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  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 29, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    RR got reprieved after a bad bowling change in 16th over when Watson put himself on & gave 14 runs in the over, That swung the game in favour of KKR. Watson had his opening bowler Faulkner available having bowled just one of his 4 overs at that stage. It was mystifying why a specialist bowler is not used in "death overs". Finally Faulkner was brought on in 19th over when he surprised Watson by taking 3 wkts, in the over & turned the tables in favour of RR. But Richardson could not contain KKR & gave away 10 runs in the 20th over to tie the match. But Faulkner once again rescued RR by restricting the Super over to 11 runs. Smith & Watson were able to get 11 off Narine to tie the score again & win on boundary count. Only consolation KKR took home was welcome return to form of Gambhir after his 3 Ducks! Yadav & Shakib played excellent knocks to bring KKR within a brace of victory only to see the lower batting failing badly. It was an exciting match which finally ended in RRs Win.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 1, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    ramz30380 That 70 odd of Kallis was his best in 2013 and 2014 combined.He was also dropped in that match when he was going less than run a ball by Pollard.However, just look at his score and strike rate in the next four matches.Once in a blue moon performance will not do the job for you.Uthappa is a good opener and he can of course do what Kallis does.A 30 or 40 at run a ball.In fact, most of the batsmen of KKR can do it.When you are given the freedom of scoring at a run a ball, your average goes high.Kallis is not a opener by the way.KKR management is desperate to play him.So, they play him at a position where he does not have to score very fast.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @ABCDEF_12345 - True tht Kallis didnt score well tht match but he did score a 46 ball 72 in the opening match against MI tht KKR won!

    T20 cricket also needs a man to hold one side up like wht Hussey, Badrinath were consistently doing for CSK, Sachin was doing it for MI & Rahul the young lad doing it for Sunrisers in the just concluded match!

    U choose a team based on wht is reqd on tht day - I agree with u tht Lynn & Tendo need to be given a run but at the cost of an opener? Uthappa is too unpredictable, GG is still finding his feet - so who will be there to take control of the ship in the starting overs?! I cant see anyone but Kallis do for KKR at the moment.

    Shakib's bowling will come in handy at the Eden gardens along with Narine - so only person I can see being benched for a place for Lynn/Tendo is Morkel. They can bring in both Vinay & Umesh Yadav alongside Debrata Das to add to the pace bowling & bring in either one!

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 1, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    ramz30380 Yes, Kallis is a true warrior and sportsman and legend who scored 13 off 17 in that match(after a free hit+life) and contributed heavily to the loss.He played the whole 2013 season, KKR did not even qualify for top 4.You also know if Chris Lynn of Tendo was playing in place of Kallis in that match, KKR might have won it.

    Stability in T20 is not like that in ODI.You are say, chasing 180 and scored a 40 ball 42, how does that help the team? The remaining team members have to score actually 140 off 80 balls.Any decent player with a strike rate of 105 would have a average of 30+. There is nothing special in it.

    Kallis is a great but what made him great are ODI and test, not T20, so you know what I mean.Playing him in place of T20 specialist like Tendo never makes sense.One of the highest paid players in IPL is Pollard who does not even play test cricket.But he delivers, doesn't he? But is he a great like Kallis or Kallis will ever do what Pollard can do and does for his team?

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    @ABCDEF_12345 - Kallis is anyday has better cricketing sense than most contemporary cricketers. Plz dont insult a true warrior of the game. He has an avg of 35:00 in T20Is against Shakib's 22:00!

    Kallis' role has always been to steady the innings on one end for KKR and tht role he has done well in the past. He is a pace bowler which is handy no matter which team he plays for! This yr its fine, but next yr w/o intl cricket experience Kallis cannot be pursued with.

    Yes, Kallis is a brand - Sachin - the little master, Dravid the Wall and Kallis the King are true ambassadors of the game - both on & off the field! Just playing alongside him will be an exp for so many youngsters.

    Whn avg BD players are treated like God by ur countrymen, then there is no harm in treating & appreciating Kallis for wht he has achieved!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @ ABIR CHOUDHURY - Moreover Shakib did take a run in the 2nd ball of the last over - he didnt take a two if thts wht ur refering to - My point was why did he take tht single as Chawla wud be facing the strike. Def by all means Shakib is a better bat & he shud have had the strike instead of giving it to someone who is a lesser bat than him!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @ ABIR CHOUDHURY - Ofcourse I do rate Shakib as a good player and thts why I am wondering why he let Piyush Chawla take strike when he knew clearly tht 3 wkts had fallen at the other end?! 3 wkts in one over was bcoz of some fascinating bowling by Faulkner.

    I am not against Shakib or something, but I replied back to those who were praising him endlessly for his knock, which I have v.much agreed wud be praise worthy if he had finished it off -that was all! No offense! It was a good game of cricket and the ones who batted more sensibly won the game - Shakib cud have easily been tht hero, tht was wht I was trying to point out!

