. Kallis. S. Narine and B. Lee is by far their best international pick on current form. Please explain to me how on earth B. Mcullum is a better player than Shaqib Al Hasan in the T2O format and on current form?? The former fails much more than he fires while Shaqib is no less than a match winner. If they want to change this international combination then Kallis or Narine should be the ones to be left out, never Shaqib. Their failure to include Shaqib is going to backfire on Kolkata big time, mark my words.

  • on April 29, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    I am not happy about the team combination of KKR,they have to give chance for two young indian fastbowlers Shammy Ahmad & Pradeep Sangwan.Poor Sangwan he is the best bowler in the last domestic season,but last two IPL season he is wasted not played any matches,Shami Ahmad is good fast bowler yesterday he can be included instead of Ikbal Abdulla.

  • on April 29, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    abcdef_12345: Don't go just by rankings. Kallis can and he does bowl effectively in death-overs. If u bring a spinner to bowl in death-overs u r inviting trouble ! That's where Shakib won't work.

  • soumyas on April 29, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    1) RCB dropped gambhir 3 times. 2) zaheer bowled wrong lines, 3) feilding changes weren't proper even after gambhir hitting ball in same places like longoff, deep extracover, deep coverpoint. 4) other RCB bowlers didn't bowl well too. 5) RCB batsmen scorred very less in first 10 overs, they shud have opened innings with agarwal as pinch hitter. 6) Gayle started firing too late, he shud have started at over 10 itself rather 16-17. 7) sloppy fielding by RCB, missed few run outs as well.

  • pai11 on April 29, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    to all BD fans.. we all know that shakib is playing well.. but team composition and balance must also be taken into consideration.. and for God's sake dont go around fooling people claiming that Shakib is the world's best allrounder as per ICC rankings. He is not the best allrounder for T20 Format as per the rankings (its Shane Watson). and IPL is T20 format... (He is the best Allrounder for ODI & Tests. In that case, Chanderpaul is the Best Test batsman. so should he play too???)

  • on April 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Dear Bangladeshi friends, I admire the ability of Shakib and love him very much! However, please understand that the team combination is giving the opportunity for him to be picked. Look at the bowling Sunil Naraine is doing, you can not drop him! Kallis is a batting alrounder so he is an integral part of the team. KKR-s only weakness is batting so they need badly Mcculam to fire! He is also keeping! However right now Balaji is also injured! So there is no way Lee can also be dropped!

    Lastly, RCB had a powerhouse left hander called Gayle! For him even Abdullah didn't get to bowl also! Please understand that Saqib himself would have understood the situation! However I do wish him all the very best and want to see him quickly in the chennai match itself in chennai if Balaji is fit! Dont worry its after all his team is winning!

  • pai11 on April 29, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    @TRIC: I dont know which series you are talking of in which either sehwag or Gambhir have feigned injury and returned home???

  • British_North_America on April 29, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @Sunil Xavier .You are forgetting that Shakib is the est all rounder of the WORLD.No matter which team he belongs to but Kallis is the best of SA, not WORLD.

  • sabbor on April 29, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    if KKR got enough players to win often, then they don't need Shakib, he can be bought by other teams that needs an all rounder. That way a talented player don't go without notice:)

  • Kunal_Mathuria on April 29, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Even though kkr is winning, i still think it should make the following changes - Shakib --> DB Das L. Balaji/J. Unadkat/ P. Sangwan --> Brett lee Eoin Morgan --> McCullum

  • pjbarua on April 29, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Don't worry bd boys. Shakib's talent is proven and it's his last season for kkr. I hope that he is bought by pune in the next season. Dada will definitely want him.

  • TRIC on April 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Players like Gambhir, sehwag are excellent in flat batting conditions every one knows that they will figure in the next international games, poor ajinkiya, manish, and others. The moment they get pressure playing outside of india they will feign injury and return back and i am still surprised the selectors cant see their game plan. So dont attach any significance to sehwag, or gambhir playing well.

  • Randy_Wilson on April 29, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    @carvel thats a great best on Paper for a T20 World Cup. I really Hope they pick this team and Dont look to include more bowlers and leave out these all rounders. but I think daren Bravo isnt really a proper T0 player just my view. For T20 all those players are capable. Sammy may not be a Good player in Test, but in T20 he is Good, he along with Pollard and Bravo can stable the low order if there is a Colllapse at the Top. My Batting order: C Gayle, L Simmons (wkt), Dywane Smith, Dywane Bravo, K Pollard, A Russel, D Sammy,M Sameuls, R Rampal, K Roach, S Narine. Opening Bowlers K Roach and R Rampal, 2nd change S Narine and M Sameul, next change D Sammy and Dywane Bravo. incase they need backup Pollard, Russel andDr Smith can back them up.

  • OttawaRocks on April 29, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Ganguly>>>>Shakib. Enough Said.

  • Ha8rick on April 28, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    DROP YOUSUF PATHAN NOW! 9 GAMES - 9 FAILURES. What a waste of $2.1 Million.

  • 3rd_man on April 28, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    I think Gayle taking too much time for him to get in. he put other batsman under pressure to score power play overs. specially game like today, he needed to score from ball 1 to take advantage of field restrictions. he is the best guy who can take advantage during power play. I don't know , I feel like he more interested scoring runs, without helping team to win. look he almost bat whole 20 overs but still team on loosing side... I think if he could more proactive on those power play overs they could have take the momentum to the innings.

  • CricNcode on April 28, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    I am an RCB team fan, but looking at the bowling quality, I feel they just can't reach the play-offs without improved bowling performance...They need a good Indian allrounder in the mould of Jadeja/I pathan...A foreign allrounder, which AB McDonald fits very well. Vettori's captaincy isn't very inspiring either...A captains impact is seen more when his side is fielding. there is a repeated pattern in the way the bowling is failing...if the opposition starts hitting, they just don't have an answer.

  • AsifKhan2012 on April 28, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Well done to the KKR team for today's convincing victory. They started the season poorly but have come back strongly due to consistent performance from senior players, also young upcoming players looking to make their mark. Furthermore, the IPL is batsman oriented as all the odds are stacked against the bowlers. But teams like KKR and Delhi Daredevils have exciting bowling attack which is really enjoyable to watch. Lastly, Shakib and Sunil are not playing for personal achievements, they are representing people of Kolkata. There are several talented players in the team who are not getting any matches, so there is no bias against Shakib. As an Indian, I also like Shakib and feel he has a bright future ahead of him, due to his batting and bowling.

  • BiBekDeeP on April 28, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    The final comparisn table is wrong

  • mngc1 on April 28, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    In Champions League Narine was giving all batsmen trouble. They used slow mo cameras to try to read him but could not make out which way the ball would turn. He is probably the only bowler in the world with that action that he developed from windball cricket. He did not play cork ball cricket until not long ago.

  • BlueAndYellow on April 28, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Not even a competition for KKR, even before the first ball of the game. Poor Gayle, he deserves a better team.

  • carvel on April 28, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    i cant wait to see icc international twenty 20. can u imagine west indies side, on paper. they shud get close to 300 runs. my X1 that i want to see is, chris gayle, lendl simmons, marlon samuels, darren bravo, dwyane bravo, dwyane smith, kieron pollard, andre russell, darren sammy, kemar roach, sunil narine....that shud be a dangerous side...hope the selectors pick these guys..they will be unstoppable

  • fr600 on April 28, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Well done KKR, you played well and you deserved to win today. As far as Shakib is concerned, I'm sure it's his last season for KKR.

  • amitam123 on April 28, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @TigerKhan : Purely as a bowler, Narine will probably rank higher. Number of wickets per match is not the only criteria for t-20. Runrate also plays a vital part ..I haven't seen all the matches but I read that Narine has been stingy in terms of runs conceded. For instance today he had figures of 4 overs for 11 runs which is exceptional. I have a high degree of respect for Shakib, as an allrounder he is excellent and it is just plain unfortunate that he is not getting a place just because of the restrictions on foreign players. I think that the only player that he can replace is Mccullum but then there has to be another change to accommodate a wicketkeeper.

  • tamilselvan.m on April 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    RCB should have picked murali instead of dilshan.Because dilsan never be a match winner.

