Knight Riders v Kings XI, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi

Narine-Maxwell clash key in battle of shaky line-ups

The Preview by Rachna Shetty

April 25, 2014

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Match facts

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Start time 1830 local (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Agarkar: Don't like KKR's ploy of four seamers

The big picture

Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders come into this game on the back of contrasting wins. While Kings XI thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs, Knight Riders broke out of jail during a two-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore, an outcome influenced by their fielding as the opposition's batting.

The shadow of Glenn Maxwell's form looms over this match too, after his 43-ball 95 but Knight Riders would have taken note of two things from the game against Sunrisers - first, Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the side's best bowlers, had just nine balls at Maxwell in all. Second, the scores of the other Kings XI batsmen showed how untested the rest of the line-up is. Moreover, no one really knows how they can play if the pivotal Maxwell falls early. Depending on their breakthroughs and the way Knight Riders manage their bowling, it sets up a fascinating sub-contest between Maxwell and David Miller and Sunil Narine and Morne Morkel.

A shaky batting order is not a problem area for the Kings XI exclusively. The longest Knight Riders' openers have lasted together is 10 balls and their Indian batsmen have also been diffident. The relatively weaker Kings XI bowling offers a chance to strike form.

Players to watch

Kings XI's costliest buy at the auction, Mitchell Johnson, hasn't quite hit the peaks he found in the IPL last year, where he took 24 wickets in 17 games for Mumbai Indians. There's a big decision to be made on how he plans the next phase of his career, but for the time being, Kings XI need an inspiring rally from him if they are to deal with the reputation of being extravagant with the ball.

Knight Riders' opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis occupy the top two spots on the list of batsmen with most ducks in the IPL. In four innings right before the IPL, Gambhir had tallied 162 runs, which is why his recent failure looks even starker. For a captain whose leadership thrives with his own performance - he was one of the top run-getters in the league when Knight Riders won the title in 2012 - a return to form is imperative at this stage.

Stats and trivia

  • In 65 innings, Glenn Maxwell has faced 348 dot balls out of a total 898 balls faced.
  • In three seasons for Rajasthan Royals, Yusuf Pathan had scored 1011 runs with a hundred and six fifties. In three IPL seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders, he has 809 runs and just one fifty, which came in last year's edition.
  • Kings XI have won five out of 11 games between the two teams.

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Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (April 26, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

I find it amusing that Punjab keep sending in the same top 3 to fail miserably off tons of balls so Maxwell has the most pressure possible on him when he walks in after 5 overs with 10 runs on the board. Genius strategists behind that team.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

expecting MAXimum runs again from MAXWELL.... (Y)

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

kings eleven punjab is my favorate team, and tonight kings eleven got another win. believe this.. #aniket

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

gambir/phatan s/b not play

Posted by AltafPatel on (April 26, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

Who will favor KKR with slowy Kallis, duck hatrick Gambhir, and duck fan Pathan against batsmen scoring atleast half century or 90s at SR of 200 ?!?!

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

again shakib dropped. he shuld be fixed in d team.

Posted by AltafPatel on (April 26, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

Can a team lose having a batsman (Maxwell) who guarantees 90 plus score at SR of 200! One more batsman (Miller) of SR 200 with make chances even more, with steady batsman (Bailey) at No. 6, and furious bowler (Johnson).

Posted by ATULJAININDIA on (April 26, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

Is it possible for Gambhir to play in first XI after 3 consecutive ducks. Morally he should leave himself out.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

My overseas team for today against KKR Khalis ,Lyn ,Shakib and Narine Shakib should get in today as we know M morkel parformence last match

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Sakib is n.1 all rounder in world.

Posted by Roger2014 on (April 26, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

why all of you against yousuf pathan, dont be communal here, no one can replace him in KKR team. if he is in the team, his impact enough for for opposite team.today i am sure if he will get the chance he will do something good for KKR and for himself.

Posted by harsh_s on (April 26, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

KKR will probably keep the playing eleven unchanged today. M & M are too good against spinners. Only S.Narine is qualified enough to handle them.

Also, with the likes of J.Kallis bowling, it may prove to be difficult for Punjab batting. We might actually see George Bailey batting today !

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

You All just forgetting SEHWAG.. Match after match he is getting back to the form and if he is in form then he is the best payer in wordcricket today.. And i believe TODAY it will be SEHWAGs Show.. Yes its a word of a BIG SEHWAG fan, but he deserve it..

Posted by Nampally on (April 26, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Uthappa the regular short format opener should open the innings for KKR. Gambhir is in poor form with 3 ducks. He may be more effective in scoring runs lower down in the batting order. Bisla could be the second opener. Kallis, Lynn, Gambhir & Pathan will do better in that order. As for the bowlers, their main task is to contain the power hitting of Maxwell & Miller. If these 2 get out early, KKR hve a real chance of winning. Narine Vs. Maxwell will be a great battle. KKR should focus on taking the first chance that Maxwell offers. His great hitting was only made possible by felder dropping him early in the innings in the outfield. Warner(SRH) dropped an easy catch at 19 to let Maxi get a score close to 90. Take his first catch in the outfield & Win should be KKR Focus. Keep some strong outfielders & catchers in the deep, Mr. Gambhir.

Posted by cricketsubh on (April 26, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

i drop berry and plat marsh and make marsh captain i do not think berry is in from .

Posted by cricketsubh on (April 26, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

i do not think maxwell can hit narine easily he slogs spinners i do not think narine is normal spinner he is very difficult to pick in t20s .

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

bring in SHAKIB for the fans atleast

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

guys which team 'll win n this evening match .

Posted by wapuser on (April 26, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Narine too good for any of dem fellas these IPL batsmen playing narine safe Maxwell will to rock so is all marine

Posted by TeamSelector on (April 26, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Bring in Bisla (as keeper & opener) & Chawla. Drop Yusuf Pathan & Umesh Yadav. Would like to drop Gambhir as well, but he's the captain.

1-Bisla(wk) 2-Kallis 3-Gambhir 4-Pandey 5-Uthappa 6-Chris Lynn 7-Surya Yadav 8-Chawla 9-Narine 10-Morkel 11-Vinay Kumar

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Take out 1 pacer and bring in Shakib SO that You have an extra Batsmen and A quality Spinner ! He made 30 in the last match so why not?

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

narine vs m&m. good contest.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

maxwell/miller vs narine/shakib/chawla will be a superb exciting n fascinating contest.morkel obviously a good bowler n lynn good batsman.but shakib alone is able to do both of this in ipl;especially in asia.his economy in t20 is fabulous,his batting is much more exciting.someone can talk about his batting form in ipl,but its true that rarely he got more than 5overs to bat on.n mostly he bowled in crucial time.n kkr is a team mostly for bangali,shakib can be a centre of this.

Posted by ritoban123 on (April 26, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

Kallis Gambhir Pandey Lynn Uthappa Shakib Suryakumar Chawla Vinay Kumar Narine Umesh

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

My kxip team viru gurkeerat maxwell miller Bailey a patel johnson balaji r dhawan sanded kartik

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

yadav, vinay kumar are there...... even kkr has kallis who can bowl 4 good overs. then why bother about 4th pacer morkel? he have 40+ and 30+ odd runs with 10+ economy rate.... shakib should play....even is the last match he scored 30 runs in 22 balls and he can bowl in power play!! with less than 7economy rate!! wake up!!!

Posted by wapuser on (April 26, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Narine &morkal must be dropped Saqib playing

Posted by subbuamdavadi on (April 26, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

The batting of KXIP is being called shaky because most of the runs have flowed from the bat of Maxwell and Miller....if these two are to fail (as they sometimes will!) who will take up the slack?

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Kkr eleven should change 1.Ghambir, 2.Jaques, 3.Manish, 4.Lynn, 5.Uthapa, 6.Pathan, 7.S Yadav, 8.Vinay, 9.Narine, 10.Cummins, 11.Kapil Yadav

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

My KKR 1. Kallis 2 Uthappa 3 Pandey 4 Lynn 5 Sakib 6 Yadav 7 Gambhir 8 Vinay 9 Naraine 10 Umesh yadav 11. Veerpratap..... batting up to no 7 ....2 top spinners and four medium pace bowlers... my balanced side........ Morkel is not very effective and veerpratap cant do any worse.......pathan needed to be dropped now then later .....need pathan in a good form later in the tournament and dropping will do him lot of good.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

My KKR eleven In batting order Kallis ,uthappa, Pandey ,lynn,sakib,yadav ,gambhir,vinay yadav naraine and Veerprataap

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Morkel has the pace hejust needs to do a bit of work and get his yorkers right and if he gets it right on the target he will be the most dangerous bowler in this ipl rest is good with the kkr and gauti needs to get his form back in this match to lift the morale of his team

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

Have a heart Gauti! Give a chance to Kuldeep Yadav, an unconventional bowler for an unconventional batsman like Maxi!!!

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

four seamers are bad ploy. If they try again it it will be disaster for them. Should sholud replace morkel with a spinner.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

Play kudeep yadav..he could be the x factor in the team ..kuldeep and narine with bolster the spin department ....

My KKr Xi- Gauti,Uthappa,Kallis,Pandey,Surya,Lynn,,Shakib,kuldeep,narine,vinay kumar,Bisla/veer pratap

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Mr gg y u r forgetting kuldeep. bring him to playing 11. there is proper replacement for ashwin. give a chance to kuldeep for Indian future. drop Yusuf for bisla. morkel should play. today will be toughest day for m&m vs narine.

Posted by Prats6 on (April 26, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

One the one hand you have a team which is slow and scratchy like KKR while on the other you have a KXIP which is dazzling everyone at the moment - Just for the sake of cricket, you would want Punjab to win and keep going the way they are. Should be a good match though.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

Lol.. the batting team which scored 190+ in 3 consecutive matches is shaky?? Its the best batting line up in the IPL history man!!

With Michy and bala got rhythm in the last match, bowling also looks settled! Nothing can stop KXIP at the moment!

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

today KXIP maxwell,and miller v/s KKR narine,chawla BIG FIGHT

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

it's going to be crazy tomorrow, I can't wait to see how Maxwell and Miller play Narine

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

interesting to see max & gam one scored 80's n 3 matches & other scored ducks n 3 matches.... max who had luck n both matches(Csk & srh)... need to be careful here... seeing max is awesome he playing according to field as well as bowler.... so far he had all shots n his book.... want KKR bowlers to bowl well against him.... want a thrilling match here.......!!!!!!!

Posted by Aravinkumar on (April 26, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

KXI should continue with their winning team

My playing XI for KKR would be Kallis, Uthappa, Gambhir, Manish, Lynn, Bisla, Suryakumar, Vinay, Narine, Morkel, Umesh.

Uthappa should open with Kallis to increase the run rate and Gambhir shouldn't face the new ball, he should come at 1 after the pressure is being eased by their openers.

Posted by cricketisagame on (April 26, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

@ Kabir Awadhi, seems like you have not seen the match between RCB and KKR. Speed does not do any wonders so far in this IPL, they have gone for runs.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

Its high time yusuf should be bench warming so that he takes this seriously. Replace him by das. You also get an extra wicketkeeping option with it. Piyush Chawla needs a look in today because except miller all are right handers and replace him with umesh yadav. If you have morkel with raw pace then umesh is just no bonus in the team. Another thing can be done is replace Morkel with Shakib/Cummins. Kxip batsmen after Maxwell are still untested. Looking forward for this match. Gambhir will find his touch soon and its better to leave him in his way. The win against rcb should have really boosted him up. Kxip favourites tonight but you cant rule kkr out either.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

pathan should be left and das should be given chance. A morkel should be replaced for shakib as he is a good all rounder and is capable of hiting big in death overs.. do it kkr u will rock

Posted by A000 on (April 26, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

It will be interesting to see how Maxwell will play against Narine. Will he defend or go after him.Interesting game ahead.

Posted by Click_Click_Cricket on (April 26, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

Narine is the best spinner KKR got, but why so many people have been acting like KKR is a one-bowler team? What if Narine allows 10 RPO? Gambhir saved his face with the lucky win in last game. He has to perform, else he should step down. What is the diff. bet. Gambhir and Pathan if they both score 0? In fact, Pathan is a better fielder!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 22:20 GMT)

who in KKR picked up vinay kumar ?? he is a slow bowler with maximum speed of 125 kmph HE NEITHER CAN FIELD NOR BAT , DROP HIM BEFORE HE GIVES 30 RUNS IN 1 OVER.

Posted by StarHawk on (April 25, 2014, 21:51 GMT)

How is KXIP line up shaky? They have the best batting line up in the tournament and they've proven it over the first 3 games.

Posted by Knight_Rider_11 on (April 25, 2014, 21:51 GMT)

KKR should swap Morkel for Shakib and Yusuf for Chawla ... The XI would look like this .... 1. Kallis 2. Gambhir 3. Pandey 4. Lynn 5. Shakib 6. Utthappa 7. SuryaYadav 8. Chawla 9. Vinay 10. Narine 11. Umesh .... This gives a good balance to the side .... With 3 seam and 3 spin bowling options ... And considering Narine makes it a 16 over game for the opposition, we have 5 bowlers who can span out the remaining 16 overs ... Also Utthapa and Shakib can swap batting positions as and when required

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 25, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

I have a gut feel that Maxwell will find his toughest opponent in Narine. GG is a better thinker than DHawan who didnt let his best bowler at Maxwell. It wont be surprising to see Narine bowl his overs when Maxie is in the crease. Maxie and Miller both will not find Narine easy to even rotate the strike. A mouth watering contest on the cards....

Posted by YsaKaru on (April 25, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

bailey should be drop......

Posted by secondopinion on (April 25, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

There are some here who want Morkel to be replaced by Shakib. Shakib is a good all-rounder but his performance in IPL has been patchy, one has to stretch one's mind to remember how many MOMs he won, or decisive batting. Morkel has the X factor with his pace. Best team will mean replacing Yusuf by Das or Bisla; and possibly Umesh Yadav by Kuldip Yadav. KKR's biggest mistake was to let Bhatia and shulka go, and pay a fortune for Chawla.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Pathan should be given one more chance

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

This is going to be one hell of a match!

Posted by homo_sapiens on (April 25, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

KKR's playing XI should be: 1.Kaliis 2.Uthappa 3.Gautam 4.Pandey 5.Lynn 6.Shakib 7.S Yadav 8.Vinay 9.Chawla 10.Narine 11.U Yadav.This team'll ensure stronger batting line up as well as the strongest bowling line up too.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

KKR should dropped Morkel and bring back Shakib in the team. Gauti should bat at 3.Kallis and utappa can open the innings.Maxi Vs Nariane...huhhh....Cant wait anymore...can someone move the clock faster for me??

Posted by Subhajit111 on (April 25, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Its should be the toughest situation for Maxwell during his superb form when he has to face one of the dangerous & full of variety in Bowling with mystery man Sunil Narine & Rough pace of Morne.So,we could expect a good fight again between two underrated sides but obviously two most skilled sides as well.As a GG fan I want to see a new partnership between GG & any other one.Best of luck Gauti & KKR.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

"Mad Max" will score a ton tmmrw and will reach 400 runs in the IPL this season. Eh,no?

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

I think Morkel should be dropped as Miller, Bailey and Maxwell love ball coming onto the bat. I think Abu Dhabi is a spin friendly pitch so the 4 foreign players should be: Kallis, Shakib, Lynn and Narine. Also Chawla should come in as well.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

Robin uttappa open the innigs with kallis..gambir should play middle order...and umesh yadav place chwla selecting is imp..so kkr will rock..maxwell tommrrw yur power will see...pathan should drop and bisla should keep..robin can freely he is the trump card

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (April 25, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

KXIP doesn't need to change its side really. In order to counter that bowling though, Pujara will be key. If he can stick it out and let the others try to hit big, KXIP can score well. Sehwag needs to play his natural game, he seems to be recovering some touch. It might be a good idea to get Bailey in at 3. He needs some match time and can build an innings, exploding at the end. Narine is the biggest threat, but the others can be taken for runs. The bowling improved a lot during the last match. Everyone was hitting better areas and had a lot more heart. Balaji could provide some insight into the KKR camp as he was there last year. Lynn can be dangerous as he showed so he needs to be countered.

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