Royal Challengers v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 24, 2014

RCB lose after having game in the bag

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Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 7 (Lynn 45, Kallis 43, Aaron 3-16) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 148 for 5 (Takawale 40) by two runs
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How quickly does a Twenty20 game change? Ask Royal Challengers Bangalore. For virtually the entire duration, the match was in their grasp: their bowlers had combined to limit Kolkata Knight Riders to 150 on a flat track in Sharjah, their openers had put them on course in the chase, and even though Yuvraj Singh flapped about towards the end, the asking-rate was never out of hand. Even at the start of the final over with two renowned finishers, AB de Villiers and Albie Morkel, in the middle, Royal Challengers were favourites.

Nine runs were needed, and Knight Riders' two major threats, Sunil Narine and Morne Morkel, had bowled out. Vinay Kumar stepped up to the job and delivered an over filled with full deliveries that kept his old team down to six, sparking delirious celebrations from the Knight Riders camp.

When a bowler defends nine off the final over in a Twenty20, that too against some of the finest hitters in the world, you'd expect him to hog the headlines. However, it is Chris Lynn who everyone will be talking about after he took a preposterous, acrobatic catch to send back de Villiers and turn the game in the final over.

De Villiers was looking to clear the long boundary at midwicket - the pitch was at the edge of the square - and though he connected well, there wasn't enough to clear the rope. He might still have survived, as Lynn had slipped and fallen before the ball got to him. That didn't deter Lynn, who leapt up and plucked that powerful hit bending his back like a high-jumper, and flopped to the ground, somehow managing it all without touching the rope which was a yard behind.

Given the sheer athleticism involved, the stage of the game, and the player who was dismissed by it, it's hard to see how Lynn's catch will be topped this season. "I slipped and I thought if I stood up and dropped the catch, it would look very silly, so just stayed down," was Lynn's straight-faced explanation when asked about his game-changing grab.

After de Villiers' exit Royal Challengers needed six off two, not entirely out of reach, especially for a hitter like Morkel. But the catch left Royal Challengers stunned, and even though the final delivery was a hittable full toss, Morkel couldn't put it away, and Knight Riders' jailbreak was complete.

The high drama at the end masked a diffident performance from Knight Riders for much of the game. The only other passage in the match when they looked in control was when Lynn was in the middle, swatting sixes off the returning Muttiah Muralitharan. Lynn, bought as an afterthought in the IPL auctions, showed some of the big-hitting that has earned him loyal fans in the Big Bash League.

Lynn put on 80 for the third wicket with Jacques Kallis, after Gautam Gambhir fell for his third successive duck and the in-form Manish Pandey faltered. Lynn's dismissal in the 12th over drained the momentum from Knight Riders' innings and they finished on what seemed an inadequate score. Varun Aaron showed he had control as well as pace, and legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal turned in his third impressive performance in a row to keep the Knight Riders in check.

Royal Challengers' dominance increased after their openers, Parthiv Patel and Yogesh Takawale, provided a strong start, and Virat Kohli was at his usual best to guide the chase along. Narine was watchfully played out till Kohli was bamboozled off the penultimate ball of his spell to give Knight Riders a faint chance. Yuvraj couldn't force the pace towards the end, reviving memories of his painful World Twenty20 final innings and giving Knight Riders more of a grip on the game, before Vinay and Lynn yanked it out of Royal Challengers' hands.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | April 24, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Chris Lynn pulled of one of the greatest athletic feats ever witnessed on a cricket field like an acrobat performing in a circus,to win a match for his side..9out of 10 times a shot like that would have gone for a six.Bangalore were coasting along till Kohli was dimissed by Narine by a sensational delivery.Yuvraj was simply not his element and Devilliers should have come in instead of yuvraj.Full credit to Kolkata for displaying such strong mental resilience when facing almost imminent defeat.Few games could better show how the fall of just one important wicket can completely turn the complexion of a t-20 match.Infact Bangalore should have won easily and but for Lynn's sensational catch would have got home making heavy weather of a comfortable target.The game also reflects a trend where irrespective of wickets in hand a challenging run rate is still a crucial factor.One also learns about the importance of organizing a finish in a run chase.

  • POSTED BY Shyjinth on | April 26, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Just another bad day at office !!!!! RCB--don't let the loss dampen your spirits. You're great team filled with match winners , bowling has been a revelation & have it in you to go all the way to the final.... Having said that, what an incredible catch by Chriss Lynn ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    GG i not scoring but his team is winning. that matters only.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    I wont be surprised if teams start dropping catches of Yuvraj. They should. Its a great strategy for any team to stop RCB from scoring & putting pressure on the batsmen at his opposite end to score.If they did yesterday,RCB should've lost that by a bigger margin. Its just embarrassing and he doesn't even realize it. 14 crores,Yuvraj can have that,but losing that pride and respect among the fans is irreversible.Yuvraj lost that respect when he was blocking deliveries and playing for his own place in the team rather than even trying to win a WC for India at T20.He has been struggling since his comeback and it feels like Charity Tournaments for him.WCT20 was a warmup tournament for him,when he was just picked because he is "Yuvi" without proving anything in Ranji.Besides 3-4 T20s innings(And a dead rubber against Aus with no pressure),Yuv hasnt done much since 2 years. How much is this going to cost India and RCB more?Its a joke when you need other players to always shield you(MSD,SRT)

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    @CPT.Meanster Tell me one IPL performer who has got an extended run in the Indian team. If you want I can give you a whole list of players who are IPL performers and are never seen in the internationa test/ODI circuit . The class is missing. I have greater respect for people who perform in the Ranji Trophy than in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    What has happened to Yuvraj, this dude is done. He has lost his confidence, and I hope he never plays for India again, he is not the same which is fine. He won us one world cup but please you are done. With that said RCB can be the best team in the IPL but they consistently end up playing close game, if they want to win the trophy they will have to depend on players that can deliver in batting and bowing during crunch situations and YUVRAJ is not that player, He is not the same and they are not going to win with him.

  • POSTED BY Subhajit111 on | April 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    There was a lot of people chanting about RCB's batting & their middle order power but,what call the real batting strength shown by KKR. 3 matches & 3 partnerships delivered in 1st one Manish&Kallis,in 2nd Manish & Robin, &in 3rd Kallis & Lynn. And then the fielding helping a lot to the KKR bowling.Before the match started except the KKR fans everyone supporting RCB but KKR proved again that this game isn't played only with big names. Great Job #KKR,#Lynn,#Narine,#Kallis ,Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 25, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    @ ramz30380 complains "If AB and Albie cudnt score 10 from 9 balls, are ppl kidding to blame Yuvi! Why is he made a scape goat always! I am not a big Yuvi fan, but anyone with cricket sense will see for themslves wht happened on the field!"

    What happened on the field is that Yuvraj faced 34 balls. Morkel faced 5, AB faced 11. Yuvraj had time to get settled, to get his eye in, to get used to the pace of the pitch, all in the middle over. Yuvraj got out tamely by hitting the ball straight to deep point. AB hit a boundary clearing ball that would have won the game, but was inches short enough for Lynn to take a 1 in a million catch.

    Yuvraj took up 34 balls, a total of 5.4 overs, a little over a quarter of of the balls RCB faced, and managed 31 runs. Virat scored 31 off 23 balls.

    What happened out in the field is that AB came in facing the scoreboard pressure Yuvraj had created, & failed by inches to an incredible catch, whereas Yuvraj took up a quarter of RCB's innings, and wasted it!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    kkr need to still change combination and batting order 1.manish pandey 2 jaques kallis 3. chris lynn/gg 4. chris lynn/gg 5. robin uthappa 6. saqib al hasan/ryan ten deoschate 7. sk yadav 8. piyush chawla 9. vinay kumar 10. sunil narine 11. umesh yadav

  • POSTED BY KrikIndFan on | April 25, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    No one could have doubted the talent & skill in the batting lineup of RCB. Any amount of total wasn't enough for someone like Kohli, the master chaser along with Yuvi & ABD, but kudos to KKR for some amazing bowling to keep them under pressure and getting crucial wickets at the right moment. Above all Chris Lynn along with his 45 runs took one of the most bizarre & unbelievable catch ever witnessed. Congrats KKR, you deserve this.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | April 24, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Chris Lynn pulled of one of the greatest athletic feats ever witnessed on a cricket field like an acrobat performing in a circus,to win a match for his side..9out of 10 times a shot like that would have gone for a six.Bangalore were coasting along till Kohli was dimissed by Narine by a sensational delivery.Yuvraj was simply not his element and Devilliers should have come in instead of yuvraj.Full credit to Kolkata for displaying such strong mental resilience when facing almost imminent defeat.Few games could better show how the fall of just one important wicket can completely turn the complexion of a t-20 match.Infact Bangalore should have won easily and but for Lynn's sensational catch would have got home making heavy weather of a comfortable target.The game also reflects a trend where irrespective of wickets in hand a challenging run rate is still a crucial factor.One also learns about the importance of organizing a finish in a run chase.

  • POSTED BY Shyjinth on | April 26, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Just another bad day at office !!!!! RCB--don't let the loss dampen your spirits. You're great team filled with match winners , bowling has been a revelation & have it in you to go all the way to the final.... Having said that, what an incredible catch by Chriss Lynn ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    GG i not scoring but his team is winning. that matters only.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    I wont be surprised if teams start dropping catches of Yuvraj. They should. Its a great strategy for any team to stop RCB from scoring & putting pressure on the batsmen at his opposite end to score.If they did yesterday,RCB should've lost that by a bigger margin. Its just embarrassing and he doesn't even realize it. 14 crores,Yuvraj can have that,but losing that pride and respect among the fans is irreversible.Yuvraj lost that respect when he was blocking deliveries and playing for his own place in the team rather than even trying to win a WC for India at T20.He has been struggling since his comeback and it feels like Charity Tournaments for him.WCT20 was a warmup tournament for him,when he was just picked because he is "Yuvi" without proving anything in Ranji.Besides 3-4 T20s innings(And a dead rubber against Aus with no pressure),Yuv hasnt done much since 2 years. How much is this going to cost India and RCB more?Its a joke when you need other players to always shield you(MSD,SRT)

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    @CPT.Meanster Tell me one IPL performer who has got an extended run in the Indian team. If you want I can give you a whole list of players who are IPL performers and are never seen in the internationa test/ODI circuit . The class is missing. I have greater respect for people who perform in the Ranji Trophy than in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    What has happened to Yuvraj, this dude is done. He has lost his confidence, and I hope he never plays for India again, he is not the same which is fine. He won us one world cup but please you are done. With that said RCB can be the best team in the IPL but they consistently end up playing close game, if they want to win the trophy they will have to depend on players that can deliver in batting and bowing during crunch situations and YUVRAJ is not that player, He is not the same and they are not going to win with him.

  • POSTED BY Subhajit111 on | April 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    There was a lot of people chanting about RCB's batting & their middle order power but,what call the real batting strength shown by KKR. 3 matches & 3 partnerships delivered in 1st one Manish&Kallis,in 2nd Manish & Robin, &in 3rd Kallis & Lynn. And then the fielding helping a lot to the KKR bowling.Before the match started except the KKR fans everyone supporting RCB but KKR proved again that this game isn't played only with big names. Great Job #KKR,#Lynn,#Narine,#Kallis ,Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 25, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    @ ramz30380 complains "If AB and Albie cudnt score 10 from 9 balls, are ppl kidding to blame Yuvi! Why is he made a scape goat always! I am not a big Yuvi fan, but anyone with cricket sense will see for themslves wht happened on the field!"

    What happened on the field is that Yuvraj faced 34 balls. Morkel faced 5, AB faced 11. Yuvraj had time to get settled, to get his eye in, to get used to the pace of the pitch, all in the middle over. Yuvraj got out tamely by hitting the ball straight to deep point. AB hit a boundary clearing ball that would have won the game, but was inches short enough for Lynn to take a 1 in a million catch.

    Yuvraj took up 34 balls, a total of 5.4 overs, a little over a quarter of of the balls RCB faced, and managed 31 runs. Virat scored 31 off 23 balls.

    What happened out in the field is that AB came in facing the scoreboard pressure Yuvraj had created, & failed by inches to an incredible catch, whereas Yuvraj took up a quarter of RCB's innings, and wasted it!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    kkr need to still change combination and batting order 1.manish pandey 2 jaques kallis 3. chris lynn/gg 4. chris lynn/gg 5. robin uthappa 6. saqib al hasan/ryan ten deoschate 7. sk yadav 8. piyush chawla 9. vinay kumar 10. sunil narine 11. umesh yadav

  • POSTED BY KrikIndFan on | April 25, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    No one could have doubted the talent & skill in the batting lineup of RCB. Any amount of total wasn't enough for someone like Kohli, the master chaser along with Yuvi & ABD, but kudos to KKR for some amazing bowling to keep them under pressure and getting crucial wickets at the right moment. Above all Chris Lynn along with his 45 runs took one of the most bizarre & unbelievable catch ever witnessed. Congrats KKR, you deserve this.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 25, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Why this hatred on Yuvi?! AB - the 2nd best finisher of the game (MSD is the 1st for me) cudnt score as well - he scored 11 out of 12 balls and refused a single to Albie Morkel, before hitting it out for a spectacular catch to Lynn. Albie cudnt hit a full toss - the last ball for a boundary which he had done so many times for CSK before! So, it was not Yuvi's fault alone! Also Yuvi faced 2 overs from Narine, even the best cant play him, so plz stop criticising him.

    If AB and Albie cudnt score 10 from 9 balls, are ppl kidding to blame Yuvi! Why is he made a scape goat always! I am not a big Yuvi fan, but anyone with cricket sense will see for themslves wht happened on the field!

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    yuvi bating like test match not t20 lynn Catch win the match

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 25, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Stop whining and blaming yuvi for everythin........10 runs off 8 balls ab and morkel should have won us the match...........and it's just ipl......cricket is not life just a sport!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 25, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Kholi has to keep his temper in controll Even he is a far better player he need to finish these kind of games a little mistake cost him a. Loss

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | April 25, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    It was Narine who created all the tension in the run chase, not least by dismissing Kholi of course. Couldn't believe the commentators saying he should attack the batsman more; why risk getting it wrong and going for runs? His 4 overs are around 10 runs cheaper than the norm, adding half a run per over at least to the asking rate, stifling the batsman's rhythm, and creating tension where it shouldn't exist. Great game to watch, love low scoring games, much more exciting than 6 hitting competitions!

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    all are forget they not taken single when the 18th over ab are not taken... if they taken that single.... this match will be tie... and some chance to win RCB

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 25, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    The funny thing is that KKR bought Lynn as an after thought. They barely have explosive batsmen since Pathan is out of form. This is why I keep warranting Tendo's inclusion as well. Today Lynn was by far the best batsman. Imagine what the score would've been with Tendo in there. KKR still need some tweaking, their combination is not perfect and they barely pulled this off.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    'Catches win the matches', the catch of Chris Lynn is perfect example for this statement. What an incredible catch, just for a fraction of seconds, it could have gone for a six and KKR lost the match but instead it happened to Bangalore. In past several players have taken some brilliant catches in Cricket, such as Jonty Rhodes, Paul Collingwood, Mark Waught etc. etc. but this one was something special, to pick the ball flying backside is unbelievable. Chris Lynn batted very well also, really, he is very essential player for KKR.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    don,t worry gautam with your form because you have done a great job with your captaincy while kkr on lost stage of match and a great change in your playing 11 you takes chris lynn replace of shakib and umesh yadav replace of chawla but you need to replace cummins of morkel ok BEST OF LUCK KKR

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Any team has to play well till the last ball

  • POSTED BY SHEREHIND on | April 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Yuvi does not look the same anymore, the flamboyance is there but substance is missing.

    He may produce one or two innings of note, but that may be 2 out of 50. He need to have deep rethought on where he stood and ask for some advice from a genuine fellow player, who could tell him the truth. Self belief is o.k but then an outsider only can tell him the real flaws.

    Just look at Sehwag , Gambhir, Bhajji - all of them say the same thing that do not see any thing untoward in their performance, but to tell the truth, the writing is on the wall, otherwise Dhoni who is a stubborn Captain who defies all logic to drop a from the team, would not have them out of the team.

  • POSTED BY venkat.bmw on | April 25, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Yuvi and Gambhir lost their confidence entirely ... They shd play county more !!!

  • POSTED BY Pandeyjii on | April 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    So, the Chokers came to the fore, and did it again (losing from a winning position) . . . Yuvraj should not be blamed this time, match was still very much alive after he departed . . . anyways Greatest catch ever that I have seen

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh is over rated.All hype and no bite.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    That was a big match for KKR and Chris Lynn who everyone will be talking about after he took a preposterous, acrobatic catch to send back de Villiers and turn the game in the final over. So now over the match and the very interesting and i was enjoy the match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    A narrow escape for KKR last night. KKR batting looks promising but its high time yusuf should be dropped and let das come in. Yesterday he played such an irresponsible shot that dried up the runs. It will be interesting on will be left out once the match is on a rank turner cuz too many pacers played yesterday and Shakib/Chawla/Kuldeep need a look in once it is a turning track.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    what a game, second time luck plays the part

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Yuvraj pushed the match to last over..like WC T20 against WI...hahahah well done KKR.. thank god CSK dosnt have selfish ones like Yuvraj...

  • POSTED BY Phorenguy on | April 25, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    My KKR XI for subsequent games (In order of batting) : 1. Kallis (Play the anchor role), 2. Uthappa (Impact player during power-play), 3. Gauti (Best player against middle-over spin), 4. Lynn (Impact player during middle overs / finisher), 5. Yousuf (Slog specialist during last 5 overs), 6. Pandey (Floating player in case of early wickets), 7. Bisla (Specialist WK to handle Narine & Chawla), 8. Chawla, 9. Vinay, 10. Narine, 11. Morne / Cummins (whoever is in form) ... Remain postive and just go out and play your natural game !!!

  • POSTED BY dganger on | April 25, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    One of the greatest catch I have ever witnessed, its a super human effort from ChrisLynn

  • POSTED BY ramli on | April 25, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Finishing is not always easy and this where MSD scores over others ... quick running, converting ones into twos, big hitting whenever needed, etc. ... KKR needs to be praised simply because they did not give-up ... RCB's compulsion of giving Yuvaraj all the rope just because he was an expensive buy is beginning to hurt them ... MI did not do this mistake last season ... they kept out Maxwell even though he was an expensive buy ... DeVilliers has to come earlier than Yuvaraj

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Yuvraj again proved that he plays for himself and doesn't give a shit about the team he plays for.. just so he can save his wicket and make runs makes him play fewer risk shots and eat up deliveries.. anyways, lynn catch was a proof that "Catches win Matches"!!

  • POSTED BY Kannan1946 on | April 25, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    It is hi time that Yuvaraj realises that he is ruining the chances of his team's win by consuming more balls without scoring. During the World Cup final Commentator Nasir Husain said that either Yuvaraj should hit out or get out. Also I would blame the Captains to some extent for sending Yuvaraj early.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Yuvraj should bat after AB. He is going to cost RCB more games with his batting.

  • POSTED BY arbi785 on | April 25, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    welldone Vinay for the last over.

    Dhoni relied on Yuvi during the T20 World cup final and lost the cup.

    Kholi probably done the same feat against KKR.

    ABD should have come ahead of Yuvi.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Good match KKR.. but the bad thing is Gambhir is not playing well he played 3 match but his score is O O O he need to improve .....

  • POSTED BY DontMessWithZohan on | April 25, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    why is yusuf pathan still in playing 11? why? Why? WHY??

  • POSTED BY Aravind_Verified on | April 25, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    You should admire Gambhir for his captaincy..even after got his third consecutive duck he is courageous enough to lead the team in the pressure situations..any other player would bog down during these situations thinking about their personal form..but that is not the case with gambhir..that's why gambhir is such a good team player..he will come back strongly..no doubt

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 25, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    It's easy to blame Yuvi again but, this match was there for the taking even after he got out. AB and Albie at the crease with only 10 needed of 9 balls. Not the first time two SA batsmen choked in the last over :). But that catch was something!

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    RCB lost the match due to Yuvi. He eat many balls overs between 16 to 19 and not rotating strike. To win matches in coming matches Virat has send change the batting order and to promote ABD, otherwise Yuvi will ruin their chances. Virat wake up.... See the new boy Takawale... full of energy in batting.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 25, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    great catch by lynn, good bowling by Vinaykumar, but bad batting by Yuvraj sing. ABD,Albei came late. ABD should bat up the order, Yuvraj should come after that, he is eating too many balls, doesn't even rotate the strike. Anyway full credits to Lynn.Vinaykumar.

  • POSTED BY Sautrik on | April 25, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Nice one KKR... dunno why people are blaming yuvraj for RCB's defeat though. 10 runs off 9 balls with AB and albie at the crease is usually a piece of cake. then again, got to admire vinay kumar holding his nerve is that final over.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 25, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    It seems evry1 is still in the hangover of lynn's spectacular catch..bt for me its sunil narine's mystery delivery dat bamboozld kohli that turned the match.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Repeat of world cup t20 final for Yuvraj...

    Wasting balls... unable to connect...

  • POSTED BY AVRAJAN on | April 25, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    The match was lost because of Yuvaraj. See, he has scored 31 of 34 balls with two fours and a six. That means he has scored 14 runs of 3 balls and 17 out of 31 balls. This is not the way to bat in T-20s. While Maxwell is trying to it a six even when he is in 90s out Indian approach is to save the place for next match. Due to Yuvaraj's poor technique this time RCB lost the match.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 25, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    The usual suspects Narine,Morne and of course Yuvi being diff. again in this game . No surprises. The bolt from the blue -young C Linn. Another v special young Aussie batting talent and showing us why on the big stage when given his 1st opp. for KKR. Well done to their mgmt. And ,seeing his fielding -that catch-1 can safely assume he isn't bad in fielding dept. either. I mentioned Yuvi. Brought back scenes of t20 wc F v SL with his struggling inngs. This time though, proving 'costly' for RCB! -:)

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Lesson learned. Don't leave it till last over

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 25, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    In T20, the match is not won until it's won. The word words like cruising, match was in the bag should not be used. One no ball, one free hit, one miss field, one spectacular catch can win or lose you the game. What an amazing catch that was from Lynn. It was just miraculous. Breathtaking.

  • POSTED BY shaker_elee on | April 25, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Over all this defeat for bangalore is well taught lesson,the match was in RCB bag all the way till middle, but the yuvi's complaceny and mediacore batting ....with not in control of the match till end...this guy is not with full confidence and not connecting the ball nor serious in taking singles..how can he allow to ruin the winning chances..rather get out some 4 overs when we RCB needs to 28 in last 4 overs..rather creating pressure on ABD and others....if quite a few new comers or international players can score good 40+ and 70+ at 150-200 strike rate..it is of great shame indian batsmen strugle..and more hyped with exp in the likes of YUVI..it is even more frustrating...Yuvi and gambir...you both do not deserve place in next IPL nor indian side for rest of your life.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | April 25, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    See, the result of dropping shakib. When kkr has great player like gambhir, yousuf pathan, why you guys need shakib. Who can't ball, bat or field?. Just drop him for entire series, and you will win the world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    RCB deserves it!! In fact it is a GOD taught lesson. State team is domestic champions in all form of game and not a single player was bought by RCB! Ironically there were 3 in KKR, who were from Bangalore. For a change I am not unhappy for RCB loosing this match.

  • POSTED BY shahancricinfoofficial on | April 25, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Chris Lynn pulled of one of the greatest athletic feats ever witnessed on a cricket field like an acrobat performing in a circus,to win a match for his side..9out of 10 times a shot like that would have gone for a six.Bangalore were coasting along till Kohli was dimissed by Narine by a sensational delivery.Yuvraj was simply not his element and Devilliers should have come in instead of yuvraj.Full credit to Kolkata for displaying such strong mental resilience when facing almost imminent defeat.Few games could better show how the fall of just one important wicket can completely turn the complexion of a t-20 match.Infact Bangalore should have won easily and but for Lynn's sensational catch would have got home making heavy weather of a comfortable target.The game also reflects a trend where irrespective of wickets in hand a challenging run rate is still a crucial factor.One also learns about the importance of organizing a finish in a run chase.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Kohli doing the same mistake what dhoni did ,i.e playing yuvraj at no4 . He need to play abd at no4 ,if ab batted 34 balls ,he would have scored more than 31 ..

  • POSTED BY Dominic532 on | April 25, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    WOH! WOH! WOH! RCB lost a match form their hands.RCB always play good in the start but i they start loosing then they lose their momentum.We can say poor batting for RCB or excellent bowling by KKR.Chris Lynn he is a good choice for KKR and the catch was a STUNNER AMAZING AWESOME.Changed the course o match. From now KKR may comeback.Gambhir might not open.KKR not get a good start nad put pressures on other batsmen.Gambhir should try other option or down himself in the batting order to no-3 or 4

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    One week into IPL and there are only 3 (Three) real contenders, Bangalore, Mohali (Punjab) and Chennai, the rest 5 are just pretenders. They simply do not have the balance. What a drag?

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    i left work just before the end, convinced that bangalore had won and there was no need to follow the final couple of overs. congratters to kumar for producing what was obviously a steyn-esque final over. the win, though, is only papering the cracks. if kallis fails kkr will lose - he provided the innings ballast, as in the first match, that got kkr to a defensible total. well done chris lynn for becoming the other batsman in the kkr lineup - and, as always, a big pat on the back to narine. take his four overs away and the run-rate goes up significantly for the other bowlers to defend. a lucky win, but we'll take it

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 25, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Calling this a mediocre game is not right. The catch for dismissing devillers was of very high level. Also the ball that bowled Kohli was very high quality. Only Yuvi's struggle to connect the ball was mediocre.

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | April 25, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    If KKR wants to perform consistently then Gambhir need to be selfless and like Chandimal (dropping himself during T20WC), should drop himself so as to have some runs from the top order. They also understand that this is 2014 and today's Yusuf Pathan is a pale shadow of the YP of 2009, thus in reality KKR is only playing with 9 players. RCB apparently took KKR lightly, why else would they select an out of touch Muralidhran. They also need to realize that paying so much for Yuvi was a blunder but to keep playing him to justify that is a bigger blunder. If such a high priced batsman is visibly scared of fast/short pitched bowling then he is past his shelf life at international level.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | April 25, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    lolz at this analysis ...

    RCB was cruising to win in 18 overs !

    KK did the required , by bowling Narine early to haul them back into the game every time RCb threatened to get away ..

    All Narine had to do was make sure you have 10 runs to defend in the 20th... and it becomes a 50/50 game .....

    and getting Kholi out when he did was a MAJOR factor ..... If Kholi had survived those 3 balls from Narine , RBC would ahve won in 18 over....

    The game was made in that final Narine over vs Kholi ....

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    It is ironical that Bangalore's Manish Pandey, Uthappa, & Vinay Kumar were part of a team that beat RC Bangalore! RCB, please note!

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | April 25, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    @Jibin Cr : 100% True... Shakib is just consuming a Foreigner's Slot without any contribution... Just like Pathan who himself don't know how he manages to play all the Games... Add Gambhir's Hat-trick of Ducks to it & the Picture is complete... Gambhir cannot be dropped as he is still the biggest Player in the team... & Pathan has been carried for so long by KKR... It is important for KKR to trust him for 1 last time and let him play all the matches in this IPL... As for Shakib, he has to go.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 25, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    There is a difference between devillers scoring and Yuvi scoring. Yuvi struggled to put bat on the ball which devillers did not do. Yuvi is just existing because of his ability to hit Six of loose balls. Once you see the glorious six all the struggles to do the basic things are forgotten.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 25, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    I don't know y kkr retained gambir that too for 12.5 crore. he is very poor at batting as well as captaining. Yusuf buy also not worthy he can't hit a six to good fast bowler. y 14crore to yuvi. only 3overseas batters in RCb. Gayle unfit. nick failed. kohli opted to go wit muruli. bad move by rcb. abd should bat at no 4.

  • POSTED BY Manu_reddy on | April 25, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    People are calling catch by Lynn as spectacular but in my opinion its a good catch but not spectacular bcs if he was standing near the rope then ball would have gone straight to him...... The 3 catches i rate very highly are the catches taken by collingwood against aus, abd against pak and jadeja against west Indies..

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 25, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    The fans of Shakib/Sakib (they spell it both ways) are perhaps the most loyal. Despite his unremarkable performances this IPL, they are convinced he should play every match. Unfortunately, they seem to have very bad timing when expressing that belief.

    @ Fayzul Pavel believes that "Without sakib kkr is nothing." Astounding - the mighty RCB batting was defeated by … nothing?

    @ Masum Tufa was convinced that "kkr gonna definitely loose this match without sakib al hasan.." It seems KKR very definitely won because Shakib/Sakib did NOT play!

    @ Ebrahim Khalil thinks "Shakib is always preferable than Chris Lynn... Today KKR going to die without Shakib against Kohli & Co." KKR would have "died" WITHOUT Chris Lynn: most runs; that incredible, game saving catch; Player of the Match...

    @ Abdullah Rubel asked "Shakib is not in the team. who takes KKR decisions?" KKR decisions are taken by whoever was smart enough to replace Shakib/Sakib with Chris Lynn!

    A sad sad day for Shakib/Sakib fans!

  • POSTED BY jaguar7777 on | April 25, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    yuvraj singh does it again. virat kohli's insistance on buying yuvraj singh at an astronomical price might cost title contenders rcb dearly as virat to prove a point might play him despite poor performances.it is clearly evident that yuvraj singh's time has gone and a strike rate of less than 100% is unacceptable.he can murder poor to average bowling on current form but is helpless against fast and good quality spin bowling.mr vijay maliya deserves better than that.unless and until the best eleven players are selected on current form and performances. rcb i am afraid will be left high and dry once again this year.one man(virat does not make an army)i hope common sense will prevail

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | April 25, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    Honestly, still dont think kohli is captain material. He's a great player, there's no doubt about that, but his temperament on the field last night was just not captain-like. He got agitated too easily. For e.g., even when there was a slight misfield (which wasn't even the fielders fault, but rather the bounce), he was evidently annoyed and changed the fielder's position immediately. Although, its good to be competitive and have that attitude, but as captain, I don't think such an outward display of his feelings is good for his side, and would be sending the wrong message to the opposition.

  • POSTED BY on | April 25, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    KKR needs to review the composition of their team. Have they defined at ole for Yusuf Pathan he is so confused. Someone should tell him to play the ten to twelve deliveries before he starts to consider hitting. He send to have lost his timing, lost his focus, lost his appetite, lost everything. How long is he going to play like this. Gautam Ghamnir is playing from memory. He has to have his role defined too. At 33 Gautams eye sight may not be perfect, but his reflexes too are getting to be slow. Ball on the middle and leg normally is bread and butter for Indians. He made mess of it. Means he has lost his reflexes. May be he can take a break too and get someone in. Even a Shukla should do well. Also Surya Yadav needs to move up the order. Lucky KKR on the whole!

  • POSTED BY cricarch on | April 25, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    "Bend it like Beckham"..and now "Latch it like Lynn". That was absolutely phenomenal to watch!

  • POSTED BY Dejected_Indian_Fan on | April 24, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    "Yuvraj couldn't force the pace towards the end, reviving memories of his painful World Twenty20 final innings" - yes sir, the 14 crore purchase delivers the goods once again!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    Chris Lynn's catch was outstanding no doubt,but we may call it outsitting as it was taken in sitting position. He is the Lynch pin of the victory and may we call him, Chris Lynchpin

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    Ah, well, two south african's at the crease. #choke

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Tests: technique, skill, quality but boring for most. T20: Exciting!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    DE Villiers could not score 10 runs off 8 balls .....n u all blame Yuvi..get a life....u haters

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    how can RCB loose this while in the driving seat is unbelieable.May be over confidence or T20 at its best anyway congrats to KKR

  • POSTED BY Abhijeth_Manohar on | April 24, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    What...I switched off my TV when RCB needed some 50 odd runs off 8 overs with 8 wickets and Kohli and Yuvi in the middle...Arrrgggghh. I missed a great match

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | April 24, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    yuvi was too slow again exerting pressure on AB

  • POSTED BY bgshankar on | April 24, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    RCB innings reminded me the kindergarten story "Rabbit and Turtle"

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | April 24, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    AB-D and AM should have been told that it wasn't a knock-out game.

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Canada on | April 24, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    My KKR team for next match - Kallis, Bisla, Pandey, Lynn, Uttapa, Yadav, Gambhir, Chawla, Vinay, Narine, Morkel. Gambhir can be replaced with an Indian allrounder for a match ortwo. Pathan must go for a match or two (he is not the same big hitter anymore). Bilsla will help Narine, Chawla to get ore wicket. This should be tried in the next match and based on the performace in the next match, future team combination should be worked out.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    gambhir should rest . shakib shud be un starting eleven. Uttappa should open with Kallis.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Chris Lynn's catch should be the best one in the Cricket History

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Gambhir should hand over captaincy to someone else. KKR should have retained Sakib for starting eleven. Uttappa should open with Kallis.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 24, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    RCB were 141 for 4 when Yuvraj was out @ 18.4 overs. With 8 balls left & AB de Villiers at the crease, match should have been won with balls to spare. For him 10 runs in 8 balls is a child's play! Instead they fell short by 3 runs. Both the captains made mistakes in their batting order. To start with Gambhir in his present form with "3 Ducks in a row" should come #5 & let Uthappa open the innings- because he is in form & was always been an opener for short format. Similarly AB de Villiers should be at #4 before Yuvraj. AB de is the most dominant striker of the ball. Sending him that late is a waste- an out of form Yuvraj cannot score fast. Yuvraj batted at a S/R of 92. Pujara was heavily criticised for batting at S/R of 105 to 110. How can Yuvraj's S/R of 92 is justifiable at #4? This match would have been over in 16 overs with AB de at #4. Despite all this give credit to Gambhir & his team for a fantastic win against all odds. RCB failed on this day despite being much stronger team!

  • POSTED BY boney83 on | April 24, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    why no one is mentioning performance of yusuf pathan?when was the last time he played a useful knock?he has completely lost it.he doesn't deserve a place of batsman now he is not bowling too,what a waste of space?He was a good cricketer with match winning abilities in the past but not anymore as the opponents has sorted him out these days..

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 24, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Well done KKR! Vijay Mallya wud be feeling the grunt for not picking Vinay kumar, even last year he did well in the death overs for RCB! Job well done, but I think it was more Lynn's catch that sealed the match! Well done Queenslander, u had justified ur place in the XI ahead of Shakib who was yet again a failure!

    I said before and I say again - Shakib is a good player but one of the most overrated allrounders the game has seen. Bangla fans, if you still cant see it, then god help ur cricket! Its alright to support ur countryman but to treat him like he is the best thing to happen to cricket is way too much!!!!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 24, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    @Albert_cambell - Ur comment is so hilarious mate! It shows that u def dont have cricket sense or know nothing abt the game. If the UAE pitches are assisting fast bowlers then the highest wicket taker must by Steyn or Mitchel Johnson! If the bowlers u mentioned are average how come they are faring better than the stalwarts mentioned? Narine, Ashwin, Jadeja are in the top list of wkt takers how come u completely ignored tht and are commenting on Mishra alone?!

    If u had actually watched the matches instead of commenting just for the sake of it, u wud have noticed that almost in all teams the top 4 are max foriegn nationals - so how do u expect Indian batsmen to score max?! In the limited oppurtunities they have been given they have done well!

    Ind batsmen score well against all countries in all countries - its the bowling thts not up to it. But by the way did u see Ishwar Pandey, Zak & B.Kumar bowl?! If u did, even that area had been addressed for the moment!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    KKR need a good keeper to win matches!! against Narine's bowling KKR surely need a good batsmen keeper... and for sake of Kolkata ppl please sack Yusuf Pathan

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Streaky win for KKR, but I hope its a fair one with 9 players. Need to make a team of 11. GG and YP should be on the bench. They need to understand that their chance for the national team is finished so no need to make IPL their launch pad. Do justice to the game and to its fans, who are paying for their contracts. Got to have players with brain. T20 is for smart cricketers. Like Suryakumar Yadav. He is smart.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    I am a Sakib lover who agrees that u can't have him playing every game. He hasn't sizzled ( like Lynn); just put in a respectable performance in the last game. The IPL should consider having 5 foreign players in the team. Otherwise all those millions will have been spent just warming the bench. Yusuf Pathan seems just unable to return to form. Hope he isn't ignored in the next IPL as Badri was. The chamces are that he just might be booted.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Today's game, from a position of strength, RCB just had an unbelievably awful & awkward loss. This appeared to be associated with a little bit of complacency. The last over asking rate was just manageable but the 2 hard hitters from SA inherited the chokers' tag in today's match !

    The game changer was the superhuman catch of Christopher Lynn. There is no words to attach attributes to the catch except as 1] Acrobatic catch 2] Body Self Control Catch 3] Sudden Brake Vehicular Catch 4] Presence of Mind, just like High Jump Catch 5] Fruit Plucking like Catch and above all 100% Risky Lakshman Reha Catch ie not to Cross the Boundary line & what not !

    But the body language of the KKR Skipper, Gautam was absolutely unacceptable and unsportsmanlike.He can't anyone else except himself for his back to back hatrick golden ducks.

    After his dismissal, he was seen sitting like a lame duck in the Dressing room, without having any responsibility to have the strategy planned for the KKR innings !

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    No words to say about millionaire of the tournament, Thanks yuvi for showing your utter flop batting. No excuse for you match losing batting , u done it again !! keep it up

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    congrat kkr you guys do realy hard work specially lyon good batting and fanatastic cactch on boundry that changes game.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | April 24, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Not sure whether gambhir will bounce back soon but yusuf pathan is sooo out of touch he does not give any hope. For kkr sake please replace y.pathan , perhaps tendo would be a good replacement for y.pathan , if tendo flopps then bring sakib or someone else . To Bd fans like me who are supporting this west bengal team kkr, Lynn is much better t20 batsman than Sakib and is a good find for kkr and I would easily pick lynn over him. Sakib can be very good spinner when ipl moves to india but Lynn should stay throughout the league.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    congrat kkr you guys do realy hard work specially lyon good batting and fanatastic cactch on boundry that changes game.

  • POSTED BY Rony-86 on | April 24, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Don't you think , last 3 match M Morkel was expensive then Shakib @@ Jibin Cr

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 24, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    29 Needed off 25 when Kohli got out. With Narine's 4 overs completed, The Rest of the RCB should've won it from there. Yuv,AB and Morkel blew it big time. They just couldn't handle the pressure.KKR got out of Jail there. So easy to blame Yuv(And he deserves it),but Morkel and AB couldn't even chase 10 off 9 against Yadav and VKumar. Not for the 1st time we've seen this from SA and certainly wont be the last. Thats some Choking. And that catch sealed the fate for the RCB. But stil feel AB played too many cute shots. Poor selections also costing RCB(Murali and Yuv). I dont understand the role of Albie as well. Neither a reliable batsmen not a good bowler,even after playing enough T20s. Kohli and AB must bat most deliveries,the sooner the management realizes the better.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 24, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Common guys don't blame Yuvi. It wasn't his fault. 31 frm 34 is not bad. They simply couldn't finish it off. When he got out RCB reqd 10 frm 8, with 6 wkts left. With devillers, morkel in and stark to follow they should have won it easily. Stop making Yuvi a joke. When a player is trying his level best to get off a bad patch it's not fair to blame him for everything. After all he's human.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | April 24, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    poor display from RCB against weaker opponent. what a waste of money behind GG, who looks adamant to establishing his own IPL record of DUCKS!

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | April 24, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Yuvraj got out at the wrong time after he got stuck for run a ball ODi like innings in a T20 game. I am not surprised by indian batsmen not scoring heavily in UAE as they had been out from these territories for far too long. In Indian leg of IPL they will surely flourish.

  • POSTED BY Aashiyer on | April 24, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    I am a KKR fan and I thought RCB would win! Stunner from Chris Lynn.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 24, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Ya bat 1st under lights..yet to see team win while chasing in night games. Toss is winning u games.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | April 24, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Yuvraj, AB and Morkel choked. As simple as that. Imagine the pressure on Kohli, Yuv was playing dot balls(Forward Defences, is it a test match ?) to Narine. OK. But then not even hitting kallis or other medium pace bowlers. Which led to Kohli's dismissal in trying to get quick runs off Narine. Equally blame AB(The best batsmen in the world - 11 off 12) and Morkel, both didn't do much after Yuv got out. I dont expect Yuv to win this for RCB, but surely I think AB can finish it while facing the Indian discarded bowlers. Didnt hit a 4 when needed. I love Ab,but he was just trying to be too cute and trying too many different shots. Wasnt he ? AB's a master, but Versatility doesn't always bring success. Too much dependence on Kohli everytime.After Kohli got out,rest of 'em just choked. AB has to bat at 4. Blaming Yuv, YES, but still after his departure, AB and Morkel should've won it,specially when there was no Narine. They Blew it ! AB HAS to bat at 4.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Jibin Cr, Sakib is an allrounder. he played only 2 matches. Wel,l rather acting like a dumb hater check out his average. Sakib got out with 1 in the first match but stayed not out in the second. So 31 average in 2 matches. How about rookie Gautam Gambhir??? 0 in three matches, that's not fancy? Captain... wow! Daniel vettori stayed out of the game to allow someone else with better form last year. This world cup 2014, Srilankan captain Dinesh Chandimal stayed out of the game the same way. In a way it's better that Sakib doesn't play as long as he is getting paid. lol. He doesnt need to be drained for a local league.

  • POSTED BY thePakistanian on | April 24, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Wow! How these. Yuvi fanboys are equalling him with AB! Yuvi face 34 balls; he was batting with the Kohli & No run rate pressure! Still SR below 100!

    AB only got 12 balls to face & most by Vinay's two great overs & then he still would've cleared that shot for 6, but Lynn took one of the best catches ever! How's that AB fault; look at Kohli at the same period & Yvui; except that 6 he struggled!

  • POSTED BY docrocks on | April 24, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Last Over-9 Runs to win.. And AB de Villiers and Albie Morkel again proved why Proteas are known as CHOKERS !!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY mark.ankit on | April 24, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Don't blame Yuvi if others could just score 7 runs of the last 8 balls after he got out.

  • POSTED BY StuddSundar on | April 24, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    KKR did well tonite to keep their nerve. It was RCB all the way and to contain the biggies like AB and Morkel that too with a paltry asking rate is certainly an effort, but cant expect to happen often. As virat suggested RCB or any team with such power hitters would finish the game 9 out of 10 times and KKR or any team would win only 1 out of 10 times from such a situation.

    RCB has been performing well in their bowling department as well, which is being underrated as their batting has big names. They are an all round team now and will only get better as the tournament progresses. KKR has problems to handle, especially their captain. DO they have the guts to drop Gauti and Yusuf Pathan and give chances to other younger players. Tough decisions are to be taken else they will fade away soon.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | April 24, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    This match was one of the best examples of the twists and turns in t-20 cricket.Bangalore should have cruised home and but for Lynn's catch would have won after making heavy weather of the target.The finish in the run chase was an ideal contrast of amateurism v Professionalism .Anway we atleast saw a sensational game-the 1st of it's kind in this edition of I.P.L.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @Amlyaa .. U can not put blame on others if the U like someone .. Its Yuvraj who have taken match to such crunch moment .. Bad day of ABD .. he got out from a spectacular catch .

  • POSTED BY Prem-balu on | April 24, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    What a classic game...A Southafrican choke!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Thx Yuvi...and special thx to Lynn...we want 2 types of players.... And what is Yusuf still doing in the team....

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | April 24, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Mate, I go to appreciate your sense of humour.Lol, Dubai pitch assists the fast bowlers. There is not a blade of grass and the pitches are incredibly slow. The pitches are very similar to the flat tracks one can expect in Pakistan. At least every ground in india prepares unique pitches, wonder what happens in pakistan..hmm, well you got to play cricket first right.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | April 24, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Among all those hoopla, we forgot how good Varun Aoran was in his bowling 4 over and 3/16. I think he is shaping up really well. Hope he will keep fit and will be a great bowler for India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Unbelievable Catch !!!! KKR fans went crazy !!!!

  • POSTED BY remnant on | April 24, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Two Saffas at play; in a tight finish, its not a surprise that they choked! ROFL. Well what else should you expect. This is classic compulsive behavior. Anyways KKR are carrying far too many passengers. Gambhir and Pathan should be forced to sit out. At least yusuf. He hasn't done anything and doesn't look he can play another innings in any IPL season - 7,8, or even 9. He is a white elephant.

  • POSTED BY cricextemist on | April 24, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    poor Murli. It really hurts to see such a bowler receiving a cold welcome in the very first ball of this edition. This is how Time creates and dampens great things as they age...

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    ohh gosh, you gotta be kidding me mate. how you can be so stupid to blame on ab. you know that your yuvi did and make suffer india to loose in wct20 and he did again for rcb. so you should proud for yuvi. r not you ? yuvi plays lot of balls and give dot 18 balls almost 3 overs, how about that. plz dont compare ab with yuvi. coz we know ab is far better then yuvi. so get over with that . hope use ur head not only ur eyes and dont believe always whatever u see . geezzz @amlyaa

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | April 24, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    That Chris Lynn catch deserves an Oscar. It had all: suspense, drama, bravado, twist in the plot, heroism and sheer spectacular-ness!

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | April 24, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    MOM should be albie morkel and keep calm award should be Great yuvi......

  • POSTED BY Rakes7 on | April 24, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    What a stunning catch was that !!! LYON U proved ur worth today selected inplace of sakib and very very sad 4 gambhir.come hard in next match

  • POSTED BY TimeKiller on | April 24, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Vinay Kumar - Death bowling Personified ! Take that Yuvraj fans, especially Virat and Mallya. Mallya could have bought all 11 Karnata players into RCB with that 1.4 crores, now they all play for other teams. Sweet Revenge on Mallyas.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | April 24, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Again thanx to Yuvi in the loss of RCB...31 of 33 balls, below hundred strike rate in T20 is unacceptable....now SL fans should believe that they won the final because of Yuvi's batting, and its again proved here....

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @Saurav Prakash Vasudev: You know what ? People like you intrigue me. Lousy test cricket lovers who walk in here and describe this world class tournament as mediocre when their beloved format is on life support. The fact you are here shows how much you love the BEST format of cricket - T20. You know you love it. There is no harm in admitting it.

  • POSTED BY Manoj1234 on | April 24, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    How did RCB lose this one after dominating for 37 overs of the match? For the answer look back to the World T20 Finals and stop ignoring the elephant in the room.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    dont give blame on ab. yuvi is the culpit for losing rcb. he did it past for india in wct20 and he did again for rcb. and you blame for ab, you gotta be kidding me. dont be stupid.yuvi play lot of balls and dot 18 balls. and how you compare ab with yuvi. ab is far better then yuvi. so give some respect . you should use ur head not only ur eyes. dont belive always what you see . @amlyaa

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    It was AB De Villiers mistake of not allowing Albie Morkel to take a second run, Albie could also hit long ......every run helps in the end. Also not accepting defeat is typical of Virat Kohli ..."We lost that game rather than them winning it " ....we know every one likes to win, but some days its not your day, like you thought , I will just play out these last 2 balls from Naraine and took it easy and misread the ball and got cleaned up. Never give another chance to a bowler, smack them hard always.

  • POSTED BY Cyber_Baba on | April 24, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Watched that catch of Lynn 20 times...still can't believe that a fielder slipped 18 inches inside the rope can go airborne backward....catch the ball behind his head....and still managed to land 12 inches inside the rope. The velocity of that back jump could have easily taken him on or over the rope.......how did he balanced himself to land inside the rope....is beyond my understanding. Incredible is probably the lowest compliment anyone can offer to that catch.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 24, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    As an RCB fan, I am disappointed at this loss. We should have won the game but complacency cost us defeat. Well done Chris Lynn and KKR. Sometimes when you have luck on your side, you deserve to win. I would also like to say to these 'Shakib lovers' that cricket is NOT about any individual. It's a team sport. It also means you don't support KKR but only support Shakib Al Hasan. Too bad, it seems Shakib will be on the bench for a long time because Chris Lynn has shown why he's one of the best young Aussie players in this season.

  • POSTED BY amlyaa on | April 24, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    instead of yuvi the headline should read ,did de villiers lost the match,scored just 11 runs of 12 balls and also declined a very important single in the last over

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    IPL is a celebration of mediocrity. A bad perfomance batting first and and a worse performance chasing . Certainly T20 is no comparison to high quality test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    so disappointed with this lost..i think RCB just lost another couple hundred thousand fans..the heartache is too much for us...7 years ongoing

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Vintage RCB performance . Get into a good spot, play casually and end up making a fool of themselves. Hence, they have never won the title inspite of having a good team.

  • POSTED BY DinKJindal on | April 24, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    RCB (and others) should look at the player's current form and not just based upon their past experience. Perhaps Murali and Yuvraj need to be replaced although they have done great job in the past

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Yuvraj singh thanks again for your wonderful effort for RCB`s defeat!

  • POSTED BY yugensacct on | April 24, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Gambhir to Lynn "How did you do that" Lynn "Do what?" Gambhir "You moved like they do, you must be the ONE(NEO)" -- Lynn Man on the Match

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    again well played Yuvi bt unfortunately for KKR :P lol :P

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    KKR is the safest place for India discards. People can go on scoring ducks and first ball ducks - one after another or max score below 10 and can still earn in millions. Wow ... what a place to be!!! Poor SRK. You have been duped ... year after year ... except for one sheer fluke of the century. Great going KKR. Keep it up - the consistency - I mean.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Fed up with these Shakib lovers ....guys only 4 foreign players allowed and Shakib got chance in first two matches he scored just 31 runs and took 1 wicket with an economy close to 8 runs per over. With 2 permanent foreign players ( Kallis and Narein ) there is only 2 slots. Dont think Shakib will get a chance in next match as well considering KKR top order lacks power hitters. Lynn got better batting average and strike rate compared to Shakib. As a bowler Shakib yet to prove in IPL, he is not a match winner like Narein. Also it is luxury to play two overseas spinners in a team.

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | April 24, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    KKR lacks planning and ideas. While I am a big fan of Sakib, there is no need for two foreign spinners when india has Chahal, Jakati, Tumbe and many others. To back Narine, bring a good indian spinner (ideally Chahal). Sakib's batting is good.. but when you have AB, Maxwell, Hales, Anderson, so many other high octane 140 SR batsmen who can play pace why Sakib? Find a few indian bats.. not Ghamvir or Shewag. I guess.. Raina, Dhoni and Kohli are taken.. find batsmen who averages well and SR over 115. Uthappa and Yadav are not bad choice. Kallis is playing well. Why Vinay Kumar and Yumesh at a higher price and bad economy rate.. where are Aaron, Balaji, Dinda and many are cheaper and better. Why let a player like Bhatia go and keep Yusuf Pathan? They need to hire cricketing brain for management.. GG going for pace and not giving Narine overs to create any pressure.. ridiculous!! Sticking to failed process no matter what.. KKR's mantra.

  • POSTED BY YesCricketer on | April 24, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    with the way the games hv gone, this ipl season looks like its goin to b a boring one. CSK, KXIP & RCB are the only real contenders and they ll ease their way thru to playoffs, with one other team and so only games between these three teams, playoffs and finals are goina be exciting. Hope I am proved wrong. But i doubt that ill be proved wrong....thats how bad other teams' selections have been this tym.

  • POSTED BY Nortox on | April 24, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    My question is Gambhir.. is he that good a captain ducks and balls used/wasted 1 -- 4 -- 8 ? Is he better than MS Dhoni.. i think they shud drop him and get some one at top who will get them quick 20-30 and set a positive vibe for the team.

    I don't understand thinkin of SRK and team.. they removed Gayle .. and look at Gayle.. Now they removed Brendon.. he is a master blaster.. they got Gambhir 0+0+0 and they are sticking to one of two most flop pathans in business... Yusaf :(

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    @Albert_campbell.. I don't think that you ever watched cricket.. bcoz if u wld hv done so then u must know that India batsman can score runs everywhere.. your country batsman only able to score in domestic tournament, u can take example of Maxwell n Miller.. they were not able to win his country a single match in World T20.. both the team don't even make up to semis.. ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    pleased wit tha performance bt can't wait 2 see Gayle murder tha ball.......:p

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    why doing kkr rong ..why droping robin down the order...he should open or one down he is good nick that time 5th down sending whate shame...next mach gambir..uttappa kalis ..liein .pandey..yadav..vinay narayan .umesh.. this should be playing 11 sharukh khan yu should undrestand which player which place sute..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    however RCB won the match

  • POSTED BY realfan on | April 24, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    @Albert_cambell : or may be with the help of jayasurya or afridi??? or may be amla can help :P

  • POSTED BY Phorenguy on | April 24, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    This KKR Team appears to be a hopeless bunch of players. Can't blame them ... When the Captain himself goes for 3 consecutive ducks !!! No Planning ... No Determination ... No Motivation !!!

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | April 24, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Dubai wickets are assisting fast bowlers a lot. Thats why average bowlers like Aaron, Pandey,Balaji and Dinda are doing good at the moment. Also spinners like Amit mishra are getting smacked all over. Dont expect Indian batsman to shine on these wickets. For that to happen we will have to until the tournament played in India. Until then, these Indian batsman will get out for low scores in UAE. Their batsman can only score in those small grounds of India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Shakib is always preferable than Chris Lynn. Chris is only batsman and KKR will get both bowling and helpful batting services from Shakib. Today KKR going to die without Shakib against Kohli & Co. Shakib should be given chance from every next match.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    where is shakib? he is good for Bat & bowl !!!gambhir u should take rest...

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    After watching IPL 2014 I have reasons to believe that sub continent players have not beenable to deliver.Only overseas players are provinding the glamour and entertainment.This does not augur well for Indian cricket

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    why robin played down the order why gambir still playing..why yusuf kkr robin fitt fr 1to3 only order ...please undrestand

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    I feel for SRK who went on to retain gauti and y pathan both seem dead investment would both be dropped for coming matches is something to be seen for better of kkr they both must warm benches

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    there always a pressure for any team to set a target for RCB

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Good bowling from RCB ...........All credit to Allan Donald for his help

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 24, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Another player Indian public and sponsors of IPL seem to be obsessed is Pathan brothers. Of course the same goes for Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina etc. Yusuf particularly is over the hill.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Gambhir and Pathan are struggling.Need to work hard to find some form.

  • POSTED BY gurusInd on | April 24, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Happy that Aaron improved a lot! Seems learned from his mistakes and thanks to Donald.

  • POSTED BY Rony-86 on | April 24, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Gambhir Should retire now .

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Chris lynn good find by KKR...Shakib can rest today...Lynn is better bat than shakib!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 24, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Without sakib kkr is nothing

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    kkr gonna definitely loose this match without sakib al hasan..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Shakib is not in the team. who takes KKR decisions?

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 24, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Rcb has clear advantage in this match.inform virat and company is capable to chase a good target.kkr to have put on a good score on board and bowl really well to defend this.

  • POSTED BY Abhijeth_Manohar on | April 24, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Gambhir..gambhir ..gambhir..where your head at? boy

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | April 24, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Third duck for Gambhir. Looks like he is going to open his own farm with Yuvraj.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 24, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Gambhir is gone ... finished. And people are talking about bringing him back to Test and ODIs? He should be relegated to league cricket not even Ranji Trophy. But you know what? IPL is league cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    I think today RCB looks beatable with no gayle storm....Good decision playing chris lynn....i m vying for KKR this time and everytime:)....as KKR fan i hope yuvraj today replay this T20 final innings!!!Hope pathan(hope baby bring luck to this guy) and gambhir find form today!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    I think today RCB looks beatable with no gayle storm....Good decision playing chris lynn....i m vying for KKR this time and everytime:)....as KKR fan i hope yuvraj today replay this T20 final innings!!!Hope pathan(hope baby bring luck to this guy) and gambhir find form today!!!

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 24, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Gambhir is gone ... finished. And people are talking about bringing him back to Test and ODIs? He should be relegated to league cricket not even Ranji Trophy. But you know what? IPL is league cricket.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | April 24, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Third duck for Gambhir. Looks like he is going to open his own farm with Yuvraj.

  • POSTED BY Abhijeth_Manohar on | April 24, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Gambhir..gambhir ..gambhir..where your head at? boy

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 24, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Rcb has clear advantage in this match.inform virat and company is capable to chase a good target.kkr to have put on a good score on board and bowl really well to defend this.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Shakib is not in the team. who takes KKR decisions?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 24, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    kkr gonna definitely loose this match without sakib al hasan..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 24, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Without sakib kkr is nothing

  • POSTED BY on | April 24, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Chris lynn good find by KKR...Shakib can rest today...Lynn is better bat than shakib!!!

  • POSTED BY Rony-86 on | April 24, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Gambhir Should retire now .