Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Jaipur

Quicks fire Rajasthan Royals to second win

The Report by George Binoy

April 8, 2013

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Rajasthan Royals 144 for 6 (Hodge 46*, Narine 2-28) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 125 (Morgan 51, Trivedi 3-23, Cooper 3-15) by 19 runs
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Siddharth Trivedi claimed 3 for 23, Rajasthan v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Jaipur, April 8, 2013
Siddharth Trivedi was Man of the Match for his 3 for 23 © BCCI
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A brace of double-wicket overs from fast bowlers, Rahul Shukla and Siddharth Trivedi, was the decisive blow that secured a second consecutive victory for Rajasthan Royals this season. They did not pick a spinner on a fast and bouncy pitch in their first home game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium and the strategy worked; all five quicks took wickets and were able to prevent a dogged Eoin Morgan from single-handedly dragging Kolkata Knight Riders to the target.

Knight Riders had also read the pitch right, replacing the slower seamer L Balaji with Shami Ahmed, and Sunil Narine was their sole spinner. Narine, however, went for 18 in his third over - his most expensive in the IPL - as Royals managed to accumulate 144, because of a steady innings from Brad Hodge and a cameo from Dishant Yagnik. Their fast bowlers then vindicated their selections, dismissing Knight Riders in 19 overs.

Sreesanth opened the Royals' defence with a 14-run over but that did not set the tone. Shaun Tait hustled batsmen with speeds that touched 150 kph, and the less-heralded seamers did the damage. Shukla bustled in, bowling in the early 140 kph-range, and had immediate impact, demolishing Manvinder Bisla's stumps and drawing an edge from Jacques Kallis off successive deliveries in the third over.

In the seventh over Rahul Dravid brought on his fifth seamer, Trivedi, who trapped Manoj Tiwary lbw with his first ball, and then had Gautam Gambhir caught behind with his fifth. Knight Riders were floundering at 43 for 4. When Kevon Cooper drew another edge, this time from the potentially dangerous Yusuf Pathan, only Morgan remained in Royals' way.

Morgan was in the way for a while, transforming his innings that began scratchily into a threatening one with precise shots through the infield and over the boundary. His pick-up loft over long leg against Tait was the highlight and he kept the asking-rate under control. What he couldn't control, however, was the tendency of his partners to play rash shots - like Brett Lee did. At the start of the penultimate over, Knight Riders needed 23 off 12 but only had two wickets left. Morgan was bowled by Cooper first ball, and that was that.

The Royals innings had also suffered from the fall of regular wickets but they had Ajinkya Rahane anchoring the start and Brad Hodge staying until the finish to provide them with a competitive total. They recovered from the failure of Shane Watson, who was playing his first game of the season, and the fall of Dravid and Stuart Binny, who had played valuable innings in the victory against Delhi Daredevils.

Narine then derailed the innings in the 16th over, having Rahane caught behind and Cooper stumped. At 114 for 5 at the start of the 19th over, Royals needed something special and Hodge and Yagnik provided it. They attacked Narine for 18 runs, and then Hodge ensured 12 more came off the final over, as he finished on 46 to give his fast bowlers enough to defend.

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Posted by Knight_Rider_11 on (April 10, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

I think KKR should get rid of Yusuf Pathan and for good .... Pradeep Sangwan also should get an opportunity in place of Shami Ahmed .... Debabrata Das should play in place of Pathan .... My KKR XI (some changes in the batting line up as well) :::: 1. Bisla 2. Gambhir 3. McLaren 4. Morgan 5. Tiwary 6. Debabrata 7. Bhatia 8. Lee 9. Laxmi Shukla 10. Sangwan 11. Narine ..... McLaren can be used as a pinch hitter in place of in form Kallis

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (April 9, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

Yusuf Pathan seems to have lost his touch. A little rest will do him good.

Posted by Narbavi on (April 9, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

@trav696: That would mean Dravid should bat at 4 which isn't ideal, he needs to bat in the top 3 to make an impact and if we include kusal then we got to drop an overseas player, it won't happen as Hodge is vital to this young inexperienced middle order and Royals play either Faulkner/cooper for death bowling and either Tait/Edwards on a bouncy pitch and Badree/Hodge on a spinning wicket, they have the right combination!!

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Rajasthan should bring Shah instead of Watson. Need Sanju & Sachin for Yagnik & Binny

Posted by eng_mdkhan on (April 9, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Yusuf Pathan has to be more than just potentially dangerous, Morgan showed the way all others were at sea.

Posted by trav696 on (April 9, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

@Narbavi, Watson is not even close to being the best T20 batsman in the world... and I am not saying that Kusal is either by the way. Watson isn't as great as everyone makes him to be. Kusal doesn't need to take watson's opening position, but take Yagnik's instead (opening pair: watson and kusal, rahane can bat down the order instead). @Majorraki, mate, u know about Kusal's batting but have u ever seen him keep or field before? He is a really good fielder and is a crazy keeper. I watched Yagnik bat and keep, there isn't much special about him so kusal should be in his spot. By the way, Kusal has already debuted for RR...

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

Although RR has won the match i think dravid did'nt pick right combination. 4 specialist fast bowlers???? when u have kooper and binny who can also bowl ...and tait nad sree are the bowler who are unpridictable for slog overs..any time they can deliver 20 odd run over...therefore i believe tait shud give way to other batsmen ..may be owais shah.

Posted by ---lasitha--- on (April 9, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

@Narbavi,Jindal Priyank,Dravid_Gravitas----- the only difference between watson and perera is you people have seen watson in the intenational arena and not seen perea yet. But we have seen our man playing and i can assure you he is one of the best, the kind that can win the match alone by himself(gayle,macculum kind technically more sound than these two) . So my iindian friends you've got to take our word simply coz you guys havent seen the guy playing and we have. Im not saying he should be played in place of watson, he surely is one of the best when it comes to t20 ,may going with 3 batters and 1bowler would be a good option

Posted by nawazs123 on (April 9, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

yusuf pathan should play at no-3 so that he can play freely.balagi should play in all d matches for kkr not sami ahmed. great show by rr.....................!!

Posted by adarsh42 on (April 9, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Good game.In this match Dravid didn't use spinner to bowl,thats very interesting and it went in the favour of RR.Morgan played a very good innings but a little bit far from the win the game for his team.His wicket was the turning point of this match.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

What a match. The best ever by Rajasthan royals. Great team effort. Get going RR

Posted by dayada on (April 9, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

I dont think RR will drop watson becoz of his reputation which lets up team's overall performances. sometimes plater like watsongive ur team confidence more than performances. same thing happen to, Mumbai indians (ponting & tendulkar) sunrise hydrabad (sangakkara) daredevils (mahela) knight riders (kallis)

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (April 9, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

@GRVJPR Gee the amount of tests played in AUS is 100 times the amount sL usually agets to play there

Posted by ladycricfan on (April 9, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

Watson was unlucky to break his bat. Fast and bouncy pitch and Rahul choosing five fast bowlers were new thinking for India. It worked wonders for RR. Hodge and Yagnik played well and helped RR score a competitive total. Total was within KKR's reach. But lots of them threw their wickets away. Morgan was lucky. Dropped once and survived an lbw. Later he found his rhythm and if he was there till the end KKR would've won. It was a poor shot by Morgan. Cooper once again won the match for RR.

Posted by Pathiyal on (April 9, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

its sad to notice Shakib al Hassan, a handy and responsible all rounder in all formats of the game kept outside. another disappointing sight is that of Gambhir himself who make us believe its the end of the world for him whenever their team fails. but thats the case with almost all captains barring gilly and ms....elevated souls?

Posted by priceless1 on (April 9, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

@GRVJPR he had a good season in Down under too

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Without Shakib, this KKR is just colorless.....! without him they are one batsman and as well as one bowler short.....!

Posted by travelsmart on (April 9, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

Yesterday's match Dravid has to be the real hero very smart team selection and the faith that he showed in the young bowlers did the trick . Watto is a true star and it's really weird to think of his replacement no kuala can match his caliber on any day he is far ahead of all these new chaps. Good work royals continue the good run... halal Bol!!!!!

Posted by sonu77 on (April 9, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

@GRVJPR : haha lol, we saw your genius fast track heroes performed amazingly well in England & Australia.0-8 haha..what a performance against moving ball...Kusal performed well every match he played in Australia recently.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (April 9, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

As expected, the so called stars who excel on flat pitches have been completely exposed on good cricket pitches. Gambhir looked all at sea against Tait and Shree(playing and missing so many times), and the likes of Tiwary, binny and Pathan, and Uthappa and Pandey and rayudu, on the other day were clueless as well. But no matter, there will always be flat tracks and these guys will hit their straps and their fawning fans and advertisers will be on board with them.

Posted by British_North_America on (April 9, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Why everyone is blaming Watson here? Did not anybody notice that his bat was broken during playing the out-shot.

Posted by Pathiyal on (April 9, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Rahul Dravid's team gives an impression that 'they mean business'. They surprised us to realise that fast and bouncy tracks are available in India. if its possible in Sawai Mansingh Stadium, why not in other stadiums as well. remember, Sunil Narine also got what he deserved from the pitch!!!! such pitches are a necessity as that is the only remedy for our lack of real pace bowlers without disturbing our spin culture.

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (April 9, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

I don't think any team can dropped Watson from a t20 xi due to his reputation,though he is in a lean patch.But I too believe Kusal Perera should not be warmed the bench considering his current form.Hope after watson starts bowling,Kusal will be a permanent member of the side. Watson, Kusal, Hodge, Cooper combination is the ideal one for RR I think.

Posted by Majorraki on (April 9, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

@trav696 :Chill out mate,I know all Srilankans are very excited about Kusal,but this is Indian Premier League not Srilankan or bangladesh premier League.Your comments on yagnik are unwarrented for,because he took a couple of outstanding catches and did quite decently with the bat too,Kusal may be a better striker but i doubt if he can take some of the catches Yagnik single handedly managed.Watson has been RRs go to man for years with bat and ball since the first IPL,he was the reason RR won the first IPL.Its impossible to even consider replacing him.With brad Hodge,Kevin Cooper and Shaun tait occupying the remaining 3 places i think Kusal might have to wait a little longer for his debut

Posted by Narbavi on (April 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

I think srilankan fans need to realize this, Watson is probably one of the best t20 players in the world, this is an indian premier league, so why do you bother about it in the first place, you blame the IPL but now come and watch it, RR doesn't need your support, they know their place and you should know yours, Kusal will get his chances in the future but for now RR will never drop Watson, as a matter of fact, no team in the world would drop Watson in t20's!!

Posted by Narbavi on (April 9, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: Dravid will still be reluctant to do too much tinkering with the likes of watson and hodge, they may be rested for a couple of games and shah will replace hodge that time, and he will rotate among cooper faulkner tait and badree or even hogg, i think its with the local players he will be making changes too by introducing baby and samson at some stage or even pravin tambe, don't mind about the lankan fans, can't take words in to consideration from people who say kusal should play instead of watto

Posted by Romenevans on (April 9, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

RR is the team to watch out. Even if they go on to lose all their match, my support for them will never go down, because they play hard and fighting cricket despite less resources. Gotta give them for the spirit they play their cricket.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (April 9, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

congrats RR. well played. Special mention & appreciation to the new WK,Dishant Yagnik. He scored some useful runs & kept really well. Never heard of such bowling combination on Indian pitches, very innovative. Kudos to the Captain for getting it right. Keep it up boyzz, U can do it. God Bless Us All. from a loyal Padmabushan Dravid fan.

Posted by Romenevans on (April 9, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

I must say RR's think tank have decoded the "slow track" strategy of KKR. They prepared a fast n grassy track that shook KKR because RR have a strong pace attack. All the other team should adopt the same strategy if they have to break KKR's doctored slow and dusty bowl pitches strategy. Way to go RR!

Posted by NP_NY on (April 9, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

It his hard not to like the Rajasthan Royals and it is extremely hard not to like Rahul Dravid. Go Royals!

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

I liked the way Sreesanth put it across "what a team effort" I get to see the RR showing the same intensity as MI in IPL 4 i guess, where they gel so well and went on a rampage. Teams could throw almost anything at them and they always had an answer for it.

The RR have their team composition planned just right and i know with Dravid leading from the front, there's a cool head on their shoulders.They are playing every ball on its merit and every team on proper strategy. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together, I just witnessed that yesterday, Go RR.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (April 9, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

I think all RR fans and Srilankan fans should go easy on Dravid. I think we all are poking our noses too much regarding final XI selection. I don't think the RR team of XI is a finished product, just yet. Dravid clearly said he is going to mix and match for some more time. If Kusal gets a chance, it's not as though he is preferred over Watson and vice-versa. If I understand Dravid properly, Dravid and RR management are still trying different combinations. SL fans/Kusal fans please pay attention to what Dravid is honestly telling us and continue to support him instead of getting upset with him or with RR. Halla Bol Halla Bol......

Posted by Jinasoma on (April 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

dropped kusal?RR made big mistake.watson now out of form.rahul has 110+ strike rate.rahane is slow starter.and kusal is fearless opener.bring back kusal as soon as RR can.thanx...

Posted by Narbavi on (April 9, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

@Randika Sanjeewa : You think Matthews isn't a good t20 player? lol, an apt no.6 batsman and bowls useful seam up, and regarding Watson, he has been RR's main man over the years and you call him woefully out of form with his test performances? Seriously you should know by now that test cricket and t20 cricket is different

Posted by jimbond on (April 9, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

I think Watson was not fully fit, and would only have bowled if a few of the bowlers would have really got hit (even here Stuart Binnie would have been the first trial bowling option). Still given what Watson is capable of and has proven in 20-20, I would be tempted to play a half fit Watson in every game. Hodge too is an automatic selection, as is Cooper. On surfaces that are not too slow, they should play Tait. Leaving out Perera is not really harming them much because Yagnik (and Sanju Samson) are good replacements. On some pitches, I do hope that they play Faulkner for Tait, because that will strengthen the batting which is a bit thin now. They got lucky with Shukla here, but on other pitches he may have to be dropped to make way for a spinner(Chavan or Chandila).

Posted by GRVJPR on (April 9, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

Reasin why Rajasthan Royals always compete is because their team management believe in local talent and give them opportunity to do their stuff, which is unlike many other teams who just ignore locals and praise the overrated foreigners. These are Indian conditions and local talent must be respected. Kallis found out yesterday that Kaushik is good enough to out pace him, even if it is T-20.

Posted by trav696 on (April 9, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

RR must be absolutely insane to drop Kusal Perera from the team. They may have won the match, but players like Dishant Yagnik cannot compare to Kusal keeping wise or batting wise for that matter. Watson is really quite over-rated and Kusal can outplay him on most days. He is an energetic fielder, freak keeper and explosive batman... and they drop him from the team. The only reason they should replace Kusal would be if he has an injury and that should be is RR's only excuse.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Why nobody speaks about cooper. He has the best bowling figure in this match. Even this article totally forgot him.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

Performance of RR was excellent. Captain and all players should be given full credit. The only change I think RR should do is to replace out of form Watson with Shah who is a clean hitter of the ball.

Posted by Top-Spinner on (April 9, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

DrVivekPS, what do you mean by " Dravid has improved a lot in his captaincy"? He was always good and has a better record as a captain than the media darlings Dhoni or Gangs. Dravid is an intellectual and doesn't beat his drum like the others. For that matter, I must admit Dhoni doesn't beat his drum either.

Posted by Lakpj on (April 8, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

There is some serious concern over the form of Watson. he was awesome during last year's T20 WC in SL. but injuries and off the field incidents have completely distracted him. and it seems that it may take some time for him to get back to his old self again. more than RR Australia need him to be in good shape before the England tour as he is the only top class player in that Aus team other than Clarke. If Watson continuously fails to deliver, I think it is better if RR give the chance Perera.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (April 8, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

Come on Srilankan mates, we (RR) need your support. Don't be so disheartened at the non-inclusion of Perera. I can understand how upset some of you are at his non-inclusion. He is a wonderful player and so is Watson. And Dravid did let it known that he'll mix and match and see how it turns out. It's not a case where Watson was preferred over Perera. Dravid, as he said, is trying his combinations. So, take it easy. Don't grudge these selections so much, so soon. Perera has my complete support. Dravid also has my unflinching support. RR too has my total support. Halla Bol Halla Bol.....

Posted by santhoo24 on (April 8, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

going by the comments, one thing is for sure. If every fan has the authority to make a team very few players would make it to the team. Had the team won the match (KKR in this case), all the blunders would've been committed by Dravid, which luckily is not the case. Regarding Watson's selection, I would give him some more time before judging how good/bad he is. He is coming from an injury for heaven's sake.

Posted by womenlovecricket on (April 8, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

I am soo glad the KKR lost. KKR are the most hyped team on IPL and they are nothing without Narine. Let's see if they will actually ever play a game without Narine and also win it. KKR don't even deserve to be defending champions because they don't play as a team, relies heavily on one bowler and has a selfish player as a captain. I don't think they will even make it to the group stages this season never mind the finals.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

KKR's blunder mistake, winning the toss and electing to field when they arent confident of chasing such a low total. There wasnt any dew on the pitch initially and its quite a surprise Gambhir electing to bowl first. KKR with a such a handy bowling line up would have batted first.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 8, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Once again the seeming underdogs outshine their opponents. The KKR supporters need to realize that their team is over hyped and only good when they play in the Eden Gardens. Outside their comfort zones, they are found wanting once again. They will face the music even more from now on and won't make it to the top 4 unless their batsmen can score quickly against top quality bowling. Well done RR.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 8, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank ; Only a few teams like RBC has openers who can give rapid start. Teams like Sunrisers are struggling to get such an explosive start due lack of the players of that caliber. RR have the perfect man, Perera, to do the job. They have to use him rather than making him sit out. Today it hadn't been for Hodge, RR would have lost big time coz openers didn't do their job. Perera is someone who can start clearing boundaries from the get go coz he is one of a kind. If They wanna play Watson , he can bat at no. 4. But Watson is no longer that destructive opener. They should play Perera instead of Tait or the person who replaces him.

Posted by loveipl on (April 8, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Just couple of bad matches and u guys started to question Bisla ?? Forgot the blinder and match winning innings he played in last year final ? KKR would have been down and out and not IPL 5 champions without that knock. Few more games and I am sure Bisla will start contributing. But not sure about Pathan though because I believe he didn't do anything significant ever since joining KKR.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

@ Baseball-Sucks

Somewhat agree with you. But Watson has done so much for RR that without checking fully whether he is in good shape/ form or not, its not worth dropping him straight away. I'm not sure if he is fully fit, he was seen bowling in nets though. Although today he was not needed, but it would be interesting to see how his body reacts when he bowls. It is worth giving him at least 2-3 matches as he is a match winner both with bat and ball. And you might have seen Yagnik keeping/ batting. He looks Brilliant in both the departments ! So until Watson proves that he indeed is out of form/ shape, Perera will not get chance.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (April 8, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Trivedi is one of the most under rated bowler. When we let Vinay Kumar and all Kumars play it would be good to try him out in twenty or one dayers

Posted by cric_gates on (April 8, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Congrats RR!! KKR team management must drop Yusuf as he is taking $2.1 million for doing nothing.KKR did some blunder today while batting: 1. Bisla flops again 2. 3 wickets down then also captain Gambhir threw his wicket. 3. Yusuf flops 4. shukla Flops 5. Bhatia and Lee caught on boundry

If they cant drop Yusuf then they must play him as an opener or 1st down.He never clicked under pressure. And where id Debabrata Das?

Posted by DrVivekPS on (April 8, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Now Wat a performance from Rajasthan Royals!!!! Full credit goes to the RR team management in picking 5 fast bowlers for the surface... Almost everyone including me was stunned @ the decision to go in with 5 pacers...But the team proved all of us wrong by the terrific performance... To me the game changer was that over from Shukla in which he picked 2 wickets, that of Bisla n Kallis ....Suddenly every one felt like we r in with a chance....And great that they cud maintain that tempo throughout..... It will be crime not to mention Hodges innings....He is turning out to be a perfect finisher for the Royals..(Still its early days , I know !!) Dravid has improved a lot in his captaincy ..Its evident in his rotation of bowlers..

Yeah RR seems to have a thin batting line up..but come on even that batting line up proved to be enough against a formidable batting side like KKR which is said to be the next to perfect team...

So wat that matters is performance n not packing ur team wth batters!

Posted by EdGreen on (April 8, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Got to agree with BRUTALANALYST - Morgan was absolutely plumb - only doubt was middle + leg or flush on leg stump - can't see how any umpire can not give that.

Great bowling performance from the Royals - has to be good for cricket that there's a surface like this in India too.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 8, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Oh! No today he missed once again. Cooper u beuty! U r my MoM 2 time in a row. Hv u not taken the wicket of Morgan than KkR can win surely.. I m happy Dravid & Coach staff is doing a gr8 work. I always want to see Tait a real fast bowler bowling. B Hodge is one of the best brilliant t20 player. All the best RR for upcoming matches..

Posted by Lovetesh on (April 8, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

Very good strategy to prepare a fast pace track by RR. They gambled and win the jackpot. Preparing a slow track is what KKR is doing at Eden Gardens and would have suited them more. Other team should take a clue out of RR strategy and prepare fast and bouncy tracks for KKR. KXIP and RCB should surely do that as Mohali and Bangalore are traditionally the faster pitches in India.

KKR should scrutinize the place of Y. Pathan, M. Bisla and L. Shukla closely. They have good overseas players, good captain, it's just the other local Indian players failing to perform.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

I think what really made kkr not win runs was sending shami before narine. narine has alot more batting experience and he would have been a perfect partner for morgan. Nontheless, rajistan bowling attack outplayed kolkata. This bowling is now a force to be reckoned with.Í hope they perform like this against the rest of the big teams like csk etc.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (April 8, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

First of all, egg on my face. I kept saying drop Trivedi and he is now the MOM. Congrats to him. Congrats RR. What a great win! Go RR go. Go Dravid go. Halla Bol Halla Bol.....

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 8, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

What is Watson doing in the playing XI ?? He is out of form n out of shape. So he simply doesn't know how to bat any more. Yet he is opening the innings instead of in-form Kusal Perera who is a wicket keeper too. Obviously Watson is not bowling coz he is too fragile to bowl 4 overs. So Is he an expensive fielder ?? He wasted first over completely and got out in the second over after wasting valuable 8 balls of the power play.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 8, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

I have to say this is the first year I've wanted to watch every game for sure due to the mix of top class overseas and Indian stars packed throughout each team, it's also been the most exciting start to a season and most impressively the veterans of the game like Hodge and Dravid have put out some of the best performances not just with the bat but in the field (Hodge v DD) what a fantastic tournament !

Posted by Rupchicks on (April 8, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

I'm dropping Bisla from my fantasy team ! I hope SRK does too and he is lucky that he does not have any limit on changes so he can add yusuf to that list !

Posted by Surajdon9 on (April 8, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Yousuf Pathan has this amazing ability of carrying one IPL's form into the next.He did exactly here what he did in 2012..Great Pace bowling BY Royal Pacer.....Congrats rahul n co.I think Cooper will rock....

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

What a match !!!!Decisive win in the end for RR, Yagnik's hammering of Narine was according to me the best over of the match.... As for KKR,they reallly need to let Yusuf Pathan go and maybe bring in some young hungry guns for experience.... Loved this match !!!

Posted by bumsonseats on (April 8, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

ok having good batters but nobody could stick with morgan end off

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 8, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Great game to be fair it should of been killed a lot earlier as Sree had Morgan plumb lbw before he had double figures, but he took his second life and produced a great innings just falling at the last hurdle to the Ice cool variations of Kevon Cooper !

Posted by adam02 on (April 8, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

No sakib al hasan no middle order bowling/batting stability for kkr .

Posted by TUPZ on (April 8, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

whatever may be the outcome of this particular match it is high time that KKR management should drop both BISLA & PATHAN which I guess will be of no use to KKR`s progress in the season. Also close eye to be kept over tiwary and shukla.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

@Narbavi: Never said he should be dropped. Stop being so defensive. A more attacking player is needed in the top order for the team. Watson has been out of form for a long time now. Yet you even defend him? Selection should be based on current performance, nothing more nothing less. That 'new' guy actually plays more exciting cricket than many around. This has nothing to do with nationality. If it makes you feel any less paranoid I will say Matthews is not suited for this format as well.

Good thing Hodge played so well. Such a great player, very exciting to watch. KKR is imploding too lol

Posted by Narbavi on (April 8, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

@Randika Sanjeewa: No problem, We all saw what Dravid did last game, he doesn't need your appreciation and on top of it, he is an indian player not an overseas player, he is their leader too!!

Posted by Narbavi on (April 8, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

lol, srilankan fans are the only ones in the entire world who would say that kusal is better than watson, short memory i guess, leave the world t20 player of the tournament out for this new guy!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 8, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

RR batting looks so thin now. Cooper batting No.6 shows how weak their batting is. Not sure whats the need of picking two overseas fast bowlers in the team. Dont forget watson also can provide some seam up options. Either one of kushal or shah should brought into the team in place of Tait.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 8, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

@Narbavi ; wow.. what a performance from your Watson. I'm speechless. lol I told you. Watson is out of form n out of shape. But you are still talking about something which happened 6 years ago. Watson wasted 8 balls. Kusal Perera is the present n future. Watson belongs to the past now.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Not playing Perera? Big Mistake. Why rest one of the best attacking batsman you have? Now the team is struggling to get to 130-140 range.

@Narbavi: Dravid and Watson were pretty much useless.

Posted by Narbavi on (April 8, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

@Mihil Ranathunga: Teams would die to pick the world t20's player of the tournament in the team, that's what RR did, you lost interest because kusal was dropped

Posted by Narbavi on (April 8, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

@Samuditha Handapangoda: Dravid Rahane and Watson need to bat in the top 3, so no spot for Kusal as the experience of Hodge is vital in the middle order

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Watson is out of form. Perhaps royals are experimenting. Lost the interest for the match.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

drop kushal perera? he is the best opener for watson

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

No Spinner for RR??? Strange!!!!!!!!! And No Sachin Baby yet!!!!

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