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    seeing ur comments reminds me of tendo & morgan. kkr should replace yusuf 4 abdulla & mccullum 4 morgan or tendo and lee 4 saqibul hasan. the XI should be: gautam, bisla, kallis, morgan, shakib, tiwary, abdulla, tendo, shukla, bhatia, balaji,

  • on April 28, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    As a bangladeshi I am very annoyed by our people commenting about shakib in Ipl why is not in the team ?plz stop commentin g about shakib and stop arguing to other for his capability .I said many a time its Ipl and the decision makers are favour of big name from big named country talent is not important to them so why are you people keep shouting to take shakib in team .its not a matter for shakib get played or not because its not international cricket and not changing his career statistic .after 10 years we could compare him as a legend if he keep playing like he played in Asia cup in international cricket .you people remember international cricket is far ahead then Ipl .plz my bangladeshi brothers don't make any comment here further regarding shakib.plz plz plz

  • on April 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Was Abdulla a filler or what? Doesn't deserve a single over playing as a bowler?

  • davbusinge on April 28, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    gayle needs to be supported by his team mates, he cannot win matches single handedly, and for those who think shakib should come in istead of narine think again. narine is a better bowler than shakib and he can bat as well down the order only that he has not yet got the chance to

  • on April 28, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @ Sunil Xavier... if the worst player got chance in 10 matches then in one match he may get the best performance...Kalis is like that...no matter what is his past... if presently he plays bad then he needs to be out of team... shakib got 6 in 3 average better than sunil narine...!

    @mngc Yes shakib is better than sunil narine... and it is offcourse by your so called statistics In IPL... Sunil Narine got 11 from 6.. avg.1.85 wickets per match....And Shakib got 6 in 3.. avg.2... better than Sunil Narine... In addition shakib got 1 MOM Sunil got none till now...

    Overall, all stats will be better for shakib if shakib have chance to play all the matches..!

  • on April 28, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    RCB has lost this game and will lose more because of RCB management's inability to see that McDonald is a much better T20 specialist than T. Dilshan. Gambhir is going to pay an even bigger price for not finding a place in his side for S. Al Hasan. The latter is a much better player than Y. Pathan, overall and most definitely on current form. KKR will not win this tournament without S. Al Hasan. This much is crystal clear to me. The day Gambhir and Kallis fails together (and that day is coming soon) there is nobody left to resurrect the innings, never mind win the match for KKR. Y. Pathan is not going to do it. I hope Gambhir will realize this before the KKR house comes tumbling down. Shaqib can come in in place of Mcullum and Y. Pathan must make place for a local KKR Indian player in better form.

  • johnathonjosephs on April 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Very good for Bangalore. This is what happens when you don't pick the world' best spinner, Murali, in your team. Why Dilshan takes the place of Murali, I will continue to have no idea and be flummoxed

  • on April 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    congrats kkr i love it and welldone may allah v r win the ipl5 inshallah good luck kk for the next matches

  • sabbor on April 28, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    It was one man game Gambir, if he dint score that much runs, regardless how well Narine bowled wont have saved KKR, and yap most of this fans here are bangladeshieeeee, least we got something to be proud of Shakib, unless they are saving the best for the last, but then sometime it doesn't rally go that way

  • mngc1 on April 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    By what criteria is Shakib better than Narine as a bowler? In this IPL? Check Narine stats going back to Champions League and against India and Australia. - all top teams involved.

  • arshadalimkt on April 28, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Guti always looks for simple cause to drop sakib from & include McCulum in the best 11.It is proved with statistics;Mc got 6 chances out of 9 with very poor performance.And Sakib have got just only 3 chances though he got 6 wickets and 1 man of the match.He've shown his bowling ability & he should be given more chance to show his batting ability.Now,Sakib is only alrounder who deserves chance in best 11 with any one;either with bowl or bat.So,pls don't show any excuse like pitch or condition.

  • on April 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Ahh ! Fed up of seeing annoying comments of asking "why Shakib is NOT there ?" again n again ! They are not taking shkaib in playing XI doesn't mean Shakib is a less talented player. He is Excellent but IPL is about the right combination of players. Shakib's competition is with other foreign players NOT with Gauti or Yusuf Pathan ! I have explained 100 times even McGrtah had to sit on bench for whole season for DD in IPL-1. Kallis, Narine and Lee are almost irreplaceable. And if there had been some hope of Shakib playing instead of McCullum then that too should be gone after 2day's performance by McCullum. Don't expect Shakib in at least 3-4 upcoming matches as this combination of players working well for KKR. Only if some key foreign player of KKR gets injured or loses his form, then Shakib or Ryan Ten will be considered. And my dear Bangladeshi friends :) , there are some other proven t-20 players too who r not getting chance in playing XI like Shaun Tait, Gibbs, Matthews, Finch.

