Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2012, Pune May 18, 2012

Kolkata target place in top two

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Match facts

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

As the league phase enters its final weekend, the priorities are completely different for the two opponents meeting at the Sahara Stadium in Pune.

Kolkata Knight Riders are enjoying their best IPL season, and are looking for a victory that will grant them a chance of finishing at the head of the table, or at least secure them a place in the top two and guarantee them two shots at making the final. Pune Warriors, on the other hand, are striving to end one of the longest losing streaks in IPL history. Eight defeats in a row have crushed their chances of making the playoffs, and another reverse will leave them open to the possibility of finishing last, if Deccan Chargers win their final game.

One area of concern for Knight Riders is their batting, and its dependence on Gautam Gambhir, who has six half-centuries this season. Gambhir leads the way with 546 runs at 144.06, but the next three highest run-getters for the team - Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary and Brednon McCullum - are all scoring at a strike-rate of 106 or lower. With Yusuf Pathan also out of form, can Knight Riders put up a big score in case their captain fails?

Form guide


Pune Warriors: LLLLL (most recent first)
Kolkata Knight Riders: WLLWW

Players to watch

Jacques Kallis might not have hit top gear with the bat, but he has been invaluable with the ball this season for Knight Riders. He showed it again in the game against Mumbai Indians, dismissing the finishers from the West Indies, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith, off successive deliveries, to dent the chase. He had similarly got rid of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers off consecutive balls to derail Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens.

This could well be Sourav Ganguly's final competitive match. The years have caught up with him, slowing his reflexes and the imperiousness of old has been missing from his batting. There were flashes of his abilities, especially in the game against Delhi Daredevils, and he will be hoping for a similarly inspirational showing to sign off the season.

Stats and trivia

  • Warriors have only taken 65 wickets this season - the lowest of all teams, including Chargers, who had one game washed out
  • Knight Riders have hit the lowest number of sixes (55) this season and the second-lowest number of fours (166)

    Quotes

    "The one in Mumbai, where we defended 140. Mumbai had 10 internationals in their line-up. The outfield was fast, the wicket decent and the ground small... Yet, the boys did it."
    Trevor Bayliss explains why the victory over Mumbai Indians was the most satisfactory one of Knight Riders' campaign so far

    Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 19, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    There should have been an option in IPL like any other European Football Leagues.....where a player can leave a club and look for another more suitable one.....what ever the reason may be.

  • xunaed on May 19, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Ganguly is an arrogant fool... @ Pune mgt, if you want result, next year, drop Ganguly. By the way, I wonder why Tamim is not given a single chance! I mean, you are playing Ryder despite of his off form...what was the harm if Tamim played the last match?? I think Ganguly is afraid that Tamin would do something good to question his decision...

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    have you guys noticed that ganguly even kept out Mashrafe Murtaza when he was 1st selected for KKR under much more hype......

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    remember Ajantha Mendis when he first came to the international stage everyone was baffled check hes stats 1 season he took loads of wickets then slow everyone knew how to read him then he wasnt all that just like him narian will be the same everyone will learn how to read him

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    why in god's name would you buy Sourav Ganguly for a t20 team

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    as a lover of pure classical cricket, the thing i missed the most is tamim iqbals cover drive. forget combination and other socalled multi-telented players, nothing beats a full flowing drive, then you can get out on 4, i dont mind

  • siri1234 on May 19, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    today i will be happy if tamim iqbal will get a chance in pune team and more happy if he scores a duck so that bangla fans can shut up

  • Rezwan1492 on May 19, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Balaji a good bowler? Huh in his dreams and as well as the dreams of people who thinks he is. And for God's sake stop judging a player by his nation, judge by his capabilities and fair game play. Shakib has got chances but couldn't do anything with the bat which is why he is being dropped of the squad. But what about Tamim? doesn't he deserve one shot?

  • on May 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir

  • tigers_eye on May 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Lowest # of sixes and fours can be held against the pitch but against the team.

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    There should have been an option in IPL like any other European Football Leagues.....where a player can leave a club and look for another more suitable one.....what ever the reason may be.

  • xunaed on May 19, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Ganguly is an arrogant fool... @ Pune mgt, if you want result, next year, drop Ganguly. By the way, I wonder why Tamim is not given a single chance! I mean, you are playing Ryder despite of his off form...what was the harm if Tamim played the last match?? I think Ganguly is afraid that Tamin would do something good to question his decision...

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    have you guys noticed that ganguly even kept out Mashrafe Murtaza when he was 1st selected for KKR under much more hype......

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    remember Ajantha Mendis when he first came to the international stage everyone was baffled check hes stats 1 season he took loads of wickets then slow everyone knew how to read him then he wasnt all that just like him narian will be the same everyone will learn how to read him

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    why in god's name would you buy Sourav Ganguly for a t20 team

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    as a lover of pure classical cricket, the thing i missed the most is tamim iqbals cover drive. forget combination and other socalled multi-telented players, nothing beats a full flowing drive, then you can get out on 4, i dont mind

  • siri1234 on May 19, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    today i will be happy if tamim iqbal will get a chance in pune team and more happy if he scores a duck so that bangla fans can shut up

  • Rezwan1492 on May 19, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Balaji a good bowler? Huh in his dreams and as well as the dreams of people who thinks he is. And for God's sake stop judging a player by his nation, judge by his capabilities and fair game play. Shakib has got chances but couldn't do anything with the bat which is why he is being dropped of the squad. But what about Tamim? doesn't he deserve one shot?

  • on May 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir

  • tigers_eye on May 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Lowest # of sixes and fours can be held against the pitch but against the team.

  • arman.sylhet on May 19, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Who are you "Sehwag_Is_Ordinary" to say anything about Dada (Ganguly). I have read all the comments of you & my opinion is that you may politics. Because u have all the potentiality on politics. I mean you can say any like politician. Do you even know how & who should play cricket. Please try make you as human not politician.

  • arman.sylhet on May 19, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Why we are so rude about Indian & Bangladeshi player. I think it should be stopped. For all of your kind information Indian player are better than overall Bangladeshi players. But in present moment Rohit, Rahane, Shakib, Virat, Tamim, Zahir are performing well in the international arena. So, please not support any Indian or Bangladeshi player, support only good performer. what ever they are Bangladeshi or Indian.

  • nipun027 on May 19, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I think Tamim and Shakib should focus more on English County........... Bcoz there they will get 2 learn more nd will make them a better player............... This way then when they will reach the top class they will b an automatic choice in any leagues.............. Including IPL too........

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 19, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Excuse me who is this guy Ganguly to say Narine's mystery will end soon and that he's not suitable for ODIs and Test? Ganguly shud focus on his performance which is not up to the standards of out "Para" cricket with tape tennis ball. In today's match, we want to see Tamim smash 5 boundaries to Shakib and gets bowled in the last ball.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    drop useless shakib.bring in brett lee then kkr will have balanced side with three fast bowlers like lee,balaji,kallis with three spinners narine,abdulla and yusuf.good luck to both pwi and kkr

  • muh189 on May 19, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    narine's mystery is reaching a point of conclusio. he definitely is another ajantha mendis to international cricket with too many variations with no stock delivery. thas wat the kumbles the muralis and the warnes possessed to be consistent in any form of the game

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    It's been raining comments since the start of IPL-5 between Ban and Ind fans... very much useless and uncalled for...sharing the same communal interest, still fighting for nothing..:-)...actually, the prob started when KKR started denying Shakib in the playing XI from the very first game... People's perception was to see Shakib flourish more after a successful Asia Cup campaign... he should have been an automatic choice ahead of Merchant/Lee at Kolkata games for sure....but, the management opined otherwise and starting with a loss to DD at Kolkata. Guys, IPL is played in sub-continent conditions with much-suited sub-continent players, no matter from Ind/ Ban/Pak. Try to make it simple... Shakib & Tamim both are more than eligible to make it to the Playing XI of their respective franchises as Ban cricket conditions are not much different than Indian ones...AUS/SA/NZ/ENG guys may suit better in their conditions, as & when applicable.

  • niloytonmoy on May 19, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Tamim should play this game for the next year........

  • on May 19, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    I think today's match is the best option for KKR to use their bench. Specially players like Morgan, Pattinson and Haddin. Lets go all out KKR and smash the warriors

  • dreamboy123 on May 19, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    pls............we want to see tamim..........and u open in the match.....this is a last hope........

  • on May 19, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    PWI should select tamim to play the last game, if tamim gets a chance he will show his stroke play. good luck tamim. we will be up early in the morning in los angeles to watch shakib vs tamim .thanks to kkr and PWI for giving opportunity to bangladeshi cricketers.

  • Cricket_lover_89 on May 19, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    wonder y these narrow minded stero types crying so much for the Asia cup win..... Remeber those white washes.... you're yet to draw test with us......

    Go dance in BPL

    This IPL

  • remnant on May 19, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Aarrgghh...since this one is between KKR and PWI, we have be deluged with both - bring Shakib and bring Tamim appeals, with the averages waved and a rider added that IPL is not worth watching etc etc. I don't know how many times this has been put through like an agonizing ordeal, for the rest of IPL fans. Not sure if its not worth it then why bother posting incessantly on IPL's pages. An appeal: Your point has been received by the other posters, unfortunately the team selection is not done on the basis of appeals here, so kindly stop the spamming please!

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @Bruisers: Change of captain, change of jersey probably will not bring back luck unless PWI change their ATTITUDE!!! The following was my comment posted on cricinfo: "To all cricket pundits posting there comments --- PWI now dead for poor selection of the team!!!! Big names Clarke, Ryder........ have failed. Small names like Tamim, Luke Wright didn't get a game again! So result has been the same ---- a shameful defeat chasing only 121!!! Go Pune go --- go down to the bottom of the table!!!!!!!!!"

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 19, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Who is better bowler -- Saeed Aajmal or Sunil Narine? What would be the scenario given Aajmal playing IPL5?

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 19, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    An interview with the Indian daily Aajkal today, Ganguly asserts that Narine's mystery will soon end ---- as it happened to Ajanta Mendis. He also adds that Narine's bowling not suitable for ODIs and Test matches.

  • on May 19, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    pwi will b doomed,,,,, :D

  • on May 19, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    @Aman_blus Why you hate MI hehe, they crashed KKR in one game lost in second, its 1-1 and KKR just won 2 games against MI in IPL history. You angry on that haha

  • hasib9 on May 19, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    I want to see Shakib vs. Tamim... Can it happen? KKR should easily beat PWI with any available combination of players they have. And PWI has nothing to lose so let Tamim play.

  • Amit-Roy on May 19, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    The team PWI is a mere "toy" and our beloved "Dada" is just a kid playing with it.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 19, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    @Rong Dhonu --- thanks for the comment -- Even people from within Indian former national cricketers have now lost interest about this over-hyped IPL -- "Indian Problem League" . They're calling now to save India by banning this IPL farce!!!

  • SurlyCynic on May 19, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Let's have more comments about the 'Bangladeshi Bradman', the mighty Tamim. He will open the batting, drive the bus back from the ground, celebrate with the owners and inspire the youngsters.

  • on May 18, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    tamim play or not play its dosent metter 4 him and pwi .we are bangladeshi not interesred

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 18, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    I guess Dada will play Tamim Iqbal in today's meaningless PWI match to add more insult to this explosive young opener!

  • on May 18, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    My boy Narine. Spectacular! We waiting for you here in Trinidad.

  • Bruisers on May 18, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    PWI have lost 10 of their last 11 matches.. Who would have expected that at the beginning of the tournament? I had the feeling that they would easily book a playoffs spot when they got the tag of 'giant-killers' after beating MI, CSK, DD.. Anyways, next year I expect a change in captain, change in jersey and hopefully a change in luck too.

  • dmqi on May 18, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Ganguli, for heaven's sake do not play Tamim, it will be a joke to him and of course for you too.

  • Aman_blues on May 18, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    KKR Smashed the hell out of mumbai indians who have been feeling so proud of themselves so let them keep feeling proud and we keep hitting them RR should also hit the hell out of mumbai indians to show them the exist gate after KXI win

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  • Aman_blues on May 18, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    KKR Smashed the hell out of mumbai indians who have been feeling so proud of themselves so let them keep feeling proud and we keep hitting them RR should also hit the hell out of mumbai indians to show them the exist gate after KXI win

  • dmqi on May 18, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Ganguli, for heaven's sake do not play Tamim, it will be a joke to him and of course for you too.

  • Bruisers on May 18, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    PWI have lost 10 of their last 11 matches.. Who would have expected that at the beginning of the tournament? I had the feeling that they would easily book a playoffs spot when they got the tag of 'giant-killers' after beating MI, CSK, DD.. Anyways, next year I expect a change in captain, change in jersey and hopefully a change in luck too.

  • on May 18, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    My boy Narine. Spectacular! We waiting for you here in Trinidad.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 18, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    I guess Dada will play Tamim Iqbal in today's meaningless PWI match to add more insult to this explosive young opener!

  • on May 18, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    tamim play or not play its dosent metter 4 him and pwi .we are bangladeshi not interesred

  • SurlyCynic on May 19, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Let's have more comments about the 'Bangladeshi Bradman', the mighty Tamim. He will open the batting, drive the bus back from the ground, celebrate with the owners and inspire the youngsters.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on May 19, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    @Rong Dhonu --- thanks for the comment -- Even people from within Indian former national cricketers have now lost interest about this over-hyped IPL -- "Indian Problem League" . They're calling now to save India by banning this IPL farce!!!

  • Amit-Roy on May 19, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    The team PWI is a mere "toy" and our beloved "Dada" is just a kid playing with it.

  • hasib9 on May 19, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    I want to see Shakib vs. Tamim... Can it happen? KKR should easily beat PWI with any available combination of players they have. And PWI has nothing to lose so let Tamim play.