Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Delhi May 7, 2012

Kolkata evict Delhi from top spot

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Kolkata Knight Riders 154 for 4 (McCullum 56, Gambhir 36) beat Delhi Daredevils 153 for 9 (Pathan 36, Kallis 2-20) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The clash between the two most impressive teams in the tournament proved to be a one-sided affair as Kolkata Knight Riders cruised to a six-wicket victory at a packed Feroz Shah Kotla, displacing Delhi Daredevils from the top spot they had held virtually from the start of the tournament.

Jacques Kallis made two big early breakthroughs, Sunil Narine continued to confound batsmen and Rajat Bhatia quietly continued to prove an important cog in Knight Riders' bowling as they stifled Daredevils' formidable batting. The chase of 154 proved straightforward, the only real moment of concern for Knight Riders coming when Brendon McCullum brutally pulled a delivery straight at their dug-out in the 15th over.

Daredevils' two most productive batsmen this season have been Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen, and their consistency had so far shielded the rest of the team's batting from too much scrutiny. With Sehwag finally failing after a record five half-centuries in a row and Pietersen back home, the rest of the line-up couldn't quite deliver.

Brett Lee began with a maiden to David Warner, who was playing his first game of the tournament, but Sehwag and Warner slammed 34 off the next two to provide Daredevils a flying start. Kallis nipped that stand early by slipping in a length delivery after a couple of shorter ones to trap Sehwag lbw. Warner also didn't last long, nicking behind in Kallis' next over.

That over ended with an angry confrontation between Mahela Jayawardene and Gautam Gambhir after Jayawardene survived a loud and confident shout for caught-behind. In the next Kallis over, there was less doubt about whether Jayawardene edged the ball but he was lucky as wicketkeeper McCullum spilled a tough chance to his right. He couldn't capitalise on the lives though, as he was run-out attempting a suicidal single. Gambhir under-armed a direct hit and spiritedly celebrated the wicket.

Bhatia and Narine choked the batsmen, conceding only 25 runs in a five-over stretch in the middle of the innings. The biggest struggle was for the out-of-form Ross Taylor, who scratched around for 16 off 27 deliveries, potentially putting his place in jeopardy. A cameo from Irfan Pathan, who again showed off his clean hitting, lifted Daredevils beyond 150 despite four wickets in the final over from Narine.

That total didn't prove too much of a challenge for Knight Riders, particularly as the Daredevils bowlers provided plenty of freebies down the leg side. Gambhir and McCullum put on their fourth fifty-plus stand in six innings to demoralise Daredevils as they raced to 60 for 0 by the end of the Powerplay. Gambhir was the more fluent of the openers, extending his prolific run this season with a quick 36 before being bowled by fast bowler Varun Aaron, playing his first match in five months.

McCullum tried to muscle the bowling early on but couldn't time it too well, though he gradually grew in confidence and was reverse-sweeping Irfan Pathan by the time he was nearing his half-century. As Gambhir's striking had reduced the asking rate, Kallis didn't need to try anything fancy, sticking to conventional strokes as he and McCullum added 60 before they were dismissed off consecutive deliveries by Umesh Yadav, who regularly reached 150kph.

Those strikes weren't enough, though, for Daredevils to hang on to the No. 1 spot, as Knight Riders coasted to victory with eight deliveries to spare.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rahulthevirufan on May 8, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Well i guess it is time to give ross a break. i guess some indian guy will actually fare better than him & there is no harm in trying out rajasthan's Robin Bist who has been highest run getter in Ranji or dillis own puneet bist a wktkeeper and attacking finisher wid the bat or even venu rao. and play either russel or vandermerwe as 4th foreigner thus making bowling more xperienced and adding depth to the batting till no.8 but knowing shewag i see at the most finch cumin in for taylor. also they need to promote either ojha or nagar to 4 and get some international guy at 5 to get some be8er finishers. Dillli will definitely rue letting go both WADE and INGRAM, 2 guys who did so well in international arena during last 1 year.

  • Alexk400 on May 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    My batting order to fix DD middle order issues. 1. Jaywardene 2. Naman Ojha (he do not have muscle strength to play lower order) 3. Warner 4. Sehwag 5. Taylor/Russel 6. Rao 7 . Agarkar (better than pathan) 8. Morkel . 9 . Nadeem 10. Yadav 11. Negi

    Sehwag , warner need to depromote themself for the team's cause. Or they are done. Everyone know warner can't play spin and they bring spinner first. So better move warner move 1 down and let Ojha makes his streaky 30-40 contribution. Jaywardene plays well when he leads and anchor. When sehwag other side he is not playing that well. He become spectator and gets out. Same thing with warner as he like to hit shot for shot with sehwag. Split the big guns. If not DD is done and dusted. DD middle order problem continues for past 5 years. DD really do not need warner but they need better middle order Indian/foreign players. Because of taylor out of form DD struggles.

