Delhi v Kolkata, 1st qualifier, IPL 2012, Pune May 22, 2012

Kolkata in IPL final for first time

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Kolkata Knight Riders 162 for 4 (Yusuf 40*) beat Delhi Daredevils 144 for 8 (Jayawardene 40, Kallis 2-24, Narine 2-24) by 18 runs
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After four seasons of at times embarrassing underachievement, Kolkata Knight Riders will play for the IPL trophy on Sunday. For almost two-thirds of the qualifier against Delhi Daredevils, they nearly blew it, though the odds were stacked in their favour right from the start. On a pitch where the first ball of spin turned sharply, Knight Riders had three spinners waiting; Delhi Daredevils stuck to playing three specialist fast bowlers.

Daredevils' strategy did not seem to have backfired when Knight Riders lumbered to 106 for 4 in 16 overs. In the chase, despite losing Virender Sehwag and David Warner in the first 13 balls, Daredevils were right in the hunt at 83 for 2 after 10 overs. But like they had suddenly bolted away in the last four overs of their innings, Knight Riders choked Daredevils in the latter half of the chase. Daredevils did not help their cause, sending Pawan Negi ahead of Ross Taylor, who finally came in at No. 7 when the asking-rate was more than 14 an over.

The late boost that carried Knight Riders to a challenging total on the difficult pitch came from the unlikeliest quarters. Yusuf Pathan, who had done almost nothing the entire season, and Laxmi Shukla, playing in place of an unfit Manoj Tiwary, carted the quicks for 56 off the final four overs, and 36 off the final two, as Knight Riders surged to 162.

Gautam Gambhir had once again given Knight Riders a strong start, taking the fast bowlers for several boundaries. He had sped to 32 off 16 deliveries before he failed to make his ground to a direct hit from mid-off after having backed up too far. Not for the first time after Gambhir's departure, Knight Riders lost their way. Only 58 runs came off the next ten overs as Negi, the left-arm spinner, and Irfan Pathan strangled the batsmen.

Just when it seemed Knight Riders had wasted Gambhir's efforts upfront, Yusuf and Shukla launched into the quicks, who did not let up on the pace. Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav kept bowling in the late 140s with Morne Morkel not far behind. But the faster they bowled, the ball only came on better on the slow pitch.

Yusuf began the assault in the 17th over, carting a Morkel length ball for a straight six. Shukla took the lead in the 19th, making room to loft Morkel over extra cover for four and pulling him over deep square leg for six. It was to get worse for Daredevils in the last over. David Warner dropped Yusuf as he ran across from long-on and ended up parrying it for six. Yusuf cover-drove and flicked the last two deliveries for fours.

The core of the attack that had taken Daredevils to No. 1 position after the league stage had been taken apart. Yadav and Morkel went for 37 each, Aaron for 48, including 21 in that final over.

The last thing Daredevils needed at that stage was a rough decision, and pat it came in the second over of the chase. Warner, who had just smashed Shakib Al Hasan for six over long-on, missed the next ball as he pushed forward, but was given out caught by umpire Billy Doctrove as the ball popped up to the wicketkeeper off the pad. Sehwag departed next ball, edging an attempted cut off the impressive L Balaji to the keeper.

Just when it seemed Daredevils had done themselves in even before Sunil Narine came on, Naman Ojha and Mahela Jayawardene responded with the highest stand of the match. The duo took Shakib, who had a forgettable game, for 15 runs in the fourth over. Bowling too quick to get any bite from the surface, Shakib was lofted inside-out and down the ground for two fours and a six.

Though the general lack of pace in the Knight Riders attack started to make its presence felt, Ojha and Jayawardene kept the runs coming. The duo was in control when Ojha cut a long hop from Bhatia straight to Gambhir at backward point. A few tight overs and Venugopal Rao's struggle further increased the pressure on Jayawardene. The threat of Narine, who gave just seven runs in his first two overs, forced him to attack the other bowlers, eventually leading to him being stumped off Abdulla in the 15th over.

With 55 needed off 32, Sehwag sent in Negi ahead of Taylor, who hit his third ball from Narine for six over wide long-on. But it was too late by then. Daredevils have another chance to get it right in the second qualifier on Friday.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY British-Bangali on | May 25, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Chennai V KKR final it won't be easy, Chennai have the advantage of home soil ,but KKR are the underdogs never underestimate the underdogs. Every one is saying that chennai will be a turning pitch but Chennai have the Best Indian players (Out of rest IPL Team) who are very good against spin so Sunil Narine,Abdullah and Shakib will have to play to the best of there ability.......But were I see the winning difference is the BIG HITTING chennai hands down will win this battle..... AM A KKR fan but unless Brendon,Gautam, Yusuf Minoj and Shakib fire with the BAT am afraid the outcome will be chennai WIN........But hope am wrong go.......KKR :-)

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I feel that KKR need to take de Lange in place of Kallis in the final game, especially since the opponents now are CSK ... a tear away fast bowlr would be good in the slow conditions of Chennai ... my team as follows ---> 1. McCullum 2. Gambhir 3. Pathan 4. Shukla 5. Shakib 6. Das 7. Bhatia 8. Abdulla 9. Narine 10. Balaji 11. de Lange

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    good play kk,.r i hope final match can be won kkr.......

  • POSTED BY Alboyy on | May 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    it was great captaincy from gambhir...kkr have been working well as a team in this season..gambhir has gr8 belief in his boys and that backing up is now showing up..was nic to c yusuf contributing wid d bat..kkr has worked hard to earn a spot in the final..and they deserve it...but can they lift the title..? lets wait..

  • POSTED BY pjbarua on | May 24, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Gambhir is doing a great job & giving credit to the team. It's really great to see a captain like him leading from the front and backing others. Regarding shakib, he only got one bad over in powerplay which gone for 15 runs. Apart from that, he was fantastic.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I am from Bangladesh,a retd colonel.I have been following cricket since 1970.Recently some of the comments on Shakibs quality made by BD & Indian fan group really hurting me.At times its becoming childish attitude shown by both the fan group.To me Shakib is now world leading allrounder,thats all,still long way to go.Let him play his normal cricket & establish himself in WC.Please no more on Shakib & best of luck KKR in the final

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    if shakib got the chance to play all the matches then his wicket should be 26, and would be the man of the match for 5 more times ! so why bargain ??

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    @borhans gambhir's wicket is a crucial wicket and u cannot expect a batsman to hit at a rate of 200 if he does so thn there is every chance of he getting out if there is a partnership of 50 runs or odd that helps the other batsmen to score so wht kallis nd mcculum r doing is sensible

  • POSTED BY InamKhattak60 on | May 24, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Alaaaaaaaaaas ... DD looses , i m hurt .. But good luck for u KKR

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 23, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - "IPL might be an indian league but KKR is a bangla team. Bring the cup back home Shakib bring it. The IPL cup belongs to its home ie Bangla, KKR is a bangla team after all" ANY IDEA GUYS ON WHAT THIS GUY IS UTTERING?

  • POSTED BY British-Bangali on | May 25, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Chennai V KKR final it won't be easy, Chennai have the advantage of home soil ,but KKR are the underdogs never underestimate the underdogs. Every one is saying that chennai will be a turning pitch but Chennai have the Best Indian players (Out of rest IPL Team) who are very good against spin so Sunil Narine,Abdullah and Shakib will have to play to the best of there ability.......But were I see the winning difference is the BIG HITTING chennai hands down will win this battle..... AM A KKR fan but unless Brendon,Gautam, Yusuf Minoj and Shakib fire with the BAT am afraid the outcome will be chennai WIN........But hope am wrong go.......KKR :-)

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I feel that KKR need to take de Lange in place of Kallis in the final game, especially since the opponents now are CSK ... a tear away fast bowlr would be good in the slow conditions of Chennai ... my team as follows ---> 1. McCullum 2. Gambhir 3. Pathan 4. Shukla 5. Shakib 6. Das 7. Bhatia 8. Abdulla 9. Narine 10. Balaji 11. de Lange

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    good play kk,.r i hope final match can be won kkr.......

  • POSTED BY Alboyy on | May 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    it was great captaincy from gambhir...kkr have been working well as a team in this season..gambhir has gr8 belief in his boys and that backing up is now showing up..was nic to c yusuf contributing wid d bat..kkr has worked hard to earn a spot in the final..and they deserve it...but can they lift the title..? lets wait..

  • POSTED BY pjbarua on | May 24, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Gambhir is doing a great job & giving credit to the team. It's really great to see a captain like him leading from the front and backing others. Regarding shakib, he only got one bad over in powerplay which gone for 15 runs. Apart from that, he was fantastic.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I am from Bangladesh,a retd colonel.I have been following cricket since 1970.Recently some of the comments on Shakibs quality made by BD & Indian fan group really hurting me.At times its becoming childish attitude shown by both the fan group.To me Shakib is now world leading allrounder,thats all,still long way to go.Let him play his normal cricket & establish himself in WC.Please no more on Shakib & best of luck KKR in the final

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    if shakib got the chance to play all the matches then his wicket should be 26, and would be the man of the match for 5 more times ! so why bargain ??

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    @borhans gambhir's wicket is a crucial wicket and u cannot expect a batsman to hit at a rate of 200 if he does so thn there is every chance of he getting out if there is a partnership of 50 runs or odd that helps the other batsmen to score so wht kallis nd mcculum r doing is sensible

  • POSTED BY InamKhattak60 on | May 24, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Alaaaaaaaaaas ... DD looses , i m hurt .. But good luck for u KKR

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 23, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - "IPL might be an indian league but KKR is a bangla team. Bring the cup back home Shakib bring it. The IPL cup belongs to its home ie Bangla, KKR is a bangla team after all" ANY IDEA GUYS ON WHAT THIS GUY IS UTTERING?

  • POSTED BY sher-e-slc on | May 23, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Completely agree with @crazycricketfan4life, every word of it. All said and done Shakib is a good/decent player but not in the same league as Kallis. You just dont compare Apples' iOS & Windows Phone OS. That is not APPLES TO APPLES. Shakib is young, green. Let him bake, mature, its going to take some time. Yes, he has the potential, no one denies that, but currently you can't compare Shakib with Kallis. If you do, it's called "sacrilege". It takes time guyz.. so chill out and wait.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEverybody, Oh ya, Shakib never talks about his power hitting whe BD throws India of the Asia Cup! so,what do you say, India, the world cup winners are ordinary? Stop watching cricket man. You are making fun of this gentle game.

  • POSTED BY borhans on | May 23, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Those who are sakib haters .How many match Mccullum & kallis got to play with their below 100 strike rate .It was really pity to watch mccullum dancing ,running but failing to score runs .He almost signle handedly cost the match to KKR(gambhirs run out cz of his lack of runs) if Pathan & shukla didn't come to resque .Don't forget before play off cz of sakib's single performance KKR got the point that they were hoping for to got to the 2nd position .Why all the time kallis & mccullum make a situation where a batsman after them come & have to play 150 strike rate to take the innings to respectable 140(not even a match winning run)If sakib was there before Mccullum ,Kallis he would have played less risky short but He has to come in a moment when KKR need a 150 strike rate from a player so sakib had to hurry .

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Even as a bangladeshi and a shakib fan please shut up about shakib. He is good but he isn't that great to deserve constant praise after every single game so just give it a break. Just ruining our reputation.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | May 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    please bangla fans don't compare kallis with ordinary shakib.he was thrashed today by the dd batsmen.i'm diehard fan of sir.garfield sobers he is certainly one of greats of all time.and kallis is the best all rounder in the world at the moment.look at the centuries he scored and compare with shakib.shakib is no way near to kallis.he bowls well only in spinning tracks and he can't take wickets in the pitch which doesn't offer any turn.congrats to kkr for their victory but they will lose this ipl to either mi or csk.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Well i am so happy that SRK team finally made it to the Finals this year... really sad for DD, warner out was key which was wrong call by umpire.. if he stays 4/5 overs the result could have either way... And what the fuss about shakib fans/haters leave him alone guys... one thing is for sure He is Overrated... Go KKR !

  • POSTED BY Hvmasud on | May 23, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Good to see that in most of the comments there have analysis of Sakib's match performance...Either good or bad everyone share their opinions about Sakib...I like those critics and critics about Sakib will help him to be a best cricketer and also a very familiar face in world cricket....So,carry on those who like to hate Sakib Al Hasan and I like to see those bad comments for laugh and entertainment...

  • POSTED BY landsite on | May 23, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I can safely say that no team in the IPL can handle KKRs bowling,just look at the bowling of all the bowlers used and you will understand that Narine is not the only one who can keep the runs down.DD is the best batting side in the IPL and they were strangled by KKRs bowling,neither MI,CSK or DD stands a chance against KKR.YESTERDAY EVERY BOWLER WENT FOR 24 OR JUST A LITTLE MORE AND THEY HAVE CONSTANTLY SHOWED THEIR SUPERIORITY IN THE BOWLING DEPARTMENT AND AS THE SAYING GOES"BOWLERS WIN MATCHES",KKR should change their name to THE KOLKATA STRANGLERS.

  • POSTED BY mr.cricketer21 on | May 23, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    all the sakib haters are proving how quality player sakib is.... cz they are comparing sakib with one of the great player (jack kallis) in any format of cricket.... im not a BD supporter but proub of sakib.... who ever saying sakib is no1 allrounder.... they are correct... cz according to ICC sakib is beeing no1 allrounder past more then a year... so he deserve to play with kkr....

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 23, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    As expected KKR had a solid win to cruise to the finals !!!! if they continue this form we may see a new IPL champion this year !!!!

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | May 23, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Shakib per4med like his team BD...lol. The MOM & main pre4mer in the match against PUNE has been just turned to b the worst per4mer in the next game. It also happened in 4th & 5th game of KKR in IPL 5. It's mainly possible for BD players. That's why the no. 1 all-rounder has too uncertain form in KKR as like as his poor national side. It's a common quality of Bangla cricketers.

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | May 23, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    All Shaking Al Hassan fans are scrambling to justify why he should play in the finals .. Nobody is justifying why Kallis or Pathan will play - When you have to provide justification it just means that the person is not deserving of his place - drop Shaking Al Hassan right now! Burden to KKR!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    ' Debasish Panda' thanks for ur lovely comments.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Lol.. If anybody that has to be praised in KKR should be Gauti and Sunil Narine and not Shakib or Yusuf. What's wrong with all these bangladeshis?? Praising whatever Shakib does, comeon i like him but your comments like He is the real tiger, he can hit sixes with his rear paws, what the ? Put cricket before your favorite player always. !!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Please stop mentioning Kallis in the same sentence a Sakib. Seriously, sakib is a good little player not a great and you just turn people against him by spouting nonsense about how "wonderful" he is. #reality check

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    kkr might be suffer if they drop sakib and do not include monoj tiwary in the final.

  • POSTED BY karanchugh003attherateoflivedotin on | May 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Finally something to cheer for SRK this time otherwise he would always pack up his luggage and return but this time KKR is winning how about new teams like Kings Eleven Haryana,Kings Eleven Himachal they should make some more new IPL Teams

  • POSTED BY vallavarayar on | May 23, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Venugopal rao seems to have forgotten how to bat.

  • POSTED BY Min2_cric on | May 23, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    sad....Double Ds have lost.

  • POSTED BY msaurav on | May 23, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    I am fan of kkr . Its great to see yousuf hitting DD in all parts of the ground .O have no complain againt shakib . Every body cannot come good in all matches. But there is also no need to drop anyone from the team . KKr is playing a tactfull game . When its an pace supporting pitch they drop sakib and play breet lee. THats all.Brendon has given us good starts . Thats all we need.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Dear All Indian Fan please wait and see that Sakib will be the Man Of The Match in the IPL Final bcoz he in the Tiger and number one player & will be another 10 yrs world no onein al format of cricket just wait and see.....pls note he was Man of the turnament last PAK visit in BAG, BPL & Asia cup...please don't forget 2007 W/C and 2012 Asia Cup what was done by Sakib.....thanks for all your comments bcoz all my Indians Like & Love SAKIB bcoz HE IS NO ONE TO LOVE.....

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | May 23, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    stop slamming Varun Aaron for the last over, it is bound to happen that batsmen will go after bowler in the slog overs.and remember Warner dropped a catch which was eventually given as six.it was more of a bad fielding effort by DD.you cannot blame a bowler for dreadful fielding done by fielders.had that catch been taken the over would have gone for 9-10 runs

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | May 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    DROP NARINE, DROP NARINE, DROP NARINE!!!!!Let Skakib play in his place and let Narine go to England, where his country needs him more.

  • POSTED BY Love_cricket123 on | May 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Debashish: thats wht i said in my comment! thnx for being nice n not hating Shakib without any sensible reason!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    good performance by kkr and yousuf finally in form. great chances for them for wnning ipl title first time and i think they deseved .sunil narine is superstar of spin or tommorrwo. he should pikc in test and oneyday. he will create great differnce betwween eng and wi.

  • POSTED BY Jakir_Hossain on | May 23, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Though Sakib play poor batting and expensive bowling, His break throw is important part of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Not really a tough one but was very important one :)

  • POSTED BY borhans on | May 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Those who are sakib haters .How many match Mccullum & kallis got to play with their below 100 strike rate .It was really pity to watch mccullum dancing ,running but failing to score runs .He almost signle handedly cost the match to KKR(gambhirs run out cz of his lack of runs) if Pathan & shukla didn't come to resque .Don't forget before play off cz of sakib's single performance KKR got the point that they were hoping for to got to the 2nd position .Why all the time kallis & mccullum make a situation where a batsman after them come & have to play 150 strike rate to take the innings to respectable 140(not even a match winning run)If sakib was there before Mccullum ,Kallis he would have played less risky short but He has to come in a moment when KKR need a 150 strike rate from a player so sakib had to hurry .

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    KKR did well but were helped a lot in the result by Mr. V Rao. I don't understand why DD is persisting with this long spent force. While Mr. Y Pathan faced 21 balls to make 40, this guy played 22 and made 13. Though a bit unfair to compare him with the dasher, but I think he created the difference more than any other player (in a twisted manner).

  • POSTED BY TopOrder_ on | May 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Search for shakib...Ctrl+f "Shakib" result 119 entries found 3 in article and rest in 102 comments (Till NOW)... wow Bangalis are giving so much hype to their players and IPL.

  • POSTED BY borhans on | May 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    KKR almost lost the match but due to Shehwag's worst captaincy and David warner catch miss KKR manage to score 20 runs in the last over & don't forget due to taylor,david warner miss fielding they gave extra 4 & 6 to the KKR now count those extra 30 runs .DD should have own it easily due to poor batting from Mcullum & kallis .Why KKR riding on lucks for these two batsman .Their those poor innings almost cost KKR the match but thx to luck & shehvag .So among all those player KKR don't really have 150 strike rate player(currently) that is a sign of a very poor team .

    If Shehwag or david warner got any chance to score a quick 20 in any over then this match was almost over for KKR so many thx to Balaji & Sakib for taking those big batsman out early which Shehvag also mentioned in the presetation ceremony

  • POSTED BY shahinreza2002 on | May 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Sorry for the DD, but I still think that they would be in the final. Yusuf Pathan has been a very dry tournament this year...but clicked in the right time backed by tremendous Shukla. Sunil continues to produce nightmares for batsmen...It is good to see Gambhir greatly relies on Shakib, and Shakib brought the key breakthrough for KKR by removing the danger-man Warner, with an expensive bowling and a cheap batting, he had just a bad day, but he knows how to comeback. Kallis has showed his class in the finishing overs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    To all Shakib bashers: Shakib has played 7 matches this season and won 2 MOM..that is the best MOM per match ratio:

    Player Team MoM Sunil Narine Kolkata Knight Riders 3 Gautam Gambhir Kolkata Knight Riders 3 Shakib Al Hasan Kolkata Knight Riders 2 Jacques Kallis Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Brett Lee Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Yusuf Pathan Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Lakshmipathy Balaji Kolkata Knight Riders 1

    Shakib is a match winner should play all matches..if someone has to be dropped it could be Mccullum

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Being a Delhi fan I'm dejected ! Going with pace attack I can understand, Viru might have thought they don't have quality spinners; and pacers have done well for him on all almost all the pitches, but still Nadeem could have been in for Varun. And what can I say about Warner's dismissal ? It is hurting me the most. Warner - the man in form, against 2 left-arm spinners would have been a perfect guy to finish the match with NOT much difficulties and that was evident when he hit Shakib for huge six in his very first over. And above all, Why Negi was sent ahead of Taylor ? the match was almost finished when Taylor came in. I hope, DD have learnt their lessons and they correct their mistakes in next game and make it to the finals. Lucky they have got one more chance and hope they make full use of it. Would love to see DD vs KKR in finals this time without Venu Gopal Rao (Unmukt Chand is way better than him). And did u guys see hw SRK reacted when Shakib got Warner out ? Simply provoking !!

  • POSTED BY Love_cricket123 on | May 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Hasan Rahman: good one bro ;)

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    I am an Indian and love Sakib's cricket...those who are criticizing Sakib for his performance in the last match, can they name any cricketer who never had a bad day??? Yes if failure continues it is a matter of worry, but Sakib just failed in one game compared to all his previous games and will surely make a good comeback....As an Indian we love and respect good cricket and so respect Sakib...

  • POSTED BY platoon99 on | May 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    No player is bigger than a team and so as Shakib.The reason he is in playing 11. is just bcz the pitiches are slow and bcz of that he is inluded just ahead of bret lee or de lange. Believe me on bouncy track he will always be liable with both bat and ball.He looks like more of a bowling all rounder.Out of 8 matches he has just performed in 1 match with the bat and that too he was given chance by parnell. BD fans should understand that if KKR is in final is just bcz they played as a team.Gautum,Macculum,Kallis,Yousuf,Tiwari, Das performed with the bat and Narain,Balaji,Bret lee, shakib performed with the ball.Its a teamwork which has forced to the no 2 position and so in the final.

  • POSTED BY Nealshahriar on | May 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Kkr will play shakib in the finals,they wont change their winnin combination.

  • POSTED BY paps1889 on | May 23, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Nadeem should play in place of Aaron and Ross Taylor should have gone ahead of Negi. But i think due to Shakib and Abdullah's left handed spin Sehwag sent Negi ahead of Taylor..

  • POSTED BY XP79303 on | May 23, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Congratulation KKR!!! Congratulation KKR management for first time in Final. Wish you all the best in Final and hope same result will come for you in Final also.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    FInally ..... Yusuf Pathan Back In Form, This Innings Will Help Him Gain More Confidence in Finals. And Everyone Knows whats he is Capable of, when He Will Be In good Form. This Are The Signs Of KKR to get this IPL Home. Good Luck KKR..!

  • POSTED BY sriks23 on | May 23, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Shewag at his worst captaincy .1st with his team selection,than with bowling changes,bowling varun aaron in the end,what a joke.than with batting order, he should have batted ross tylor after mahila.He total screwed up the match

  • POSTED BY MAK123 on | May 23, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Never expected this from Sehwag! I had alwasy thought he had some integrity but the way he shuffled the line-up, well, the less said the better. And oh by the way, Billy Doctrove does not deserve to stand in international matches because he has proved more than once in IPL matches that he is a merchandise!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    every1 here only fighting for shakib's greatness,,very sad.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Gambhir has proved his credentials as a captain equipped with good cricketing brain. Gambhir, Narine & GAMBHIR's CAPTAINCY took KKR to the finals....... so selectors replace virat by Gambhir as a vice captain and made gambhir india's test captain.

  • POSTED BY bhaloniaz on | May 23, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Narine, Kallis, Balaji, Sukla, Ghamvir all played well. Statistically Sakib did not bowl well. DD was afraid of Narine so they wanted to hit other bowlers. Sakib bit Warner the ball before Warner hit him. Then he got his wicket. He was bowling the powerplay and he got hit in his second over. KKR strategy is to bowl Sakib & Balaji at the beginning to get some wickets. DD counted it by promoting Ojha. (They did not want MJ or Taylor to risk their wickets). He was looking for the turn in his second over and he did not get as much turn and got hit. He bowled well in his last two overs. Sometimes a tight ball on the blockhole might be hit for six. That does not mean that was a bad ball. DD strategy backfired. They should have played MJ, Taylor and let them set up and then try to increase scoring. They played not to their own strength. They wanted to disturb KKR's strategy and it did not work.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    what's the matter? may be Indian forgot the treatment by Shakib in2007 world cup and the asia cup recently completed...lol...more to come from him...he is a class...time will speak about this...however it is not the time to compare between Kallis and shakib..kallis is playing this game for decades and one of the bests the world have ever seen....surely shakib on the way to be one of the true greats of cricket.... time to change ur view about BD cricket...a bunch of newcomers knocking at the door and our cricket structure is improving day by day.....

  • POSTED BY manwar12 on | May 23, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Dear Shakib-is ordinary,

    This part timer Clark had taken 6 wicket for 9 runs in one innings in Mumbai test against India in 2004. Please don't deny the fact that Shakib's innings against Pune helped KKR play the playoff. Not a single player play their best everyday. His contribution today was not insignificant. He did not waste ball and Warner's wicket in right time restricted DD.

  • POSTED BY jdsudhan on | May 23, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    What i feel is it was a mistake to send Negi before Taylor and Irfan. Negi scored 14 runs in 11 balls at a time DD wanted score more then 10 runs per over. It remembers the lost against RCB where Ojha scored run a ball innings during the last stage of the match. I am sure shewag and his guys can come back and beat the KKR in the final. Further it was the last over of KKR innings took the game away from DD really a poor from Aaron. He will have to look for right areas to bowl where the batsmen will not get it right. DD cheers...................

  • POSTED BY asithaSL on | May 23, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    some of wrong decisions made DD to lost d game, specially Pathan was d best option @ No 6. even No 5. Pathan had prove it several times . but Y Sewag didnt send him up. One more spinner might be handy. Hope DD beat MI or CSK n comes to final.

  • POSTED BY Nealshahriar on | May 23, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Shakib,afterall is a human,isnt he?he can play 1 match bad

  • POSTED BY Breaking_Point on | May 23, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    So finally KKR is in the final!!last night Yusuf found his form!!& it's clear that Gambhir must stay as long as possible! @Shakib is ordinary: remeber the game when Shakib got TENDULKAR at Whankhede????????but wasn't given out!!if u still don't understand i doubt your cricket knowledge.... But yes he was struggling last night & it happens!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Finally KKR's long wait for reaching the final of India's prestigious Cricket Tournament IPL is Over . KKR's Owner,SRK's joy had no bound yesterday when we saw him hugging every player of KKR team after the match yesterday beating the league stage topper Delhi Daredavils convincingly , though the process was not easy . At one stage when KKR were batting at 106-4 at 16th , it appeared, Delhi had the match in pocket but the blitzcrig of Yousuf ( did nothing in the touranment) and Kolkata's own Lakshmi came in at the right time to pose a very competitive total . However, the bowlers - Kallis & Sunil in particular very well supported by Balaji, Abdullah and Shakib did the trick for KKR . KKR's Bowling has been quite good throughout the this tournament and yesterday perhaps it touched the peak . Kudos to their Bowling Coach Wasim Akram , the only representation fromPakistan in the IPL's so far. Hope KKR maintains this form in the Final of 27th May which perhaps will again be with DD .

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 23, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Felt good seeing Gambhir marshalling the bowlers.. Though MSD is a good captain, what he lacks is, handling of bowlers and keeping them on same level as batsmen.. MSD looks too tired mentally to continue and i wish the selectors grant him a good time off and let him come back fresh and strong.. Gambhir looks very good while handling the bowlers.. Though on slow tracks, he did marshall the resources perfectly.. Yes he has Narine who is very good now but still, how he managed Abdulla, Bhatia, Yusuf, Bajali was good.. He will be my future captain for India.. Better than Viru and Kohli no competition..

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    sakib will win Man of the match tiltle..let wait sakib haters ..

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 23, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    @saif_bd007 - Shall we have an opponent-wise 'linear progression'...? Because that would show us how many some meaningless runs/wickets Shakib makes/takes against teams like Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY Hammad-Hasan on | May 23, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Wats wrong with you guys?? everybody is talking about shakib and no one praise the performance of Yusuf Pathan who performed well when it matters. KKR win the match because of YK batting. best of luck KKR for the finals

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | May 23, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - Ganguly and Clarke ARE part-timers. They are world-class cricketers but not world-class bowlers. Anyway, that 'exciting knock' had a few runs off edges, a dropped catch (simple one), a stumping chance missed. Ok, lets get to the facts, two sixes that Shakib hit in that match were off the part-timer CLARKE, a four off part-timer GANGULY, another bottom-edged four off GANGULY, and the last four was the only decent shot he played in the whole game. A couple of lives, few edges, scoring off part-timers, etc don't make any knock 'exciting' for me.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Well played KKR. Excellent team effort from everyone. It's also great to see Yusuf peaking at the right time. Hope the team continues to perform well and ends up winning the IPL final for the people of Kolkata. Lastly, you guys need to grow up. There is no pride in abusing each other on the net. Learn to be mature and show respect. Later.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    @rony hassan @ hasan rahman : you are right that sakhib is an good allrounderand not the best allrounder kallis has been playing cricket for a while. he is a pure genius.he had played hell a lot of matches than sakhib. sakhib has the potential to be one of the best given he plays lot of crickets. i still believe he would have made a huge impact to kkr if he had been playing right from match 1. if i were the selector i would always had him playing 11

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | May 23, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @Khoshal Faqiri @Rahiq Uz Zaman- Lucky wicket it was for the lucky cricketer. The ball never hit the bat. Doctrove, just like Shakib, is too overrated for international standards. Just the previous ball, Warner smashed Shakib for a big SIX, so Shakib was struggling indeed.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | May 23, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Very well done KKR and Shakib AL HASAN...........Though last nite wasnt SHAKIBs best but still he got the break through to KKR by removing the dangerous WARNER and bowled extremely well in last 2 overs just conceding only 10 runs with giving only 1 four........KALLIS proved that why he considered as a one of the best allrounder in the world.........Those who are bashing SHAKIB i really doubt about their cricketing sense......Hope SHAKIB will play in the final and KKR will win the IPL 2012.......My full support to SHAKIB and KKR as long as both are tided together in the match.................

  • POSTED BY Micky.Panda on | May 23, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Yusuf and Gambhir have won this game despite Kallis going far too slow as usual. When Sehwag and Warner both fail, its difficult for Dehli. Jayawardene and Taylor have both been a huge disappointment for whole tournament with few runs and too slow. Expect Dehli to bounce back next match.

  • POSTED BY Naushad79 on | May 23, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    it was DD's match the batting order did the damage, should have sent Taylor and Irfan way before Rao and Nagi, it was too late for Taylor and Irfan, bad decisions made. any way all the best for the 2nd playoff, like to seen KKR and DD in final and DD wins it.

  • POSTED BY saif_bd007 on | May 23, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    I dont like comparing Kallis with Sakib at all. But still, those who like stats for comparing, plz have a look. KALLIS: Test 152, Run 12379, wkt 276. ODI 321, Run 11496, wkt 270. SAKIB: Test 26 Run 1630 wkt 96. ODI 126 Run 3635 wkt 160. A lot of time left in Sakib's career. He can do better or worse. So lets take the avg that is linear progression. When Sakib plays 152 tests and 321 ODI, then would be... Test 152 Run 9529 wkt 561!!!! ODI 321 Run 9260 wkt 407!! Still he does not get support from his teammates and performs always under pressure situation. More than a decent alrounder in the making nah!!!! Indians!!!! But ALAS!!! Bangladesh cannot play that many matches.... So Kallis and indians are saved....

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    bad day and gud day !!!!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 23, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Well.. Funnily enough, Shakib fanatics have overtaken Sachin fanatics and Dada fanatics.. Very fuinny they credit him for each and everything.. 4 overs for 36 and a fluke wicket plus a failed batting performance also will earn heaps of praise for Shakib! Shakib is a good cricketer for sure but overdoing stuff will always irritate others.. Great game KKR.. With Narine in the setup and having bowlers who can bowl with discipline, they can defend anything around 150+.. Finally the man who was big came to party and Shukla was just awesome.. They provided the extra runs which ended up as the margin of victory.. DD are still the favorites for the second eliminator..

  • POSTED BY batbhai on | May 23, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    DD gifted their chances to KKR. The line-up wasn't good- one spinner among 4 seamers. Even some hope was re-considered for Ross Taylor. Why don't they go for Shabaz Nadeem and RE van der Merwe in lieu of V.Rao and R.Taylor? Merwe was proven with the ball and the bat during his stint in CLT20 in India.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    welldone kkr. if kkr want 2 win the FINAL, they should keep the same team winning combination like last 3 matches. best of luck kkr

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Why u guys r talking about only one player-Shakib? He is a very good all rounder nd will be very useful considering the Chennai slow track. U should not judge a player by only one performance and also u should remember that it is a T-20 match.Anything can happen. KKR shuold select same team if they want to win the final. So Just enjoy the KKR victory.

  • POSTED BY mahafuz1983 on | May 23, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Understand cricket ppl....who said shakib had a bad day with ball....just one over he went for more than 10, but still got wicket although wrong decison....the second spell one over 5 and one over 8 pushed the run rate over 11....bhatia went for plenty in first over but got a very important wicket in 2nd over, same with balaji....remember the opposition is there also to win....so u can't win every moment...cricket is a game of many moments and the team wins most of them wins the match......shakib played his part...learn cricket guys

  • POSTED BY mahafuz1983 on | May 23, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Understand cricket ppl....who said shakib had a bad day with ball....just one over he went for more than 10, but still got wicket although wrong decison....the second spell one over 5 and one over 8 pushed the run rate over 11....bhatia went for plenty in first over but got a very important wicket in 2nd over, same with balaji....remember the opposition is there also to win....so u can't win every moment...cricket is a game of many moments and the team wins most of them wins the match......shakib played his part...learn cricket guys

  • POSTED BY Kricket_ on | May 23, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    Sakib Sakib Sakib.... All the way to Sakib.. He is waiting to perform best in Final... KKR rocks with the help of sakib :D

  • POSTED BY saif_bd007 on | May 23, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Guys, This is unfair to criticize a player who bowled one bad over inside powerplay to very good and aggresive batsmen. However, Shakib is that good a player that he cant be flooped for even one match. Such is the expectation from him. Btw, how many runs given by IPL best Morkel and all time champion indian very very fast!!! bowlers Aroon and Yadav gave? More than Shakib na!!! So he is a better bowler than any Indian. Do all of u suggest all these bowlers of DD to be removed from team.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 23, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary ----- some good points you've made. And @Mikey Mitchell --- KIA ORA from Sydney. Your comment's really very thoughtful. This is probably why "Sehwag_Is_Ordinary" is posting some extra-ordinary comments here. @KKR_Fan88 -- very surprised you don't know Morgan has been sent back to England long ago!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Weldon KKR, you have done half done yet, Bring the cup for Bangali. 17 match is equal the only final.

  • POSTED BY ravi_88 on | May 23, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Whoa.....what a team kkr is....! even though they lost their strike bowler balaji for the 2 crucial overs,they still able win quite comfortably.iam a csk fan but I wish kkr win the trophy this year.

  • POSTED BY DWO1 on | May 23, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS to the KKR on their achievement of making it to their first IPL Final. As a West Indian, Trinidadian to be exacting it gives me even greater pleasure to see my fellow countryman - Sunil Narine at the helm. Best of Luck to the team and hope that they be successful in their venture as champions of IPL Season 5 !

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    u must have seen irfan was injured

  • POSTED BY passionate_cricket_follower on | May 23, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    To all my fellow KKR fans: Lets not fight over kallis, shakib, brett lee etc. Lets enjoy the fact that our team is in the final for the first time, and has a good chance to win it. Everybody in the squad has contributed, so it doesn't really matter who plays well and who has an off day. All are very talented players. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 23, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    jassie , when did Irafan win any match? he gives 10 run per over. Sehwag hiding him by making bowl 4 overs on trot. Other wise he will give 12run per over if he bowl last over. He is worst all rounder in history of cricket as far as i know. Over hyped ..

  • POSTED BY Secunderabadi on | May 23, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    It is KKR vrs MI in the finals.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | May 23, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    I fail to see why everyone is saying Shakib performed so bad (jealous of his record?). He had one bad over (his 2nd over) and that's not unusual in T20. He is no God. But he is a reliable player. Well done Yusuf and Shukla. And don't forget Gambhir's 32 at the top was very important too. I think this team will will the trophy.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 23, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    IS IT ME OR ANY OTHER PEOPLE WHO THINKS THAT GAMBHIR COULD BE A GOOD FUTURE CAPTAIN FOR INDIA THAN VIRAT KOHLI ( JUST IN CASE MS DHONI QUITS AS HE HAS ALREADY SAID THAT HE WILL DECIDE ABOUT FUTURE IN 2013 AFTER LOOKING HIS BODY)

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 23, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    NOT SURE WHY ROSS TAYLOR WAS SENT SO LATE . WHAT SEHWAAG WAS THINKING ? HAPPY FOR KKR . THEY & GAUTAM GAMBHIR 'S CAPTAINCY HAS BEEN BRILLIANT THIS SEASON .

  • POSTED BY Al_Pinto on | May 23, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Dear Shakib-worshippers and baitors - Please chill. Understand that cricket is a team sport, not an individual sport. This may be a difficult concept to understand in the land of Tendulkars and Shakibs - it matters little how one player performs in one particular match; what is important is how the team performs. Australia realized it, which is why there were unbeatable for over a decade. Everyone has an excellent performance or off-day once in a while - it doesn't make him the greatest or the worst player in the world! But KKR has been winning consistently, even when the captain was out cheaply and the middle order was not firing. This is the hallmark of a good team. Let's keep faith that we will win one more time in Chennai's spinning pitch, no matter who the opponent is.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Sehwag is one the best batsmen of the world... his records speak for him. Oh, no!!! Sehwag scored only 10 today which is 18 less than Shukla. So, Shukla is better than Sehwag. Dont I sound like a mad ? It also applies to every shakib haters who finally got a day to make fun out of shakib performance ! I wonder, nobody see how is mccullum performing !!! If mcculum can play for KKR then Dada also can. Because, both are playing same way, may be dada occasionaly had 100+ strike rate this term. Why cant kkr put tiwari inplace of mccullum? to some of the shakib fans, kkr is not all about shakib. So, plz stop blabbering shakib shakib shakib all the time.

  • POSTED BY buletprodhan on | May 22, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    I think Sakib is the best

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | May 22, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    I agree with Analyst_c and I think Analyst_c is the greatest commenter of all time. It was a great tactics that never caring that the ball hit where, just run straight down the pitch inspired by Mcgrath who used to do this often, the umpire definitely will think its out and raise the finger. I hope the photographers (although I doubt their ability to capture good photos) should have clicked the right pose when Shakib ran straight down the pitch after convincing everyone that Warner actually hit the bowl. Warner himself got puzzled let alone Billy Doctrove but later Sehwag's reaction was confusing. Anyhow Warner as usual started giving the impression of not out, typical Aussie. I salute to Dermot Reeve that despite pressure from Indian fans of saying bad things about Shakib, he kept backing him, hats off. He also mentioned a crucial point of the match i.e. the match against CSK, they didnt pick Shakib and KKR management learnt from their mistakes. Very true and very inspirational words

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    R we here criticizing saquib or talking about KKR winning???

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    I'm a kiwi so they result didn't matter too much, however I did find this game to be very frustrating to watch. I think the person most responsible for DD loss is Sehwag. For one he should have had Morne Morkel bowling the last over of the innings (21 runs off an over) and also bringing Taylor in at 7 was just utter stupidity. All Rao and Negi did was increase the RR to 15+ an over and lose them the game, as they are not in the same league as Taylor. I admit that Taylor hasn't been in great form this IPL, but he was starting to find it and they aren't helping his cause by throwing him in like a lamb to slaughter like they did in this game where all he can do is swing at everything and hope to hit boundries. Congrats to KKR for their victory as they did play well, but they need to give Sehwag a pat on the back for his contribution.

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | May 22, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    IPL might be an indian league but KKR is a bangla team. Bring the cup back home Shakib bring it. Goes to show some haters who basically cant stand BD doing well as they were thrashed in 2007 WC and Asia Cup 2012. The IPL cup belongs to its home ie Bangla, KKR is a bangla team after all. Mind you haters, Warner wicket was the most crucial and the entire Delhi dugout got frightened by the wicket of Warner and they lost the match. Well done

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    KKR is my Favt team from the day 1 and really Congrats to SRK and all team players and special Congratulations to Wasim Bhai coz i believe credit goes to him for his best coaching and his bowlers they did great

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 22, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    The following sentences I've copied from this game's cricinfo commentary --- in case some people have missed out ----- """"James: "Shakib "the best allrounder in the world" ??? I'm so sorry to point this out, but it is Kallis who is the best allrounder in the world. Shakib is definately number two". Going strictly by ICC's ratings, Shakib would have nudged Kallis out. But I hear you.""""""

  • POSTED BY British-Bangali on | May 22, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Well done KKR it was a great team effort. Let's not get into SHAKIB THIS SHAKIB that he played a role today like he did the other day! Good to see shukla and yusuf pathan bat so well all they need now is Brendan Mccalum to score big. To complete a very competitive team, PLEASE NO ShaKIb BASHInG or SHAKIb ThE GREATEST. He is part of the team even if BRETT LEE PLAYS instead of him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Not sure what Sehwag was thinking. He know Irfan can win matches with bat (we have seen it before) and why he wasnot sent. By the way who is this Negi? Why was he sent ahead of Irfan? You will get another chance.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Its amazing the amount of narrow minded people there are unbelievable. A lot of you are saying that Shakib exciting knock of 42 in the last mach was against a 'weak' team, really? I mean Shakib going up against 'weak' Clarke, Ganguly, Parnell, etc are these players 'weak'? hahaha...Please guys get a life and use your whole brain rather just a part of it and by the way in that match Kallis struggled with a low score of 13 and a poor strike rate so you guys are not making any sense and are clearly jealous of Shakib so why the double standards? :)

  • POSTED BY yoongguns on | May 22, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Get rid of Shakib and kkr will win for sure...in today's cricket world kallis is the best all rounder...he showed us today that how well he can performed on such a slow wicket...great job kallis, gambhir, yusuf, narine and not to forget Shukla...want to see DD back in final and ipl trophy toooooo

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Get rid of Shakib for final and take the ipl cup...so simple......

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    @Pratheep Rajagopal.....First of all Shakib is better than you so be careful what you say before you make a fool of yourself. Yes Shakib did not perform well today but just in case you have forgot this is T20 Cricket not Real Cricket and this format does not show the players real abilities rather risks and luck am I right? Kallis didn't perform well in the last match so I don't understand what you're trying to say, you don't even make any sense. Just to remind you Kallis had a strike rate of 91 which in T20 Cricket is unacceptable and still his bowling is bad economy rate and average is also poor in T20 Cricket but doesn't mean he's a bad player so behave. Shakib has only just turned 25 whereas Kallis is old almost 37 years old can you see the difference? By the way, the rankings don't lie in the 'Real' formats and how come you're not playing in the IPL but Shakib is? Exactly :)

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 22, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    continued... A good captain always define roles for players based on their ability. when you define small role for each person it is easier for them excel. For me sehwag estimation of players ability is the fault. I am rao fan , he can hit sixers on spinners. Today somehow pressure got to him. Batting order is fine except one issue. My order would be. Warner , Ojha , Jayawardene , Sehwag, Taylor , Rao. Sehwag also how he can be effective in 4th spot when ball gets old , hitting will be difficult. Sehwag sticks with him opening , DD won't win it unless Warner fires big time. DD chances are depends on warner than sehwag. i am big sehwag fan , but he needs to identify roles for bowlers and batsman. Fill up weak areas or hide it. Bring few surprises.Respect opposition. Against KKR you have to score your runs beginning and middle. People needs to hit out balaji. He is ideal hitting practice. I don't believe in left right combination in T20. You bring your best early , if they fail...

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 22, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    To all Sir Shakib-haters -- don't forget the person who was the match-winer that led KKR into this qualifiers ---- otherwise,---- guess what! Even in this game last night, had Sir Shakib not taken the wicket of the most dangerous DD batsman -- the second most explosive opener of the world cricket at present after Gayle -- DD's chase would have been just as easy as drinking a glass of water from a jug! Jacques Kallis also did excellent by taking another crucial wicket of Ross Taylor at the end.

  • POSTED BY Chatgaiya on | May 22, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    I can't control my Laughing as some narrow minded fans busy to criticize Shakib's poor performance rather KKR outstanding performance......@Tribin Roy: Shakib's fans expecting lots from him in IPL due to his outstanding International performance in last few years.......If you say Shakib's performance mediocre in IPL then some extent I'm agree with you but you can't raise question about his international performance

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @ IndiaRulesEverybody......if then y cant the otr players manage to score some runs???he has taken 1 of d most imp wicket today....mind it.....

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 22, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    People complaining batting order is clueless. if taylor comes before kallis will still bowl to him. Gambhir bring his best bowler to best batsman. Only issue for me is DD had two minds to go after bowlers around 12th over. They should have gone all out. Instead waited until 15th and pressure got to them as narina almost unhittable when your run rate is around 12. Kallis is very effective bowler when team chasing. His slow bounce is almost unhittable to short indian batsman. For me DD lost this game in bowling not in batting. KKR scored extra 25 runs in a slow pitch. For me sehwag must adjust if he wants to win IPL as captain. He is adamant on opening is not good for DD. if you can't adjust how you can plan strategy?. Sehwag needs to give up his aspriation of captaincy. Sehwag and Warner are fizzled rocket in rainy day in last 4 years. They fail to fire when the team needs them. Warner needs to show he can stay until the end. Sehwag is entertainer not a winner , warner can be both.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    congratz kkr what happen to so called world no one all rounder today the real all rounder shows the world why he is the best all rounder in the world thats j. kallis.best of luck kkr in the final.

  • POSTED BY ottoflick on | May 22, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Well done kkr.... Shakib was the weak link on the team today. It was hard to see Ross hitting sunil for a big six but so is the game of cricket. Tough luck today buddy. You will shine in the final inshallah and leave with the purplecap and much more. As usual the shakib fans wouldn't comment on sunil narine ordinary performance today because he was better than him (as usual). Lmao!!!!

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | May 22, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    All Shaking Al Hasan supporters are talking about his performance in the last match against Pune , against a team which came LAST in the league -- It is like comparing scoring a century against Bangladesh or Ireland and saying "Oh look , he scored a century in his last match". Against quality opposition Shaking Al Hassan started to shake and that is the truth. The so called roaring tiger came back with his tail between his legs like a little puppy. Pathetic!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    First Match between DD and KKR , Irfan Pathan was MoM, Last match Between them, Yusuf Pathan is MoM.

  • POSTED BY crazycricketfan4life on | May 22, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    What is wrong with people!!! One bad day and Shakib is termed as the most over-rated cricketer in the world. Someone here has said that Shakib only thrives in conditions in Bangladesh but they forget that his first Test Century was against New Zealand in NZ and he also picked up a five-for in Trent Bridge. Kallis is one of the greatest all-rounders of ALL TIME and anyone who denies that is a fool but currently, because Kallis is approaching the twilight of his career and Shakib is hitting his prime, it is only logical that Shakib will be performing better CURRENTLY. A long way to go till Shakib can be considered in the same air as Jacques Kallis but if this continues, he will be a great all-rounder. To all the haters (on this forum) I think you have to stop watching cricket, because the logic you provide against Shakib is baseless and void of any reason. Think about a constructive critique and then come and share your thoughts.

  • POSTED BY Karai on | May 22, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Shahib is kid just now learning cricket. Its good to have the oppurtunity to learn.DD is missing thier fireworks. They should try irfan/taylor. But still they have chance to come back. Now its the turn for CSK/MI. Very simply for them..DO or DIE. Hopefully CSK have a good chance. They always play like a champions in knockout stages. But the problem with MI is that they will try something different only in their knockout stages only like last time Harbhajan come at 3rd down..etc. If CSK clears the eliminator match. Then its very tough to stop them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    And some one was suggesting Sehwag will see CSK gone. How is that he could not take his team to the final. In my last ost I wrote MI and delhi is captained by choker who will never be able to delivedr in crunch situation, DD captain has proven that, The final will be between CSK and KKR where Gambhir will give good fight to CSK captain MSD

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    evrybdy 4get wt shakib did previous kkr match vs pune.how selfish we r.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | May 22, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    I don't really care who won today (CSL fan), i'm just glad Shakib did so well today.it would have broke the hearts of billions upon billions of his fans if he didn't. 1 whole run and that only out of 3 balls, simply sublime.

  • POSTED BY rmrahman0302 on | May 22, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    You can not judge Shakib by one match. He played the crucial role on the last match. Also, he gave the team first break through, If David Warner was getting set on the crease then it would be disaster for KKR. I think KKR shoudn't change the winning side for final game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Shakib took the main wicket of David Warner :) ( for shakib haters )

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | May 22, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    YUSUF PATHAN AND KHALIS TAKE KKR TO FINAL. THEY ARE THE LUCKY ONES TODAY. WHO WILL BE IN THE HEADLINE IN THE FINAL? ALL 11, THAT IS WHAT GAMVIR SAID IN THE PRESENTATION.

  • POSTED BY MANEESHROY on | May 22, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    What a joke on pitch!Throughout IPL 2012 Warriors struggled endlessly on club-cricket pitches in their home ground.If you watch closely the 16th match, when Sourav Ganguly went for toss and lost,the feeling of unyielding anger was there on his face because he knew that pitch is going to slow down in second innings.In this match the pitch was surprisingly much better.What is happening ? If a pitch cannot last for twenty-twenty match, then Warriors should give a second thought to their pitch curators.Any way Delhi team has to find a better batting order and right combination of bowlers if they have to win future match at Chennai which again is going to support spin.It was nice to see pinch hitter being send early but, unfortunately, West-Indian spinner was too much for a novice. For team to play in finals, has to find a left hand batsman who can play attacking cricket against West-Indian spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    ok. I have been watching this shakib fans vs shakib haters for a long time now. I simply fail to understand how you some can praise him for mediocre performance and how someone can bash him up for an ordinary day. Guys. Cool it. The chap is a decent player. Respect his talent and please be realistic on the same. Peace

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | May 22, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    What happened to Shaking Al Hassan? Just goes on to show how poor his real performance is.. Chickened out when it really mattered! Without his performace KKR would have won much more easily. Drop him for the finals!

  • POSTED BY ratulrain on | May 22, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    dear indian fans,,, most of ur comments about shakib is very bad. i never thought indian people r like that,,,,,,,,try to respect a player. if shakib is not a good player than why ur country team buy shakib, dont comment anything that can heart other country people...bcs i respect indians..pls dont do anything silly here. dont ruin ur countries good face.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Kinda gud luck 4 sakib in the form of warner's wicket or else he wud hav gone for more runs!! as BD n KKR fan, i think 2day sakib performd the worst in KKR!! naraine,yusuf, shukla, kallis n naraine were 2days key performers!! captaincy of gauti rocked again but as a team everyone played really well!! n n i wud lyk KKR 2 play against MI in finaals n be champs cos DD is very tough to beat in Chennai ground n i reeealy dnt want CSK 2 win anymore :P

  • POSTED BY kitten on | May 22, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    To begin with, we all saw that DD got a very rough decision with Warner. DD were cruising at the time, 24 in 2 overs!! I fail to understand that such a huge tournament like the IPL does not use DRS. They can well afford to use it a hundred times over!! I would be grateful if someone could enlighten me on this score. If it was used, DD would have coasted home. Secondly, Sehway, must have had a brain lapse in sending Venugopal Rao, and Negi ahead of Taylor. Maybe he wanted to lose this one, and thus make the next one more exciting? ha ha!! You can bet your life there will be lots of fireworks in the next match, and personally, I would like to see Chennai vs DD. However, let the best team win, and if MI prevail, then so be it. KKR were deserving winners, and Narine is still unplayable. I would have loved to see how Sehwag tackled him. Who knows, we may yet see a final with these same two teams. Well done, Gambhir and KKR.

  • POSTED BY rongdhonu on | May 22, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    I think some people realy fool . Sakib not play today We know about that but Its dosent mean Sakib is not best allrounder of the world . Look kalis hole carier lots of match he did not play well dosent mean he is not good player.kalis is now Near past .now its Sakib time.he is best.is sachin never play bad match? I know in final kkr will drop Sakib because balaji is injured.lee will play in final. If sakib not play in final but he is best allrounder of world

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    It was a strong team performace by KKR and they deserved to win this one. Its not a good idea to change the winning combination. There will always be one or two players that will fail on a given day and that should not go against that player. A perfect example was KKR having faith in Yusuf and he delivered in today's crucial game despite a poor tournament for him in general. Good luck KKR - you must go ahead and win it!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    @Arthur Vidiarthi...I can tell by reading your previous comments that you have a problem with Shakib and if you hate him so much then don't bother discussing him, the fact is he's better than you which is why you don't play for any team. Yes Shakib didn't play as well today but just in case you and all the other jealous haters of Shakib out there, this is T20 you know 'fake' Cricket and its all about luck and risks. By the way the rankings don't lie so just accept the facts and behave like a gentleman and yes Shakib will play in the final I can guarantee you that and also whether you like it or not, Shakib unlike Kallis has a long and exciting career ahead of him so you just need to put up with it. Kallis didn't play well in the last match but it doesn't make him any bad of a player doesn't it? No one is perfect and if Shakib is a bad player than how did he achieve the Number 1 status in both Tests and ODIs plus 2 man of the match awards in the IPL? Yeah Exactly :)

  • POSTED BY Chatgaiya on | May 22, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Bad day in cricket can come to the any cricketer life, this is what happened with Shakib today. So, it doesn't mean that he is mediocre cricketer, look what kallis did today compare to his previous 2 matches. And surprisingly some Indian fans consistently love to criticize Shakib. Listen, those illiterate guys, Shakib was Man of the tournament of Bangladesh's last three international series such as Asia Cup, Pakistan series and West Indies series. Anyway KKR played well, most importantly it was total team effort....best of luck for Final.

    KKR fan, Manchester, UK

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    People try to understand no player even there world best cant perform every match shakib was man of match last match but today he dident play well so what ainternational m sure he play well next match and dont say icc rankings was a fluke because international cricket and IPL is driffrent ball game for shakib is best allrounder in the world and people dont gealuse of him

  • POSTED BY ns.rony on | May 22, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Just one bad day and people are talking about Shakib. But why? Viru hasn't fired today but Laxmi Shukla fired. Does that mean Laxmi is better batsman than Viru??? Obviously Kallis is one of the greatest allrounder ever in cricket history. But you can't deny Shakib. He is an amazing player as well. Change Maccullam with another batsman, get Bisla in, get Deba Das drop. I think this should be the line up in final. Hopefully it'll be against DD again.

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | May 22, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Its Delhi who lost the match more than KKR won it, stupid batting order, team selection led to their defeat.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    @Arthur, Totally agreed with you man. Shakib is over rated. What is wrong with us Bangladeshi? Shakib, Tamim just played well against ordinary teams like India, Srilanka, England etc. They need to play well against the players from MARS. right? Mr. Arthur, don't talk nuts. Off course Kalis is the best. But currently Shakib is too. Everybody has their good and bad day. Shakib's economy and average in this ipl is still a lot lot better than Kalis and also his strike rate in Batting. Other Indian, Srilankan and English brothers, no offence pls. My comment was just to Mr. Arthur.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    @ Arthur Vidiarthi get some knowledge about cricket before many any foolish comment.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 22, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Was Sehwags sickness and knock to the head? Play Taylor at 4/5 or don't bother playing him.

  • POSTED BY ddlj26 on | May 22, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Depending on how the Chennai pitch pans out, i would say KKR has to choose between Morgan, Shakib and Lee....and also depending on the opposition, if KKR end up playing MI that would be the only time i would play shakib unless of course it is a turning track in which case opposition doesnt matter... I am thinking balaji hopefully should be fit for the final, so apart from that i am happy to see shukla and pathan hitting form lower down the order, KKR lacked that in the earlier matches.... Now a small request to my bangladeshi friends, cricket is a team sport and certain teams play certain bowlers better... neither shakib is an bad bowler nor is he an outstanding bowler, he is good depending on the pitch, today's pitch was a good enough batting slow track and DD had excellent players of spin in their ranks, that is why he got hit over the park.... I am assuming KKR have ascendency regardless of who they choose for the 4th overseas player in the final, all the best KKR !!!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | May 22, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    poor captaincy from sehwag. ross taylor should have been at the crease when they needed 54 off 30 balls. anyways gud luck to dd for the next game.

  • POSTED BY Analyst_c on | May 22, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Some analysis:

    Sehwag's blunders:

    (1) Playing three seamers on a clearly spin friendly pitch. Aaron's fast medium pace ordinary bowling was never going to cut it on this pitch. Should have gone with two spinners.

    (2) Sending Rao and Negi before Taylor and Pathan was sheer madness. Memo to Sehwag: Taylor should have come in at No.5. You cannot send in Rao before Taylor because if you had sent in Taylor at No.5 and even if he had gotten out and the whole team had collapsed at 110, it would not have mattered as the RR is irrelevant now. Sending in Rao before Taylor was a very defensive move and a bad idea. However, sending in Negi before Taylor was sheer insanity. No other words to describe this move.

    Another memo to Sehwag: Your Internationally experienced players (Taylor and even Pathan) need to face more balls in the middle than these uncapped untested players like Rao and Negi. You are better off winning with Taylor than losing narrowly by saving Pathan and especially Taylor.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    @Arthur Vidiarthi: even Im fed up of all those Shakib comments........ but a quality player is a quality..... nd if u dont remember him, the world will...... nd for your kind informatin, Shakib nd Balaji increased the hope of KKR by taking the wickets of Warner nd Sehwag resp., Dude if u cant respect players, dont watch matches....... people will curse u!

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | May 22, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Narine was profligate today. Imagine conceding 24 runs off only four overs, and for only 2 wickets.......He should be dropped for the final. If he wants, he can join the WI team in England, maybe?

  • POSTED BY Karai on | May 22, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Good performance by KKR.Taylor late arrival of batting would cost them badly.

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | May 22, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Not a Great Match For Shakib Personally But as a Team KKR Won and Qualified for the First Time in IPL Final...But Shakib Dismissed the Big Fish David Warner but his Economy was bad for the first time in this Ipl...

  • POSTED BY shaikh..mdarif on | May 22, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    kkr rocks......................

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    warner's wrong decision cost us very badly at the end.

  • POSTED BY Analyst_c on | May 22, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Another dazzling and magnificent performance by Shakib. He had rattled the whole Mumbai Indian team with his inspirational appeal against Tendulkar. Today, we saw why he is the best appealer to have ever played the game. He eschewed his usual down on the knees histrionic appeal today, and instead we saw the confident celebratory run straight to the wicket keeper for the the non-caught behind against Warner. What a genius move from this appeal maverick! He rattled the Umpire's confidence and the Umpire had no choice but to give Warner out caught behind.

    Unfortunately, Shakib was robbed of getting the MOM yet again. MOM should have gone to Shakib instead of Kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Shakib was proven today how the Rankings are a fluke,Kallis the real man here.2 LEGITMATE WICKETS , RUNS off the bat that anchored the Innings. What did Shakib do against a big team like DD? Nothing,a fluke of a wicket.I hoped that DD would win today and shakib would be proven yet again how crappy he is against other big teams like CSK/MI , that didnt happen,but he will surely be dropped in the final.

  • POSTED BY kunalx on | May 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Some said, sehwag will bash narine and make century, some said they gonna chase down KKR's total in 3-4 overs to spare, some also said delhi will blow KKR away. All i have to say to them is Wake Up kids. Better start understanding cricket first and then make a blind comment. Even a 10yr boy can say pune pitch will help spinners but sehwag chosen 3 pacers. Negi and venugopal before Pathan and tailor?? You lost it there sehwag. Better learn team management and captency from your fellow Gambhir. Best of luck KKR, you are unstoppable right now.

  • POSTED BY im-kahn on | May 22, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    yeah finally kkr in final of ipl excllnt captaincy by gauti!!! nd well bowled kkr nd gud to see yusuf get some runs its just one hurdle more cummon kkr do it win d ipl 2012

  • POSTED BY Dude.Cricket on | May 22, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Congrats KKR. You guys are worthy runners-up this year.

  • POSTED BY Ibra95 on | May 22, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Very well played DD but it was insuficient, KKR had good luck and won!!! to be honest, shakib played really bad, come on his worst bowling figures: 1 for 36!!! and gone for 1!!! of course Kallis is the best allrounder of all times!!! so good like in the 2nd qualifier DD and hope KKR drop shakib in the next match: FINAL!!! if they want to win!!!!tough luck shakib! and THE BEST LUCK FOR KKR with picking up MORGAN!!! a quality medium order batsman!!!not a mediocre batsman like sha....!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    kkr will win da title with same team combination

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  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    kkr will win da title with same team combination

  • POSTED BY Ibra95 on | May 22, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Very well played DD but it was insuficient, KKR had good luck and won!!! to be honest, shakib played really bad, come on his worst bowling figures: 1 for 36!!! and gone for 1!!! of course Kallis is the best allrounder of all times!!! so good like in the 2nd qualifier DD and hope KKR drop shakib in the next match: FINAL!!! if they want to win!!!!tough luck shakib! and THE BEST LUCK FOR KKR with picking up MORGAN!!! a quality medium order batsman!!!not a mediocre batsman like sha....!!!

  • POSTED BY Dude.Cricket on | May 22, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Congrats KKR. You guys are worthy runners-up this year.

  • POSTED BY im-kahn on | May 22, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    yeah finally kkr in final of ipl excllnt captaincy by gauti!!! nd well bowled kkr nd gud to see yusuf get some runs its just one hurdle more cummon kkr do it win d ipl 2012

  • POSTED BY kunalx on | May 22, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Some said, sehwag will bash narine and make century, some said they gonna chase down KKR's total in 3-4 overs to spare, some also said delhi will blow KKR away. All i have to say to them is Wake Up kids. Better start understanding cricket first and then make a blind comment. Even a 10yr boy can say pune pitch will help spinners but sehwag chosen 3 pacers. Negi and venugopal before Pathan and tailor?? You lost it there sehwag. Better learn team management and captency from your fellow Gambhir. Best of luck KKR, you are unstoppable right now.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Shakib was proven today how the Rankings are a fluke,Kallis the real man here.2 LEGITMATE WICKETS , RUNS off the bat that anchored the Innings. What did Shakib do against a big team like DD? Nothing,a fluke of a wicket.I hoped that DD would win today and shakib would be proven yet again how crappy he is against other big teams like CSK/MI , that didnt happen,but he will surely be dropped in the final.

  • POSTED BY Analyst_c on | May 22, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Another dazzling and magnificent performance by Shakib. He had rattled the whole Mumbai Indian team with his inspirational appeal against Tendulkar. Today, we saw why he is the best appealer to have ever played the game. He eschewed his usual down on the knees histrionic appeal today, and instead we saw the confident celebratory run straight to the wicket keeper for the the non-caught behind against Warner. What a genius move from this appeal maverick! He rattled the Umpire's confidence and the Umpire had no choice but to give Warner out caught behind.

    Unfortunately, Shakib was robbed of getting the MOM yet again. MOM should have gone to Shakib instead of Kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    warner's wrong decision cost us very badly at the end.

  • POSTED BY shaikh..mdarif on | May 22, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    kkr rocks......................

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | May 22, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Not a Great Match For Shakib Personally But as a Team KKR Won and Qualified for the First Time in IPL Final...But Shakib Dismissed the Big Fish David Warner but his Economy was bad for the first time in this Ipl...