Knight Riders v Kings XI, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi April 26, 2014

Kings XI Punjab keep winning

126

Play 06:47
Agarkar: Indian batsmen still KKR's issue

Kings XI Punjab 132 for 9 (Sehwag 37, Chawla 3-19, Narine 3-24) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 109 (Suryakumar 34, Sandeep 3-21) by 23 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Glenn Maxwell and David Miller failed for the first time this season, but that didn't prevent Kings XI Punjab from extending their winning streak to four this year, and seven overall. Sandeep Sharma had the new ball curling around, Akshar Patel showed why he is the most economical left-arm spinner in the tournament, and Rishi Dhawan also kept it tight before the spearhead Mitchell Johnson finished off the job.

It wasn't a vintage game of Twenty20 cricket, as none of the batsmen could time the ball on a surface on which the heavyweight batting line-up of Royal Challengers Bangalore had been shot out for 70 in the afternoon.

On a green track with plenty of cracks in it, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir had hoped it would be easier to bat under lights, but his decision to bowl first backfired as the ball jagged around after sunset. Set a seemingly straightforward target of 133, Knight Riders lost wickets regularly and, though Suryakumar Yadav briefly threatened to take the game close, wound up well short.

The pillars of the Knight Riders squad when the teams were revamped in 2011, Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan, continued to have miserable seasons. Gambhir pushed himself down to No. 3 after three zeroes in a row, but nearly had a golden duck again, only for Sandeep to put down a difficult, diving return catch. There was further relief for Gambhir as he got a single to fine leg to score his first run of the tournament, but minutes later he handed a catch to short extra cover.

If Gambhir's IPL troubles have been confined to this season, Yusuf has struggled to recapture the heights of the first cycle of the tournament. Once again he looked woefully out of touch, lbw for 3 after being bringing his bat down late on a Rishi Dhawan delivery. He rarely bowls these days and isn't the quickest in the field either, all of which combine to put his place under serious scrutiny.

Knight Riders openers couldn't get any momentum against Sandeep and Johnson, with both dismissed for single-digit scores. Chris Lynn couldn't recreate the form that yielded a quickfire 45 in his first game of the season earlier this week, and Knight Riders' chances were nearly extinguished once Robin Uthappa was run out by a precise throw from George Bailey at cover in the 13th over. Knight Riders were 62 for 6, looking for a miracle. It didn't arrive.

They wouldn't have expected to be in that position after the performance of their bowlers. Knight Riders' decision to bring in Piyush Chawla for Vinay Kumar, who bowled them to a last-over win two days earlier, paid off as Chawla bamboozled Virender Sehwag with a googly, and benefited from the long boundaries in Abu Dhabi by getting big guns Miller and Bailey caught in the deep.

Chawla's intervention came after some hostile new-ball bowling from Morne Morkel, who tormented the Indians in the top order with his 145-plus kmph deliveries, and got the prized scalp of Maxwell with a legstump yorker. Kings XI collapsed from 101 for 4 to 132 for 9 against the wiles of Chawla and Sunil Narine, who took three in an over. It didn't matter, though, as Knight Riders' batting woes continued.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    shakib must play with kalis. Shakib is top raked player than kalis. morkel may drop with gambir and yusuf.

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Sarnot ..super yur playing 11 bt they dnt drop gambir and yusuf..simply our time vest man ..they thinking one one mach yusuf will fire that time all mach is overing...

  • sarnot on April 28, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    As of a BD and Shakib fan I would love to see him in KKR playing squad but I can understand in what perspective he was left out of last two games. As of an allrounder he is good but if you need a better batsman then Lynn must be the right choice and Piyush Chawla got better variations than Shakib on balling.

    But in other perspective I would always pick shakib for the team of KKR as most of their batsman is out of form and Shakib is a consistent player. If you compare his strike rate with Kallis in IPL then he is way better and he got a good average too. Ghambir and Pathan is out of form then picking one more batsman like shakib should add more strength to the team. And playing Vinay Kumar at the place of Morne Morke, Shakib at the place of Pathan and Bisla at place of Ghambhir will make the team more strong for sure.

    Best KKR 11 to me- 1. Bisla 2. Manish 3. Kallis 4. Robin 5. Shakib 6. Lynn 7. Yadav 8. Narine 9. Vinay 10. U.Yadav 11. Piyush Chawla

  • Ha8rick on April 28, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    To the KKR Team Management: For the sake of your fans and the future of KKR, PLEASE, PLEASE drop Yousuf Pathan. He has scored only 1 fifty since joining KKR and he has been useless. He is dragging the team down. You have MANY decent players in the KKR squad, give them a chance. Make Bisla play instead of Pathan who is a better keeper than Uthappa.

    To GAUTAM GAMBHIR: Either drop yourself from the team and be a Non-Playing captain or go down the order and give others the opportunity to build the platform. You will find the runs and the form you are looking form. Your best position woul be to bat at #5.

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi I really feel ashamed of some comments from some Shakib fan. Some Points: 1. Shakib got chance to play in first two match, he did not play bad. however, as the experiment of Lynn clicked in the third match KKR's plan of sticking with Lynn is justified. At least after Lynn's first match performance he deserves some chances. 2.May be combining bowling and bating performances shakib is more useful than a single player. lets say he is 70+70=140 but KKR needs Someone with 100 for bating from foreign player as his bowling can be compensated by Chawla. 3.Shakib should be brought in in case of heavy spin friendly wicket by substituting morkel with other pacer or in case of Lynn's poor performance. then if Shakib play extraordinary he will must suffice.

    Btw, I am a shakib fan and love KKR partly because of him.

  • shanto_123 on April 27, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    no doubt shakib is a good player..but problem is that there is only 4 place for the foreigners and kkr's foreigners r doing good..But i still think that kallis is not a suitable player in this format.i would like to see andre russel and shakib in place of kallis and morkel

  • Greatest_Game on April 27, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    @ y Ashokdmightyindian writes "@Moinul Hossain Sarker says KKR will lose 160 million BD supporters. lol who cares?"

    I do. It will make reading the posts here a lot easier!

