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  • POSTED BY Avi56 on | April 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    i underestimated the KKR team...they look quite a balanced side with a good bowling combination...Kallis never get old and he is still a legend in his game..Morne Morkel was so fab..it was such a delight to see him bowling like that and it was important to put the pressure right at the beginning.. the only thing that KKR needs to keep is good performances by gauti robbie and yusuf if they want to qualify...and the batting should be consistent.. Zaheer khan showed why he is one of the best bowlers in india...he has always been india's premier bowler in saving runs and good death bowler... eco rate at 5.75 is very good for some1 who has not played much cricket over the year...we should have him back in india..overall good game by KKR..Mumbai needs to work on the Batting order as Pollard coming so low down the order in a crunch match is such a waste of talent

  • POSTED BY ShanNachimuthu on | April 17, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Superlative performance by King Kallis, Narine and of course by Malinga. Disappointing performance from much expected Anderson and Pollard. Every team looks like have a strategy to contain the run flow in last 4 four overs. So all team should accelerate the scoring rate soon after the first strategic break instead leaving that to last four.

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | April 18, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I think KKR should play Tendo ahead of Shakib as Shakib completely flopped in both batting @ bowling in previous game. Tendo is miles ahead of Shakib in batting and also is among the best T20 finishers for all teams he has played for.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    People , its just one game , TOO EARLY to say who should be replaced or who is strong who is weak. Lets see how these two teams play couple of more games and then give your opinion. Those who eagerly want to bring in ryan tendo , dont you know shakib is in kkr for balling. I would replace shakib with a baller , not with ryan tendo and I'd bring ryan tendo in place of a batsman not replacing a baller. Besides , that guy shakib bowled the first 3 overs fine , only his last over was bad. Lets see 2 more games and then we would have better idea.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 17, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Almost ignored is the contribution of Morkel. He tied Mumbai down in the power play, allowing 2 runs in 2 overs, had the best economy rate of any bowler in the match, and took the wicket of MI's captain and (supposedly) best batsman.

    In the 1st 4 overs Vinay Kumar went for 15 runs, Morkel for 2. He built pressure for Narine to exploit. He came back in the 14th & conceded 3. With the pressure really on, Rohit attacked him in the 16th, and promptly lost his wicket. It was a very valuable bowling performance.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | April 17, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    This was expected on the backdrop of poor player choices in the IPL auction. A team like RR made brilliant "value for money" purchases while MI stuck to it's picking the "biggest hype" player before the auction in Anderson like they did with Pollard in 2008.

    The problem is they dropped the very players who won them two titles last year viz. Johnson, Smith and Maxwell and picked players like bhajji,zak and hussey who are no longer good enough.

    I see a very tough season for MI ahead.

  • POSTED BY ME_ZAAN on | April 17, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    I didn't understand why some people criticise to Shakib,when he get to chance 1st eleven, allways he try to deliver at his best,even bat or ball.if kolkata ignore Shakib's talent,i think that will be a big fault.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 17, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Gambhir's trategy of "Right horses for the right courses" paid rich dividends. It was very canny captaincy in rotation of the Bowlers that made MI's batting look very fragle. Rohit Sharma will have to go to his plan B in chasing such tall targets of 163 or have better bowling to restrict the opposition to 140. His other alternative is to promote Anderson to #4 so that hitting starts earlier. There is lot of room to manovour, this being the first match. Gambhir had a plan of action & executed it to perfection. His touch of bringing on Narine to attack Hussey & his fearlessness in bringing Chawla to attack Pollard & Anderson was a stroke of Genius or Luck! It really paid off. Of course Narine was his trump card & he exploited it very well. Morkel's pace & bounce kept Rohit & Rayudu on backfoot. All in all it was a fine team work by KKR both in batting & bowling to pull off a great win in their opening match. Unfortunately Gambhir was out for a duck which will be remedied in Match #2.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    It been a good game for inagural match for KKR,Kallis usually good rotator but this match he has acclerate in 13th and 14 th over was awesome,this is key KKR posted 160+ score on board,Pandey supported well,i have been the Mumbai Fan.but the way mumbai played not spirited,Mumbai has to learn and come back strongly.pollard should have to utilized early.i cant understand why mumbai not even tested

  • POSTED BY Speng on | April 17, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Who put Malinga to field at short fine leg? I've never had the impression that he's a great fielder - captain's error.

    Sunil is the young bowling prince of IPL but why would you play him for the offie when he pitches it middle and leg? You've got to know the leg cutter is coming. To be fair two of his wickets were to lefties and when he pitches it on a lefty's off-stump it's got be hell when you can't pick him (e.g. Hussey).

    Still amazed that so many rate Pollard, I'm a Windies fan and even I know he can't bat spin or the swinging ball, against Morkel and Narine he'd just be slowing things down or get out. He's OK where he is - he can either be a hero with a quick 30 or a zero.

    Corey Anderson is going to be important for them whether he performs or not.