  • KoOlAfFaN on April 28, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    BanGlorE LosS thE MomeNteD afTer thE wiKeT ,S oF dIlShaN,KhOli anD aB dE VilLIeRs wIkEt wAs tHe bIg LoSs FoR BanGloRe rCb u CaN nOt Alway,S dePeND oN lY oN GayLe FoR BiG ChaSe ...

  • azirqusa on April 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Keeping Tamim awaway from the reach of the Oponents is the mastery of Dada; works for his team, Pune and former team - India. Similar plan may be in place with Sakib. Less opportunities for Sakib and Tamim translates to a weaker BD team at T20-WC.

  • on April 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    I wonder wether Bangladeshi brothers just love KKR or Shakib? Whenever Shakib is not in a match, then they wish KKR to lose to show the influence of their Shakib. Shakib is a good alrounder, but please let the team go ahead and let them decide better.

  • on April 28, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Yeah... Shakib should have been included as he did well in his 2 matches. He is good option in both departments. But, Narine certainly hold the edge over him.

  • jhumon_sydney on April 28, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    The standard of the IPL is questionable.Very very poor fielding,too many odd looking droping catches[even by kevin peterson].Today gambir's three catches are dropped.Gayle's catch is dropped.Few misfielding and overthrow are noticeable.We see hardly these in the international matches.

  • on April 28, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Whoa ! What an innings Gambhir played. He simply looks like Man on a mission. Love U my Delhi Boy. Way to GO ! Hoping to see Gauti vs Viru in final.

  • on April 28, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    well played gauti and boys...... as long as the team keeps winning, I dont find any need to change this combination..

  • ramps_wi on April 28, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    RCB please start planning for next season and buy some bowlers. This bowling attack has caused you all to lose all the games. Vinay is a waste of money, need some international bowlers, seeing these local bowlers get licks all over the field is de moralising for the batsmen. They are putting too much pressure on the batsmen. The bowlers could not defend a score over 200 recently

  • on April 28, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    what now bangaladeshi fans telling??? Narine.4-0-11-1 wonderful bowling by Narine...far better bowling than sakib! balaji 4 Bhatt is the change KKR need! 4 RCB - Just 4gt this match.Dilshan,AB not fire 2dy.Gayle slow at the start!,Kholi nt in form.player like Vitori must advc to Kholi 2 minimize his big head.ure talented Mr.Kholi but yet not greatest man in cricket.Just follow Sachin,Dravid careers to see how they played with cool heads.

  • rohanblue on April 28, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @Tiger Khan lolz we won, i will nt say anything against shakib, he is a very good player, bt its jst that others r better than him, bt i m sure he will get his chances. ......

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    sorry i forgot to write that i wished it was like that but now i dont think so

  • on April 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    dear bengladesh friends, KKR goning to win this match in huge margin..If you are beleliving in rankings kallis was no 1 allrounder in icc rankings for more than 10 yrs.shakib was there few months back...kallis is the best allrouder from southafrica.shakib is best from bangladesh. dear friends please check the team ratings of southafrica and bangladesh(ODI,TEST,T20)

  • Hayat22 on April 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Though I did'nt agree with the non selection of Shakib at the beginning of the match since it was at Kolkota, however the KKR team is performing well nevertheless, so they must be doing it right.

    What I can't understand is the demand of BD supporters that Shakib be selected based on statistical analysis. And it seems they are supporting not the team but only if the playing XI is as per their preference else the support goes to the opposite team! ;-D

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    NARINE 0 for 55 in 4 overs YUSUF 1 for 60 in 4 overs gayle making cebtury will win rcb!!!!

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    are all the comments from bangladeshis. oooh dont worry about it if they lose they lose with or without sakhib coz delhi is gonna win the final though i support kkr. good contribuiton from gambir......93 from 51............LOSE KKR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Good start by KKR. But, more aggressive batting from Brendom would have given them more runs. Credit goes to Gambhir. One thing I cant tolerate about KKR is keeping SHakib Al Hasan into the side line. Dear Gambhir, please take Shakib and get 16 crore more supporters of KKR.

  • on April 28, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    McCullum is playing test match in T20. If Shakib was given a chance to open for KKR, he would have played better than Brendon. SHakib's bowling ability is beyond any question. He kept himself as world's one of best 10 bowlers in last 3 years. Over all no. 1 all rounder. KKR made a wrong decision I think.

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    i'm really upset with kkr dropping sakhib & giving another chance to mcculum & narin kkr should lose 2day!!! go ab, kohli, gayle!!!

  • on April 28, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    HI KKR fans...A bad news for you... soon KKR will go to loose games continuously...and it can from tonight... Don't worry about shakib...After all he will come n conquer... but it will b too late...There is lots problem in SRK's team... that's why KKR don't get the crown till now instead of having too much world class player... So go to the problem then solve...!... and no controversy about the world class player...bcoz u have the statistics... JUST go through the particular player's previous IPL match performance...compare the average contribution per match...then we find who is best...experience is no matter... Actual performance is the key..!

  • on April 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    No Shakib? What a Joke can't believe Narine or Mcculum are selected ahead of these two I mean Shakib is better then both them whether its bat or ball just check out the rankings yourself. Its better if the Bangladeshi's don't go to next season IPL we don't want our star players to be treated disrespectfully.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 28, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Good to see Kalam Miya in the team for Sir Shakib Al Hasan! Very interesting!!

  • riaz_7214 on April 28, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    i do not understand why not shakib is in the team...waste of such talent

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  • riaz_7214 on April 28, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    i do not understand why not shakib is in the team...waste of such talent

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 28, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Good to see Kalam Miya in the team for Sir Shakib Al Hasan! Very interesting!!

  • on April 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    No Shakib? What a Joke can't believe Narine or Mcculum are selected ahead of these two I mean Shakib is better then both them whether its bat or ball just check out the rankings yourself. Its better if the Bangladeshi's don't go to next season IPL we don't want our star players to be treated disrespectfully.

  • on April 28, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    HI KKR fans...A bad news for you... soon KKR will go to loose games continuously...and it can from tonight... Don't worry about shakib...After all he will come n conquer... but it will b too late...There is lots problem in SRK's team... that's why KKR don't get the crown till now instead of having too much world class player... So go to the problem then solve...!... and no controversy about the world class player...bcoz u have the statistics... JUST go through the particular player's previous IPL match performance...compare the average contribution per match...then we find who is best...experience is no matter... Actual performance is the key..!

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    i'm really upset with kkr dropping sakhib & giving another chance to mcculum & narin kkr should lose 2day!!! go ab, kohli, gayle!!!

  • on April 28, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    McCullum is playing test match in T20. If Shakib was given a chance to open for KKR, he would have played better than Brendon. SHakib's bowling ability is beyond any question. He kept himself as world's one of best 10 bowlers in last 3 years. Over all no. 1 all rounder. KKR made a wrong decision I think.

  • on April 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Good start by KKR. But, more aggressive batting from Brendom would have given them more runs. Credit goes to Gambhir. One thing I cant tolerate about KKR is keeping SHakib Al Hasan into the side line. Dear Gambhir, please take Shakib and get 16 crore more supporters of KKR.

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    are all the comments from bangladeshis. oooh dont worry about it if they lose they lose with or without sakhib coz delhi is gonna win the final though i support kkr. good contribuiton from gambir......93 from 51............LOSE KKR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ibra95 on April 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    NARINE 0 for 55 in 4 overs YUSUF 1 for 60 in 4 overs gayle making cebtury will win rcb!!!!

  • Hayat22 on April 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Though I did'nt agree with the non selection of Shakib at the beginning of the match since it was at Kolkota, however the KKR team is performing well nevertheless, so they must be doing it right.

    What I can't understand is the demand of BD supporters that Shakib be selected based on statistical analysis. And it seems they are supporting not the team but only if the playing XI is as per their preference else the support goes to the opposite team! ;-D