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 27, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I am Bangladeshi and I am surprised to see such selfish comments from BD fans ! To Bd fans , I am a Bd fan and to me Lynn is better t20 batsman than shakib. When ipl moves to india then shakib would be muchmore effective with the ball but for this UAE condition kkr has better balling option than shakib. Even to replace y.pathan for kkr, I would pick ryan tendo over shakib , if tendo flopps then shakib can be considered. I wish kkr picked Anamul Haque instead of shakib becuz he is far better t20 batsman than shakib and his t20 international record is very impressive and even better than some prominent indian batsman.

  • on April 27, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    I think the best line up for kkr 1.Bisla 2.Kallis 3.Gambhir 4.Pandey 5.Lynn/shakib 6.Uthappa 7.Suryakumar Yadav 8.Nrine 9.Morkel 10.Vinay/Umesh 11.Piyush

    Given the form of gambhir and yusuf,it is better to drop yusuf as he is terribly out f form,whereas gmbhir can bat at numbr 3 make sum runs nd bring his cnfidence bak,depending on pitch shakib can bowl

  • remnant on April 27, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    I dont understand why the BD fans keep proposing Shakib all the time when KKR's issues are related to the Indian composition and not the foreign. Shakib can play on slow turning tracks in Kolkota but in terms of explosive batting firepower Lynn has shown what he is capable of. and in a team short of any batters and with two walking wickets, it makes more sense to play Lynn ahead of Shakib. Only on slow tracks can he replace Morne or Lynn, else no place in terms of foreign players. Shakib's batting so far has been like those of the Indian local players with hardly any stand out performance, that one has come to expect from foreign players. 40 ball 80 like innings. Pls dont push his case so much that u appear ignorant w/o perspective. This is not intended as a negative criticism btw.

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    shakib must play with kalis. Shakib is top raked player than kalis. morkel may drop with gambir and yusuf.

  • on April 28, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Sarnot ..super yur playing 11 bt they dnt drop gambir and yusuf..simply our time vest man ..they thinking one one mach yusuf will fire that time all mach is overing...

  • sarnot on April 28, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    As of a BD and Shakib fan I would love to see him in KKR playing squad but I can understand in what perspective he was left out of last two games. As of an allrounder he is good but if you need a better batsman then Lynn must be the right choice and Piyush Chawla got better variations than Shakib on balling.

    But in other perspective I would always pick shakib for the team of KKR as most of their batsman is out of form and Shakib is a consistent player. If you compare his strike rate with Kallis in IPL then he is way better and he got a good average too. Ghambir and Pathan is out of form then picking one more batsman like shakib should add more strength to the team. And playing Vinay Kumar at the place of Morne Morke, Shakib at the place of Pathan and Bisla at place of Ghambhir will make the team more strong for sure.

    Best KKR 11 to me- 1. Bisla 2. Manish 3. Kallis 4. Robin 5. Shakib 6. Lynn 7. Yadav 8. Narine 9. Vinay 10. U.Yadav 11. Piyush Chawla

  • Ha8rick on April 28, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    To the KKR Team Management: For the sake of your fans and the future of KKR, PLEASE, PLEASE drop Yousuf Pathan. He has scored only 1 fifty since joining KKR and he has been useless. He is dragging the team down. You have MANY decent players in the KKR squad, give them a chance. Make Bisla play instead of Pathan who is a better keeper than Uthappa.

    To GAUTAM GAMBHIR: Either drop yourself from the team and be a Non-Playing captain or go down the order and give others the opportunity to build the platform. You will find the runs and the form you are looking form. Your best position woul be to bat at #5.

  • on April 27, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi I really feel ashamed of some comments from some Shakib fan. Some Points: 1. Shakib got chance to play in first two match, he did not play bad. however, as the experiment of Lynn clicked in the third match KKR's plan of sticking with Lynn is justified. At least after Lynn's first match performance he deserves some chances. 2.May be combining bowling and bating performances shakib is more useful than a single player. lets say he is 70+70=140 but KKR needs Someone with 100 for bating from foreign player as his bowling can be compensated by Chawla. 3.Shakib should be brought in in case of heavy spin friendly wicket by substituting morkel with other pacer or in case of Lynn's poor performance. then if Shakib play extraordinary he will must suffice.

    Btw, I am a shakib fan and love KKR partly because of him.

  • shanto_123 on April 27, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    no doubt shakib is a good player..but problem is that there is only 4 place for the foreigners and kkr's foreigners r doing good..But i still think that kallis is not a suitable player in this format.i would like to see andre russel and shakib in place of kallis and morkel

  • Greatest_Game on April 27, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    @ y Ashokdmightyindian writes "@Moinul Hossain Sarker says KKR will lose 160 million BD supporters. lol who cares?"

    I do. It will make reading the posts here a lot easier!

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 27, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I am Bangladeshi and I am surprised to see such selfish comments from BD fans ! To Bd fans , I am a Bd fan and to me Lynn is better t20 batsman than shakib. When ipl moves to india then shakib would be muchmore effective with the ball but for this UAE condition kkr has better balling option than shakib. Even to replace y.pathan for kkr, I would pick ryan tendo over shakib , if tendo flopps then shakib can be considered. I wish kkr picked Anamul Haque instead of shakib becuz he is far better t20 batsman than shakib and his t20 international record is very impressive and even better than some prominent indian batsman.

  • on April 27, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    I think the best line up for kkr 1.Bisla 2.Kallis 3.Gambhir 4.Pandey 5.Lynn/shakib 6.Uthappa 7.Suryakumar Yadav 8.Nrine 9.Morkel 10.Vinay/Umesh 11.Piyush

    Given the form of gambhir and yusuf,it is better to drop yusuf as he is terribly out f form,whereas gmbhir can bat at numbr 3 make sum runs nd bring his cnfidence bak,depending on pitch shakib can bowl

  • remnant on April 27, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    I dont understand why the BD fans keep proposing Shakib all the time when KKR's issues are related to the Indian composition and not the foreign. Shakib can play on slow turning tracks in Kolkota but in terms of explosive batting firepower Lynn has shown what he is capable of. and in a team short of any batters and with two walking wickets, it makes more sense to play Lynn ahead of Shakib. Only on slow tracks can he replace Morne or Lynn, else no place in terms of foreign players. Shakib's batting so far has been like those of the Indian local players with hardly any stand out performance, that one has come to expect from foreign players. 40 ball 80 like innings. Pls dont push his case so much that u appear ignorant w/o perspective. This is not intended as a negative criticism btw.

