Knight Riders v Royals, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi April 28, 2014

Batting worries loom for Knight Riders

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Match facts

April 29, 2014
Start time 1830 local (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Play 04:42
Agarkar: Gambhir should open again

Big Picture

After one run from four innings, the 'Wanted' posters will be all over the UAE, promising a hefty reward for Gautam Gambhir's batting form. The usually intense Gambhir has been managing a smile or two every time he has been questioned about his lack of runs, and it has helped him that Knight Riders have won two of their four matches this season despite some shaky batting.

Even if his barren spell extends, Gambhir is pretty much assured of his place in the side, since there are no reliable alternatives in the squad - Manvinder Bisla and Debabrata Das form the Indian batting back-up. Whether that will help him or not, what will certainly not help Gambhir is that he's up against Rajasthan Royals, a team that rolled over the superstar batting line-up of Royal Challengers Bangalore for 70 two days ago. Neither will the woeful form of Yusuf Pathan, who is unrecognisable from the heavy-hitting batsman whom IPL teams were clamouring for a few years ago.

Like Knight Riders, Royals also have two defeats and two wins. They have been quick to axe players who were crucial last season - James Faulkner and Brad Hodge. They turned to Tim Southee and Kane Richardson to provide the pace in the attack to complement the slower Indian bowlers, Pravin Tambe, Rajat Bhatia and Stuart Binny.

The ball has done plenty under lights in Abu Dhabi - scores so far have been 122 for 7, 135 for 6, 84 all out and 109 all out - and the toss could prove pivotal to deciding the fate of the match.

Watch out for

Royals has a history of picking non-flashy, uncapped players. Rajat Bhatia fits the description perfectly, and he's slotted into the XI perfectly, delivering his seemingly harmless medium-pacers that are yet again proving to be hard to put away. He may have missed the boat to India selection, but he is thriving in the high-pressure environment of the IPL.

The biggest weakness in the Knight Riders' side is the lack of runs from the Indian batsmen. Robin Uthappa, who was among the most expensive players in the previous IPL cycle, hasn't hit the heights of the initial IPL years, but has had one influential innings this season. Usually a top-order batsman, Knight Riders have given him the role of a finisher this campaign, which will require Uthappa to adapt his game from what it was in recent seasons.

Stats and trivia

  • Knight Riders narrowly lead the head-to-head against Royals: 6-5.
  • Morne Morkel (51) and Sunil Narine (50) have bowled the most dot balls this season
  • Watson needs 29 more runs to reach 2000 runs for Royals (includes runs scored in Champions League T20)

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 29, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Dropping Pathan not a great idea.after all he is an impact player

  • Ha8rick on April 29, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    FINALLY Yousuf Pathan has been dropped!! There is Light at the end of the tunnel for KKR. Probably is a good decision bringing Shakib instead of Lynn. KKR has a problem with playing their 4th foreign player. Kallis & Narine will play all the games unless injured. If they had a Good Domestic fast bowler, they could have afforded to drop Morkel and keep Lynn. If Gambhir doesn't score 20+ he should drop himself from the next game.

  • Ramamoorthy_Nagooran on April 29, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Fact is fact! The payoff teams to be chosen from their final games in UAE. The virtual quarter final games are getting over. Delhi Vs Mumbai - Delhi advanced. Chennai vs Hydrabad - Chennai advanced. Punjab vs Bangalore - Punjab advanced. Today Rajasthan vs Kolkata - The winner will be advanced. Tomorrow Mumbai vs Hydrabad - Dead rubber, both already knocked out. Mark my words - this is what will happen.

  • alcazar on April 29, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    my playing xi for kolkata will be like this bisla, uthappa,ryan,suryakumar, russell,manish, gambhir, chawla, narine, vinay, morkel in that order for batting uthappa, ryan, russel andsuryakumar will form the core batting thats needed for t20. this will work probably in 8 out of 10 times

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Why Shakib in side line. He is in form to bat.

