Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, Eden Gardens May 5, 2012

No happy homecoming for Ganguly

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Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 5 (Gambhir 56, Mathews 2-17) beat Pune Warriors 143 for 8 (de lange 3-34, Narine 1-13) by seven runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The pre-match hype was all about Sourav Ganguly taking on his former team at his nursery - Eden Gardens. He played a part in giving his struggling Pune Warriors a chance to upstage Kolkata Knight Riders, but in a bitter twist, his dismissal was the turning point, allowing the hosts to clinch a seven-run win. In a match that ebbed and flowed, Angelo Mathews halted Knight Riders' charge with a flurry of sixes, but with support diminishing at the other end, he failed to muscle Warriors to victory.

It wasn't the homecoming Ganguly hoped for. Having done the hard work to restrict Knight Riders to a middling 150 after a rousing start, Warriors were tottering at 55 for 5. Ganguly curiously demoted himself to No. 7 and the chants for his arrival grew louder with the fall of every top-order wicket. Sunil Narine's variations left Ganguly fighting for dear life, but having survived the spell, he ran out of steam as Knight Riders found some late inspiration in the field.

Knight Riders' win brought back memories of a similar game against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. A strong top-order base was followed by a collapse, before the bowlers starred. At Eden Gardens today, an opening stand of 113 between Gautam Gambhir and Brendon McCullum gave them the foundation to entertain thoughts of 200 and beyond, but the other batsmen batted as if on a different wicket and managed only 37 runs in the last 7.3 overs.

The stand between Gambhir and McCullum was their third of more than fifty in this IPL. They ransacked 46 runs off three overs to end the Powerplay on an imposing 68 for no loss. Sensing the spinners would play a crucial role in containing the run-rate on this sluggish pitch, Ganguly brought on Michael Clarke. Gambhir milked the singles by dabbing the seamers to third man. There were no pressure tactics applied by Warriors till the tenth over, when the wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa stood up to the stumps to prevent the batsmen from using their feet. Gambhir continued coming down the track but he failed to launch Murali Kartik over long-off, where he was caught by Mithun Manhas.

It was the start of the slide for Knight Riders. After hammering 106 off 11 overs, Knight Riders managed only 44 in the last nine - their worst performance in all IPL seasons. Following McCullum's fall in the 14th over, they scored only one more boundary.

The speed of Marchant de Lange, however, gave Knight Riders a rousing start with the ball as the South African beat Clarke for pace and clipped the bails. The Warriors top order perished in the quest for quick runs, though Steven Smith was unlucky to be given lbw because the umpire failed to spot an inside edge.

Walking in later than anticipated, Ganguly was silenced by Narine with four scoreless deliveries. He then slapped Jacques Kallis over mid-off and upper cut him over the slips to perk up Warriors. Ganguly's edginess against Narine, however, was one of the more memorable battles in the chase. As the ball spun and gripped, Ganguly poked and prodded like he was batting in the dark. Edges sneaked past the slips and it seemed like a wicket was around the corner.

Three consecutive sixes over the leg side by Mathews, off Yusuf Pathan, meant that Warriors needed 42 off the last five. Narine slowed down Warriors with another parsimonious over to Ganguly, in which he gave just four. A flat six by Ganguly off Rajat Bhatia added another twist, but three balls later, he holed out to the deep.

Narine's spell, which featured 14 dots balls, and some inspired fielding by Laxmi Ratan Shukla put the target out of Warriors' reach.

Kolkata loyalists got what they wanted - a win, plus a contribution from Ganguly. What couldn't be measured, though, was how many of the 60,000 odd that showed up were rooting for a Warriors win.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • chrishb on May 7, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    WHAN GANGULAY WAS IN KKR - KKR WAS LOOSING NOW IT CARRIES TO PWI,, DADA CARRIES POLITICS EVERYWHERE - TRUE OR NOT ?

  • dmqi on May 7, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    YUSUF PATHAN THE BEST ALL ROUNDER RATED BY THE BEST BATSMAN/CAPTAIN GAUTAM GAMBHIR. WHAT A BOWLING PERFORMANCE TODAY!ONE MORE OVER WOULD BE FINE FOR THE OPPOSITION.

  • RK204 on May 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    reading most of the comments i am little bit surprised................most of the comments are 4m bangladeshi fans........... cricinfo should be proud of us........as well as IPL

  • sabbor on May 6, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Murali too old n selfish, should go back home enjoy with family and let youngster play, he has proven more then enough how good player he is. So its all about money this older dude still playing for:)

  • aurthio on May 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @cricket-lover-89, First of all (not beting) its batting. second ...Shane watson is the best all rounder accordng to your ranking. For Icc its Sakib al hasan. Icc might looking for you , for some help.

  • on May 6, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @ pjbarua

    Warriors need you............

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    There has been quite a lot comments on how Ganguly performed so far in this IPL...It is absolutely a point that Ganguly has disappointed to his fans more than a bit...we all love hime so much that we can't see him defeated in any part of cricket game...whether it is Captaincy, Batting, Fielding etc.

    Though its correct that Ganguly not making any impact with bat (which is his main skill apart being captaining Pune team)...still it is a point to think that he's not been playing international level cricket like other players Sachin, Dhoni...and the players who are not so active in international cricket appeared struggling like Gilchrist.

    People are also talking about not including Tamim...Even if you remove Ganguly...there can play only 4 foreign players in a team and Pune has already that bunch.

    Still being fan of Ganguly...it will be good if he resign as player and skipper of the team. But this should happen only with consent of Pune management and Ganguly.

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @gagg.......ipl is not even a standard league....indian board have forced to include 4 teams in the champions league..........ha..ha..ha,,,,& they r afraid about our bpl.....so did not allow 2 participate there.....now come 2 d point....ur talking abt sakib...ok...just look at narine his avg is worst than sakib...do u think sakib is better than narine....even i dont think so.....so y is narine in d team....itz bcoz form.....& y is bm in d team????bcoz he is a newzealander.....batted selfishly today 2 keep d place.....also he is not a good player in d subcontinent pitches....got tremendous support from d kkr management..........whatev he plays good or bad is not a fact for his place in d team.....also it is same for yusuf.....& look at sakib...got minimum opportunity & achieved a man of d match....

  • on May 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @Gagg....McCullum better than Shakib?....hahaha...First of all T20 is not real Cricket and just to embarrass you McCullum doesn't and can't bowl but Shakib can so look at the rankings of the two at the ICC website. Even Shakib's batting is better than McCullum in the 'REAL' formats ODIs and Tests. Yes McCullum is ranked higher than Shakib in the T20 rankings but you just as I know that's because Bangladesh hardly play T20 Cricket as compared to New Zealand and if you want proof take 2012 so far as an example. New Zealand in 2012 have 5 T20 internationals already whereas Bangladesh haven't even played 1 yet so don't let your 'ignorance' get the better of you as I proved you wrong with these evidences therefore you badly fail hahaha....plus McCullum has played more games than Shakib in all formats in Tests and ODIs but Shakib's average is still better than him end of story :))))

  • krishay on May 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    KKR are playing well and it is said not to change a winning team, but Pathan is looking out of sorts at the moment! KKR may need to look at some of their other players for eg - Sakib?! On another note Sunil Narine has been fantastic!! It was wonderful to see him do battlle with Dada!

  • chrishb on May 7, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    WHAN GANGULAY WAS IN KKR - KKR WAS LOOSING NOW IT CARRIES TO PWI,, DADA CARRIES POLITICS EVERYWHERE - TRUE OR NOT ?

  • dmqi on May 7, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    YUSUF PATHAN THE BEST ALL ROUNDER RATED BY THE BEST BATSMAN/CAPTAIN GAUTAM GAMBHIR. WHAT A BOWLING PERFORMANCE TODAY!ONE MORE OVER WOULD BE FINE FOR THE OPPOSITION.

  • RK204 on May 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    reading most of the comments i am little bit surprised................most of the comments are 4m bangladeshi fans........... cricinfo should be proud of us........as well as IPL

  • sabbor on May 6, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Murali too old n selfish, should go back home enjoy with family and let youngster play, he has proven more then enough how good player he is. So its all about money this older dude still playing for:)

  • aurthio on May 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @cricket-lover-89, First of all (not beting) its batting. second ...Shane watson is the best all rounder accordng to your ranking. For Icc its Sakib al hasan. Icc might looking for you , for some help.

  • on May 6, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @ pjbarua

    Warriors need you............

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    There has been quite a lot comments on how Ganguly performed so far in this IPL...It is absolutely a point that Ganguly has disappointed to his fans more than a bit...we all love hime so much that we can't see him defeated in any part of cricket game...whether it is Captaincy, Batting, Fielding etc.

    Though its correct that Ganguly not making any impact with bat (which is his main skill apart being captaining Pune team)...still it is a point to think that he's not been playing international level cricket like other players Sachin, Dhoni...and the players who are not so active in international cricket appeared struggling like Gilchrist.

    People are also talking about not including Tamim...Even if you remove Ganguly...there can play only 4 foreign players in a team and Pune has already that bunch.

    Still being fan of Ganguly...it will be good if he resign as player and skipper of the team. But this should happen only with consent of Pune management and Ganguly.

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @gagg.......ipl is not even a standard league....indian board have forced to include 4 teams in the champions league..........ha..ha..ha,,,,& they r afraid about our bpl.....so did not allow 2 participate there.....now come 2 d point....ur talking abt sakib...ok...just look at narine his avg is worst than sakib...do u think sakib is better than narine....even i dont think so.....so y is narine in d team....itz bcoz form.....& y is bm in d team????bcoz he is a newzealander.....batted selfishly today 2 keep d place.....also he is not a good player in d subcontinent pitches....got tremendous support from d kkr management..........whatev he plays good or bad is not a fact for his place in d team.....also it is same for yusuf.....& look at sakib...got minimum opportunity & achieved a man of d match....

  • on May 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @Gagg....McCullum better than Shakib?....hahaha...First of all T20 is not real Cricket and just to embarrass you McCullum doesn't and can't bowl but Shakib can so look at the rankings of the two at the ICC website. Even Shakib's batting is better than McCullum in the 'REAL' formats ODIs and Tests. Yes McCullum is ranked higher than Shakib in the T20 rankings but you just as I know that's because Bangladesh hardly play T20 Cricket as compared to New Zealand and if you want proof take 2012 so far as an example. New Zealand in 2012 have 5 T20 internationals already whereas Bangladesh haven't even played 1 yet so don't let your 'ignorance' get the better of you as I proved you wrong with these evidences therefore you badly fail hahaha....plus McCullum has played more games than Shakib in all formats in Tests and ODIs but Shakib's average is still better than him end of story :))))

  • krishay on May 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    KKR are playing well and it is said not to change a winning team, but Pathan is looking out of sorts at the moment! KKR may need to look at some of their other players for eg - Sakib?! On another note Sunil Narine has been fantastic!! It was wonderful to see him do battlle with Dada!

  • Cricket_lover_89 on May 6, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Tamim Averages 19 in T20

    Sunil Natine is a far better bowler......

    Shane Watson is the best all rounder....

    Playing in home and beting a good once in blue moon won't help....

    Tamim Sakib are good in BPL only

  • on May 6, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @ sas_k tamim is a very good opener in every format of cricket.... he plays so aggressively... he scores 4 consecutive half centuries in Asia Cup... last 3 50's his strike rate was around 130 in each game against India, srilanka & Pakistan... he is only 23 years old... and another thing i should add he was da widens No 1 cricketer in da year 2010... he scored 2 consecutive test centuries in lords & oval... scored 100 in 82 balls(LORDS) & again score 100 in 93 balls ( OVAL) in test matches aginst da no 1 ranked test team in dere home groud.... i think these informaition isenough 4 tamim.... he did't plays in BPL as he was injured... one thing u guys have 2 understand bangladesh plays less t20 matches.... so dat u u can't compared dere t20 performances or strike rate... if they will give chance they can prove themselves.... N Sakib .... Everybody knows dat he is da best all rounders in both Test & ODI so i don't wanna tell dis... He was the man of da match in ASIA CUP & BPL... TC

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 6, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    @Prakash Chakravarthy: good. ask Mr DADU to take you for dinner. you deserve it!

  • pjbarua on May 6, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Apart from gambhir kkr's batting is pathethic! They are gonna lose in play offs. Nothing to say about pune. Is this a t20 opening pair? U must be joking!

  • on May 6, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @IMRANPANNA You are absolutely right.

  • siri1234 on May 6, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    now ganguly must hav realised the importance of matthews in pune team.if ganguly would hav played matthews in all the matches he was dropped, pune would have beaten mumbai and deccan easily and now be sitting pretty on top of the table.@bangladesh fans who r crying for shakib and tamin not being included.the world s best spinner muralitharan has to sit out for bangalore.so wat is the big deal ur shakib and tamin r not playing.just get on with it

  • IMRANPANNA on May 6, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    dada doesn't have cricketing mind that's why he losing all the match, i m sure the result for rest matches will be same for pwi.

  • on May 6, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    It is the time the so called ''DADA'' the old man should give up his ''dadagiri'' from cricket.

    Becoz his team is not supporting him at all...........& His team selection is worst.

    Look the gentle man ''Gambhir '' how he is directing the team KKR.

  • Shohan_ on May 6, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    don't know, why kkr chose McCullum† as an opener, he just wasting balls. 42 from 43 balls is not sufficient score for T20. moreover in every match he is wasting power play balls. wasting power play's balls and in the end gifting his wicket will cost kkr. i think taking Sakib or Morgan in the best 11 is not matter of team combination but its now come to an egoistic matter for Gamvir. Gamvir is playing really well but no batsman can support him. lucking KKR getting good results but they are not deserving CUP. wait and see.

  • Rosh1 on May 6, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    The biggest mistake Pune has done in the league is not to have played Matthews in all the matches. Angelo Matthews showed a glimpse of what he is capable yesterday. In the initial matches he batted down the order and had to face only a few balls. Angelo will take some balls to settle down, but thereafter you may see runs flowing. So, just play him and propomote him up the order. There has to be a reason for the experts to keep talking about his talent.

  • on May 6, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    I like to say something about sak_k that Tamim & Sakib was not selacted becoz they are the players beat India WC 2007 & Asia cup 2012, pls pls pls don't say anything for them as they are already world class criketer........

  • on May 6, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @Dipu12 why blame that youngster B Kumar.He is the silverline in Pune's performance.He is a good prospect for the Indian Test team,Good with his swing bowling,and his pace is not too bad he is touching 135-139,that is not bad in indian piches with some swing.And he is a capable batsman with some good shots.

  • Sankafox on May 6, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    First of all I'm not happy with the way this report was organised. It is all about Ganguly ( Yes, the topic is about Ganguly.. but this is all and all a match summary). It seems like the writer has not given the proper recognition to the players who had done well in the match. As an example Mathews from Worriers... Who has the best econ. from Pune and one of the highest wicket takers as well. Further more he brought back a positive hope for Pune fans from no-where by hitting three consecutive sixes over YP. But Gaguly as the CAPTAIN and as the most experienced player in the side couldn't continue the momentum... I expect more professionalism from the writers from a web site which represent the entire CRICKET WORLD...

  • Love_cricket123 on May 6, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Come on BD guyssssssssssss it doesn't matter if Shakib or Tamim dont play in IPL. they are playing and they will play for our team thts it! calm down now. Dont blame anyone we all saw the reaction of ghambhir after Shakib became MOM, so forget it. Let them discriminate. I hope this will make our boys stronger :D

  • beyondanything on May 6, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Simple strategy! KKR was doing badly under Ganguly. They left out Ganguly. Now KKR are making the playoffs. Pune could make the playoff the same way in the next IPL, if they could follow KKR's strategy. Ganguly's permance in all IPL seasons have been terrible as a batsman and even as a captain. He is a waste of money!!!!

  • sas_k on May 6, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    dont kno why BD ppl are crying for Tamim and Sakib..lot of good players are on bench for all teams...and they are comparing Kallis with sakib...very funny... Agree Sakib is a good spinner but Tamim.. what is his records,played some knocks in BPL..thats all.....

  • beyondanything on May 6, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    PUNE WARRIORS NOW PUNE WORRYORS???????????

  • on May 6, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Pune Warriors have lost again. Expecting more comments against ganguly. All the past matches wanted ganguly step down the order. He did it, could anyone comment on the result. None of the batsmen could stay on the crease. Dont ever try to blame ganguly again. If you feel ganguly cant bat in his lifetime in a T20. Then dare ask any bowler in this world to say it is quite easy to bowl/field against gangly when he is trying to hit a shot. do you have anyone worldclass bowler to say these words, even right now. I still beleive pune can make to the playoff. even if they cant, we still respect the effort for the puneteam in this IPL for the courageous play. Pune warriors and ganguly - you still have supporters all over the country and i am one among them. It is not a matter you win or loss, but you play a good cricekt. you dont fall without a fight. Till we get this two from you, we dont go away from you.

  • BONG_IN_CHENNAI on May 6, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Its a simple formula for KKR now:

    We all (more Gauti) needs a loss to push out YKP. Play him against DDV. Press hard for his performance. We loose, he is out; if we win (even without his contribution), we can wait till eternity for his form to come back, b'cos there is no other team to beat in IPL-V than DDV.

    A message for Shakib supporters: If the turn-out and emotions at EDEN on May 05, cannot run U down - please THINK, if you can. Nobody on either side of the Ganges/Padma was thinking of the sidelines and bench-players yesterday.

  • Lovetesh on May 6, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    After Tendo and Shakib messed up that chase of 13 of 11 against KXIP at Eden Gardens, I don't think Gautam Gambhir is going to pick them again. He will rather pick Morgan, who is a good player of spin, if Brendon does not improve. Lee, Kallis and Narine are surely going to play. So Shakib debate can be put to rest guys, he is not going to play for KKR again this season.

  • on May 6, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Gagg please cite your sources before saying sth. Shakib is not the no1 allrounder in tests and ODIs for nothing. Just that BD does not play that many T20s otherwise his international T20 record would have been great too......

  • drsuso on May 6, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    @Hyatt: I second ur opinion. IPL is wasting a lot of talents by not utilising them. Morgan and Shakib in KKR, Tamim in Pune, Andre Russell in Delhi. Hope Dwayne Smith will make it to the final XI of Mumbai. What I think is the nationality is playing behind the selection. Bangladesh, Ireland is getting overlooked and to some extent WI.

  • Seneka on May 6, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Pune Warriors is doing bad this year mainly due to the dismal performance of Robin Uthappa; his awful wicket-keeping and slow batting make the team suffer in every match. Ganguly's captaincy helped the team in many ways; he became man of the match in the crucial game against the tournament's strongest team. Even Nehra bowled well in a few matches. But Uthappa, as the most valuable buy of the Pune team, has never been dropped even after his awful display of slow batting. Monish Pandey also became very inconsistent. It seems Ganguly did not get the full freedom in selecting his team; Pune management should realise their mistake of backing a player like Uthappa who just can't be depended upon and who in some matches batted in a way that showed he was totally ignoring the importance of scoring quick runs such as the second game against Delhi.

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    My question again - why is Pathan still playing? Hasn't performed with bat or ball. Why isn't KKR replacing him?

  • cric_freakNo2 on May 6, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    No matter what u say some teams n captains never change LOL eg: Ganguly for Pune,Gambhir for KKR,Sanga for DC Learn from Gilly,he doesnt want team to loose so he gave others a chance so that he can get abck to form in mean time . I m pretty sure we wil see old Gilly in 1/2 matches

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Selfish Ganguly, IPL is not for cricket but politics..Down with IPL!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Ganguly lead his team very well in the beginning of this tournament but later he failed as he lost 5 matches in a row both in home and away circumstances. Captain has the responsibility of guiding his team with discipline in field but is it happening with him and his team? People call him as experienced captain and a matured player but is he behaving as one? After all his experience has fetched him a last place in fare-play award and last but one in total points tally.

    What have he done for his team as a captain despite his aggression and disrespect in field. Is this the only thing he learned from cricket that he played for more than a decade now?

    Pune Warriors can be lead by Michael Clark who proved to be the better captain than Ganguly; moreover he is good both with his bat and ball.

    The best thing that Ganguly can do for his team is sit, analyse the match and advice his fellow player from outside the boundary rope during match. But if he is going to continue with the same thin

  • Abaa on May 6, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    @ Ahmed Hussain - Ever heard of Glen Mcgrath? One of the greatest bowlers of all time? A class apart from Sakib and Tamim and even the whole bangladesh team combined! Spent an entire season of an IPL warming the benches for Delhi Daredevils. Remember? There's no conspiracy or any nonsense. When a player that brilliant was sidelined there is no reason a couple of up and coming players don't get picked. And with KKR they're actually on a winning spree so what is the need for Sakib? They already have a spinner way better in Narine. And Mccullum's not in just for his batting its also his keeping that needs to be replaced if he's dropped! Oh and for god's sake you've called Jacques Kallis useless so your argument becomes totally pointless right there as it shows your cricketing knowledge!

    @ abcdef_12345 - How many tons does Sakib have in T20 Cricket? Remember Mccullum's? In IPL and in a T20 game against Aus? He's an irreplaceable game changer and especially useful in this format!

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Pune victim of bad umpiring for the past 2 matches....terrible!! More TV replays need to be taken in by umpires before blindly giving decisions...

  • zaman2012 on May 6, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Come on Bangladeshi fans, Shakib is in one of the best performing teams of the league. that's why he is in the bench. He can walk into the starting eleven of many of the other teams. So can Morgan and de Lange. I am sure his time will come. An individual is never bigger than the team.

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    pune is losing because of non performance of indian players like uttappa, pandey, nehra.. and foreign players apart smith. they are unlucky in losing to bangalore, deccan (50 runs in 2 over match) and mumbai! for the remaining matches... either dada should play with the new team of young indian players and un played foreign players like tamim, gomez, mccullum, knight!

    Because of DADA, Pune is getting maximum support which puts a lot of pressure on the players. 20/20 is all about playing freely with basic right with due to respect to quality bowlers. Again lost 2 matches in which dada should played the overs carefully after getting 9 runs (against malinga and bhatia) he got out and because of that pune lost both to mumbai and kkr.

    It is very sad, painful to see pune lose match after match and to hear the blame and comments on dada after every match. all 11 players should understand their role and contribute only then you can win the IPL or any match infact.

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    hard luck dada, next match totally change the side : Open with Dwivedi, Khadiwale, Fergusson, Majumdar, Mishra, Dada, Gomez, Mccullum, B. Kumar, Ali Murtaza, Kamran Khan! As far IPL 5 is concerned it is all over! Lets build the team for next season... and develop a match winner and a player for crisis! drop uttappa, pandey, nehra for the remaining matches!

  • andrew27994 on May 6, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal finally has a rival who can match him in Sunil Narine

  • indianphysio on May 6, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    ganguly had done his best today by taking his team close to chase but all younger players failed..wat more to do by coming at number 7 and doing all for his team

  • andrew27994 on May 6, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    It is very unfair to blame Ganguly for PWIs losses. His strike rates might be low but considering the situation that PWI have consistently been in( i.e never getting a good start) you can't blame him for trying to anchor the innings. For example, yesterday when Ganguly came to the crease PWI were 55-5 in the 9th over chasing 151. Can you expect him to score aggressively from ball 1 especially considering he had to face most of the deliveries of Narine? No. So, its the others in the top and middle order like Uthappa, Manhas, Pandey who are not performing. And no one spoke of Dinda's drop catch yesterday. You can't win matches if you drop catches of well settled batsmen more often than not. I agree that Ganguly's captaincy wasn't at his best but he is doing what he can personally. I would rate him 9 out of 10 for his personal performance in this tournament.

  • indianphysio on May 6, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    i think ppl here too harsh and just behiend ganguly for no reason.if today he played run a ball u say he not fit for t20 and should retire but all u cricket pandits should notice his team was 5 down when he come,he gave chance to all younger player before him to play (u all keep crying he should bat down) he did all wat u all were crying for but wat happen all younger players failed and his knock put them back in match..still u blame ganguly for tht. if dinda drop a lollypop catch and umpire keep blind folded for smith lbw..wat alone ganguly can do..i know u will crticise him for anything he do but if pune is giving tough competition in all match its because of him..and if u all talking abt pune its beause of ganguly. all other player also play run a ball but bo one cry but for ganguly all start barking..comeon dont just talk rubbish without considering situaton of match.and those who say he dont run 2s quickly should undestand ganguly was never good runner even in his peak days.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 6, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    KKR will lose with this team combination in PLAYOFFS, just watch. If they don't lose with this team combination in Play Offs then my 25 years of playing and watching cricket, I didn't understand anything abt Cricket!!!!!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Hoped for a PWI win because they have lost 4 in a row before. Mathews' three sixes in a row off Yusuf brought PWI back into the attack but didn't last. Dada's home support is much higher than any other. Dada lost at home against home :P

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 6, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    What a blast by Gambhir. Take a bow!

  • Freddie.Dcosta on May 6, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Those who are blaming Ganguly are either stupid or vicious persons. He has done everything right. The others have to fulfill their responsibility... It's a team game, isn't it?

  • on May 6, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 you are kidding right!!. McCullum actually has 4 centuries in T20 format against legitimate competition. Can you same the same for Shakib (no centuries in T20). I understand BD Fans frustration at not seeing their beloved stars playing, but they are up against better international players and only 4 can be chosen(silly i know) and this is all about winning in the end. No good comes from trying to belittle the other players as it makes you look rather sad.

  • fr600 on May 6, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Our so called dada scored another own goal lol.

  • on May 6, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    to sabbor, don't feel sad for sunil narine, he has less than 1 year international cricket and has already have a $750,000.00 contract. In case u don't know he took 31 wickets in 3 regiona matches in the caribbean this and was hailed by Daren Sammy as the best spinner in the West Indies even before shillingford who just took 10 wickets against the austrailians. its because the value of his contract, the WICB allowed him to fulfilled his contact.l

  • on May 6, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Bye bye Dada, it was proved again, Dada is just a big choking ego. Decan will pass them and Pune will b da weakest team.

  • AjitNarayan on May 6, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Smith and Pandey were looking good until Pandey threw his wicket away. I strongly feel Pandey lost the match. Stupid shot when the RRR was around under 8. Manhas also has to share the blame.

  • on May 6, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Before the game everyone were saying Ganguly should drop down the order.. When he did it even SMith found it hard... Dada should play at no 3 because even if he get 30 from 34 balls he stabilises the inningss so that smith can come out and just smack the ball..

  • on May 6, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Success formula for PW: Make Dada their mentor. Make Clarke their Captain.

  • Al_Pinto on May 6, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    When will KKR management realize that YKP is a liability for the team? He can't bat, he can't bowl - he is the biggest bust of the IPL (with Ravindra Jadeja). Please replace him with Bisla, and replace Mccallum with Morgan (on faster pitches) or Shakib (on slow, turning pitches like Kolkata). There are hungrier, in-form players play who are being deprived a chance by an out-of-form non-performer.

  • British-Bangali on May 6, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Well KKR, I am a Shakib fan but I don't like seeing a winning side, But I think Gambir favours Mccallum over shakib even when he was MOM Gambir body language was very strange, Gambir decides on who plays and Shakib will just sit in bench and take the money home lol. IPL LET'S BE SERIOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS ARE THERE FOR THE $$$$ AND NOT THE CRICKET......

  • Dipu12 on May 6, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    All those who has Ganguly phobia will always comments against him, even if some of them make no sense. Like 2/3 days ago one Mr Karim wrote- Pune lost all the match Ganguly played.However the truth is in case of Pune they lost every match B.Kumar played, even though in some matches his performance was good.And they won all the four matches where B.Kumar didn't play. Its a superstition or not I don/t know, but if any one believes in superstition among the PWI think tank, they can seriously think about it. Good luck PWI and Dada.

  • ramps_wi on May 5, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Narine in england for ODI and T20 can't wait.....well i just feel he would be victimised for going to the IPL

  • Masud_BITK on May 5, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    As I told from the beginning, Clarke is another burden for Pune. I don't know why we need more experience player where Ganguly is there. Ganguly was little OK today, playing cautiously while they require 151 runs to win. However, he should have taken more singles than dots to offer strike to Angela. Enough is enough, make Clarke out of the game and pick another young blood who can take risk. Above all, Pune is not a team to win this IPL from the beginning.

  • British_North_America on May 5, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    @Gagg.Macculaum scored 42 runs off 43 balls.What is the STRIKE RATE????98.At this rate, Shakib can easily hit a ton in t20.

  • landsite on May 5, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan should be dropped as soon as the next match he was nearly the reason that KKR came close to losing today,how many more chances do they have to give him,thank God KKR has Sunil Narine.I feel that Brett Lee would be more useful with the bat than Pathan and together with the fast bowler de Lange they could be lethal.Many people are saying that Narine is the best spinner in the world and I dont think they are far off the mark,Ganguly and many other test batsmen have not played him with any confidence and looks as if they may out at any time,HE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE THE BEST SPINNER IN THE WORLD,that is plain to see.The reason he doesn't have a contract with the WI is because he has only just started playing for Trinidad,it wont be long before he starts to take bucket-loads of wickets,take note of how he is making test batsmen look stupid.

  • newMachine on May 5, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    I am happy to say i am a trini when i see my country Narine preforms so well

  • sabbor on May 5, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    i feel sad for sunil narine being commented by sharma and navin, that why is this so calls best spinner in the world has flied to get contract from WI, maybe its not best player, it just some good player couldn't win WI bored heart:)

  • sunny0700 on May 5, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Tine for KKR to make few changes and have a look at the bench strength in the next couple of games. Bisla should be picked ahead of YKP and Debabrata should be promoted up the order. MacCulum should give away to Morgan(if he is available). Lee(if he is fit) should come in for De Lange. YKP is seriously out of form and we hope that he comes good sooner than later. My next playing eleven: 1. Morgan 2. Gauti 3. Kallis 4. Debabrata 5. Bisla 6. Manoj 7. Rajat 8. Shukla 9. Lee 10. Narine 11. Iqbal/Balaji

  • HusseyForever on May 5, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Ganguly is big liability for his team. 36 runs off 35 balls at no.7 position is truly match losing innings.

  • anandodhara on May 5, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Can't wait to watch Shakib in the county. Also Can't wait to see this IPL is over and watch some real cricket. Looks like IPL has an unofficial window still can't make the peple watch, falling tv ratings. IPL destroyed India's cricket for sure.

  • Hayat22 on May 5, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    To KKR Mgmt.: Kindly drop YKP, and put him out of his miserable run. He won't make it in this IPL. Better late than never as he will take the team down in a crucial match. One always hopes that this time it could be turnaround time, but it nver happens, and today he played the best innings for PWI!

    Perhaps he was suited to the pitches of western India, where he played his better knocks, as in Jaipur and Mumbai, and the slow and low pitch of Kolkota may not be to his preference. Besides the Pathan brothers come with a couple of years expiry also; I mean performance wise, so RR have already milked the elder Pathan to the utmost, and KKR have really wasted quite a lot on him. Better find another local explosive talent, who is hungry to perform!

    And give Morgan a shot in the next match in the middle order!

  • on May 5, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    With KKR having won this match it is going to mean Yusuf Pasthan gets another lifeline...until, because of him, they lose a vital match.

  • on May 5, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @emon-28-78 bro both tamim n shakib r wrld class players.....they r an asst to team....i dont undrstnd y r nt they pcked........:(

  • on May 5, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    PWI could have played Tamim instead of Parnell to strengthen the batting. Nehra could have played instead of Manhas/Kumar. Clarke, Smith & Ganguly could have bowled more.

  • on May 5, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Sunil Narine is the best spin bowler in the world currently

  • on May 5, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Sunil Narine from little Trinidad again prove his worth to any team in any part of the world against any kind of opposition.He prevented the Warriors from winning.

  • eZoha on May 5, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Pune needs foreign players who can have an impact. Apart from Smith, hardly anyone has contributed consistently. They are unlucky too. One bad decision against Clark in the last match and one against Smith today. Both set them on the backfoot in the chases.

  • jigar_dhonifan on May 5, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Good Captain knows 1) how to use the resources ( Shakib was dropped) 2) how to cross the line and make team champion.

    Ganguly has failed on several occasions and he again proved that he is not a good captain. He should drop himself not as captain but also from team. He can't even run for 2 runs. I hope not to see him again in next IPL.

  • StevieS on May 5, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Ahmed Hussain, Shakib is not even in the same league as McCullum, even though he is terribly out of form he still scores a 40 odd, as Gambhir said pre match they know that its only a matter of time before McCullum gets in some form and then there is only a few batsman in world cricket that are more dangerous. "the stats they speak for themselves" ok so you want to replace him with McCullum? his average is 15 and SR is 115, McCullums is 32 and SR 135... stats speak for themself, right?

  • Trickstar on May 5, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Ganguly should do what's best for the team and drop himself, a part from a couple of games, for the most he's been embarrassing and him and him alone has been the cause of several of the losses . All he does is put his team mates under pressure when he's batting, due to him being a very poor T20 batsman, his strike rate doesn't get much above a run a ball and he almost bats in hope of one of the other player coming off. Some of the other players like Kallis & mcCullum shouldn't be automatic picks, Kallis especially isn't good enough in this format to be a automatic pick and then they bring in another rank T20 player like Clarke in, why? They've got a couple of cracking Bang players who offer far more than a quite a few of the players being picked but are not being give a chance, appalling from Ganguly he just can't pick a side to save his life.

  • emon-28-78 on May 5, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    NO Tamim again and again.Pune's management is very clever.They have left out Ryder and get a impossible opurtunity to Uthappa and clarke.Everybody knows that clarke can't play well opening for batsman.Pune's management is very clever but he has caught.It's very clear that Pune's management don't want Tamim to play a single game.Ryder has left out and clarke played for opening batsman.It's a laughing story.There is a famous opener in world cricket,so why they pick somebody else out of Ryder?It's very very clear Pune's management and Indian Cricket Board they discussed not to play Tamim and Shakib in IPL.They have become world class player.If they play in IPL,everybody will known a two great crickers.The Indian want Bangladesh not to improve in cricket and success in country.Everybody know that.I don't need to tell anyone about this.They are getting serious,Bangladesh has becoming good in cricket.They can't bear this.So,Tamim and Shakib should come in Dhaka.If they don't want to insult.

  • samincolumbia on May 5, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Over-rated Dada should hang his boots and start playing gulli danda!!

  • on May 5, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I am astonished that manish pandaey is being given chance on a regular basis.Anustup majumdar ha been superhit in the last Domestic season and is even a matchwinner.Even when he has been contracted in PWI , he was never given a chance. Manish Pandey should play domestic circuit before he can be recognised as a genuine Batsman.Same is the case with YUSUF. Seems gambhir has no option.

  • on May 5, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain : Your BD plat more than 50% matches with cahhdi team like Zim check that also.

  • Seneka on May 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Ganguly once again showed his class today. Scored 36 in such a pressure match arriving at the crease when five wickets were down. Everyone should keep it in mind that Ganguly has not been playing quality competitive cricket for nearly four years now; still the way he is hitting sixes and boundaries sometimes and against some top bowlers of the world shows his extra-ordinariness. The collective failure of some Pune batsmen and their inconsistencies and sometimes some horribly disgusting spells by Nehra made Pune lose all these matches in this IPL. Ganguly can't be blamed alone. It's his bad luck that Uthappa is playing in every match because he is the most valuable buy of the team and Uthappa is playing miserably; and their are other inconsistent players such as Ryder, Samuels, Pandey, Manhas, Nehra ... Ganguly's bad luck he did not get good consistent support from his team mates except Smith.

  • catchmeifuyoucan on May 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    It's time that I started to pray for Pune's defeat in the remaining matches! No more of this feeling sorry for Dada and Pune each time they lost. This is sheer obstinacy and arrogance! You should know what I mean.

  • nsn26 on May 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    this is why TAMIM should have been included... :| ,,|, to dada

  • catchmeifuyoucan on May 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    It's time that I started to pray for Pune's defeat in the remaining matches! No more of this feeling sorry for Dada and Pune each time they lost. This is sheer obstinacy and arrogance! You should know what I mean.

  • Seneka on May 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Another disappointing PW defeat! I reckon most of the people present at Eden today would be delighted to see Pune's win over Kolkata. And victory was so near for Pune in the pressure match; Prince of Kolkata played very well today; he arrived at a difficult situation witnessing a top-order collapse once again and so he could not bat freely. Still, he hit boundaries and a six and scored valuable runs. Mathews was simply fascinating today; and if the umpire would not give that awfully disgusting lbw decision against Smith, surely Pune would win today's special match. But Uthappa, Pandey and Manhas they are the culprits today with their sickening shots! What's the use of keeping Uthappa in the team? Everyday his failure as a keeper costs the team 15-20 runs, and then either he bats slowly, or gets out quickly. Such a loss of keeping him in the team, and he seems to be the most valuable buy of PW. And Pandey and Manhas, they are inconsistent and not at all reliable.

  • on May 5, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Well Well no Shakib nor Tamim in this match absolutely ridiculous, I was expecting one of them to at least play but no this management decided to not choose them simply because they're 'Bangladeshi', how 'absurd'. Why on earth was this McCullum again selected ahead of Shakib, his nnings was not that good and his knock of 42 (Not even 50) merely was slow and had some luck after that drop catch by one of the players of Pune but nevertheless, everything else about KKR is correct and my favourite team to win. Jacques Kallis was useless today although he's the greatest all-rounder of all time he's the not the best all-rounder in the world today, his economy rate and average in bowling is far worse comapred to Shakib who by the way has one of the best economy rates and average in T20 Cricket and if you don't believe me, just check out the stats they speak for themselves so hahaha plus he's old....Narine is a top top spinner like his variations.

  • Emancipator007 on May 5, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Noticed that Gang is an unlucky captain.Every team is winning matches with some stunning last over/slog overs performances by overseas (Morkel/Villiers/Hodge/Peterson) or Indian player(Chawla/Rohit/Rayudu).Not a SINGLE Pune match has seen a bludgeoning, matchwinning knock from any PWI player.Oldie (for T20s)Gang was chosen primarily to skipper/ marshal the resources on the field to manageable totals which he has been doing regularly. Sad that in most matches; it had to come to his obviously fading batting skills to win matches instead of other 5-6 batters. Last 2 matches should have been closed out by other batters, esp overseas and Robin (a dismal failure).Irony that Gang has hit 4s easily against Steyn,Morkel,Bollinger,Kallis,Malinga (while failing against spinners!)but OTHER Indian batters in other teams are struggling against them. He even slammed 4s against Praveen when internationals Samuels/Ryder were struggling against Punjab! Luck matters sometimes for T20 tournament glories.

  • Hayat22 on May 5, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    One advantage KKR have is that Gambhir is a big match player, so knows and indeed performs in high intensity situations. Hope he plays well today! :)

  • Hayat22 on May 5, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Inexplicable that Balaji was left out! And instead of DeLange, who wasn't exactly a winner in his match, a Shakib would have been better.

    Am disappointed that Nehra has been dropped. Was looking forward to those juicy fulltosses! ;-D

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  • Hayat22 on May 5, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Inexplicable that Balaji was left out! And instead of DeLange, who wasn't exactly a winner in his match, a Shakib would have been better.

    Am disappointed that Nehra has been dropped. Was looking forward to those juicy fulltosses! ;-D

  • Hayat22 on May 5, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    One advantage KKR have is that Gambhir is a big match player, so knows and indeed performs in high intensity situations. Hope he plays well today! :)

  • Emancipator007 on May 5, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Noticed that Gang is an unlucky captain.Every team is winning matches with some stunning last over/slog overs performances by overseas (Morkel/Villiers/Hodge/Peterson) or Indian player(Chawla/Rohit/Rayudu).Not a SINGLE Pune match has seen a bludgeoning, matchwinning knock from any PWI player.Oldie (for T20s)Gang was chosen primarily to skipper/ marshal the resources on the field to manageable totals which he has been doing regularly. Sad that in most matches; it had to come to his obviously fading batting skills to win matches instead of other 5-6 batters. Last 2 matches should have been closed out by other batters, esp overseas and Robin (a dismal failure).Irony that Gang has hit 4s easily against Steyn,Morkel,Bollinger,Kallis,Malinga (while failing against spinners!)but OTHER Indian batters in other teams are struggling against them. He even slammed 4s against Praveen when internationals Samuels/Ryder were struggling against Punjab! Luck matters sometimes for T20 tournament glories.

  • on May 5, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Well Well no Shakib nor Tamim in this match absolutely ridiculous, I was expecting one of them to at least play but no this management decided to not choose them simply because they're 'Bangladeshi', how 'absurd'. Why on earth was this McCullum again selected ahead of Shakib, his nnings was not that good and his knock of 42 (Not even 50) merely was slow and had some luck after that drop catch by one of the players of Pune but nevertheless, everything else about KKR is correct and my favourite team to win. Jacques Kallis was useless today although he's the greatest all-rounder of all time he's the not the best all-rounder in the world today, his economy rate and average in bowling is far worse comapred to Shakib who by the way has one of the best economy rates and average in T20 Cricket and if you don't believe me, just check out the stats they speak for themselves so hahaha plus he's old....Narine is a top top spinner like his variations.

  • Seneka on May 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Another disappointing PW defeat! I reckon most of the people present at Eden today would be delighted to see Pune's win over Kolkata. And victory was so near for Pune in the pressure match; Prince of Kolkata played very well today; he arrived at a difficult situation witnessing a top-order collapse once again and so he could not bat freely. Still, he hit boundaries and a six and scored valuable runs. Mathews was simply fascinating today; and if the umpire would not give that awfully disgusting lbw decision against Smith, surely Pune would win today's special match. But Uthappa, Pandey and Manhas they are the culprits today with their sickening shots! What's the use of keeping Uthappa in the team? Everyday his failure as a keeper costs the team 15-20 runs, and then either he bats slowly, or gets out quickly. Such a loss of keeping him in the team, and he seems to be the most valuable buy of PW. And Pandey and Manhas, they are inconsistent and not at all reliable.

  • catchmeifuyoucan on May 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    It's time that I started to pray for Pune's defeat in the remaining matches! No more of this feeling sorry for Dada and Pune each time they lost. This is sheer obstinacy and arrogance! You should know what I mean.

  • nsn26 on May 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    this is why TAMIM should have been included... :| ,,|, to dada

  • catchmeifuyoucan on May 5, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    It's time that I started to pray for Pune's defeat in the remaining matches! No more of this feeling sorry for Dada and Pune each time they lost. This is sheer obstinacy and arrogance! You should know what I mean.

  • Seneka on May 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Ganguly once again showed his class today. Scored 36 in such a pressure match arriving at the crease when five wickets were down. Everyone should keep it in mind that Ganguly has not been playing quality competitive cricket for nearly four years now; still the way he is hitting sixes and boundaries sometimes and against some top bowlers of the world shows his extra-ordinariness. The collective failure of some Pune batsmen and their inconsistencies and sometimes some horribly disgusting spells by Nehra made Pune lose all these matches in this IPL. Ganguly can't be blamed alone. It's his bad luck that Uthappa is playing in every match because he is the most valuable buy of the team and Uthappa is playing miserably; and their are other inconsistent players such as Ryder, Samuels, Pandey, Manhas, Nehra ... Ganguly's bad luck he did not get good consistent support from his team mates except Smith.

  • on May 5, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain : Your BD plat more than 50% matches with cahhdi team like Zim check that also.