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  • POSTED BY JAH123 on | May 7, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    A hat trick is always special but how did Tambe get man of the match ahead of Watson? Watson had already done the main damage before Tambe came on to bowl by getting rid of the two set batsman. Not only did Watson finish with better figures than Tambe but he also scored 30-odd off 20. Scratching my head at that one.

  • POSTED BY Funtopia on | May 6, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    KKR lacking good captaincy and team spirit. Players are playing individually not as a team. They need to concentrate on team achievement not on individual performance.

    I think kallis will be a good choice for captain. best XI and bating order in my opinion is 1.utthapa 2. Gambhir 3.Bisla 4.Pandey 5. Shakib 6. Kallis 7. suraya kumar 8.Narine 9.chawla 10.Vinay 11. morkel

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    The mallu boys (Karun and sanju) are doing well for rr...and expected to continue there good form to upcoming matches

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    i like kkr's one thing in this match. they scored one boundary in each over from begening. nice strategy.. IF so. on average kkr will show boost up.. (For more inf. Dhoni's strategy i think - hitting 1 six in each over in last 5 overs)

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    KKR needs kallis/chris lynn, RN ten Doeschate, sakib and narine. Doeschate and Y pathan will be finisher at no 6 and 7. Order of batting- 1 utappa 2 gambhir 3 kallis/lynn 4 sakib. 5 Suryakumar Yadav/manish. Rest are 8 Vinay 9 Umesh Yadav 10 narine 11 Piyush Chawla . just keep playing 3-4 matches i think kkr will show boost up...

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    It is ripe time to rethink about batting line up!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY JJAbraham on | May 6, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Just love the die hard attitude of RR!! Seriously, what's wrong with KKR? Or, for now, what's right with KKR?

    Their captain scores a duck, they win. He scores well, they implode. Mindless batting. Shakib should be tried at no.3 if they want to win atleast a few games. Doeschate must also come in earlier.

  • POSTED BY rrr_iba on | May 6, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Shakib in IPL 7 for KKR SR-142 (top), Avg-40.5 (2nd), Econ-6.68 (2nd), Bow Avg-25.4 (3rd) Fantasy Cricket Point-186 (2nd) I think his batting was not up to the mark though. One of the reasons may be he is not sure about his place in the side and his role as a batsman in KKR. He is not sort of big scoring or anchoring batsman but he can play little cameo (vs Pakistan in Asia cup) as well as in pressure situations (IPL 5 final). KKR should use him as well as other overseas like Lynn, Tendo, Cummins/Morkel properly. The way KKR uses its player may be everybody except Gambhir & Yousuf feels the uncertainty.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 6, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Too much of chopping and changing aint doing any good for KKR! - What is Russel doing in the team?! They won two matches bcoz of Kallis and Lynn - and decide to drop them! They change the dropping order eh er.. sorry batting order to suit their whims and fancies!

    Who is making decisions in KKR?! Shakib & Tendo are both similar kind of hitters - why are they both coming together? Tendo has been a good T20 bat and he shud have been at No.3!

    KKR is very poor with their man mangement - pl learn from the folks of RR and CSK where even the ones who are not so much in form are allowed to prosper - the team management has to ensure tht the players are comfortable and are given full freedom to express themselves!

    For those who are jumping at Yadav, well if not for Yadav KKR wud have messed up their batting so bad tht they never wud have come close to winning in the previous encounters! One bad match and evryone wants to jump on the young man!!! RR bowled well - all credit to them!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    It Seems to me Yousuf pathan is out of form,had s.yadev have been promoted no.4 the situation would have been different,after giving better start by the openers the rest could not negociate the bowling attack of rajasthan,Utappa should have played more overs to win the game,hope the management will reshufflel the team and get good result for the future games,good luck to KKR,

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | May 6, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    I don't know why people want Kallis. yes, he won the first game but apart from that he has done nothing. He has just slowed KKR down which has put pressure on the middle order and thus KKR lost 4 matches. He hasn't been too impressive with the bowling either. So he must remain benched. The overseas players must be: Narine, Shakib, ten Doeschate, Cummins. Time to give Cummins a chance. Tendo should remain as one ball can't judge his batting. He is a very good t20 batsman and shouldn't be dropped.