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | April 17, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    The organisers need to quickly improve on many counts. Even after 6 years of IPL, it was disappointing to see very poor camera work and shot coordination. Whoever is the video mixing person, he seems to lack cricketing knowledge. The video was missing during many critical moments of the game. The angle was missing when the umpiring review needed it most. There was no zoom replays in professional ways. There is echo of the bat-ball sound presumably coming from the stump mike. Too much noise coming through commentary box. And as usual they stick in advertisements even before the commentator finished his sentences. Overall, very unprofessional cricket coverage by the camera, mixing and broadcasting crew. Surprising that Star Sports being a sponsor, is not broadcasting the event. Looks like IMG has a change of staff, and it shows.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    can somebody teach malinga to catch..........? if so MI would be chasing at least 30 runs lesser,,,,,,,,,,,,!

  • POSTED BY rajacsk86 on | April 17, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    worst game from mi they will feel for not retaining dk over rayudu and bhaji dk will rock for dd this time

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 17, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    MI retained 2 foreign players pollard and malinga. They had to retain indian players as well because quality indian players are very few. May be they could've retained Dkarthik. They would've tried hard to get Johnson and Maxwell back. But those two went for $ 1 million each. Having spent lot of money retaining 4 players they couldn't afford to spend that amount on two players.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Can someone explain to me why so many seats were empty in the South Grand Stand at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Abu Dhabi if the match was sold out?????!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY moscowman on | April 17, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    I was looking for IPLT20 but do not why and who christened it as Indian T20. All along it was called Indian Premier League. Rumour has it that the hosts wanted the change. Is it correct and if so it is wrong. Redesignate it again as IPLT20. And Gambir funnily said at the end that " If either HE or Kallis stays till 15th over they will win...." Joke!!!Let him stay for 15 balls and make 15 in that time. Then we will see.

  • POSTED BY khs_shk2000 on | April 17, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    I did not understand why everybody want Shakib to be remove from the playing eleven.How they are judging his ability. He played only 2 balls in the 19th over(Malinga).What about his bowling? He removed the Tare.

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | April 17, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    @ SL-IS-THE-BEST - Crowds dont indicate so. Sold out for the entire first week. In fact there was black marketing. Boring for you may be.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    As a couple of guys have already pointed out, why is the Indian Premier League now called the Indian T20 League and why aren't the franchise names listed? Not a major issue but something that as cricketing enthusiasts we'd like to get to the bottom of.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | April 17, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Nandakrishna Mangalore, Shakib has a much better record with the ball than Tendo. I'd keep him. Unless you're talking about adding to the batting depth, but I don't think the Kolkata squad really have a problem there, at least on paper.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Someone please tell me what is wrong with Cricinfo. Why have the suddenly stopped referring to as the IPL and instead the Indian T20 League. Why have the franchise names suddenly been dropped and city names are being used instead....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    worst game...useless MI team..no intent to win d game..attitude was how to lose a game instead of winning ...no aggression..if this is how rest games will go,IPL may lose its charm...i doubt i will watch rest of d matches...

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    You can play Ryan Tendoeschate instead of Shakib

  • POSTED BY Bansam on | April 17, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Yesterday more than KKR ability it was Captain's folly for Mumbai team. Though Malinga got Gambir in his first over Captain kept him off and used his other bowlers who were getting battered all around. It was as if the Captain wanted Malinga to get less wickets than keeping him for death overs. Finally when KKR had reached more than they could have got Malinga was brought back It was Malinga who got the others out and stopped KKR getting close to 200. I think Capatain has to think of the team more than individuals.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    come on Mumbai its costs nothing

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    mumbai team is not strong as earlier years so it lose this game

  • POSTED BY imfahad2 on | April 17, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Whats wrong with the MI, why they didnt go with Maxwell, he showed his form in t20 world cup also.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 17, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Kallis did well yesterday but that was probably the first time he has ever upped the run rate for KKR that way. He is not a naturally aggressive player. Yes, he is a legend, technically correct and can stick it out, but you can't expect him to churn out performances like these for too long. Also, he is 38, and without much international cricket, he won't be able to keep good form for long. The same goes for Hussey, and it showed in the match. These two are still class players so they will probably do well this year. But KKR and MI need to make sure they use them smartly. They have more promising replacements in Tendo and Dunk. All said and done, KKR did play quite well and MI made some really poor decisions continuing their poor auction run.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 17, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @siri12345 Pakistan had never been part of IPL barring the 1st season - so no questions of missing them - Eng too havent been in the fray except for one or two players and SL - one player per team was the consistent selection...

    If u had noticed mate, this is the IPL - where Indians are given prominence and always the Windies, Aussies and Saffas have played a significant role not so much Sri Lanka and never so Pakistan!!!!

    Personally I wud love to see Sanga and Mahela for sheer class, Mathews, Malinga and Parera for excitement - with 2 of these available there are only the other three who werent chosen because of their national duties... which is fair enough!!! But no... I dont agree that this will have an impact on the crowds or success of the IPL...

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | April 17, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Did other people also notice the amazing "flex" in Narine's elbows yesterday, every time he bowled the famous "away going delivery"? Or, was it only me?

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | April 17, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Not a South African, but it did give me a thrill to see "c Kallis b Morkel" appear on a scorecard. Even more so than seeing Kallis striking 72 at 156! I'm not a fan of T20 by any means, but it certainly ticks some of the boxes as far as providing some fan service.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    No doubt, KKR done very well in every stage of the game with their much balanced team, but they still required a good wicket-keeper batsman for upcoming matched. all bowlers done a superb job for KKR & good luck for upcoming matches....

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 17, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    @Rawanaa....the list you mentioned namely kusal, sachithra, mathews,mahela, sanga are all failures in the previous editions of IPL, so the franchises did not bid for them. There were only 3 successful Lankans in the past namely Thissara Perera, Malinga and Murali and all three are selected and playing.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Gambhir FAILED as the batsman but as the Captain PASSED !!!

  • POSTED BY Rawanaa on | April 17, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Where is 2014 t20 world cup winners & pakistani players ? Its really really boring & tedious to watch over rated anderson batting on spin friendly wickets... Malinga is the only wicket taker for them & good to watch how they control opposition after he leaves in may... We SL fans are desperate cause not playing kusal, sachithra, mathews,mahela, sanga... etc & have no interest on this IPL season... anyway wish all the teams..

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 17, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Narine's not only as big a threat as Malinga with his bowling. He is also a much better fielder. That dropped catch by Malinga cost Mumbai the match. As for KKR, they have enough bowling depth to replace Shakib with Ryan tenDoeschate. Ryan has to be the most under-rated batsman in T20. Besides he can get couple of tight overs in to.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | April 17, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Interesting to see such a large crowd in considering the match wasn't in India. It reflects well on what is a fantastic tournament, but it always amazes me as to why attendances are bigger for IPL matches than for Indian test matches.

    I only wish there were more English players there, though it doesn't help when the best English players (Butter and Morgan) pull out and the others are either not good enough or will be unavailable for part. The only English player that I can't believe didn't get a contract was Hales, but since he was only allowed to play if he'd got a high offer, and was unproven vs India, perhaps he had to be ignored.

  • POSTED BY SL-IS-THE-BEST on | April 17, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    IPL organizers, get below players. Matches will be more interesting. Kusal Janith perera, Umar Akmal, Angelo Mathews, Tamim Iqbal, Shahid Afridi, Lahiru thirimanna, Kumar Sangakkara, T.M Dilshan, Sajeed Ajmal, Sachithra senannayaka, Junaid Khan,Imran Nazir, Nuwan Kulasekara.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 17, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Yuvi will feel much better seeing the way Gambhir, Hussey, Pollard and Anderson played. Couldn't put bat on ball. Only difference is Yuvi did it in the finals of wc and these players in their first game in a league match. All are rustic and only get better as the tournament progress. Kallis, Narine, Pandey and Malinga were superb.

  • POSTED BY SL-IS-THE-BEST on | April 17, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Boring without sri lankan players, whatever said and done India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are the cricket crazy nations. So without players from those countries Matches are boring.

  • POSTED BY LongLiveTestCricket on | April 17, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Despite winning the title last year and making the finals on another instant, MI have to be labelled as oneof the worst decision makers.As someone said, they once sent Bhajji ahead of Pollard,retained Rayudu who always has had strike rate problems and let Karthik go along with Smith & Johnson, who won a number of matches last year. Similarly, spending million dollars on Maxwell and making him sit in the dugout for large part of the season. They have serious problem with the batting order and need Hussey to fire almost every innings to make a solid start.Also Rohit's strike rate of late is not threatening anyone. All in all, for MI to do well Pollard, Anderson need to do bulk of the work along with Hussey.Mind you Pollard is back from a long injury layoff while Anderson is unproven talent in Asia/IPL. Surely, these are not signs of a champion side which they became last year and taking out vital cogs in the wheel- Karthik, Smith and Johnson is going to come to haunt them big time.

  • POSTED BY khs_shk2000 on | April 17, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Weakest link in KKR squad is Robon Uthappa, neither he is wicket keeer nor a god batsman.What he did in previous IPLs? Once or twice he scored not morethan that. If KKR really want to go in semis they should field one good wicket keeper batsman.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Thumping and a one sided performance by KKR. The weakness i found in KKR though was the keeping. Robbie needs to tighten his skills with the gloves. Yusuf may not play the next match because SRK tweeted that he is gifted with a child and he has rushed to India. I see Das in the next match in place of him. MI as i said earlier could not play the slower bowlers well and they lost the match there itself. Pollard lurking so down the order actually wastes him and i think its high time MI should use him as a number 3/4 batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Well done KKR..........Nice to see Kallis in form.....

  • POSTED BY waheed1233 on | April 17, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    @ black_bird: u have the greatest cricket brain i must say...whoaa...Gautam making a 8 ball duck and Yousuf making 4 runs without getting to bowl (deservingly so) is what u feel "great performance"...rofl.........Shakib adds a different dimension to the bowling attack and a gutsy flare in the batting lineup which, other than Kallis, no one else in the KKR side possesses.........

    MI made strategic errors......some random below par players like tare, rayudu, rohit sent before the likes of Corey Anderson and Pollard was strategic mistake...though MI has never been able to play Pollard as they could have been...I remember once Tendulkar sent Harbhajan before Pollard when they were chaising a big total...rofl......

  • POSTED BY Tamannu on | April 17, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Good start for KKR win 1st Ipl match ... keep it up

  • POSTED BY SaifS on | April 17, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @black_bird - Haven't you seen Shakib at the T20 WC recently? He smacked big teams outta park. I was never a big fan of Shakib but having seen him recently he cant be a member to be dropped at the moment.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | April 17, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    The only weak links at kkr is shakib. Except him, everyone did great inlucding gambhir, yusuf pathan. He should be dropped at next match.

  • POSTED BY Molligoda on | April 17, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    MI should consider about kusal perera to open the inning with mr cricket

  • POSTED BY anupkeni on | April 17, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-t20-league-2014/engine/match/729279.html Match notes . Kolkata T20 innings . Mumbai T20 innings

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    trust me whoever said csk will miss hussey will take back their words...csk team is run by players who actually use thier minds(dhoni,fleming etc)...they know what is required...anyway do not judge anything by one match...the same kkr bowling can be taken to cleaners...so just wait for two or three matches...

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    @ Abthul Razeeth on (April 17, 2014, 2:53 GMT)

    Relevant query. KXIP is labeled as Mohali. CSK is Chennai. Dare Devils is Delhi. RCB is Bangalore, so on and so forth. Any idea why? But Rajastan Royals, can't be Jaipur, since Ahmedabad is their base for this version. Confusion confounded!

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | April 17, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Good work done by KKR despite the odds which favour of MI. Especially Sunilnarine who totally stopped the runs flowing from MI. And this shows, Mumbai cant able to win if overseas players not performs well. The 4 overseas players from mumbai were top intl stars, still they failed to perform. Mumbai mostly rely on malinga and pollard, with them only they are carried out the wins comfortably.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    This match proved that quality bowlers are just that; quality bowlers. Irrespective of the pitch. The spinner Narine had a 4 for! The pacer Malinga also had a 4 for! So, bowlers of the world, stop giving excuses. Just improve your skills. and the art of bowling!

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Now mumbai will think why they dnt retain dk ahead of bajii and rayudu they lack their leading run scorer in 2013 as well a proper indian wicket keeper

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Ranchi cricket stadium is the best stadium in INDIA... everyone see on 2nd may ipl match JSCA RANCHI....CSK vs KKR

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    My favourite bowler Malinga is a very balanced personality. He nicely balanced his malignant bowling with very benign catching. That, in addition to the gentle smile he displays when things go wrong, makes him an even more likable cricketer. He is probably as much a favorite among Indians as he is with Srilankns.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 17, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    KKR has high quality spin attack. Robin Uthappa can not keep. They need a regular keeper- Bisla is not great but much better than Robin....any one else?! Otherwise, some key moments in a key match will be lost by KKR.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    @ GrindAR what an excellent observation, if you notice they don't mention the franchise names in the huddle either. Changing names of KingsXI and Royals to Mohali and Jaipur respectively is completely ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 17, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    In T20, the spinners need the variations and the wrong ones. Can be a carrom ball (Ashwin), natural variation that does not spin (Jadeja) or a googly(Mishra or Chawla). Both Ojha and Bhajji do not seem to deliver these variations. Bhajji used to bowl the doosra but looked very rusty y'day. Looks like these two spinners won't deliver and I see a huge pressure on MI.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    This IPL does not seem to have the class of previous ones. Let us take a look, the number one country team in the world Sri Lanka has only two players in this IPL and they are also world champions. But also ran team players are in plenty in most of the teams. Then a guy who has retired takes 13 balls to score 3 runs. Surely there are better players but for some inexplicable reason are not in this season IPL. Can you believe that the three semifinalists, barring India have less players in this IPL than those who failed to qualify.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 17, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    Robin defnetly rock kkr nw good unity team..kkr have 3 karnataka boys ..Robin need to proove final chance him...1cenchury will come robin bats this ipl and he will be score atlest 450 runs in 14 maches

  • POSTED BY DontMessWithZohan on | April 17, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Kallis is the greatest cricketer ever!!! KKR looked unexpectedly really good - especially the bowling unit. Only that I doubt Vinay Kumar's consistency, and may rather prefer Umesh Yadav. Gambhir looked out of sorts when he was batting. He needs to get back to form. The batting lineup looks quite ordinary. Get rid of Yusuf Pathan to bring in Bisla and give him the gloves. I wonder why Yusuf Pathan was even retained. I only came to know SA Yadav in this match, and he looked very capable of giving important contributions with small cameos.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Why the franchise names are not mentioned, Team names are mentioned against the place of origin, For eg, Kolkatta Knight Riders is mentioned as Kolkatta T20 team

  • POSTED BY Antony_Lucas on | April 17, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Poor strategy from Mumbai. Playing away from their strengths. Rohit not opening was a dud move

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    This is best chance kkr because best combination of both bating and bowling.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 17, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    @ V R O : Sunil Narine bettered Malinga. Strike rate of Kallis was the main reason they match was so one sided after 10 overs

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 17, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    An emphatic win by KKR to start the season on a high note. Malinga & Khan did their job, but apart from them the rest of Mumbai were weak, & old man Kallis had a better bowling economy rate, & scored more runs at a higher SR than the rest of the Mumbai team!!

    This was certainly a day of contrasts amongst the old war horses: Gambhir - 8 balls, 8 dot balls, 0 runs; Hussey - 13 balls, 10 dot balls, 3 runs; Kallis - 46 balls, 11 dot balls, 72 runs.

    During his heated sledging exchange with Steyn during Kallis' final test, Rohit said "wait till you come to India," & has been waiting for revenge. 3rd ball he faced from Morkel he smacked for a mighty six. Next ball he tried again - oops. Steyn must have laughed seeing RG Sharma, c Kallis b Morkel!

    A few lessons here for SA cricket's so-called 'brain trust.' Today, the batsman they didn't pick for the World T20 scored the most runs & was MoM: the bowler they dropped was today's most economical. Like Mumbai, they need some fresh thinking.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 17, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    ok... Why is this not IPL and why is not KKR/RR/SRH? This is wierd... Is this due to the naming rules in the ground owners country? Not sure why BCCI did not choose SA?

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 17, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    MI will be a flop show this season- super slow or hit-or-miss batsmen, out of context spinners- other than Hussey, Rohit and Malinga, no body exudes confidence; absolutely no balance.

  • POSTED BY Jay.Raj on | April 16, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Ramiz Raja asked in commentary "would the opposition be content to keep Kallis rather than getting him out" I dont know what he's thinking of a batsman with great consistency with the bat. If he bats slow doesnt mean he cant turbo up. He showed u what he can if he occupies the crease for some time

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    Bias fans...........be objective, Narine did great also!

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | April 16, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Mr Cricket sings: "Anything Yuvi can do I can do better". What a shambles! Malinga had better lay of the chapattis and do a few catching/fielding sessions with Jonty. Everyone else also needs to step it up a notch or two if they are to be competitive.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    Wow ppl talking about kallis and Malinga and no one mentioned the greatness of sunil Narine!! Great job and he deserved the Man of the Match award.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    Great start to the IPL season.Looking forward to tomorrow's games. #t20fan

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 16, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    I wonder what happened to Mumbai from 15th over onwards, they even didn't tried to chase specially if u look pollard, he didn't hit a single shot. That's ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | April 16, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    The same Corey Anderson hit 4 sixes in one over to Sunil Narine during the occasion of his fastest hundred, but in this match, he struggled very much against the same bowler....everybody is hero in their own hometurf....waiting for bounce back of MI from a RCB fan

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 16, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Kallis u beauty

  • POSTED BY Simon.Says on | April 16, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Now people should realize that pitches in UAE are not as dead, slow, low as they are in India.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | April 16, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Despite a unusually bad beginning from Gautam Gambhir,the Kolkatta riders could post a reasonably good standard score of 163 runs with a normal winning run rate of over 8 runs per over.Thanks to Veteran Kallis& MKPandey for their excellent contribution.

    Although Malinga got 5 wickets ,Mumbai could not restrict Kolkatta notwithstanding their early breakthrough. And in reply ,they could not overcome the resistance caused by the Bowling from Sunil Naraine who also got equal number of wickets as Malinga.

    The first match powered by Bowlers ended in favor of Kolkatta & the Mumbai Indians inspire of their good batting Combination could never come back into the game after the fall of Michael Hussey. The initial fixtures in the Gulf looks good to produce enough thrill for Locals as well as Indian cricket fans. Today's fixture of Delhi& Bangalore at Sharjah could prove to be more thrilling than the first game last night. Chris Gayle& Kevin Peterson could become focuss of the thriller jtoday.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 16, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    What a perfomance after a long break...gud kob jack

  • POSTED BY razajawahiri on | April 16, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    wel plyd kkr.their strength is bowling n they proved it,uttappa was ordinary behind the wickets.if uttappa continues do so then he should b replace by bisla aur das.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | April 16, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Good one-sided match ;) Heros of the match as expected Malinga and Naraine with less expected Kallis. Both teams have not judged the game while respective batting innings. Hope they correct in next game.

  • POSTED BY anupkeni on | April 16, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Mumbai Indians will finish in the bottom 4 this season and will not qualify for the Champions League T20.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | April 16, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Great performance and probably the best overseas combination for KKR. Maybe though Tendo might play instead of Shakib though. Kallis showed he can accelerate after the commentators and everyone thought he is not the guy that can have a high strike rate.

  • POSTED BY Rakes7 on | April 16, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Well played KKR.way to go.They have good combination of bowler one mystry,left armer,legbreaker, fast and medium pacer

  • POSTED BY vsroc on | April 16, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (April 17,2014) The defending champion MI was outclassed, in their opening encounter of this year's IPL at Abu Dhabi, by KKR, the champion of IPL-5 edition.KKR exhibited their all round skills well to win the first match of IPL-7 in a convincing fashion.This victory will boost the spirit of KKR and enable them to bring out their best in further matches.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    KKR won handily, thanks to Kallis and Pandey. But their straegy of going slow at first then pressing the gas could backfire against a better bowling side. The team looks solid. Hope they stay solid throughout. They might win it at the end. The potential is there as long as their skipper also scores some runs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    one team one pledge....fact....

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 16, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    awesome performance by KKR, mumbai left it too late in the chase, kallis,morne,narine,pandey performed... good luck KKR

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | April 16, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    All well and good having big hitter like Pollard and Anderson but if they come in with 3 overs left needing 18 an over they are wasted. Mumbais top 4 need to take all the blame expecially Hussy, 3 from 13 for a opener will always put you on the back foot.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Kallis once again proved himself a real all rounder.

  • POSTED BY Seperior on | April 16, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Mumbai Indians wont even make it to the qualifying round this year.

  • POSTED BY cric_sj on | April 16, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    @TharakaNilupul: Guess you did not notice your current winning wt20 captain.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    kkr osam ...our proud sakib play very vital role in bowling side ...he bowl 1 over in power play & 3 over bowl in midle over ...that tym batting mumbai bst batsman sharma & raydu....sakib keep them very well t20 4over 29 ..very good bowling figure ...sakib osam

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Kallis was just exceptional today, though the display by young uncapped Indians like Ambati and Pandey was equally refreshing to see... The way Pandey handled the short balls showed the calibre he has , MSD should maybe think of him for the playing 11 for England tour... Though i think some Sri Lankan fans here should try think global here than just their players now that they are the World T20 champions

  • POSTED BY John_Geo on | April 16, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Lasith may be an effective bowler but in the final analysis it is the full package a player offers that counts. Like it or not, it is because of Lasith Malinga's drop MI lost the match. With full respect to Malnga's bowling skills, he is a liability to a team in terms of fielding and batting. As such, he is not such a valuable player as many trying to portray.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    kkr osam win...our proud sakib play very vital role in bowling . he bowl 1 over in power play & 3 over bowl in midle over...that tym raydu & sharma batting ...sakib osam..

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | April 16, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    I think when KKR playing in dubai then need to play pat cummins instead of shakib.

    That will give some edge in blowing attack in such grass lively pitch.

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | April 16, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    the exciting was clearly missing on everybody,s face because of very few srilanka players this year ipl.this year ipl will not gonna be a big hit because this year players from almost 3 top countries r missing i.e -england,srilanka n pakistan.today missing spark from everybody was noticed .brand ipl only going one direction downwards

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Today's first match evoked huge response from the fans and it was akin to being played in India !

    The KKR veteran in Kallis and bowling fantasy bowler in Sunil having reached the rare feat ie of achieving the unique distinction of being the fastest bowler to achieve 50 wickets are the 2 heroes scripting the easy win at the more opportune time !

    Let us have more funs of fluctuating fortunes and ecstacy in the days to come !

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Superb innings from kallis...he has proved he can shift gears pretty quickly :) i guess ppl should think twice before they talk abt his strike rate and age lol Form is temporary class is permanent :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    IPL isn't change even without SL players..Sangakkara or Mahela didn't the do best the job in last IPL.....remember Sangakkara replaced by Cameron White as a captain for Hyderbad after poor performance in 2013 IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan is RocK (y)

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    kkr bowling attack looks very good, other teams are going to have problem with this attack. Narine morkel vinay chawla and kallis shakib to back up will be problems for batsmen especially at eden gardens. This was a good pace bowling friendly pitch and look at what kkr spinners did. Shama should open with hussey giving pollard and anderson more flexibility in the middle to end overs. Its going to be hard for MI but there bowling looks weak need another good bowling change at the depth to back up malinga which i think santokie can do that job but then it would weaken the batting as anderson or hussey will have to sit out so thats going to be a tough decision but as we experience today wickets win matches so santokie for anderson to replace the loss of Johnson will be the right move. Good win KKR maintain that balance team and your team will see more success

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 16, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Last year mike hussy was in good form . But today he scored 3 of 13 . Mumbai players were better in comparison , but still they lost to Kkr !!!!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 16, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Mumbai have only themselves to blame for this dismal performance in the opening match of this season. KKR played their best cricket and picked the right combination with the right attitude. MI making the same age old mistakes by playing Pollard deep in the innings. Corey Anderson could become the next Richard Levi. Hopefully, he's not a bland, over hyped player who got lucky in the auction. Last but not least, Rohit Sharma is unfit to play T20. His attitude is poor and in the absence of Tendulkar, he should have come up the order to bat. MI also have some average Indian players like Rayudu and Gautam who could prove a liability to them this year. Well done KKR, you deserved to win tonight.

  • POSTED BY FRpunk on | April 16, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Boring Match . MI don`t seem to have Quality Back up and they`ll have to Back Corey to Deliver the Goods . Hussey was a CSK Legend and so it must take time for him to Adjust to this new Team Atmosphere . Last Year MI had a player like Maxwell on the Bench because their starting 11 was that damn good . MI could have Retained Maxwell or MJ instead of Bhajji .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    yes that's the start by every is looking less me this kind of tournament come on KKR....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Robin dnt do wcket keeping ..bisla come fr keeping ..drop yadav..robin play freely..yu are the match winner..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    KKR have best bowling attack followed by SRH

    Well done kkr

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 16, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Pollard in to late, with too much to do... Smith missed at the top, MK Hussey lost the game ....

    wasting 1st 2 overs.. made him HAVE to go after Narine ! that was not very smart ....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    awesome performance by kkr specially by narine jack nd morne it was kkr today.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    superb jack!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    kkr will win many things on stake

  • POSTED BY TharakaNilupul on | April 16, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    without SL players it seem like boring

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    All the best for kkr and Shakib Al Hasan :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Y only Kallis, What about Malinga, ?

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 16, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Kallis proves why he is King.... and Malings shows why he is the best in the business! Great show by two stalwarts of the game!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    All d best Mumbai Indians. ...

  • POSTED BY Avi56 on | April 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    i underestimated the KKR team...they look quite a balanced side with a good bowling combination...Kallis never get old and he is still a legend in his game..Morne Morkel was so fab..it was such a delight to see him bowling like that and it was important to put the pressure right at the beginning.. the only thing that KKR needs to keep is good performances by gauti robbie and yusuf if they want to qualify...and the batting should be consistent.. Zaheer khan showed why he is one of the best bowlers in india...he has always been india's premier bowler in saving runs and good death bowler... eco rate at 5.75 is very good for some1 who has not played much cricket over the year...we should have him back in india..overall good game by KKR..Mumbai needs to work on the Batting order as Pollard coming so low down the order in a crunch match is such a waste of talent

  • POSTED BY ShanNachimuthu on | April 17, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Superlative performance by King Kallis, Narine and of course by Malinga. Disappointing performance from much expected Anderson and Pollard. Every team looks like have a strategy to contain the run flow in last 4 four overs. So all team should accelerate the scoring rate soon after the first strategic break instead leaving that to last four.

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | April 18, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I think KKR should play Tendo ahead of Shakib as Shakib completely flopped in both batting @ bowling in previous game. Tendo is miles ahead of Shakib in batting and also is among the best T20 finishers for all teams he has played for.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    People , its just one game , TOO EARLY to say who should be replaced or who is strong who is weak. Lets see how these two teams play couple of more games and then give your opinion. Those who eagerly want to bring in ryan tendo , dont you know shakib is in kkr for balling. I would replace shakib with a baller , not with ryan tendo and I'd bring ryan tendo in place of a batsman not replacing a baller. Besides , that guy shakib bowled the first 3 overs fine , only his last over was bad. Lets see 2 more games and then we would have better idea.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 17, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Almost ignored is the contribution of Morkel. He tied Mumbai down in the power play, allowing 2 runs in 2 overs, had the best economy rate of any bowler in the match, and took the wicket of MI's captain and (supposedly) best batsman.

    In the 1st 4 overs Vinay Kumar went for 15 runs, Morkel for 2. He built pressure for Narine to exploit. He came back in the 14th & conceded 3. With the pressure really on, Rohit attacked him in the 16th, and promptly lost his wicket. It was a very valuable bowling performance.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | April 17, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    This was expected on the backdrop of poor player choices in the IPL auction. A team like RR made brilliant "value for money" purchases while MI stuck to it's picking the "biggest hype" player before the auction in Anderson like they did with Pollard in 2008.

    The problem is they dropped the very players who won them two titles last year viz. Johnson, Smith and Maxwell and picked players like bhajji,zak and hussey who are no longer good enough.

    I see a very tough season for MI ahead.

  • POSTED BY ME_ZAAN on | April 17, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    I didn't understand why some people criticise to Shakib,when he get to chance 1st eleven, allways he try to deliver at his best,even bat or ball.if kolkata ignore Shakib's talent,i think that will be a big fault.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 17, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Gambhir's trategy of "Right horses for the right courses" paid rich dividends. It was very canny captaincy in rotation of the Bowlers that made MI's batting look very fragle. Rohit Sharma will have to go to his plan B in chasing such tall targets of 163 or have better bowling to restrict the opposition to 140. His other alternative is to promote Anderson to #4 so that hitting starts earlier. There is lot of room to manovour, this being the first match. Gambhir had a plan of action & executed it to perfection. His touch of bringing on Narine to attack Hussey & his fearlessness in bringing Chawla to attack Pollard & Anderson was a stroke of Genius or Luck! It really paid off. Of course Narine was his trump card & he exploited it very well. Morkel's pace & bounce kept Rohit & Rayudu on backfoot. All in all it was a fine team work by KKR both in batting & bowling to pull off a great win in their opening match. Unfortunately Gambhir was out for a duck which will be remedied in Match #2.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    It been a good game for inagural match for KKR,Kallis usually good rotator but this match he has acclerate in 13th and 14 th over was awesome,this is key KKR posted 160+ score on board,Pandey supported well,i have been the Mumbai Fan.but the way mumbai played not spirited,Mumbai has to learn and come back strongly.pollard should have to utilized early.i cant understand why mumbai not even tested

  • POSTED BY Speng on | April 17, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Who put Malinga to field at short fine leg? I've never had the impression that he's a great fielder - captain's error.

    Sunil is the young bowling prince of IPL but why would you play him for the offie when he pitches it middle and leg? You've got to know the leg cutter is coming. To be fair two of his wickets were to lefties and when he pitches it on a lefty's off-stump it's got be hell when you can't pick him (e.g. Hussey).

    Still amazed that so many rate Pollard, I'm a Windies fan and even I know he can't bat spin or the swinging ball, against Morkel and Narine he'd just be slowing things down or get out. He's OK where he is - he can either be a hero with a quick 30 or a zero.

    Corey Anderson is going to be important for them whether he performs or not.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    All d best Mumbai Indians. ...

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 16, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Kallis proves why he is King.... and Malings shows why he is the best in the business! Great show by two stalwarts of the game!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Y only Kallis, What about Malinga, ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    All the best for kkr and Shakib Al Hasan :)

  • POSTED BY TharakaNilupul on | April 16, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    without SL players it seem like boring

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    kkr will win many things on stake

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    superb jack!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    awesome performance by kkr specially by narine jack nd morne it was kkr today.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 16, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Pollard in to late, with too much to do... Smith missed at the top, MK Hussey lost the game ....

    wasting 1st 2 overs.. made him HAVE to go after Narine ! that was not very smart ....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 16, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    KKR have best bowling attack followed by SRH

    Well done kkr

Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi April 16, 2014

Kolkata open with thumping victory

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran
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Kolkata 163 for 5 (Kallis 72, Pandey 64, Malinga 4-23) beat Mumbai 122 for 7 (Narine 4-20) by 41 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Sunil Narine wipes out Mumbai with 4 for 20

On a green Abu Dhabi pitch that had plenty of bounce, Kolkata cruised to a big win over defending champions Mumbai in the opening game of the season. The biggest difference was the impact made by the teams' overseas players: Lasith Malinga was the only one who delivered for Mumbai, but for Kolkata Jacques Kallis set up the innings with a 72, Morne Morkel squeezed the chase with a burst of 2-0-2-0 at the start of the innings, and Sunil Narine scalped four as he became the quickest bowler to 50 wickets in the tournament.

Kolkata, on choosing to bat, began poorly with their captain Gautam Gambhir scratching around for a eight-ball duck that was ended by a pinpoint Malinga yorker. Manish Pandey, whose most famous feat remains his breakthrough century in the 2009 season, grabbed his chance at No. 3, and put on a 131-run stand with Kallis.

It was slow going early on, with only four fours and a six in the first 10 overs. Kallis has regularly faced questions over the pacing of his innings in Twenty20s, and when he was 34 off 31 in the 14th over, the murmurs were at their loudest, especially as Kolkata had a bunch of hitters waiting for their chance. On the next delivery, Malinga put down a sitter off Kallis at short fine leg. It prompted a series of big hits from Kallis. He ransacked 37 off his next 13 deliveries, including two sixes and a four off a Pragyan Ojha over.

Pandey, who hasn't quite lived up to the Twenty20 reputation earned by that out-of-the-blue knock, also quickened his pace after getting to his half-century, even slugging a Malinga slower ball for six. After a couple of seasons in which he has struggled to hold down a spot in the XI, this innings should give him a bit of a run in the side. After his dismissal, Malinga struck twice in his final over, before Suryakumar Yadav played a couple of innovative strokes to lift Kolkata to 163.

The last time Morkel played an official T20, he was taken for 50 runs in three overs. He was up against Michael Hussey, the highest run-getter of the previous season. Morkel exploited the bounce in the pitch to drain away any momentum the chase could gather, and Hussey had one of his worst outings as he pottered around for 13-ball 3 before falling to Narine.

Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma, two of the stalwarts of Mumbai over the years, tried to up the scoring but against an attack that didn't give away much on a surface where the ball wasn't quite coming on, the asking rate kept on increasing. They put on 61 off 45 deliveries, but when Rohit perished to a tumbling Kallis catch off Morkel in the 16th over, the game was virtually over.

Mumbai needed 63 off 28, but their big-hitting allrounders, Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson, had a horrid time against the guile of Narine, who ended with figures of 4 for 20 to ensure a resounding win for Kolkata.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo