Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, Eden Gardens May 4, 2012

Ganguly returns to Eden as opposition

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Match facts

Saturday, May 5, Kolkata
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Although it is just one of the IPL's innumerable league games, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors at Eden Gardens has attracted special attention because of one player. Sourav Ganguly is coming home, ironically as captain of the away team. He is capable of rousing the passionate Eden Gardens crowd to feverish levels; his iconic status in Kolkata is comparable to Sachin Tendulkar's in Mumbai. Ganguly's return is expected to test the loyalties of the fans: home team or local legend?

If the India-South Africa ODI in 2005 is any indicator, Knight Riders could find parts of Eden Gardens cheering the opposition captain. Back then, during the height of the Ganguly-Chappell fracas, India were booed because Ganguly had been dropped from the squad. He was snubbed in the 2011 auction by Knight Riders and a similar scenario this time is not improbable, but passions may have cooled like Ganguly form has waned.

Ganguly, and Warriors, need all the inspiration they can get. They are second from bottom in the league, having lost six out of their previous seven games. In their most recent loss, to Mumbai, Warriors failed to chase 121, with Ganguly struggling to 16 off 24 balls. However, any revival against the most economical bowling attack this season will require resolve: Sunil Narine, the Knight Riders spinner, has taken 12 wickets and has an economy of 5.53, the second best after Lasith Malinga. But Warriors' hopes lie in plotting the fall of Knight Riders' batting, which has lacked substantial contributions from everyone except Gautam Gambhir. With another Bengal cricketer, Ashok Dinda, back to fitness Warriors' bowling attack is better equipped to trouble Knight Riders.

The home team has been in good form coming into this game - four wins in a row - and they would aim to stay close to Delhi Daredevils at the top of the table. The stage is set for Ganguly's homecoming but fans will need to hope that the weather stays clear.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Pune Warriors: LLLLW
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWWWL

Players to watch

Gautam Gambhir, the Knight Riders captain, has scored 365 runs with four half-centuries, and he has done it at strike-rate of 143.70, while his other hard-hitting teammates have struggled to force the pace.

Michael Clarke is new to the Warriors camp but he is expected to turn things around for a struggling team. He looked comfortable in his first two two games, but he will want to convert those starts. His class against spin could be key to negotiating a tricky Knight Riders attack.

Stats and trivia

  • Sourav Ganguly has scored 496 runs in IPL matches in Kolkata at an average of 41.33. In IPL 2010 alone he scored 331 at an average of 55.16.
  • Yusuf Pathan has hit 77 sixes in his IPL career. However, only three of them have come this season.
  • Knight Riders' bowling is the most economical this season, giving away only 6.79 runs per over. Warriors are fourth with an economy of 7.61.

    Quotes

    "Any match at Eden Gardens is my home match"
    Sourav Ganguly

    "If we're winning without him contributing much, it's a good sign for the team"
    Gautam Gambhir on Yusuf Pathan's poor batting form.

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • dmqi on May 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Ganguli will loose for sure and it will end his charisma, if anything left. Poor form and poor team selection.

  • on May 5, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I hope both Shakib and Tamim will play today, waiting to see a nail biting match !

  • on May 5, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    TAMIM IS GOOD BATSMAN ...............IN THE WORLD

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Back in 2005 I had told that Ganguly should be kept as 12 player in Indian team, fake an injury for a playing player and let him be a substitute , where he will captain the team superbly, ya really superb way. After all these years my mind still says the same but now for Pune lol. Dont know what ICC will tell about this

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    What is the problem with Shakib Al Hasan is Kolkata??...... Is he not better than Brendon McCullum, Ryan Ten Doesathe, or Bret Lee regarding the economy rate, wicket taking ability and batting average??..........why Kolkata is not interested to play him??..... They should know he is the number one All rounder in the world right now whether in ODI/T20/Test macth....... And what about Tamim Iqbal??. I think he is far better than any other batsmen pune is playing now.........

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 5, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @Sourav Mishra --- for your kind information from NZ Cricket ---- your best cricketer McCullum (My dear Kalam Miya) has been left out (rested??) from NZ cricket team both ODI and T20.

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    High time Tamim get's a chance for Pune right? Not saying this because i am his fan but basing my suggestion on mere stats and figures. I mean look at Jesse Ryder, he plays a few good shots and then gets back to the pavillion without even reaching a double figure in numerous occassions. If given that many chances, I bet even my grandma can hit a half-century. Moreover, he was never that great a player like Mccullum on the other side who can be gambled with. Thus I believe, Tamim should be given a go, atleast ONCE~

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Good Point Bismoy. PWI Lost their previous two matches Becoz of Gunguly Batting Strike Rate. Against Deccan, chasing 187 he faced 40 balls for 45 runs... against mumbai 16 of 24 balls.

  • Rajeev129 on May 5, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I dont like KKR and Ganguly in general. But really looking forward to see the crowd's response in this game. Hoping that Ganguly will pick a crucial wicket like he did in Delhi and run around the Eden boundary .

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    tamim should replace samuels/ryder and shakib should replace lee.....

  • dmqi on May 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Ganguli will loose for sure and it will end his charisma, if anything left. Poor form and poor team selection.

  • on May 5, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I hope both Shakib and Tamim will play today, waiting to see a nail biting match !

  • on May 5, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    TAMIM IS GOOD BATSMAN ...............IN THE WORLD

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Back in 2005 I had told that Ganguly should be kept as 12 player in Indian team, fake an injury for a playing player and let him be a substitute , where he will captain the team superbly, ya really superb way. After all these years my mind still says the same but now for Pune lol. Dont know what ICC will tell about this

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    What is the problem with Shakib Al Hasan is Kolkata??...... Is he not better than Brendon McCullum, Ryan Ten Doesathe, or Bret Lee regarding the economy rate, wicket taking ability and batting average??..........why Kolkata is not interested to play him??..... They should know he is the number one All rounder in the world right now whether in ODI/T20/Test macth....... And what about Tamim Iqbal??. I think he is far better than any other batsmen pune is playing now.........

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 5, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @Sourav Mishra --- for your kind information from NZ Cricket ---- your best cricketer McCullum (My dear Kalam Miya) has been left out (rested??) from NZ cricket team both ODI and T20.

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    High time Tamim get's a chance for Pune right? Not saying this because i am his fan but basing my suggestion on mere stats and figures. I mean look at Jesse Ryder, he plays a few good shots and then gets back to the pavillion without even reaching a double figure in numerous occassions. If given that many chances, I bet even my grandma can hit a half-century. Moreover, he was never that great a player like Mccullum on the other side who can be gambled with. Thus I believe, Tamim should be given a go, atleast ONCE~

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Good Point Bismoy. PWI Lost their previous two matches Becoz of Gunguly Batting Strike Rate. Against Deccan, chasing 187 he faced 40 balls for 45 runs... against mumbai 16 of 24 balls.

  • Rajeev129 on May 5, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I dont like KKR and Ganguly in general. But really looking forward to see the crowd's response in this game. Hoping that Ganguly will pick a crucial wicket like he did in Delhi and run around the Eden boundary .

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    tamim should replace samuels/ryder and shakib should replace lee.....

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    i think kkr win. pune is first bat score 180 + kkr chase 180+

  • on May 5, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    I think tdy opening batthing yusuf and gumbir ...

  • atulpatil on May 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    I dnt understand why callum Fergusion isn't playin. He was one of the leading run scorer in big bash. Also PWI shud test Luke write he also is good t20 player.comeon DADA its time to make some noise in KOLKATA.

  • sarav6492 on May 5, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    It is a Kolkata vs Knight Riders situation here... Fans will be ready to support either one.... Both excellence of Gambhir and Ganguly will amuse the fans today.... Being a Dada and Knight Riders fan Im Glad to support both and enjoy the best cricket today.... Hope Clarke and Shakib star today...

  • on May 5, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Kolkata is very strong team

  • on May 5, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    If I were a KKR supporter, I would NOT take Dada's wicket and let him face a lions share of the overs. Or, still better, carry his bat thru the game, ending not-out!

  • on May 5, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Dada should be a non-playing Captain. Or, just a mentor, passing on the Captaincy to Clarke. If he insists on playing, he should go in at 6 or 7, if at all needed. Then PWI have a chance. If they had followed this approach, all through, they would, most probably, have been n the top half. In the early matches, Smith, Samuels & Mathews were in terrific striking form, when Dada 'squatted' the power-play overs,... and more! At ODI type strike rates!

  • on May 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Brendon McCullum: BEST IN THE WORLD!!

  • on May 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    It has been too late for Pune to enter into the last 4. Surely they need an inspiring start from their second home ground so that they can get into the last 4 .. Dada has to surely perform in the remaining matches otherwise this could be surely his last 5 match as a player on the international Scene.

  • aamir90 on May 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    PWI STARTING 11 SHOULD BE: M PANDEY, UTTHAPA, CLARKE, GANGULY, S SMITH, M MANHAS, A MATHEWS, M SAMUELS, B KUMAR, M KARTIK, DINDA.

  • Kyle_Jones235 on May 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    I don't understand all the hype for Tamim, he is a decent batsmen but still has a long way to go... But yes he is still better than current Ganguly.

  • on May 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Dada you are our hero always .. Common dada .. We wil win .. Ur my god

  • Kyle_Jones235 on May 5, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    If Ganguly doesn't perform tonight he should be dropped, no question. He has been the main issue with the Pune Warriors. Not scoring runs is one thing, but not scoring runs whilst wasting many deliveries is horrible for the team, and the team should always come first. Now that they have a very experienced leader in Clarke, there is no excuse for not leaving him out if he doesn't pull his weight.

  • on May 5, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    i think shakib should play 4 kkr today.kkr should b give him change to prove his ability.maccullam and iqbal abdullah should be replaced for shakib and bisla

  • on May 5, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Mccullum should be replaced with eoin morgan and bisla should be included in the squad....

  • kishoreb4 on May 5, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Common Ganguly You got to win today.All the hearty wishes......

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on May 5, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    If Pune Warriors wants to see themselves in semi finals than the they shoulld drop Jesse,go with following team and Batting order should be........ (1) Luke Wright (2) Dada (3) Clarke (4) Uthhappa (5) Smith (6) Parnel (7) Manhas (8) Bhuvneswar (9) Kartik/Rahul Sharma (10) Dinda (11) Nehra

    DADA please go with the above 11 plz plz plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

  • on May 5, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Tamin is not even worthy of a contract in the IPL i hope they never play him. Sakib on the other hand warrants possible selection for KKR but if they just want batting then McCullum is far better in form or not.

  • GabbyAnn on May 5, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Agreed @Sajitabya Mahato, Friends cheer for the team not for an individual. Let the best team win......Heart will always b der for KKR...All da best Gauti.....

  • on May 5, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    This is IPL boss not Bangladesh domestic match...askin to play shakib n tamim in every match oh god its irritating guys..do u guys kno better than team management...?? In t20 anyday mccullum is better than shakib...coz if he clicks the opposition is doomed...iqbal abdulla yusuf pathan can do wat shakib does but even these 3 combined they cant match wat mccullum does..he is just due wait for it..c'mon gambhir am rooting for u n kkr in this match..may the better team win..

  • on May 5, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    It's time to show his EXCELLENCE and resilience.. Come on Dada.. KKR the name.. Just say people how many Bengal players are there in the team.. Pune has DADA and DINDA too.. Along with Tamim (from outside).. Cheers to the REAL KOLKATA TEAM (Warriors)... Not led by the Delhi lad... Come on Dada... All the Best!!!

  • hari040761 on May 5, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    BHUVANESHKUMAR IS DOING GOOD WITH BAT AND BALL. MY TEAM IS TAMIM. CLARKE, SOURAV,WRIGHT, UTHAPPA, SMITH, MANHAS, B KUMAR, KARTHIK, DINDA, NEHRA. SMITH SHOULD BE GIVEN COUPLE OF OVERS SINCE THE TRACK IS SLOW. DADA SHOULD GO FOR RUNS WITH PLACEMENT. WE WANT TO SEE DADA'S STRAIGHT AND INSIDE OUT SIXERS AGAINST SPIN. ATTACK NARINE AND IT IS THE ONLY WAY. DON'T GO DEFENCE. PLAY STRAIGHT BAT, TIMING IT AND PLACE IT. IF YOU ARE GOING FOR BIG SHOT DECIDED WHERE YOU CAN SO THAT A MISCUED SHOT WILL ALSO FETCH RUNS. GO DADA. YOU ARE GOING TO WIN TODAY. WINT THE TOSS, BOWL FIRST SO THAT IF ANY INTERRUPTION AND DUCK WORTH COMES THE BATTING ORDER CAN BE SHUFFLED ACCORDING TO THE NEED SINCE WARRIORS ARE SLOW STARTERS.