  • Rafelgibt on April 27, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    This is ridiculous to pick Lynn over Shakib.How come you left out best allrounder of your team?I think if KKR wants to get into the winning race they must have replace overrated Pathan and captain Gambhir.

  • Greatest_Game on April 27, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    @ varada59 commented that "Even Maxwell and Miller bound to fail on law of averages."

    1. The "law of averages" is just a figure of speech. We think it exists, but it is undefinable, & always changing. Every record broken has defied the "law of averages.". Don Bradman's entire career defied the "law of averages."

    2. Maxwell failed the "law of Morkel." He is really quick. 1st ball Maxwell walked down at Morkel & only just connected with the toe of the bat. 2nd ball Maxwell moved outside off & Morkel simply yorked out his unprotected leg stump. Maxwell dominates by moving around the crease to negate the bowler's line. When the bowler is genuinely quick - 150 kph quick - the laws of physics become very demanding for batsmen. Maxwell found out just how demanding!

    Interestingly, Maxwell played Kallis with much more care. He knows Kallis is not going to easily be outsmarted, & did not underestimate him. He underestimated Morkel, & failed the speed test!

  • StarHawk on April 27, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Well played Punjab. KXI Punjab is proving that they're not all about Maxwell & Miller. When the batsmen didn't click, the bowlers & fielders stepped up. That's the sign of a very good team.

    I think it's quite unfair that there is no mention of Sehwag's innings. He was the top scorer of the match and made batting look very easy on a pitch where everyone else except him & Surya struggled. He often had to curb his natural instincts and played according to the situation. His knock was really the difference between the two teams. That six he hit off Narine was just fantastic! He's looking better & better each time he goes out to bat. Hopefully he'll get a big one soon.

    As far as KKR is concerned, they got a lot of thinking to do. First, they might want to consider dropping Yusuf Pathan and bringing in the aggressive Manvinder Bisla to open the batting with Kallis. Also, a promotion for Suryakumar Yadav, who is batting beautifully.

  • qazi255 on April 27, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I think BD cricket board should as shakib to come back home , so that KKR understand the importance of Great Shakib

  • ramz30380 on April 27, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    @Ebrahim Khalil - Are u kidding??? I laughed at ur statement "I say, Sakib is 1 billion times better than any Indian player." Is it mate?! So, ur saying tht Sakib is better than Kohli, MSD, Jadeja, Rohit, Dhawab, Ashwin, Raina, B.Kumar, Shami????!!!! He is below par in comparison to all these players mentioned!!! But yes, he is the best player in BD but he is no way near to the names mentioned here!!! Stop over-rating him!!!

    There is no place for Shakib in the playing XI as the current 4 foreign players are doing a fair job for KKR.

    I mentioned this in my previous comment but posting it again for those who are blind to facts - Shakib has a bowling avg of 54:00 and an economy of 7.71 in the two matches he played - which clearly shows tht he cant b chosen as a bowler; his scores of 1 & 30* in the two games played doesnt put him anywhere near Kallis who has a match winning 72 & 43, or Chris Lynn who scored a fast 45 in the previous game!

  • ramz30380 on April 27, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @xylo - Agreed mate, Bailey is my second fav captain in the present international scene after MSD. He is a cool, composed and calm character - always with a smile.

    Kings XI did well to give him the reign instead of going by past sentiments and appointing Sehwag.... Sehwag is a good player but not captain material! He needs freedom to perfrom and I am sure Bailey is giving him tht....

    Also the two main strikers for Punjab - Maxie with the bat and MJ with the ball - Bailey understands them well as he captains them for the national side!

    Bailey may not have scored runs but is def a positve influence on the Kings!

  • rony1008 on April 27, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    KKR has good bunch of foreign players, to accommodate 4 players is not easy. Their problem is non-performing domestic players. Yousuf is overrated. He will produce good innings once in a while, but he is not consistent. KKR also needs to think about Gambhir, there is a reason he is not in Indian team. I am not sure about the foreign players, who should play. Narine always will play, probably Kallis too, given domestic top orders are flop, plus he can give you 4 overs. I have always admired Morne, so my pick would always be him. Of the rest, I think Shakib has slight edge. He can bowl 4 overs, and his economy rate is not high. Plus he is a good batsman. I remember, every season people debate on his inclusion, but he ends up playing all the matches in latter part of the tourney once the team figures out its best 11. No matter who gets picked as 4 foreign players, domestic top order batsmen needs to pick up their form. There were signs of this previous season, but KKR failed to act on it.

  • on April 27, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Sehwag is the man to watch out for as IPL progresses.He is blooming match by match .He is just a game away and next game could be his mark of glorious past.

  • PandemoniumBawa on April 27, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    It was a good match.. Sehwag played a nice innings.. And it was nice to hear Bailey say, that they want one of Sehwag, Miller or Bailey in the end to be there and they have no plans for Maxwell.. He has full licence to do what he wants.. Good..

    Sandeep once again showed his wicket taking ability.. He is not express pace, but his wicket taking ability is world class..

    And @ baghels.a.. The commentators mentioned that S.Yadav can come higher to bat.. But he needed to show something before it was mentioned loudly.. He showed yesterday n now there might be a discussion on that..

  • on April 27, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    KKR needs Sakib to win from the next match.Someone is say "We've world class class player like Gambhir and Pathan, whats the need to pick Sakib".

    I say, Sakib is 1 billion times better than any Indian player.

    oh, the world class player got 1 run from 4 innings! Is it world class game? Even Bangladeshi Bowlers make 4 run in 4 innings if its too bad!

    So, the result of excluding Sakib is the result of losing a game of 132 target!

  • SuperSharky on April 27, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    It's nice to see Preity Zinta's lovely smile & she has reason to smile. Punjab is full of match-winners who wants to take turn. This time it was great form from the bowling & fielding department. But it was Virender Sehwag who showed composure through his experience. This year the IPl teams are more balanced than last year.

  • steve48 on April 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Someone at KKR needs to talk to GG, tell him those 2 Yorkers would have dismissed any player in the tournament ( look at GMax yesterday as an example) and get his head right for batting. Looked like 000 had got to him in this innings. Cricket can be so cruel and stressful for a specialist batsman, he probably needs a bit of luck to get out of this rut, which I repeat was barely his fault; a Malinga toe crusher then a late swinging Starc yorker is just great bowling.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on April 27, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @Moinul Hossain Sarker says KKR will lose 160 million BD supporters. lol who cares?

  • on April 27, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    team shoulb be ghabir,pandey,kaliis,lynn,uthappa,sakib/tende,pathan,yadav,chawla,vinaykumar,nariane ..this is best option for KKR. and i hope they will keep this squad through out the tournament definitely once again they will win this contest..

  • on April 27, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    @D-Coach I like it... Gambhir needs to change his attiude..

  • on April 27, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Kings XI Punjab are winning this IPL. Sehwag is showing his skills. Pujara as we all know is world class. Amazing middle order in Maxwell Miller and Baily. Johnson can win matches on his own. Still to fire though. I think they lack one more spinner. Batting should average it out though. Go Kings XI Punjab.

  • baghels.a on April 27, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    You always hear the foreign commentators and some Cricket pundits say that a particular foreign batting star should bat higher up but i am flabbargasted that none of them are advocating promoting young Surya Kumar Yadav up in the batting harder, it looks everyone is just fixated on big foreign and Indian stars and uncapped Indian players are just an afterthought, that's sad given all the positive buzz created by Indian uncapped players going for large sums in the auction.

  • D-Coach on April 27, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Excellent Captain ship ;) by G.Gambir which was undone by his dash dash dash frezzed batting. He got excellent oppertunity to compensate his 000 but his ego perished his downfall. G.Gambir please think of a team as we rated you as team player always unlike V.Shewag who is in different ladder. All is well when you are in form but for your caliber you should know how to do the workmanship to get your form and team success. To sum up we saw four ridiculous batting in chain. Hope you comeback strongly if you get the chance :P

  • AltafPatel on April 27, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Today Maxwell played over confident shot. Morkel was furious from the first ball and should have been defended instead of attack. Anyway, bowlers done job for them, but may not always.

  • Maxx_Aftab on April 27, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    I find it really odd that despite being the highest scorer of this match, Sehwag's contribution has not been acknowledged at all by Cricinfo. Viru played a good innings and it took a well-bowled googly to remove him. But it is the googly which makes the report and Plays of the day, and not even the fact that Sehwag marauded Narine to a six on a day when other big guns couldn't.

  • on April 27, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    sehwag back on song..... WATCH OUT

  • on April 27, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    I agree gambhir has got leadership skills but with present batting line up they can't afford to waste top order batting position. its time for him to take a call and learn the things from pointing , sangakkara and white (all of these were leading team well ).And on what universe they still play pathan I don't understand. Its time for them to bring in bisla and db das. if they keep same batting line up it will be difficult for them to make it to playoffs .Check on present batting line up Gambhir - Struggling to move to decimal system from binary system Kallis - Good cricketer (SR : 109 ) .When they ought to chase 180+ kallis needs one explosive batsman on the other side Pandey - Good player but not guaranteed one Lynn - Whenever he plays he'll make some difference with his explosive batting Uthappa - Playing at this position because of gambhir .Look at the way he played for pine last year. Pathan - Good for nothing S Yadav - talented player need to bat him up the order

  • reachnagaraj on April 27, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Kings dominating in all aspects,shewag back to form,bailey needs match practice,Johnson again back on song ,no need to say about miller,maxwell anybody win the game single handedly

  • ana_ibrahim on April 27, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Almost all teams batting lineup playing with only two to three proper batsmen only, and once a player is out of form they are in trouble... This IPL is mostly played b/w Indian, Australian, South African and west Indians.. Players like Amla, Sangakkara, Mahela, Mathews, Umer Akmal, Misbha, Hafeez, Morgan, tamim are missing along with Tendulkar and Dravid...

  • Aspraso on April 27, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    What is that guy Yusuf Pathan doing in the team? Carrying Gambhir is bad enough but continuing with Yusuf is suicidal. So KKR gets the results it deserves.

  • TSJ07 on April 27, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Very impressive show by my team Kings.this time they did with their bowling.Actually 132 was good score on that particular wicket.The best thing abt this team is that they are relentless all the way til no.6.There is no point hanging around on difficult wickets and settle for non defendable score.T20 is all about aggression which my team is showing. However I do feel for Ghambir,he was at his best in this match and yet lost the match.The problem is their batting due to faulty selection.Someone like Yusuf is not going to win you more than 1 out of 15 matches at no. 4/5/6.Either he should be dropped or tried as an opener.Bring Tendo and Bisla in move Uthapa up the order and things will be better.When you are loosing no harm in trying different things. KKR batting order should be Bisla/Uthapa/Kallis/Ghambir/Tendo/SK Yadav/Vinay/Chawla/Narine/Morkel/U Yadav. And if they want 5 bowlers and prop up batting then either D.Das/Pandey can be included for either Chawla/Vinay based on pitch.

  • on April 27, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    The car crashed for Kkr against kxip. Third time in 3 seasons they have lost to kxip after being in a winning position. Well done kxip. Keep up the good work

  • on April 27, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    pathan he is totally out of form , bisla why is he sitting on bench

  • hanumanthchavala on April 27, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    palying eleven must be in this order otherwiase they cant win single match uthappa, bisla, pandey, lynn, tendo/kallis, gambhir, chawla, morkel, narine, umesh/vinay

  • on April 27, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    kkr batting should be -

    gambhir, kallis, pandey, lynn, yadav, uttappam, bisla, morkel, umesh, narine, chawla/vinay kumar

  • cric_lover_1991 on April 27, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    he may be out of form but he has excellent leadership qualities he get form soon once he get runs his confidence will show his capability

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 27, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    To everyone saying that Bailey needs to be dropped, he is the reason we won today. His calmness and faith in the younger players really helps with the team morale and lifts them to believe that they can win. This is something that Gambhir can't do and it shows in the team's body language. KXIP came out to bowl believing they could win it. I am sure once he gets some time in, Bailey will get his batting form back too. I also saw a lot of comments about KXIP riding their luck and how they won thanks to KKR's poor decisions. Don't take away from the fantastic bowling performance here today. They have had some luck, but they've made it count which is more than other teams can say.

  • fkhawaja on April 27, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    this year mumbai, kkr, are performing poorly. they will be at the bottom .

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 27, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Sehwag's innings at the top was a gem on this pitch. He held the team together and provided a great platform to launch off of. Unfortunately, the middle order couldn't carry forward the momentum. I feel like its because Bailey really hasn't had much practice recently. Int he next match, he should definitely play higher up. The entire line up contributed tot he total though, with Rishi Dhawan adding important runs at the death. The bowling was amazing. I have been asking for Sandeep's inclusion since the beginning. He can really trouble the batsman and is a genuine wicket taker. Akshar Patel is also turning in some amazing performances. Johnson is not quite at his best but he is getting there. Balaji is having a decent tournament too. If they carry on like this, KXIP will become one of the most balanced sides.

  • on April 27, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Gambir please drop himself kolkata have very good team just 1 mach in abudabhi after 9maches india defnetly yu can win 6maches in india so last mach abudhbhi go fr one unity and beat royales...robin open the inngs is good entire life he opened sudenly 5th position nt sute him another 10 mach give chance to uttappa 7kkr will win its my chalenge guys ....uttappa good fr open only middle he taking more time ....uttappa..manish...kallis...lean..hassan./morkel.gambir..yadav...chwala..vinay..morkel.narayan.....

  • moscowman on April 27, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    I commented after their first outing,that KKR captain(?),Gambir let play for 15 balls and hit 15 runs! before commenting on teams performance. He has scored all of ONE run in four matches. Like Sangakkara did sometime ack and Chandimal, he should sit at the bench for a few games and let Kallis take over. AND before this kick YUSUF PATHAN out. Too much hullaballoo about a non-erformer. He should be sacked. Bur will Sharruk do it?

  • imtiiii on April 27, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    gambhir is over rated ..... he did all time what he want that is the main problem of kkr.pathan is a player ????

  • on April 27, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Gamvir shuld out from KKR

  • ospreys11 on April 27, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Gambir!! 0 0 0 1 whz goin on.. ( He himself showing, why he is not in the IndX1 ) Make the experienced khallis as captain and kick him out.

  • lian_14 on April 27, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    You got to give credit to Bailey for his captaincy in the game. He showed a lot faith in his younger bowlers, especially with sandeep, when easily he could have started with mitchell johnson and balaji, and that captaincy gave sandeep a lot of confidence to perform the way he did.

    I'm a massive fan of Bailey, so it probably is biased, but the guy is a great leader of men, and his influence on the younger players in the kxip team is invaluable. He is calm on the field and with that calmness we can see that the team is flourishing. He's done it with tasmanian cricket as well. He basically built a great team down in tasmania around him. Some of them was rejected from their respective states, but under Bailey's captaincy they have flourished, and I think the same thing seems to be happening with kxip under Bailey's captaincy.

  • black_bird on April 27, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    KKR is suffering from the shadow of shakib. Drop him permanently, you will win everything. Look, gambhir, yusuf, kallis are getting back in form due to the absence of shakib.He does not deserve to play even for hong kong XI. Best of luck kkr for winning the world cup.

  • on April 27, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Chandimal adropped himself as captain of the SL team and so should Gambhir.

  • Snambidi on April 27, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    The MohaliT20 is wonderful team with absolute luck too.This statement is based on their solid performance alone.

    in the first 3 matches the batsmen MAXMILLS dominated&when for the first time when they failed in the ir 4th match,the spinners Narine&Chawla rose to the occasion to come to the rescue of the team with the result that the Team kept their reputation in tact by pocketing 8 solid points to be in the TOP. in cricket very rarely talent &Luck work hand in hand. This is indeed one of such rare occasions. It appears to me that the Mohali outfit is destined to lift the cup.

    This is particularly so taking into account the failure of Bangalore,Mumbai,Yuvraj&Gambhir. All the Best to the MohaliT20 Team.

  • on April 27, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    People suddenly bashing out Bailey wasting one foreigner slot .He is excellent leader,fielder,perfect finisher and Calm head need of the hour for bonding great players and extract the maximum from them#KXIP fan

  • on April 27, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    Pathan is pathetic, put Tendo in for some much needed runs, always performed for them and still hasn't been in a starting eleven, exactly like last season, they should play him rather sooner as later !

  • looloogun on April 27, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    kkr have 2 throw away wickets in gambir and patan , partime weak wicket keeper in uthapa . they should bring back bisla and try playing patan in top order .

  • Antony_Lucas on April 27, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Narine and Shakib must be the first and second pick for KKR, everytime. Put Shakib in at 3, and try Ten Deschate in at 5. Lynn is a tremendous hitter but he is not always going to come off. Yusuf Pathan really needs to stop being persisted with, he has had his time. Gambhir will be a diffferent proposition when he returns to India

  • Ms.Cricket on April 27, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Gambhir should be fair and drop himself for remaining matches. Last year non-performing opener and captain Ricky Ponting was dropped by Mumbai Indians and their fortunes immediately improved.

  • on April 26, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    gumbir snd phatan should be out. than they could win

  • on April 26, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    I hope Bisla and Sakib will play the next game.

  • Reggaecricket on April 26, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Clearly, Gambir has to drop himself or the Captaincy. Neither his batting with recent scores of 0,0,0,1, nor his leadership is inspiring his team.

  • DrkLdr on April 26, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    @ Sajjad Hosen - Whilst I agree with you on the notion that it would be beneficial for KKR to bench Pathan and Gambhir, I do not agree with benching Uthappa. It was a very difficult wicket to play on today as was evidenced in both games where getting to 19 seemed to classify as an achievement, regardless of how long it took to get there. Exempt the MI game where he arrived in the 18th over and had limited options, Uthappa has been playing well so far given how far down the order he bats at. He top scored against Delhi and made starts against Punjab and RCB. Sure, he hasn't been his usual explosive self and that I believe is due to his batting position. He would be optimised by opening with Kallis but that is for the KKR management to decide. Disregarding his keeping skills, which has been sub par, his batting form is good enough to warrant a place in the side. However, it is clear that he needs time to get his eye in, which is why opening would be optimal.

  • on April 26, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    kkr will suffer without shakib al hassan.alst year also sambhir did very bad with shakib.in his last match he got 30 of 22 balls n. o.bt kkr through out him from 11.go ahed kkr,u will loss 160 million bd supporter....

  • on April 26, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    kkr are not able to balance their team properly,thats why they are losing n win last game with some fortune.they need bisla in place of pathan.their foreign player selection is also a concern.kallis and shakib are the best allrounder in present era.kkr needs this two and narine in each n every game.because one of this three can change the game single handedly.we r surprising not to see shakib again n again.fourth player shouldl be taken considering the condition.gambhir has to work very hard to come in form n kkr needs to keep faith on him.good luck next time.

  • xylo on April 26, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    In my opinion, the best thing to happen to KXIP is not Preity Zinta, or Glenn Maxwell or David Miller. It is George Bailey. After having terrible captains all along, they finally have a good captain to lead the side. I have said this before and I will say this again - Bailey is as good as Dhoni when it comes to captaincy.

  • tuluguroshan on April 26, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    someone commented after the first innings that if maxi and miler did not bat well punjab team is no where near to a good score but u dont know that my team can upset any team with any score with the firepower they have.note it down....

  • supercoolfan on April 26, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    KKR team selection defies all logic. Why is Yusuf Pathan still in the playing XI? The playing team should be strictly based on performance. Also, it is time for Gautam Gambhir to step aside for the benefit of the KKR team. He is not contributing at all. What a colossal waste of money on players that do not perform! KKR team management, please wake up!

  • gruntledemployer on April 26, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Sack Gambhir.

    The fact that he still has a place in this outfit makes you wonder what kind of backroom connections he has.

  • on April 26, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Viru's 37 isn't praised by fans??? After all he is high scorer of today's both games... Bowlers did well in eveery inning of both matches. A lot of 'Critics' fans are there in the posts.. Enjoy every game, Every player has his ability. I hope everyone will blast to make happy their fans..

  • don_5 on April 26, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    the player who plays for kkr doesnot score many runs as the play for other franchises the score many runs like mcCullum gayle and now pathan bad luck kkr

  • on April 26, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    uthappa is not his at his destructive best as he used to be...he become ultes defensive nowadays. ...and not letting him open the innings making matters worse

  • ramz30380 on April 26, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    @ Fayzul Pavel - plz quote one match tht Shakib had won it for KKR or any other IPL team when he was given the chance!!! Lynn has, Morkel has, Narine has and ofcourse King Kallis has numerous of times! No offense, as he is a good player but he is def not better than these four mentioned names!

    Were u sleeping during the previous KKR match?! Lynn & Vinay kumar won it for KKR where Kallis and Narine cudnt. Shakib was very much not in the playing XI.

    Shakib has a bowling avg of 54:00 and an economy of 7.71 in the two matches he played - which clearly shows tht he cant b chosen as a bowler; his scores of 1 & 30* in the two games played doesnt put him anywhere near Kallis who has a match winning 72 & 43, or Chris Lynn who scored a fast 45 in the previous game!

    Plz talk with facts and just dont go by ur blind faith in players!

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 26, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Good to see sehwag play a decent knock , although its unlikely but I really hope v.sehwag makes a come back to indian team sometime in future . Dont know when gambhir will get his form back (finger crossed) but atleast kkr should replace y.pathan for ryan tendo with no delay as kkr need to strengthen its batting. I am a Bd fan and I dont understand why this tremendous loyalty towards sakib with some Bd fans. Even for Bd t20 team , Anamul Haque is way better choice than sakib. Kkr dont require sakib for balling, for batting ryan tendo should replace pathan and if tendo flopps only then sakib can be considered.

  • on April 26, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    SRK have invested a lot in KKR, we are probably in the top 10 list of clubs in the world in terms of expenses across any sports and we deserve a lot better things. Can't accept all our support and wishes being weighed down against some desired personal achievements of a few players, and if it is so, remove the name of our city from your team name. KKR is not playing for Kolkata

  • CricFan707 on April 26, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    It's high time KKR should bring in ten Doeschate. I don't know why people keep forgetting him. He's easily better than Shakib, Lynn and even Kallis. Kallis is king at wasting balls and scoring at strike rate of 100. I just don't understand reason why he doesn't get to play. He's performed for them everytime he's got the chance. Gambhir should be sacked as he's wasting the most sought after t20 player on the bench. In today's if he was in the team Tendo would have won them the game. Lynn is struggling so I'm fully sure ten Doeschate will get a chance in the next game and he will definitely perform.

  • on April 26, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    This is an Ideal squad for KKR. 1) Utappa 2) Kallis 3) Pandey 4) Lynn 5)Shakib/Tendo (depending on field) 6) Bisla 7) S Yadav 8) Chawla 9)Vinay/U Yadav (Depending on the field) 10)Narine 11) Morkel.

    There you have it. Strong bowling+Batting till number 7. No Pathan and Gambhir. Make Kallis the captain.

  • remnant on April 26, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    You can keep flogging a dead horse season after season, hoping for your ride, but once its dead, it wont get back on its feet. KKR have a cricketwise DEAD horse and another terminally ill with no hope of recuperation. This team needs to revamp its batting to weed out the dead and dying horses. If need be, put them to rest -cricketing wise.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    In this season,KXIP seem to have their slice of luck and seem to continue their winning streak, so far to an unbeaten & 4 games and also leading the points table, may be for the first time across all the Editions and one can say there are in an unassailable position as on date !

    They could defend their low score of 132, essentially due to wrong strategy & poor shot selection. Gambhir seem to be in search of his elusive form and his cumulative score from 4 matches is just 1 only !

    Just like Sangakkara/ Ponting etc handed over their captaincy to others in 6th Edition, due to their poor form and being not able to deliver,Gambhir also may step aside from Captaincy, till he regains his form,as the extra burden of his captaincy seem to take its toll on him !

    Yousuf Pathan seem to have lost his striking capability and plays like a novice for Cricket and he needs a break and others may be given chances.