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | April 30, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    It was a bad luck that KKR lost this match but I hope they will learn from it. Very slow start and missing a big hitter in the middle order and even in super over.

    As I always say that KKR need Shakib, he may play bad in some game but he is a real match winner, with bowling and batting whatever you say. But Kolkata must need to play Lynn or Ryan for the death overs at the place of Morkel or may be Kallis. They really need minimum one big hitter and someone have to keep hitting from the start. The start is very slow but may be the inclusion of Bisla could work from the next match. As a fan of KKR I do always plan the best eleven for KKR and even I would love to see Ghambhir in the sideline to give a chance for DAS, but well he is back in form, 45 out of 44.. that was a disaster. Well.. KKR not going to exclude him, so he is in my dream KKR too-

    GG,Bisla,Sakib,JK,Manish,Yadav,Lynn,U.yadav,Chawla,Narine, vinay.

    Let Sakib to play at top order, he is not a big hitter to play on death.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | April 30, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Without shakib's contribution with balling RR would have definitely made muchmore runs and won without any super over. Why some people blaming sakib when kallis bisla uthappa who are in the team for batting failed and left it for the allrounder sakib ? KKr lost becuz of field placement at superover , that boundary should not have happened as the fielder was supposed to be at the right place. To Bd fans, I am Bangladeshi and it is ridiculous to me that some of you insinuate sakib is the best in business ! He is clearly not , even for Bd t20 team Anamul Haque is much better pick than shakib .

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @ ramz30380, it's really surprising the way you single out shakib for this loss. first you said it was 16 off 12 ball shakib could not pull it off, but you didn't say it was 3 wickets down in one over and shakib was on the other end! now you are saying he sent away chawla, he didn't run because it would have never been a single, if he was gone that would have been the end of it. you did not seem to blame the fielder in the super over who was not standing close to the rope, or those 3 quick wickets which turned around the game completely, but you find fault with shakib for not winning the game. if you were really neutral then you would have pointed out these factors. yes there are some crazy supporters who make silly statements on shakib, and you took it out on them by making these biased review of the game. the way you are talking about him it looks like you have so much expectation on him!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Like Corey Anderson,Yusuf Pathan should also be tried at no 3 for couple of matches.

  • POSTED BY Mayank Holani on | April 30, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    RR deserved the win,the played very well ecspecially Watson , Smith and Faulkner.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | April 30, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    ramz30380 Gambhir would win it for KKR, Kallis simply does not have the capability to do it in Chase.You Indians judge Kallis by his International record in test and ODI.How does that help in T20 at the age of 37? We saw what Ricky Ponting can do in 2003 World Cup Final, will you play Ponting in your team? If KKR wants to win, they need to get rid of Kallis-Brand.But for advertisement sponsorship policy, I think they would stick to him.He is the one Indians want to see in action which attract sponsors.So, there may be other reasons than cricketing to play him.

  • POSTED BY supercoolfan on | April 30, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    I wonder how effective it would be in having Robin Uthappa open the innings with Gautam Gambhir? Then Kallis, Pandey, Shakib, Yadav, Lynn/Doeschate, Das, Chawla, Narine, Vinay Kumar/Yadav.

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

    ramz30380 Even players of Watson and Smith's caliber somehow managed 11 in Super over against Naraine who went for wicket less on that match with an economy of 7.Even with dew, Naraine restricted them to 11.

    Well, for Shakib, that was only the second ball of the over and Shakib though he could take 2.Now, a wide was not given as well.It does not matter what is batsman's position, it was way down the leg side.However, Shakib is good but Richardson is not that bad either.I saw him bowling brilliantly in IPL.But he did not bowl a single ordinary delivery after the first ball 4.Shakib also knew if had tried to play a big shot forcefully and got out, it was all over for KKR.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Shakib is the best performer of KKR team. They haven't too many power hitter in the team. That's why they depend on shakib in SUper over. I think Shakib Should play at no 3/4 instead of no.6. He is always nervous in the 1st 2/3 bowls but after that he can hit allaround the field. Shakib is automatic choice for top xi. Morkel may lost the place and Lynn may in into the xi.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 30, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    @ ABCDEF_12345 - Did u watch the match mate - it came down to 8 runs from 5 balls with Shakib on strike & he jogs for a run at tht stage leaving a bowler Piyush Chawla to take it from there! Is this what u call smart cricket?! If Richarson hadnt bowled those wides, RR wud have won the match!!!

    If there was a Gambhir or Kallis in tht place they wud have stayed at the strikers end, taken the responsibility and finished the game! That is the difference mate, and that is wht true experience is which clearly Shakib is lacking. KKR wud have won and everyone here wud be praising Shakib for his presence of mind instead of Smith!

    Accept it mate, make no mistake I said before and I say again he is a good player but def not the best in the business as some of the supporters here are making him to be!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Sakib should bat at 3 . Drop kallis for Lynn (If it's a slow wicket).