  • POSTED BY vivekanandanarulmozhi on | May 6, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Why people are criticize about Suryakumar batting apart from yesterday he give his best to KKR and he faced good international bowlers like faulkner, watto and southee in depth overs at pressure situation when six wickets fallen quickly.

    All are saying KKR last due to Suryakumar then what about thier useless and mindless shots form middle order batsman like manish, pathan, tendo, russell and even poor shot by uthappa at that stage.

    Suryakumar have the best strike rate for KKR in all matches. Dont blame the young player for this, KKR lost due to middle order collapse and Don't forgot the exceptional bowling by RR.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    I still can't digest yester's loss of kkr to rr. Hard to believe a team can lose like that.

  • POSTED BY durber99 on | May 6, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Poor performance from KKR. Feeling bad for Shakib. He tried but running out of ball. He made 21 from 14 balls but Suryakumar made only 9 from 17 delivery, can you imagine, how costly it was? Among the KKR batsman Shakib's strike rate is highest 142.1, out of 5 innings 3 times not out, running out of ball. Other players are too slow. Shakib should bat at number 3. If he clicks then he can destroy the opponents because his strike rate is better than other KKR players. If he fails in batting, no worries, he can recover the gap by his bowling. Sometimes his economy rate is better than Narine. Till now, Shakib is the most valuable player for KKR though he dropped for two matches. If you treat like that a player can feel insecure. KKR lineup should be Uthappa, Gambhir, Shakib, Lynn, Pandey, Yusuf Pathan

  • POSTED BY rrr_iba on | May 6, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Still cant forgot Yadav's Innings- 01111000011001011, add one or two boundaries, singles, doubles- KKR would be the winner.

  • POSTED BY Sathyasing on | May 6, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Great captaincy from shane watson.Sets an example of trusting on strengths and taking responsibility.

  • POSTED BY Asfat on | May 6, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    KKR learn from CSK how they are manage every game

  • POSTED BY Asfat on | May 6, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    There was no better plan from KKR. Why KKR ignore shkib to bat #3. this is the better position for shakib. If someone saw match KKR 121/0-- then if she/he go for sleep after wake up they hear KKR lost the match they cant blive it!!!!!!!!!! KKR still you chance pleas think

  • POSTED BY rrr_iba on | May 6, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Yes, that two over period was the major factor.But still KKR can win the match. SK Yadav made just 9 of 17. Had he made 20 of 17 (which is still ordinary considering his performance this year), KKR would have been the winner. A T20 match will change its direction quite frequently but you have have to turn it around at the last. So I will rate Yadavs innings as one of the main factors. Had it been CSK, they would have won the match even after such collapse. When you need 45 of 24 if one batsman made 9 of 17 (and still remains not out) how on earth you are going to win! I'm surprised to see everybody only talking about the collapse not Yadavs innings. Its not his fault but unfortunately it also (along with that 2 over) cost KKR the match.

  • POSTED BY GURUNGTHIR on | May 6, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Watson is good enough he is one of the dangerous batsman and allrounder

  • POSTED BY Fanatic_cricko on | May 6, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    It was sarnge to find Kalis sitting out (not sure if hewas sick/wounded). However, there was no point of taking Russe and sit out Cumins or Lyn. Lynn n top of that sa fntastic fieldrnd save a lot of runs too. The first and foremost hard decision to improve KKR's result wll be o sit out both Gmbhir and YP. Kallis can take over the captaincy or eve Shakib. See, even Gabhir asconsulting Shkib on many ocassion. Shakib's experience s a captai is more tha Gabhirs. It's time for KKR mnagment and selectors a revamped team for the next match.

