Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 3, 2013

Narine spins Kolkata to win in opener

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Kolkata Knight Riders 129 for 4 (Gambhir 41, Kallis 23, Tiwary 23) beat Delhi Daredevils 128 (Jayawardene 66, Narine 4-13) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In 2008, Brendon McCullum had set the inaugural edition of the IPL alight with a whirlwind century that stands out for its audacity after more than 300 games in the tournament over five years. Not many will remember the exploits of his team in the opening game of IPL 2013 five years from now, but Kolkata Knight Riders' performance was a dominating one for the conditions they played in as defending champions. On a slow Eden Gardens track that didn't always cater to power-play, Sunil Narine and Rajat Bhatia restricted the Delhi Daredevils batsmen and captain Gautam Gambhir anchored the bulk of the chase.

Mahela Jayawardene, the Daredevils captain, got what he wanted at the toss when Gambhir elected to bowl, but Knight Riders snatched the initiative as early as the first ball. Unmukt Chand, a rising star in Indian cricket and fresh from back-to-back tons in India's domestic T20 tournament, was beaten by a lovely outswinger from Brett Lee that knocked out off stump. The sight was a delight to a capacity crowd and there were more such instances of batsmen proving clueless against a bowler in a format that's usually one-way traffic, the other way around.

Narine had played a pivotal role in Knight Riders' victorious season in 2012, and his variations were just as confounding for the batsmen. David Warner was baffled by a sharp offspinner that he edged to slip, West Indies team-mate Andre Russell was caught napping against a doosra, and Irfan Pathan holed out playing a flighted delivery to the hands of long-off.

Jayawardene, however, looked in control, adapting expertly to the approach the pitch demanded, restraining himself from playing expansive shots to rely on touch-play, all the while remaining fluent at one end. Lee was upper-cut over slips, Bhatia and L Balaji were steered through the off side before Lee returned for a final spell to be pulled for six, though, again, with more politeness than venom. Jayawardene helped stretch the score to 128 with a late surge, but Bhatia and Balaji, who bowled eight overs together, conceded 43 and picked up two wickets, had played an excellent containing role with their medium-pace and unsettling cutters before that.

A sense of urgency was more evident in Gambhir's start to the chase, as he stepped out to smack Irfan for a four and a six in the third over, the latter clearing long-on. He then targeted Umesh Yadav for two consecutive fours, while Jacques Kallis at the other end was finding the boundary with lesser effort, timing the ball gloriously, a punch down the ground off Ashish Nehra standing out. The pair added 47 in less than six overs, a mix-up that resulted in a run-out chance that was missed by David Warner being the only serious scare.

Gambhir ensured a steady run-flow after losing Kallis; the singles came easily with Manoj Tiwary, there were boundaries pierced by late-cuts through gaps on the off side, and enough lapses in the field by Daredevils to keep Knight Riders well ahead of the asking rate.

Gambhir and Tiwary fell in quick succession, but Knight Riders were in control of the chase when they needed 29 off 30 with six wickets in hand. Eoin Morgan and Yusuf Pathan saw to it that the task was completed without any fuss, some quick running and a straight six off Russell relieving any pressure in a low-key beginning to a long IPL season.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ajit_Gupta on April 4, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils continue to have weird selections...Remember, thier spearhead attacking in-form bowler Morne Morkel dropped in the crucial match last year. This year they have gone wrong again by picking Russel in already mediocre all-rounder studded team. They should have gone for J. Mendis without any thought. Jayawardhane some how brought some sanity in the score board otherwise it looked horrible...no one other than him and Warner getting into docunle digits....T20 is a game of out and out standout players....not mediocres...last year Peterson, Sahwag, Morkel and Jayawardhane kept performing as standout players....this year the onus is only on Jaya and even with his best efforts the team looks horrible...sorry to see such a downfall for such an exciting team...