  • POSTED BY Philly.rocks on | April 30, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    I dont understand why KKR cant play both Chris Lynn and Shakib. Based on the performances so far, I would pick Lynn, Shakib, Narine, Morkel as 4 overseas players. However, if it is seamer friendly pitch then go with Kallis in place of Lynn/Shakib. KKR should get their combination right as soon as possible, otherwise they may hhunt their own chances of progressing to knockout stage.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | April 30, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Poor captaincy from KKR... Good Presence of Mind From RR...

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    How the winner is decided ( in a tied match ,even in a super over ) when the boundary counts are also equal

  • POSTED BY supercoolfan on | April 30, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    I think the problem with KKR is that they do have a good finisher. 16 runs needed off 12 balls. This target could have been achieved easily if Uthappa and Vinay Kumar hadn't blindly swung their bat. Being calm in situations like this counts! Just like what Smith of RR did in the super over.

  • POSTED BY srinivasreddy on | April 30, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    RR got reprieved after a bad bowling change in 16th over when Watson put himself on & gave 14 runs in the over, That swung the game in favour of KKR. Watson had his opening bowler Faulkner available having bowled just one of his 4 overs at that stage. It was mystifying why a specialist bowler is not used in "death overs". Finally Faulkner was brought on in 19th over when he surprised Watson by taking 3 wkts, in the o

  • POSTED BY avani on | April 30, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    @Shinus thanks for informing me the way number of boundaries are counted. However I still feel that is not the very logical way to decide the winner. Assume if KKR had made 5 sixes instead of 2 their equation would have been 12+5=17 with scores through boundaries 78 where as RR are 17+1=18 with scores through boundaries 74 and RR would still be declared as winner as number of boundaries are more even though runs scored through boundaries are less for them. Is it logical? I am not disputing the result but only advising the concerned to develop a more logical and scientific way of deciding a winner.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | April 30, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    CricFan707 Shakib is very very bad of course.Now, show me what Kallis and Morkel did for KKR.Not to mention, they lost a wicket in the first ball of the super over making it risky to play lofted shot.You people bever suggest to drop Kallis.Why?

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | April 30, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    ramz30380 You don't know why Shakib could not pull it off.Because it was not only 16 off 12, it was also 12 off 6 with 3 wickets left.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | April 30, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Watson bowling the 16th over is only being criticised with hindsight! Faulkner had been bowling poorly this IPL and Watson had bowled 2 decent overs, so backed himself. A bigger mistake by him in terms of planning was giving Binny first over against GG. The horror run of great balls first up was broken, he should have given Richardson first go, swinging it across GG at good pace before he had felt bat on ball.

  • POSTED BY shri618191 on | April 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Watson put himself on and gave 14 runs in the over

  • POSTED BY shri618191 on | April 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    rR got reprieved after a bad bowlimg

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 30, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    @ANVER777 - ur welcome mate, its always nice talking abt cricket & some of its fascinating rules!

    @ANDROID_USER - whtever ur name mate, just becoz Shakib is being criticised it doesnt mean that ppl dont know cricket. It is just tht ppl are being unbaised abt their view unlike ppl like u who blindly think tht he is the best in the business.

    Shakib must understand the importance of taking singles and running twos. He is a good player but he is not the best. I read some ridiculous statements wher pppl wanted him to be the captain of KKR! Heights of blindfaith!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Shakib played an extraordinary role here. but some people are blaming him. I think they don't understand cricket or they don't like Shakib. But Shakib doesn't matter with that, he just need to show his performance like that.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | April 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    @ramz30380 thanks for providing me the information regarding the super over rules. " QUIET INTERESTING" !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    i think shakib was the guy who brought hope of a win as wickets were tumbling around him!! i guess yusuf pathan would have been needed in the super over.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 30, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    @ANVER777 - if even the boundary count is equal they wud go by ball by ball comparison of the super over - tht starts from ball no.1 will win. If the 1st ball, the runs were similar, then the runs of the 2nd ball will be taken into consideration and so on

    16 off 12 balls - Shakib cudnt finish it off. Moreover there was such a mix up in the superover. KKR cud have pulled it off with Narine bowling if they had scored more. Cudnt understand Shakib's role there in the other end! He played his part with the ball though! I keep saying, he is a better bowler than a batsman. He was trying to hit big shots, looks like he hasnt learnt from his mistakes in the WC.

    Shakib must learn from Smith - rotating the strike, ones and twos can do the trick in T20 cricket. On tht note, Suryakumar Yadav, wht a find he is! Well played. MI must be kicking themselves for letting go of him!

