Royals v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Ahmedabad

KKR face own woes, efficient foes

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May 4, 2014

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Agarkar: KKR need continuity with their openers

Match facts

Monday, May 5, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

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Kolkata Knight Riders must be slightly relieved they are not facing Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur even though it is supposed to be a home game for the latter. Within a week of conceding the match to Royals after a Super Over in Abu Dhabi, Knight Riders are facing them again, this time in Ahmedabad, which was assigned as the new home for Royals because the Rajasthan Cricket Association reportedly failed to produce the clearances from state authorities.

Would Royals be bothered? Not likely. Unlike bigger teams, they are used to these background irritations. They had a torrid time last year but still managed to finish in the top four. This year, their performances seem no different; they have been efficient as usual. Ask 11 people to pick the top performers for Royals this season and there is a good chance that all of them would disagree with the rest. Royals have a decent record at Ahmedabad with three wins in four games.

With three consecutive losses, Knight Riders' form is closely mirroring the early-season batting woes of their captain Gautam Gambhir. Most of their problems boil down to the lack of oomph in their batting. In the last three matches, they just haven't stood up as a unit. A couple of batsmen have made 30s and 40s, but there has been practically no support from the others. Knight Riders' previous loss against Chennai Super Kings, in which, apart from two, no batsman even got into double-digits, was representative of the general malaise.

If ever there was a silver lining, it was probably the bat-swing of Yusuf Pathan, who managed to hit four sixes in Ranchi. Knight Riders need that sort of presence from more of their batsmen because Royals are again making all the right moves this season while staying below the radar.

Form guide (most recent first)

Rajasthan Royals: WWWLL
Kolkata Knight Riders: LLLWL

Players to watch

The patchy form of Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan has no doubt hurt Knight Riders but Jacques Kallis' inability to hit out has meant the onus to increase the rate has been thrust on the team's second line of batsmen. With 26 runs in his last three innings, Kallis has been more of a burden in the top order. The regular presence of a Chris Lynn might have served the Knight Riders better. Still, Kallis did score a fifty in the first match. Just that he needs to do it more often to justify his tag as the leading allrounder.

The other night, Pravin Tambe's twin strikes robbed Delhi Daredevils of their momentum as he removed Quinton de Kock and Kevin Pietersen, both of whom were looking dangerous, in the same over. It was not the only time he struck big; he can proudly flaunt the wickets of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli among his nine scalps this season. The soft-spoken bowler has said that it's not the wickets that he goes after, but it's the runs he tries to curtail that bring him success. Not a regular last season, Tambe is quietly assuming the mantle of the most important Royals bowler.

Stats and trivia

  • 296 - Number of fours hit by Gautam Gambhir in the IPL, the most by any batsman. Gambhir is also on top of the list of batsmen with most 50-plus scores along with Chris Gayle, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma
  • Shane Watson has more sixes - 89 - in the IPL than Gambhir and Jacques Kallis combined. Watson has only played 61 matches, while Gambhir and Kallis have featured in 94 and 96 matches respectively
  • For players who have scored more than 1000 IPL runs and are still playing, Kallis' strike rate, at 109.07, is the worst

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Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (May 5, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

GG 52@8.66 3 ducks, JK 141@23.5 1 duck

Can't understand why KKR fans are happy that Kallis got dropped over Gambhir. Gambhir is a terrible captain and one of the absolute worst batsman in IPL 2014. Even if you take away JK's score in the first match he's still scored more runs than GG has in ALL of the matches.

Posted by sarnot on (May 5, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

What a changes KKR did today!! I loved it and I guess this is the best team they could ever have. Well, I would love to see Cummins at the place of Russel but they might want to give him another chance, so lets see!

What a player Tendo is!! And Chawla just give away too many runs and Umesh in his place is going to give some good overs at start and end of the innings with Narine. Whatever good or bad its going to add one more option to Gambhir.

The match is going to start in just 15 minutes from now, eagerly waiting to watch it.

Go KKR GO!!!!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

It is high time KKR should realize that Kallis is not serving any good purpose. yeah he did well in the first game but what about the later games. Tendo very well deserves a chance by replacing Kallis. And Shakib should be promoted at no.3 so that he gets time to settle down. Cummins should also be given a chance by replacing Morkel. Kuldeep Yadav should also be taken into consideration as Piyush Chawla is not showing any further consistencies. So yeah my probable XI for today is,

Pandey, Gambhir, Shakib, Uthappa, Tendo, S.Yadav, Das/Yusuf, Cummins, Narine, Vinay, K.Yadav

Posted by sarnot on (May 5, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

I wonder if Kolkata still fail to select their best eleven, many of the players out of the form but still having a chance.

I have not seen any good performance from Kallis after the very first match of the IPL. Russell should not get any chance to play while sitting down Tendo, lynn, Cummins and Morkel.

I will recommend Ghambir to stop selecting the players with previous form but he should select the talents.

I would never drop Tendo and Shakib for a team like KKR, both of them are consistent players. But KKR taking too many chances with Ghambir, Kallis and Pathan. Yes Pathan played good last match and Ghambhir the previous one but was that enough to win?? Never! They might play well in one or two matches of 14 but KKR might be happy with that lol.

Select the best team KKR. I would drop Gambhir too but I don't think he is ever going to be dropped-

Gambhir, Robin, Sakib, Pandey, Tendo, Yadav, Yusuf, Cummins/Morkel, Narine, Vinay, U.Yadav/chawla

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

Watching the last gave between rcb & srh.when five down it was certainly over for rcb but abd showed only calculated stroke play can win you a match. The biggest thing missing for me with KKR is the perfect finisher. You can throughout all the names in the squad and yet become defeated. At the end of the day no matter whom you pick up to play, it is the win that is more important. Therefore my suggestion would be-no chopping and changing around, just play your best eleven for rest of the season (csk,kxip) and bring out the winning mentality, no doubt in kallis,shakib,pathan,gambir. They are the true champions.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

kkr not using their any players wisely to be honest. they need to play Shakib more often..drop kallis and give chance to ten doeschate. bring shakib up the order at no.3. it should be gambhir,uthappa,shakib,pandey,doeschate,yadav, pathan,vinay kumar, chawla/yadav, cummins and narine..

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

uthappa gambhir manish pandey saqib ryan ten deoschate yusuf yadav cummins narine chawla vinay

how good does this line up look

Posted by dmqi on (May 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Top order is failing to score. Fast/medium pacer not bowling well. Those two needs to be taken care. Do not blame the spinners/all rounders. They are doing their jobs. Sunil and Sakib are the two most consistent and useful players. Need few more.

Posted by British_North_America on (May 5, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

Siva_Bala75 Your team selectino is not correct either.Why Morkel and Kallis while there are Tendo and Cummins/

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

team may be gambir uttapa sakib patan lynn panday yadav chawla cummin shunil morkel

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 5, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Learn from Dhoni as to how to select the team. He has still not selected the best T20 bowler in the world (Badree) because he already has 2 good spinners. KKR's best Indian six is Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Uthappa, Vinay Kumar and Suryakumar Yadav and add 2 overseas Narine and Morkel- these eight are must. If the seventh Indian is Umesh Yadav, then select Shakib and Lynn. If the seventh Indian is a spinner (Chawla or Kuldip) then select Cummins and Kallis. Teams should use the overseas players to achieve the right 'balance'.

Posted by SamWintson92 on (May 5, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

1. Ok, for KKR I definitely feel it's a toss up between Ten Doeschate ot Lynn to replace Kallis. 2. Cummins must play in place of Russell. He can bring X factor. 3. There are calls for Chawla to be dropped. But I will give one more chance to Chawla to perform. He bagged 3 crucial wickets including Miller, Sehwag & Bailey vs KXIP. Kuldeep Yadav may get a look in near future.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

Shakib Al Hasan 2011-2014 19 match 19wt 472runs 3/17 best 6.69eco ( 2nd after s.narine )

sp. narine 2012-2014 37match 37 wt 807runs 5/19best 5.48eco (lowest eco )

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

why kaliss play without performing

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

Pathan should open or atleast 1st down

Posted by black_bird on (May 5, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

Drop useless shakib and win the match. Open with gambhir and pathan. I am sure kkr will win by huge margin.

Posted by vivekanandanarulmozhi on (May 5, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

KKR need an following immediate changes,

1) Drop Gambhir, russel, morkal, kallis and chawla 2) Uthappa and Bisla need to open 3) Pathan need to bat at No.3 3) Surya kumar yadav at No.4 4) Lynn and tendo in middle order 5) Bring back morkel or cummings

I think this is better for KKR to win

Posted by homo_sapiens on (May 5, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

KKR's batting lineup have been a critical issue in this season. Chawla should be dropped. As a good allrounder, Sayan Mondal's medium fast bowling and batting both can be useful for KKR. He should be given chance at least for one match. Then kallis can be rested for these matches. Lynn/Ryan can bat in his place. This combination should be tested by KKR management: 1.Gambhir 2.Uthappa 3.Pandey 4.Shakib 5.Lynn/Ryan 6.Pathan 7.S.Yadav 8.S.Mondal/kuldeep 9.Cummins 10.Narine 11.Vinay

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

I would make three changes for RR. Not because some of the players havnt performed but because this is the only time they can experiment a bit with their line up. Deepak Hooda should be in for Kulkarni , Hodge should be in for Smith , Unmukt chand should be in for Karun (yes ! giving rest to someone after playing a great innings is better than dropping him after a bad performance)

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

yadav can hit when he in and he should in after 16 over when hit must. kallis and sakib, u need to choose one and play him at no 3 position. at bouncy wicket kallis is more effective and at less when is slow low and spin pitch.

hope cummin is more effective than morkel. he can produce yorker at dept as shunil one end other end should relay on yorker and odd bouncer and slower other wise he will be struck at boundaries, no other option to over come shunil over. as your local batsman not in good form u should bring one batsman to overcome it may be lynn at position 5. otherwise u can take ressel/tendo.

uttapa should open

team may be gambir uttapa sakib patan lynn panday yadav chawla cummin shunil morkel.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

aryan last mach uttappa played good knock once again he will 7th place batting order whate predict yar

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

please kkr management drop kallis and bring lyn or ryan. Other wise We fan will be very disappointed for all the season. He might perform in this match but if he can't perform in the next five match what will happen. I afraid his failure in the top affecting the team more than any thing else as Gambhir is not performing well . Please drop kallis and try another player for next three matches at least.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

My Teams: KKR XI: (Lynn in for Kallis, Cummins in for M Morkel. Gives Cummins a game, he's quick & wicket taker & touted as a future Australian star) 1 Gambhir (C) 2 Uthappa 3 Pandey 4 Lynn 5 Suryakumar 6 Y Pathan 7 Shakib 8 Chawla 9 Vinay 10 Narine 11 Cummins. RR XI: (Vikramjeet in for Kulkarni) 1 Rahane 2 Karun 3 Samson (WK) 4 Watson 5 Binny 6 S Smith 7 Faulkner 8 Bhatia 9 Richardson 10 Tambe 11 Vikramjeet.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2014, 0:33 GMT)

Bisla, Gambhir, Pandey, Pathan, S. Yadav, Uthappa,, Tendo, Shakib, V.Kumar/ U.Yadav, Narine, Cummins

Posted by tvm11 on (May 5, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

Rajastan needs to try Ben cutting in place of richardson. He is a good bowler and very useful hitter in T20.this is what rajastan missing in this series as lower order failed to increase strike rate.

Posted by Aashiyer on (May 4, 2014, 23:54 GMT)

Pls bring in Morkel. Drop umesh yadav, take Chris Lynn. O players, Lynn,Narine,Morkel ,Kallis. Pls bring kuldeep. He is a very hood spinner. Drop chawla

Posted by Nampally on (May 4, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

RR is a better team on Paper & on field because they play as a "Team". KKR in their last match tried some bizzare tactics against McCullum & paid heavy price for it. Have they got something similar against RR too? Narine is the strike bowler for KKR while Thambe despite his age is a difficult bowler to face. Will Gambhir try switching Uthappa from his opening spot again in his vain experiments? KKR has a good middle order bats in Yadav, Shakib & Yusuf pathan who follow Gambhir, Uthappa & Kallis. Why push a regular opener down in the order? In Rahane, Nair & Samson, RR have a strong young top 3 with strong backup from Aissies, Watson, Smith + Binny & Bhatia. While KKR always has huge backing & expectation, RR has been silently proceeding with a winning record & hope to be strong contenders for the title this year. Only sad part is RR lost their home ground- Jaipur & have to settle for Ahmadabad. Still RR is a tough team which plays with intensity & fire. Expect a great match.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

Robin Uthappa opening is a big key for Kolkatta to do well :)

Posted by SamWintson92 on (May 4, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

My Teams:

KKR XI: (Lynn in for Kallis, Cummins in for M Morkel. Gives Cummins a game, he's quick & wicket taker & touted as a future Australian star) 1 Gambhir (C) 2 Uthappa 3 Pandey 4 Lynn 5 Suryakumar 6 Y Pathan 7 Shakib 8 Chawla 9 Vinay 10 Narine 11 Cummins.

RR XI: (Vikramjeet in for Kulkarni) 1 Rahane 2 Karun 3 Samson (WK) 4 Watson 5 Binny 6 S Smith 7 Faulkner 8 Bhatia 9 Richardson 10 Tambe 11 Vikramjeet.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

The playing xi should go like this. Gambhir Uthappa Pandey Lynn Pathan Shakib Yadav Vinay Narine Cummins kuldeep.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

The playing xi should go like this. Gambhir Uthappa Pandey Lynn Pathan Shakib Yadav Vinay Narine Cummins kuldeep.

Posted by Rakes7 on (May 4, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Ran Ten should must there in place of kallis and cummins for russel kkr xi-1.Gautam2.Robin 3.manish4.Ran ten5.Sakib6.Yusuf 7.Suryakumar 8.Vinay9.Narine 10Piyush/Kuldeep 11.cummin/morkel

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

KKR should think out of the box & they should try following team combinations:

1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Robin Uthappa / Manvinder Bisla 3. Manish Pandey / Yusuf Pathan 4. Shakib Al Hasan 5. Chris lynn 6. Ryan ten Doeschate 7. Suryakumar Yadav 8. Piyush Chawla / Kuldeep Yadav 9. Vinay Kumar 10. Umesh Yadav 11. Sunil Narine

- Just see the batting and bowling depth. Remember Doeschate, Suryakumar can bowl also.Just use them properly. Only good and hard hitting batting can help any team to win most of the T20 matches.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Kkr is the least enjoyable team to watch in Ipl..they play T20 like ODI games

Posted by shakirmallick on (May 4, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Really I am huge fan of kkr but sorry to say that kkr management also looking worst till not decided opener why depending from Gambhir frequently failure. ?..

My opinion promote the batting order of Y Pathan give him only 2 chance as opener let him to play hes Netural games. I am very sure he will be changed the game .... how was mr Warn utilized him before......alwaz Y pathan slots changing. ?. Best of luck kkr on upcoming days....

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

Just play the regular foreigners that played in the title winning KKR team which were Tendo, Kallis, Shakib, Narine. If kallis fails change him for Morkel or Lynn. Had Tendo and Shakib been in different teams then they would have been playing more often. You got a super batsmen in Tendo who rarely fails and is probably the best batsmen from the associates ever then there is Shakib who if has an off day with the ball can contribute with bat and vice versa. Also players including the indian contingent need to have confidence of their spots so can play well.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

Not good enough

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

To get get the much needed oomph and keeping the bowling options alive i would like to see Ten Doeschate getting a chance in place of Kallis. He loves to bat in Indian conditions and the KKR think tank is making a blunder by not taking him. The playing xi should go like this. Gambhir Uthappa Pandey Tendo Pathan Yadav Shakib Vinay Kuldeep Narine Cummins

Posted by   on (May 4, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Jaq shuld drop and lieon comes his place good..uttappa. gambir. manish lieon. pathan .shakib.yadav..vinay.naryan.morkel.umesh...this is good cominetion...chwla it kuldeep try..must need win kkr..hope fr best first bat 175+ chesing 160 final ...ahamadha bad good track...hope robin give good start 30 or 40 quickly..after very good batting line is there

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