  • r0ketman on May 8, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I am not opposed to current KKR team selection, it makes sense. That being said, those who are claiming Shakib is not good enough, please check stats. Shakib has a much better average, and strike rate than Narine in this IPL. The econ rates are comparable. I am not claiming Shakib is a better bowler than Narine, however, Shakib is a damn good bowler and a handy batsman to boot in any format of the game. There is no need to downplay how good Shakib is to justify selection of others. Teams can select players based on restrictions (4 int players), match conditions (spinning track), lack of options (mccullum being the wk), or just plain stubborness (giving YK the chance, claiming he is a matchwinner after failing repeatedly. It's the teams choice, fans can only complain and moan. However, there is no reason to downplay someone's abilities when the world knows better, and remember : stats may lie in other situations, but hardly ever in cricket and many other sports for that matter.

  • secondopinion on May 8, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    KKR has a wealth of class overseas players, with Shakib, Morgan and Deschoate sitting out, but lacks good Indian batting. For KKR to go forward, Yusuf and Tiwary will have to fire, and soon. Gambhir can't score heavily in everymatch and McCullum is inconsistent- can have 3-4 bad matches on a trot after couple of good knocks.

  • TheLight on May 8, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Narine made the correct choice by playing in the IPL.

    Look at Bishoo.............not even on the WI team after being ICC cricketer of the year in 2011.

    Players will continue to choose their own welfare over WI cricket as long as WICB continues with their nepotism.

  • JG2704 on May 8, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Unless the ICC ratings lie England's KP and Morgan are 1 and 3 in the T20 batting ratings. Why has Morgan not got a game and why is KP not currently playing? By this reckoning Ross Taylor and Jayawardene are better T20 platers than KP? Seriously? Also Van Der Merwe should be getting an opportunity - a seriously underrated player

  • on May 8, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    The match and the table is going interesting day by day...Nice performance by the Knightriders.....i hope this is not a phase where DELHI reverse countdown begins....Let Wait and watch....as still 5 maches left for most of the teams.....

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 8, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    from these new posts today, what I have also come to realize is that shakib is the no. 1 all-rounder in the ICC rankings but it's an all-rounder, which means:::: (a)he can bat better than any other bowler and (b) he can bowl better than any other batsman. But it does not mean that Shakib just by merely being all-rounder can be justified as being a specialist batsman or a specialist bowler or for that instance better than any other bowler. For instance, Yuvraj was once the world no. 1 all-rounder for period of 2 years. He won the man of the series in the World-Cup (shakib is not even close to that). But still None of the Indians have still claimed that Yuvraj is better than Sachin, Sehwag, Jadega, Raina, Dinesh Karthik, etc. and they never said that Yuvraj could bowl better than Irfran Patan, Munaf Patel, Rp Sing, Ojha, Sreesanth, etc. I think many of the BD fans are new to cricket, they are not aware of what has transpired in the last few decade, they saw cricket only after shakib.

  • on May 8, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Why was not Bad Boy Gambhir taken to task for taking on one of the most respected skiper's Mahela whn given not out. SRK and Brett Lee's comments on him being the bet captain are just out of support. No wonder Virat replaced him as the VC of the Indian team.

  • on May 8, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    'Kolkata evict Delhi from top spot' its a wrong heading since Delhi has played one math less and their f2f is 1:1

  • Rahulthevirufan on May 8, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Well i guess it is time to give ross a break. i guess some indian guy will actually fare better than him & there is no harm in trying out rajasthan's Robin Bist who has been highest run getter in Ranji or dillis own puneet bist a wktkeeper and attacking finisher wid the bat or even venu rao. and play either russel or vandermerwe as 4th foreigner thus making bowling more xperienced and adding depth to the batting till no.8 but knowing shewag i see at the most finch cumin in for taylor. also they need to promote either ojha or nagar to 4 and get some international guy at 5 to get some be8er finishers. Dillli will definitely rue letting go both WADE and INGRAM, 2 guys who did so well in international arena during last 1 year.

  • Alexk400 on May 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    My batting order to fix DD middle order issues. 1. Jaywardene 2. Naman Ojha (he do not have muscle strength to play lower order) 3. Warner 4. Sehwag 5. Taylor/Russel 6. Rao 7 . Agarkar (better than pathan) 8. Morkel . 9 . Nadeem 10. Yadav 11. Negi

    Sehwag , warner need to depromote themself for the team's cause. Or they are done. Everyone know warner can't play spin and they bring spinner first. So better move warner move 1 down and let Ojha makes his streaky 30-40 contribution. Jaywardene plays well when he leads and anchor. When sehwag other side he is not playing that well. He become spectator and gets out. Same thing with warner as he like to hit shot for shot with sehwag. Split the big guns. If not DD is done and dusted. DD middle order problem continues for past 5 years. DD really do not need warner but they need better middle order Indian/foreign players. Because of taylor out of form DD struggles.