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Shakib for lynn (sakib scores 30 off 22 balls and bowled 3 overs 29/0 with two miss field of fours in the last match) (Lynn scores 14 off 18 balls)

  • RapidCommentsPlz on April 29, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @QAZI255 lolz you sure you are on the right page? Bangaldesh is yet to produce a single world class player!And you say Shakib is the best all rounder?On what basis?30 odd against teams like Ireland and netherlands anjd you guys arelike "he is the best".Go get atleast single good player

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    plz kkr drop Pathan and bring Bisla as an opener and bring Tendo or Shakib in place of Morkel

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    My Playing XI- Gauti, Bisla, Kallis, Manish, Lynn, RTD/(Shakib), Surya, chawla , Narine, Umesh, R vinay

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    I'd give the captaincy to Kallis, Ghambir should take some rest and get his head straight. I'd go with Kallis, Bisla, Pandey, Al Hasan, Uthapa, Pathan, S Yadav, Chawla, Narine, Morkel, U Yadav. The reason I'd keep Pathan is because one of these days he's gonna burst into action, and once that day happens, he can be dropped.

  • on April 29, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Dropping Pathan not a great idea.after all he is an impact player

  • Ha8rick on April 29, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    FINALLY Yousuf Pathan has been dropped!! There is Light at the end of the tunnel for KKR. Probably is a good decision bringing Shakib instead of Lynn. KKR has a problem with playing their 4th foreign player. Kallis & Narine will play all the games unless injured. If they had a Good Domestic fast bowler, they could have afforded to drop Morkel and keep Lynn. If Gambhir doesn't score 20+ he should drop himself from the next game.

  • Ramamoorthy_Nagooran on April 29, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Fact is fact! The payoff teams to be chosen from their final games in UAE. The virtual quarter final games are getting over. Delhi Vs Mumbai - Delhi advanced. Chennai vs Hydrabad - Chennai advanced. Punjab vs Bangalore - Punjab advanced. Today Rajasthan vs Kolkata - The winner will be advanced. Tomorrow Mumbai vs Hydrabad - Dead rubber, both already knocked out. Mark my words - this is what will happen.

  • alcazar on April 29, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    my playing xi for kolkata will be like this bisla, uthappa,ryan,suryakumar, russell,manish, gambhir, chawla, narine, vinay, morkel in that order for batting uthappa, ryan, russel andsuryakumar will form the core batting thats needed for t20. this will work probably in 8 out of 10 times

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Why Shakib in side line. He is in form to bat.

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Shakib for lynn (sakib scores 30 off 22 balls and bowled 3 overs 29/0 with two miss field of fours in the last match) (Lynn scores 14 off 18 balls)

  • RapidCommentsPlz on April 29, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @QAZI255 lolz you sure you are on the right page? Bangaldesh is yet to produce a single world class player!And you say Shakib is the best all rounder?On what basis?30 odd against teams like Ireland and netherlands anjd you guys arelike "he is the best".Go get atleast single good player

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    plz kkr drop Pathan and bring Bisla as an opener and bring Tendo or Shakib in place of Morkel

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    My Playing XI- Gauti, Bisla, Kallis, Manish, Lynn, RTD/(Shakib), Surya, chawla , Narine, Umesh, R vinay

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    I'd give the captaincy to Kallis, Ghambir should take some rest and get his head straight. I'd go with Kallis, Bisla, Pandey, Al Hasan, Uthapa, Pathan, S Yadav, Chawla, Narine, Morkel, U Yadav. The reason I'd keep Pathan is because one of these days he's gonna burst into action, and once that day happens, he can be dropped.

  • IndTheBest on April 29, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Even if KKR goes with the same team, they must change individual's role and batting order. Utthappa is a very destructive batsman and plays in top of the order. He must open the batting along with Gambhir. Kallis should move down to 1st down. SuryaKumar Yadav seem to be in good nick but he comes at very late, his position must be replaced with Yusuf Pathan. Based on the current form Yusuf doesn't need so many balls hence he can come on 18-19th over do whatever he is good at.

  • on April 29, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Sakib (Not In The Team ) !!!!!! ....... KKR ....... Come On .....

  • on April 29, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Gambhir is not performing this year. My team: KKR (Drop Y Pathan) 1 Kallis 2 Bisla 3 Gambhir (C) 4 Pandey 5 Shakib 6 Uthappa 7 Suryakumar 8 Chawla 9 Vinay 10 Cummins 11 Narine.

  • Murattusingam on April 29, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    only 2 replaces need from KKR, bisla for pathan , and sakib for lynn .sakib is too usefull for KKR today , bcoze of RR have many right hand batsmen. Good luck for KKR. don't forget about narine and kallis today they are the key players this match.

  • on April 29, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Bisla,Kallis,Gambhir,Pandey,Lynn,Uthappa,Suryakumar,Chawla,Narine,Morkel,Vinay. This is de team I keep my bet on to do well for this match!! I know Shakib is a match winner but Kallis cant be dropped because he will be the man around whom de oders are gonna play especially after Gg is cmpltly out f form!! Dis is my point of view.

  • StevieS on April 29, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Facebook User so you drop Narine? You crazy?

  • SamWintson92 on April 29, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Sorry wrote Cummins in place of M Morkel. KKR should stick with M Morkel as he bowled a hell of a delivery to take out the leg stump of the biggest scalp Glenn Maxwell.

  • on April 29, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Hope SAKIB plays today, three other overseas are Kallis, Narine, Russel. Yusuf need long and long rest.

  • SamWintson92 on April 29, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    My Teams:

    RR XI: (Same XI, change in batting order, Watson should open) 1 Watson (C) 2 Rahane 3 Samson (WK) 4 Binny 5 S Smith 6 A Nayar 7 K Nair 8 Bhatia 9 Southee 10 Richardson 11 Tambe.

    KKR XI: (Drop Y Pathan, play Bisla) 1 Kallis 2 Bisla 3 Gambhir (C) 4 Pandey 5 Lynn 6 Uthappa 7 Suryakumar 8 Chawla 9 Vinay 10 Cummins 11 Narine.

  • on April 29, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    We need a win today to stay alive - Gauti its time to keep senses in and egos out You r certainly not the Guy who contributed majorly to India's T20 WC Final win in 2007 and the 2011 WC Final - And it's not about Being a Bnagladeshi Fan or an Indian fan , in the interest of the team , the best XI should play..

    KKR - Pandey , Utthappa , Kallis , Lynn/ Russel , Shakib/Tendo , Bisla , Yadav , Narine , Morkel , Vinay , Chawla/Morkel -- If Shakib Plays , then drop Chawla to increase the pace battery as Shakib/ Kallis can play the role of a 5th bowler

  • on April 29, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    kallis, lynn, sakib, tendo if u make a pair of choice in order to strong batting can do bowl for the team for T20. u should drop kallis, although he is a great alrounder but in the end age he can't take advantage of batting power-play and i think tendescate can play his game and able to be a finisher. i know little about Lynn it is upon KKR management if they think they need a solid top order foreign batsman,they can strick with Lynn. other wise Sakib can play at no-3 and is a good batsman, remember he start his carrer as a batsman, but he need license to go and make him not to worry about his position. this will make him a performer. gambir is one of my favourate player but at the time he should drop himself with patan.

  • Kwagga97 on April 29, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Kallis and Narine have been the backbone for both of KKKR wins thus far - why all the clamour to replace the only reliable batsman in the team??

  • on April 29, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    there is no hesitate shkib is best all rounder in this world. only think is he is from Bangladesh thats why he did not get that much chance to play for KKR. What about Kalis everybody saying he is good player but 40balls-42runs, 50balls-53runs, 38balls-41runs its good score for T20!!!!!!!!!!!!. If shkib can fact that much ball he will make good score. bowling side sakib allways coming for bowling in power play!!!! KKR should think about overall record all cricket format.

  • on April 29, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Kkr need to play bisla and pat cummins... their eleven.. 1. M Bisla (wk) 2.Uthappa 3.Kallis 4. Shakib 5.Pandey 6. S.Yadav 7.Tendo 8. Pathan 8. P.Chawla 9. U.Yadav 10. V Kumar 11. S. Narine/ Cummins (depends)

  • imtiiii on April 29, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    my dear friends please keep calm now...now its over to madness.me as a bangladeshi even shakib also will feel shame for this non sense.we have to be calm now....the world are watching what is happening....so we do not need to worry about anything.

  • cricprio on April 29, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Shakib is a must start for KKR. Unfortunately he plays for a weak team like Bangladesh, otherwise he would be taken more seriously by cricket fans all over the world and KKR. Good luck Shakib and KKR!!!

  • Phorenguy on April 29, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Let's accept that KKR will lose this match .... In that case Let's open with Gauti & Pathan ( They can't do any worse ) .. On the contrary, one of them may just manage to strike form !!! Shakib @ 3 , Uthappa @ 4, Lynn @ 5, Suryakumar @ 6, Bisla @ 7 should complete the batting order. Chawla, Narine, Morne & Vinay should constitute the 4 Bowlers (apart from Shakib) ... Go KKR Go !!!

  • JoysXI on April 29, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    GG and YP will be in their own. Putting cards on them. lets see

  • on April 29, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    KKR Team Batting Line up: 1. Kallis 2.Debabrata Das 3. Panday 4. Lyn/Tendo 5. Shakib 6. Uttapa 7. S Yadab 8. Russel 9. Narine 10. Binay Kumar 11. Chawla

  • on April 29, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Its all about Gambier's body language. Once he got out cheaply, he seems to be very upset and in the dressing room he was alone and keeping a worried face. i might say that will badly impact the other mates in the team.

    first he should learn how to act in these tense conditions, learn from Mahela, Angelo, Clark, Dhoni or some other good captains...

    Otherwise better to give up his captaincy role for the betterment of the team

  • qazi255 on April 29, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    KKR - Shakib = 0 , there is not a single quality player other than shakib in KKR squad and I do not know what is in mind of KKR management .

  • on April 29, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Gambhir not only as a captain also being a opening batsman, he should fire at the top for his team. He has put too much of pressure on himself as he knew this IPL can be the only way to turn the eyes of Indian selectors towards him. He should keep his calm and play well for the rest of his career deciding tournament. Hope he do well today. Come on Gauti...Gud luck :-)

  • StevieS on April 29, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Facebook User, I am not a Sakib basher but come on, best alrounder in the world? I don't know where he ranks in the "offical" rankings but they can be taken with a hugh grain of salt. Also links to matched that he won for KKR, just 3 will do you don't need to post the many as you claim. I agree that he should play along with Ryan T but take your Bangladeshi glasses off please.

  • on April 29, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Please ask Gutam Gambhir to go through this post .. he may ave some idea , whom to play in XI.

  • EnglishCricket on April 29, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Shakib is a good player but Bangladesh fans seem to say he's like some sort of special player or something. Yes special by Bangladesh standards. Bowling average of about 30 and batting average of about 35 are not world class figures just good. I'd worry more about Bangladesh team rather than a certain player playing for a domestic side if I was a Bangladesh fan. I'd pick Ryan or Russell instead due to more fire-power in batting.

  • on April 29, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    What do you expect. You drop the best all rounder of the world (Sakib) who helped KKR to win many matches and now you hope that the team will do well. Help yourself KKR. Bring Sakib. Even if he plays 50% of his talent, KKR will win...

  • contactmnr on April 29, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    KKR team M.Pandey,Uthappa,Kallis,Shakib/Lynn,Bisla,Das,Yadav,Vinay,Yadav,Narine,Morkel.Gambir and Y.Pathan can be rested for another 2 matches if KKR wants to survive in the IPL 2014.

  • Sagarneel on April 29, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Tendo for Kallis (yes you heard it right), Bisla for Pathan (Uthappa to concentrate only on his batting), Russel/ Shakib for Morkel (if the pitch doesn't offer bounce). Bisla, Gambhir, Pandey, Tendo, Uthappa, Russel/Shakib, Yadav, Narine, Chawla, Umesh and Vinay looks the most balanced side for KKR.

  • British_North_America on April 29, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    How long kallis will play just because he is JACK KALLIS? T20 specialist like Tendoyeschate warms the bench.

  • on April 29, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Please, stop being non-sense!! It's true that Shakib is one of the best all-rounders, but it is totally stupidity to bring him as a captain where he isn't regular in the combination. I think one more chance should be given to Gautam. If he fails again, it will be better to give captaincy to Kallis. Gautam needs some time to give himself. Bisla must be given chance in place of Pathan. This should be today's XI: Kallis,Gautam,Pandey,Lynn,Uthappa,Shakib,Bisla,Yadav,Chawla,Narine,Umesh. As its a low scoring wicket, the combination need more batsman.Moreover two fast bowler and three variety of spinners will strengthen the bowling department.

  • imtiiii on April 29, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    best player gautum gambhir we want more audi perfomance from you......it will make u popular.and keep support your partner yusuf pathan.and give some juice to sakib tendo russel and bisla.

  • British_North_America on April 29, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Mr.CricketJKNotHussey I agree with you.Tendo should come in place of Kallis and Cummins in place of Morkel.KKR relies too much on brand players who are not useful.

  • StevieS on April 29, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Why did they drop Sakib anyway? I am not from Bangladesh so I don't care either way but i thought he played well in the last game he played.

  • on April 29, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    bring tendo & shakib in place of morkel & lynn...although lynn is a very fine batsman...but shakib & tendo give da team better stability...drop yusuf & bring das....

  • on April 29, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    NO ABHISHEK NAYAR PLEASE! Unmukt Chand is a much much better player than him. Please play UC for fans sake.

  • British_North_America on April 29, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    @D'pak W'dwa The man who hardly gets chance at the beginning of the season and mysteriously taken always at the business end is overrated or underrated? If KKR looses, it is always him who will be dropped regardless of the culprit.It is Shakib.In the match vs DD, Morne Morkel was responsible for the loss with his 21 run over at the death and Shakib was dropped.

  • on April 29, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    my RR team today - 1.rahane , 2. nayer , 3. samsun , 4. watson , 5. binny , 6. hodge , 7. faulkner , 8 . Bhatia , 9. kulkarni , 10. richardson . 11. Tambe

  • AMARSAINI on April 29, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    May be RR repleacing nayar with unmukt

  • on April 29, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Without SHAKIB KKR ia a village cricket team.

  • FaisalBasharat75 on April 29, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Promotion in batting order for Robin Uthappa can resolve the contention as they have got good finisher in shape of Lynn and Yousuf. Strongly recommended.

  • on April 29, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    One thing ia clear that Shakib is just over-rated player n nothing more.. KKR must drop yusuf n gambhir n play Bisla n Tendo.. Open with Robin n Bisla. Kallis will b captain...

  • on April 29, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    KKR best team will be for today match Gambir, Bisla, Kallis, Tendo, Shakib, Uttahppa, Piyuch, Yadav, Vinay kumar, Manish and Narin

  • on April 29, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Shakib can captaincy for KKR instead of Gambir

  • on April 29, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Without Shakib KKR is nothing

  • on April 29, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    In kkr Ghambir should drop and add Bisla

  • on April 29, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    KKR should include from the foreign part 1. Kallis 2. Ten douscate/ Lynn 3. Sakib 4. Narin to strong their batting line otherwise increase the possibility of losing the match.

  • on April 29, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Team For KKR -1)Gambhir 2)Uthhapa 3)Kallis 4)Lynn 5)Tendo 6)Surya Kumar 7)Piyush Chawla 8)Narine 9)Vinay Kumar 10)Umesh Yadav

  • on April 29, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    wat are selecters doing. shakib nt playin from kkr and hodge not playin from rr

  • on April 29, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Pathan has to be dropped today to make him fight for his place in the team. Even of Gambhir is not performing well atleast he is using his bowlers to full effect. Das should be included in the team. I always wanted Tendo in the team but though he performs for kkr, they never use him effectively until they get out of the tournament. Wastage of talent. Gambhir sir, please start playing for the tean now atleast. RR is balanced when it comes to bowling but if kkr bowlers bowl well RR batsmen are gone for all money. Its the clash which team bats well because both the sides have good bowling but a weaker batting.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 29, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @Greatest_Game He has worked on his fitness a lot. I think Australia were a bit too quick to induct him into the test squad. He did well, but at that age, the stress of bowling 150+ was too much. Exactly my point. Play him in T20s as that is one format he can easily bowl well in. But I disagree, at his best, Cummins has been way more destructive than Morkel.

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    My Probable XI of KKR team is-1.Bisla(wk)2.Kallis3.Gambhir(c)4.Pandey4.Uhappa5.Lynn6.S Yadav7.Morkel8.Narin9.Chawla10.Viney.

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    honestly KKr should use foreign batting as much as possible. Though Lyyn has done well in a match but still think in this condition Ryan ten Descouthe will be a better choice in terms of experience and pitch plus he is an allrounder. Morkel is getting waked in the latter parts. Vinay Kumar Did better job in the death over . Sakib inplace of him can ad bating fire power and also a bowling versitality he hasnt done bad last matcb a 30 and in his bowling gt 2 missed field 4. So line up should be like this..

    1.Manish 2. Kallis 3.S.Yadav (on form) 4. Ten douscate 5. Gambhir 6. Sakib 7. Uthappa 8. Piyush 9. Narin 10. U Yadav 11. Vinay kumar

    This line up will be more handy when they will play in INDIA

  • barryrichardsfan on April 29, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    KKR usually go wrong with their picks and batting positions also. Surya Yadav must be brought up the order to add fireworks and Yusuff should be ousted. 1 Surya 2 Pandey 3Gambhir 4 ten Doeschate 5 Lynn 6 Uthappa 7 Debbrata 8 chawla 9 kuldeep 10 narine 11 cummins .Why give Yusuf so may oppurtunities?

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Watson should open today and strengthen the batting lineup. Watto, Rahane, U Chand, Samson, Smith, Binny, Yagnik, Richardson, Southee, Bhatia & Tambe. Watson & Binny ( may be Smith too) has to bowl, to accommodate Unmukt Chand and Dishant Yagnik. Both Nayars to sit out. RR can fly to India with 6 points.

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    The main problem with KKR is there is no think tank. They play stereotype, easy for other teams to find weakness and take advantage.

    Here are some points, you have never thought of - 1. Yusuf probably forgot, how to bat. In almost all the matches (las50 matches), I can figure out his wrong ball selection and no footwork at all. I bet he cannot score 30+ in next 30 matches. Still he is in the team. 2. Bisla - a fine player sitting in the bench. That wonders me 3. There is a special treatment for "Power Play". I have never seen, KKR wanted to take the advantage of it. 36 balls of out 120. If in 1st 6 overs, even if we have 2 wickets down with a score of 60+ (10 runs per over), that doesn't matter too much. So, need a big hitter like Lynn or Robin to start with Kalis, if KKR bat first 4. Now coming to Gambhir. He lacks confidence. T20 is a kind of different format where there is not time for batsman to stay for a while and gain confidence. So, will be better to drop him.

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    we need KKR as mentioned......1)Bisla 2)Pandey 3) Kallis 4) Sakib 5) Gambhir 6) Uthappa 7) Tendo 8) Chawla 9) Morkel 10) Narine 11) Vinoy Kumar.....They are the best among others....Hopefully good days will come very soon.....

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    if kkr need to win this game Ghambir should sit out. my team kallis,robin,pandey,bisla,shakib,ryneten,yadav,das,narine,chawla,vinay.

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    An ideal team would be to drop Gambhir and take an Indian all rounder or a Batsman like DB Das but hopefully they will go with a team like the following: 01. Bisla 02. Pandey 03. Kallis 04. C. Lynn 05. Gambhir 06. SA Yadav 07. Uthappa 08. Morkel 09. V. Kumar 10. S. Narine 11. P. Chawla

  • Greatest_Game on April 29, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    @ Mr.CricketJKNotHussey. This being T20, Cummins might last an entire match, but he'll break down at the end of it. Then he will make a comeback in 2 years, & still not be as effective & reliable as Morkel.

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    do drop gambir and let shakib to lead team... he s one of the best captain of bangladesh team...

  • on April 29, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    We Need Shakib Al Hasan Continue in KKR squad. Than he can do Bat and bowl well. Its Sure...

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 29, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Ideally, Gambhir should be dropped, but they don't have anyone to replace him with. Kallis is doing well, but this is about all he can do in this format. he might have the occasional quick paced innings but those are few and far between. This is why they need to bet Tendo in. He is pretty much like Kallis, but built for T20. he scores fast, can bowl tight overs and is one of the most experiences T20 campaigners. He also already has a decent IPL record. I would also replace Morkel with Cummins. Morkel is just not that dangerous in T20s. Cummins on the other hand has shown what he can do in this format. Also, Pathan needs to be rested and talked to. Bring Bisla in for cover. The XI can be: 1) Gambhir 2) Bisla 3) Pandey 4) Tendo 5) Lynn 6) Utthapa 7) Yadav 8) Cummins 9) Umesh 10) Narine 11)Chawla. This line-up has way more firepower and the bowling attack looks more menacing. I would like Yadav to bat higher but he is doing a fantastic job finishing which I feel no one else can do.

  • TeamSelector on April 29, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Since KKR refuses to drop Gambhir & Pathan, then maybe they should both open the batting. Bat themselves back into form, or get out as quickly as possible. 1-Gambhir 2-Pathan 3-Kallis 4-Pandey 5-Uthappa 6-Chris Lynn 7-Surya Yadav 8-Chawla 9-Narine 10-Morkel 11-Vinay Kumar

  • Ha8rick on April 29, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    An ideal team would be to drop Gambhir and take an Indian all rounder or a Batsman like DB Das but hopefully they will go with a team like the following: 01. Bisla 02. Pandey 03. Kallis 04. C. Lynn 05. Gambhir 06. SA Yadav 07. Uthappa 08. Morkel 09. V. Kumar 10. S. Narine 11. P. Chawla

    I am not going to support KKR anymore if the Management plays YK Pathan again. There's got be be some inside scoop why he is getting all the games. This kinda rubbish needs to stop.

  • on April 29, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    this match between good youth bowling RR vs experience batting line up KKR..

  • SeanB on April 29, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    1) Bisla in for YKP - Bisla can do no worse. 2) How does RTD not get a game? KKR have the overseas players, but RTD is just too good to be left out.

  • on April 29, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    Ghambir should abdicate his captaincy and sit out, Yousaf Pathan should not be in playing XI. Kalis should take over the Captaincy. Non-Indian Captain winning percentage is 64.3% vs. Indian Captains at 40.9%. Non-Indian Captains are better leaders although they lead 3 out of 8 Teams.

  • on April 28, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    The Pathans have to start playing domestic games - getting ready for the IPL in a hurry and excusing themselves with injuries after the IPL ... hmm ... they know how to make hay when it shines ... :-(

  • binu.emiliya on April 28, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    KKR should go with this batting order Bisla,Utthappa,Manish,Kalis,Gambheer,Lynn,Surya,Chawla,Vinay Kumar,Sunil Narain,Morkel

  • on April 28, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    1-Bisla 2- Kallis 3-Pandey 4-Lynn 5-Uthappa 6-Sakib 7-SA Yadav 8-Vinay 9-Chawla 10-Narine 11-UT Yadav This is my team and kkr can win.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 28, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Time to bring in Ryan Ten Doeschate in place of Chris Lynn and perhaps drop Morne Morkel for Shakib to give all round benefits. Yusuf Pathan MUST open or he should be dropped for another Indian player. Robin Uthappa should open the innings with Kallis and Gambir should come again at no.3. I expect this to be a close game because both teams are similar. But KKR have the momentum with them.

  • angelx on April 28, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    Ghambir will fire tomorrow ..i have this feeling..thats why against all odds i have picked him in my fantasy team..Lets hope the gamble pays off...

  • on April 28, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    When will we see a certain Ryan Tendoeschate or a shakib? Performances barring Narine from foreigners havent really been consistent. Also Bisla for Yusuf and chawla for yadav.

  • alvi1234 on April 28, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan was in good form in the last few domestic matches, not sure what hapens to him in IPL. He should come to terms with the idea that scoring can be done without hitting 6s all the time. Try and hit the bad balls but not every ball. Another talented Indian player not balancing agression wth common sense.

  • on April 28, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Drop ghambir then Bisla comes in and he is proper wk, Kallis captain, maybe Russell in for morkel for extra batting and better fielding but pace would drop or Cummins in who will be quick and skiddy

  • Subhajit111 on April 28, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Its now really become a need to get some run for GG,but the other KKR batsmen also have to back in form,specially they have to check their shot selection,then it will be a easy match to get 2 more points.Probable XI for KKR is Bisla,Kallis,Gambhir,Manish,Robin,Lynn,Surya Yadav,Chawla/Kuldeep,Vinay,Narine,Morne. Go KKR GO #Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo re

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 28, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    RR don't need to change much. Just get a good person to pair up with Rahane at the top. I think Watson doesn't trust the middle order to the inexperienced young players so he won;t be opening. So, Unmukt Chand should open. The bowling looks really good and better than KKR's who only really have Narine.

  • on April 28, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    wants to c uthappa opening

  • on April 28, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    KKR should include shakib

  • Rakes7 on April 28, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    GO KKR GO Make it 3 out of 5. Best of luck.throw out yusuf pathan and stick with gambhir for last match of uae league.playing xi- gambhir,kallis, paday,uthappa, lyyn, yadav,bisla/das, chawla,vinay, narine,morkel. Lyyn should come after uthappa at #5.

  • on April 28, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Rajasthan royals shud win it. Narine alone cant do anything.. RR needs a good opener with rahane. karun nair wasnt impressive. may be they shud try Unmukt Chand. But its clear..RR are the favourites. the underdogs doing it again this season. hall bol!!

  • YoungAB_14 on April 28, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    watson is da bomb go royals

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  • YoungAB_14 on April 28, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    watson is da bomb go royals

  • on April 28, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Rajasthan royals shud win it. Narine alone cant do anything.. RR needs a good opener with rahane. karun nair wasnt impressive. may be they shud try Unmukt Chand. But its clear..RR are the favourites. the underdogs doing it again this season. hall bol!!

  • Rakes7 on April 28, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    GO KKR GO Make it 3 out of 5. Best of luck.throw out yusuf pathan and stick with gambhir for last match of uae league.playing xi- gambhir,kallis, paday,uthappa, lyyn, yadav,bisla/das, chawla,vinay, narine,morkel. Lyyn should come after uthappa at #5.

  • on April 28, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    KKR should include shakib

  • on April 28, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    wants to c uthappa opening

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 28, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    RR don't need to change much. Just get a good person to pair up with Rahane at the top. I think Watson doesn't trust the middle order to the inexperienced young players so he won;t be opening. So, Unmukt Chand should open. The bowling looks really good and better than KKR's who only really have Narine.

  • Subhajit111 on April 28, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Its now really become a need to get some run for GG,but the other KKR batsmen also have to back in form,specially they have to check their shot selection,then it will be a easy match to get 2 more points.Probable XI for KKR is Bisla,Kallis,Gambhir,Manish,Robin,Lynn,Surya Yadav,Chawla/Kuldeep,Vinay,Narine,Morne. Go KKR GO #Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo re

  • on April 28, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Drop ghambir then Bisla comes in and he is proper wk, Kallis captain, maybe Russell in for morkel for extra batting and better fielding but pace would drop or Cummins in who will be quick and skiddy

  • alvi1234 on April 28, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan was in good form in the last few domestic matches, not sure what hapens to him in IPL. He should come to terms with the idea that scoring can be done without hitting 6s all the time. Try and hit the bad balls but not every ball. Another talented Indian player not balancing agression wth common sense.

  • on April 28, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    When will we see a certain Ryan Tendoeschate or a shakib? Performances barring Narine from foreigners havent really been consistent. Also Bisla for Yusuf and chawla for yadav.