  • SL_BiggestJoke on April 3, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Fantastic atmosphere!.. watching IPL with friends and family.. today I realised why IPL has pulled in so many new recruits into cricket.. usually grandma's, aunt's etc would not be interested in cricket at all but now they seem to be excited about watching it as they like the lively atmosphere, the music and fast paced nature of the match without too many technical details by commentators to bore them and make them feel out of place.. with T20 there is so much action that the commentators don't have the time to delve too much into something - unlike other forms of the game where you could be given a lesson on "bowling on off stump" and still not miss anything!!.. the only worrying part was my grandma cheering whenever Shah Rukh Khan was on screen.. need to have a word with grandad!!

  • ThyrSaadam on April 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    DD didnt have their"star" players to choose from, but that hardly is an excuse when you dont get the team selection right from the pool of palyers thats available. The only saving grace for them is that its so early in the tournament that they have all the time in the world to sort out their playing XI. KKR look like they have a good balanced XI, but somehow Y. Pathan does not seem as lethal as he once was.

  • ladycricfan on April 3, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    IPL started with a BANG. Wicket first ball "BOWLED". Mahela played well. Others found Narine too much to handle. DD made a mistake not playing J Mendis, better player of spin and would've bowled better in this surface. Anyway, congratulations KKR. Champions start with a winning note.

  • philipsmgp on April 3, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    The Delhi team composition was so puzzling.Botha at 6 as a batting all rounder.it doesnt make sense.Where is venugopal rao?bad team selection from delhi even if the main overseas guns are out bad selection.And more over Delhi bowlers didnt learn from the KKr bowlers who bowled lots of slower deliveries and delhi didnt.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 6, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    KKR will always have a chance with Sunil Narine bowling like this!! Just like RCB will always have a chance as long as Gayle keeps batting like this!! MI is totally dependent on Pollard and Malinga. 3 IPL teams dependent on 3 West Indians. Can you imagine if King Richards was at his peak and playing in IPL?? He was the King of batting. 10dulkar is nothing compared to King Richards.

  • A-Gunnie on April 4, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Watch out....KKR could repeat as Naraine continues to be a match winner.

  • on April 4, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman.

    It was a brilliant display by KKR in their opening match against DD in IPL VI.It was a delightful to watch Bret Lee's first ball clean bowling Unmukt Chand which shattered the off stump.Gambhir's aggressive approach in marshalling his bowling resources and also in his batting enabled them to achieve their victory in a fine style.Sunil Naraine bowled intelliigentlly well to claim four wickets and man of the match award.

    V.Sethuraman.(Sethu)

  • Rahulthevirufan on April 4, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    I think DD have decent squad but one thing they must instill in themselves is self belief bcoz in every successful season of theres if u see dere are only 3 batsman performing consisitently and a couple of guys shining wid d bowl wid rest of attack rallying around dem. Also dey have been damm good fielding side. However, in the 4th season where dey didn't pick too many big names despite having good quality on disposal dey lost even before IPL started i.e. in there minds. If u will see players like warner fielded pretty poorly in dat season. However dis season I guess wid a guy like jaya at helm whu is used to havin such a squad in lanka must luk forward to instill confidence in d depleted side and team must win it for Ryder. I think a batting line up of warner, viru, jaya, ojha and chand is gud enuf wid guys like pathan, russel, mendis playing finisher. Bowling wise delhi is best if u go by how spinners bowled yesterday. All dey need is to play wid flair and like a true DAREDEVIL.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    KKR should sign TINO BEST as replacement for PATTINSON he has been on fire lately and would be great to watch bowling back to back with LEE !

  • Ajit_Gupta on April 4, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils continue to have weird selections...Remember, thier spearhead attacking in-form bowler Morne Morkel dropped in the crucial match last year. This year they have gone wrong again by picking Russel in already mediocre all-rounder studded team. They should have gone for J. Mendis without any thought. Jayawardhane some how brought some sanity in the score board otherwise it looked horrible...no one other than him and Warner getting into docunle digits....T20 is a game of out and out standout players....not mediocres...last year Peterson, Sahwag, Morkel and Jayawardhane kept performing as standout players....this year the onus is only on Jaya and even with his best efforts the team looks horrible...sorry to see such a downfall for such an exciting team...

