Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata May 12, 2012

Momentum with Chennai at Eden clash

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Match facts

Monday, May 14, 2012
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

The Saturday double-header produced unexpected results, adding more intrigue to the race for the playoffs. Both Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders - the top two teams - suffered heavy defeats, giving the teams below a chance to sneak into the final four at the end of the league stage.

Chennai Super Kings' campaign, which had stuttered midway, was revived by two consecutive victories, the latest coming against Daredevils. The manner in which they brushed aside the table leaders in Chennai should cause shivers to Knight Riders, who took their foot off the pedal on Saturday and paid the price. Super Kings silenced a powerful batting order on a pitch that gave the seamers a lot of assistance. Knocking off the required 115 was a mere formality. If Super Kings lose to Knight Riders and then beat Kings XI Punjab to finish on 17 points, they'll need a lot of other results to fall into place for them to make the last four. Having seen off one powerhouse, they need to get past another.

Knight Riders are ahead of Super Kings by points, but, have played one game less at this stage. One win in their remaining matches will give them a very good chance of qualifying. However, their aim won't be to just qualify. They'll want to finish among the top two and give themselves the best chance of making it to the final.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Chennai Super Kings: WWLWL
Kolkata Knight Riders: LWWWW

Players to watch

In a forgettable game with the ball for Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians, Shakib Al Hasan was the lone wicket-taker and finished with the best economy rate - 6.75 - off his four overs. Shakib returned after nearly a month on the bench and enhanced his reputation by bowling 12 dot balls.

Ben Hilfenhaus was the standout performer for Super Kings against Daredevils with a match-defining 3 for 27, but Albie Morkel's contribution was also significant. He took a wicket but gave away just 15 runs off four overs. Morkel's overall economy rate for Super Kings over five seasons is a pricey 8.22. His returns on Saturday were a refreshing change.

Stats and trivia

  • Ravindra Jadeja is Super Kings' leading wicket-taker with ten wickets and has bowled 29 overs. Dwayne Bravo is second with nine but has bowled 13 overs more.
  • Sunil Narine has gone wicketless in an innings only twice in his ten games for Knight Riders.

Quotes

"Ben's action is different to that of Doug [Bollinger]. But, Ben is very good at swinging the brand new ball. It is an asset, though his action is a little different to both Albie [Morkel] and Doug."
Michael Hussey on Ben Hilfenhaus.

"Calling his innings excellent will be an understatement. It's hard to describe his innings in words." Gautam Gambhir on Rohit Sharma, whose century shut Knight Riders out of the match against Mumbai Indians.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • hagamaga on May 15, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    @ SurlyCynic, man where are you now! Shakib didn't play but KKR lost. So much for ur theory.

  • borhans on May 14, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Sakib is a all rounder & kkr only using him as a bowler .It means they only giving him half the chance to prove himself .Sakib had a stike rate of 160 in the asia cup but kkr not using him as a batsman .I mean most of the KKR batsman have hardly 120 strike rate currently .So sakib could easily replace one of them .Breet lee when did he contribute in KKR's win .He is just a bowler who bowl 4 over which don't affect opponent team that much .Mcculum after getting continuous 7 match support from the team now performing .Sakib didn't even given any chance to prove himself .If KKR really don't want to give any chance to sakib as an all rounder then there is no need to keep him & waste his career

  • Raginggbull on May 14, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    @drjustinrobert: Ha ha haha, Did you feel the final slap of Lion? Never underestimate CSK. Lions can roar back anytime.

  • on May 14, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    class of Mike hussy save Chennai today...otherwise result may go other way...

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Shakib bad luck is he is not in the KKR plan this season. I think last season, whatmore bring Shakib to KKR. now whatmore gone. whatever the situation Shakib is a player any other team will like to include him in their Squad. Problem is the balance in KKR team. Narine was in their plan from the beginning as he is a mysterious bowler!!!. Kallis as always their best overseas player. he is just a class and vast experienced. One overseas fast bowler should play as there is not good enough domestic fast bowler in KKR side. There is a problem in opening slot that's why Maccullum got so many chances and now he has started to fire moreover solid opening combination. May be Nxt season If Shakib play, he should choose another team/... it is just a bad luck for Shakib

  • ruhan_071 on May 14, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @Bangladesh_Fannnnn: You would say the same if Sakib had taken 3 wickets and Pollard or Raydu smash every other bowler... By the way,according to your theory Murali 'the black cat'' cost the game for RCB tonight ....... Keep it up...

  • on May 14, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    I just can't believe the best bowler of the last match for KKR has been dropped on the same ground in the next match. Shakib only had one bad over. Also consider, he bowled 3 of his overs in the powerplay. This is just another ridiculous decision taking a quick by dropping another quick along with dropping another class spinner on a slow pitch..

  • on May 14, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    So where are all you jealous Shakib haters now? hahaha...McCullum who apparently is better than Shakib when he really he's not and the rankings and averages prove otherwise failed again with a slow 37 when he is only known as a specialist batsman but can't get a high fifty let alone a 100 with a massive strike rate and the so called "Best All Rounder in the World" Kallis fails again with a 4 hahaha...his bowling is very expensive and Shakib has better figures but don't get me wrong or anything, Kallis is the "Greatest all-rounder of all time" but not the best all-rounder today plus he is old age of 36 whereas Shakib just turned 25 big difference and not even in his peak yet. I'm enjoying every moment of this and hope KKR lose today :)

  • on May 14, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    wat the hell is kalis doing? rubbish form!! he shuld never be taken in the XI.. he shuld be replaced by shakib.. best economy rate and 1 lone wicket taker last match.. his spin suits very well with turns in kolkata pitch..

  • aravabalaji on May 14, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    You will always look up to Badri when there is a collapse or on a difficult pitch. As Simon Doull said on the other day that he is always the scapegoat in spite of doing the difficult job of a floater.

  • hagamaga on May 15, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    @ SurlyCynic, man where are you now! Shakib didn't play but KKR lost. So much for ur theory.

  • borhans on May 14, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Sakib is a all rounder & kkr only using him as a bowler .It means they only giving him half the chance to prove himself .Sakib had a stike rate of 160 in the asia cup but kkr not using him as a batsman .I mean most of the KKR batsman have hardly 120 strike rate currently .So sakib could easily replace one of them .Breet lee when did he contribute in KKR's win .He is just a bowler who bowl 4 over which don't affect opponent team that much .Mcculum after getting continuous 7 match support from the team now performing .Sakib didn't even given any chance to prove himself .If KKR really don't want to give any chance to sakib as an all rounder then there is no need to keep him & waste his career

  • Raginggbull on May 14, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    @drjustinrobert: Ha ha haha, Did you feel the final slap of Lion? Never underestimate CSK. Lions can roar back anytime.

  • on May 14, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    class of Mike hussy save Chennai today...otherwise result may go other way...

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Shakib bad luck is he is not in the KKR plan this season. I think last season, whatmore bring Shakib to KKR. now whatmore gone. whatever the situation Shakib is a player any other team will like to include him in their Squad. Problem is the balance in KKR team. Narine was in their plan from the beginning as he is a mysterious bowler!!!. Kallis as always their best overseas player. he is just a class and vast experienced. One overseas fast bowler should play as there is not good enough domestic fast bowler in KKR side. There is a problem in opening slot that's why Maccullum got so many chances and now he has started to fire moreover solid opening combination. May be Nxt season If Shakib play, he should choose another team/... it is just a bad luck for Shakib

  • ruhan_071 on May 14, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @Bangladesh_Fannnnn: You would say the same if Sakib had taken 3 wickets and Pollard or Raydu smash every other bowler... By the way,according to your theory Murali 'the black cat'' cost the game for RCB tonight ....... Keep it up...

  • on May 14, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    I just can't believe the best bowler of the last match for KKR has been dropped on the same ground in the next match. Shakib only had one bad over. Also consider, he bowled 3 of his overs in the powerplay. This is just another ridiculous decision taking a quick by dropping another quick along with dropping another class spinner on a slow pitch..

  • on May 14, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    So where are all you jealous Shakib haters now? hahaha...McCullum who apparently is better than Shakib when he really he's not and the rankings and averages prove otherwise failed again with a slow 37 when he is only known as a specialist batsman but can't get a high fifty let alone a 100 with a massive strike rate and the so called "Best All Rounder in the World" Kallis fails again with a 4 hahaha...his bowling is very expensive and Shakib has better figures but don't get me wrong or anything, Kallis is the "Greatest all-rounder of all time" but not the best all-rounder today plus he is old age of 36 whereas Shakib just turned 25 big difference and not even in his peak yet. I'm enjoying every moment of this and hope KKR lose today :)

  • on May 14, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    wat the hell is kalis doing? rubbish form!! he shuld never be taken in the XI.. he shuld be replaced by shakib.. best economy rate and 1 lone wicket taker last match.. his spin suits very well with turns in kolkata pitch..

  • aravabalaji on May 14, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    You will always look up to Badri when there is a collapse or on a difficult pitch. As Simon Doull said on the other day that he is always the scapegoat in spite of doing the difficult job of a floater.

  • jhumon_sydney on May 14, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @cricinfo..Player to watch on the bench!!!!ha ha ha!!!Watch the player on the bench!!

  • on May 14, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Narine will be KKR's mystery weapon while Ashwin will be CSK' contemporary. The last two matches that were played here ended up as high scoring one. Expecting a high scoring thriller. If Gauti falls early,then KKR will suffer for sure as he is their key.

  • Ibra95 on May 14, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    always commenting about shakib, what about lee? and narine? narine, the great spinner, didn't take a single wicket!!!! and the economy rate of all the bowlers except shakib, more than 10!!!! so those who blame a lot about the excellent guy shakib, pipe down. it will be better!!!!

  • vioo on May 14, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    All d best CSK...go with confidence..u can do it..

  • Zen21 on May 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    next season SRK will make sure Shakib not in the KKR sqaud and ends all these issues.

  • Zen21 on May 14, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    KKR's biggest issue now is to resolve Banaladesh fans issue -- whether to play Shakib or not!...leave alone beating CSK

  • neil.a18 on May 14, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Shakib is a good player and so is mccullum ...only losers argue about this ...because no difference is gonna be made by what you think!

    And for today's match KKR should play - Mccullum,Kallis,Shakib and Narine ...and if mccullum is still injured, Morgan should get a chance ...Lee should be rested, hes a matchwinner too but had a pretty horrible time in the last match and this is the same venue today

    And please, stop showing stats ...if it was all about that, how rajasthan won first ipl? how bangladesh reached asia cup final? Its the capability and the performance that counts .....

    Cameron White was woefully out of form, but look at him now ...

  • on May 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    CSK vs KKR-2 looks like it will be an absolute entertainer of a match since neither the Knight Riders nor the Daredevils have qualified. CSK, as usual for the last 5 years, gets going when the going gets tough . I still think they haven't totally played up to their max potential. But any team taking on a full- charge CSK would hear the bells tolling down on them . They can steamroll each and every team . Chennai might well end up gobbling KKR by the end of this battle, but for it to be entertaining KKR will have to put out their best . Chennai, because of the abundance of talent in their squad, struggled to sort out the right place for each to get the best result.One change that was required was to bench Badrinath and play someone more suited for the hitting requirements lower down the order and thankfully Anirudha stepped up. If Badrinath is in the playing 11, he has to bat up at no 4 or 5 .....otherwise it's better to leave him out rather than waste him at 7 or 8.

  • Duplessis720 on May 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    CSK should win because when you see match 13 RCB vs CSK how rcb scored 206 and csk won in the last ball by jadeja , morkel who lead the team by smashing 6 and 4s and dhoni .Same for this match if KKR score like 150+ CSK can do it . And manage to win .Except gambhir who lead to a win last time, this time gambhir should be duck for real. Common CSK blast KKR for all.

  • waheed1233 on May 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Mr. Duplessis720: I dont know how much u r following IPL, but can u plz mention one game where Shakib has made KKR lose the game?? Rather I can show u examples where he hs made KKR win or has performed the best even if they have lost. Even in the last match against MI, he was the best bowler whereas others have gone for plenty. Team mgt did not give him a chance since KKR was interested in playing test cricket with Kallis and Yousuf.

    KKR should drop Kallis. He has the worst strike rate and he goes with an economy rate close to 10; certainly if the team mgt still thinks he can win matches for KKR, they are dreaming I am sure. They should play with McCullum, Shakib, Narine, and Lee/deLange. The golden days of Kallis is over and he should be dropped.

  • Tawhid_002 on May 14, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    How funny & blind comments about Shakib's performance in the last match. In a T20 match, it is more importance to restrict the run rate than getting wickets. All bowlers of KKR failed except Shakib. He got 1 for 27 runs in 4 overs (6.75). Very good economy rate in T20. What did other bowlers? What was their economy rate? Please, see the scorecard again then make comment. Even Shakib did not get any chance to bat. So, why blaming Shakib blindly? The main reason of losing was slow batting show by KKR batsmans (may be MI bowlesr bowled well) especially Kallis, Tiwary & Pathan. They batted as ODI style. I think, its unnecessary to explain more about Shakib to a man who have enough knowledge about cricket. Thanks.

  • Prajith4j on May 14, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    CSK had done the best thing in the last two games by dropping Badri. Gud mov and positive one for the team's performance. Well, this is anoder new day, anoder new game. Raina and Vijay showed glimpses of their own in the last game. Hope they fire 2day. Albie, Bravo and Ben will be too gud for KKR batters as they are over dependent on Gauti. Hope for anodr nail-biting finisher. Ah! Ah!! Hold on guys. This is goin 2 be interesting---- Lee vs Raina, Narine vs Albie, Hilfy vs Gauti and Bravo vs Kallis. WoooooW!!!!

  • NAZKI on May 14, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    KKR WILL ROCK TODAY AND YUSUF WILL GIVE SHOCK TO CSK

  • on May 14, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Make me proud to be an TAMILAN - CSK fan rather than be an INDIAN. Happy cheers to CSK to win the big match ...today!

  • on May 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    come on KKR beat them and knock them out/////////////////

  • arif93 on May 14, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL You should remember that in that slow pitch Shakib is the only wicket taker and most economical bowler not Narine or other bowlers.

  • arif93 on May 14, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Shakib os one of the best bowler in IPL. In 11 matches he took 18 wickets with the economy rate of 6.56 and ave is 14.77 only. In last match he is the only wicket taker. In slow pitch Narine couldn't be able to take any wicket. Shakib's ave,eco r, str is much better than any other KKR bowlers. In batting,maccullum's str is 105.29 and Kallis's is 106.93. I Shakib gets chance regularly he will perform better than them. The squad should be ( Gambhir, McCullum, Kallis, Tiwary, Shakib, Yusuf, Das, Bhatia, Abdullah, Narine, Balaji ) Who are saying KKR lost for taking Shakib they should remember that KKR began to win after taking Shakib.

  • theswami on May 14, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    We don't take dictation like Kolkatans We are innovators, we are Chennaiites, We are tough, never give up in a huff, And when the going gets tough, We the tough get going ...

    @ Eden Garden, we will lift the burden ...

  • on May 14, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    It seems to me that CSK fans are really afraid of Shakib playing! They are talking based on emotions, not based on facts. It does not matter whether Shakib plays today or not, the fact is he is one of the best players in the KKR side.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    KKR is a formidable side. It's very difficult to defeat them as they were on the roller-coaster ride of winning all matches. There is slight chance of CSK winning the match because if KKR includes shakib, I am sure then CSK will captailize on the slight chance they have. KKR should definitely include shakib in the team, Go CSK....go CSK go....force those KKR's to include shakib in their side. Even if shakib comes into the filed as a replacement, it will guarantee CSK's win. Well said "he is black cat"

  • on May 14, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I m sure KKR wont play Shakib today. Shakib always play well though KKR dont care his form or quality. So, overseas player for today in KKR: BMC, Sunil N, De Lange, Kallis.

  • on May 14, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    It is a must win for CSK and CSK is going to roar in style. Whenever crucial situation comes CSK performed as a champion ... Go CSK Go.... We're waiting for the hat-rick :)

  • Duplessis720 on May 14, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    KKR will lose 85%.I bet du plessis ,raina, badrinath if playing and dhoni with bravo bring a tremendous win to CSK.KKR has some good players like kallis and pathan , but if they are duck or stumped KKR will go down. GO CSK

  • on May 14, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Get Gambhir out but don't get Kallis out ..He will win the match for CSK by scoring some 60 runs in 55 balls ...lol....He has been doing this throughout...If CSk bat 1st and core big Kallis will surely help in making CSk win..

  • Duplessis720 on May 14, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    CSK would definitely would win.IF KKR include Shakib who made KKR lose some matches.CSK have to smash them if he is there. Go CSK

  • Haleos on May 14, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Ashwin is so overrated. He does not figure in the top 10 bowlers list across all IPLs.

  • on May 14, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    I don understand why evryone iz blaming shakib for the defeat....mccullum iz undoubtedly d better playrer between d two. bt his current form n teams requirement prefer shakib in d playin 11. anyways kkr need not to worry coz dhoni, raina , vijay jakati n yes d greatest of dem JADEGA will do all for them. all kkr need to pray dat csk must include them in playin 11.. common gauti knock csk out....

  • garg3 on May 14, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    mohd fayaq u r suggesting abdullah in place of whom?

  • Hayat22 on May 14, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    KKR should definately include Mc Cullum as one of the few things going on for them is stability at the top. BMC may not be at his best but 50 or 60 for no loss at 6 overs is better, considering Bisla was a flop. BMC-gautam opening pair has provided the impetus even though most often them middle order has squandered it in many matches. The should go with Mc Cullum, Narine as certians and the other two could be a paceman - Lange (but not Lee, especially on Kolkota pitch), and an explosive allrounder - Shakib is good as a bowler but has not shown any explosive impact in whatever time he has spent. Now I know the stat spouting brigade, but batting wise his impact has been marginal at best. Morgan could also be tried. KKR need to boost up their batting as Hilfenhaus can wreck early damage. If Balaji plays then no need for foreign pacer, then combo can be: Narine,Mc Cullum,Kallis,Morgan/Shakib.it should be a toss b/n Morgan and Shakib.One brings batting expertise another bowling allrounder.

  • on May 14, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Specialist Win T20 matches and not all-rounders. All -rounders are valuable for a ODI or Test Match , but in T20 a batsmen coming at no 6 , 7 , 8 will hardly be used or useful.

  • RajCSK on May 14, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    CSK will win today...if Ben and albie provides economical bpwling like last match. KKR depends on gambhir a lot, so the bowlers might target him. After winning DD....they must be in high confidence and high pressure.good luck both the team

  • StevieS on May 14, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Luckily those that know cricket are in charge of KKK, the reason they have persisted with McCullum is because they know he is one of a few guys in world cricket that can turn a game on its head, did you see the KKK players when McCullum viciously pulled Morkle for 4, they know that he is getting back to form and they know there chances of winning the comp have dramatically increased. Gezzz he just got a 50 in his last game and still people calling for him to be dropped, say what is the highest 20/20 score for a batsman?

  • on May 14, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Chennai on fire!!! Make us proud CSK!!!

  • on May 14, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    I am watching out here people favouring and disfavouring Shakib. He's not that bad but I think KKR was a little bit unlucky there as they lose the toss so and Bat on second the track was going slow and slow with every delivery and it would be a tough chase for them. I think they should include ABDULLAH He can turn away the ball from Right Handers and would accompany Shakib and Naraine.

  • IJ-IPL on May 14, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    It will so cool to see shakib play today. I wish KKR includes shakib in the team instead of kallis or Brendon. It will be great opportunity for the CSK to win this match if they bring in shakib. Yo..CSK...rock the world

  • IJ-IPL on May 14, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    CSK should hope that shakib plays today. this will guarantee the win required for CSK. come on BD fans please force KKR to take shakib in the team. It will be great fun....ha..ha..ha...I would love to see the lock on your face after KKR looses again because they included shakib once again to disturb their winning roll.... ha...ha...

  • sajidrock on May 14, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Today's match will be very tough and interesting, CSK has to win all there remaining matches to keep them in the tournament and KKR one win will give them a good chance to be in the tournament. CSK performance in this year's IPL is not that good as previous, there captain is struggling for runs and if they wants to stay in the play off he has to shower runs from his bat and play the captains innings. You cant be dependent on 1 or 2 players, there last win against strongest DD will give them some confidence, and on other side KKR are in good form there captain is playing his role in the team and Dhoni has to do the same. Hope Yusuf's form will continue. All the best to both KKR & CSK.

  • on May 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    KKR should change their slogan to Korbo Lorbo Harbo Re....

  • IJ-IPL on May 14, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I am once again warning, KKR should not include shakib and should resume back to their winning combination or otherwise he will cost them the match again by not taking enough wickets on a spinning track.

  • smiteswap on May 14, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Cmon albie show some heroics tonight....hope u get some chance tonight bcoz with dhoni ,,,its not possible that u come before bravo and jadeja...

  • IJ-IPL on May 14, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    In my strong opinion, KKR lost before MI because of irresponsibility of Shakib. He should have taken wickets. And the wicket which he has taken of SRT, also costed the boast in the run-rate of the MI. I think, it was big mistake by KKR to take shakib in the team, they have broken their winning combination. They were winning so beautifully every match, until the inclusion of Shakib. He is a like a black cat for the team, who made his own team lose by only a single wicket of SRT, which costed them the entire match. He should not be played in the remaining matches.

  • jhovee on May 14, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Still wondering how Jakati managed to get into 11. He has palyed 11 matches and take only 4 wickets and economy is also not up to the mark! First MSD is not using him to bowl all 4 overs. As team is already having spin options like Jadeja,Aswin and Raina, his position can be replaced by an Indian Pace bowler!

  • cricketcrazyyy on May 14, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    @SurelyCynic: I am an Indian, but I dont agree with you. Shakib is far more better cricketer than Mccullum. He must be automatic choice in any team of IPL. You are talking about Mccullum!!!!! What special performence he has produced in this IPL???? only one half century and a 40+ score. And strike rate???? Just above 100. This performance doesnot justify for a foreign player to get chance in team. On the other hand if Shakib has given that many chances and if he got the faith of captain, he would get morse success for him and KKR. Still whatever he performed in this IPL is far better than Mccullum.

  • kartickrajj on May 14, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Selection of jakathi will be useless fpr CSK. he leaking runs and didn't take the wickets.he is completely out of form.he was not perporm well in slow track also.his economy was 8.24 in 11 matches he takes 4 wickets. So in place of jakathi they need to consider others.may be bathri.raina and jadeja will be the fifth bowler. OR give a chance to yomahesh,sudeep tyagi, g viknesh.

  • on May 14, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    kkr will be really stupid to not to bring back sakiib the number one all rounder in both odi and test matches....the number one THAT ALSO WHO WAS THE ONLY ONE TO TAKE THE ONLY WICKET FOR KKR..on their last game....

    EVEN AFTER KKR GOT HIM BACK FROM BENCH...SO pathetic of kkr to keep the number one player on bench for a month....sad and pathetic....feel pitty for kkr..they deserve to toose if they dont take sakib...

    I ILL VOTE FOR SUPERKINGS IF THEY DONT BRING SAKIB ON..

  • on May 14, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Gambir is good player of spin...get him out early ...KKR will struggle to get even 140+...remove kallis too within 1st 6 overs ...all over for KKR........

  • Zen21 on May 14, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @drjustinrobert : Mala Podu at KKR Padai (funeral bed)..all ur batting legends will reserve a seat with a kerchief at dugout as they will be back very soon. Eden will be like a meditation hall today with a pin drop silence...only sound u hear will be LIONS ROARING!

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on May 14, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Shakib is part-time spinner!!!!!!! Someone must be joking.... Forget about his rankings (holding Awal Number in ODI Allrounder Ranking for almost three years-quite amazing), Just Check his IPL Records-> IPL2012: Match-4, Wkts-7, Econ-6.07, Avg-13.0<-->IPL Combined: Match-11, Wkts-18, Econ-6.56, Avg-14.78. Even the best bowler (Morkel) of IPL 2012 got 21 wkts from 13 match with Econ 7.13 & Avg 17.33, then from which point Shakib is less than the IPL Best Bowler.

    He didn't get sufficient scopes to show his batting talent in IPL, but it is really foolish to question his ability. Even in recent Asia Cup He scored 237 runs @ 59.25 against IND, PAK & SRL. His records are tremendous considering the enormous pressure he had to handle to be in the Under-performing BD Team. My earnest request to all of you, Pls don't underestimate him. Team-BD may not flourish as per expectation till now; but Shakib was a real Gem and would be a future legends.

  • abhijit298 on May 14, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    @SurlyCynic: Sakib played only 4 matches so far in IPL'12. He took 7 wickets, standing on the top 5 in Best economy rates (6.06) (minimum 15 overs bowled by any player) and also, won 1 man of the match award. Last match, he was the best bowler for KKR. Now you are telling to bring back mccullam for sakib, but not considering lange for lee (4overs, 44 runs, no wicket) means that your comments against sakib only. It does not matter he plays for kkr or not. But don't underestimate a world-best all-rounder.

  • on May 14, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    kkr dont dream of winning today although you are table toppers beware of csk they will come roaring on you like lions they dont care anyone when they are in winning mood even it is nariane or some one else no one will bother tough luck kkr and co and narine and co

  • on May 14, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    KKR batsmen what out of Hilfenhaus ..... :)

  • sathish008 on May 14, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Contribution from Raina is missing for CSK throughout this IPL which is one of the major reasons for their downfall. Hope he ll click today against KKR. Expecting CSK to put a big sore if they bat first.

  • jhovee on May 14, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    today's CSK team . 1. Duplessis 2. MVijay 3.Raina 4. Dhoni 5.Jadeja 6.Ashwin 7. Albie 8.Bravo 9. Hife 10. Badri 11.Anirundh (5th bowler would Jadeja & raina)

  • on May 14, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    As far as KKR' selection this year, I don't think that Shakib will be picked up.. Today's team should be liks this..

    Gouti Maccullam Kallis Tiwary Pathan Das Bhatia Abdulla Balaji (if fit) / Unadkat / Sangwan The Lunge Narine

    I expect this team today... Good to see pathan got some kind of form.. Kallis played very good knock in last match and hope will play today as well..LET'S C WHAT HAPPENS...

  • MeeraKrishna on May 14, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    I dont want to get into the arguement of whether McCullum is better or Shakib is better..if you take out Brendon who would don the gloves and if Bisla comes in then it is at the expense of some other Indian player..so I suppose they would stick with Brendon rather than picking Shakib..

  • hagamaga on May 14, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    @SurlyCynic, I may not know too much about Bangladesh but I do know Shakib is not a mediocre part-time spinner. He brings a lot more value to the team than McCullum, who has been pure garbage this season. And the so-called part-timer was the best bowler last game lol. I would love having him play for India instead of failures like Jadeja and Pathan.

  • drjustinrobert on May 14, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Tough luck, CSK! Don't even dream of sneaking a win against KKR in Kolkata. MIDAS touch of MSD has become SAD I M {I M SAD, MSD}. Whatever he does brings bad luck to the team he leads. Vijay was an excellent opener, and now he is a pauper of runs. Raina used to be a great finisher, now he is struggling to find a place in the playing 11 of any team. Ashwin used to be strike bowler for India, CSK, now he doesn't even get to finish his tally of 4 overs. MSD struggles everywhere, in batting, setting up field and even taking regulation catches. Jakati, Jadeja and Yo Mahesh are useless. Every CSK bowler will be smashed to all corners of Eden by the likes of Gambhir, Brendon, Kallis, Pathan, Tiwary and Das. Ben, Albie and Bravo may be greats in Chennai Fort, but will be thrashed like weeds by the batting legends of KKR at Eden gardens. It will be interestingly funny to watch du Plesis, Hussey and the CSK train derail by the magic of Narine and co. Whistle Podu will become Mala(garland) Podu.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 14, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    ISN'T THIS FUNNY . RAVINDRA JADEJA HAS TAKEN 10 WKTS THIS SEASON BUT IN AUSTRALIA HE GETS ONLY 2 WKTS FROM 8 MATCHES HE PLAYED .BEST EXAMPLE OF A PLAYER WHO CAN ONLY PERFORM GOOD IN IPL OR CLUB LEVEL CRICKET .

  • PUREAU on May 14, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain McCullum has the most T20 runs internationally, was one of the highest played players in the ipl but you think Shakib is a better player. Obviously Kolkata disagree otherwise he would have fetched a price worth noteing but he didn't.

  • on May 14, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    If any team score above 160 against KKR , they won. Bowling is the main strength of KKR

  • SurlyCynic on May 13, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: Funny how you agree with ratings for ODIs and Tests that show Shakib in a good light and disagree with T20 rankings which show he is average at T20! IPL is not test cricket so only T20 rankings relevant, not sure what I would be 'jealous' about. McCullum is an aggressive batsman and KKR need another one of those, they have plenty of spin options, no need for another mediocre spinner.

  • on May 13, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @SurlyCynic....You must be another one of these jealous people who can't stand the fact that Shakib is a talent and the best all-rounder in the World and yet he is only 25 years of age and not even in his peak yet. McCullum can be explosive but hasn't at all been explosive in this entire tournament, face it and admit it, Shakib is a better player than McCullum and if you don't believe me just check out the rankings and averages of the two in the 'real' formats ODIs and Tests. He may be ranked lower in the fake T20 Cricket rankings but that's because Bangladesh hardly play any T20 Cricket and if they did, I am very confident Shakib will be above him in that format :)

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 13, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @Siddarth Oza -- thanks for correcting me -- I should use the terminology fool to those. Sorry if my comment hurts you. But if you get time to read (if you can read Bangla or can have interpreter) yesterday's West Bengal's newspaper ANANDABAZAR (Khela page) -- you probably would understand my frustration.

  • on May 13, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    @AusieBangaleeShameem agreed about ur comment that appreciation of sakib will annoy people like Shakib_is_Ordinary but ur mistaken here, he not patriotic Indian, he's a fool.............. shakib should play, i think he should open with gambhir......well it has been well established that once you get the top order of KKR out there is nothing left in the team so i guess they have a very slight chance to beat CSK who have found their strong bowling in faces of hilfenhus and albie Morkel...and also in Edan pitch likes of Jakati and R Ashvin would add an advantage, for KKR they have only sunil narine to cheer nothing else

  • on May 13, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    the team f kkr shud b gauti,shakib,bisla,kallis,yusuf,tiwary,das,shukla,bhatia,narine,lange..... the talent f shakib is being wasted..... he can bat anywhere pls kkr try him in d opening slot n register a comprehensive win against csk......

  • loki897 on May 13, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    CSK: Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (wk), Albie Morkel, A Srikkanth, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shadab Jakati

    KKR (If Brendon McCullum isn't injured): Brendon McCullum, Gatuam Gambir, Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Debarata Das, Yusuf Pathan, Laxmi Shulka, Rajat Bhatia, Brett Lee, Sunil Narine, J Undakat

  • SurlyCynic on May 13, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Come on CSK, do the business. Hope to see Faf back at the top of the order and another good performance by the bowlers. KKR should bring back McCullum for Shakib as they need his aggressive batting. That's far more valuable than part time spin.

  • on May 13, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Shakib will thrush Csk with his Brilliant kollegues....

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 13, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Thanks Mr Balachandran --- you have mentioned about Shakib's 12 dot balls and reputation --- but patriotic Indian fan like Shakib_is_Ordinary will be very "annoyed" reading your article. So please leave Shakib out of your appreciation list in your future articles to keep "them happy".

  • on May 13, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    i dont know if KKR would pick SHAKIB this time as there are many left handers in CSK... but in KOLKATA pitch, shakib is a usefull bowler.... FINGERS CROSSED

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  • on May 13, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    i dont know if KKR would pick SHAKIB this time as there are many left handers in CSK... but in KOLKATA pitch, shakib is a usefull bowler.... FINGERS CROSSED

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 13, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Thanks Mr Balachandran --- you have mentioned about Shakib's 12 dot balls and reputation --- but patriotic Indian fan like Shakib_is_Ordinary will be very "annoyed" reading your article. So please leave Shakib out of your appreciation list in your future articles to keep "them happy".

  • on May 13, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Shakib will thrush Csk with his Brilliant kollegues....

  • SurlyCynic on May 13, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Come on CSK, do the business. Hope to see Faf back at the top of the order and another good performance by the bowlers. KKR should bring back McCullum for Shakib as they need his aggressive batting. That's far more valuable than part time spin.

  • loki897 on May 13, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    CSK: Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (wk), Albie Morkel, A Srikkanth, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Shadab Jakati

    KKR (If Brendon McCullum isn't injured): Brendon McCullum, Gatuam Gambir, Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Debarata Das, Yusuf Pathan, Laxmi Shulka, Rajat Bhatia, Brett Lee, Sunil Narine, J Undakat

  • on May 13, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    the team f kkr shud b gauti,shakib,bisla,kallis,yusuf,tiwary,das,shukla,bhatia,narine,lange..... the talent f shakib is being wasted..... he can bat anywhere pls kkr try him in d opening slot n register a comprehensive win against csk......

  • on May 13, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    @AusieBangaleeShameem agreed about ur comment that appreciation of sakib will annoy people like Shakib_is_Ordinary but ur mistaken here, he not patriotic Indian, he's a fool.............. shakib should play, i think he should open with gambhir......well it has been well established that once you get the top order of KKR out there is nothing left in the team so i guess they have a very slight chance to beat CSK who have found their strong bowling in faces of hilfenhus and albie Morkel...and also in Edan pitch likes of Jakati and R Ashvin would add an advantage, for KKR they have only sunil narine to cheer nothing else

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 13, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @Siddarth Oza -- thanks for correcting me -- I should use the terminology fool to those. Sorry if my comment hurts you. But if you get time to read (if you can read Bangla or can have interpreter) yesterday's West Bengal's newspaper ANANDABAZAR (Khela page) -- you probably would understand my frustration.

  • on May 13, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @SurlyCynic....You must be another one of these jealous people who can't stand the fact that Shakib is a talent and the best all-rounder in the World and yet he is only 25 years of age and not even in his peak yet. McCullum can be explosive but hasn't at all been explosive in this entire tournament, face it and admit it, Shakib is a better player than McCullum and if you don't believe me just check out the rankings and averages of the two in the 'real' formats ODIs and Tests. He may be ranked lower in the fake T20 Cricket rankings but that's because Bangladesh hardly play any T20 Cricket and if they did, I am very confident Shakib will be above him in that format :)

  • SurlyCynic on May 13, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: Funny how you agree with ratings for ODIs and Tests that show Shakib in a good light and disagree with T20 rankings which show he is average at T20! IPL is not test cricket so only T20 rankings relevant, not sure what I would be 'jealous' about. McCullum is an aggressive batsman and KKR need another one of those, they have plenty of spin options, no need for another mediocre spinner.