Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata

Momentum with Chennai at Eden clash

The Preview by Kanishkaa Balachandran

May 12, 2012

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Match facts

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


Ben Hilfenhaus is congratulated for dismissing Rahul Dravid, Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Jaipur, May 10, 2012
Super Kings have two remaining games as opposed to Knight Riders' three © AFP
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by 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...

Posted by   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..

Posted by   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 :)

Posted by   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..

Posted by 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.

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