  • POSTED BY subratachakrabarty on | May 6, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Horrible performance by KKR. I mean you can't just loose from such winning situation. I guess, KKR are out of race for this season as well. If the team is to cultivate some winning habits, plz select team very cautiously. YP and Russel are simply waste. Infact, I was surprised when KKR mngt picked YP again after such horrible past season. Few strategic questions? 1. Reason for Kallis & Lynn sitting out? 2. Why Shakib was not promoted to #3? Why batsmen weren't hitting in free hits? I mean a mediocre bowler like Tambe took hattrick against you which implies that KKR is no more a team to defeat. It's already defeated. Highly disappointed. I guess, they must see how teams like CSK, KXIP and RR plays. I m sure, they will get to learn a lot. All the best for next season.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 6, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    How many players like Kallis, Morkel and Hussey do you have in this world?! Why are the teams dropping them especially when the scores are in the lower end of the range. Most of the matches are around 150 with very few going to 180+. Since the scores are in the lower end of the range, it is a good reason to play Kallis. Similarly MI should play Hussey- some teams and captains/ coaches never learn!

  • POSTED BY VarunAGVU on | May 6, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Tactical blunders by KKR all the way through. Gambhir fails at the top, Kallis dropped to No. 3. Kallis drops to 3, Lynn is out. Morkel is out, no Cummins but Russel. Kallis is out, no Lynn yet. The two men who won them their two matches don't find a place in the team. Looks like a team where players in form are forced to bear the consequences of those who are struggling. Pandey was in form, he was floated too. Ultimately, the three scorers for KKR are all in no position to contribute. Luckily for Uthappa, they have managed to give him a place. Poor use of resources. No other issue Period

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 6, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Last 7 years of IPL matches- I haven't missed much action. Y'day, I missed about 15 minutes or so after KKR were 120+ for no loss and returned to see 6 down!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    KKR need to put Sakib to bat on #3 after the fall of 1 wicket because all the other batsman are not in form and Sakib bats at #3 for Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY ana_ibrahim on | May 6, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    The way KKR played last two overs, i have strong feeling this match got fixed during half way, cannot believe that batsman was not going for big shots even in a free hits. Also during this time, If you notice they are just running singles not even trying to take a two's.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 6, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    KKR's overseas players' selection is horrible. Narine and Shakib should be in always. The 3rd slot goes to Morkel or Cummins. The 4th slot goes to Lynn or Kallis. Under all circumstances Russell should sit out.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | May 6, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Batting collasp is the same old story for kkr . KKr needs a stable batsman at number 3 and I think shakib is the best choice who never was a finisher.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | May 6, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    KKR captain is too self-obsessed and he and the coach should quit for the poor execution. Robin Uthappa finally came good but proved his old self that under pressure he always collapses.

  • POSTED BY RA122 on | May 6, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    How many international players each team is allowed in one match. I could see at least 4 in RR team which included Watson, Smith, Southee and Faulkner.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    please try out cummins, bring back morkel, and try kuldeep yadav and debrabrata das!!

  • POSTED BY paul_rocks on | May 5, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Completely stumped was Pandey, Caught and Bowled sent Pathan away, TenDoschate thought he could stay But he too was no match for Tambe.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 5, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Unfortunately Yadav failed to rotate the strike that caused the defeat. Otherwise match could still possibly be won by KKR. Good luck next time -- KKR, don't worry. But remember to send Shakib at number 3 if you want to win.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | May 5, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    RR is real IPL team....both captain and mentor utilizing them effectively....i want either RR or CSK to win this year IPL

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | May 5, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    The bowling was not that gr8 as touted. Those were batting sucides

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Not everyone is a leader. KKR needs to change captaincy.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 5, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I can see just 3 teams moving to the playoffs from here and KKR is not one of them! - The Super Kings, The Kings and the Royals! A royal cruise into the playoffs for these 3 and for the others, well let them fight it out btwn themselves!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    the comedy factor for the tournament is being provided by Kkr

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | May 5, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    @VinodGupte - best comment I have seen in a while, fly swatting it was. KKR collapse was unbelievable it can be called Pathanetic! I feel for Utappa and Gambhir but then again KKR has the worst batting line up ever. They can do with someone like Badri who is good at rebuilding or in this case keep the scoreboard ticking and holding things together. The NZ and Netherlands T20 teams will be proud of how KKR collapsed.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | May 5, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    All India fans should support RR, 4 home batsmen in top 5, even though Smith surely merits a place higher up. Must be Dravid. Plus Tambe has got to be the best story in IPL history, up there with any cricket fairytale. Love the spirit and intensity they play with, and Watson clearly passionate about his team. Lastly, the Russell incident can't be allowed, I think a bowler should be allowed to switch hands or bowling side of the stumps without warning batsman, but to pull out of his runup and then carry on, that close to delivery, clearly puts the batsman off in a way he cannot affect the bowler, and could be dangerous. Great acting, though, by Russell, which can't be said for his cricket!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 5, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Tendo should play all the games for kkr n should be played in 4 or 5 plaese change russell n bring cummins

  • POSTED BY shazidctg on | May 5, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    nothing to say !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kkr u should remember when u are at last six over with shunil fast bowler should bowl yorkers other wise u gone.

    gambir/ kkr think tank u r rubbish, first u try to make uttapa and sakib as finisher while both are not finisher. just think about uttapa what he done at top and what he done at 5.and sakib has no record as a good finisher, he is a batsman first than a good bowler. so u should put him at no 3. i feeling gambir can't motivate his team becz he is very much concern about his batting form and his position in team india.

    good luck for KKR

  • POSTED BY Chavala1206 on | May 5, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    there is no proper batting order for kkr thats cost them heavily must follow one batting order consistently uthappa, gambhir, kallis/shakib, manish, tendo, surya, yusuf, cummins, vinay, narine, umesh/chawla

  • POSTED BY supercoolfan on | May 5, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    I wonder who decides to reorder the batting positions? The captain? Or the coach? After getting an outstanding start, the batting implosion of KKR was very hard to watch! This collective failure must be analyzed deeply now and everyone playing should be involved in self-reflection and be held accountable by highest standards of performance and ethics. Get input from the team members on ways they can improve key performance areas. Involving the team on a consistent basis by setting new performance goals can go a long wayt. It seems weird to me that six top class players in a team would fail one after another for two runs. I would understand if the balls were terrific and the batsmen got out, but sadly that was not the case in this match. Players of this caliber should have handled the situation better. I am sure the moral of the team is at its lowest now. KKR needs an inspirational leader now!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Watching 6 wickets falling so easily for 2, i had to cross check whether i wasn't watching a Pakistani batting highlight :P..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    what was the decision in sending Russell at no 3... where is the trust on your regular players ..pandey has done decently for them and is capable of accelerating the innings... he could have easily taken from no 3... tendo was another option... and worst part was Yusuf... the ppl just hype him so badly... juz bcoz he hit some 4 sixes against csk... a real player as he is hyped as would play a lot sensibly...they really need to come together as a team... team selection needs to be spot on henceforth .. Cummins or morkel is a must... tendo should be given a few more chances... they could choose Lynn as and when playing on flat tracks..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Now selctore should think so bangladesh tour of india coming they can try some of talent...utappa.karun..kedrjadav.chahar or karan sharma ..should try in banghla tour...shikerdawan..rayudhu..raina place this people selcted..Robin uttappa diserve in place india..vijayhazare 500 runs ..ipl 7 maches 202 runs robin done selctore see robin uttPpa come back india team

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 5, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    what is that fly-squatter pathan doing in cricket? surely he belongs to the elite fly-squatting squad working for the municipal corporation getting rid of flies from the city?

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Next match want to see Sakib batting at 3 . He is not a finisher but a builder .

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 5, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Was ten Doeschate really out? The ball hit something but it looked like bat to me... the back foot didn't look close to me.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | May 5, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    After 2/6, remaining work done by Surya Yadav scoring 9 of 17 and stealing strike from Shaqib at crucial moment. Unprofessional display from KKR.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 5, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    @Graham Loveday While I absolutely agree with you I think if you asked Twatto who he wanted to get MOTM I bet he would've said Tambe. Not just because he got a hat trick (because that's obviously why he got it) but also because I don't think he cared at all if he got MOTM or not. He just wanted to win. And he did. I wish he'd show that much heart when he played for Australia instead of just worrying about doing enough to keep his spot.

  • POSTED BY NavMoh on | May 5, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Interesting turnaround. It looked like none of the team wanted to win. RR kept giving chances and KKR unwilling to take the offer. A very questionable match.

    Much disappointed with Yadav, he froze today other wise a decent performance in IPL so far.

    -NPM

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    KKR's batting lineup is still not the right one. They need to bat Shakib at #3 so that he can play a longer innings. He's not a finisher, he's a proper top order batsman. He bats #3 for Bangladesh in T20Is. Andre Russel simply must go! He can neither bat nor bowl. Lynn needs to come in his place. And RTD needs to be given more bowling and more opportunities. Kallis needs to sit out if he's not going to bowl all his 4 overs.

    Gambhir should relinquish his captaincy since he cant seem to motivate his team. Shakib has captained before at international level, he should be given the opportunity and the responsibility.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Pravin Tambe must tour England and is surely the future of Indian leg spin bowling.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    I think KKR forgot Ryan is a better batsman den Pandey, Shakib and Yusuf. Poor planing.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    well played RR. Hope Ahemdabad change ur fortune as Sawai Mansingh Jaipur did last year.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    gambhir is not a great captain...the right team is 1 r uthappa 2 g gambhir 3 c lynn 4 shakib al hasan 5 ryan ten doeschate 6 y pathan 7 s yadav 8 p chawla 9 r vinay kumar 10 s narine 11 u yadav

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 5, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @Graham Loveday: I fully expected Watson to be the MOM award winner & was just surprised to see Tambe given the honours. Watson not only took the Top 3 Out but had a fine batting knock + bowled the 20th over brilliantly- giving just 6 runs. He could have lost the match in the last over as both Yadav & Shakib are capable of getting 17 needed off the over. So who ever made the decision it was lop sided. Perhaps they wanted to encourage a local "Senior" player >40 - for smashing the backbone after it was fractured! But the fact remains RR could not have won without both Watson & Tambe giving such superlative performances!

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 5, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    KKR did not miss Kallis.Not every team has a Jacques Kallis but they won't be 121/0 to 123/6 either.One comment of Harsha Bhogle stroke my mind and that was KKR still needed almost 9 runs in an over in the 15th over.So, what happens if a few wickets fall?That's exactly what happened.KKR has some worst bunch of players like Pundey and Yousuf who cannot even survive the first ball.I found no reason why to keep Russel in the team.Either go for Lynn or Cummins.Picking both Umesh and Vinoy is also a bad decision.

    What Kallis would do even if he was there?When both openers were out, KKR still needed over 9 runs in an over.9.80 to be specific.They should play Shakib at number 3 to bring some stability.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 5, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    A brilliant spell of bowling by Tambe & Watson turned a definite victory into a 10 run loss for KKR. Tambe with his first Hat trick put KKR into a deep hole, after Watson took the top 3 Out. From 121 for No loss in 14 overs to 160 for 6 in 20 overs. Watson topped it all with a brilliant 20th over conceding just 5 runs. As they say Champions find a way to win & RR did it again. RR does not have outstanding bowling but they bowl within limits & are determined to do well thru' Team work. This was another win pulled right out of lion's mouth. Earlier in the day, Rahane, Nair, Samson & Watson - the top 4 batsmen- carried their team to 170, with each contributing about 30 odd runs. KKR came back strongly with a fine opening stand of 120. But inexplicably, Gambhir changed his batting order again putting their star batsmen, Yadav, Shakib late in the batting order. After 7 matches, KKR is still searching for a set team & batting order. An unstable team cannot Win - Gambhir & KKR need to Know!

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals rocks! What a lovely team it is, everybody chips in. Rahul Dravid is the living legend of Indian cricket and taking care of next generation in RR setup. Go Royals we fans are with you!

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | May 5, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    If the team cannot score 50 of Last 6 overs with all 10 wickets in Hand is pathetic.

  • POSTED BY AshwinMS on | May 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    It was great work from Tambe.But I will say Watson is the real star.3 for 21 and 31 runs from 20 balls

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    I never seen such diaster cricker from kkr, they need to play some sensible cricket not school cricket, surya kumar yadav not played according to ball putting to much pressure on sakib .... I feel sorry for kkr better luck next time ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Out of all the players you send Andre Russell at NO.3 when you have Shakib and Ryan sitting in the dug-out what an appalling collapse by KKR. Shakib should be at NO.3 if Kallis isnt playing and Ryan should be given another chance. Wow lost for words. Andre Russell can hit the ball miles but is hopeless in Asia just shows what the performance was like. What he did with Watson was appalling and let him be dropped, what a waste of money.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Well there's one of the worst decisions on MOTM you'll ever see. Watson had better figures (including the first and final overs), broke the big partnership and took out both openers. Can't get 4, 56 and 7 unless 1,2 and 3 are gone. Oh, he also hit 31 off 20. 3/26 is a good effort and more than handy figures, but nothing Tambe did was superior to Watson's match.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Even though KKR dramatically lost those 6 wickets I still felt KKR could've won had it not been for this Suryakumar Yadav whose strike rate was that of a test match lol

  • POSTED BY Phorenguy on | May 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    I pray from the core of my heart that KKR finishes at the bottom of the table !!! with all these lousy players / management / think-tank ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    congratulations to rajasthan royal great team performance totally outplayed kkr middleorder collapse again well done royal's

  • POSTED BY mrinal450 on | May 5, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    kkr team should be replaced by gully cricket players as they can play far better than them

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    good example of how KKR strong in batting line up

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    What beauty of overs from watto and young man tambe 2 runs 6 wickets no better way to self destruct than this way to go kkr

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    that's why I'm saying you need someone to finish the game like msd. truely kkr lack of a good finisher. I didnt ever seen such a batting collapse.

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | May 5, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    It was a disaster! After losing all of those quick wickets the worst innings from Yadav had made it a joke.

    I was never fond of Kallis but was missed him today. But Rusell at number 3? I couldn't believe that, they should have promoted Shakib at the place of Kallis not a tay-lander like Russel. But whatever happens was unbelievable. It was a real disaster and I have never seen something like this and never want to see it again too.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Drop first yusuf ...i never seen this kind of cricket ..122 fr no loss after full drama this sad kkr nt diserve to playoff ...thank god ...robin nt played middle order...super batting fr robin and goutham...bad luck kkr...

  • POSTED BY AshwinMS on | May 5, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    Royals by name,Royals by Game.Go RR

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 5, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I bet KKR wishes they had Kallis in the lineup now. That was hilarious.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    KKR as usual remain the most hopeless teams along with its owner who buys one of the most lopsided sides in this gliteretti

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    More Drama Ahead

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    very sad ........ ..................................................

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    KKR is committing hara kiri and commentators are also joking about this most insipid side of IPL 2014

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    y in the world they drop their b d st batsmen kalliss :/

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | May 5, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Shane Watson still batting way too low. Coming in with 6 overs left? Ridiculous. 2 best bats in the team batting at 4 and 6 is not the best way to make big scores.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 5, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    gauti is the best

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  • POSTED BY JAH123 on | May 7, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    A hat trick is always special but how did Tambe get man of the match ahead of Watson? Watson had already done the main damage before Tambe came on to bowl by getting rid of the two set batsman. Not only did Watson finish with better figures than Tambe but he also scored 30-odd off 20. Scratching my head at that one.

  • POSTED BY Funtopia on | May 6, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    KKR lacking good captaincy and team spirit. Players are playing individually not as a team. They need to concentrate on team achievement not on individual performance.

    I think kallis will be a good choice for captain. best XI and bating order in my opinion is 1.utthapa 2. Gambhir 3.Bisla 4.Pandey 5. Shakib 6. Kallis 7. suraya kumar 8.Narine 9.chawla 10.Vinay 11. morkel

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    The mallu boys (Karun and sanju) are doing well for rr...and expected to continue there good form to upcoming matches

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    i like kkr's one thing in this match. they scored one boundary in each over from begening. nice strategy.. IF so. on average kkr will show boost up.. (For more inf. Dhoni's strategy i think - hitting 1 six in each over in last 5 overs)

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    KKR needs kallis/chris lynn, RN ten Doeschate, sakib and narine. Doeschate and Y pathan will be finisher at no 6 and 7. Order of batting- 1 utappa 2 gambhir 3 kallis/lynn 4 sakib. 5 Suryakumar Yadav/manish. Rest are 8 Vinay 9 Umesh Yadav 10 narine 11 Piyush Chawla . just keep playing 3-4 matches i think kkr will show boost up...

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    It is ripe time to rethink about batting line up!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY JJAbraham on | May 6, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Just love the die hard attitude of RR!! Seriously, what's wrong with KKR? Or, for now, what's right with KKR?

    Their captain scores a duck, they win. He scores well, they implode. Mindless batting. Shakib should be tried at no.3 if they want to win atleast a few games. Doeschate must also come in earlier.

  • POSTED BY rrr_iba on | May 6, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Shakib in IPL 7 for KKR SR-142 (top), Avg-40.5 (2nd), Econ-6.68 (2nd), Bow Avg-25.4 (3rd) Fantasy Cricket Point-186 (2nd) I think his batting was not up to the mark though. One of the reasons may be he is not sure about his place in the side and his role as a batsman in KKR. He is not sort of big scoring or anchoring batsman but he can play little cameo (vs Pakistan in Asia cup) as well as in pressure situations (IPL 5 final). KKR should use him as well as other overseas like Lynn, Tendo, Cummins/Morkel properly. The way KKR uses its player may be everybody except Gambhir & Yousuf feels the uncertainty.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 6, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Too much of chopping and changing aint doing any good for KKR! - What is Russel doing in the team?! They won two matches bcoz of Kallis and Lynn - and decide to drop them! They change the dropping order eh er.. sorry batting order to suit their whims and fancies!

    Who is making decisions in KKR?! Shakib & Tendo are both similar kind of hitters - why are they both coming together? Tendo has been a good T20 bat and he shud have been at No.3!

    KKR is very poor with their man mangement - pl learn from the folks of RR and CSK where even the ones who are not so much in form are allowed to prosper - the team management has to ensure tht the players are comfortable and are given full freedom to express themselves!

    For those who are jumping at Yadav, well if not for Yadav KKR wud have messed up their batting so bad tht they never wud have come close to winning in the previous encounters! One bad match and evryone wants to jump on the young man!!! RR bowled well - all credit to them!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    It Seems to me Yousuf pathan is out of form,had s.yadev have been promoted no.4 the situation would have been different,after giving better start by the openers the rest could not negociate the bowling attack of rajasthan,Utappa should have played more overs to win the game,hope the management will reshufflel the team and get good result for the future games,good luck to KKR,

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 5, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    gauti is the best

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | May 5, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Shane Watson still batting way too low. Coming in with 6 overs left? Ridiculous. 2 best bats in the team batting at 4 and 6 is not the best way to make big scores.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    y in the world they drop their b d st batsmen kalliss :/

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    KKR is committing hara kiri and commentators are also joking about this most insipid side of IPL 2014

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    very sad ........ ..................................................