    KKR was at the receiving end of a close match this time. RCB must b chuckling now!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    CRIC FAN 707 gone man,if anyone hit a ball and lands it no mans land then do u call it none cricekting shot???poor thinking u must learn cricket first,wickets was falling arround shakib and he was the one who made it to the super over,dude u have no knowledge of cricket

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | April 30, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @Cricfan: lol Shakib was the best player in that match for KKR if you bothered to even check the scorecard properly. I don't expect people like you to be satisfied with any players performances from teams like Bangladesh for reasons we all know why. Cricket is a team sport not an individual one and was a collective failure of KKR not Shakib or someone. According to T20 rankings, Shakib is ranked world number 2 so enough said. Doesn't matter what you or any one else thinks really :P

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 30, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @avani I think it was the number of total boundaries. The commentators were adding up.

  • POSTED BY 1ofakind_testcricket on | April 30, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Double Overtime Super Over??

    Anyone?

    How exciting would that be.

    One super over is not enough for anyone>

  • POSTED BY nikita_karthick on | April 30, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Shane watson is not a captaincy material... if Faulkner had bowled 4 overs, RR would have won the match by 10 runs.... Make smith as captain.

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | April 30, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Steve Smith is the best guy to have in the XI. Gambhir's lack of smart thinking was exposed when he did not provide the field placement to cut off the second run, when everyone knew 11 runs were sufficient for RR to be through. Both sides deserved the end result. Going to the next match, RR needs to replace Richardson who seems to find it hard to bowl straight or outside the offstump.

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | April 30, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    KKR should've won that match...and shakib, kallis and uthapppa are to be blamed..i don't why people go on ranting about for shakib...he has done nothing for kkr..he gives pretty average performances which any Indian allrounder can give...he was there at the end and he should've won the game for kkr but again he played average cricket..in no way he is a power hitter..he was luck to get 29 as the boundaries he hit weren't timed and hit properly and still it went to four because it was in no man's land...also twice the ball went in air and went in no man's land..he was pretty useless in the Super Over also...it was because of Pandey that they got 11 runs..i think next game KKR should bring in Tendo in place of Shakib..even on spin friendly pitches the so called hero of bangladesh is ineffective...i'm very disappointed with kkr think tank...

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | April 30, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    @ avani - boundaries are 4s + 6s, not just 4s.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Truly incredible smartness by steve smith....Hats off to you sir

  • POSTED BY Shinus on | April 30, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    @ Avani

    Please understand I a boundary doesn't means that its just four,, It can also be a six. As per the cricketing rules it is the number of boundaries which has been hit that means 6s + 4s.. In that count RR hit the most ie 17+1 =18 and KKR 12+2=14.. That is the reason RR won.. And I think that's the correct decision as hitting fours should also be appreciated

  • POSTED BY matt_thor on | April 30, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    An excellent win which might consolidate RR's position in the top 4 for a long time. Good to see that and happy for Royals. The kind of brilliance rahane,faulkner and esp. smith have shown in this match is just commendable.

    To all those who are arguing on the wide ball of last over, you simply cant give that a wide because the batsman got shifted from that particular position. Had it been wider on the leg side from his original position by even 1 cm, only than you can call it a wide. So its ok, you lost this one, accept it and cheer your team for the coming games.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Instead of tired Saqib and Yadav KKR should have sent Uthappa and Pandey in the Super over to bat and one down Vinay Kumar. Uthappa as an opener for power hitting would be the best bet.

  • POSTED BY avani on | April 30, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Moral of the story "boundaries are more valuable than the sixes on the judgement time". Imagine a team hits 10 sixes and no boundary and the other team hits just one boundary and no sixes, yet the latter will win in case of super over tie . How illogical. It would have been more appropriate if the winner was decided on the basis of wickets in super over if the runs are tied in super over. (Result would have been same, RR would have won as KKR had lost 2 wkts). Otherwise I think number 6s shoudl be counted first and then number 4s. Any way I am happy as I am a RR supporter. All this super over talk has sidelined the real hero of the game Rahane who made 72 as RR opener. Same like Dravid, a hero with low profile.

  • POSTED BY DrkLdr on | April 30, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    There will always be the Tendo/Kallis and Morkel/Cummins/Russell debate but given the circumstances, I felt like it was a very strong side for yesterdays game. Whilst it is good that Gambhir is back in form, Shakib came through as expected and their bowling is top notch, their poor batting management is continuing to give them woes. Their batting model is too passive early and too aggressive late, which puts unnecessary pressure on their "finishers," such as Yadav, Shakib and Uthappa. Having Bisla, Kallis and Gambhir as 1-3 and all the heavy hitters from 4-7 just is not the ideal way of utilising the team. It would be a lot more logical to alternate between the roles. Eg: Send Uthappa and Gambhir to open. If Robin gets out, send in Pandey. If Gambhir departs, send in Kallis etc etc. Obviously it is not always this cut and dry, but KKR have the ability to adapt to situations with their batting line-up. Start by optimizing Uthappa's role. Given his current style, he needs to open.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    i suggest KKR let down kallis and morkel and in culmn and rassel/ tendo, open with bisla.

    team composition may be 1. gambir 2. bisla 3. sakib 4. pandy 5 uttappa 6 rassel/tendo 7 yadav and bowlers

    may in rassel and yadav when needed.