  • hiren on May 5, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    LET`S DADA PLAY TODAY IF HE CAN`T PERFORM TODAY DEN IT SHOULD BE HIS LAST IPL SEASON TEAM SELECTION WAS PERFECT LAST MATCH JUST DER WAS DOUBT OF NEHRA BUT HE BOWLED WELL IN SECOND SPELL FINISH NEHRA`S FOUR OVER AFTER 6 OVER BEFORE 16 OVER DER SHOULD BE SAME TEAM DON`T PLAY WITH ROBBIE HE IS 2 DOWN PLAYER

  • nipun027 on May 5, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    I feel that Morgan should play 4 KKR 2day....... He will bring some fire power at the bottom of KKR which missing due to out of form Yusuf Pathan........ For Pune Tamim should be played on the top order, because the pitch of Eden is not a high scoring 1..... So they will need players like Tamim who can play aggressively and also will create a value for his wicket.......

  • on May 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    i think kkr should play those who is daily performer not big stars who hit 158 after playing 50 matches

  • on May 5, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    pune shld shuffle their batting order.replace ryder.give chance to wright/tamim..and kkr should'nt think abt money they shld replace mccullum he is nthing..he shld b replaced wid rtd/morgan/sakib

  • Freddie.Dcosta on May 5, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Sourav should open the innings with Clarke, bat in his natural aggressive style... put fast runs on board... even if he gets out doing that no problem - there is enough fire power lower down.

  • on May 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Dada is only a myth today.If he faces maximum balls in Pune's innings KKR will definitely win.Bengali should support KKR team not an individual.Today i will go eden and cheer for KKR though i was a big dada fan previously. but i m sorry to say dada should keep his bat and act as commentator cum cricket expert to retain his charishma.

  • on May 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Hey guys why are you shouting for Tamim?? Tamim is not like that he is high class player than any other, and Pune will never play him, so No need to shout for Tamim.

    Tamim will show his classs oneday DaDa, Dada forget his comitment for Bangla people. No sympathy for Dada. Dada is not ours. Dada will nver think for Bangla. Definitely Pune will lose this match. Good luck KKR and shakib. and Shakib will do something for KKR.

  • bismoy on May 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    If dada plays for 20 over,rest assure KKR will win easily.All this false bravado will come to abrupt end.

    On a different note,, if sachin scored 16 runs from 24 balls ,and mumbai lost now many would have leveled it selfish, because its dada who is not even half good as sachin so no one bother.Irony!!!

  • on May 5, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Pune shuld play tamim iqbal if dey really want to win dis game....Manish pandey shuld open d innings wit iqbal not uthappa.Dada shuld play down d order so dat an healthy run rate ll maintain at the top of d game.best f luck dada

  • on May 5, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Beware SRK ,EDEN is DADA's DEN

  • mahafuz1983 on May 5, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    welcome back DADA....u r going down bg time....SRK rulz....

  • pai11 on May 5, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    @Rahul Patel: I think they will support DADA so that indirectly KKR will win:-)

  • Seneka on May 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    It's an extremely special match! In his long career of cricket, Sourav Ganguly always faced tremendous pressures and sometimes fought injustices. And he made several superb comebacks. Not many cricketers in the history of cricket had shown such fascinating courage and boldness, and thus Dada has become a legend, an icon and his own city of Kolkata and all Bengalis in the world always became so very proud of the marvellous success and achievements of their favourite Sourav Ganguly, one of the best captains in Indian and world cricket and the man who contributed most to the creation of Team India. Today he is playing against his own city, and in Eden Gardens too. No matter he is the captain of the away team, I believe the majority of people in Kolkata would be happy to see Sourav's success tonight. And it will be so wonderful if Sourav can play a fantastic innings tonight; Pune is badly in need of a victory and it will be so good to see if they get it against Kolkata at Eden.