  • r0ketman on May 8, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I am not opposed to current KKR team selection, it makes sense. That being said, those who are claiming Shakib is not good enough, please check stats. Shakib has a much better average, and strike rate than Narine in this IPL. The econ rates are comparable. I am not claiming Shakib is a better bowler than Narine, however, Shakib is a damn good bowler and a handy batsman to boot in any format of the game. There is no need to downplay how good Shakib is to justify selection of others. Teams can select players based on restrictions (4 int players), match conditions (spinning track), lack of options (mccullum being the wk), or just plain stubborness (giving YK the chance, claiming he is a matchwinner after failing repeatedly. It's the teams choice, fans can only complain and moan. However, there is no reason to downplay someone's abilities when the world knows better, and remember : stats may lie in other situations, but hardly ever in cricket and many other sports for that matter.

  • secondopinion on May 8, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    KKR has a wealth of class overseas players, with Shakib, Morgan and Deschoate sitting out, but lacks good Indian batting. For KKR to go forward, Yusuf and Tiwary will have to fire, and soon. Gambhir can't score heavily in everymatch and McCullum is inconsistent- can have 3-4 bad matches on a trot after couple of good knocks.

  • TheLight on May 8, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Narine made the correct choice by playing in the IPL.

    Look at Bishoo.............not even on the WI team after being ICC cricketer of the year in 2011.

    Players will continue to choose their own welfare over WI cricket as long as WICB continues with their nepotism.

  • JG2704 on May 8, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Unless the ICC ratings lie England's KP and Morgan are 1 and 3 in the T20 batting ratings. Why has Morgan not got a game and why is KP not currently playing? By this reckoning Ross Taylor and Jayawardene are better T20 platers than KP? Seriously? Also Van Der Merwe should be getting an opportunity - a seriously underrated player

  • on May 8, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    The match and the table is going interesting day by day...Nice performance by the Knightriders.....i hope this is not a phase where DELHI reverse countdown begins....Let Wait and watch....as still 5 maches left for most of the teams.....

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 8, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    from these new posts today, what I have also come to realize is that shakib is the no. 1 all-rounder in the ICC rankings but it's an all-rounder, which means:::: (a)he can bat better than any other bowler and (b) he can bowl better than any other batsman. But it does not mean that Shakib just by merely being all-rounder can be justified as being a specialist batsman or a specialist bowler or for that instance better than any other bowler. For instance, Yuvraj was once the world no. 1 all-rounder for period of 2 years. He won the man of the series in the World-Cup (shakib is not even close to that). But still None of the Indians have still claimed that Yuvraj is better than Sachin, Sehwag, Jadega, Raina, Dinesh Karthik, etc. and they never said that Yuvraj could bowl better than Irfran Patan, Munaf Patel, Rp Sing, Ojha, Sreesanth, etc. I think many of the BD fans are new to cricket, they are not aware of what has transpired in the last few decade, they saw cricket only after shakib.

  • on May 8, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Why was not Bad Boy Gambhir taken to task for taking on one of the most respected skiper's Mahela whn given not out. SRK and Brett Lee's comments on him being the bet captain are just out of support. No wonder Virat replaced him as the VC of the Indian team.

  • on May 8, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    'Kolkata evict Delhi from top spot' its a wrong heading since Delhi has played one math less and their f2f is 1:1

  • priceless1 on May 8, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    DD looks ordinary team without KP , sooner they find a replacement is batter other wise it will all be a down hill ride for them from here on

  • Romanticstud on May 8, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    KKR for the IPL ... Kallis has the ability to swing a game ... He is underrated as a bowler ... hence people try to get after him but to no avail ... As a batsman he can attack or defend ... He can build a partnership with anyone ... As a fielder he can catch just about anything ... McCallum is an asset as a keeper/ attacking batsman ... Narine has also bowled well ... Ghambir is a good top order player ... KKR are altogether a well balanced side ... To see the likes of Sehwag and Pieterson pegged back takes a lot.

  • on May 8, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Sehwag is now holding the orange cap!!!!!!!!!

  • satish619chandar on May 8, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Russel for Ross and bring in Naman to top order at 3 or 4 based on the start.. I think it is a long time overdue change pending for DD.. Ross looks probably the only weaklink in DD.. A 30 ball 20 would have been bettered by anyone.. Plus, given the way the WIans are rocking in IPL, why not try Andre? It will give them a good bowling option and a batsman who can hit it longer and no matter when he bats.. Russel had done it for his national team more than one occasion.. Wish we see him in action sooner..

  • on May 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    We shouldn't criticize the team selection once the team is in winning streak. KKR has great foreign players including Shakib and he is the best substitute of struggling Pathan if he is not a foreign player.

  • secondopinion on May 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    It was so exciting to see Yadav and Varun bowling at 150k! Wow. If they are properly handled and trained, they can serve India for years. Zahir, RP,Munaf, Nehra all have had their days; Ishant has faded away. Virat has established himself; just need two more quality batsmen since Sachin, Dravid are gone/going, and Sehwag is quite at sea when the ball rises to his ribs.

  • on May 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @ Bangladesh-rocks-IPL....I agree that Narine is better bowler than Sakib, Lee in an important to pace dept cant take out Kallis and Mc culam is a keeper... ..

