Punjab v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Mohali April 15, 2013

Kings XI batsmen need to step up

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Big Picture

April 16, 2013
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

On paper, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab appear mismatched on one count- the batting. Kings XI were not tested in their opening game, chasing a paltry 100, but in their next two managed under-par scores of 138 and 124, losing both. A look at their batting line-up explains their apathy. Their captain Adam Gilchrist is struggling for runs, and in trying to break free played a poor shot on Sunday against Rajasthan Royals. Their middle order comprises uncapped Indian players in Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh and Gurkeerat Singh and expectations from them will always be low, though all have potential. It leaves a heavy burden on David Hussey, who, not surprisingly, was their top scorer in their last two games. Azhar Mahmood is their most experienced player after Gilchrist, but Kings XI cannot afford to leave everything to their middle order and below to bail them out. The top order needs to step up, and give their bowlers a decent total to defend.

Knight Riders in contrast have a stronger top order and it makes a difference when the captain fires. While Gilchrist has been under par, his counterpart Gautam Gambhir hasn't, already piling on 175 runs from four matches. Jacques Kallis' experience is unmatched, and with Brendon McCullum fit, Knight Riders will find it hard to leave out either Kallis or Eoin Morgan to accommodate him. Having piled on 180 in their last match, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and winning by 48 runs, it is unlikely they will want to tinker with their line-up, unless they have to.

Players to watch

Sachithra Senanayake played his first IPL match on Sunday, and Knight Riders didn't regret picking him. The Sri Lanka offspinner opened the bowling and finished with miserly figures of 4-0-18-1. His spell didn't allow Sunrisers to get away to a strong start chasing a big target. Knight Riders will want to retain him for at least another game.

It's good news for Kings XI that Adam Gilchrist's wicketkeeping reflexes haven't waned, having pulled off two difficult takes against Royals. It will be better news for them if he can score more runs, and improve on his scores of 15, 9 and 0. As a captain and an overseas player, he picks himself. Explosive starts from Gilchrist will be crucial for Kings XI going forward.

Stats and trivia

  • Jacques Kallis needs two wickets to become the second-highest wicket-taker for KKR in the IPL. Sunil Narine is first (31) and Rajat Bhatia is second (26).
  • Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh hold the record for the highest partnership in the IPL. They added 206 runs for Kings XI against Royal Challengers Bangalore in May 2011.
  • Gautam Gambhir is the third highest run-getter in the IPL against Kings XI Punjab with 312 runs from 9 matches at an average of 52.

Quotes

"Last year, trying to get into a winning side was very difficult. I hope I get to play as many games as possible for KKR this year."
Eoin Morgan

"We did not play our full quota of 20 overs so that did make a difference. Maybe we could have added 12-15 runs in those balls."
Kings XI medium-pacer Praveen Kumar on what went wrong against Royals

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Prats_82 on April 16, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Gilly is a tremendous striker however with age the reflexes are not the same. He should look at batting out 4-5 overs and he would be fine. Pair Paul Valhaty as an opener with Gilly which should give him some time to adjust. Bring in David Miller to get some stability and take off all the burden from Davis Hussey's Shoulder.KingsXIP is a good side under a super captain. They are bound to fight back and give KKR a run for there money.

    As per me the best line up would be: AC Gilchrist*, PC Valthaty, M Vohra ,DJ Hussey, DA Miller, Mandeep Singh, Azhar Mahmood, SD Chitnis/ Bipul Sharma/M.gony , PP Chawla, P Kumar, Harmeet Singh

  • phunny_game on April 15, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    It's been difficult for the kings... Their best bet, Shaun Marsh is not fit. Good Indian performances from last year (Mandeep and Awana) have turned Dismal, to say the least. Gilchrist also seems to have lost the fast reflexes that once made him the most feared batsman in all forms of cricket. Dave Huss has had to bear the brunt, coming to the middle atleast 4-5 overs earlier than he expects. The management has certainly not invested smartly, or not invested at all. They let go of Dinesh Karthik since he was bought for a high sum, so that they could save the money. That says it all. Its good for Indian cricket to pick young guys, but they also need veterans who can lead by example. That's when the youngsters feel confident and perform to their capabilities. I'm a big fan of KXIP but i'v known form the start of the 4th season that this team doesn't have the firepower to Win the cup... It will be a surprise if they can upset KKR.

  • kallisamit on April 16, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I dont understand why people say that send Yusuf as opener..He is not a opener. He can make run frequently...but also he can stay frequently. If Morgen comes in opening instead of Bisla he can make run much faster than Yusuf, and also he can stay on pitch. I think Kallis is not a allrounder he is a perfect batsman nd a perfect bowler. Maximum team in this IPL uses some junk players like as Adam nd Ross Talor.. I think these player do nothing in this IPL... U should use some good batsman. Last but not least I pray for KKR....

  • dakshinap on April 16, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Why KKR is always neglecting Shami Ahamed. He should be in for useless Balaji.

  • Edassery on April 16, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I do not understand why some IPL teams are still betting on players who retired mainstream cricket more than three years ago. It doesn't make any sense at all for someone like Gilchrist to be accepted based on past glory. Well, it's India right? People can still survive on past glory...

  • iamstupid on April 16, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    McCullum shouldn't play. He is not going to available after 2 weeks. Use Yusuf intelligently. Success rate of both are same.

  • Nike_007 on April 16, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    For KXIP: I think Gillchrist should keep himself out of the playing XI just like Vetorri did for RCB. They can try some other foreign player and hussey can be made captain.

    For KKR: Either Gambhir should utilize Pathan properly as a all-rounder or give a chance to newcomer. Pathan was successful with RR because Warne knew how to use him but Gambhir seems to be clueless.

  • Majeedchemnad on April 16, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    few tips for KKR 1) Send YUSUF PAHAN as opener with Gambhir 2 Replace Bisla with McCullam 3) Replace senanayake with Shami Ahmed(he is an international Indian) 4batting order pathan, gambhir, morgan, tivary, mccullam, kallis, batia,shukla , narine, balaji, shami 5) stick with atleast 3 matches

  • British_North_America on April 16, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    phunny_game Not all the teams in IPL is doing with the same intention.Teams like Mumbai and RCB want public image and name.While owners of Rajashthan and Punjab already have names.They are doing business.So, they will not retain expensive players for quality.

  • krishy on April 16, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    I think Gilly should rest himself and get Miller and ask David Hussey to captain..

  • Prats_82 on April 16, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Gilly is a tremendous striker however with age the reflexes are not the same. He should look at batting out 4-5 overs and he would be fine. Pair Paul Valhaty as an opener with Gilly which should give him some time to adjust. Bring in David Miller to get some stability and take off all the burden from Davis Hussey's Shoulder.KingsXIP is a good side under a super captain. They are bound to fight back and give KKR a run for there money.

    As per me the best line up would be: AC Gilchrist*, PC Valthaty, M Vohra ,DJ Hussey, DA Miller, Mandeep Singh, Azhar Mahmood, SD Chitnis/ Bipul Sharma/M.gony , PP Chawla, P Kumar, Harmeet Singh

  • phunny_game on April 15, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    It's been difficult for the kings... Their best bet, Shaun Marsh is not fit. Good Indian performances from last year (Mandeep and Awana) have turned Dismal, to say the least. Gilchrist also seems to have lost the fast reflexes that once made him the most feared batsman in all forms of cricket. Dave Huss has had to bear the brunt, coming to the middle atleast 4-5 overs earlier than he expects. The management has certainly not invested smartly, or not invested at all. They let go of Dinesh Karthik since he was bought for a high sum, so that they could save the money. That says it all. Its good for Indian cricket to pick young guys, but they also need veterans who can lead by example. That's when the youngsters feel confident and perform to their capabilities. I'm a big fan of KXIP but i'v known form the start of the 4th season that this team doesn't have the firepower to Win the cup... It will be a surprise if they can upset KKR.

  • kallisamit on April 16, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I dont understand why people say that send Yusuf as opener..He is not a opener. He can make run frequently...but also he can stay frequently. If Morgen comes in opening instead of Bisla he can make run much faster than Yusuf, and also he can stay on pitch. I think Kallis is not a allrounder he is a perfect batsman nd a perfect bowler. Maximum team in this IPL uses some junk players like as Adam nd Ross Talor.. I think these player do nothing in this IPL... U should use some good batsman. Last but not least I pray for KKR....

  • dakshinap on April 16, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Why KKR is always neglecting Shami Ahamed. He should be in for useless Balaji.

  • Edassery on April 16, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I do not understand why some IPL teams are still betting on players who retired mainstream cricket more than three years ago. It doesn't make any sense at all for someone like Gilchrist to be accepted based on past glory. Well, it's India right? People can still survive on past glory...

  • iamstupid on April 16, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    McCullum shouldn't play. He is not going to available after 2 weeks. Use Yusuf intelligently. Success rate of both are same.

  • Nike_007 on April 16, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    For KXIP: I think Gillchrist should keep himself out of the playing XI just like Vetorri did for RCB. They can try some other foreign player and hussey can be made captain.

    For KKR: Either Gambhir should utilize Pathan properly as a all-rounder or give a chance to newcomer. Pathan was successful with RR because Warne knew how to use him but Gambhir seems to be clueless.

  • Majeedchemnad on April 16, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    few tips for KKR 1) Send YUSUF PAHAN as opener with Gambhir 2 Replace Bisla with McCullam 3) Replace senanayake with Shami Ahmed(he is an international Indian) 4batting order pathan, gambhir, morgan, tivary, mccullam, kallis, batia,shukla , narine, balaji, shami 5) stick with atleast 3 matches

  • British_North_America on April 16, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    phunny_game Not all the teams in IPL is doing with the same intention.Teams like Mumbai and RCB want public image and name.While owners of Rajashthan and Punjab already have names.They are doing business.So, they will not retain expensive players for quality.

  • krishy on April 16, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    I think Gilly should rest himself and get Miller and ask David Hussey to captain..

  • binu.emiliya on April 16, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Use Miller/Marsh ( I think marsh is injured) instead of Haris and give chance to Sandeep Sharma,Sandeep & PK is a deadly combo in swinging & seaming condition and with Azhar Mahmud's experience that will be a good seam attack and use Sidhartha Chitnis in the middle instead of tried,tested & aged Satish

    So Adam Gilchrist,Manan Vohra,Mandeep Sing (swap the batting order becasue Manann Vohra was the opening partner of Unmukht Chand),Miller,Hussy,Gurkreerat,Azhar,Chitnis,Piyush,PK,Sandeep

  • Makg on April 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Kings 11 should take some chances with- 1) Pomerbach 2) Gony 3) Miller 4) Sharma

  • on April 16, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Yes the Franchise of the Punjab team can have a look at Shaun marsh stats and then make him play today's match...go Marsh go we want to see you hammering the bowlers today. RCB has gayle, Chennai has Mike Hussey so in Punjab we have Shaun Marsh...He has played welll than any other players in the KingsXI Team..Come back Marsh.

  • Subhajit111 on April 16, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    I think it's a huge pressure time for both the teams where KXIP look to get a winfrom the middle it's KKR batsman make the situation more critical when they helping their bowling attack which have more variety than any other side.I think KXIP should need to choose a more batsman,whether KKR should need to get Brett Lee back to strengthen their fast bowling line up.

  • on April 16, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    I think Senanayake should play..he is a master in t20..the combination of narine & senanayake will help kolkota a lot...McCullum can't replace him...he need to replace a batsman.......

  • Vaskur79 on April 16, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    I don' know why Adam Gilchrist still not play seriously. If Punjab wants to do well Gilchrist need to be fire on. I hope today he will batted like a fire ball.

    I think today Punjab is going to won the match.

    KKR is good in their homegroun but not in others field. If KXIP wants to won the match they need to take Gambhir Early.

    Best of luck to KXIP and I want to see Shaun Marsh in today's match.

    Go KXIP GO ..............

    SURJO

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 16, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    McCullum has to replace Senanayake now surely ?

  • SurlyCynic on April 15, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    KXIP are the most boring team in the IPL. Even their fans agree. Bring in Miller and Pomersbach and tell Gilchrist to retire, maybe then the batting will have a chance.

  • on April 15, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    replace harris with marsh or luke powerbash and change the batting order take someone place of satish, moreover take one more spinner

  • DesiSongs on April 15, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    KXIP have top 2 most run scorers in this years BIG BASH in S. Marsh and Pomerbash. Untill Marsh is fit, i wouldnt mind playing him in place of Harris....Harris can be replaced by Sudeep Sharma (Most wickets in last year's domestic season)

  • ads07 on April 15, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    it might sound stupid but it would help to drop Harris, bring in Gony and replace Gurkeerat with Pomersbach. Pomersbach did well for them in the 1st few seasons. Is a seasoned T20 batsman and can anchor the middle order, which neither of the young Indian batsmen - Gurkeerat, Vohra or Mandeep are able to. Also perhaps bringing back Paul Valthaty should be considered. Sure, he isn't consistent, but he could be a valuable all round asset to have while azhar mahmood struggles with his batting.

  • on April 15, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Hi Mojumder i am also agreeing with you. KKR should change their paying XI Narine and Yusuf for spin option and also Tiwary is also useful Medium Fast : 1)Balaji 2)Kallis 3)Bhatia 4) Ahmed 5)Laxmi 1)McCullum 2)Gambhir 3)Kallis 4) Morgan 5)Tiwary 6)Yusuf 7)Laxmi 8)Bhatia 9) Narine 10) Ahmed 11)Balaji All together it is the best winning team combination.

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 15, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Is Marsh injured? If he is not available, Pomersbach, Hussey, Miller & mascarenehas/Azhar are the best combination for Punjab I think.

  • dimitri1234 on April 15, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Its decision making time for Punjab now. either they will have to tinker with the team combination or just be an also ran and instead of trying to win they can only be termed as Party spoilers for other top teams. Drop either Gilli or Ryan to bring in Luke pomersbach because you cant risk dropping Azhar and Hussy . KKR has to be careful of this banana skin if they want to make it to the play offs this year.

  • on April 15, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    KKR should think of repalcing Bisla/Senanayaka by McCullum/Shami Ahmed.. Its Mohali .. ball will swing My XI 1)McCullum 2)Gambhir 3)Kallis 4) Morgan 5)Tiwary 6)Yusuf 7)Laxmi 8)Bhatia 9) Narine 10) Ahmed 11)Balaji

  • on April 15, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    They do not deserve to play IPL...No names exactly no good names. You can't expect players above 35 years of age to win u a league until and unless they are supported well by the young guns which isn't the case here. They remained a mere spectator in the Bidding Round and just bought a couple of local guys like Goni who hasn't got a chance yet. The owner Preity Zinta and others have to think that you need a few players who represent India at International Level and some fresh and talented foreign pool. Miller,Pomersbach are there but they can't win the matches alone. Local Talent like Mandeep,Awana impressed the last season but they have not yet fired. Gilly need to take a tough call and step down to be a mentor rather than disappointing the fans.

    Either sell the team if you have no money to put on the right cause or you take decisions that can help the team atleast win for their respect.

  • Mann123 on April 15, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I am not sure what Kings XI management were thinking when they sold Dinesh Karthik and Abhishek Nayyar, their only two good Indian batsmen from last auction. They are probably the only team other than PWXI (they are relatively new though) who have consistently underperformed. All it seem is that the management is more after return on investment right away rather than making a winning team, clear from the selling of only decent indian players and the fact they don't nearly use their full purse for buying players.

  • on April 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Gambhir is scoring runs consistently here. Wonder if he will do that when playing for India though.

  • on April 15, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    they need to play shaun marsh who is their highest run getter! drop gilly/azhar

  • on April 15, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    they need to play shaun marsh who is their highest run getter! drop gilly/azhar

  • on April 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Gambhir is scoring runs consistently here. Wonder if he will do that when playing for India though.

  • Mann123 on April 15, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I am not sure what Kings XI management were thinking when they sold Dinesh Karthik and Abhishek Nayyar, their only two good Indian batsmen from last auction. They are probably the only team other than PWXI (they are relatively new though) who have consistently underperformed. All it seem is that the management is more after return on investment right away rather than making a winning team, clear from the selling of only decent indian players and the fact they don't nearly use their full purse for buying players.

  • on April 15, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    They do not deserve to play IPL...No names exactly no good names. You can't expect players above 35 years of age to win u a league until and unless they are supported well by the young guns which isn't the case here. They remained a mere spectator in the Bidding Round and just bought a couple of local guys like Goni who hasn't got a chance yet. The owner Preity Zinta and others have to think that you need a few players who represent India at International Level and some fresh and talented foreign pool. Miller,Pomersbach are there but they can't win the matches alone. Local Talent like Mandeep,Awana impressed the last season but they have not yet fired. Gilly need to take a tough call and step down to be a mentor rather than disappointing the fans.

    Either sell the team if you have no money to put on the right cause or you take decisions that can help the team atleast win for their respect.

  • on April 15, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    KKR should think of repalcing Bisla/Senanayaka by McCullum/Shami Ahmed.. Its Mohali .. ball will swing My XI 1)McCullum 2)Gambhir 3)Kallis 4) Morgan 5)Tiwary 6)Yusuf 7)Laxmi 8)Bhatia 9) Narine 10) Ahmed 11)Balaji

  • dimitri1234 on April 15, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Its decision making time for Punjab now. either they will have to tinker with the team combination or just be an also ran and instead of trying to win they can only be termed as Party spoilers for other top teams. Drop either Gilli or Ryan to bring in Luke pomersbach because you cant risk dropping Azhar and Hussy . KKR has to be careful of this banana skin if they want to make it to the play offs this year.

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 15, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Is Marsh injured? If he is not available, Pomersbach, Hussey, Miller & mascarenehas/Azhar are the best combination for Punjab I think.

  • on April 15, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Hi Mojumder i am also agreeing with you. KKR should change their paying XI Narine and Yusuf for spin option and also Tiwary is also useful Medium Fast : 1)Balaji 2)Kallis 3)Bhatia 4) Ahmed 5)Laxmi 1)McCullum 2)Gambhir 3)Kallis 4) Morgan 5)Tiwary 6)Yusuf 7)Laxmi 8)Bhatia 9) Narine 10) Ahmed 11)Balaji All together it is the best winning team combination.

  • ads07 on April 15, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    it might sound stupid but it would help to drop Harris, bring in Gony and replace Gurkeerat with Pomersbach. Pomersbach did well for them in the 1st few seasons. Is a seasoned T20 batsman and can anchor the middle order, which neither of the young Indian batsmen - Gurkeerat, Vohra or Mandeep are able to. Also perhaps bringing back Paul Valthaty should be considered. Sure, he isn't consistent, but he could be a valuable all round asset to have while azhar mahmood struggles with his batting.

  • DesiSongs on April 15, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    KXIP have top 2 most run scorers in this years BIG BASH in S. Marsh and Pomerbash. Untill Marsh is fit, i wouldnt mind playing him in place of Harris....Harris can be replaced by Sudeep Sharma (Most wickets in last year's domestic season)