    The silver lining is that Viru was the highest scorer of the match with a 30 ball 37 !

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    IPL should be played only in India only as we can see no one knows how the UAE pitches are going to play even after so many games. Real lottery now rest games.Feels for few teams which are picked up for indian conditions and not for this uncertain conditions.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Robin he is opening batsman and kallis middle order...bt always taking time to big hitting after his strike rate will go high thats why Robinuttappa only opening sute otherwise please drop him ..if rajasthan mach kkr win 6 points good fr 5 maches and another 6 wins they qulifieng ..notjing to vary to much kkr give freedom to uttappa opening ....my playing 11 ..uttappa .manish..kallis..yadav...gambir..hassan..pathan..chwla..vinay morkel..naryan....

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    At least Gambhir has able to open the A/C in this match. Better he comes no.7 to bat.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    KKR team selection not being on top.They have just too many out of form batsmen,every game is being tough by slow batting from the top order(1st 10 overs very slow runrate each game).I think they need to strengthen their batting.So,they should take Bisla in the squad.How?take shakib in place of lynn,because he will add some bowling strengh(without much affecting batting strengh,he is top class allrounder),thereby a place can be created for bisla to include in place of a bowler,thereby,batting & bowling both will be stronger(morkel,kallis,sakib,narine & chawla/yadav-will consist one of the best bowling line up & at the same time bisla inclusion will strengthen their battingl),Gambhir should come down the order to regain form.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    why not Surya kumar yadav come after kallis? he is skillful. energetic. moreover shows great confidence.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    opening slot run 0 , 1 down 1 run for GG ,seems like he will get 10 runs if he batted at 11 ... Shakib should be included as a batsman and a bowler .. he is a real team player ...

  • buddybd on April 26, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    It's high time now that Gambhir removes himself from the playing eleven and either Jack or Shakib is made the captain.

  • Dysan25 on April 26, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    KingsXI Punjab defended 132 with 4 Indian Bowlers and Mitch .. that must give some confidence to the team wrt bowling ..

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    I like KKR, Captain Gambir need to drop out because he is out of form. You need more alrounder in the team. Don't make jokes about Sakib, He is the 2nd Best T-20 alrounder in the world. You or me don't made him the best, he did it by his performance.If you compare him with lynn or morkel it is far different between this two and Sakib (talented).I canot even think You drop him from the last game.Instead of morkel need Sakib to play last game to win because it was spin track.It was easy for KKR to stop them Less then 100 by using SAKIB AL HASAN. Selectors need more careful.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    I still not understand whats doing mostly indian player in IPl . I think just wetting wen thay Home and perform

  • Warm_Coffee on April 26, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    @black_bird: lol Shakib didn't play yet KKR got badly beaten. According to T20 rankings he's rated world number 2 in all-rounders :P

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Gautam should be removed an Kallis should lead. uttappa should open and Yusuf removed. shakib should replace Lynn for a match at least.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    KKR is week in batting.If this team exclude Narine,Kallis & Morkel to take select overseas 4 as Cynn,Ryan,Russel & Shakib they could get solution.They have to replace Gautom,Pathan & Uthappa too.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    A captain needs to perform to earn RESPECT, which gauti is not doing it now. He is facing the similar problem of jonathon trott I think. Actually it is not stress related illness ,but its the multiple pressure,of a captain. He needs to hand over the captaincy to kallis amd concentrate on his batting..Otherwise should drop himself.. Player like uttapa should be opening the batting...

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    In the hard batting pitch see highest total posted by KXIP ,thanks to shewag for his 37,DIfference between KKR and KXIP ,miller maxwell shewag saha nobody have less strike rate than 100

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    This is not acceptable KKR. Again you stick to Yusuf Pathan. Gambhir needs to do what Ponting did last year for MI. Drop himself. Bisla Kallis Pandey Lynn Uthappa Surya Das Narine Morkel Chawla/Vinay Umesh. This was the match in the bag but they just threw it in the water. KKR always faults when the target is 130-140.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    well played boyz, keep rocking....kxip fan...

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    congrats kx11..... poor day overall for ipl. both kx11 n krr needs to make changes..get sehwag or mitch as captain. remove bailey n get parera in. sehwag had a good chance today to stay till the end get sum form n slog for last 2 -3 overs. but cud'nt. bad luck max but need to play sensibly also while doing power hitting. for kkr remove gambhir for 2 -3 matches n get kallis as captain. who is this guy suryakumar yadav, playing consistently needs to promote above y pathan anywaz he's doing nothing. try uthappa@ opening with kallis.n for shakib fans there is no place for him. India's domestic talents coming good rather thn so called senior players. get kedar jadhav in, send vijay zol to open with Gayle. promote sa yadav. sanju is definitely going to get his mark in the national team soon. young leggie y chahal frm rcb has a bright future so for akshar patel...mi will be@ the bottom till the end, if their players don't show ny intention to play....

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Yeah its true, there is just not enough space for Shakib even though he is in top 3 all rounders in ALL formats. But i disagree with people saying he is not a match winner because during the title winning team of 2012 he put in key performances. Anyway this batting of KKR looks poor and i am sorry to say that Yusuf just has to go and warm the benches. However Chawla should be in the team because he is a very good leg-spinner. Less said about Gambhir the better and i do not understand why Indian fans want him in Indian team? Dhawan and Rohit are better than him and there are other Indian youngsters who would get the top order spot (a certain Pujara?)

  • TSJ07 on April 26, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    haha..its so funny. The caption under the picture of Ghambir getting bowled states that he is looking for his first run in the tournament,well he got it today!!

    But I do wish he gets back to form ASAP.

  • on April 26, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    For the sake of KKR plz plz plz Gambhir & Yusuf Pathan do not play the next match. .

  • binu.emiliya on April 26, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    4 years in the bench of mumbai indians and what surya is doing now for Kkr! Feeling pity on Gurkreerath Mann, mandeep sharma and Manan Vohra in Kxip bench , ankush bains , deepak hooda and unmukth chand is warming RR bench!Rahul Shukla very good last year for RR is warming the DD bench along with Sourav Thiwari !

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Some critical Indians and blind BD supporters have been arguing only with Shakib.BD fans don't think the real cause KKR's intention or Indian intention,why KKR r taking Shakib this year??THEY R spoiling BD's best player.However still Shakib should perform better for BD.It doesn't matter in inclusion with the KKR team.

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    ha ha ha lynn is bst dn sakib!!! It's a millennium jokes. Also all tym jokes morkal is bst dn sakib. If kkr win any match i'm sure it's happen to be kallis, naraien, or sakib perpormence

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    please drop gambir he is spoiling ..team moral..why pathan...opening with manish is nt good ..see robin nt resent days agresive he good fr opening or drop uttappa select bisla ..what game losd

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    gambher should be replaced by a another player kallis should be made captain gambher should try playing county cricket or something he can't score a run to save his life at the moment

  • sarnot on April 26, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Kolkata just not lucky today. I believe they can only win if they are lucky with the team they have. Many out of form batsman. I hope from the next match the selectors will be more careful.

  • fr600 on April 26, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Saying it again, kick out Gambhir, get a new captain.

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    wrong decisions by umpires cost the kkr game

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    batsmans will be tested here.I don't think kkr will chase it .

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Gautam is improving day by day------That is good news for KKR!!!

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    we don't see anymore gambir

  • shaker_elee on April 26, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    IPL 2014 is wasted by these so called senior players yuvraj, Gambir, Shewag and yousuf at the cost of some young talent...i suppose you would not regret if same was performed by some new state talent players...as they come cheap and no expectations...any way all those above 4 players..its dooms day post this IPL 2014...this am saying with due respect to their earlier golden days...since we cannot feed players on seniority than done with sachin ( we stretched him post world cup for just to encourage his 100th 100), i wish new energized players take control by gaining some consistence performance.

  • varada59 on April 26, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Even Maxwell and Miller bound to fail on law of averages .Excellant bowling by KKR. Gautham managed to avoid being the default brand ambasador to Audy!!!(4 rings)

  • ramz30380 on April 26, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Dear Shakib fans - The selection allows only 4 foreign nationals in the squad.

    Jacques Kallis - the a reliable bowler and top order bat Chris Lynn showed wht he can do last match Narine selects himself for any team he plays Morne Morkel showed why he is still one of the premier fast bowlers in the world

    When there is no place for Shakib, how will he play in the XI?! Shakib is def not better than anyone of the players mentioned above.

    So be rational when u see Shakib not being picked. Samuel Badree the No.1 T20 bowler in the world is sitting on the sidelines in the CSK squad bcoz they cudnt fit him into the playing XI - so have plenty of talented foriegn players, such as Cooper, Hodge, Taylor, Perera, etc.

  • Jadejafan on April 26, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    I don't understand with this Shakib talk. It seems KKR do well without him in the 11.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on April 26, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Excellent bowling from the KKR bowlers. Great spinners so priceless in this format; if I owned a team, with the exception of Malinga I'd pack my bowling attack full of spinners. Let's see what Johnson can do here; bowls a lot of dot balls yes, but as a strike bowler he's not been picking up the wickets Kings XI wanted/needed. Game on!

  • Rohit... on April 26, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Shakib just doesn't have it in him... He just can't win matches on his own... & when KKR are doomed as the likes of Gambhir & Pathan are not performing, giving the Foreigner ticket to Shakib is like providing nails for the coffin... I have hardly seen him contributing for IPl team... He is just like Irfan who is getting support because for 2 years when he has performed well for his national side. But when he cannot win matches for his national side now, No Captain with a right mind will have him in the team.

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Being a bangladeshi i know it hurts to see shakib not playing.Both Yousuf and Gautam play as indian but if shakib has to be picked the selector has to find a slot for him within the quota(4 foreign players).Selector must have thought they have better foreign player in the squad than shakib.

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    only chawla ..???

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Today Sehwag played sensibly :)

  • ramz30380 on April 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    I said it..... I knew tht Maxie and Co wudnt able to fire against Narine and Co. What a beauty from Morkel to disrupt the furniture against Maxie! Is Sehwag making a slow come back - well played! He is one of the very few in the world who can smack it like tht against Narine!

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    when Sakib is not picked for Kolkata, then 5 billion fans decreases for KKR!

  • udaykiran.goru on April 26, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Welcome Maxi.. But I hope today sehwag may steal the show with Maxi

  • on April 26, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Wanna see victorious kxip

  • on April 26, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    why Shakib Al Hasan is not picked.. i still wonder... very poor squad selwction!!!

  • udaykiran.goru on April 26, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    KKR vs KXIP.. I hope it will be close contest.. Eager to watch Maxwell blazing again

  • Rayhan83 on April 26, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    This is something ridiculous and shocking for KKR for not selecting the right player for the right time. Gautam is out of form make 3 consecutive ducks, Yousuf pathan is formless. But unfortunately Sakeb is out of the squad. Truly a hopeless player selection.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • Rayhan83 on April 26, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    This is something ridiculous and shocking for KKR for not selecting the right player for the right time. Gautam is out of form make 3 consecutive ducks, Yousuf pathan is formless. But unfortunately Sakeb is out of the squad. Truly a hopeless player selection.

  • udaykiran.goru on April 26, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    KKR vs KXIP.. I hope it will be close contest.. Eager to watch Maxwell blazing again

  • on April 26, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    why Shakib Al Hasan is not picked.. i still wonder... very poor squad selwction!!!

  • on April 26, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Wanna see victorious kxip

  • udaykiran.goru on April 26, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Welcome Maxi.. But I hope today sehwag may steal the show with Maxi

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    when Sakib is not picked for Kolkata, then 5 billion fans decreases for KKR!

  • ramz30380 on April 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    I said it..... I knew tht Maxie and Co wudnt able to fire against Narine and Co. What a beauty from Morkel to disrupt the furniture against Maxie! Is Sehwag making a slow come back - well played! He is one of the very few in the world who can smack it like tht against Narine!

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Today Sehwag played sensibly :)

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    only chawla ..???

  • on April 26, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Being a bangladeshi i know it hurts to see shakib not playing.Both Yousuf and Gautam play as indian but if shakib has to be picked the selector has to find a slot for him within the quota(4 foreign players).Selector must have thought they have better foreign player in the squad than shakib.