    But No one is As good as Sakib in allrounding Dept... even i can say Sakib is better than Kallis in All round dept... though kallis is good at top order ... Sakib is the best prospect .... His pinch hitting at lower middle order is very essential when Pathan is not at his form...

    Gauti, Kallis, Bisla, Yusuf,

  • rahman1001 on May 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    In fact, KKR need Shakib to be sidelined to show other foreign players that you could be in the same condition, if you miss out in one occasion.

  • secondopinion on May 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    For KKR to win the IPL, McCullum, Yusuf and Tiwary have to bat well. Gambhir should get credit for being brave enough to give them repeated chances, he has no real alternative for any of them except Morgan, whose current form has been pretty bad. KKR's lack of quality Indian batting has been its weak point all 5 IPLs. It is a pity that Shakib can't be put in the team, only option is in place of Lee, but you need one good pace bowler to close out matches.

  • tonyton on May 8, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Fellas, Fellas, its really troubling that many on here dont understand the meaning of TEAM. KKR has a WINNING combination and yet still we have those with gripes about their favortie player not in the side. Are you people for real??? I am sure there are some who feel that their favorite son, is not being fairly treated, but tough it out, dont make him look the fool by your gripes and outwadly selfish mannerisms. No names were needed, sure all those in the know, understand well what I meant, peace out

  • Nizam1949 on May 8, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    I am an avid fan of KKR from Bangladesh, and has been so since inception of IPL. At this 5th IPL KKR's performance has been like prospective champions, and I keep my fingers crossed that KKR sits pretty on this perch, and deservedly so.Having dislodged DD from the top of the table yesterday, KKR has now to think deep and hard on how to become champion of this 5th IPL.

    Suni Narine is the revelation of the 5th IPL, has been a bargain-buy for KKR, and has proved his worth and should remain a firmament in KKR. Brett Lee is not his former self, and is probably running out of steam as a cracker-jack-of-a-game changer; Balalji being among the wickets on a somewhat consistent basis could be his worthy replacement. Yususf Pathan appears to be a spent force and an Achillee's heel for KKR, meriting and warranting his replacement if KKR wants to be champion. Shakib Al-Hasan could be a good replacement for Yusuf Pathan based on his two performances for KKR this IPL.

  • KSHIPRU on May 8, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Its been 7 games which Ross Taylor has played and most of the innings he played he was not able to hit a single boundary..he is clearly struggling.By giving him chance after chance to hit form DD are digging their own grave.Its high time Van Der Merwe gets to play..he ws totally demolishing with the bat in the champions leaguue.Also Andre Rusell needs to get a chance.

  • on May 8, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    andre russel for ross taylor is the way to go an bd fans if u want to see shakib dropping narine is not the way to go look for someone else to be dropped maybe lee he is the only that can be dropped but hey the team is winning

  • manusloving_89 on May 8, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    why no russel in for taylor??...

  • cricpolitics on May 8, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    When will this thing IPL be over. It is so dagumn long. Waiting for some real international cricket to start.

  • All_IS_WELL on May 8, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    1 438 S.R. Watson 2 340 Shahid Afridi 3 337 D.J. Hussey 4 317 Mohammad Hafeez 5 192 T.M. Dilshan 6 180 J.H. Kallis 7 162 J.A. Morkel 8 159 D.J.J. Bravo 9 151 A.D. Mathews 9 151 Yuvraj Singh

    these are the current top 10 Twenty20 all-Rounders.where is shakib any one tell me

  • dariuscorny on May 8, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    all Bangla fans must understand that Shakib is an allrounder.means he is jack of his trades not master of them.he cannot be played in place of Narine as he is no way near to the bowling skills of Narine and neither can be played in place of McCullum as he cannot match the latters batting prowess.and this bowling attack of KKR is strongest only bcoz of Narine.so please understand Bangla fans

  • on May 8, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Sunil Narine is a talent, a talent that should "if taken care of by WI" can be very good. But for now he is just a talent. However You can't compare Mendis to him because he gets way more turn (both ways). At this format he has proven to be better than Shakib at this time, he is yet to prove so internationally though so its unfair to say whos better

  • Dhar40 on May 8, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    So much for the speculation about Narine being tested at the kotla!! As for the inclusion of Shakib it's all about what KKR needs. Clearly Narine is among the best t20 bowlers in the world at the moment!

