Kolkata v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Kolkata May 2, 2013

Desperate Knight Riders running out of time

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Match facts

Friday, May 3, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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Kolkata Knight Riders find themselves racing the clock as time runs out on their bid to make it to the playoffs. With just three wins in 10 matches, Knight Riders risk finishing in the bottom half of the table unless they win every game from here on, including the one on Friday against Rajasthan Royals.

Knight Riders have enough firepower in their line-up to create a final surge. But their biggest hurdle, against Royals and the other teams, has been inconsistency. They've had few days when the batting and bowling has clicked together and the failure of marquee players has dragged them down further. But Knight Riders will hope the side that takes the field on Friday can feed off the enthusiasm and support of the loyal home crowd.

Royals need this win as badly as Knight Riders. They've been poor travellers this season and as the competition for the playoff spots heads for a logjam, a win here could give them some breathing space and possibly the momentum to open up a gap of a few points.

Fortunately for Royals, they have players who have stepped up to the challenges thrown their way. The batting looks settled in spite of captain Rahul Dravid's changes in the batting order. Shane Watson's return to form and contributions from players like Dishant Yagnik, Brad Hodge, Sanju Samson and James Faulkner have helped them beat more fancied teams and they are more than capable of springing a surprise on Knight Riders.

Form guide

Kolkata Knight Riders LLWLL (most recent first)
Rajasthan RoyalsWWLLW

Players to watch

There probably will not be a better time in this IPL for Gautam Gambhir to stand up and show his leadership skills. His technique is strong enough to handle Sreesanth, James Faulkner and Shane Watson at the top of the order but, more importantly, he needs to be an innovative leader on the field and marshal the out-of-form batting line-up

Since the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, when he returned to bowling on the same day that he quit his vice-captaincy, Shane Watson has taken five wickets. More importantly, in those four matches, he has amassed 268 runs at a strike rate of 174.

Stats and trivia

  • Royals don't have a great record on the road in the IPL. Of the 34 away matches they've played in the IPL, they have won 14 and lost 20.
  • Shane Watson has an IPL strike rate of 147.62, which puts him fourth overall in the IPL
  • Gautam Gambhir has the 19 fifty-plus scores in the IPL and is joint-highest with Rohit Sharma. Among the top five batsmen in the list, Gambhir is the only one without a hundred

Quotes

"We would try to get back the best players in the top order. We also need to give confidence to the middle order so that the team can score 150 plus, a competitive total in the game." Kolkata Knight Riders' coach Trevor Bayliss mulls over a strategy to improve the side's batting

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    I will definitely go for RR they dont have big match winners except watson but one can never hate RR and everyone support them for Rahul Dravid. I am also very interested to see how sanju samson plays tomorrow looks like a great player with wonderful technique for an 18 year old amazing maturity as well lov to see him play a big innings as well..

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | May 3, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Everyone's saying it's a slow pitch and good for spinners. If RD also thinks that way, he should bring in Hogg in place of Owais Shah. They do have a strong batting line up if you consider James Faulkner as an allrounder and giving up on Shah or Cooper should not make a huge difference. Also, like RD, Hogg is very young at heart and high on energy and can show it on the field. Chandila and Hogg will be two different sorts of bowlers the batsmen will find difficult to get away. We are moving towards the business end of the tournament and RD should keep some of his trump cards match ready. This could be the opportunity as he's not facing a team that may threaten RR's place in the play-offs. Go RR!!!

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | May 3, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    To me, the biggest change in KKR from last season is the absence of Wasim Akram. Everything else is more-or-less intact, might that be the contributing factor in their big dip in performance this year?

  • POSTED BY RAJESRH on | May 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    My team for today.............. 1.Gautam Gambhir (c), 2.Manvinder Bisla, 3.Jacques Kallis, 4.Eoin Morgan, 5.Yusuf Pathan,6.Sumit Narwal, 7.Rajat Bhatia, 8.Brett Lee, 9.Sunil Narine, 10.Lakshmipathy Balaji, 11.Pradeep Sangwan

  • POSTED BY YouWee on | May 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    KKR has nothing to be embarrassed about. After all no champion team in IPL has ever reached the play-offs or semifinals while defending their title, with the only exception being CSK. That clearly indicates to everyone that there is only one champion team in IPL and that is Chennai Super Kings.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 3, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    It is obvious even for an ardent Dravid supporter like me that Dravid has a problem with picking up slower deliveries. I'm sure the oppositions have noted that as well. He is getting dismissed predictably to slower deliveries. He needs to straighten out that area of his batting. Halla Bol Halla Bol......

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    KKR want to win then they have to drop Jack kallis... Even 130 runs chasing can be difficult if he bat for 10 overs...

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | May 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Looks like KKR is out of players or bench strength to have Sakib. The giy is another loser from a loser team now represnting another losing team KKR. It is better that they dont play him to avoid embarassment or humiliation. KKR won the IPL 2012 in fluke.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | May 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    RR will win mercilessly. RD is the god of gntleman's game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I am a Dravid fan and his team has removed the question "can you win without the big names of the game?" I have supported RR in all their games so far But Tonight I cheer for KKR. They are a good team, and when a team is pushed against the wall, they usually play as champs. They seem to experience a resurgence that often make them unstoppable. Tonight Eden gardens will roar and its gonna be so loud, heaven's gonna hear it. Go KKR

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    I will definitely go for RR they dont have big match winners except watson but one can never hate RR and everyone support them for Rahul Dravid. I am also very interested to see how sanju samson plays tomorrow looks like a great player with wonderful technique for an 18 year old amazing maturity as well lov to see him play a big innings as well..

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | May 3, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Everyone's saying it's a slow pitch and good for spinners. If RD also thinks that way, he should bring in Hogg in place of Owais Shah. They do have a strong batting line up if you consider James Faulkner as an allrounder and giving up on Shah or Cooper should not make a huge difference. Also, like RD, Hogg is very young at heart and high on energy and can show it on the field. Chandila and Hogg will be two different sorts of bowlers the batsmen will find difficult to get away. We are moving towards the business end of the tournament and RD should keep some of his trump cards match ready. This could be the opportunity as he's not facing a team that may threaten RR's place in the play-offs. Go RR!!!

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | May 3, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    To me, the biggest change in KKR from last season is the absence of Wasim Akram. Everything else is more-or-less intact, might that be the contributing factor in their big dip in performance this year?

  • POSTED BY RAJESRH on | May 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    My team for today.............. 1.Gautam Gambhir (c), 2.Manvinder Bisla, 3.Jacques Kallis, 4.Eoin Morgan, 5.Yusuf Pathan,6.Sumit Narwal, 7.Rajat Bhatia, 8.Brett Lee, 9.Sunil Narine, 10.Lakshmipathy Balaji, 11.Pradeep Sangwan

  • POSTED BY YouWee on | May 3, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    KKR has nothing to be embarrassed about. After all no champion team in IPL has ever reached the play-offs or semifinals while defending their title, with the only exception being CSK. That clearly indicates to everyone that there is only one champion team in IPL and that is Chennai Super Kings.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 3, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    It is obvious even for an ardent Dravid supporter like me that Dravid has a problem with picking up slower deliveries. I'm sure the oppositions have noted that as well. He is getting dismissed predictably to slower deliveries. He needs to straighten out that area of his batting. Halla Bol Halla Bol......

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    KKR want to win then they have to drop Jack kallis... Even 130 runs chasing can be difficult if he bat for 10 overs...

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | May 3, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Looks like KKR is out of players or bench strength to have Sakib. The giy is another loser from a loser team now represnting another losing team KKR. It is better that they dont play him to avoid embarassment or humiliation. KKR won the IPL 2012 in fluke.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | May 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    RR will win mercilessly. RD is the god of gntleman's game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I am a Dravid fan and his team has removed the question "can you win without the big names of the game?" I have supported RR in all their games so far But Tonight I cheer for KKR. They are a good team, and when a team is pushed against the wall, they usually play as champs. They seem to experience a resurgence that often make them unstoppable. Tonight Eden gardens will roar and its gonna be so loud, heaven's gonna hear it. Go KKR

  • POSTED BY unni001 on | May 3, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Gambhir has failed to perform as a player and as a Captain. He seems to have lost his cool .The way he was growling at Balaji that day was shocking. High time ,he is replaced with a cool headed Captain if KKR needs to go further.

  • POSTED BY sureshpal007 on | May 3, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Rahul Dravid doing to well work RR Should not change in our winning combination yet Rahul should one changing in our Team because Kolkata pitch help to Spiner, he bring to Badree instead of Sah. RR batting order Dravid, Rahane, Watson, Sah( If Play) Hodge, Binny, Samson, faulker, Badri (if Play) Chandela, Srisanth, Trivedi..... Good Luck RR

  • POSTED BY unni001 on | May 3, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Rahane to be rested today. Sachin Baby will open with Dravid for Rajasthan Royals.

  • POSTED BY dashingeleven2013 on | May 3, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    KKR'S 4 foreign players must be Mccullum Kallis Narine and Ryan Mclaren. Mclaren is unlucky not to have played enough matches. I am afraid its too late for KKR. Having said that Punjab is the team to watch out for. They will surely make it to the top four. All foreign players in the squad are clean and effective strikers. Miller and marsh will take them in to the finals. Certainly a team to beat PUNJAB.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    If KKR's are to win games they HAVE to play B. Lee. Make him bat at no. 5 or 6. He is well able to bat at a consistent strike rate of 150+ which will significantly lift KKR's final run scores. As a bowler he is simply irreplaceable, full stop. His T20 record speaks for itself. The fact that he has only played twice for KKR's this season, is one major reason why Kolkatta finds itself in the mess they are now in. Both matches in which B. Lee played Kolkatta won. The 4 overseas players I will play for Kolkatta are . . . Lee, Narine, Kallis and Tendo. If either Kallis or Tendo fails too many times the former can be replaced with Morgan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    KKR's performance this season really begs the question - Did they deserve to win IPL 2012? The game was Chennai's till Bisla showed up..anyway glad the CSK Juggernaut is on a roll this season

  • POSTED BY incrediblezim on | May 3, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Kolkata must be missing one man; that is Shakib-Al-Hasan!!! He is a real fighter, a great all rounder!! It is unfortunate for KKR that Bangladesh is currently playing against Zimbabwe. Hopefully he will be joining the team before the last 2 games of group stage. But, the way KKR is playing right now, I am afraid they will be out of the tournament by that time!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    KKR will make sure to have good bowliung attack today .

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    I don't think there will be more people in India who hate RR, that's because of Rahul Dravid's presence in the team.

    I'd like to see such a team with very few star players in playoffs.

    KKR is very inconsistent this season and I don't understand why McCullum is not playing regularly when team is failing consistently.

  • POSTED BY manmishr on | May 3, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    KKR is doing bad as a team. Leave aised Narine and they lack matchwinners, unlike CSK, and RR where someone or the other has sailed the boat to the shore, more often than not. Of the two teams, I can easily bet on RR to win this one. This should also salvage their away track record.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 3, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Everything that went right for KKR last season seems to have come undone this time, and they look pretty clueless. Someone has to buckle down and make a serious contribution and keep up intensity levels. Gambhir is far too predictable to make any impact with his captaincy. It also doesn't look like he is comfortable after being cut down to size. All the hype surrounding KKR seems to have vaporized. They should see this as an opportunity instead of looking so awkward and exposed.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    RR should do well today and seal the spot for playoffs. RR can drop Owais shah and play kushal parera and give him free license to kill at the top. Rahane should be told that his time is running out, he need to perform or perish because we can't let Sachin Baby out for so long and Rahane isn't scoring at all. Go RR! Halla Bol!

  • POSTED BY viceidiot on | May 3, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Gambhir's captaincy this season seems to be a little too conservative for a format like IPL, especially where the shuffling of overseas players is concerned. Almost all of the top teams frequently rotated 1-2 of their overseas players in the initial matches until they found their best fit. Why KKR hasn't given at least a match to someone like ten Doeschate is beyond me. He could fill in the all-rounder spot that Shakib filled last season.

    And please don't let Bisla keep. I've noticed him fumbling collections, especially off Narine's bowling, even in previous matches and last match it cost KKR the game by missing a not-too-difficult Warner stumping.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    If RD wins the toss, I am sure RR will win :)

  • POSTED BY criteek on | May 3, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    both the teams reflecting their captains...One calm and focussed to fight it out and the other rash and petulant. RR odds on favourite to win this.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 3, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @Narbavi Brilliant analysis, drop the man who brought RR the victory vs RCB and bring the man who got himself run-out at the most crucial period. Hogg seriously? you bring a 40 year wrist spinner in when you got Samuel Badree t20's most economical bowler warming the bench. I must say i am impressed.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    I had predicted after the first match that KKR will finish at the bottom this time. I take heart from the fact that they are playing the players who are not capable of winning a single game be it Kallis, Pathan or Gambhir and thus proving me right in my prophecy.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | May 3, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    KKR' choice of overseas players has been most curious. They are short of domestic match winners and need to pack their overseas quota with match winners. McCullum, Morgan, Narine and Senanayake/Doeschate are their four. Its nothing short of scandalous that McCullum has got just one game especially after the red hot form he was in coming to this IPL. Lee/ Kallis etc. are good but not match winners on their own. Bislas and Pathans must learn to play around the match winners. They are muddled and lacking any plans to win their matches. Just handing the ball to Narine whenever KKR is in trouble is not a plan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Its not a bad idea to look at spin , though Gambhir is a good player of spin , some other team members will struggle. If we can get either Hogg or Badree to the fold it would open up chances for Sachin baby to come in as well. My team and line up would be Dravid Rahane Watson Sanju Hodge Binny Sachin faulkner Hogg /Badree Chandila Trivedi

  • POSTED BY MAYURESHmagic on | May 3, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Dravid, Rahane, Watson, Hodge, Samson, Binny, Faulkner, Chandila, Sreesanth, Hogg

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 3, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    RR batsmen has problems vs spin bowling with exception of dravid and rahane and barring rahane is out of form anyway.Watson,Hodge,Shah all of em like pace on the ball. On the other hand GG,Yusuf,Bisla,King Jacques are excellent vs spin and luv the ground . Hopepully Narine and co give RR a spin and knock em over with KKR having nothing to lose.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    I believe kkr's gonna win this i am sure after all these defeats they are surely open their heart and definetly win this. Their major concerns are their top level players out of form. They should give ten doeschate an outing in place of kallis and abdullla in for pathan. But RR has defied all odds and done extremely well its a bif surprise even with such a small reputation winning.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Kkr win this game comfortably

  • POSTED BY PuranV on | May 3, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Dravid should try with opening combination Faulkner and Rahanee. I will support RR

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 3, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    RR is well settled now with their team combinations, mid-way through the tournament. They definitely figured out their horses for courses. RR all the way tomorrow! Halla Bol Halla Bol......

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 3, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Time for Royals to add one more victim, they have the skills and the players to do it, in this surface i would recommend Brad Hogg to be included in place of Hodge since Shah plays spinners better than Hodge!!

  • POSTED BY Nirmal_Nandakumar on | May 3, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Samson is an amazing talent. He is just 18 yrs old. He is defenitely an asset for Indian Cricket team in future. RSD is a good motivating leader. Watson is in fine form, both with bat and bowl. And what to say for Faullkner ? This side is well balanced with proper mix of national and international players. On the other hand KKR don't have a balanced side.

  • POSTED BY Nike_007 on | May 3, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    I will propose one change in RR XI from last match; bring Brad Hogg on the place of Owais shah as Calcutta pitch is on slower side. We can consider dropping Sreesanth and playing another batsman on his place (Sachin Baby)

  • POSTED BY Javed_17 on | May 3, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    @NavyArcher Perfect post. Last year ghambir's captaincy was a coach's dream, tactical use of bowlers and almost literally carried the team with the bat. this year its almost the opposite, while he has not failed truly with the bat his use of bowlers, narine in particular has been ineffective. I think these guys need to sit down at one table and get their acts together. The best team on paper should start playing like one.

    On a different note eion morgan has been a gem. Let ykp play a pollard role and come later, move morgan to #3 let kallis bat lower so morgan has full opportunity. Not when the team is wobbling he has to play a holding role. Keep proving yourself eion, kkr needs a few wins

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | May 2, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    McCullum is on a plane to England, won't be playing for KKR again this year, including today's game

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    RR should win this one. Watto is in form, Rahane and Brad Hodge are giving good support. Cooper should play match, as his variations would come in handy in the slow pitch in Kolkatta.

    Brndan Mccullum and Ryan Tendoschate should play this match. Give Tendo a chance, he might prove to be a match winner....Kallis has done well, but didnt really have a great impact. Its a shame to see KKR losing even with such wealth of talent. I have no doubt they would finish at the bottom of the table below PWI.

  • POSTED BY NavyArcher on | May 2, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    As a KKR Fan, I am gutted. Gauti's hubris and desire to be known as captaincy and management guru (ever since Kohli was preferred over him) has played a part in KKR failure. He has made some big statements at press meets and has stubbornly held on to those statements even when they were ruining him, just to prove his point. "YKP is a magical player", "With Senanayake and Sunil Narine, we are redefining the way T20 bowling is done", "We dont make changes to team based on short term performance at KKR", "I dont believe in winning momentum - there is no such think called momentum" and so on. Unfortunately he has been proven wrong time and again. Can we have a more humble, less spoken and more strategic captain please?

  • POSTED BY mads_2201 on | May 2, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    I dont think out of the top 4 RR are the weakest.Infact they are quite a formidable side.I wish RR win tomm...Then they have couple of home games which will see them to the play offs..Dravid is the best...

  • POSTED BY kranthi519 on | May 2, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Kkr need to find replacement for pathan. Mccullum should open the innings and bisla should come after kallis in their line-up. Narwal is not a bad option in the lower order. Mccullum should be given another chance. Korbo lorbo jeetbo

  • POSTED BY Cool_Cricket94 on | May 2, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    poor captaincy from gambhir,a selfish captain playing bunch of jokers in the team(using narwal as batsman,yusuf as loser,kallis as bowler).poor guy making mockery of himself.:( except few they hv all been patrolling the ground.think kkr wll not qualify.my top 4 teams are- (1-CSK,2-RCB,3-ROYALS,4-SRH/MI).

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | May 2, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    "We would try to get back the best players in the top order....." Well, that shouldn't be too hard to decide. At least start by bringing back McCullum...

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | May 2, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Will support RSD any day. So, go RR! There should be no place for arrogance in sports, and I shall not wish GG-SRK combo well. I don't wish RCB well either, but they have the big hitters (CHG and ABD) who see them home. I am happy to see KKR join DD and PWI in the basement. That aside, KKR might do themselves a favor by not picking YKP. Anyway, this IPL is over for them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    i think its time for KKR to other foreign players lik ryan ten doschet and shakib. both are very good all rounders and kalis is playing purly on his reputation . may be a change in team can change their losing streak.

  • POSTED BY KingofSwag on | May 2, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Ryan Tendoschate needs to come in place of Jacques Kallis. My KKR XI would be:

    1. Gambhir (c) 2. Bisla (wk) 3. Morgan 4. Manoj Tiwary 5. Tendoschacte 6. Ryan Mclaren 7. Das 8. Bhatia 9. Iqbal Abdulla 10. Lee 11. Narine

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    They are not using Tendo, who is a world class player, even if he is from Holland. He needs to be in team ahead of Morgan. Also they are missing Shakib's all round skills, who can bowl 4 tidy overs and bat explosively. I think Kallis needs a rest because he hasnt played well enough to justify a permanent spot, he cant just stay just because of his career. Same for Lee. Otherwise Narine is the only foreigner that is worthy. Senanyake isnt really worth his pricetag. Mccullum will fire once every 5 games.

    KKR must win this match as out of the top 4 only Rajastan are the weakest.

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | May 2, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Gambhir is wounded too tight-and to think people felt he could replace Dhoni as the Indian captain :(

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    hi frnds!kkr is a great team but they are struggling to pickup right eleven players. give chance to tendo in the middle order batsman and also he can bowls. change yusuf batting order use him as a hitter. my kkr team is gambhir,bisla,kallis,morgan,tendo,yusuf,das,bhatia,narwal,sunil,balaji. i'm sure that this team will win the match against royals. BATTING=gambhir,bisla,morgan,das. ALL- ROUNDERS=kallis,tendo,yusuf,narwal. these four can bowls and batts. BOWLERS=sunil,balaji,bhatia.

  • POSTED BY Angry_Bowler on | May 2, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I am a fan of Dravid, and I want Royals to win and prove that they are better than KKR, who by fluke became defending chompians. Go RR and secure your berth in the top four.

  • POSTED BY Angry_Bowler on | May 2, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I am a fan of Dravid, and I want Royals to win and prove that they are better than KKR, who by fluke became defending chompians. Go RR and secure your berth in the top four.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    hi frnds!kkr is a great team but they are struggling to pickup right eleven players. give chance to tendo in the middle order batsman and also he can bowls. change yusuf batting order use him as a hitter. my kkr team is gambhir,bisla,kallis,morgan,tendo,yusuf,das,bhatia,narwal,sunil,balaji. i'm sure that this team will win the match against royals. BATTING=gambhir,bisla,morgan,das. ALL- ROUNDERS=kallis,tendo,yusuf,narwal. these four can bowls and batts. BOWLERS=sunil,balaji,bhatia.

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | May 2, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Gambhir is wounded too tight-and to think people felt he could replace Dhoni as the Indian captain :(

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    They are not using Tendo, who is a world class player, even if he is from Holland. He needs to be in team ahead of Morgan. Also they are missing Shakib's all round skills, who can bowl 4 tidy overs and bat explosively. I think Kallis needs a rest because he hasnt played well enough to justify a permanent spot, he cant just stay just because of his career. Same for Lee. Otherwise Narine is the only foreigner that is worthy. Senanyake isnt really worth his pricetag. Mccullum will fire once every 5 games.

    KKR must win this match as out of the top 4 only Rajastan are the weakest.

  • POSTED BY KingofSwag on | May 2, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Ryan Tendoschate needs to come in place of Jacques Kallis. My KKR XI would be:

    1. Gambhir (c) 2. Bisla (wk) 3. Morgan 4. Manoj Tiwary 5. Tendoschacte 6. Ryan Mclaren 7. Das 8. Bhatia 9. Iqbal Abdulla 10. Lee 11. Narine

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    i think its time for KKR to other foreign players lik ryan ten doschet and shakib. both are very good all rounders and kalis is playing purly on his reputation . may be a change in team can change their losing streak.

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | May 2, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Will support RSD any day. So, go RR! There should be no place for arrogance in sports, and I shall not wish GG-SRK combo well. I don't wish RCB well either, but they have the big hitters (CHG and ABD) who see them home. I am happy to see KKR join DD and PWI in the basement. That aside, KKR might do themselves a favor by not picking YKP. Anyway, this IPL is over for them.

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | May 2, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    "We would try to get back the best players in the top order....." Well, that shouldn't be too hard to decide. At least start by bringing back McCullum...

  • POSTED BY Cool_Cricket94 on | May 2, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    poor captaincy from gambhir,a selfish captain playing bunch of jokers in the team(using narwal as batsman,yusuf as loser,kallis as bowler).poor guy making mockery of himself.:( except few they hv all been patrolling the ground.think kkr wll not qualify.my top 4 teams are- (1-CSK,2-RCB,3-ROYALS,4-SRH/MI).

  • POSTED BY kranthi519 on | May 2, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Kkr need to find replacement for pathan. Mccullum should open the innings and bisla should come after kallis in their line-up. Narwal is not a bad option in the lower order. Mccullum should be given another chance. Korbo lorbo jeetbo