Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Kolkata

Stumbling teams look to revive campaigns

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April 23, 2013

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Match facts

April 24, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar drives towards the bowler, Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Delhi, April 21, 2013
Happy 40th for Sachin Tendulkar? © BCCI

Big Picture

Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians. Defending champions and the most high-profile line-up in the IPL. A third of the way into IPL 2013, they sit at No. 6 and No. 7 on the points table. That in itself might not be too alarming at this stage, given how teams can flit up and down the table in the space of a couple of games; more worrying for the sides would be their performances in their previous two games. While Knight Riders failed to win key moments with the ball and close out the games when ahead, Mumbai Indians looked completely hapless in theirs, losing by 87 runs and nine wickets.

Both teams have selection matters to mull. Knight Riders will have to decide whether to allow the big-hitting Brendon McCullum a chance ahead of Eoin Morgan, though that seems unlikely. Captain Gautam Gambhir hinted on the eve of the match that Knight Riders would stick with Morgan - who has been doing well for the team - as it was a choice between wanting "McCullum at the top or a finisher in the middle". Mumbai Indians captain Ricky Ponting, meanwhile, will once again have to see whether he fits into his team's line-up at all.

The game comes with a subplot: it coincides with Sachin Tendulkar's 40th birthday. The Cricket Association of Bengal and Mumbai Indians' management have several plans to celebrate the occasion, including a 40-pound chocolate cake reportedly made of cocoa from Ghana and Madagascar. Tendulkar - whose half-century in the previous game, against Delhi Daredevils, came at a strike-rate that is barely passable in Twenty20 cricket - and his team will be hoping for an on-field performance that does not mar the day's festivities.

Form guide

Mumbai Indians LLWWW (most recent first)
Kolkata Knight Riders LLWLL

In the spotlight

Gambhir apart, Knight Riders' Indian batsmen have been underperforming. As the captain pointed out, one of Knight Riders' main problems this season is "our middle-order which is not getting runs". In their six games Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan, two major cogs in their middle order, have averaged 21.50 and 14.80. Knight Riders bumped Yusuf up to the opener's slot in their previous match in a bid to get him back into form. They'll definitely need more from these two as the tournament progresses.

Mumbai Indians produced one of the poorest bowling performances in IPL cricket on Sunday. Munaf Patel, one of the more experienced bowlers in their line-up, was especially woeful, consistently straying on leg stump despite having fine leg up. He conceded nine an over. The rest of the line-up, Lasith Malinga aside, were even more expensive. A rejig is definitely on the cards.

Stats and Trivia

  • Lasith Malinga is five wickets short of the 200 mark in Twenty20 cricket. Only Alfonso Thomas and Dirk Nannes are ahead of him
  • Kieron Pollard needs two sixes to become the second player behind Chris Gayle to get to 250 sixes in T20s


"We are playing good cricket. We are getting there gradually. All we need is a win. A victory would put our campaign back on track."
Mumbai Indians coach John Wright doesn't think his team is too far off track

"Playing as defending champions itself is the biggest motivation. Otherwise you should be sitting at home and watch others play. Wearing a KKR jersey itself is the biggest motivation. There are many more in the dressing room who are dying to wear the jersey."
Gautam Gambhir attempts to snap his flagging team back into action

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Posted by vvksgr0311 on (April 24, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Happy Birthday Sachin....

Posted by akshu_ on (April 24, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Gambhir is a good captain as through his captaincy KKRwon last year, but he have to promote yusuf pathan at no. 3 or 4.and Mumbai Indians should give a winning match gift to Sachin Tendulkar.HAPPY BIRTHDAY SACHIN TENDULKAR

Posted by Princepurple1979 on (April 24, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Result of today's match is going to depend on how much balls Sachin faces. If KKR succeeds to ensure that Sachin faces a lot of balls without getting out, then half the job is over. Its sad to see poor Rohit & Dinesh Karthik having to make up for the failures and inconsistencies of its over hyped pair of openers!

Posted by SachinRao on (April 24, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

john wright must be high or watching highlights of previous editions. mi lost comprehensively and it aint good cricket for sure. jalaj saxena, dhawal or suyal shd play. maxwell or coulter nile shd come in for ponting. our bowling is the major weakness. pollard shd cm early.