  • IJ-IPL on May 8, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    I agree with all my Shakib fans, but please take note: (1) Shakib is struggling in the 20 format of the game; (2) Rank does not determine whether you can play in a situation or not. (3) Shakib is been termed as not a team player by many international magazines in UK, South Africa and Australia...therefore the other foreign players are unable to adjust to Shakib being in the playing XI. (4) Shakib is in amazing form in ODI and Test, he has out performed everyone in BD...it's a great achievement. (5) McMullun can't be removed as KKR needs a wicketkeeper, can't play without a wicketkeeper (6) They can't replace Narine because Shakib admittedly can't bowl better than Narine (7) They can't replace Bisla or Kallis because he strike the bowler much better than shakib, but both of them look out of form right now. (8) You can't replace Bret Lee, if you knew anything about cricket, you wouldn't even think about that. You need a greater seam bowler, shakib is not a seam bowler.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 8, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    DON'T KNOW WHY SOME BANGLA FANS ARE SAYING AGAIN & AGAIN FOR INCUSION OF SHAKIB . COME ON MAN , NARINE IS DOING A GREAT JOB . ONLY 4 FOREIGNERS CAN PLAY IN A MATCH . SHAKIB FANS NEED TO SEE THAT MURALI WAS ALSO DROPPED BY RCB IN SEVERAL MATCHES DESPITE HIS ECONOMICAL & WKT TAKING SPELLS .

  • Abaa on May 8, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @ Connan Doyle - My thoughts exactly! KKR already has the perfect all-rounder in Jacques Kallis and there is no need for another. World's best in test, ODI, whatever but Jacques Kallis doesn't need to even feature in the top 10 of ICC's rankings everyone knows his value! I mean if he's not the no.1 in every format its the rankings which look bad! The funny part is Narine's easily the best bowler this IPL and these BD fans (not KKR fans obviously) want him replaced! I mean finally KKR has started winning what more do you want? They've found a winning combo. Mccullum has also started firing and even when he wasn't he's a wicket-keeper remember or does your Sakib do that too ?! Bret Lee is the only overseas player that can even be thought of replacing but he's the opening bowler and is FAST. In the IPL even legends of the game like Mcgrath and Murali warmed benches without getting picked because its a team game so don't over react like this and make the player your nuts about look bad ...

  • raad007 on May 8, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    @Connan Doyle You say that Shakib is best because playing against weak teams. Do you consider Pakistan , India , Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West indies weak teams? If then sure why not but I don't think they are, so get your facts right.

  • mahafuz1983 on May 8, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    YES....we r top of the table.....I thought our bowling and fileding was below par though....injury of Balaji is a headache for...Unkadat and Sangwan do look match unfit and can't feel in the boots...in slow pitch it's ok....we can play abdullah...Lee has not bowled well in the death overs two games in a row now...and lange seems to go for runs....so return of Balaji is vital for us....nice for us that Mcullum is getting back to form....team combination looks great....the only possible improvement can be made is on slower tracks Shakib plays instead of lee only if Balaji can do a similar job as Lee if not better...then again Lee is the fastest bowler in our side....nice to see Umesh and Aaron bowling at 145 plus speed....even being a hardcore KKR fan enjoyed their aggressive bowling

  • on May 8, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    whatever the tesm combinstion it is , but delhi holds the pace but not with the right manner, if they can make most use of it, they can win, but in batting, it's mostly depends on Sehwag, my question is why dont they play Aron Finch, Van Der Merwy and Russel, they already proved in T20 and they can bring more flexibility to batting as well as bowling ! Should Delhi team look over it ?

  • on May 8, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    The game started to look challenging... Soon after the demise of Sehwag (Daredevil), the game turned one way towards KKR.... Clearly the KKR openers and the Delhi bowlers provided what the team needed..... Result came a easy win for Kolkota.... It is obvious that both teams rely on their openers... If htey fail, team is put o vain....

  • on May 8, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    sunil - 9 match 15 for 191 and 0 run sakib - 3 match 6 for 64 and 24 run

    compare, who is the best?

  • on May 8, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    @Connan Doyle Shakib just palyed Asia cup, against India, Pakistan and Srilanka. Just check his stats. Gets your facts right before say something.

  • bgshankar on May 8, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    I prefer a new IPL winner (Delhi or Kolkatta) rather than the previous session winners. This si good for local businesses and fans!

  • on May 8, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Andre Russel for Ross taylor. Russel can bat, bowl, and elctrifying in fielding!

  • on May 8, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    you give one person the whole chance and the other is thrown away. how can you compare these two people?

  • hasib9 on May 8, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    LOL KKR kept McMullum.. and wow he made 56! Now we will have to wait another year and half to see him play another knock like this.

  • trinimystry on May 8, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    KKR YOU HAVE PLAYED YOUR CARDS RIGHT NARINE HAS TO BE THE BEST PICK UP AT THE AUCTION THE THREE MILLION $$ MEN ARE NOT WORKING FOR THERE PRICES. GAMBHIR MUST BE REALLY SUPRISE WHAT NARINE HAS BROUGHT TO THE TABLE I THINK THEY SHOULD LOOK AT THE WI FOR PLAYERS IMAGINE WI TEAM HAS GAYLE, POLLARD, BRAVO, NARINE, SAMUELS,DWYANE SMITH, PROBABLY COOPER IF HE IS PICKED ANDRE RUSSEL JUST IMAGINE WHEN T20 WORLD CUP COMES AROUND

  • RSS_2010 on May 8, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    KKR were 100-1 and they won only by 5 wickets.Yesterday's match provided that KKR has no midle order just after dismissal of Gautam Gambhir they fell like a pack of cards. DD beat KKR in the first match easily that shows DD atrength they still have andre russell , andrew finch and van de merve to experiment in coming matches.

  • on May 7, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    sunil narine is enjoying his time in india thats good just has to prove to the other playing cricket countries that he is no one hit wonder but a really good bowler as he is showing the best players of spin in the world . hope he keeps on working hard and harder to keep his game fresh .

  • on May 7, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    That leaves KKR & DD strong contender for the finals probably and both are playing to their strengths, ability and intelligence. While both has fire power. 3rd and 4th slot still has niggles as other teams have pull themselves up and book the slot. Chennai can make it to semi-final berth. The other team should be either RR or RCB. This year has been most exciting IPL so far, although IPL started pretty boring in the beginning. So far so good... thanks for all the entertainment.

  • xylo on May 7, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    The magic that is Irfan Pathan needs special mention. When a batsman starts reverse sweeping a bowler, that should be enough motivation to classify him as an part-time bowler and a part-time batsman, but surely an allrounder.

  • Alexk400 on May 7, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    T20 is not about speed , it is about outthink batsman. Bowling fast at stump is ok but indian bowlers are physically weak. if they bowl 148kmp then they are using their 120% effort , they get tired after one or two ball and bowl laddu. Delhi lost this game not because of bowling , it is because of weak middle order / lower order batting. Today pathan got lucky normally he hit one six and out and give 10 run per over when he bowls. I can do better than that for 2 million. He is worth 25000 at best. Issue with delhi is Ojha wants to open , jayawardene wants to open , sehwag wants to open , warner wants to open. Why ? Simple , it is easier to score runs with harder ball with field restrictions. It is kinda of pattern that except pieterson every batsman played for delhi failed. Warner for me failure. Jaywardene also not delivering. Taylor don't like hot climate of delhi or he is physically and mentally unfit. DD story always sehwag heroic or bust.

  • on May 7, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    I am sick of people saying Sakib is the No 1 all rounder, ya but by playing against weak teams. Nariane is a much better bowler then Sakib. and KKR need a specialist not some jack of all trades but master of none.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 7, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    @pr3m : they are cautious this time, and rightly so! let Umesh clock 150kph consistently for a couple of yrs, then cricinfo might want to change him to rf. Remember Ishant and Irfan, they had to be changed to rfm from rf, and to lfm from lf respectively!

  • Alexk400 on May 7, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Sehwag can hit out narine. Simply because spin is easy for sehwag compared to chest high swinging ball on off stump. Most of sehwag outs due to he wants to hit every ball. if he can watchful he can clean out narine. But bragging is sehwag way of saying obvious. It is nothing narine to worry about. There is always differenet condition and situation in every game. Some day he will get thrashed like steyn was. it happens. Sehwag can play well in these flat pitches. He made for this. hahaha.

  • rongdhonu on May 7, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    My all brothers i like narine he is good player but dont compare him with Sakib Sakib is best all rounder of the world in test and odi Give to Sakib play 10 he will best bowler of Ipl and best batsman too Sakib is not playing all about politics Dont woory he will play in county

  • yukelele on May 7, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    saw some negative commetns against delhi's bowling, are you kidding me? 3 bolwers bolwing at 145 kph plus, 2 of them indian ... Delhi should bowl these guys in every game

  • Tuhin01712 on May 7, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    cricket,,it's power IPL T20.l

  • Hayat22 on May 7, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Though the IPL is blamed a lot but it also has a silver lining. One of the positive spinoffs of the IPL is that it will make cricket cool and a commerically appealing career move to a lot of naturally talented youngsters of WI, who were moving towards basketball and other sports since a generation ago. Narine and other young and wealthy cricketers would be good role models to initiate the young ones into cricket, and overtime they could be taught the longer formats. Perhaps this is cricket's way of redfeining itself in the new century of instant gratification, and competing with other sports!

  • on May 7, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    KKR WIN THIS IPL INSHALLAH I M PROUD TO B A KKR FAN ITS A GREAT VICTORY AGAINST DD GO FOR GOAL AND B A KNIGHT RIDER

  • Exfactor44 on May 7, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    It was nice to see a complete bowling attack of fast bowlers actually bowling really fast. Yadav, Aaron and Morkel, the team may have lost the match but they were awesome. Yadav peaked at 151kph and the other two at 146kph - awesome.

    I agree with comments about Narine - he experimented with some quicker seam up balls but it didn't go well. The key for him is going to be proving himself on unforgiving wickets.

  • sabbor on May 7, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Sehwag_Is_Ordinary u read my mind, i remember how much trouble Mandis give to Indian players but his time was up, it will happened to any mystery players.

  • pr3m on May 7, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Umesh clocked 150, but is still rfm according to cricinfo.

  • mngc1 on May 7, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    I am all for T20 cricket and the excitement that it brings. I would prefer that WI does not pick Narine for tests before the T20 World Cup. This is the first tournament that WI can win if they pick the best team and begin its trek back towards near the top.

  • landsite on May 7, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Sewagh_Is_Ordinary I did not say he is the best spinner in world cricket,I said he is presently the best spinner in this IPL,HE HAS THE BEST ECONOMY RATE,MOST DOT BALLS AND MORE WICKETS THAN ALL THE SPINNERS.I know that he has to prove himself in Tests and many people feel that he will do it,Mendis was different he was slower through the air and off the pitch ,Narine is tall and spins the ball viciously and gets plenty of bounce.Batsmen could see Mendis fingers but only the cameras could see what Narine is doing.Narine was getting turn on the pitch today and that was a batting pitch,I have no doubt that Narine will make to the top as a spinner at test level.

  • on May 7, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    @landsite:

    Let's see how narine does after 25 test matches? Even Malinga looks like Marshall in IPL.

  • ottoflick on May 7, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Sehwag is ashamed of wat sunil narine did to dd (disgraceful dogs). He no he can't read marine so he is talking rubbish. Jayawardene should av walked he no he was out. Don't worry bd fans sakib will get his chance( wen narine resigns) lmao!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 7, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Wow, Gambhir, Narine and Kallis! Take a bow! What a balanced team KKR is turning out to be. Full credit to Gambhir the Captain and the Batsman. Narine! wow take a bow! What can anybody say about the classic Kallis? Absolute walk in the park for KKR. I never thought DD will lose to KKR. But after seeing their attack with Narine holding it together, it'll be tough for teams to put up a huge score against them. Excellent show once again by Gambhir with priceless contributions from Kallis, Narine and McCullum. Well done. Deservedly the toppers with the most cunning bowler in their attack. Would love to see Narine in test matches for West Indies. This bloke is completely grounded and humble. May he go the distance for his Country at the international level. The world and future is there for him to conquer! It has been a privilege thus far to see the art of Narine in full flow.

  • nzcricket174 on May 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Narine is the best spinner in the IPL...soon to be the world.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 7, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    @ landsite: you know the exact problem with the cricket world- when a mystery spinner comes, everyone says he's the best- but look what happened to MENDIS. everyone said he's the best upcoming, then he fell. Narine has to prove in TEST CRICKET. This is IPL, not international cricket.After Narine plays 25 Test match and has still a figure of greatness, then please claim he's the best.

  • Hayat22 on May 7, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    KKR still has issues related to chasing and closing matches. Everytime as soon as the target gets to be less than 20 runs, and even if the target is a run a ball, its batsmen start to slog, as if in panic. I mean where was the need for Mc Cullum to throw his wicket away after Kallis had gone only a ball before, and similarly for Tiwari to throw his wicket away. Totally needless. This was a similar approachthat made them lose to KXIP from 13 off 11 deliveries. Its as if they lose faith in taking singles and compulsively start slogging. This will sting them in more crucial matches, unless plugged.

  • landsite on May 7, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    So Mr. Sewagh had some lucky swings at Narine during WestIndies tour of India and feels he can do the same.Please Sewagh...Narine was very new to the team and never played in front of such crowds he was obviously nervous but I'll wait till they meet in the finals or the semis before I decide to brag on behalf of Narine,cricket is a funny game and Sewagh should know that,he couldn't make a run in Oz to save his life so he should be a bit more modest.Who are the idiots who wants Shakib before Narine,some people cant help themselves they are blind and doesn't even know that Narine is the best spinner in the IPL,SOME PEOPLE DO SHOW THEIR IGNORANCE.

  • Alexk400 on May 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    DD has to win with sehwag means they need more firepower because sehwag team always do well when they have overwhelming force. But they can't slug it out , shewag never fight tooth and nail. Otherwise he would have succeded in australia. He don't care. For me my main problem with sehwag captaincy is he picks wrong people to play for him. He should drop nagar , pathan even ojha. Nadeem is ok. Negi is ok. Morkel is ok . Can't have both varun and yadav same game is disaster. Both have no control over their bowling , wides , legbyes abound with those two. Pathan can't bat or bowl. DD should get rid of him. DD lacks power in Middle order and lower middle order. May be sehwag move down and let jayawardene opens. They really need 2 or 3 power players in middle order. DD can't win this IPL. Their indian players are as awful as deccan chargers.

  • PangNepal on May 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    That's the value of Kevin Pietersen. My Favorite DD should have these XI: Warner,Viru, Mahela, Naman Ojha,Roelof Van Marwe, Robin Bist,Irfan Pathan,Andre Russel, Nadeeml, Umesh Yadav,,Varun Aaron

  • Alexk400 on May 7, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    KKR can win this IPL. Without pieterson DD middle order has problem. One thing i see is from last 5 IPL it is same story with Delhi DD. May be it is because of sehwag others do not perform as much. For me problem is picking pathan and yagar and Ojha. Ojha can score streaky runs if he opens. He do not have muscle strength to hit over in slog overs. DD has to persist with Taylor may be give him 1 or 2 game break and bring him back. DD will not win this IPL. Warner is doing same thing he does in last 3 years. Few streaky runs and gets out. Jayawardene was struggling cope with taylor non performance and got out himself. When top 3 fails Delhi fails. Also for Taylor is better fit as number 5 or 6 when slog requires. May be they should promot ojha before pathan ( useless overhyped junk). Not sure why nagar in the team. Can't bat , can't field. Rao would be better than nagar ( he never used his chances). For me DD bowlers looks just like a brainless as much sehwag. continued..