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    More Drama Ahead

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    KKR as usual remain the most hopeless teams along with its owner who buys one of the most lopsided sides in this gliteretti

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 5, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I bet KKR wishes they had Kallis in the lineup now. That was hilarious.

  • POSTED BY AshwinMS on | May 5, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    Royals by name,Royals by Game.Go RR

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Drop first yusuf ...i never seen this kind of cricket ..122 fr no loss after full drama this sad kkr nt diserve to playoff ...thank god ...robin nt played middle order...super batting fr robin and goutham...bad luck kkr...

Royals v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Ahmedabad May 5, 2014

Royals take 6 for 2 to steal game

The Report by Alagappan Muthu
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Rajasthan Royals 170 for 6 (Nair 44, Narine 2-28) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 160 for 6 (Uthappa 65, Gambhir 54, Watson 3-21, Tambe 3-26) by 10 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Highlights - Pravin Tambe's hat-trick knocks KKR out

Gautam Gambhir had hoped Kolkata Knight Riders had learned from conceding winning positions in multiple matches this season, but losing six wickets for two runs after 70% of the target of 171 had been mowed down by a century stand between himself and Robin Uthappa indicated there was still a lot of work left to do. Rajasthan Royals were the beneficiaries this time as they recorded their fourth victory in five IPL matches in Ahmedabad.

An equation of 50 from the final six overs is not cause for alarm and Knight Riders had all 10 wickets in hand, but the events that unfolded at Motera were almost unfathomable. Shane Watson pried out Gambhir to tip the dominoes. An inexplicable promotion for Andre Russell did not last long and before the over ended three wickets were down. Pravin Tambe claimed a hat-trick off the first three balls of the next over to complete the worst collapse for the first six wickets in T20 history.

Before those nightmarish few minutes, Uthappa had cemented the team's belief in him by melding stability and enterprise together. His fluency allowed Gambhir to work himself into form. Both batsmen embraced percentage cricket, concentrating on keeping a straight face coming down on the ball. Uthappa used his feet to bolster his hits through and over mid-on while Gambhir peppered the cover boundary. It wasn't the most eye-catching innings but it was what Knight Riders needed from their captain and victory seemed more probable than the eventual outcome.

Suryakumar Yadav and Shakib Al Hasan were suddenly faced with a required rate over 11 in the final four overs. They swung and swiped and even enjoyed a couple of free hits but they could not muster the necessary pace. Having drained the wind from Knight Riders' sails, Watson returned to bowl an intelligent final over to finish things off. This is the second time a week that Royals have stolen a match from under Knight Riders' noses. Gambhir's men couldn't overhaul an equation of 16 of 12 and lost after the match was pushed into a Super Over.

After Royals were sent in, Karun Nair and Ajinkya Rahane found little trouble dealing with the early overs. The pitch was marked with patches of grass but no matter how much the KKR bowlers willed it, their search for movement was in vain. A few easy flicks to the square boundary on the leg side kickstarted their half-century partnership that was eventually undone by a run out. Nair's season had begun with two single-figure scores and he had to overcome a sluggish beginning during his half-century against Delhi Daredevils. But once he did, he showcased some effective shots and today he seemed to pick up where he had left off. A second successive fifty wasn't on the cards, though.

Sanju Samson, at No.3, ensured there was no loss in momentum with some smart shots to drive Royals past their hundred. Watson's proclivity to hit straight down the ground hinted at a big total on the horizon. Knight Riders pulled things back in the last four overs but the 35 runs that the home side managed during that period proved more than enough.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo