Kolkata v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Kolkata May 3, 2013

Bowlers set up easy win for Knight Riders

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Kolkata Knight Riders 133 for 2 (Yusuf 49*, Kallis 33) beat Rajasthan Royals 132 for 6 (Samson 40, Watson 35, Senanayake 2-26) by eight wickets
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Kolkata Knight Riders used the comfort of their home territory to register only their fourth win in the competition, effortlessly beating Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets. Both teams had stuffed their teams with spinners as though it was a fifth day Kanpur pitch, but it was Knight Riders' spinners who strangled Royals' batsmen before Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis pushed the team over the line with 16 balls to spare.

The victory has kept Knight Riders' chances of making it to the playoffs alive, but the task ahead remains extremely difficult; five wins in five matches required from here. Royals, on the other hand, maintained their hold on the third spot on the points table.

At the mid-innings break, Sanju Samson, the top scorer for Royals, had said that he was confident the 132-run total was defendable on a pitch that was slow and afforded turn to the spinners, but Royals' slow bowlers were not able to have the same impact as their counterparts from Knight Riders, with Brad Hogg guilty of dishing out plenty of full tosses. Manvinder Bisla and Gautam Gambhir raced away at the start, adding 41 runs in no time, the highlight of their stay not being the runs they scored, but Bisla's heated exchange with Rahul Dravid. Although both openers were dismissed within 10 balls of each other, Yusuf and Kallis quickly shot down any hopes that might have cropped up for Royals with some lusty hits. Yusuf remained unbeaten on 49, his best score for Knight Riders in his three-year long association with the team.

Royals have an untarnished home record this season, but they have been a shadow of themselves playing away. As they chose to bat, a heavy dose of spin was expected. But Gambhir made a surprise move, opening the bowling with medium pacer Sumit Narwal, but handed the ball to Sachithra Senanayake soon after. Senanayake extracted the juice that was available for the spinners and drew a mistake from Ajinkya Rahane. The batsman stretched out to play an inside out lofted drive, missed the ball as it turned sharply through the gap between bat and pad, and saw the keeper whipping the bails off.

Dravid tried to unsettle Knight Riders' plans by sending James Faulkner at No. 3, but the move yielded just one run. Sanju Samson, the impressive 18-year-old, joined Shane Watson and added 41 runs for the third wicket during which neither batsmen appeared in any trouble. The two picked up singles off the spinners for a couple of overs, before Samson unleashed a meaty punch through extra cover that oozed class off the second ball bowled by Jacques Kallis. He got more adventurous in the next over, smashing a short delivery by Iqbal Abdulla over cow corner, deep into the crowd.

Royals had patiently moved to 71 for 2 after 10 overs when Gambhir introduced Sunil Narine. The bowler's repertoire of variations was all thrown at Watson in the first over, and the batsman, struggling to pick the changes, bowed out of the battle after just five balls. Samson continued to dazzle and looked set for another half-century, but fell in the 18th over trying to clear the long-on boundary. He had a reprieve five balls before when Bisla, the wicketkeeper, got under a leading edge around cover point, but dropped the easiest of chances off Narine. Dravid held himself back till the end and came in at No. 8 to play just three balls, but none of the batsmen who came before him had much of an impact.

Royals' total proved too tiny to pose any problems for Knight Riders, who rounded off their final league match at Eden Gardens with a resounding victory.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RAHULVENKY on May 4, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Poor captaincy by Dravid was the cause of this defeat same as excellent captaincy by Dravid led to wins in the previous games. The wrong decisions were Playing Hogg in place of Badree. Badree is one of the most economical bowlers currently. Dropping Candila RRs best spinner Not Bowling Faulkner or may be Watson the moment Yousuf stepped in. In previous match Pathan had struggled even against Nehra. And the top most tactical blunder is that Dravid did not open or came one down in this match. If ever a situation demanded his calm peaceful presence it was this.He is still by far the best bet against world class spinners in extremely spinner friendly wickets. Agreed Faulkner was a gamble but sending in Samson at that stage on this wicket was a mistake (even though he scored 40). Samson has just started and needs to be encouraged but not on this wicket which was tailer made for Dravid where the target in mind would have been around 150.Gambhir wisely sent Kallis at no 3 and not Pathan

  • Nampally on May 3, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    As a Captain Dravid has to take a lead role in his team as a contributor. His tactics in putting himself after Yagnik, Binny & Owais Shah was totally inexplicable. He is the best player of Spin bowling & has to lead by example. Kallis is all at sea against spin bowling. His answer is sweep shot as all Aussies think. After one Umpiring mistake, he was given out the second time LBW to Narine. Only Young Samson batted with some authority. Had Dravid batted after Watson's dismissal RR had a good chance of hoisting at least 160, possibly a winning total. You can encourage a young player but not at the cost of Team losing. That was the difference in the match today. 132 was too low a score to be competitive with RR lacking in good spinners. This tactical blunder by Dravid left KKR still a faint hope of advancing to last 4. A loss would have eliminated them from further advancing. It also jeopardised RR's advancement. Dravid needs to work harder now for RR to advance to last 4!

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I hate KKR. the annoying duo of Gambhir and Bisla ate up RR's fairplay points. Before that game, RR were comfortably sitting on top of fairplay table. They indulged RR players into their theatrics and cost them fairplay points.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 4, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    A good win for KKR but I would suggest a change i.e., Bringing in Balaji in place of Narwal .... he is definitely a better bowler than Narwal and if u come down to Narwal saving the day as a batsman playing at No. 8, well u know u r probably going to lose nyways ... Bisla n Pathan both have been tried opposite GG as opening partners ... what I would like to see is Pathan n Bisla openning themselves with a straight swap between Pathan n GG, keeping Kallis at 3 (thats the only place he can bat) .... My XI :::: Pathan, Bisla, Kalliis, Gambhir, Morgan, Das, Bhatia, Senanayake, Narine, Balaji, Abdullah

  • Sinhaya on May 4, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @Narbavi, spot on! Dravid has given a fair chance to all overseas players so far. Too bad that Kushal Perera (KP) did not cash in on the opportunity. Unless Watson gets injured, KP will not get anymore chances during the 2013 IPL and fair enough.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 4, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    @Narbavi:Looks like he can bat well then Yes he will be a good limited overs prospect like irfan pathan, tim bresnan. But you do realize their lots of pacers better than him getting no attention? Like Cutting,butterworth,sayyers..etc.

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: but at the same time averages 34 with the bat in FC cricket, so signs of a good all rounder there and Dravid loves giving opportunities to everyone, 9 out of the 10 overseas players have got a game now, in all probability you will see the 10th one Fidel Edwards playing very soon

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 4, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @Narbavi: Haven't seen anything exciting from Faulkner except he varies his pace: no swing, no reverse swing, no consistent line-and-length,and no extravagant pace. Looks like a good short-form baller to me like Nathan bracken or Clinton McKay. Believe it or not even bracks and mckay has excellent FC records before they failed in the test arena.

    Let me ask you again why in the world would bench Samuel Badree, t20 most economical baller ??? he would have loved a low and slow pitch.

  • on May 4, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    dear kevendeven,where did rohit sharma come from in this mess. dont compare rahane with rohit. rohit is class above him. And for ur info,he's d best in comparison 2 both kkr& rr line up.

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: I said he can become an excellent test bowler since he has a good record in first class cricket, and your role as a t20 bowler is different to that of a test bowler, cooper had to bowl as he is in the side for his bowling alone, but like you said atleast in the other end one among watson or faulkner or chandila could have bowled

  • RAHULVENKY on May 4, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Poor captaincy by Dravid was the cause of this defeat same as excellent captaincy by Dravid led to wins in the previous games. The wrong decisions were Playing Hogg in place of Badree. Badree is one of the most economical bowlers currently. Dropping Candila RRs best spinner Not Bowling Faulkner or may be Watson the moment Yousuf stepped in. In previous match Pathan had struggled even against Nehra. And the top most tactical blunder is that Dravid did not open or came one down in this match. If ever a situation demanded his calm peaceful presence it was this.He is still by far the best bet against world class spinners in extremely spinner friendly wickets. Agreed Faulkner was a gamble but sending in Samson at that stage on this wicket was a mistake (even though he scored 40). Samson has just started and needs to be encouraged but not on this wicket which was tailer made for Dravid where the target in mind would have been around 150.Gambhir wisely sent Kallis at no 3 and not Pathan

  • Nampally on May 3, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    As a Captain Dravid has to take a lead role in his team as a contributor. His tactics in putting himself after Yagnik, Binny & Owais Shah was totally inexplicable. He is the best player of Spin bowling & has to lead by example. Kallis is all at sea against spin bowling. His answer is sweep shot as all Aussies think. After one Umpiring mistake, he was given out the second time LBW to Narine. Only Young Samson batted with some authority. Had Dravid batted after Watson's dismissal RR had a good chance of hoisting at least 160, possibly a winning total. You can encourage a young player but not at the cost of Team losing. That was the difference in the match today. 132 was too low a score to be competitive with RR lacking in good spinners. This tactical blunder by Dravid left KKR still a faint hope of advancing to last 4. A loss would have eliminated them from further advancing. It also jeopardised RR's advancement. Dravid needs to work harder now for RR to advance to last 4!

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I hate KKR. the annoying duo of Gambhir and Bisla ate up RR's fairplay points. Before that game, RR were comfortably sitting on top of fairplay table. They indulged RR players into their theatrics and cost them fairplay points.

  • Knight_Rider_11 on May 4, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    A good win for KKR but I would suggest a change i.e., Bringing in Balaji in place of Narwal .... he is definitely a better bowler than Narwal and if u come down to Narwal saving the day as a batsman playing at No. 8, well u know u r probably going to lose nyways ... Bisla n Pathan both have been tried opposite GG as opening partners ... what I would like to see is Pathan n Bisla openning themselves with a straight swap between Pathan n GG, keeping Kallis at 3 (thats the only place he can bat) .... My XI :::: Pathan, Bisla, Kalliis, Gambhir, Morgan, Das, Bhatia, Senanayake, Narine, Balaji, Abdullah

  • Sinhaya on May 4, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @Narbavi, spot on! Dravid has given a fair chance to all overseas players so far. Too bad that Kushal Perera (KP) did not cash in on the opportunity. Unless Watson gets injured, KP will not get anymore chances during the 2013 IPL and fair enough.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 4, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    @Narbavi:Looks like he can bat well then Yes he will be a good limited overs prospect like irfan pathan, tim bresnan. But you do realize their lots of pacers better than him getting no attention? Like Cutting,butterworth,sayyers..etc.

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: but at the same time averages 34 with the bat in FC cricket, so signs of a good all rounder there and Dravid loves giving opportunities to everyone, 9 out of the 10 overseas players have got a game now, in all probability you will see the 10th one Fidel Edwards playing very soon

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 4, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @Narbavi: Haven't seen anything exciting from Faulkner except he varies his pace: no swing, no reverse swing, no consistent line-and-length,and no extravagant pace. Looks like a good short-form baller to me like Nathan bracken or Clinton McKay. Believe it or not even bracks and mckay has excellent FC records before they failed in the test arena.

    Let me ask you again why in the world would bench Samuel Badree, t20 most economical baller ??? he would have loved a low and slow pitch.

  • on May 4, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    dear kevendeven,where did rohit sharma come from in this mess. dont compare rahane with rohit. rohit is class above him. And for ur info,he's d best in comparison 2 both kkr& rr line up.

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: I said he can become an excellent test bowler since he has a good record in first class cricket, and your role as a t20 bowler is different to that of a test bowler, cooper had to bowl as he is in the side for his bowling alone, but like you said atleast in the other end one among watson or faulkner or chandila could have bowled

  • FAB_ALI on May 4, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    A bad day at the office for RR....all will be good very soon. As for KKR, they are already out of the tournament as a few more thrashings await them.

  • Sollace on May 4, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    KKR mite have won d match but lost all respect, at least in my eyes. The way Bisla behaved was appalling. What is more disturbing is Gambhir's action, hu as a captain rather than diffusin the situation was adding fuel to the fire. If these ppl cud make Dravid loose his cool, today i feel very bad for Kohli. There again Gambhir was d culprit but Kohli bore d brunt of public's ire...

  • on May 4, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    too many mistakes by RR. not playing hodge for baseless reason, chandila out for the reason unknown, sending faulkner up the order in a spinning track makes no sense at all, not playing tried and tested badree, not attacking yusuf with pace. u cannot win if u r experimenting too much. It will not click alwaz Mr Wall. I support your team so plz get your combo right for the next encounter.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 4, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    @Narbavi, Look here Mate, even though Faulkner could been played why bring Cooper and other poor bowlers? Could have persisted with chandila or watson. And i thought you said Faulkner is an excellent test bowler, Taking a couple of tailender's wickets is no big deal for a good test bowler isn't it?

  • pavankumark on May 4, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Go KKR GO... Well Played Good to see yusuf coming into form. Hope he continues in this fashion on the remaining matches.

  • ninad008 on May 4, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    A heated exchange with Dravid is a new low for Gambhir and Bisla. The BCCI should reconsider if they want guys like Gambhir to represent the country in the future. If they can't respect the legends of the game, under the pretext of "the heat of the moment". they surely don't deserve to be playing at the highest level.

  • CricketAkshay on May 4, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Gambhir can you do the same thing to Kallis or to any of your four overseas players? Try to change your behaviour

  • on May 4, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Good to See Sachithra Senanayake Doing well...!! Keep the good work up!!!

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: I think in a t20 these things happen, throughout the tournament he has been surprising everyone in every game with some move or the other, most of them has been working, the faulkner move at no.3 didn't work, and that SRH game i don't think you should have bowled out faulkner because he is still a specialist death bowler for RR so he bowls only two overs at the beginning, what if they had played him out and attacked later? What Rahul could have done is persist with some attacking fields for some more time preventing singles!!

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @Kavindeven: He probably wanted the spinners to bowl to yusuf initially so that he can bring back watson and faulkner when he starts to attack, but yusuf started attacking right from the beginning,

  • phunny_game on May 4, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Well, this was the same Dravid and the same leadership skills as in the previous matches... When it clicked, people called him a tactical genius, and now they call him an ordinary captain. yeah that surely is the way to go about it... When CSK loses a match, start calling MSD as the worst captain u'v seen too... Doesn't matter how many games they win previously, just be ready to scrutinize the losses...!!!

  • SherjilIslam on May 4, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I am huge KKR fan and really pleased with the victory.But seriously offended by the way Bisla behaved with Dravid. Was he gone out of his mind????? Dravid is not only respected in India, but all over the World.I am also not pleased with Gambhir's attitude here, at-least he could have apologized to Dravid for such un-acceptable behavior from his team-mate. Hope they don't repeat this kind of act in future.

  • Romenevans on May 4, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Rahane seems to be a yet another Mumbai player like Rohit Sharma who seems to be lazy and not working on his mistakes even game after game. Playing 2-3 good looking shot and then block the entire over and tehn get out won't do any good, you have to pull up your socks and start scoring fearlessly.

  • Romenevans on May 4, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Sanju Samson has to be the find of this year. As always credit goes to RR for noticing his talent and making him play. He was so cool and technically so correct even on this hopeless slow pitch. A great prospect for sure. I hope he DONT get media attention because they generally hype these lil babies and then they start failing. Look at Unmukt Chand, lol he hasn't played a game for India and you can see him more in ads than on the field. I hope that won't happen to Sanju. All the very best Sanju and i hope you'll become a legend like Dravid.

  • on May 4, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Yusuf played sensible game. Hope he can continue this

    & needs to learn from Kalis how to hit a loose ball & how to play safe for good ball.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 4, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @Narbavi Dravid is a great motivator and gentleman of man, but his captaincy has been poor.in the match vs SRH, when SRH was struggling against 29-6 he brought kevon cooper and rested his best bowlers and set defensive fields(becoz PP was over). It almost lost the game becaz of there (SRH's) bowling attack. What's the point in sending faulkner in no.3? He doesn't play spin (as most Aussie batsmen) and he likes pace on the ball. Bringing hogg was very poor of him when you got badree warming the bench. IF hodge doesn't play spin well then how can he be one of the top players in BD Premior league.

  • Romenevans on May 4, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Rahane needs to be dropped, enough chances are given to him. He is just not good enough, we have to get Sachin baby for him, because that will give us left and rigth hand combination at the top. Hogg and Owais, please no more of that. I can't see RR losing because of their awful game.

  • Romenevans on May 4, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    @Narbavi - It was poor. He should have brought Faulkner or Watson back the moment Yusuf came in, we needed a wicket and they could have bowled short stuff to Yusuf. He is just a slogger and Dravid served him on a silver platter by offering spin that comes right in his arch.

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    @KavindevenL: It was excellent captaincy by Dravid, always keeping the opponents guessing, if it had worked then you would have praised him since it didn't work you are blaming him, Shah plays spin better than Hodge that's why he was preferred on this wicket, next game you will see Hodge returning,

  • Romenevans on May 4, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Poor captaincy from Dravid. If the team is doing so good, then why keep on experimenting with the combination. It was way too much experiment from him. Owais Shah is aweful T20 player, last year also he played so slowly and cost us at least 2-3 matches. You can not sit Hogde out for Owais, Hodge is a match winner. ...and now Hogg? Are you kidding me? Is this senior citizen marathon going on? And then pooon captaincy from Dravid, everybody knows we have to ball short, fast and outside off to Yusuf and he was bowling spin to him.

  • Shaan99 on May 4, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    That's a very very sensible batting from Yusuf.. Hope he can continue this

  • Dagur on May 4, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Too many tactical errors by Dravid. Firstly, Replacing Chandila and Hodge was not correct and then holding himself back was a blunder as he was the best person to tackle the spinners. Surely, Faulkner has not been in good batting touch and has not been known to play spinners better.

  • Javed_17 on May 3, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    This is the KKR I was expecting at the start of the tournament. Deadly spin and solid batting. A great all round performance + 16 balls tells too much. I was actually impressed by Senanayake. Never going to stand out as KKRs front line bowler but in tandem with Narine he provides KKR the wicket taking potential similar to Narine. Unfortunately he goes for too much stick. Again as always the timeless Jacques takes a wicket and 30+ score. He said in an interview KKR of taking KKR over the line . I see a genuine cricketer who plays 100% every time. I thought the match was heavily one sided and extremely dissapointed with Dravid at number 8. Faulkner was at sea to abdulla and watto to narine. It was clear the experience of Dravid against spin as well as the simple presence would have done a lot more. Surprised by the Dravid/Bisla verbal altercation as well. Is Dravid losing his cool head with age?

  • Javed_17 on May 3, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    @Nampally kallis could not face narine if both are on the same team

  • cricman13 on May 3, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    Really shocked to see Bisla talk in the manner that he did to Dravid - A player who is respected all across the cricketing world.Even the best international players respect him and is this the respect that Bisla shows a legend ? If this is how Gambhir wants his team members to behave then he not even fit to captain a club side.I used to wonder why Gambhir was dropped from the Indian despite being a good player - now I know! Such a arrogant player does not deserve to represent his nation no matter how good he is. If any captain/player deserves to be booed - it is Gambhir/Bisla. I am really sorry for KKR fans that their team has such rude & arrogant players.

  • pull_shot on May 3, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    whet every body going after rahane he is classical batsman we should expectruns from him in test and odi games. No need to conclude on ipl performances every body cant play 3 formats well except few like abd,sehwag(once up on a time),pieterson etc. Look at sangakkara he never scored big in ipl but c what he achieved at international level also c rohit sharma he is a big ipl star but achieved nothing except tag name 'talented'

  • pull_shot on May 3, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    can't believe what i have seen dravid is being sledged in india that too by a domestic player with support of gambir. What was gambir thinking of him self he is not atleast consistent for 4 years in indian cricket. This is sick attitude and upto now i feel for gambir for not playing well and wished he can perform but not any more with this sick attitude he is going no where.Finally bisla i think he should be penalized to what he has done.In gambir and kohli clash gambir is the one who provoked the clash and kohli responded to was said to him. still cant digest to has been done to dravid really

  • on May 3, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Rahane is not utilizing the power play overs properly. He seems to be premeditating defence and aggression. He should come in the middle overs and instead Samson should open. Sreesanth can come in place of Trivedi, Hodge/Cooper instead of Hogg, Chandila or Chavan depending on opposition.

  • Albert_cambell on May 3, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Poor captaincy from dravid. Why did he come at No.8 when he is the best batsman in these type of wickets. This could cost them the playoffs as well.

  • on May 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Good to see my namesake scoring some runs after a loooong long time without looking like about to get out at any point. Hope he continues the form that he found tonight forward to the upcoming matches :)

  • SidsIPLTeam on May 3, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Think Dravid missed a trick or two today. Faulkner was not the answer to the turning ball. He wanted his more attacking batsmen to bat ahead of him to maximize their chances of getting to a defendable score, but unfortunately at the wrong venue. This is not the pitch where you can really target going big. If it happens, it happens. Instead, Dravid being the most accomplished batsmen in these circumstances, should have come up the order & taken responsibility of posting a score of around 150 which could have won them the match..!! The real surprise was that it shouldn't have come from as good a tactician as Dravid, since it wasn't too difficult to see what was coming. Anyway, he still has chances to rectify this mistake and take Royals to the last four.

  • SurlyCynic on May 3, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @Ann Annmary : Kallis apologised to Yusuf, as he wasn't intending to hit the ball for 4, but actually it's better for the team for them to win as soon as possible. Personal milestones are less important. It will take a miracle for KKR to win enough games to qualify, but if they do then run rate could be a factor.

  • on May 3, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Yet to understand why Kallis did not give opportunity to Yusuf to complete his half century...

  • on May 3, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Now everyone complaining Kohli for reacting to Gambhir have got their answers.This man deserves anything but respect who talk to a legend like Dravid in the way he did.He isn't a senior he is a player who has been thrown out of the team and now he has lost it.I hope BCCI doesn't choose him in the champions trophy squad tomorrow otherwise he will only get worst.Throw him out out of the team and tell him the reason is this.

  • ladycricfan on May 3, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    SRK seems to be the lucky charm for KKR. When he is present KKR wins matches. On a serious note, Dravid should've come up the order. Chandila should've played instead of Hogg. Faulkner experiment did not work. All in all not a good day for RR. Even yousuf Pathan miraculously found his form. Anyway KKR win is good for the tournament. They are still alive.

  • on May 3, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Dravid spent all his words complaining about the pitch in the post match presentation... Strange when you think that teams visiting Jaipur have been greeted with green tops... Now who decides that green tops and pitches with bounce are "good" cricket wickets while slow and low bounce wickets are not... Excuses coming from Rahul Dravid seemed all the more surprising especially when the most technically equipped batsman for a deck like this came to bat at number 8 for the Royals...

  • priceless1 on May 3, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    RR is depend only one player that is Shane Watson , if he fails the entire team fails

  • KP121284 on May 3, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    KKR - Grow up guys... Not gonna qualify to playoffs... thats why showing your frustration against Dravid...

  • sameer111111 on May 3, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Wont be supporting Kolkata again after this match. Bisla should at least look who he is talking to before opening his mouth.

  • Provost on May 3, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Rahane is becoming another Murli Vijay.......

  • Provost on May 3, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    KKR's job done to hold RR at 12 points... KKR can lose all the remaining games.... who cares.... they created some breathing room for RCB and their usefulness ends there.....thank you and adios.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Not only Watson played a test innings in a T20, but also picked a fight with a batsman. So, Now he is not only a mediocre cricketer but also a sore loser. No wonder RR r losing matches when they have bits n pieces players like Watson n Shah in their playing XI.

  • NeverGvUp on May 3, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    This is a real shame... Young indian players should learn how to contrl themselves...atleast they should learn how to respect senior players from there country..really disgusting to watch

  • on May 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    what is rahane doing in this team?check his recent performance.....

  • Singh.Gurpreet on May 3, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Seriously !! Man !! Shame,, there can't be more shame on part of kkr,even gambhir,,

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on May 3, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Such a kiddo, Bisla is.

    If Watson said something to Bisla and he replied to Watson in the same tone, now what is the point in complaining to Dravid ? Cry baby - Bisla.

    Seriously, WHAT Bisla was thinking ? How dare he talk to Dravid like this ? No wonder, KKR is at the bottom of Fair Play Awards.

  • hm007 on May 3, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Hind side analysis is always easy. Team selection looked alright for RR but Fulk at 1 down did not make sense. Shah, given that he is a better player of spin and being his first match should have been that experiment. Their last 10 overs were fantastic with 2 best bowlers operating RR could not accelerate at all. With 20 more runs on the board RR could have made a fight out of this game. while RR has buffer to play with it has to be careful not to loose momentum. Now wait is for PW and hope we can beat them.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 3, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Too much experimentation led to this defeat. On such a turner one would expect Dravid to come up the order. Bad moves by Dravid. Why drop Chandila? Bad selections before the start and bad decisions while playing. Not surprised with the result.

  • Narbavi on May 3, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Not just Bisla, also Gambhir, what does he think of himself? These two don't even have what it takes to tie the laces of the great wall of india and they run their mouth ? get a life!!

  • Narbavi on May 3, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Advice for Bisla, try to achieve atleast 5% of what Dravid achieved and then try and talk,

  • Dragonboyz on May 3, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Bisla having a heat conversation with Rahul Dravid.Seriously i cant bear this.Grow up Bisla.Let me see whether u can acheive 1% of what rahul acheived

  • Dragonboyz on May 3, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Bisla having a heat conversation with Rahul Dravid.Seriously i cant bear this.Grow up Bisla.Let me see whether u can acheive 1% of what rahul acheived

  • Narbavi on May 3, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Advice for Bisla, try to achieve atleast 5% of what Dravid achieved and then try and talk,

  • Narbavi on May 3, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Not just Bisla, also Gambhir, what does he think of himself? These two don't even have what it takes to tie the laces of the great wall of india and they run their mouth ? get a life!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 3, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Too much experimentation led to this defeat. On such a turner one would expect Dravid to come up the order. Bad moves by Dravid. Why drop Chandila? Bad selections before the start and bad decisions while playing. Not surprised with the result.

  • hm007 on May 3, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Hind side analysis is always easy. Team selection looked alright for RR but Fulk at 1 down did not make sense. Shah, given that he is a better player of spin and being his first match should have been that experiment. Their last 10 overs were fantastic with 2 best bowlers operating RR could not accelerate at all. With 20 more runs on the board RR could have made a fight out of this game. while RR has buffer to play with it has to be careful not to loose momentum. Now wait is for PW and hope we can beat them.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on May 3, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Such a kiddo, Bisla is.

    If Watson said something to Bisla and he replied to Watson in the same tone, now what is the point in complaining to Dravid ? Cry baby - Bisla.

    Seriously, WHAT Bisla was thinking ? How dare he talk to Dravid like this ? No wonder, KKR is at the bottom of Fair Play Awards.

  • Singh.Gurpreet on May 3, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Seriously !! Man !! Shame,, there can't be more shame on part of kkr,even gambhir,,

  • on May 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    what is rahane doing in this team?check his recent performance.....

  • NeverGvUp on May 3, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    This is a real shame... Young indian players should learn how to contrl themselves...atleast they should learn how to respect senior players from there country..really disgusting to watch

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Not only Watson played a test innings in a T20, but also picked a fight with a batsman. So, Now he is not only a mediocre cricketer but also a sore loser. No wonder RR r losing matches when they have bits n pieces players like Watson n Shah in their playing XI.