Posted by Survivor4you on (April 24, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

My KKR Team : 1. Yusuf, 2. Gautam, 3, E Morgan, 4. Manoj Tiwary, 5. Kallis, 6. Das, 7. Shakib al Hasan, 8. Rajat Bhatia, 9. Sunil Narine, 10. Shami Ahmed, 11. Balaji.

Batsmen - Gautam, Morgan, Manoj Tiwary, All Rounder - Yusuf, Kallis, Shakib -al Hasan, R Bhatia Wicketkeeper - Das Bowlers - Balaji, Shami Ahmed, Shakib, Sunil Narine, Kallis, Yusuf,

Howz the selection, please comment

Posted by crickarr on (April 24, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Both the teams are strong in spinning department, and have players like GG, MT, YP, SRT, DK, RS.. who play spin really well. A fascinating contest to watch

Posted by baranasai on (April 24, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SACHIN BOY_MAY GOD BLESS YOU TO PLAY MANY MORE GOOD INNINGS. GOOD LUCK We want to see a tough competition between these two talented teams and I want some young Indian Gun firing well today.

Posted by SlayerXI on (April 24, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

The key to success in IPL is to have your best 4 foreign players in the XI to support the local talent. Mumbai is still struggling to find the right combination. Ponting and Smith are too inconsistent to be part of the XI. On the other hand, Malinga and Pollard must always be part of the XI. On the current form, I would like to have Mitch in the XI always too. He has been bowling really well, swing and pace both. He can also be used as a pinch hitter just to surprise the opposition. The fourth spot must be a batsman to strengthen the top order. I would give MaxMillion a go at the top with SRT for few matches. He is a handy spinner too. My MI XI: SRT, Maxwell, Karthik, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Surukumar, Mitch, Bhajji, Munaf and Malinga.

Posted by GRVJPR on (April 24, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Promote yusuf ptahan up the order than wasting his hitting ability down the order

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

i think its better to take yousuf pathan out from the team

Posted by devdevabrata on (April 24, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Apart from g g , Morgan,Sunil all are enjoying their price money at Indian Premiere league but Mumbai players are hard worker including our birthday any all are doing well my best wishes is with Mumbai go and rock the stadium guys hope L M get success tonight who is very good against left handers best of luck Mumbai

Posted by ManuWarriors on (April 24, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Its the time for the Mumbai Indians to pay tribute to the God on his birthday...

Posted by sashank on (April 24, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

"Tendulkar - whose half-century in the previous game, against Delhi Daredevils, came at a strike-rate that is barely passable in Twenty20 cricket"

Is this the way a cricket website reports? Have you seen the game, assessed the bowling, the conditions, the start MI got and also the way the other batting partner was playing? It just shows the lack of understanding of the game by this writer.

Posted by mitr2423 on (April 24, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Gambhir always speaks , but he does'nt delivers. moreover he is a good player as opener not good finisher (world cup final 2013)

Posted by sweetspot on (April 24, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

KKR are afraid of not playing one of their 'mystery' bowlers. What if the other one misfires after one is dropped? This is not a team in full flow, or even close to it. But MI, thanks to Ponting is not that different. He should drop himself down the order, only to save it from the blushes of being all out in case they are 80 for 7 or something. Expecting a scratchy match between these two.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (April 24, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Disappointing last couple of games for MI. Ponting should drop himself and let Karthik take over the captaincy.

Playing XI should be - Karthik (c & wk), Tendulkar, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Maxwell, Dhawan/Saxena, Harbhajan, Johnson, Malinga, Ojha

Seven quality bowling options and plenty of firepower in the batting department too.

Posted by kristee on (April 24, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Tendulkar wasn't any better with Smith than Ponting. Not sure who benefited by dropping him. That said, Ponting, like Gilchrist, continues disappointing a bit too far.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

my kkr- gauti,mcculum,tiwary,morgan,das,shukla,bhatia,abdulla,senayake,narine,balaji mi- sachin,rohit,karthik,rayudu,pollard,pointing,dhawan,harbajan,jhonson,malinga,ojha

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

The KKR should go with the following team against Mumbai Indians: 1. Gauti 2. Brendon McCullum 3. Kallis 4. Yusuf Pathan 5. Manvinder Bisla 6. Rajat Bhatia 7. Sunil Narine 8. Balaji 9. Iqbal Abdulla 10. Brett Lee and 11. SDhami Ahmed. This team has Lee, Balaji, Shami, Kallis and Bhatia provide the required pace and Narine, Iqbal Abdulla and Yusuf could provide the required spin options. KKR has to cut down the runs from the top order batsmen of Mumbai Indians otherwise it will be very difficult for KKR to come back.

Posted by Shah_ready on (April 24, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Bhatia should be send little early because he is goot hitter of the ball with vast experience and has a sensitive head .............

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (April 24, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Gambhir, Kallis, Bisla, Morgan, MCculum, Bhatia, Pathan, Iqbal, Narine, Shami, Balaji

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

Time for Mumbai Indian spinners to come to the party, if they can. No point in playing the quicks on that dustbowl created for Ghambir and Narine. Slow bowlers like Balaji and Bhatia seem to excel on that wicket. Ponting and tendulkar are both not going to have a good night out given that neither have much hitting power these days. Time for Rohit to step up and play an innings like he did last year. Dwayne is just a desperate play. There shuld be better players of spin in the MI team who can take on the Senanayake/Narine duo and a few sloggers who can send Bhatia and Balaji out the park. Key is to get Ghambir early!

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

My KKR XI : Yusuf ,Gambhir ,Kallis, Mcculum, Morgan,Manoj tiwary,laxmiratan shukla, rajat bhatia, shami ahmed ,balaji, narine

MI XI : Rayudu ,Tendulkar,Karthick , Rohit,Pollard ,smith ,Jhonson,Harbhajan,Malinga,Ojha ,munaf

n i want kkr to win this match

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

i think mcclum is best for today

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

I think, KKR will win today since they home advantage, and also have Senanayake and Narine to leverage advantage of slow pitch... though I am not a fan of KKR or MI, yet I am very excited about this match... main problem with MI is, they keep changing there team and this thing cost them in every IPL... KKR staff believe in giving lot of chances to the players who are not performing, but the problem is, after seven matches the players like Pathan, Tiwary not performing... since they don't have the luxury of good domestic players on bench, they have to stick with the likes of Pathan & Tiwary...

Posted by Mahi.mv on (April 24, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Its a stupid decision not to include Brendon McCullum!!!!! He is in top form in all three formats. Just have a look at recent matches against England, coming lower down the order and blasted all the way...May be they can think of including him instead of Senanayake.....

Posted by screen_name_VS on (April 24, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

MI: If 3 down in the first 13 overs, Ponting should be batting at no. 5 If 3 down after 13 overs, Pollard at no. 5 and then Ponting at 6.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (April 24, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Happy 4oth Birthday Sachin. Wishing you best of luck and all the very best in the future..

Posted by vrn59 on (April 24, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

MY KKR XI: Gambhir, Yusuf, Kallis, Tiwary, Morgan, Das (wk), Bhatia, Narine, Senanayake, Balaji, Ahmed.

MY MI XI: Rayudu, Tendulkar (C), Karthik (wk), Rohit, Pollard, Maxwell, Johnson, Harbhajan, Ojha, Malinga, Munaf.

Posted by bouncer22 on (April 24, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Just don't understand why MI is wasting Rayudu's ability. If Ponting is not opening (and I think he is not), then Rayudu should come in along with Sachin.. trying Dwayne Smith is a waste of opportunity. Karthi can be No.3 and Rohit at 4 with Pollard at 5 would be an ideal way to work around the order. Removing Dwayne gives a chance to bring in Mitchel Johnson into the team as well. So, the team for MI should be Sachin, Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Pollard, Ricky Ponting, Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel.

Posted by bouncer22 on (April 24, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Just don't understand why MI is wasting Rayudu's ability. If Ponting is not opening (and I think he is not), then Rayudu should come in along with Sachin.. trying Dwayne Smith is a waste of opportunity. Karthi can be No.3 and Rohit at 4 with Pollard at 5 would be an ideal way to work around the order. Removing Dwayne gives a chance to bring in Mitchel Johnson into the team as well. So, the team for MI should be Sachin, Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Pollard, Ricky Ponting, Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel.

Posted by KaptainKool on (April 24, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Today's Play XI for MI :


Posted by screen_name_VS on (April 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Firstly, a happy b'day to my fav hero and the greatet cricketing icon - Sachin Tendulkal! Secondly, I cant understand this total bullshit of calling Sachin & Ponting poor/non performing veterans & asking them to be dropped for some young energy bla bla bla... Sachin has already shown glimpses of form & its pretty obvious that by the next 1 or 2 games he will be back again dominating the bowling. Ponting? OK, he is not in a great bating form. But his captaincy & fielding have been top notch. Dont forget the brilliant catch that he took against the DD. If he hasnt been scoring runs, he's been saving them in the field. They lost against DD coz of their poor bowling & not batting. The only mistake that they have been doing is to bat both Sachin & Ponting together. Ponting should come out to bat only if Sachin gets out early and his role should be the same as Sachin's after he is out & all the rest should blast around them. I dont see anybody stopping MI once the GOD & the Veteran get going

Posted by mngc on (April 24, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

@knight_rider_11. Playing the high SR batsmen at the top is all about scoring CAPACITY i.e. the ability to make a big score. Do a quick calculation. Assume Pollard SR is 200 and everyone else 100. Assume he faces 1/2 of the balls left. Put him in at #1 and #6 where he resides and #11. See where MI makes the most runs.

T20 is not test cricket. It is all about either posting a big score that the other side cannot make or chasing down what they make. It is not about ensuring the team bats 20 overs but maximizing what you can do with them. Putting the hard hitters late IS THE SURE WAY TO LOSE. On the bright side MI will get knocked out and Pollard will play for T&T in the CL.

Posted by hammer2013 on (April 24, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Hey there Brendon Barrie McCullum fans, how can KKR ignore the recent form of worlds no2 T20 batsman against the Poms, surely Wrighty could pull Gambhirs eye patch off and demand that common sence prevail

Posted by asithaSL on (April 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Send Kathik as opening partner of Sachin n give Ponting some rest.......

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Mi XI : (1)Sachin, (2)Karthik, (3)Rayudu, (4)Rohit, (5)Pollard, (6)Maxwell, (7)A.Tare/ S, Yadav/ R. Dhawan, J.Saxena, D. Kulkarni (8)Bhaji, (9) Jhonson, (10) Malinga, (11) Malinga

Rayudu is a very talented player being wasted at no 7. He is not a power hitter. Needs to open or play at no 3. Playing Pollard at no 5 takes pressure off him as there are still good batsmen to follow after him. and would let him play freely.

Batting options at no 7: Tare is a domestic player with a healthy strike rate and S Yadav is a good batsman they he can fit at no 7 giving rayudu and pollard a chance to feature up in the order.

Bowling/ Allrounder options at no 7: Dhawan is pace bowling allrounder, Saxena is a rh off spining allrounder and Kulkarni is fast bower who can bat a bit.

Personally I would go in with Tare or another domestic batsmen may be S Yadav as I believe Malinga, Jhonson, Bhaji, Ojha along with Maxwell and Pollard already form a good bowling attack.

Posted by indi_army on (April 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Okay, the two stalwarts of world cricket currently in MI playing eleven, to me are almost mugs (i can say this with a shadow of doubt in my mind) with the bat when comes to T20. MI have paid millions for a guy to make him carry bottles in and out of the ground.Cheers MI ! This sure gona get you the Cup.

Posted by satishchandar on (April 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

KKR were almost same last year with Gambhir alone shining in batting with little support from Kallis and Baz.. Has Morgan for company this time though Kallis has gone out of range this time.. The main difference is the opponents are playing Narine better than last time and hence are not losing much wickets to him.. KKR should use Narine and Senanayake as attacking options in middle overs too and not like Sena for power play and Narine for end overs.. 2 for Sena in first four and 2 for Narine in last 4..

Posted by narendra60 on (April 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

MI Indian will win today..........GO MUMBAI GO!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

"MANY MANY MANY more happy returns of the day" sachin paaji. this will be the prayer of millions hearts for SRT, THIS IS HOW GOD BLESSED HIM.. this will be the ultimate gift to any person. who takes their birth in dis world.. only very rare and rarest will recieve dis gift...OUR LOVABLE SON OF INDIA HAD THAT.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE REAL LEGEND .....ALL DA BEST MUMBAI INDIANS..............

Posted by Jiths88 on (April 24, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Should give Maxwell a chance by replacing Ponting, but then who will captain the side? Is there an option of non playing captain @Jose, I don't think Sachin needs to be dropped, he played well in the last match too

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

KKR:Gautam Gambhir,Brendon Mcculum,Manoj Tiwary,Yusuf Pathan,Rajat Bhatia,Eoin Morgan,Ryan Ten Doeschate,Iqbal Abdullah,Sunil Narine,LakshmiPaty balaji,Shami AHmed

Posted by Skhan2020 on (April 24, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

If kolkatta want to win, They should Let him score a century. He will eat more balls than score runs...

Posted by Vijay_Chander on (April 24, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Undoubtedly..MI is the favourite and has a very good line-up. But the only dissappointing thing is the Opening part in the batting line-up which they have been consistently having that issue. I agree Ricky is one of the best batsment we had seen, but happen to be underperforming currently, so I think its high time for selectors to take decision on Ricky and try with Hughes preferably. Also give Rayudu a good spot who is very much capable And not making a chance taking out Mitchell Johnson, who is dangerous in any format of game.

And for Cricket sake, do respect Sachin before you name him - and before you do it just think who you are. I don say Sorry even if I am hurting you as you are hurting billions of hearts

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (April 24, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Karthick, Hughes, Sachin,Rohit(c), Pollard, Raydu,Smith,Malinga,Ojha,Harbhajan,Bumrah

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Option 1: Let MI show some courage, in benching the two non/poor performing legends: Ricky & Sachin, and replace them with young hungry players with potential for the future. And, see the results. There are many in their rolls, who can easily replace Ricky & Sachin.

Option 2: The only other alternative is to start a T-20 for veterans, with their apparent unlimited resources.. They have many, already in theirpayrolls: 1.John Wright,2. Kumble 3. Pollock 4. Johnty Rhodes. 5. Robin Singh 6. Ricky 7. Sachin. 8. Bhajji. 9. Zak. They lack a wicket Keeper. For that, recruit Kiran More or Chnrakant Pandit from their catchment area. Speaking of catchment area, they can easily recruit a few real LOYAL players like Gavaskar, Shastry, & Manjrekar, and perhaps Venksarakar all available in their catchment area. Pwersuading any of them will not be a problem. As kumble proved, money talks, no?

Posted by Fan1969 on (April 24, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

What a game on Sachin's 40th birthday.

If MI lose then a chance for past champions KKR to make last 4 but a disappointing loss for MI on Sachin's birthday.

If KKR lose then I would bet that they will be out and other teams will play the Final and Qualifier 2 at Eden Gardens.

Teams seem well matched with Kallis facing Pondulkar.

Gambhir, Tewari compete with Rohit, Karthik and Rayudu for a place in the ODI team for Champions Trophy.

Narine and Senanayeke face off with Ojha and Harbhajan.

Yusuf of 2008 IPL fame faces Pollard who has been in better form.

While MI are probably ahead in the afore-mentioned faceoffs, KKR are playing at home where even Bhatia and Balaji are tough to get away.

Just hoping that Sachin makes a nice 50 and Rohit produces similar magic as he did last year with 109 (5 sixes and 12 fours). Last year Sachin got just 2 and Gibbs, one of his 15 opening partners, got a sedate 66 of 58 balls.

Posted by kallisamit on (April 24, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

team kkr 1.gambhir2. kallis 3. manoj tiwari, 4. yusuf pathan 5. debbrta das 6. macculam 7. e. morgen 8.s. narraine 9. iqball abdulla 10. rajat bhatiya 11. laxmi pati balaji... kkr win this match-amit kumar

Posted by Ranjith185 on (April 24, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

KKR please replace abudulla for balaji...balaji performing worst in this ipl..good choice

Posted by Hammad-Hasan on (April 24, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Wow so many selectors are here :P

Posted by jyotidolas on (April 24, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Team and Batting Order: - 1) D. Karthik 2) S. Tendulkar3) K. Pollard 4) R. Sharma 5) G. Maxwell 6) A. Rayadu 7) P. Ojha 8) M. Johnson 9) L. Malinga 10) M. Patel / D. Kulkarni 11) Harbhajan Singh/ Suryakumar Yadav Mumbai should include G. Maxwell which will boost there spin bowling. Nothing will help Mumbai with any amount of changes they might made unless they go fearless and attacking from start. This year not seeing any good bowling changes by MI, come on MI and Rock it.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (April 24, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

McCullum is the need of the hour. Drop anybody to accommodate McCullum and u will see the results. And why KKR not utilizing Abdullah is a mystery.He can be played at the expense of Senanayeke, and that will allow them to play McCullum by either dropping Bisla/Das.

Posted by Baundele on (April 24, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Gambhir speaks like the goody boy in the class who memorizes everything without quite understanding them, and can reproduce those words, no matter what the context is. He is very good as a player; but he is not good enough to become a captain.

Posted by Gianinder on (April 24, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

I hope sachin will play freely and MI will win

Posted by ramli on (April 24, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

YP is a spent force ... KKR making him play just because they invested heavily on him ... returns are not profitable ... is there a think tank at all in KKR? GG should walk the talk when it comes to selection of players ... mere posturing before media would not help ... of course there is no place for RP in MI line-up ... or even SRT for the matter ... they are holding key batting posts and wasting them ... bring more energy into MI ... you will see the results ... good luck to both teams

Posted by elgenioroshan on (April 24, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

@All : It is is so disappointing to see how all of you criticize Sachin. Cricket is loved all over the world because of him. He has had the greatest impact than any other player. Bradman and Viv both considered Sachin to be the greatest ever. Maybe you guys have started watching cricket only since 5 years. Give the man some respect atleast on his bday. Its an insult to the game when you people call him an old war horse or Sachin "uncle". I don know if Cricinfo will post this but I really hope so, so that some of you atleast who have respect for the master will encourage him to perform better becausehe still has cricket in him and he knows better. He is a very humble and selfless person. That's what makes him so great apart from his record.

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (April 24, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Ponting should retire from all forms of the game

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

KKR : Gambhir, Mc'Cullam, Pathan, Morgan, Tiwary, Das, Batia, Abdullah, Lee, Narine, Balaji

Posted by ShahidMalayil on (April 24, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

KKR: Gambhir, Yusuf, McCullum ( for kallis ), Morgan, Tiwary, Debabrata, Bhatia, Iqbal Abdullah ( for shukla considering pictch in kolkata ) , Narine, Senanayake, Balaji .

In that case You can give permission to Yusuf to go after the bowlers and 12 overs Spin.

Posted by Avi56 on (April 24, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

to be honest both these teams deserve the place they are in right now...both these teams dont play like a unit depend on their big guns to fire and the so called big guns again not premier T20 players.. barring dinesh Karthik no one else in both teams are consistent as a result complete failures.the main problem of these teams is when it comes to auction pay big amounts of money to players who really dont play exceptional cricket. Buy players which can balance your team..KKR take Senenyake when you have a spinner Narine.Instead should have gone for Philander who could balance their pace attack. MI auction Maxwell instead of going for Aaron FInch in the auction( he repace clarke at PWI).Look at CSK bought Nannes and Morris the perfect Fast bowler duo when their fast bowling was failing last yr. RCB buy bowlers Unadkat,Rampaul, RP Singh, M karthik and Look at their superb bowling now where they were failing last year. SRH buy Perera thw right all rounder that they required. RR buy Faulne

Posted by .......junk on (April 24, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

I feel really sad to see yusuf pathan loosing al his confidence. i have seen him bat and he can win you matches single handedly .now one would argue with me then y isnt he winning matches yet, fair enough, only reason is he is mentally dissappointed .i would love to see gambhir have a chat with him and assure him he is an integral part of team even if he fails in all remaining matches and ask him to play free , just the way warne did .and then just see the change .

Posted by Shahnawazkhan37 on (April 24, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

I think mum indian playing xi (1)sachin (2) rohit (3) kartik (4)raydu (5)pollard (6)maxwel (7) jonsan (8)harbajan (9) ojha (10)malinga (11) abu nacim/m.patel open ining sachin/maxwel

Posted by StevieS on (April 24, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Sigh, I feel like I am beating a dead horse ! Anyway bring in McCullum for Kallis and bat him in the middle order together with Morgan.

Posted by Knight_Rider_11 on (April 24, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

@ mngc :::: Its not necessary that the guy with the highest strike rate always wins the match .... in a team each player has a significant role .... the role for pollard is to finish innings ... not to bat at the top of the order n score nothing .... i would replace pollard only as an experiment .... to see if franklin n oram do better than him or as good as him or not ...

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 24, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

First of all i wish u very very happy birthday to sachin..!! Todays match b/w KKR and MI is very evens-stevens.. I want to give KKR hv slighty an edge.. For MI they hv same old theory.. They dnt hv aggressive openers. They dnt hv 1 proper openers either. They play power play as dull as u can imagine. (Just 25- 30runs in 6ovrs, loose 1 or 2 wicket). Sachin others opening partner cant play spin or fast. Putting always pressure on Kartik and Rohit.. In bowling Malinga is not same malinga. Bajji always look like helpless. Dnt hv wicket takers bowlers. Pointing role is not justified. So too many problems MI hv. On the other hand Kkq hv best bowling attack just their batsman need to fire and take some more responsibility.. Kkr can win today match..

Posted by SamSamba on (April 24, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Can they stop calling MI 'Most High PRofile' , 'Best team' bla bla bla...Its a pedestrian team which has the potential to play better if they get rid of old war horses and infuse fresh blood...

Posted by Jashwanthi on (April 24, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

MI Can try opening with sachin and karthick or sachin and rohit

kKR Can try opening with gambhir and Morgan

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

MI: Sachin, Karthik, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard, Smith, Johnson, Bhajji, Dhawal, Malinga, Ojha

KKR: Gambhir, McCullum, Yusuf, Morgan, Tiwary, Debabrata, Shukla, Bhatia, Narine, Senanayake, Balaji

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

MI - sachin,raydu.kartik,polord,rohit,counter nile,maxwell,harbajan,ojha,dhawal,malinga

Posted by Albert_cambell on (April 24, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

If KKR wants to win they need to make sure that sachin uncle faces atleast 50 balls. Then the win is sealed for KKR. Mumbai wont even cross 120 if that happen.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

MI should be: Rohit, Sachin, Karthick(c), Pollard, Rayudu, maxwell, Johnson, Harbhajan, Dhawal, Malinga, Ojha

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

no more Ricky Ponting plz...... - Mumbai Indians best Squad (4m me) - 1.SR Tendulkar (c) 2.AT Rayudu 3.KD Karthik† 4.RG Sharma 5.Glenn Maxwell 6.KA Pollard 7.Harbhajan Singh 8.Pragyan Ojha 9.MM Patel 10.SL Malinga 11.Mitchell Johnson

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Let 1) Dinesh Karthik open with 2)Sachin Tendulkar Followed by - 3) Kieron Pollard 4) Rohit Sharma 5) Glenn Maxwell 6) Ambati Rayudu 7) Suryakumar Yadav 8) Mitchell Johnson 9) Harbhajan Singh or Pragyan Ojha 10) Lasith Malinga 11) Munaf Patel

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (April 24, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Both these teams have a 'problem of plenty'. They've got all the talent they need to win the tournament, but they have NO CLUE how to use that talent. Add to that the weight of international reputations, over-paid but under-performing players, GOD, and muddled thinking. Read through the comments of readers and you'll see how many suggestions there for the 'best XI'. If these teams were honest with themselves and played the best XI, they'll do themselves and the cricket fan a world of good.

Posted by iceaxe on (April 24, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

Re: "McCullum at the top or a finisher in the middle". Care to take a look at McCullums most recent form in NZ vs England where he batted #6 and got a number of half centuries? I'd put him in over Pathan who looks horribly out of form. Perhaps the only reason McCullum isn't in is due to his early leave?

Posted by   on (April 23, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

MI should give opening slot to raydu with sachin then bhajji as pitch hitter,,,,then if rohit or pollard according to situation instead of pointing counter neil is good option MI's spin department is so week as weel there 5 bowler

Posted by   on (April 23, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

I think Pointing should try for the last time in this tournament......with his current batting form he doesnt deserve a place in any team....and because of pointing not performing sachins game get suffered...he has to play unnatural game....Maxwell deserve a chance to prove his million dollars........or other wise mumbai indian bye bye this time toooooooo

Posted by usernames on (April 23, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

MI should be:

Rohit, Sachin, Karthick, Pollard, Rayudu, Smith, Johnson, Harbhajan, Dhawal, Malinga, Ojha


Gambhir, McCullum, Morgan, Tiwary, Debabrata, Bhatia, Shukla, Narine, Senanayake, Shami, Sangwan

Posted by mngc on (April 23, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

@knight_rider_11. You would remove the only batsman who can score at SR 200 and who has not been given a decent chance by going in with the score at 24 after 6, facing only 2 balls facing only 10 balls, going in at 30 after 8 twice last year? Didn't you learn anything from RCB today with their highest SR batsman at the top of the inning? Yet keep Sachin who struggles for SR of 100?

Posted by   on (April 23, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

KKR dont have to keep sticking with Kallis. If they play him they csn drop a seamer and pick a batsman.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (April 23, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

POnting is cashing in on his international image-I dont think you will see him next season

Posted by kaaat11 on (April 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Definitely, Tomorrow Maxwell included in Mumbai Indians Team and see the difference...

Posted by Knight_Rider_11 on (April 23, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

For Mumbai, I expect wholesale changes ... I would throw Bhajji n Bumrah n get Ojha n Abu Nechim ... also I would experiment by removing Dwayne Smith n Pollard n giving Oram another go n getting Franklin in the mix ... the batting order would look like this .... Franklin, Tendulkar, Karthik, Rohit, Oram, Rayudu, Ponting, Abu Nechim, Ojha, Munaf, Malinga ...

Posted by Knight_Rider_11 on (April 23, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

KKR have put themselves in a hole because there is no one to take Yusuf Pathan's place in the eleven ... I would rather have him open the innings once again tomorow ... n I would also substitute Kallis n give McLaren another go ... the only game he got was against RCB ... oops sorry against Gayle ... My KKR XI as per batting order would be Gambhir, Pathan, Debabrata, Tiwary, Morgan, McLaren, Senanayake, Bhatia, Shukla, Narine, Balaji ...

Posted by viru-319-219 on (April 23, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

MI are wasting a talent at no.6. Rayudu has been consistent with his performances at no 3, with karthik making it his spot for rest of the ipl I would like to see Rayudu open with Sachin. Rayudu is aggressive and also has a price tag on his wicket.

Overseas players have only 1 spot to grab with Ponting,Pollard and Malinga being the automatic choice.But I would like to have Hughes instead of ponting which is unlikely so going with ponting Jhonson has been very good but I feel he will be ineffective on slow track at EDEN, Counter-nile is worth a look in. Mumbai Doesn't need Maxwell, They just wasted a million on Him.MI has better finishers and even better spinners than him and those who say he has to open he just opened once so I dont think it will work in a tournament like IPL.

4 Overseas choices are Ponting,Pollard,Malinga and Counter-nile

Playing XI with batting order: 1)Sachin,2)Rayudu,3)Karthik,4)Rohit,5)Pollard,6)Ponting,7)bajji,8)Counter-nile,9)Malinga,10)Nechim,11)Ojha

Posted by viru-319-219 on (April 23, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

KKR's move to open with yusuf is real good one, hope they stick with it. I am expecting this move to pay high dividends in later stages of the tournament.

Morgan has been doing well, Recent performances of both Narine and Senanyake guarantee them a spot in final XI

So the four overseas are obvious kallis,morgan,senanaike and narine but I would like to see McCullum in for kallis

For Indian players Gambhir,Yusuf,Manoj,Balaji pick themselves and they have good overseas players warming bench but their local bench strength is weak.

My XI for KKR: 1)Gambhir,2)Yusuf,3)Tiwary,4)Morgan,5)McCullum,6)Das,7)Bhatia,8)Senanaike,9)Narine,10)Balaji,11)Shami

This batting order looks strong and evry 1 has the ability to change gears when needed an has two very good finishers in T20 ckt in Morgan and Brendon

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (April 23, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

KKR have selection issues, Y Pathan shouldnt be picked based on his current form. They need to open with Kallis and Ghamir and then have Morgan at 3. It doesnt quite make sense when your best players dont get play as many balls as they can. MI need to bring Jhonson back and perhaps push Rayudu up the order to open with one of Sachin/Ponting. Cant quite understand their logic in keeping Pollard for the last 10 balls, if he scores about 25-30 off 10 balss faced why not let him face 20-25 balls? Thats where MI are currently faltering.

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