  • on May 5, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    I have no interest about this match . I will happy if both KKR & PUNE remain as NO 8 & NO 9 . Bwst of luck DADA . U should win

  • on May 5, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    No Tamim pls, No Tmim pls , No Tamim pls, He is not a capable batsman in T20 format, pls retain Marlon Samuels pls

  • on May 5, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    dada rocksssssss in kkrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • sabbor on May 5, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    as much as i love dada, i find him selfish!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 5, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    People, get a grip. Ganguly is the undisputed favourite son of Kolkata. The crowd will support him. Period.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 5, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Being a Gangulyan / fan of Ganguly I want to see Dada man of the match with Pune's win. Most probably Shakib and Tamim ---- none of them will be picked for today's match. For both of them, it's pointless at this point to play for KKR or PWI (except getting money from this IPL circus!!). Since KKR winning without Shakib and PWI losing without Tamim. So let others do the JOB in the LOW QUALITY IPL5 and Shakib/Tamim be rested in all IPL matches --- for playing in county where they can play REAL & PRESTIGIOUS game of cricket!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    something is there in ganguly

    there cant be so much talk about one player for whatever. let be his fame his form or his attitude. we have to accept it. again one has to agree that his prime time long gone. But not his will power and grit not to give in. these are natural gift to him.

    But this alone cannot get results to him as well as to the team.

    All the best dada. do well and bid bye in a nice way. Hit 30 odd runs but with pace and speed and all concerns just throw them to dust.

    No one can refuse the fact that the admiration is just for nothing. he is admired a lot as the best captain and leader and motivator for many a young player.

  • on May 4, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    KKR should play Narine, Kallis, Morgan/Haddin, Shakib/Tendo. Narine and Kallis seem to have sealed their positions while the other two overseas spots are still up for grabs .... PWI should play Clarke, Smith, Tamim, Ryder/Mathews.

  • on May 4, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Tamim isvery inform and made a half century in practise match ,dada should give a chance to Tamim, it is demand of time.

  • pvangeepuram on May 4, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    I expect half of Eden Gardens to cheer for PWI. It is not just in Culcutta, as we have witnessed through this IPL, Gangulians are everywhere. We saw them in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai. The only other Indian player who has same following is Sachin, but Dada has more hard core fans. I am a proud member of Gangulian cult and it is impossible to deter a fan from supporting Dada regardless of the situation and his form. Go Dada Go. Lets rock Eden Gardens and show everyone whose home it is.

  • on May 4, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    i think Mccullum needs to sit out and Shakib should open the innings with Gambhir as Shakib's a hard hitting batsman and as a bowler too he is very effective.... KKR will get an added advantage including Shakib over Mccullum..

  • on May 4, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    dada and pwi, like every match I would like to give a few Suggestions. At Kolkata u must nt take 4 pacers in d team. Neither u take 2 specialized spinners as clarke can bowl. Best team write, pandey, dada, clarke, manhas, smith, uthappa, nehra/kumar, dinda, parnell/thomas, karthik. Dont through the ball to write or clarke in the powerplay. Dada, u plz take singles any how. Atleast run a ball. Play narine sensibly scoring 20 25 in his 4 overs, controll gambhir, u will win.

  • Muhtasim13 on May 4, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    @ Gorky Shaw, I guess Tamim was bought as a potential replacement for Jesse Ryder. If you remember, when Pune signed Tamim, Ryder was going through quite a tough time after being dropped from the NZ team for disciplinary issues. But he bounced back by the time the IPL started so now there's really no use of playing Tamim

  • on May 4, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Kolkatta people will be foolish if they support ganguly over team Kolkatta

  • Unmesh_cric on May 4, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    For PWI fans, last couple of weeks have been very disappointing. But I hope they lift their game at Eden. There is still an outside chance that they make it to the semis. So they should not give up...stranger things have happened in cricket. All the best PWI!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    plz let tamim and shakib play.. tamim is young but experienced dashing opener hard hitter.. dada give him a chance at least to try.. he even did well in their practice matches.. did half centuries.. and shakib shuld replace out of form yusuf pathan, lee, kalis or mccullum.. just look their form in asia cup..

  • Hayat22 on May 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    KKR should let Ganguly score 20-30 runs since his stay will hurt it less. Also the good news is that Nehra wasn't taken to the cleaners in the last match, and performed rather well, so he is due for a clean up, and the juicy servings will be there in the later part of the innings, hopefully. ;-D

    I'm sure KKR can play this match with 13 players( i don't mean the two umpires but these two distinguished gentlemen) who have certain points to prove, so give them a chance to 'express' themselves! ;-D

    On a serious note: If Ganguly does make a point tomorrow as he wants to, then he should step aside, and let Clarke take over the captiancy, since this seanson's 2nd half could prove extremely beneficial to his next season's captaincy role, and PWI could play as serious contendors for the title rather than as vehicles of someone's grudge!

  • on May 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Isn't Tamim worth getting a single chance, especially when others are failing in a heap? If not, why was he bought anyway?

  • on May 4, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    I think Tamim and Shakib will not be pickup today .

    mathews for pune

  • sk12 on May 4, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Obviously crowd will support Ganguly.. if he stays long enuf, thers very little chance Pune will score many and they'll eventually lose to kkr. Double bonanza for the the crowd :)

  • on May 4, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    DADA Vs Knight riders(not kolkata) AND TAMIM Vs SAKIB!!!! jus cant think how xciting it will be to watch a match like that in KOLKATA... best of luck to dada, knight riders,tamim n sakib from a BD fan

  • Ha8rick on May 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    PW will win despite Ganguly scoring a duck.

    During the process, there will be Vandalism, Gropings & Fights & definitely FIRE at the Garden of Eden. IPL games at the venue will be banned till further notice.

    Such will be the familiar sight at Eden Gardens.

    Next Day, Ryan tenDo will write an interesting Blog :)

  • on May 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Why do all the Bangladeshis keep crying about not playing Tamim or Shakib? It's just about the right combination...

  • adnanadu on May 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    offcourse kkr will win this match INSHALAH bcoz they have captain inform and the bowling line of kkr is just amazing having 4 offspiners 3 mediam piecers and one pacer what a team that s some what amazing go kkr go dont stop u can do it bring a trophy to kolkata and then we should see

  • on May 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Nope sorry guys Ganguly is definitely not better than Shakib just compare both of their records plus both Tamim and Shakib are very young and not even in their peaks and that's why i'm laughing so hard when some of you are mentioning that Ganguly is a better player all-round than Shakib good joke besides the stats of the two backs up my points so end of story jealous people. Ganguly like I said is old and useless so look to the future and move on guys even jadeja has much more potential than Ganguly first did at that age looolzzzz :)))

  • Ibra95 on May 4, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    eoin morgan or tendo should play in this game replacing lee or kallis. if mccullum gets replaced then shakib could replace lee. then would be a tamim vs shakib & ghambir vs dada pls pwi, replace ryder for tamim!

    a kkr fan.

  • vijaydv on May 4, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    If you think about all the three matches they lost by PWI recently is all a close games...!!! Pune Warriors India have learnt a enough lesson from all close games..!! Dada is the skipper who will never repeat his mistakes...!!! The upcoming match against KKR will be a much sure win for PWI..!! Its doesnt matter that whom they are playing with but surely they will give a Consecutive 5 victories from now..!! Sure that points table from now will be get reversed within some few days..!! DADA ALWAYS ROCKz...!!! COME ON DADA...!!!!! DO IT ...!!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    whats the freaking obscession about playing shakib in the KKR team??? we are winning and the thats all that matters...so this winning combination does not need to be touched!!! we have the momentum and no one player comes above the team...

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 4, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @ nitin1090: no he isn't! period!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 4, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @ Ahmed Hussain: very rightly said! - From an Indian and Bengali!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 4, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @STARFISH14: of course we will question ganguly's credibility to win matches given his age, form, and fitness. there are many legends; but the important aspects of their characters were humility, and they knew when to call it a day! your LEGEND dADU doesn't have either.

  • on May 4, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I have an intuition..its gonna be a massacre of PWI in Kolkata..Gambhir has to prove a point n so does the whole KKR unit..Ganduly as usual would play a big role in that massacre..he surely will put himself first in everything to prove himself but i know his legs will be shaking n he'll be playing so badly that he wont leave any chance for PWI to win...

  • emon-28-78 on May 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    No Tamim,no Pune,no Dada.What does Pune want?They want Tamim not to play in IPL.Because if Tamim becomes man of the match.Recently Shakib is not playing.It's a same reason.....i think.Everybody know that Ryder has played at least 9 games.But he can't do anything special.He isn't in form last 6-7 IPL matches.He played just 2 good innings.76 and 65.But he also picked.But,why?There is a dashing opener in pune Tamim Iqbal.Again and again Ryder getting a chance and can't do anything.Why don't u pick Tamim?what's the reason?I want to know.Ryder isn't also experinece like Tamim.He played just 39 ODIS.So,Tamim should be pick for tomorrow match.I think there will be a lot of crowd and will supporting Pune and KKR.

  • Fareen on May 4, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Those who're criticizing Dada, can you name one batsman who's actually scoring runs for Pune ? I think Ganguly will score runs as he knows how to tackle difficult situations...but I hope they would drop Jessie Ryder and bring Tamim @ the top of the order to open with Michael Clarke..Uthappa & Smith should be used as the pinch hitters with Manhas and ganguly to provide stability in the middle.

  • on May 4, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Win or Loss!!! Ganguly Gets a ton or duck!! Doesn't matter!! Am a Gangulian!! Wil be ever as a Gangulian!! All the Best Dada!!! You should play well at least for the hope that Bengali fans got on you!!!! God Bless Pune!! Go!! Go!!

  • pjbarua on May 4, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Hope for some agressive batting from dada. Pune should consider Tamim. Better late than never. Always try to get maximum out of your resources. KKR should drop macculam bring morgan/tendo. Bisla is better than him. U can not expect gambhir to perform in every match. Shakib should be brought back with balaji. Kolkata have so many options! But they still using some inconsistent performers!

  • on May 4, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    awesome to see bangladeshis bashing dada for not playing tamim.. i don't see lankans bashing him for not playing mathews...

  • drswapnil on May 4, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    WOULD LOVE TO SEE PUNE WINING WITH GANGULY BEING MAN OF THE MATCH THAT WOULD BE BEST PART OF THE IPL. AND THEN WOULD LIKE TO SEE SRKS FACE.

  • on May 4, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    i am supporting KKR...So should people at the Eden..No individual can be above a team !!

  • British-Bangali on May 4, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    get the guy a walking stick lol......Hope shakib comes back,but to be fair kkr are playing some fantastic cricket and look set to qualify...

  • on May 4, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Hoping for KKR victory with Ganguly's 50 :) Assuming he can't score 100 at this age !

  • NAZKI on May 4, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    bring YUSUF PATHAN at no. 3 and let him gain his form.KKR is going to win easily against PWI. All the best YUSUF PATHAN and KKR

  • xylo on May 4, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    The crowd might cheer Dada, and if he plays long enough, KKR will win as well. It will be a win-win situation!

  • md_aminul on May 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Ganguly is useless player. Tamim and Ryder should be the best opening combination for Pune

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Shakib is better than any other cricketer... So, KKR should take Shakib..... against Pune...

  • STARFISH14 on May 4, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain, Ganguly is a legend and no one can question his credibility. As far as Shakib and Tamim are concerned they can never match Ganguly's stature as player.

  • StevieS on May 4, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Ahmed Hussain so you are saying Ganguly is a older verson of Tamim, can't bat or bowl.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    I think this is going to be an exciting cricket match. Kolkata will support DADA not KKR. But the winning trend of KKR will be really hard to break. KKR is winning only based on Gauti. Yousuf Pathan, Brendon McCullum is not in their form. they should be dropped and Shakib, Ten Doeschate or Eoin Morgan should be given chance.

    PWI is also a better team but they are not getting the right finish for them. Ryder is being given tons of chances. he just played a single good game. I think Tamim Iqbal should be given a chance.Wayne Parnell and Steven Smith are doing a good job for the team. they should be kept in the team. So the four abroad players should be Parnell, Smith, Tamim and Clark.

    It will be really nice to see Tamim and Shakib playing against one another. I think there is a greater chance of being so.

    Anyway, Hoping a great game of cricket.

  • chandrachuralways007 on May 4, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Listen, in Kolkata, Gangully is next to God...yes, King is Coming to claim his Kingdom.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    please drop Nehra..he cant do anything..he cant even bend

  • cric_lover12 on May 4, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Pune should use Tamim & Luke to win this match and drop Ryder & Parnel. KKR could take Shakib, then it will be very difficult for Pune. I hope Ganguly & Clarke will play with responsibilties and win the match. It could be a match of Ganguly vs Gambhir and Shakib vs Tamim.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I just want PUNE to turn the tables and get back to the winning ways.... as they need to win almost every match... doesn't matter the combo they will b coming with... just b confident... gud luck :)

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Dada win in Kolkata & take of your shirt,exactly that you did at Lord's.

    All best wishes to Pune & specialy to Dada.

  • chilled_avenger on May 4, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I remember when the Kolkata crowd supported South Africa and booed India during the time Ganguly was dropped from the team. I don't understand this obsession fans have with Ganguly to the point that they consider that Ganguly is above India and they should support him instead of their own county!

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Would love to see the Kolkata Knights slay the Pune warriors at the battlefield of Eden.

  • nitin1090 on May 4, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain Atleast dada is better cricketer than Tamim and Ahakib even at thsi age...

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    suporting clarke.... he should captain pune

  • ashish_gajjar on May 4, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    i wish Dada and pune team win @ kolkata and he become man of the match in tomorrow match.. and Dada want to some changes in his team my pwi team-manish,ganguly,uthappa,clarke,ferguson,smith,angelo,rahul,murli,ashish,ashok...

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    I hope I can finally see a Shakib v Tamim battle especially in a Bengali land plus I don't understand why this Ganguly guy is actually playing Cricket for I mean he's old useless with the bat and ball okay in fielding but his captaincy and performance has cost Pune to qualify :)

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    i predict scenario.... Crowd will boo srk, kkr but dada will be supported sincerely.....

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  • on May 4, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    i predict scenario.... Crowd will boo srk, kkr but dada will be supported sincerely.....

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    I hope I can finally see a Shakib v Tamim battle especially in a Bengali land plus I don't understand why this Ganguly guy is actually playing Cricket for I mean he's old useless with the bat and ball okay in fielding but his captaincy and performance has cost Pune to qualify :)

  • ashish_gajjar on May 4, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    i wish Dada and pune team win @ kolkata and he become man of the match in tomorrow match.. and Dada want to some changes in his team my pwi team-manish,ganguly,uthappa,clarke,ferguson,smith,angelo,rahul,murli,ashish,ashok...

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    suporting clarke.... he should captain pune

  • nitin1090 on May 4, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain Atleast dada is better cricketer than Tamim and Ahakib even at thsi age...

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Would love to see the Kolkata Knights slay the Pune warriors at the battlefield of Eden.

  • chilled_avenger on May 4, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I remember when the Kolkata crowd supported South Africa and booed India during the time Ganguly was dropped from the team. I don't understand this obsession fans have with Ganguly to the point that they consider that Ganguly is above India and they should support him instead of their own county!

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Dada win in Kolkata & take of your shirt,exactly that you did at Lord's.

    All best wishes to Pune & specialy to Dada.

  • on May 4, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I just want PUNE to turn the tables and get back to the winning ways.... as they need to win almost every match... doesn't matter the combo they will b coming with... just b confident... gud luck :)

  • cric_lover12 on May 4, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Pune should use Tamim & Luke to win this match and drop Ryder & Parnel. KKR could take Shakib, then it will be very difficult for Pune. I hope Ganguly & Clarke will play with responsibilties and win the match. It could be a match of Ganguly vs Gambhir and Shakib vs Tamim.