  • SL_BiggestJoke on April 3, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Fantastic atmosphere!.. watching IPL with friends and family.. today I realised why IPL has pulled in so many new recruits into cricket.. usually grandma's, aunt's etc would not be interested in cricket at all but now they seem to be excited about watching it as they like the lively atmosphere, the music and fast paced nature of the match without too many technical details by commentators to bore them and make them feel out of place.. with T20 there is so much action that the commentators don't have the time to delve too much into something - unlike other forms of the game where you could be given a lesson on "bowling on off stump" and still not miss anything!!.. the only worrying part was my grandma cheering whenever Shah Rukh Khan was on screen.. need to have a word with grandad!!

  • ThyrSaadam on April 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    DD didnt have their"star" players to choose from, but that hardly is an excuse when you dont get the team selection right from the pool of palyers thats available. The only saving grace for them is that its so early in the tournament that they have all the time in the world to sort out their playing XI. KKR look like they have a good balanced XI, but somehow Y. Pathan does not seem as lethal as he once was.

  • ladycricfan on April 3, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    IPL started with a BANG. Wicket first ball "BOWLED". Mahela played well. Others found Narine too much to handle. DD made a mistake not playing J Mendis, better player of spin and would've bowled better in this surface. Anyway, congratulations KKR. Champions start with a winning note.

  • philipsmgp on April 3, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    The Delhi team composition was so puzzling.Botha at 6 as a batting all rounder.it doesnt make sense.Where is venugopal rao?bad team selection from delhi even if the main overseas guns are out bad selection.And more over Delhi bowlers didnt learn from the KKr bowlers who bowled lots of slower deliveries and delhi didnt.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 6, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    KKR will always have a chance with Sunil Narine bowling like this!! Just like RCB will always have a chance as long as Gayle keeps batting like this!! MI is totally dependent on Pollard and Malinga. 3 IPL teams dependent on 3 West Indians. Can you imagine if King Richards was at his peak and playing in IPL?? He was the King of batting. 10dulkar is nothing compared to King Richards.

  • A-Gunnie on April 4, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Watch out....KKR could repeat as Naraine continues to be a match winner.

  • on April 4, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman.

    It was a brilliant display by KKR in their opening match against DD in IPL VI.It was a delightful to watch Bret Lee's first ball clean bowling Unmukt Chand which shattered the off stump.Gambhir's aggressive approach in marshalling his bowling resources and also in his batting enabled them to achieve their victory in a fine style.Sunil Naraine bowled intelliigentlly well to claim four wickets and man of the match award.

    V.Sethuraman.(Sethu)

  • Rahulthevirufan on April 4, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    I think DD have decent squad but one thing they must instill in themselves is self belief bcoz in every successful season of theres if u see dere are only 3 batsman performing consisitently and a couple of guys shining wid d bowl wid rest of attack rallying around dem. Also dey have been damm good fielding side. However, in the 4th season where dey didn't pick too many big names despite having good quality on disposal dey lost even before IPL started i.e. in there minds. If u will see players like warner fielded pretty poorly in dat season. However dis season I guess wid a guy like jaya at helm whu is used to havin such a squad in lanka must luk forward to instill confidence in d depleted side and team must win it for Ryder. I think a batting line up of warner, viru, jaya, ojha and chand is gud enuf wid guys like pathan, russel, mendis playing finisher. Bowling wise delhi is best if u go by how spinners bowled yesterday. All dey need is to play wid flair and like a true DAREDEVIL.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    KKR should sign TINO BEST as replacement for PATTINSON he has been on fire lately and would be great to watch bowling back to back with LEE !

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Russell should not be written off he's rarely been given a chance he can be very dangerous, yesterday Narine was spinning it square both ways u can't rly do much with that, I think DD should put bit more faith in him and he will come good out there.

  • on April 4, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Why does russel ever get a game...bothas not a top order bat...any all-rounder will do in the ipl...rubbish like maxwell and morris collected the big bucks in the auction...seems like everybody wants to immitate csk...ross for nehra with that batting line-up...dd's are back to not knowing where they going and even morkel wont solve this problem...as for kkr aside from having to tolerate srk's infantile show gauti and narine continue to carry this team...the domestic batting still looks dismal...match was poor by any standard...need more international talent to improve the quality of cricket here

  • on April 4, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    for chasing a modest total like 129 nothing special thing is required from the batsman.So not a big significant role from Ghambhir rather than Sunil Narine

  • on April 4, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    If you are a cricket fan you would watch any cricket. I am not english but some of my countrymen are playing there so I check them out just as in the IPL I watch my players. I'm not a fan of 20/20 cricket I still watch as you still need to play good cricket shots. that straight drive of kallis was as good as it gets. The wicket did not play as a T20 pitch should play but you need to adapt. Cant wait to see AB play but that need to wait till he's available as the Titans are in thee final of our domestic competition.

    The IPL are big because of the international players that are playing in it. Its followed by most because of the players of most countries. Pity is that India is not allowing pakistani players to play and the english board don't want their players there. Would have been nice to see every country represented. I hate it when Politics interfere with sport.

  • AkDoN on April 4, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @BDForever....I luv you comments...u love so much for u r country..really appreciate. I know that BD is world champion team & all players are SIR category players in u r BD team...thats wy they need not participate in foolish IPL league.they are already far more ahead of IND,SL,PAK & AUS team now BD should only play with teams from moon or mars...LOL

  • sweetspot on April 4, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @GeoffreysMother - So, what's wrong with two commercial breaks? The IPL is a media property didn't you notice? What would you rather have? Empty stadium on a cold English day with two and a half old guys watching? We'd rather have a full stadium, noise, millions, colour, glitz, fun and more fun! Get with the program. We don't want to die poor.

  • warneneverchuck on April 4, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    @ Bd forever keep entertaining us like this yout comments r so funny

  • JBSA on April 4, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Delhi got it wrong from the team selection... 4 Seamers on a slow pitch??? Russel was neither trusted for his bowing nor for his batting, then why was he fieded ahead of Mendis, despite Mendis can bowl leg break? Why was Ojha kept out of opening with Mahela? Delhi not only needs to look into the selection but also needs to position their players right. Also playing too cautiously against part-timers Shukla and Bhatia costed the game

    Kolkata can enjoy the success but they really don't look invincibles. Lee was nowhere near to good in the second spell. Kallis was wavering. Only Narine and Balaji was spot on. Bhatia will be smashed by power houses CSK, RCB and MI.

  • cricanalyserbd on April 4, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    just 129 runs in 120 balls? it was a t20 or tuk tuk match?

  • Surajrises on April 4, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Unfortunately the first match of IPL was itself so BORING! There was no excitement on the field what so ever! Yes people were there in the stadium but I really dont think IPL is going to pick up this year. Its probably gonna be a flop show!!!

  • on April 4, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    BDforever - The Sri Lankan team beat u in the Last T20 was a very young team, Munaweera 23, Kusal Perera 23, Chandimal 23, Thirimanne 23, Angelo Perera 23, Thisara Perera 23 & Mathews 25, Sri Lanka and India always comes with young talent while B'dehs only comes with players got Talent for Injuries

  • Narbavi on April 4, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @BDforever: Ha ha, really? boring without BD players? Only one man on earth can say that and its you, go and watch BPL!! Nobody cares!!

  • BDforever on April 4, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Without many Bangladeshi players this tournamnet will become boring. Balgladesh have so many exiting young players but India and Sri Lanka have only one or two good young players. After their seniors retire Bangladesh will dominate both India and Sri Lanka in few years.

  • fastrack10 on April 4, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    people seems to be very critical of the Eden pitch..but i dont understand why..this is how the Eden pitch has been,wether in international matchs or domestic..last season it was worst than this..& for all thos people are grambling, & dareing KKR to play DD in their home ground should remember we aere ther last season..hahahahaa..guys wake up, KKR is the team to beat as of now.its ok all gets their time in lime light, so now its our's turn.

  • pull_shot on April 4, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    the pitch is worst. India will never get a good fast bowler from pitches like this. Rajit batia is medium pacer instead he should be shown as spinner as he bowls 5 slow balls per over and guess what only seam up delivery goes for 4. If the pitches r like this then we will get bowlers like balaji only at best. Please give chance to shami ahmed.IPl should give more chances to up coming talents like him instead of veterans like balaji who also bowls 4 slow balls,1 full toss per over. He bowls at such a pace even batsman waited for eternity still plays the shot early.

  • StudAlan on April 4, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    what does ryan ten doeschate need to do to get a game - the second best allrounder in the world for me cannot get a game - other teams would kill for kkr's depth

  • realfan on April 4, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    i am desperate to see RCB vs MI matches and CSK and RR vs any team..... these are on spot light, my prediction is any of these team only will win..... i want to see how kohli approach in his captaincy, how the epic opening of MI will be? how the MEN of the series in india aus tests ( DHONI, JADDU, ASHWIN, VIJAY ) play, and as usual desperate to see dravid batting again.....and rest of the teams , well they are not worth watching......

  • siri12345 on April 4, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    congrats eden curator.but i dont blame u because this is the only way a team like kkr can beat a team like dd(even though depleted).i dare kolkatta to come to delhi with sehwag and morne morkel fit.

  • PadMarley on April 4, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Now, that does not look like a confident line-up for Delhi!!! Delhi looks like a handicapped soldier right at the start of the war!! sad! Mahela undoubtedly a great captain, but little you can influence through bowling changes and strategy in this format of the game. Everyone needs to step up!!

  • Top-Spinner on April 4, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    I am really sick of Ravi Shastri reporting (rather shouting) in every format of the game. The guy's vocabulary is limited to a set of phrases that he uses in every game like a programmed robot. I don't understand why he has to read the score every now and then when viewers can see it constantly displayed on the screen. He is known to have a limited talent in cricket and now he extends it to the idiot box too.

  • GoIndiaGooo on April 4, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    To all those IPL haters, please note that every cricket board is striving for a leauge of their own after the IPL success. If you feel IPL is the death of test cricket please target your cricket board first ( big bash, SLPL, BPL, PPL ????) and then come after IPL. Accept it or not, IPL is defining the way cricket is consumed. Ah the grapes are indeed so sour !!!.

  • CrICkeeet on April 4, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Narine is just an ipl player..... where is his mystry when he plays 4 WI???

  • huffpost on April 4, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    @totelluthetruth...Dude its simple to explain: people like to see sixes being hit and they like t20 more than test cricket...Thats the reason we saw 100 thousand people turn up at eden gardens while only few thousand turned up at chennai to see a test match..Unfortunately the game has to bow to the demands of the viewers..As with any other things, Cricketing economy is dictated by demand...So you have more prize money because more more money comes in...

  • on April 4, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    To TellUTHeTruth, that is why IPL is going to kill Test cricket. The sooner we kill this IPL the better for the survival of the traditional game! You call this rubbish cricket? Who cares for this hit and giggle?

  • Haider-pak-awsome on April 4, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    @baseball-sucks, you're trying to make world believe that only SL players can determine which team is going to win or loose the match. Please wake up and come out of your dream.

  • on April 3, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Rock Delhi's top order and the game is yours. I dont know why DD have no gone for an good specialist domestic spinner in the 2013 Auction. Parveez Rasool was bought by Pune, Murli Karthik was released by Pune.

    They seriously need a better spinner than Nadeem. Personally with this team, they will find it difficult to win enough, they will come up short. my playing XI for DD.

    1. Warner 2. Chand 3. Sewagh 4. Jayawardane 5. Juneja 6. Ojha 7. Irfan 8. Botha 9. Morkel 10. Umesh Uadav 11. Nehra/Kaul/Nadeem

  • BOND_OO7 on April 3, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Narine is overrated bowler . Only performs in ipl but not for wi

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 3, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    IPL is as popular in the Caribbean as it is in India. Haters, go figure!

  • on April 3, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    Bets Penney can't seem to find IPL on TV in Australia????

  • ramaprasadkiz on April 3, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    @ToTellUTheTruth. Don't compare the mile against litre, mate! Two different worlds. Two different situations.

  • jb633 on April 3, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Good to see Morgan getting a gig in the IPL this year. I agree with SurlyCynic that the pitch was really poor for a T20 game. In test matches I must admit I have enjoyed the pitches that turn square from day 1 but in this format we want to see hig scores, lots of sixes. Hope for a high scoring game tomorrow.

  • on April 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    naushad,maybe otis gibson needs to learn a trick or two ,about using Narine. Gibson is too interfering and does not create a performing atmosphere.

  • GoIndiaGooo on April 3, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Finally !!!! IPL is here....waiting for CSK match.

  • on April 3, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Though i find everyone praising Narine while not be impressed by Lee, i must remind you that though what scorecard says the two main wickets that Lee took were the only batsmen DD expected to perform...

    As against last year, DD is now a side with one too many weak allrounders that it cannot depend on when pitch assist bowlers. As far as the pathan brothers go, they got to let go their fear of getting out and play freely or this might well be their last IPL

  • Rally_Windies on April 3, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Naushad Moti

    Narine does give performances like this playing for the WI ..

    he did not get to be ranked 2nd in the world in ODI and 20/20 cricket by bowling badly ....

    His Test performances leave a lot to be desired ... But he has only played 1 Test series .....

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 3, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @SurlyCynic: You speak about the IPL's popularity outside of India, and I must say that the IPL is indeed popular outside of India which is why we have Indian expats watching it from miles away. Myself being a Canadian, I am glued to the action. We also have people like Michael Vaughan rooting for CSK sitting somewhere in Yorkshire. There is certainly interest for the IPL outside of India, who said no ? All we are saying is that the IPL doesn't need a comprehensive foreign support or audience to gain reputation. We have enough people in India to do that. Anything more is an icing on the cake. Cricket is different to soccer and basketball. The latter are global sports and is following my people around the world. Cricket is like baseball, which is regionally based and is skewed in terms of popularity. Nobody outside of North America cares about Major League Baseball. Cricket is same like that.

  • ladycricfan on April 3, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Narine put the same effort when he plays for WI. Remember, this is India he is playing in. Indian pitches assist spinners.

  • warneneverchuck on April 3, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    The best cricket tournament criclet has ever seen

  • sonu77 on April 3, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Two mens of the match are Narine & curator.Eden curator delivered a tailormade surface for Narine & he used it brilliantly.( I beleive this is the main reason behind KKR's success in last year too.) Delhi made a big mistake by not picking J.Mendis instead of Russel.I think Senanayake is a better option than Lee in this surface for KKR. Mahela's knock was a special one under the circumstances.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on April 3, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Can some one explain this please....Dhoni for his double hundred against Australia in Chennai test match, gets 1 lakh rupees for being the MOM. In today's match, Yousuf Pathan gets 1 lakh rupees for "maximum sixes" though he only scored one. So, what am I missing here? Is it better to hit maximum number of sixes in this circus than working hard, striving/aspiring to me a MOM of a test match win?

    So many reasons for kids to ONLY pursue the TT tamasha....

  • dariuscorny on April 3, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @B.C.G mate dont you see,you yourself answered your query i.e u watch ipl, coz of big players like viru,ponting ,gayle,Sachin.well cricket is watched worldwide coz of these stars.that is what makes IPL special coz it features top players from world performing in it...........

  • on April 3, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Somebody please tell Sunil Narine to concentrate on giving performances like these when playing for WI as well.. lol

  • srisri on April 3, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    IPL looking more professional like international cricket.... which means it gradually giving away the "fun" and "joy" and might b "boring" soon!

  • SurlyCynic on April 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    moBlue: It's strange to see you saying the IPL is only for 'Indian' fans, as there are players from all over the world and TV rights are sold around the world. I don't see English football fans saying the EPL should only be watched by English people.

    The biggest sports tournaments are global. When someone criticises the NBA or the EPL the local fans just laugh and point to how successful it is. Why not try that when people criticise the IPL instead of calling them 'outsiders' as they aren't Indian?

  • ---lasitha--- on April 3, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    they should included jeewan mendis insted of botha or russel

  • sweetspot on April 3, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Nice easy match for KKR, professionally won. Will this strip last the season? It's doing something already! Incredible how few shots DD played in the V. Nice innings from Mahela. Maybe he should tell the others they cannot play the shots he plays, so they should focus on playing straight!!!

  • on April 3, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    This is not the Opening Match for any tournament, but anyhow congrats to KKR, Delhi very badly missing Veeru, KP and Tayler. My request to curators that pls prepare sporting pitch and not the spin assisting pitch (MSD may love for test match) that makes the one team vulnerable and another team winning by small margin. Hope this will change and can see few entertaining games in forthcoming matches.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 3, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    @BCG, to be honest IPL doesn't care if anybody outside India are interested in IPL or not. Simple! American handball (I mean football) or their baseball - how many outside of USA care about them? But USA guys don't give a damn about those who have no interest in their domestic tournaments. Same applies here. IPL helped so many Indians, with money trickling down to the street seller and hence I do care about IPL and its health.

  • on April 3, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Keep flying the Trini flag on a world stage Sunil. Well played!

  • Natesan333 on April 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    @tamal Paul that is correct, not just sport, but everything else in life is done for free. ONLY IPL is played for money!!! @capt.meanster lol, bob is spending too much time on something he has no interest in. what a joke. Haters hate I suppose.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Hilarious to see a hater commenting first. Just goes to show how much haters are interested in IPL. I genuinely couldn't care less about English counties and hence you won't see me commenting on county articles and games. Get over it haters! If anything, IPL is the only t20 domestic tournament that has global viewership.

  • moBlue on April 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    hey @bobmartin! :) it is the IPL - in which the I stands for "indian"... which means that it is for the entertainment of *indian* spectators because we dole out the money for the tickets... and the refreshments.

    how do i put this delicately? :) you say you are not an indian... well, then, you weren't invited. besides, you are rude and offensive... which means you weren't invited at all, even more so! :) so... why don't you do us all a favor and stay out? i'm sure there is fishing - or twiddlesticks - on the tube for avid sports fans like you to indulge in and spend big money on! let the rest of us non-"outsiders" enjoy *our* cricket party.

  • SurlyCynic on April 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Watched the game, was boring and the pitch not suitable for T20 cricket. Hope things improve.

    Never thought I'd miss 'DLF maximum' until I heard its replacement!!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    DD paid the price for not picking Jeevan Mendis :(

  • B.C.G on April 3, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster-Outside India no one cares abt the IPL.However we do have a favourite player that we like to see?I hate the IPL but I love seeing guys like Lee,Punter,Huss,Sehwag......hence I watch it for their performances.Not for my love(loathe) of the IPL.

  • kumarsSansai on April 3, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @Praveen Madhu great same i was thinking about SN

  • kumarsSansai on April 3, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @Tamal Paul good question. i agree with you

  • GeoffreysMother on April 3, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Tuned it to see what all the fuss was about - just in time for a 'time out'. Obviously not enough time between balls to set fields/touch gloves, do the same at the end of the over, or when someone is out, or at the end of 20 overs. Clearly it is a time out for a commercial break. Two more seasons and it will be like American Football: someone throws the ball, someone catches it, commentator says that was brilliant, crowd cheer and then off for a set of adverts involving fast food and health insurance! Repeat for four hours.

  • vaibhavsharma100 on April 3, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    @Meanster...Agreed in toto....

  • on April 3, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Some players are just made for IPL, Narine never won matches single handed for West Indies but he keeps doing it in IPL. Amazing!

  • on April 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    people are saying it's all about money, then what about football, tennis, golf..do they play for free?

  • intcamd on April 3, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Ashish Nehra, Brett Lee..Who knew these guys were still alive and kicking, let alone playing cricket competitively.

    The wonders of IPL. A retirement scheme for yesterday's heroes.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 3, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @bobmartin: Irrespective of what you say Bob, your presence in an IPL comments section is a genuine testimonial to an outsider's self-denial of how much interest the league generates outside of India. It's time you guys admit that you are indeed interested in the tournament. Otherwise, you wouldn't be here in the first place. Take me for example; if I show up in an English county article's comments section and drop in a piece of my mind, it shows I am indeed interested and care about what's happening in county cricket. Cause since the last few days, the number of people commenting under IPL articles have been the so called 'haters'. Wow, I am indeed happy to know that the IPL is indeed popular. Ask Michael Vaughan, he loves the CSK ! :D

  • zak_m on April 3, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Delhi messed up big time, should have included Jeevan Mendis in place of Warner since the game is in Kolkata turning track and could have included Venugopal Rao as a batsman. Let's see how KKR chase down the target.

  • bobmartin on April 3, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Since I'm not Indian, I have no preferred team in the IPL... So I have selected one player from each team in the order in which I dislike them.. My interest now centres on how that player performs in any match in which he appears.. Naturally, each match will involve two of my selected players, therefore my hopes of failure goes to the player who is highest on my list. It's not the result that matters, it's the performance, or lack of it, of the individual player. That may sound a bit odd, but how else can an "outsider" generate interest in a series which means nothing in terms of global standing, ICC ratings or anything meaningful except money.

  • bobmartin on April 3, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Since I'm not Indian, I have no preferred team in the IPL... So I have selected one player from each team in the order in which I dislike them.. My interest now centres on how that player performs in any match in which he appears.. Naturally, each match will involve two of my selected players, therefore my hopes of failure goes to the player who is highest on my list. It's not the result that matters, it's the performance, or lack of it, of the individual player. That may sound a bit odd, but how else can an "outsider" generate interest in a series which means nothing in terms of global standing, ICC ratings or anything meaningful except money.

  • zak_m on April 3, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Delhi messed up big time, should have included Jeevan Mendis in place of Warner since the game is in Kolkata turning track and could have included Venugopal Rao as a batsman. Let's see how KKR chase down the target.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 3, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @bobmartin: Irrespective of what you say Bob, your presence in an IPL comments section is a genuine testimonial to an outsider's self-denial of how much interest the league generates outside of India. It's time you guys admit that you are indeed interested in the tournament. Otherwise, you wouldn't be here in the first place. Take me for example; if I show up in an English county article's comments section and drop in a piece of my mind, it shows I am indeed interested and care about what's happening in county cricket. Cause since the last few days, the number of people commenting under IPL articles have been the so called 'haters'. Wow, I am indeed happy to know that the IPL is indeed popular. Ask Michael Vaughan, he loves the CSK ! :D

  • intcamd on April 3, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Ashish Nehra, Brett Lee..Who knew these guys were still alive and kicking, let alone playing cricket competitively.

    The wonders of IPL. A retirement scheme for yesterday's heroes.

  • on April 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    people are saying it's all about money, then what about football, tennis, golf..do they play for free?

  • on April 3, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Some players are just made for IPL, Narine never won matches single handed for West Indies but he keeps doing it in IPL. Amazing!

  • vaibhavsharma100 on April 3, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    @Meanster...Agreed in toto....

  • GeoffreysMother on April 3, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Tuned it to see what all the fuss was about - just in time for a 'time out'. Obviously not enough time between balls to set fields/touch gloves, do the same at the end of the over, or when someone is out, or at the end of 20 overs. Clearly it is a time out for a commercial break. Two more seasons and it will be like American Football: someone throws the ball, someone catches it, commentator says that was brilliant, crowd cheer and then off for a set of adverts involving fast food and health insurance! Repeat for four hours.

  • kumarsSansai on April 3, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @Tamal Paul good question. i agree with you

  • kumarsSansai on April 3, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @Praveen Madhu great same i was thinking about SN