  • on May 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    DD lost the moment Taylor walked out to bat in the 5/6th over...

  • on May 7, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    DD can bounce back....Viru n Mahela must bat longer to fulfill KP plz when Ross not playing well!

  • on May 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    what shehwag has to say about Sunil narine in the presentation: Sunil Narine bowled really well. but will not work against me, I have played him and will smash him, but others might have a problem against him because he is difficult to pick. But he is a good young bowler, he is learning fast. ha ha ha.. Daring Strokeplayer doesn't hesitate to speak daring... Well said viru you will thrash him

  • am243am on May 7, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    I hope the Indian cricket establishment can develop Yadav and Aaron effectively as a tandem. 2 fast bowlers both capable of hitting 150 kph consistently!

  • trinimystry on May 7, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    well done kkr well done narine still proving a bother to every batsman

  • Rally_Windies on May 7, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    This IPL is dominated by the Bowlers.. Fitting that the best Bowling team is at the top of the table ....

    the top 4 represent the best 4 Bowling teams....

    DD may be the best Batting team, but KKR are the 5th best batting team and because the are the #1 bowling team are at the top..

    RCB is the 2nd Best Batting team, but are 5th .....

    and Dale Styne proves that you need a bowling TEAM ,,, buying 1 bowler does not make your bowling stronger. a good batting team can still make 180 off 16 overs....

  • mokshagundam on May 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    How can DD be derailed? They have one more match to play as against KKR

  • Ibra95 on May 7, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    how can he do that? i mean a six and then 4 wkts!!! incredible!!! hope to see morgan and shakib instead of NARINE & MCCULLUM/LEE soon!!!!!!!!

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  • Ibra95 on May 7, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    how can he do that? i mean a six and then 4 wkts!!! incredible!!! hope to see morgan and shakib instead of NARINE & MCCULLUM/LEE soon!!!!!!!!

  • mokshagundam on May 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    How can DD be derailed? They have one more match to play as against KKR

  • Rally_Windies on May 7, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    This IPL is dominated by the Bowlers.. Fitting that the best Bowling team is at the top of the table ....

    the top 4 represent the best 4 Bowling teams....

    DD may be the best Batting team, but KKR are the 5th best batting team and because the are the #1 bowling team are at the top..

    RCB is the 2nd Best Batting team, but are 5th .....

    and Dale Styne proves that you need a bowling TEAM ,,, buying 1 bowler does not make your bowling stronger. a good batting team can still make 180 off 16 overs....

  • trinimystry on May 7, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    well done kkr well done narine still proving a bother to every batsman

  • am243am on May 7, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    I hope the Indian cricket establishment can develop Yadav and Aaron effectively as a tandem. 2 fast bowlers both capable of hitting 150 kph consistently!

  • on May 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    what shehwag has to say about Sunil narine in the presentation: Sunil Narine bowled really well. but will not work against me, I have played him and will smash him, but others might have a problem against him because he is difficult to pick. But he is a good young bowler, he is learning fast. ha ha ha.. Daring Strokeplayer doesn't hesitate to speak daring... Well said viru you will thrash him

  • on May 7, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    DD can bounce back....Viru n Mahela must bat longer to fulfill KP plz when Ross not playing well!

  • on May 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    DD lost the moment Taylor walked out to bat in the 5/6th over...

  • Alexk400 on May 7, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    KKR can win this IPL. Without pieterson DD middle order has problem. One thing i see is from last 5 IPL it is same story with Delhi DD. May be it is because of sehwag others do not perform as much. For me problem is picking pathan and yagar and Ojha. Ojha can score streaky runs if he opens. He do not have muscle strength to hit over in slog overs. DD has to persist with Taylor may be give him 1 or 2 game break and bring him back. DD will not win this IPL. Warner is doing same thing he does in last 3 years. Few streaky runs and gets out. Jayawardene was struggling cope with taylor non performance and got out himself. When top 3 fails Delhi fails. Also for Taylor is better fit as number 5 or 6 when slog requires. May be they should promot ojha before pathan ( useless overhyped junk). Not sure why nagar in the team. Can't bat , can't field. Rao would be better than nagar ( he never used his chances). For me DD bowlers looks just like a brainless as much sehwag. continued..

  • PangNepal on May 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    That's the value of Kevin Pietersen. My Favorite DD should have these XI: Warner,Viru, Mahela, Naman Ojha,Roelof Van Marwe, Robin Bist,Irfan Pathan,Andre Russel, Nadeeml, Umesh Yadav,,Varun Aaron