Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Mumbai

Close race to finish in top two

The Preview by Abhishek Purohit

May 15, 2012

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Match facts

Wednesday, May 16, Mumbai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)


Yuzvendra Chahal tries to restrain an enraged Ambati Rayudu , Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Bangalore, May 14, 2012
Mumbai Indians' on-field behaviour has been appalling this season © AFP
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The contrast between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians was there to see on Monday. Knight Riders' batting, dependent so much on Gautam Gambhir's golden run this season, lost momentum after his dismissal against Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians' line-up recovered from 51 for 5 to chase down 172 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

After a run of six consecutive wins, Knight Riders lost their previous two games while Mumbai Indians racked up consecutive wins. Rohit Sharma's fluent hitting stunned Knight Riders the first time these sides met this season on May 12 at the Eden Gardens.

Mumbai Indians return to Wankhede Stadium after two away games. They have lost four out of seven home matches this season, and Harbhajan Singh has said that they haven't known what to expect from the Wankhede pitch.

Both teams would want to finish in the top two to boost their chances of making the final and avoid the eliminator. Knight Riders' loss to Mumbai Indians in their final league game last season dragged them down to fourth position; they then went on to lose the eliminator to third-placed Mumbai Indians.

Sachin Tendulkar could miss the match as he is expected to take his oath as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Mumbai Indians: WWLWW
Kolkata Knight Riders: LLWWW

Watch out for

Mumbai Indians' on-field behaviour has been appalling this season. Their captain, Harbhajan Singh, not known for his calmness, has been involved in a confrontation with umpires, as has been Munaf Patel. Munaf has, in fact, been downright boorish, having repeated arguments with umpires and several batsmen. Ambati Rayudu was the latest transgressor on Monday, losing his entire match fee for his bust-up with Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers.

While Jacques Kallis is usually a steady scorer, this season has been a crawl even by his modest standards. A strike-rate of 104.94 in 13 innings has gone largely unnoticed due to Gambhir's brilliance. Kallis, however, has taken 10 wickets at an economy-rate of 7.45.

Stats and trivia

  • Gambhir has made six half-centuries this season. The rest of his team mates have just contributed three.
  • Mumbai Indians have a home win-loss ratio of 1.54 in the IPL; Knight Riders have an away win-loss ratio of 1.00.

    Quotes

    "He had told me during the match that if I bat for 20 overs, I'd win the match. When I returned, he caught hold of me and said, 'I had told you so'."
    Ambati Rayudu on what Sachin Tendulkar told him during the chase against Royal Challengers

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Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (May 16, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Gd to see so many people stealing my cntral idea of shakib being d best of all times lolz

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

shakib is the best player in the history of the world. he is better than tendulkar gayle and de villiars. KKR should kick gambhir out and make shakib the opener! he'll get 100 in a over!

Posted by shiplu99 on (May 16, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

I think Kallis should be dropped. Ryan ten or any other boy can perform better than Kallis

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 16, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

KKR lost becasue Lee was rested.....

Shakib should have played for Lee...not De Lange ...

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

kkr should pick up their winning streak! shakib should be in for shukla and lee for de lange

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

If Tendulkar doesnt play today.. its better to get in Franklin (no point in using Jacobs or Levi as they didnt live up to the expectations when ever a chance given in a raw...) and let Gibbs open with Smith.. rest is perfect... Another thing is MI should find a way to know about how their home ground behave at least nxt year, otherwise it will be a real joke.. hope MI do well today ...

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 16, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

I think Kalam Miya's middle-stump will go missing by Malinga's deadly yorker! Malinga --- today's man of the match? I think so even before the toss!!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Both teams seem evenly matched.On a day when anything can happen my bet is on KKR with Sunil Narine putting in another excellent performance.Kallis ,Gambhir and Narine can win it.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

MI will win this match. They have match winners like Rayudu, Sachin, Pollard & Rohit. Send Rayudu up in the batting order..Gr8 performance by Rayudu.

Posted by jhumon_sydney on (May 16, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

people are saying Narine is better than Shakib or Narine is the best spinner in the world .This is no way to tell that he is the best.The bottom line is that Narine is not a complete spinner. If u look at the world best off spinner like Harbhajan singh,syed ajmal ,murali or swann they got all the variations(doosra,teesra,armball,flight or loop etc).But Narine does have all of them.His only weapon is unreadable legspin or legcutter.This won't help him in future when he will face big teams like Australia,south africa ,england.They wont sit and just watch him.They will solve the mystery like ajantha mendis.Narine is yet to be tested in pacer pitch in South africa,England,austalia.In all these pitches Shakib has wonderful success as spinner.He got few times more than 5 wickets in there .More over he is a complete spinner.Definitely Narine is performing very well in IPL thats why he is well ahead any bowler in kkr.I do not wanna see Narine as ordinary bowler in future.BEST WISHES!

Posted by Tiger_The_Hunter on (May 16, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@Pai11: Firstly, I didn't mention the stats of T20I because BD has not given sufficient scopes by ICC & Elite Teams to play minimum amount of T20I to include at least in the ranking system (But AFG included). So it is not smart to provide the stats of one/two matches to justify one's talent (One could have easily underestimate many legends by highlighting their performance in a small span of matches). But his S/R in recent Asia cup is 110- Amazing & Suitable to Judge his T20 ability. Secondly, you smartly excluded the names of NZL & WI from elite list- but according to my viewpoint, no one neglects the performance against those teams for analyzing any players career records. Thirdly, think, from July 2010, BD is not playing any series against elite 8 teams (Just because - some countries think only Business point of view- like INDIA). Then how can u get proper analyzing-raw-data to justify his records in overseas. Even many sub-continent legends have very poor records in ENG/AUS/SAF.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

de lange and balaji should be replaced by lee and abdulla

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

I expect Shakib play in this game and see how he performs.. Not as a fan of him but just to see the comments and reactions of these `shakib` fanatics.. I am surprised to see some sarcastic comments like saying haha and hahas in every sentence of their comment..Anyway I too do `Player Worship` on certain players but now that they opened my eyes I will enjoy the Cricket rather than being crazy about certain players and a certain team.

Posted by aahahaa on (May 16, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

2 changes for MI to me, Nechim for Munaf and Blzzard / franklin for Gibbs. Rayudu should bat at 4 above Karthik. Smith to open if Tendulkar misses (is that worth missing a crucial match, the oath) the match.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

I think Morgan flew back to England last week

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

mumbai replace levi to gibs is not good.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Friends.. my playin 11 for KKR is:1- Gambhir,2-Bb mcculum,3-Bisla,4-Kallis,5-monoj tiwary,6-youaf,7-shakib,8-Shukla,9-Bhatia 10-Narine 11-balaji

Your comments?

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

KKR should play Ashraful.

Posted by SomeoneStoleMyLungi on (May 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

1. Gambhir 2. Kallis 3. Bisla 4. Shakib 5. Das 6. Shukla 7. Bhatia 8. Abdulla 9. Lee 10. Narine 11. Balaji Pathan and Tiwary are in hopeless form. Das has been doing well so KKR should promote him up the order. Shakib needs to be in the team.

Posted by SHAKIB_IS_CLASS on (May 16, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

TAMIL & SHAKIB WILL WIN THE T20 WORLD CUP FOR BD.

LONG LIVE BD CRICKET

HOWZ TAT?

MIND IT.....

Posted by ILI_ANALYST on (May 16, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

NO MALINGA ....NO MUMBAI..THEIR BOWLING ATTACK WITHOUT MALINGA..LIKE WEST INDIES WITHOUT GAYLE

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Sakib in or out has nothin to do with d result......coz MI gonna rock..

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Shakib Shakib Shakib, Bangla fans don't have any other thing ti speak

Posted by puzoom on (May 16, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

KKR might lose all 4 and get knocked out...they dont look in good form... Its all dependent on Gambhir... Gambhir plays they win..he doesnt..they lose !!

Posted by pai11 on (May 16, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

@Atiqul Basher: I did not know the fact that if a player plays less number of matches, his average drops!!! that is insane..and I have also brought out Shakib 's ODI performances against Top teams in last 2 years & more importantly his statistics outside subcontinents.. do you still wanna claim that he did not get enough opportunities???

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Shakib should play, otherwise we Bangladeshi, one of the cricket crazy nation will boycott IPL. What did Kallis do in this IPL? He's totally flop this year. Mccullum is not consistent and so does Lee. Then why Shakib is not getting a place? This is insane.

Posted by remnant on (May 16, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

For KKR, Dropping the pace, should be the motto.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Das should b given a chance to bat before Yusuf today

Posted by remnant on (May 16, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Gambhir, Mcculllum,Morgan,Das,Shakib,Pathan,Abdulla,Bhatia,Narine,Balaji. This is 10 players and leaves a space for 1 local pacer though I would not want Unadkat. He is of no use. Else add Shukla as a batsman. thus here is three spinners - Shakib, Narine, Abdulla and two slow mediuim pacers - Bhatia and Balaji. In subcontinental conditions its better to let the batsman generate pace to hit 4s and 6s rather than feed them. Kallis, Tiwary & Pathan are all decelerating the run rate. Though wanted to throw out Pathan also but since Tiwary is only playing as a run a ball batsman. He adds little value, while Kallis is off color like Tiwary but Morgan provides a more explosive alternative and Shakib increases options here.Pathan could be played in Mumbai as this is the ground where he scored the IPl century while in RR. He suits the western Indian tracks more, my wish!Lee does not take wickets and can be left out in suuch a crticial match as his pace could be used agiasnt him.

Posted by cskfangg on (May 16, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

please bangla guys...stop this 'shakib must play' nonsense.. In all KKR match forum..u guys starting a unwanted toipic...

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

MORGAN IS A NAME THT KEEPS SCREAMING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WITH dat filmsy middle order and big boy worthless pathan KKR HAS done extremely well to hve 17 pts....... the pitch is a huge factor and i guess dey r playing in wnkhede so hopefully da team shud be lyk 1. Mccullum 2. GG 3. EOIN 4. Tiwary 5. Das 6. Shukla 7. lee/shakib/ tendo (dependin on da pitch and if dey wnt a credible finisher) 8. ABdulla (y da hell he didnt play last game y? y? y?) 9. bhatia 10. Narine 11. Unadkat/ Balaji / Sangwan ......... DROP YUSUF he has been a failure and Kaliis has been too slow evn though he bowled well but he iz an allrounder same goes wit SHAKIB AL HASAN (um a big fan of his) and askin all his fans just to calm down dey r barking SHAKIB's name for no reason if KKR had a credible INDIAN PACER dey didnt need to switch LEE and DE LANGE All da tym dey cud hve used him den it would hve been possible for SHAKIB to play.... as it gives balance to da side

Posted by AK_81 on (May 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

y their is so much of talks over shakib......he is not goin to be in the playin XI....i too like him a lot he is a fab cricketer.....but for team cause like KKR who has big names in batting like Kallis, Gauti, Mccullum, Morgan ,Tendo d latter two r sitting out for most of d games.....concern for kkr is fast bowling......kallis can bowl n bat so he is obivous choice.....as thr is no other geniune fast bowler niether in indian recruit balaji is medium as compared to other so to fill tat dey hav to take LEE/ DElange in one position so n dey cant keep narine out so three position gone Kallis n pathan being allrounder n even bhatia cant adjust shakib n mccullum has a added advantage of being a keeper so gambhir has no choice dan to leave Shakib out.....

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

@pai 11.....shakib_Diamond was talking about the last 20 innings performance of Shakib, not his T20 performance. And the reason behind shakib's underperformance against top notch teams is because, he along with his other bangladeshi team mates doesnt have the luxury like your team to play T20 against these teams in a regular basis. In fact, Bangladesh cricket team hasnt even played a single T20 this year!

Posted by AjithSankar on (May 16, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Sachin missing Cricket for oath!!! Ridiculous... It's time, finally !!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

KKR should play Narine, Kallis, McCullum and either Shakib or Bret Lee depending on the conditions. Also, Iqbal Abdulla instead of Shukla. Kallis should bowl his full quota. Kallis, Balaji, Bhatia, Narine, Abdulla, Shakib & Yousuf would be a good attack. Shakib being left-hand batsman would be useful. If Gambhir gets out, Shakib should come in to bat and if McCullum gets out Das/Yousuf should come in. Manoj Tiwari should come lower down the order.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Hey guys, what do you think about the management of KKR, you all must be insane to consider them STUPID !!! Please stop talking about how big Shakib Hassan is in BD or how small Narine is in West Indies... The only thing matters in IPL is their performance in IPL and teams requirement in general.. Didn't Shakib Hassan know that only four overseas player can play at a time in a match, and he would be competing against likes of Narine mystery...

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

KKR SHOULD GIVE A GO TO SHAKIB AS A REPLACEMENT OF NARINE WHO IS ONLY A BOWLER AND SHAKIB CAN BOWL AND BAT, HE WILL BE A GOOD ASSE TO THE TEAM.

Posted by Bruisers on (May 16, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Yes, KKR drop Lee and give Morgan a chance. I don't think Pattinson is in India, so people here can stop saying his name. MI must send Pollard higher in the batting order at 5 or 6 and not at 7. Smith can bat at 7.

Posted by Bruisers on (May 16, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Shakib fans here can vote on the Poll "Who should have played more games in this IPL?" instead of flooding the comment section for all matches of KKR. Simple as that.

Posted by Bangadeshi_Rocks_Hunt on (May 16, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

@ Bangladesh_Fannnnn..... can u say where u findout shakib inclusion fun.... we know u r jealous why indian bowler also narine did not picked any wicket MI last match...! As shakib took only1 wicket that's the reason.. BY the way i noticed that always Shakib against say BD fan crying Shakib ... but who is first attracted today article comment (1) @ Bangladesh_Fannnnn nd (2) Rocking-IPL ....? Also this is not first time Shakib NO.1_All rounder nd many fake Shakib Ambit .... just check out all cricinfo news ...nd i post lot comment but did not published .... may be also it should not be published ....!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Its really shame to read these comments where always talking about Shakib. Am his fan and everyday i would like to see him in Playing XI. But yes i know the reality that there is no slot for him because Naraine is doing splendid job for the team. My question is why are you guys talking like this? Have you check the stats for current ipl5? Please defferenciate performance between shakib and Naraine. He is playing with the freedom and never worried about the place on the playing XI. I think if shakib could get same response he would play like Naraine. Please check How many time Naraine got man of the match award and how many match he played? Do you know People think Gayle is influencing the T20 not Malinga because Gayle has 15 man of the match award against 5 of Malinga. So Please try to understand the situation as every players of BD are worst than players of other countries...... why KKR bought shakib, was he arguing to sell himself?

Posted by pai11 on (May 16, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

@Shakib_Diamond: there are glaring mistakes in the statistics that you have presented. dont try to take people for ride by giving false statistics. Point 1: the statistics that you have presented is not of T20 as claimed by you. let me introduce you to the real statistics. Shakib's average in T20s in the last 2 years is 3.5!!!!!! that is if you consider the top 8 teams. well as far as ODI is concerned, in the last 2 years, his average is 29.47 with bat and 35.32 with ball!!!! if you consider the performance against top 6 teams (AUS, IND, SL, PAK, ENG, SA). and also note that his average is only 9 with bat 37.5 with ball if you consider his performance away from subcontinental pitches!!! I am not telling that Shakib is a bad player & in fact i think he must play for KKR but dont give artificial boosts to his statistics and idolise him!!!!!!

Posted by pavels on (May 16, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

ipl belongs to indians. if they wishes to play SRK instead of shakib i dont have anything to say. its their team their choice. but dont talk rubbish about shakib. he performed regularly on intl cricket, it will be an honor to have a players like him in any team.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

No doubt SACHIN is a legend but from me Sachin is a record broker(History) & Shakib is a match winner.When Sachin scored century againts Ban in the ASIA cup I was so happy because I knew that India gonna lose because he played for century not for the team..........

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

@Bangladesh_Fannnn......Even though KKR lost the last game against MI, shakib was the sole wicket taker and the most economical bowler of the team....so please follow the game before you comment and stop this hate game....peace.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Mr. Gaffar khan, this is not true that yousuf pathan coming to bat when 2/3 overs of play left. this year several times he came to bat between 10-15 over of the match but he failed. The true to say is PATHAN IS THE SUPER BIGGEST FLOP in DLF IPL 2012.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (May 16, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

shakib plays well only in bangladesh has he scored century in fast and bouncy tracks .he hasn't even scored century outside bangladesh.BD fans this is ipl not your BPL.if you don't like it don't watch it.

Posted by pk100 on (May 16, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

My kkr 11 macc, gambhir,bisla,kallis,pathan,shakib,das,shukla,bhatia,narine,balaji. According to middle order failure kkr should drop tiwary n pick bisla. My sixth sense says kkr will win n pathan will show today how big player he is.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Both tiwary and pathan have been useless for the KKR..Its high time now that these two gentlemen pull up their socks and contribute towards the cause of the team.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

to all shakib haters and shakib lovers- shakib al hasan is a star...just c how many times his name features in the posts whenever kkr plays...so in this battle between SAH lovers and haters...SHAKIB is actually the winner..after all there is a saying any publicity is good publicity

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (May 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Guys look at the Cricinfo Poll. Who should have played more? Shakib heading by a long margin. So do you guys still complain that all BD ppl voted there? Cricinfo is mainlyan Indian site and all BD ppl can't vote, that claim will be funny. So yeah, Pundits of Cricket including Harsha Bhogle, Dermot Reeve, Craig Mcmillan all of them said no matter what foreign players in the team, Shakib should definitely play in XI. Also Shakib is no 4 of the most economical bowler in this IPL from limited chances that he got. So yeah KKR will definitely lose PLAYOFFS. If they don't my 25 years of cricket watching and playing, I didn't learn a thing. After playoff without Shakib, come talk to me.

Posted by All_IS_WELL on (May 16, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

@ kaushal_raut .me to :lol:

Posted by bcric12 on (May 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

@Rocking-IPL: really you are jealous of shakib.because almost all of your comments are against shakib.

Posted by Gyanendra_Mishra on (May 16, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

@ WickyRoy.paklover , Agreed dear friend from Pak, But is there any big names in pakistan????????????after Inzamam........:P, and I dont understand how INDIA is producing big names...when INDIA lost most of times, How INDIA got no. 1 Status since last few year in test cricket,hmmmmmmmmm but might be be ur correct....Thanks.

Posted by Cric_Info1987 on (May 16, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

KKR please please drop narine and play shakib. Please please please, we desperately need him to finish at the top of table. If shakib does not play, it will be difficult for us to finish at the top of the table. Please please. Come on, we all want shakib to play against MI. Do you MI fans want shakib to play against MI. it will be great fun. thanx BD for giving such a player to KKR. it gives the other teams enough fighting chances....ha..ha..ha...(i hope the BD fans realize the sarcasm in the sentences..lol)

Posted by neil.a18 on (May 16, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

I dont think delhi,mumbai,chennai,bangalore would even pay a dollar to have any of their playing overseas player to be replaced by shakib ...not even kings 11 .....maybe deccan chargers cause they might wanna try something new to lose again ...

Posted by Tiger_The_Hunter on (May 16, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Many believes that Shakib is no. 1 all-rounder just because of his performance against teams like ZIM, IRE, NETH etc. Here are some stats for those guys regarding Shakib's recent 20 innings effort between Y-2010-2012 (Latest Inns considered as one should give focus on the performances that he made in the recent years)

Batting against TOP8 Teams Inns-20, Runs-781, Avg-43.39

Batting against Below Ranked Teams Inns-20, Runs-679, Avg-45.27

Bowling against TOP8 Teams Inns-20, Wkts-29, Avg-27.28, Econ-4.46

Bowling against Below Ranked Teams Inns-20, Wkts-30, Avg-23.53, Econ-4.26

Above stats clearly proves why Shakib is ranked no.1 in ODI all-rounder. He performed against all Nations. Shakib's equal dominance over all cricketing nations compelled ICC to set him above all all-rounders in the cricketing world and above stats proves that this is not a fake.

My dear friends, come to straight line and agree that he is the best in the globe now.

Posted by Prolay_Banik on (May 16, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Mumbai Indians will loose today by KKR.. Lee may comes in place of de Lange.. and Abdulla for Balaji..

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (May 16, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

kkr don't include shakib in playing xi he is overrated by bd fans.the only mistake they have done against csk was not including bret lee.if they include bret lee in playing xi they have good chance of winning.shakib is not the greatest all rounders like gary sobers and jaques kallis.he is mediocre cricketer and only fit for playing in dhaka.as a mi fan i want my team to win.if shakib is included in playing xi and mi will easily win

Posted by taslim38 on (May 16, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

I am a bengali but I don't understand y you guys r comparing SRT with Shakib? Don't you guy have nothing else to say? SRT is a legend and 1 of the best batsmen in the world. on the otherside Shakin is just best allrounder currently. you can compare him with players like Watson & Hafiz. Keep it simple. It doesn't matter whether he play or not but the main thing is KKR has to win. He will be part of successful ipl team. If you want to see him playing then international game is far more better when he plays for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

i have been a big time fan of KKR once it hired GAMBHIR ND PATHAN,the team is doing really gud,,i want gambhir & mccullam to open,in one down i would like to see pathan bat,its quiet clear tht almost every time when ever pathan has come to the crease,its always in the last overs,he has to hit the ball ever time he steps in,if ur playing him nd expecting to fire with in 10 to 12 balls given,he cant do tht,nd nw tht ur nt expecting much from him,rather give him a chane in top order,ever run he scores would be added advantage,it would hardly take 10 to 12 balls for pathan to bludgen or get out,so take tht risk.nd kallis just plays sheet anchor role which decreases the run rate so badly tht they cant cope up in death overs.

Posted by kaushal_raut on (May 16, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Only two types of fans want Shakib's inclusion in KKR team. 1)Bangladesh fan. 2)fan of team that plays against KKR. I want to shakib play toaday and I am fan of second type. Lol.

Posted by mstrx on (May 16, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

"shakib al hasan is better than tendulkar as he is not a selfish guy and plays for the team only not for records....hahahahahahaha lol"

Really comedy of the decade LOL

Posted by kaushal_raut on (May 16, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

KKR please play Shakib today and drop Narine. So that KKR will not have any bowler to control MI batsmen and MI will finish in top two.

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (May 16, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

My KKR 11....>>> 1.Bisla 2.Gambhir 3.Kallis 4.Pathan 5.Manoj 6.Shaqib 7.D.Das 8.Shukla 9.Lee/Pattinson 10.Narine 11.Balaji/Iqbal

Shaqib should be in playing 11 if kkr wants to finish in the top2. Its high time for Yusuf to show the world wht a gr8 talent he has with the bat.Shukla should get chance to roll his arms.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

McCullum coming into some good for now for the business end of the comp.

Posted by StevieS on (May 16, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Don't worry banga fans, I have a feeling he will play today, isn't this wicket a slow one? If so the 4 internationals should be McCullum, Kallis, Narine and Al Hasan.

Posted by IJ-IPL on (May 16, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Very very bad team selection by KKR. Not to include Pattision and Morgan. They should have played these two long back. the only way to get out of the curse put by including shakib in the team, can be to include pattision or morgan in the team. Otherwise KKR will continue on their losing streak.

Posted by IJ-IPL on (May 16, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

(May 16 2012, 07:02 AM GMT): shakib is better than SRT, in your dreams. Have you seen SRT's innings from 1989 till 2003 ? Have you seen what he had done for that country. You have just recently started watching international cricket to see shakib play, you never saw any matches before that. So you have no idea of what SRT means to the world cricket. I think ICC was even going to declare SRT's birthday as the World-cricketing day. Shakib is a good player in the making, it's a proud achievement for BD fans, but you are disgracing your country by saying such things. SRT has since 2003-2012 has been in form or out of form, depending upon that he has played for the country. And Shakib himself if only playing for records, because if he wasn't playing for records, he would have never come to IPL leaving his countrymen behind. BPL presented far better players than Shakib in T20 format, but shakib choose to come himself, instead of sending other young players. How selfish of him.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (May 16, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

@Rocking_IPL,ATLEATour pak team has beter record than ur india in terms of all sorts of statistics going around,i thnk its problem with ur indian team with so many big names in batng n even gets beaten so easily on most ocasions

Posted by Cric_Info1987 on (May 16, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

borhans: I am so eager to see shakib to be allowed to open the batting, ha..ha..it's going to be hilarious situation. I want to see shakib be used in bowling, batting and fielding against MI. It's will be so much fun watching MI play the KKR with only 10 players. ha...ha...this is sure to make MI the match with greater ease. thanx Shakib fans, please force the KKR to include shakib in the team.

Posted by Cric_Info1987 on (May 16, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

on (May 16 2012, 06:42 AM GMT): I agree with you, these devastating players like Morgan and Pattision should be played in KKR, incase they need to rest any of the players. if morgan and pattision are not available then will have to comprise with other ordinary players or the so-called world all-rounder (who couldn't take early wickets, expect SRT, to get KKR in good position).

Posted by XP79303 on (May 16, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

In today's match no need Shakib, Gautom can easily beat MI. But Dear Gamvir, all of your batsman under pressure in your team. Except you no one can strike the ball well so you will send Das to top order for his good strike rate. Can you put out Kallis and hiv chance to Morgan?

Posted by Cric_Info1987 on (May 16, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

on (May 16 2012, 06:03 AM GMT: Simple answer, yusuf is a local player, whether performing or not, he can be replaced only with another local player. So still no place for shakib with 4 foreign players. ha..ha...

Posted by Cric_Info1987 on (May 16, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

@jious: Simple, county cricket (Essex) is local cricket, IPL has big stars with loads of big performance from international players. It's more of an international event. Even ricky ponting has requested the ICC not to schedule any international matches during IPL. But I don't see the same request being made for Champions Legaue, County Cricket or BPL...ha...ha...So, shakib anyways only deserves to play all matches in either county cricket or in Bangladesh. Best of luck shakib for playing in Essex, please don't come back.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Today kkr xi: 1.Bisla 2.Mcculam3. Gambhir 4.Kallis 5. Manoj Tewari 6. Debabrata Das 7. Pathan 8.Rajat Bhatia 9. Sunil Naraine 10. Lee 11. Iqbal Abdulla

No Shakib, No kkr win

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (May 16, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

@Rocking_IPL,ATLEATour pak team has beter record than ur india in terms of all sorts of statistics going around,i thnk its problem with ur indian team with so many big names in batng n even gets beaten so easily on most ocasions

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Mr. Ashiqur Rahman Bipo on (May 16 2012, 06:03 AM GMT) -So why KKR dont take Shakib or Rayan ten Doschote? can any one give me the answer?????

Mr. Ashiqur Rahman Bipo I am giving the answer, becuase of gombir, the captain, He is a stupid guy, He is fire about shakib, He does not like shakib at all,

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Shakib or no Shakib , KKR would have lost against MI and CSK. And its not because of Shakib that KKR have won the other matches. All said and done, it will be good to pick him today against MI considering that most of the MI batsman are right handed.

BTW CSK proved why they are the champions, no matter what happens in he last game, it was a great fight back by them. Cheers!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

shakib al hasan is better than tendulkar as he is not a selfish guy and plays for the team only not for records....hahahahahahaha lol

Posted by borhans on (May 16, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Most of the KKR batsman are out of form .They won most of the matches cz of Gambhir's batting & poor playing from opponents .Now opponent teams are finding their forms & KKR is not .So now KKR become a team which is seen in the previous IPL.Without alllowing sakib to bat top in the order & without using sakib as an all rounder they are wasting valuable inform resource .This kid almost single handedly beat top nation in asia cup with batting & bowling & now he is treated poorly just as a spinner in IPL ,which is not the the right kind of treatment/respect a man of the series of asia cup should get

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 16, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Yet another KKR game and we will have - "If KKR need to win, they should have Shakib" today and if KKR loses dropping Shakib - "Lost because no Shakib" tomorrow..

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 16, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Why the media always pose this question to the MOM or any player from MI "What did Sachin say when u went to bat"? The same was asked to Dwayne Smith, Now, Rayudu.. I believe Sachin would have said the same thing which said to Rayudu to DK, Dwayne,Rayudu or any player who went in after he was out.. It is Rayudu's application which won the game and not Sachin's advice.. Marketing is fine but not to this low level.. Had Rayudu been sent him up the order on Sachin's insistence, he deserves a bit mentioning but not everywhere..

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Munaf has escaped stringent action despite petty and unacceptable behaviour time and again. It seems umpire should give a batsman out every time he appeals and no batsman should score off him. As an international player of fairly long experience and having contributed to many Indian wins, one hopes he would polish his on field behaviour a little to bring it to acceptable levels.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Can Someone please tell me what is the role of " Laxmiratan Shukla" in KKR?? To me Bisla, who is in form would have been more better option over him. Surprisingly KKR has benched the most devastating T20 batsmen, Morgan and Australian Pace Bowler Pattinson, who wrecked Indian Batting line up. If you dont utilise your assets,then why buy them? The best 11 KKR should place is 1.Bisla 2.Morgan 3. Gambhir 4.Kallis 5. Manoj Tewari 6. Debabrata Das 7. Pathan 8.Rajat Bhatia 9. Sunil Naraine 10. Pattinson 11. Iqbal Abdulla/Balaji ( dependingon the wicket)

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

@natasrik - Bashing Tendulkar for everything he says, does seems to be the flavor of the season. Its a known fact amongst close MI followers that Rayudu has been getting special attention from Sachin and has learnt a lot from him over the past 3 seasons. He even turned down an offer from RCB to join them as he wanted to continue learning from Sachin.

Posted by sajidrock on (May 16, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Sachin's presence or absence will not effect MI b'coz he is in very bad form through out the tournament, all tough he is world's best batsman but currently he is totally out of for so according to me if he is not playing today it wont effect the MI. I think it will be better for MI even if bhajji will not play what a bad performance throughout the tournament. Next year no captaincy to bhajji pls. Wake up Ambani...I think Sachin should also retire and the captaincy should handover to Rohit Sharma. What do u say guys.

Posted by RANA_RAAD on (May 16, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

The previous match team selaction of KKR were not good,they should take Shakib parmanently in the team,then they can get more good performance from him,which can help the team a lot!!

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Why Yusuf Pathan played all of match? He is now not in good form. So why KKR dont take Shakib or Rayan ten Doschote? can any one give me the answer?????

Posted by jious on (May 16, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Today No need to play sakib...It's better to take a paid rest and be prepared for the country (Essex) game where sakib will be able to play the real cricket. We are proud of you.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

lol......... about earlier comment on Tendulkar. Tendulkar is given the free hand of blasting the attacks with no worries. if he is going to take risk he can loose his wicket.

about 20 overs is absolute cracker of a comment........ that too on public forum.....made my day .........

tonight is a serious business.....mumbai looks a settled side. they should not drop munaf on mumbai track which is lively and we will win whoever bats to score is matter of luck in IPL.........

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Sakib need to come back home & show K.K.R how much important he is... (with out sakib KKR will fail in the match.. 100% )

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

I don't see anything wrong in skipping one IPL match to take oath as a Member of Parliament. He is doing that to serve the nation. Country is first priority than IPL franchises. What is going to be his contribution for the nation as an MP is a different topic. But considering IPL and MP oath, I don't care skipping one match though I want to see him on the field as his fan.

Posted by inshad on (May 16, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

It is all about MMMMMMAAAAAAAALLLLLIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAA.....KKR have to play their shots only for 16overs...hence it is 20/16 (MT to KKR)....LOL

Posted by naths on (May 16, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

The biggest problem with KKR is they go by name not by performance. Pathan and Tiwary should be dropped. In worst case if both of them play today, should be batted low in order. Shukla and Das should be promoted. Players like Morgan and Chirag Jani could be given a chance as well.

Posted by IJ-IPL on (May 16, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Since Shakib is a good all-rounder, he must be a great athlete. So with KKR winning so many matches, they must be getting tired on the ground, they need someone who can quickly give them water or change bats, etc on the ground. Shakib being a great athlete will be the most deserved candidate for the job. He can even been paid tips for some extra income to bring back home. I so happy for shakib's new job. Do go back again next season also and take some more players from our team to IPL to serve water. I am serious. That is what shakib is good at, he should stick to it. I don't think with this kind of fan following for shakib, he deserves to be in the international arena.

Posted by IJ-IPL on (May 16, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

MUMBAI INDIANS :- INDIA (All matches of it are nail bitter , nos. of big name but never play to there full credential or strength) KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS :- PAKISTAN (One day they can play like a tiger against any team and another day they may perform like an associates , truely inconsistent team of ipl history) DECCAN CHARGERS :-BANGLADESH (Highly depend on their one or two key players

Posted by IJ-IPL on (May 16, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

no person watching international cricket in the right mind would say that shakib is required in the present KKR team. He is only a replacement. He is an amazing all-rounder. But KKR does not need an all-rounder. Kallis ranks higher than shakib in the ICC ranking for batsmen. Narine is a much better bowler than shakib. If shakib could bowl as good as narine, then probably he would get a chance. but thats not the case. So I am hoping that narine is replaced with shakib is today's match so that MI could win this match with a big margin. ha...ha...go MI goooo MI win the match.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

kkr will win this only if they bat well in the last 10 overs.

Posted by Cric_Info1987 on (May 16, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

KKR will fail in the match because of their team selection. Selecting Shakib in the team will make MI win. Once KKR ensures that they select shakib in the team, its a guaranteed win for MI. If they don't take shakib, there is still 50% hope that KKR will win the match. But on the other hand, I love to see shakib play today's match, it will be great to see him bashed by MI batsmen all over the ground. IT's going to be fun.

Posted by natasrik on (May 16, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

It is utter nonsense on the part of Rayudu to quote again Sachin for the success. Infact it is a known fact that if the front line batsman like rayudu can bat till the last over which in this case happen to be 20th, he can seal the game for MI'S with the form he has displayed so far in this IPL. The quote itself is wrong again because rayudu can never bat for 20 overs, since he comes as a middle order batsman.

Posted by karthik666 on (May 16, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

If Sachin really does not play today, it is a shame . I have supported him thru out even when ppl criticized him for becoming MOP .. But this is just heights !

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

KKR will loose today because of their player selection..

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