  • POSTED BY ashok1259 on | April 30, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    I don't understand why they don't select Ryan Tendo. Bad team selection by KKR.

  • POSTED BY Alwayslose on | April 30, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Really really strange..the fourth ball of the super over bowled by narine to watson went for a four. this ball was actually a no ball. replay shows this clearly. this means if watson had been caught, they would have replayed and noticed the no ball, got the extra run and extra ball which would have been a free hit and who knows watson could have hit this for a four. so strangely watson was unlucky he did not get caught. the result did not change . but who knows ?

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | April 30, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Can some body please tell me, if the boundaries count is also equal after the super over tie, then what happens & how they decide the winner ??? Last night KKR missed power hitting of Yoosuf Pathan specially in that "SUPER OVER" Yadav & Shakib is no match for RR's big hitting Watson & Smith !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Steve Smith: what a smart, smart cricketer! Next aussie captain!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    Masking-Tape.... You must first learn the rules. There is a small line near the wicket on the legside. If the ball goes outside leg but inside this line it is not a wide. It was clearly shown in replays. So it is not a matter of batsman attempting the shot, it was a very good decision by the umpire.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Rahul Dravid - the calm behind the storm called Rajasthan Royals. What a team! They don't have stars, but they create stars.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | April 30, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    RR needs to utilize Faulkner's batting better. It is no use having him in the side if he is hardly getting to bat- when he is the cleanest hitter in the side. KKR needs to use Shakib and Ryan ten and also Kallis effectively. Three allrounders who can hold their own in at least one skill are priceless for team balance.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Awesome team performance by RR. Smithy made a mockery of Gambhir...He was so smart and showed excellent match awareness when he hit the list ball smartly and got 2 for it. That was a brilliant move by such a young cricketer.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 30, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Glad to see Gautam Gambhir back in business, this innings of his was far more convincing than Yuvi's or Viru's talking from the perspective of team India. But for now it's IPL time!!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Unfortunetly robin nt clicked iam say sorry fr robin he is working hard in domestic and getting lots of runs .when coming in ipl team mangement giving finisher roll he is nt finisher .why they nt undrestand..he should open 20 or 30 quick runs will come thats helping fr his team after..lots of attcking batsman is there still nothing will hapen..9mach more game by game focusing is very imp if kkr 9out of 7 win they will qulifie .just right cominetion they should search..either drop uttappa..or send him open with gambir indian piches good fr bating ...comon kkr ...uttappa tuff time yu facing man ..fight man hard work never cheat..try ur hardwork god will help yu...y done man...ipl is nt plateform fr indian team ..yur past perfomence is very good ..go and give yr best

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 30, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    awesome win rr

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    It was KKR match easily just missed.....finally Gambhir scored is positive for the team...Good move dropping Pathan by KKR.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | April 29, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    I'm sorry but KKR won. That was a HUGE wide in the last over which should've been called a 2 wides. Just because the batsman moved to play the scoop shot doesn't mean it's not going past the leg stump. It's not a wide if it goes over the stump.

  • POSTED BY SUNDHUR on | April 29, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    In Cricket, runs hit is the primary criteria for win within the 10wkts in hand. So, logically the number of wkts lost should play the second priority in a tied game to figure out the winner. D/L method also factors in the number of wkts lost in determining winning targets for ODI games so it can be applied to adjudge the winner in a tied T20 game. RR lost less wkts in the tied 20 overs and none in the super over in scoring the same number of runs as KKR so they can be easily considered the better performer of the two. If the wkts lost also tie, then other criteria like the number of boundaries hit could come into picture.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    good balling by RR , tight line & length , always kept kkr under pressure, shoulda won without extra overs but kkr somehow managed to tie . On the other hand, Narine's over was good but that fielder cost the game for kkr as he should have been at the boundaries and easily either stop that boundary or taken the catch.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    KKR needs to make some changes immediately. As much as I love Kallis, and despite the stability he sometimes provides at the top of the order, he's nowhere near his best and it's time to bring in Tendo in his place. Cummins should come in for Morkel. They can rotate Shakib and Lynn based on the pitch. And where's Debarata Das? Bisla is too slow upfront. They already have enough slow payers at the top of the order.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    How smart move made by Smith in the last ball of Super over....He knows what he did and how fielding was set So he's looking for exact 2 runs otherthan taking risk by hitting big against Narine...he did simple push in the off side in no man area.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 29, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    finally... Gambhir got his grove right.... KKR fumbled at the end.... Is that true that, JF can pull a magic anyday anyhow... that was the over that showed the doors to KKR... He pulled it out of the jaws of defeat just by himself for most part.... And claiming 2 more wickets in super over in form of runouts... see.. the only difference in the super over is the runouts made KKR not beyond 11 which otherwise wud'e been >16... a far reach for RR against Naraine...

    Look... RR was extremely lucky to snatch it from KKR's tight hold on the match... Probably all odds were favoring RR today... But look forward to a blasting KKR in the Indian leg of the league

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Gambhir even though he scored 45 today we can safely say his international career is over .3 from 1 ball was not easy .If he kept most fielders in the circle he would have won the match but no he did not keep anyone on the off side.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | April 29, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    KKR only have themselves to blame. Selecting Kallis is pretty pointless as strike rate of his is poor otherwise KKR would've won this game and many others. Morkel is too expensive and instead of these 2 South Africans, could've added Ryan and Russell both whom have a lot of fire-power i batting and offer much better fielding skills and high career strike rates and KKR would not have struggled when it comes to their batting. Why Shakib so low down the order? he's in form with the bat in this seasons IPL and a bit higher up of line-up then again KKR would've won. Big names like Kallis and Morkel doesn't mean success in T20s KKR. Its all about strike rates and correct strategies that get you to prevail in T20. KKR simply don't know whom to pick.

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | April 29, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    KKR will lose these match I know ,RR big advantage their domestic player performing well as well their foreign player.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | April 29, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Uthappa, Vinay Kumar unnecessarily threw away wickets when Saqib was other end and was in form. It's only matter of common sense. Why Saqib comes so down the order? If KKR seriously wants to progress in tournament, they must be professional.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    now super over on its way

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Bisla in for Pathan. Bisla score 3 of 8.ha ha

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 29, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Hey kkr if you want to per match win!!! So per match plying Sahkib al hasan!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Did RR miss a trick by not applying enough pressure on gambhir by letting him off the mark easily???

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 29, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    last 5 overs of RR score is almost exactly half of their first 15.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Good move to drop Yusuf - deserves to be dropped, never deserved to be retained in the first place! Shakib for Lynn is an interesting choice, hopefully he comes good for KKR....

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    lkata Knight Riders' batting strife claimed its first victim as the team management decided to drop Yusuf Pathan, their long-term investment, from their last match in the Emirates, against Rajasthan Royals. Having failed to recreate his early IPL heroics with the Kolkata franchise, the decision to drop Yusuf took a while to come. In four matches this season, he managed just 18 runs - 17

  • POSTED BY shri618191 on | April 29, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Kolkata Knight Riders' batting strife claimed its first victim as the team management decided to drop Yusuf Pathan, their long-term investment, from their last match in the Emirates, against Rajasthan Royals. Having failed to recreate his early IPL heroics with the Kolkata franchise, the decision to drop Yusuf took a while to come. In four matches this season, he managed just 18 runs - 17 more

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    shakib finished a good spell of 4 overs spendind 23 and got a wicket.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | April 29, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Good spell Shakib 4 overs 23 runs 1 wicket. 1:30 am Sydney --- I am still watching Shakib's KKR.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 29, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Boss Sakib iz playing....

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 29, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Good move to drop Yusuf - deserves to be dropped, never deserved to be retained in the first place! Shakib for Lynn is an interesting choice, hopefully he comes good for KKR....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    shakib showing his talent.......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    bad move from kkr to drop Pathan.Yusuf should be tried at no.3

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Better for KKR Gambhir drop himself in team favour.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 29, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Why not patrick cummins for morkel

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    im watching the coz shakib is playing

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 29, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    RR got reprieved after a bad bowling change in 16th over when Watson put himself on & gave 14 runs in the over, That swung the game in favour of KKR. Watson had his opening bowler Faulkner available having bowled just one of his 4 overs at that stage. It was mystifying why a specialist bowler is not used in "death overs". Finally Faulkner was brought on in 19th over when he surprised Watson by taking 3 wkts, in the over & turned the tables in favour of RR. But Richardson could not contain KKR & gave away 10 runs in the 20th over to tie the match. But Faulkner once again rescued RR by restricting the Super over to 11 runs. Smith & Watson were able to get 11 off Narine to tie the score again & win on boundary count. Only consolation KKR took home was welcome return to form of Gambhir after his 3 Ducks! Yadav & Shakib played excellent knocks to bring KKR within a brace of victory only to see the lower batting failing badly. It was an exciting match which finally ended in RRs Win.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 1, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    ramz30380 That 70 odd of Kallis was his best in 2013 and 2014 combined.He was also dropped in that match when he was going less than run a ball by Pollard.However, just look at his score and strike rate in the next four matches.Once in a blue moon performance will not do the job for you.Uthappa is a good opener and he can of course do what Kallis does.A 30 or 40 at run a ball.In fact, most of the batsmen of KKR can do it.When you are given the freedom of scoring at a run a ball, your average goes high.Kallis is not a opener by the way.KKR management is desperate to play him.So, they play him at a position where he does not have to score very fast.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @ABCDEF_12345 - True tht Kallis didnt score well tht match but he did score a 46 ball 72 in the opening match against MI tht KKR won!

    T20 cricket also needs a man to hold one side up like wht Hussey, Badrinath were consistently doing for CSK, Sachin was doing it for MI & Rahul the young lad doing it for Sunrisers in the just concluded match!

    U choose a team based on wht is reqd on tht day - I agree with u tht Lynn & Tendo need to be given a run but at the cost of an opener? Uthappa is too unpredictable, GG is still finding his feet - so who will be there to take control of the ship in the starting overs?! I cant see anyone but Kallis do for KKR at the moment.

    Shakib's bowling will come in handy at the Eden gardens along with Narine - so only person I can see being benched for a place for Lynn/Tendo is Morkel. They can bring in both Vinay & Umesh Yadav alongside Debrata Das to add to the pace bowling & bring in either one!

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 1, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    ramz30380 Yes, Kallis is a true warrior and sportsman and legend who scored 13 off 17 in that match(after a free hit+life) and contributed heavily to the loss.He played the whole 2013 season, KKR did not even qualify for top 4.You also know if Chris Lynn of Tendo was playing in place of Kallis in that match, KKR might have won it.

    Stability in T20 is not like that in ODI.You are say, chasing 180 and scored a 40 ball 42, how does that help the team? The remaining team members have to score actually 140 off 80 balls.Any decent player with a strike rate of 105 would have a average of 30+. There is nothing special in it.

    Kallis is a great but what made him great are ODI and test, not T20, so you know what I mean.Playing him in place of T20 specialist like Tendo never makes sense.One of the highest paid players in IPL is Pollard who does not even play test cricket.But he delivers, doesn't he? But is he a great like Kallis or Kallis will ever do what Pollard can do and does for his team?

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    @ABCDEF_12345 - Kallis is anyday has better cricketing sense than most contemporary cricketers. Plz dont insult a true warrior of the game. He has an avg of 35:00 in T20Is against Shakib's 22:00!

    Kallis' role has always been to steady the innings on one end for KKR and tht role he has done well in the past. He is a pace bowler which is handy no matter which team he plays for! This yr its fine, but next yr w/o intl cricket experience Kallis cannot be pursued with.

    Yes, Kallis is a brand - Sachin - the little master, Dravid the Wall and Kallis the King are true ambassadors of the game - both on & off the field! Just playing alongside him will be an exp for so many youngsters.

    Whn avg BD players are treated like God by ur countrymen, then there is no harm in treating & appreciating Kallis for wht he has achieved!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @ ABIR CHOUDHURY - Moreover Shakib did take a run in the 2nd ball of the last over - he didnt take a two if thts wht ur refering to - My point was why did he take tht single as Chawla wud be facing the strike. Def by all means Shakib is a better bat & he shud have had the strike instead of giving it to someone who is a lesser bat than him!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @ ABIR CHOUDHURY - Ofcourse I do rate Shakib as a good player and thts why I am wondering why he let Piyush Chawla take strike when he knew clearly tht 3 wkts had fallen at the other end?! 3 wkts in one over was bcoz of some fascinating bowling by Faulkner.

    I am not against Shakib or something, but I replied back to those who were praising him endlessly for his knock, which I have v.much agreed wud be praise worthy if he had finished it off -that was all! No offense! It was a good game of cricket and the ones who batted more sensibly won the game - Shakib cud have easily been tht hero, tht was wht I was trying to point out!

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | April 30, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    It was a bad luck that KKR lost this match but I hope they will learn from it. Very slow start and missing a big hitter in the middle order and even in super over.

    As I always say that KKR need Shakib, he may play bad in some game but he is a real match winner, with bowling and batting whatever you say. But Kolkata must need to play Lynn or Ryan for the death overs at the place of Morkel or may be Kallis. They really need minimum one big hitter and someone have to keep hitting from the start. The start is very slow but may be the inclusion of Bisla could work from the next match. As a fan of KKR I do always plan the best eleven for KKR and even I would love to see Ghambhir in the sideline to give a chance for DAS, but well he is back in form, 45 out of 44.. that was a disaster. Well.. KKR not going to exclude him, so he is in my dream KKR too-

    GG,Bisla,Sakib,JK,Manish,Yadav,Lynn,U.yadav,Chawla,Narine, vinay.

    Let Sakib to play at top order, he is not a big hitter to play on death.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | April 30, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Without shakib's contribution with balling RR would have definitely made muchmore runs and won without any super over. Why some people blaming sakib when kallis bisla uthappa who are in the team for batting failed and left it for the allrounder sakib ? KKr lost becuz of field placement at superover , that boundary should not have happened as the fielder was supposed to be at the right place. To Bd fans, I am Bangladeshi and it is ridiculous to me that some of you insinuate sakib is the best in business ! He is clearly not , even for Bd t20 team Anamul Haque is much better pick than shakib .

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @ ramz30380, it's really surprising the way you single out shakib for this loss. first you said it was 16 off 12 ball shakib could not pull it off, but you didn't say it was 3 wickets down in one over and shakib was on the other end! now you are saying he sent away chawla, he didn't run because it would have never been a single, if he was gone that would have been the end of it. you did not seem to blame the fielder in the super over who was not standing close to the rope, or those 3 quick wickets which turned around the game completely, but you find fault with shakib for not winning the game. if you were really neutral then you would have pointed out these factors. yes there are some crazy supporters who make silly statements on shakib, and you took it out on them by making these biased review of the game. the way you are talking about him it looks like you have so much expectation on him!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    im watching the coz shakib is playing

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 29, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Why not patrick cummins for morkel

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Better for KKR Gambhir drop himself in team favour.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    bad move from kkr to drop Pathan.Yusuf should be tried at no.3

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    shakib showing his talent.......

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | April 29, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Good move to drop Yusuf - deserves to be dropped, never deserved to be retained in the first place! Shakib for Lynn is an interesting choice, hopefully he comes good for KKR....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 29, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Boss Sakib iz playing....

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | April 29, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Good spell Shakib 4 overs 23 runs 1 wicket. 1:30 am Sydney --- I am still watching Shakib's KKR.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 29, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    shakib finished a good spell of 4 overs spendind 23 and got a wicket.

  • POSTED BY shri618191 on | April 29, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Kolkata Knight Riders' batting strife claimed its first victim as the team management decided to drop Yusuf Pathan, their long-term investment, from their last match in the Emirates, against Rajasthan Royals. Having failed to recreate his early IPL heroics with the Kolkata franchise, the decision to drop Yusuf took a while to come. In four matches this season, he managed just 18 runs - 17 more

Knight Riders v Royals, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi April 29, 2014

Royals win on boundary count after tie and Super Over

The Report by Devashish Fuloria
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Rajasthan Royals 152 for 5 (Rahane 72) tied with Kolkata Knight Riders 152 for 8 (Gambhir 45, Faulkner 3-11)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Super Over Rajasthan Royals 11 tied with Kolkata Knight Riders 11 and won the match on a higher boundary count

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Highlights - Dramatic Super Over win for Royals

A few days ago, individual brilliance from Chris Lynn had given Kolkata Knight Riders a win from nowhere, which sparked wild celebrations. Today they experienced what it was like to be on the receiving end of such an unexpected result. Knight Riders needed only 16 off 12 balls with six wickets in hand, when their middle and lower order capsized against James Faulkner in the penultimate over.

Shakib Al Hasan forced the match into a Super Over and Knight Riders would have been confident of Sunil Narine defending 12. But with three needed to win off the last ball, Steven Smith played a smart dab into the vacant space at extra cover and ran an easy two, levelling the match again and taking Rajasthan Royals to a thrilling win on the basis of a greater number of boundaries scored in the match.

For Knight Riders, it should have never come to that stage. Faulkner hadn't had the best of times in this year's IPL and was benched for a match after ordinary outings in his first three games, but bowled an inspirational over to turn the game on its head.

Cameos from Suryakumar Yadav and Shakib had almost brought Knight Riders on the doorstep of a smartly constructed innings and a win seemed there for the taking. They had added 49 runs in 26 balls. Then, Faulkner's slower balls, so effective last year, made a sparkling re-entry.

Yadav, looking for a big hit, sliced the first ball of the 19th over to long-off to fall for a 19-ball 31. It was still Knight Riders' game, but Faulkner's fourth and fifth deliveries proved to be the icing on his birthday cake as Robin Uthappa and Vinay Kumar missed straight deliveries to be bowled. Six balls, three wickets and 12 off nine became 12 off 6. With Shakib still around, Knight Riders still had some chance - they kept up with the task as Shakib squeezed a boundary off the first ball off the last over. Kane Richardson did not bowl the best of overs, serving leg-side balls and half-volleys. Shakib failed to connect properly again in the over, but managed to tie the game. However, Smith's presence of mind off the last delivery of the Super Over that won them two points showed Royals were in no mood to spoil Faulkner's birthday party.

One of the heartening side stories for the Knight Riders to emerge despite the loss was Gautam Gambhir's return to form. Gambhir didn't set the stage on fire - the slower Abu Dhabi pitch was never going to allow that sort of strokeplay and that's not Gambhir's game anyway - but his 45 from 44 deliveries was the ideal platform for the middle-order strokemakers.

Such had been the drought that Gambhir would have been satisfied with anything of substance; he had hardly spent any time in the middle. He ended up playing the solid knock that was needed at the top of the order following the template Ajinkya Rahane, who top-scored with 72, had set in the first half of the match. A pull shot off the gentle medium pace of Stuart Binny didn't run to the boundary but was the ideal tonic for a sagging spirit.

Once he had played a few balls though, Gambhir was in familiar territory, comfortably nudging the ball into the gaps and using his feet to the slower bowlers. Familiar with Rajat Bhatia's tricks, Gambhir handled his Delhi teammate with ease, once using his feet to carve a slower delivery over extra cover in trademark fashion. But he was caught in the boundary to a sweep shot, five short of his half-century. His team's fate followed a similar course: Solid, but not being able to finish it off.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo