Kolkata v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 13, 2013

Will Sunrisers continue to surprise?

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Match facts

April 14, 2013
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Sunrisers Hyderabad have been the surprise team of the tournament so far. Widely expected to be one of the whipping boys, they have begun with three wins out of four matches, mainly due to their exceptional bowling spearheaded by the best bowler in the world, Dale Steyn. The batting is clearly the weaker link in the side, but with the bowlers limiting the opposition to smallish totals in most games so far, that chink hasn't been exploited much yet. On Friday, the bowlers chipped in with the bat as well, as Amit Mishra and Steyn kept their head to successfully complete a tense chase.

While a share of the top spot will be a huge boost for the Sunrisers, there is still a long way to go in the tournament. Last season's cellar-dwellers, Pune Warriors, also began with three wins in their first four matches, but soon after they embarked on a 11-match losing streak which they only snapped earlier this week.

While the West Indies captain, allrounder Darren Sammy, is flying in for Sunrisers, whether he'll be ready in time for this game is uncertain. Sammy had missed the start of the tournament for the birth of his child. He tweeted in the early hours of Sunday that he was on his way: "Two more flights to @SunRisers. #IPL6 soon begin for me.. Can't wait."

Sunrisers are up against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, who have made an indifferent start. They began well enough, with their trump card Sunil Narine bamboozling Delhi Daredevils, but were then undone on a pacy pitch in Jaipur. They could do little to change the result in their third match as Chris Gayle, as he has so many times at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, led a demolition job.

With opener Manvinder Bisla getting single-digit scores in each of the three matches so far, Knight Riders will be toying with the idea of bringing in Brendon McCullum at the top of the order, perhaps in place of England batsman Eoin Morgan.

Players to watch

Thisara Perera is the only game-changing overseas allrounder currently with the Sunrisers, and vital to the balance of the side. Capable of bowling a full quota of overs, and providing some much-needed humpty towards the end of the innings, Perera has a big role to play. He will want to make amends after holing out taking on the man at long-on when he was the only recognised batsman in the middle and with a run-a-ball needed in a tight chase against Daredevils.

L Balaji was one of the outstanding bowlers for Knight Riders in the previous season. "Bala is the unsung hero, he's been brilliant all through," Gautam Gambhir had said after last year's final, saying that they won the title for Balaji. Narine may have hogged the headlines through the tournament, but Balaji's miserly economy-rate of 5.40 was also critical to Knight Riders' campaign. They will want him to replicate that form as they look to get their season back on track.

Stats and trivia

  • Narine might only be starting his second season for Knight Riders, but he's already the franchise's highest wicket-taker with 36.
  • Yusuf Pathan scored at a strike-rate of 161.24 for Rajasthan Royals, but his scoring-rate with Knight Riders is only 125.85.
  • Steyn has not only taken plenty of wickets this season, he has been extremely difficult to score off as well. His economy-rate of 4.73 is best of the tournament (min five overs).

Quotes

"Throughout the IPL I will pick his brain and see what I can get off from him."
Dale Steyn wants to learn as much as he can from Pakistan great Waqar Younis during the IPL

"Lots of games are at home, the next game is at home and hopefully we can turn it around as we did last time around."
Gautam Gambhir, Knight Riders captain

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    The way the KKR has started the match,, I guess KKR is gonna win it with a good margin.. (Unless if Mr. great Sanga plays blazing innings and stops KKR winning) Good, KKR can improve net run rate.

  • Crickey_is_LIFE on April 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Read my post again... he has scored the most runs, and his strike rate is only 4 short of what white has! i know he is not performing to his potential or expectations... but he is right up their with the best 3 batters in the team... next to thisara perera tying with white!if you drop him you'd have to replace him instead of someone lesser?? ready to compromise his captaincy input for it>??? i dont think so!

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Ya. Mr. Sanga is realy great,, but ask him to perform well na.. only captaincy will not work dear..

  • shashikumar.d.27 on April 14, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    intresting match to look out for b/w KKR vs SRH the trumph cards for the both teams is their bowling.it will be an intresting contest b/w Narine and Dale Steyn the match result will depend on this guns.picking wkts will do it .who will be going to pick up the wkts .is that going to be the fast and full and swinging Dale steyn or is that going to be the mistery and variations of good off spin of Narine lat's what out this soon from 4pm........

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @Crickey_is_LIFE: Mr. Sanga who comes at 1st down may not be a orange cap holder but at least he should be in top 10 right?? you also accept that.. and you cannot compare with Parera or White who comes in the last 5 overs most of the time. Sanga is not at all doing justice to the team as a batsmen. Only with his captaincy ability he will be a burden on the team. How can he ask his co-players to get runs when himself is not getting runs? He loose his control on players soon if he continues like that... A captain should be a like a Dhoni.. or at least Virat... or like a Dravid,, or Gambir or Jayawedhane.. who performs and ask others to perform..

  • on April 14, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    pls chance this team

    gambhir.kalis,das,macullam,tiwari,morgan, yusuf,rajat ,shami,balaji,narine kkr win this team pls chance shami.kkr manager

  • ThilankaK on April 14, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Hey guys, what diid you know about sanga ??? With his experience he transformed the worst team in ipl into the most dangerous team around. In last match sunil gavaskar said srh not given local bating talent such as dhoni got raina,jadeja,murali vije,badrinath / ponting got karthik,rohit,raindu,sachin and who told sanga is in out of form last match he was the highest scorer. Look @ his bowling changes like pune match stayn given 18th over mathews was in non striker , reddy has to ball last over but not needed, look at last match for viru he placed white in 4th slip position, did you know he is without one bowler, my team is 1.perera 2.reddy 3.sanga 4.vihari 5.parthew 6.sammy 7.ravi teja 8.ashish reddy 9.mishra 10.stayn 11.sharma ( i believe perera should open with field restriction )

  • ramonster on April 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Sunrises should bring in spammy for white when he arrives. He can bowl wel and thump the ball hard when he needs to. He provides a good all round performance and add more balance and consistency than an inconsistent white.

  • on April 14, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    can we know when will SHIKAR DHAWAN be back? Coz his presence will increase the strength of SRH a lot

  • on April 14, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Come on Sun Risers Plz Plz Plz Giv the Young And Dashing W/K Batsman Quinton DeKock a chance...am sure he wil be as asset to ur team..

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    The way the KKR has started the match,, I guess KKR is gonna win it with a good margin.. (Unless if Mr. great Sanga plays blazing innings and stops KKR winning) Good, KKR can improve net run rate.

  • Crickey_is_LIFE on April 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Read my post again... he has scored the most runs, and his strike rate is only 4 short of what white has! i know he is not performing to his potential or expectations... but he is right up their with the best 3 batters in the team... next to thisara perera tying with white!if you drop him you'd have to replace him instead of someone lesser?? ready to compromise his captaincy input for it>??? i dont think so!

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Ya. Mr. Sanga is realy great,, but ask him to perform well na.. only captaincy will not work dear..

  • shashikumar.d.27 on April 14, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    intresting match to look out for b/w KKR vs SRH the trumph cards for the both teams is their bowling.it will be an intresting contest b/w Narine and Dale Steyn the match result will depend on this guns.picking wkts will do it .who will be going to pick up the wkts .is that going to be the fast and full and swinging Dale steyn or is that going to be the mistery and variations of good off spin of Narine lat's what out this soon from 4pm........

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @Crickey_is_LIFE: Mr. Sanga who comes at 1st down may not be a orange cap holder but at least he should be in top 10 right?? you also accept that.. and you cannot compare with Parera or White who comes in the last 5 overs most of the time. Sanga is not at all doing justice to the team as a batsmen. Only with his captaincy ability he will be a burden on the team. How can he ask his co-players to get runs when himself is not getting runs? He loose his control on players soon if he continues like that... A captain should be a like a Dhoni.. or at least Virat... or like a Dravid,, or Gambir or Jayawedhane.. who performs and ask others to perform..

  • on April 14, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    pls chance this team

    gambhir.kalis,das,macullam,tiwari,morgan, yusuf,rajat ,shami,balaji,narine kkr win this team pls chance shami.kkr manager

  • ThilankaK on April 14, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Hey guys, what diid you know about sanga ??? With his experience he transformed the worst team in ipl into the most dangerous team around. In last match sunil gavaskar said srh not given local bating talent such as dhoni got raina,jadeja,murali vije,badrinath / ponting got karthik,rohit,raindu,sachin and who told sanga is in out of form last match he was the highest scorer. Look @ his bowling changes like pune match stayn given 18th over mathews was in non striker , reddy has to ball last over but not needed, look at last match for viru he placed white in 4th slip position, did you know he is without one bowler, my team is 1.perera 2.reddy 3.sanga 4.vihari 5.parthew 6.sammy 7.ravi teja 8.ashish reddy 9.mishra 10.stayn 11.sharma ( i believe perera should open with field restriction )

  • ramonster on April 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Sunrises should bring in spammy for white when he arrives. He can bowl wel and thump the ball hard when he needs to. He provides a good all round performance and add more balance and consistency than an inconsistent white.

  • on April 14, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    can we know when will SHIKAR DHAWAN be back? Coz his presence will increase the strength of SRH a lot

  • on April 14, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Come on Sun Risers Plz Plz Plz Giv the Young And Dashing W/K Batsman Quinton DeKock a chance...am sure he wil be as asset to ur team..

  • kevepere on April 14, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    If White should be replaced by Sammy then... Do you think Sammy is a better player of spin? Blame SRH management as Sunil Gavaskar said . no top indian talent in the team

  • Crickey_is_LIFE on April 14, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    For all those Sanga bashers saying he's not this, not that! check the stats of this years IPL! he's the highest run scorer for the sunrisers... and his strike rate is only marginally lower than what White has achieved! Though his stats are not great by itself, if you compare with the rest of the team... Almost all the other batters should step down before sanga is omitted! and besides, he makes up for the low scoring by captaining the team Marvelously, Winning games just by his captaincy!

  • naveen24 on April 14, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    MY XI for SRH for todays match 1. S Dhawan 2. PA Patel† 3.KC Sangakkara* 4. CL White 5.NLTC Perera 6.GH Vihari 7.I Sharma 8. DW Steyn 9. A Mishra 10. Ankit Sharma 11. Anand Rajan. Shekar Dhawan has to play ..mentioned earlier he will not available for first four ..n here we go this is fifth match for SRH

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 14, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    SRH needs to strengthen their batting. They should drop Sangakkara, Steyn and pick De Kock and Nathan McCullum. Steyn is a great bowler but on the slow wicket at Eden Gardens, he wouldnt be effective. Sanga is not a T20 batsman.

  • on April 14, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    sunrise make feel 100 runs as 200 runs while chasing and defending

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @SL_legacy: Every one knows that the 3 matches which we won are because of bowlers and not because of batsmen. Every time luck will not be with us for having same pitches, and we need to improve batting strength and every one accept this truth. You would want to keep De Kock for jaipur,bangalore,mohali pitches??,, that is perfectly fine but with whom you replace? White? he already won a match for us in Super over, and played really well in Banglore, and last year he produced many match winning knocks, and like other teams we have White who can hit the ball hard in slog overs. You cannot replace Parera because he is a perfect all rounder, he is producing results with bat and ball, and You never want to replace him with Dale Stayn as well. So left is Mr. Sanga * OUT OF FORM*. keep my words that like Kings XI panjab, Sun Raisers also through him out soon. before its late,, I request management to replace Sanga with De Kock or Duminy Or Sammy..

  • on April 14, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    cme on brendon mcculm.... we want u..

  • on April 14, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    my SRH XI (1.Pathiv2. De kock 3.Sanga 4. Reddy 5.Vihari 6 . Perera 7. Mishra 8. dale 9.ishath 10. ankit 11.prasanth.

    its on kalkata . slow wicket and low scoring match.

  • class9ryan on April 14, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan is been thoroughly missed in the Sun Risers unit. They have wonderfully well to clinch 3 victories . Good job SRH. Today Sangakkara holds the key for SRH, becoz hes the best player of spin in their team alongside Parthiv. They will have to play very well to beat the KKR side starring Narine.

  • SamAsh07 on April 14, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Sangakkara, Ponting and Mathews are wasting a precious slot for each of their respective teams. SRH should be led by White, MI by Karthik/Sharma and PWI should be led by Taylor

  • Ravi-Sunny on April 14, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    SRH need to change the batting combinations. Sanga should drop himself and give a chance to De Kock. Even Nathan Mc cullum is available. C'mon SRH.. you gotta show your batting strengths !! When 115 was looking difficult, it will be next to impossible to chase 140+ scores !!

  • on April 14, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    We need a great innings from you Sanga and thisara as well. No other cricket for us to see when our best players are in the ipl. Play well, and give us something to watch..

  • priceless1 on April 14, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Cant Sunrisers find better talented local batsmen to the team ? there is so much pressure for the overseas players because local players ( specially batsmen) aren't doing any thing most of the time

  • sweet2hrme on April 14, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Yes, SHR is a surprised team so far. If u ask whom attack is best in the tournament ??? Its Mubai or Chenai or Kkr - no its not ! Its SHR !! Styene n Inshant two dangerous combination hardly give any runs in powerplay and than Mishra's spin makes batting in more difficult. If they can take Gambir early than YES they can very much surprise Kkr..!!

  • rocket_rocket on April 14, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    i beg to differ ..SRH need not change its team ,it won 3 out of 4 with this team so no tinkering with the team composition...the only thing they need to do is shuffle the batting positions...sanga must open...parthiv 1 down..followed by white ,perera ,vihari etc...if sanga fires and is thre for around 12 to 15 overs its game on for sunrisers....

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 14, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy Sanga is not a t20 batsmen. LOL strike rate of 126.00 is not good enough with you? Plus sanga is the most technically versaile batsmen, on this slow track he will be important with his experience, de Kock scored most of runs in the bouncy pitches in SA against mostly quickies, i am sure he will struggle on a slow and low pitch in india. You want a young batsmen to face Narine, let alone not playing a lot against the indian club spinners?. I would keep him for the jaipur,bangalore,mohali games where pitches assist pacers. Whatever sanga did we still won right? You think white or anybody would utilize steyn properly? He transformed the worst team in IPL into the most dangerous team around

  • Tendoschate on April 14, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Compare to Sammy White seems to be a good performer. But SRH unable to utilize him to the extent.

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Playing XI for SRH should be 1) A Reddy 2)Parthav 3)De Kock 4) White (Capt) 5) JPDumini/Sammy 6) Parera 7) Vihari 8) Ashish Reddy 9) Dale Stayn 10) Mishra 11) Ishant Sharma. Unfortunately Sanga has to give up as he is out of form.

  • Nadeem.farukhi on April 14, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    KKR Best Team > B McCullum,G Gambhir,J kallis,Y Pathan,E Morgan,M Tiwary,D Das,R Bhatia,S Nirine,L Balaji,Shami Ahmad. Thats is perfect team .

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    I can understand that you are a big fan of Sanga. But the truth is he is not a good T20 batsmen. U can see his stats with Kings XI and last year with Deccan Charges. Except with Pune Warriors, his scores not even crossed 15 runs in every match. most of then are below 10 runs. and coming to Dale Stayn's bowling, in last match, he has given him 11 or 12th over i guess, Its better to keep him for death overs. White is a better player than him and keeping De Kock, Duminy, Sammy is a stupid thing when some one is out of form.

  • on April 14, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Team combination for kkr 1gambhir 2 mcllum 3 bisla 4 pathan 5 morgan 6 tiwary 7bhatia 8 mcleran 9 narine 10 balaji 11 iqbal abdulla......

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 14, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Nampally ; You wanna replace Perera, the most valuable player in SRH ? lol He is the best thing happened to SRH along with Sanga n Steyn. He has taken same no. of wickets as Steyn n Sharma n let alone what he has done with the bat.

  • Nadeem.farukhi on April 14, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Drop bisla for B McCullum and pick shami ahemad,no dear for second forenar pace bowler kkr batting side is too week.

  • on April 14, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Bringing in Quinton de Kock in for White, and ravi teja in for Parthiv patel, will do it. Since sanga isnt in his form, he should open wid reddy,and kock should play 1 down, if this happens SRH will be the team to beat. Though Sanga is not in form, He is in the team because of his great captaincy, i dont think anyone in this team can captain like Sanga, he has experience,So sanga should be in the team.

  • Slesh on April 14, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    SRH please for god sake do some changes in your bating line up and try to make some big runs in the first 6 overs.the way it has gone you guys will never achive a target over 185.um quit ok with the 4 foreign players that they used so far unless white fails in next 2 games this combination should be very good.please Sanga you got to open the innings with Akshath until Dhawan arrives.as stats shows looks like Karan sharma is a good middle order batsmen.so this should be the line up. 1.Akshath 2.Sanga 3.White 4.Patel 5.Thisra 6.K Sharma 7.A Reddy 8.Mishra 9.Steyn 10.Ishant 11.Veer Pratap Go Sun Rises!!!

  • StevieS on April 14, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    No not instead of Morgan, drop Bisla for a local bowling allrounder and bring in McCullum for Kallis.

  • on April 14, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    All the talented bunch of AndhraPradesh players are with other teams, Rayudu, Suman,venugopal rao, and the current players are not bad either, they just need time, may be from todays match we will be talking that Sunrisers are having a great bunch on local players.

  • on April 14, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    I support SRH but same tme pray for Nairne cos he is the captain of my fantashy team..

  • on April 14, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    plz give a chance to quinton de kock

  • on April 14, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Thank you Mr.Gamber for sent Mr. Yousuf pathan at no 4 which he play very well and perform excellent , now give a chance as opener or no 3 position

  • SL_legacy on April 14, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy mate Sanga cannot help it when the team management has blindly bought mediocre Indian players. He has done really well to lead the team to a winning position though his own performance was a mess... I don't think Sammy or White will match Sanga's quality in captaining. Look at Dale's figures this season and talk if u think he is miss used. and talking about Sanga's performances in T20s, please have a look at his batting when he played for KXI... I think captaining a very low talented Indian bunch is not allowing him to come into his own but he has done exceptionally well thus far... I back Sanga for what he is doing now not just as a SL fan but as a great fan of cricket... Go SRH

  • on April 14, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    @SRH , We have to focus on our batting guys , we're now against one of the best bowling team..Brett Lee, Narine , Balaji , kallis ..Once we show a good batting performance , KKR will be nowhere

  • Htc-Android on April 14, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Sunrisers need only one guy to perform thats perera. If he scores a quick 40 then that will seal the game for sunrisers.

  • on April 14, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    C'mon Sanga !! giva chance to Quinton , have a look at his form for the Highveld Lions so that we can form a better XI in the final phase of the tournament

  • Waqar_kool on April 14, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Is Brendon McCullum is playing today ?

  • Nig_18 on April 14, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    mccullum should play he shud not be wasted...

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 14, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    The truth is SRH lack good indian batsmen,and they don't have any backup options either. ALl they have is mediocre club indian batsmen barring dhawan. Sanga is their best batsmen and he hasn't clicked yet but its better to click at the right time than earlier in the tournament when the big boys are going mayhem.

    Hope to see a sanga storm today!!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 14, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    If SRH's batting clicks today then its game over for KKR. Remember its a very slow turner with KKR's glut of spinners. Sanga must play given his experience and he must open.

  • on April 14, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    I think Sanga And White should give way to Qunton and NL McCullum jsut to see where we are so that we can make more informed decisions in later phases

  • on April 14, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    @missionman Sammy has to sit on the bench even if he arrived. So soon or later no interest.

  • Sri chakra on April 14, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    I will be glad to see quinton on the field, so much of young talent

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 14, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    If SRH should continue winning, then Mr. Sanga has to be replaced with Darren Sammy, or De kock. Darren is a good all-rounder, and 5th bowling option will be full filled for SRH. Dale, Ishant, Darren Sammy, Mishra, Parera is a terrific and verity combination. Sangakkara has not played at least a single match winning knock even last year and this year too. He is a completely test batsmen. I never remember Sanga knocking a good quick 50 in t20. He is failing to user Dale Stayn's 2nd spell well. Darren Sammy or White should captain SRH. And as like Sunny said, SRH should take good local players or Laxman is a far better option than these local players who are playing now. Shikhar Dhavan should join the team as early possible then we can count on SRH.

  • dimitri1234 on April 14, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Got to get Bmac in and keeping wicketsr. Bmac ,GG ,Kallis ,Manoj ,Yusuf , Debrata , Rajat , Senanyke/Mclaren /Lee , Balaji , Shami , Narine

  • on April 14, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    You've got to love Dale Steyn. Already the greatest bowler of his generation and with similar Test figures as Waqar had at the same stage in his career (if not better), yet he's still looking for pointers to improve from the Pakistani legend. His relentless quest for perfection is impressive. My favorite player in world cricket, bar none.

  • on April 13, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    why didnt brett Lee play last match, does anybody know? Might he play tomorrow?

  • on April 13, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Sunrisers, play Quinton de Kock. He will bring to your batting what Steyn brings to your bowling.

  • Nampally on April 13, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Sun Risers foreign players did worse than the local players. Only Steyn has shown the Steyn status. Perera & white both got out to irresponsibly rank bad shots to say the least. Sun Risers are missing their ace batsman in Dhawan. In his absence the Foreign players like Sanga are expected to lead the way. Fortunately local lads like Vihari & A.Reddy are coming to the rescue with modest but useful contributions. Why not replace Perera with another all rounder like Duminy or Sammy or others. SR's batting is very weak & needs to improve vastly if they are to continue their winning run. KKR has batting stars in Kallis & Gambhir. They also have Narine & Lee in bowling. Their batting failure is mainly due to Kallis not performing. But sooner or later he will score big. SRH hope it won't be against them. On paper KKR is a much superior team than SRH. In order for SRH to put up a competitive total, the batsmen White , Sanga & Perera (or alternate) have to score big. KKR start as favourites!

  • riseupSRH on April 13, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Sunrisers need to take things seriously if they are wiling to make it to the knockouts. They need to up the tempo. Get in the inform batsman Quinton de Kock!! let him open the innings. If they dont think its worth taking the risk, then Sanga must open the innings along with Ashish Reddy. Ashish Reddy is a good attacking batsman but his skill is being wasted at number7. get him to open the innings and permit him to go after the bowling from the word go. Sanga need to play his natural game and if Darren Sammy arrives before the match, for goodness sake give him his jersey and throw him on the field (in place of White, ofc)

  • fah4 on April 13, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Hope KKR gets back on track with this game they should bring Iqbal Abdullah for Pradeep Sangwan and they mustn't change Eion Morgan as he is playing well.They can bring Baz in place of McLaren who gave 34 runs in 3 overs he bowl. Pathan should be used as a bowler also.

  • SurlyCynic on April 13, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    I think it's clear that KKR will come last in this year's IPL.

    SH need to improve their top order. Bring De Kock in for White and let him open and keep wicket. Then they can bring a better Indian batsman in for Patel who is a weak batsman.

  • on April 13, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Hydbaadi 's are favts ...

  • Aryaparis on April 13, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Come on SRH... prove to the world that KKR won last year due to luck

  • Chirayu2404 on April 13, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    I wish KKR wins this one!! Can't see this side loose any more. Bring on Senanayke and Narine together and let them bamboozle th Sh batting line up together.

    And plz dunn waste Ryan Ten Doschete!!

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    well fingers crossed srh !!!! will be glad to see quinton playing for white

  • missionman on April 13, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    When will Darren Sammy arrive?

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  • missionman on April 13, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    When will Darren Sammy arrive?

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    well fingers crossed srh !!!! will be glad to see quinton playing for white

  • Chirayu2404 on April 13, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    I wish KKR wins this one!! Can't see this side loose any more. Bring on Senanayke and Narine together and let them bamboozle th Sh batting line up together.

    And plz dunn waste Ryan Ten Doschete!!

  • Aryaparis on April 13, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Come on SRH... prove to the world that KKR won last year due to luck

  • on April 13, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Hydbaadi 's are favts ...

  • SurlyCynic on April 13, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    I think it's clear that KKR will come last in this year's IPL.

    SH need to improve their top order. Bring De Kock in for White and let him open and keep wicket. Then they can bring a better Indian batsman in for Patel who is a weak batsman.

  • fah4 on April 13, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Hope KKR gets back on track with this game they should bring Iqbal Abdullah for Pradeep Sangwan and they mustn't change Eion Morgan as he is playing well.They can bring Baz in place of McLaren who gave 34 runs in 3 overs he bowl. Pathan should be used as a bowler also.

  • riseupSRH on April 13, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Sunrisers need to take things seriously if they are wiling to make it to the knockouts. They need to up the tempo. Get in the inform batsman Quinton de Kock!! let him open the innings. If they dont think its worth taking the risk, then Sanga must open the innings along with Ashish Reddy. Ashish Reddy is a good attacking batsman but his skill is being wasted at number7. get him to open the innings and permit him to go after the bowling from the word go. Sanga need to play his natural game and if Darren Sammy arrives before the match, for goodness sake give him his jersey and throw him on the field (in place of White, ofc)

  • Nampally on April 13, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Sun Risers foreign players did worse than the local players. Only Steyn has shown the Steyn status. Perera & white both got out to irresponsibly rank bad shots to say the least. Sun Risers are missing their ace batsman in Dhawan. In his absence the Foreign players like Sanga are expected to lead the way. Fortunately local lads like Vihari & A.Reddy are coming to the rescue with modest but useful contributions. Why not replace Perera with another all rounder like Duminy or Sammy or others. SR's batting is very weak & needs to improve vastly if they are to continue their winning run. KKR has batting stars in Kallis & Gambhir. They also have Narine & Lee in bowling. Their batting failure is mainly due to Kallis not performing. But sooner or later he will score big. SRH hope it won't be against them. On paper KKR is a much superior team than SRH. In order for SRH to put up a competitive total, the batsmen White , Sanga & Perera (or alternate) have to score big. KKR start as favourites!

  • on April 13, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Sunrisers, play Quinton de Kock. He will bring to your batting what Steyn brings to your bowling.