Daredevils v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Delhi May 6, 2014

Bungling campaigns seek end to freefall

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Match facts

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

Play 03:34
Hattangadi: 'Knight Riders need Kallis'

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It is said that one must live in the present and not dwell too much on the past. But if you are Kolkata Knight Riders, the past refuses to leave you. It keeps playing out in loop in the present, each newer version scarier than the previous one. Exactly a week ago, Knight Riders squandered a strong position against Rajasthan Royals, brought about a Super Over on themselves and then lost on the boundary count. A day ago, they motored to 121 for 0 in pursuit of 171 against the same opponents. Fifty runs needed, six overs left, all wickets intact. Piece of cake? Not quite, if you panic so much that you lose six wickets for the addition of two runs.

If points were to be earned for scoring self-goals, Knight Riders would top the table. They are earned for wins, though, and Knight Riders have only two victories from seven matches. Which is exactly how many Delhi Daredevils have from as many games. Both sides will need the second half of their campaigns to be the opposite of how the first half has panned out. Even five wins each from their remaining seven games might not earn them a spot in the playoffs.

While Knight Riders have continued to come in the way of their own progress, the margin of Daredevils' defeats suggests they have not competed, unlike their opponents. Four of their five losses have been by eight wickets, 93 runs, seven wickets and eight wickets. That last margin was after they racked up 178 against Chennai Super Kings. Rarely have both batting and bowling fired in unison for Daredevils this season, which began with high expectations from a revamped squad. Halfway into it, Daredevils need urgent course correction if they are to do better than 2013's bottom-place finish.

Form guide (most recent first)

Delhi Daredevils: LLWLL
Kolkata Knight Riders: LLLLW

Watch out for…

"We succumbed to the pressure," Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss said of Monday's capitulation. Knight Riders have been doing it too often. When Gautam Gambhir was not scoring earlier, it was said that the poor starts were putting pressure on the middle order. What pressure does an opening partnership of 121 bring about, though? The Knight Riders batsmen have to take collective responsibility. There is no point to the openers making fifties if the rest of the line-up sinks without any fight.

Kevin Pietersen has failed in three of his four innings so far in the tournament. He has a strike-rate below 110 compared to a T20 career figure of 136.32. Pietersen is one who leads by example, by aggressive, dominating batting that can rouse his team-mates. That is what Daredevils would have wanted from Pietersen when they bought him and chose him to lead the side. We are yet to see such a knock from the Daredevils captain.

Stats and trivia

  • Daredevils have conceded 12.12 runs an over in the last five overs of an innings, the most expensive by a side this season
  • Excluding Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan, the rest of the Knight Riders attack has gone for 8.10 an over

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • StevieS on May 7, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    I don't understand, KP has 4 bad games in a row and doesn't get dropped, yet Neesham and Taylor had 4 bad games or in Taylors case 3 bad games and yet they get dropped. Is KP bigger than the game?

  • Bob100 on May 7, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    I am not sure why they are dropping Ross Taylor. He is being wasted,,,,,,,,,

  • on May 7, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Shakib should bat in one down...cause he nd kallis perhaps make a good partnership

  • on May 7, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    go DD

  • on May 7, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    do or die situation for DD

  • Bob100 on May 7, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I think Delhi must keep faith in James Neesham. they need an all-rounder and i think he is the best in their squad. besides bowling and batting, he is also a fantastic fielder....

  • on May 7, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    KKR should trust on Shakib's shoulder and hopefully they will gain.

  • on May 7, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    delhi will win this game. becz its the last time for them to make a place in play off

  • SamWintson92 on May 7, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    My Teams:

    KKR XI: (Cummins in for Russell, Chawla in for Umesh) 1 Gambhir (C) 2 Uthappa 3 Pandey 4 Ten Doeschate 5 Shakib 6 Y Pathan 7 Suryakumar 8 Chawla 9 Vinay 10 Narine 11 Cummins.

    DD XI: (If available Tahir in for Parnell, Kaul in for Unadkat, R Shukla in for Nadeem, Duminy should be no less than at 4) 1 De Kock 2 Vijay 3 Pietersen (C) 4 Duminy 5 D Karthik (WK) 6 Jadhav 7 L Shukla 8 Shami 9 Kaul 10 R Shukla 11 Tahir (If available)/Parnell.

  • mjrvasu on May 7, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Ross Taylor is being wasted. Drop KP, hand over captaincy to DK

  • StevieS on May 7, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    I don't understand, KP has 4 bad games in a row and doesn't get dropped, yet Neesham and Taylor had 4 bad games or in Taylors case 3 bad games and yet they get dropped. Is KP bigger than the game?

  • Bob100 on May 7, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    I am not sure why they are dropping Ross Taylor. He is being wasted,,,,,,,,,

  • on May 7, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Shakib should bat in one down...cause he nd kallis perhaps make a good partnership

  • on May 7, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    go DD

  • on May 7, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    do or die situation for DD

  • Bob100 on May 7, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I think Delhi must keep faith in James Neesham. they need an all-rounder and i think he is the best in their squad. besides bowling and batting, he is also a fantastic fielder....

  • on May 7, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    KKR should trust on Shakib's shoulder and hopefully they will gain.

  • on May 7, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    delhi will win this game. becz its the last time for them to make a place in play off

  • SamWintson92 on May 7, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    My Teams:

    KKR XI: (Cummins in for Russell, Chawla in for Umesh) 1 Gambhir (C) 2 Uthappa 3 Pandey 4 Ten Doeschate 5 Shakib 6 Y Pathan 7 Suryakumar 8 Chawla 9 Vinay 10 Narine 11 Cummins.

    DD XI: (If available Tahir in for Parnell, Kaul in for Unadkat, R Shukla in for Nadeem, Duminy should be no less than at 4) 1 De Kock 2 Vijay 3 Pietersen (C) 4 Duminy 5 D Karthik (WK) 6 Jadhav 7 L Shukla 8 Shami 9 Kaul 10 R Shukla 11 Tahir (If available)/Parnell.

  • mjrvasu on May 7, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Ross Taylor is being wasted. Drop KP, hand over captaincy to DK

  • on May 7, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    From foreign part KKR should select 1.Kallis.2.Shakib,3.Narine 4.Morkel.

  • bashedupconsulting on May 7, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    A team which bids for unadkat deserves to lose

  • SuryaV on May 7, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    I think its a blunder to have dropped Kallis, whose experience in pressure situations would have sailed them thru had he played in their last match vs RR. Wonder why they persist with Yusuf! Manish Pandey too needs to be given the warning and one last chance.

    As for DD, KP seems to be their main worry. And in bowling Shami. And they need DK to be more consistent.

    Overall a good contest should happen betwen two very good teams who haven't done justice to their potential.

  • SaroarIslam on May 7, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Kkr must send Shakib up the order. .may be in 3rd or 4th position. .and yusuf pathan should be drop. .

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 7, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @keith Miller: On paper, Delhi has the best batting team. Look at the 3 Indian batsmen of CSK and KXIP vs DD......Dhoni, Raina and Manhas vs Sehwag, Pujara and Saha vs DK, Vijay and Jhadav. Look at the 3 overseas: Smith, McCullum and Faf vs Maxwell, Miller and Bailey vs QDK, KP and Duminy.

  • on May 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Bring back Taylor drop KP... Job done. Can't get any worse.

  • on May 7, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    KKR Have to only themselves to blame as they committed harakiri in both matches agst RR. I would like them to drop non performing playes and try out others. My Playing 11 would be : 1. GG 2. Robin 3. Pandey 4. Shakib 5. Tendo 6. Debabrata Das 7. Yadav 8. Vinay 9. Chawla(if it's a spinning track)/Umesh (only because it's his home ground) 10. Pat Cummins 11. Narine

  • kiranm009 on May 7, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    KKR Should play Cummins/morkel in place of russel,too much of batting brings irresponsibility in individuals, have a fixed role for each player and stick with them for a while. Pathan should be given a fixed slot at no 4. The line up in good batting pitches should be 1.gambhir 2.uthappa 3.pandey 4.Yusuf 5.shakib 6.tendo 7.yadav 8.vinay 9.morkel/Cummins 10.narine 11.umesh/veer pratap only while chasing

    In spinning tracks 1. Gambhir 2.uthappa 3.shakib 4.Yusuf 5.pandey 6.tendo 7.yadav/das 8.chawla 9.vinay 10.narine 11.veer pratap/umesh while chasing

    The logic behind tendo batting so low,despite being an outstanding player is only to suit this KKR side and optimise the available resources. While batting first tendo can easily come at no 5. while most comments posted here are sensible ones,it baffles me how the management don't see any logic and keeps chopping and changing. Stick with them they will win KKR games not all but most of them. A hopeful KKR fan.

  • hokeypokey on May 7, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Ross taylor should be batting at 3, and captain also..DD are making the same mistake as what pune made..batting him to low down the order..neesham should be given a crack too..

  • on May 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Thus, in continuation, I might suggest the following line-up for tonight's match and before I do so, let me add that even if you do not play this team, and you still win, I was still right and this team would have won too... (lolz, so don't play that card after the fact):

    1. De Kock 2. Vijay 3. KP / Taylor (yeah, I'm serious - sorry - but if KP wants to separate pro-activity from delusionalness, he can go again and I support him to the hilt... but, hey, bowlers getting no wickets and going over ten an over do not have to bowl their four overs, it's not a rule, unless you named the wrong team..ohhh, right, my bad) 4. Duminy 5. D.K. 6. Neesham 7. Jedhav 8. L. Shukla OR S.Tiwary but NOT A @ND SPINNER!! That is Duminy!!!) 9. Nadeem (if can keep improving as has somewhat) 10. Shami (if can chill out and bowl for his team and not like a mad hot head test opener) 11. Unadkat (or if he going to struggle and still bowl four, then maybe Kaul or someone? Unsure here but not on the others.)

  • rrr_iba on May 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    "Excluding Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan, the rest of the Knight Riders attack has gone for 8.10 an over"- Source-Cricinfo

  • homo_sapiens on May 7, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @black_bird, No one else the blind can question on Shakib's commitment and performance. It's the problem with the middle order combination management. KKR's XI should be: 1.Ghambhir 2.Uthappa 3.Pandey 4.Shakib 5.Lynn/Tendo 6.Pathan 7.S.Yadav 8.Cummins 9.Narine 10.Vinay 11.Mondal(good allrounder)/Kuldeep(good bowler).

  • on May 7, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I'd wish DD luck - and I do of course - but in many ways we do not need it. We need sense. We need to bowl Duminy and play Neesham and accept that with Parnell not taking two wickets in a single match, that what we need is RUNS and BIGGER totals.... only DD seem to crawl the 60-100 bracket batting first OR second.. and they do this due to subconscious fear and constriction knowing they have no batting depth. So, Neesham playing (and every match from here on in too might I add, lolz) is not about being better than Parnell (although he offers more - holistically)... it is about giving the ENTIRE line-up freedom to express talent and bat properly/aggressively on this small ground.... if teams are going to score 180 runs versus us / DD for the loss of two wickets and thus NO CHANCE of bowling better than the opposition even WITH PARNELL (as this has been what has happened, indisputably) - thus we must BAT better. As KKR can middle a bit with the bat, tonight's game can prove this true.

  • on May 7, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    KKR batting was like an equalizer bar on music player, when one man goes up the other comes down.. somewhat same for DD.. They can keep the same teams but need better performance from everyone... watch out for Kedar Jadav and Al Hasan

  • black_bird on May 7, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Drop shakib and grab the match. it is simple as that. Open with yusuf pathan and Yadav. you will win 100%.

  • on May 7, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    @siva_bala75 seriously!!! dd has the best batting this season!!then what do csk and kxip have?????

  • durber99 on May 7, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Last time, 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? We could easily win if he got 20 runs from 17 balls. 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/Ryan Dos/Kallis, Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suriya kumar/Bisla, Cummins, Narine, Vinay & Chawla.

  • on May 7, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    It has been a season of so close but yet so close for kkr. Except the defeat to csk, all other matches followed this same line of kkr. Right now the batting order for the team is really unsettled. Gambhir lost the plot by sending the heavily unreliable russell at number 3. Hope he never plays this season. Good for nothing player with an economy of 9 and the inability to play slower balls. The batting order for any chase should be: Gambhir Uthappa Pandey Shakib Tendo Pathan Yadav Narine Vinay Kuldeep/Veer pratap Cummins This team has pace in cummins and vinay Slower ones of tendo and surya Spinners in kuldeep, shakib and narine

  • on May 7, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    yeah i also agree with u kkr is a balance team. they need play sensibly. they should stick with core players if they can they will win most of their match.only captain can not win matches for kkr but seem he is only core player for kkr. the worst performance from captain so far but he is still there. i have no issue he should not be there but ur core player also should enjoy the benifit. they must be in number of 5-7 players. if you fail to choose right one u will loss any way. a good captain is a quick learner he has to read the scenario at a glance and make right dicision instantly and premarited. always focus on performance and hide ur players worse performance from others. that will make them confident and inspire them to perform well in future.

    i think their core players forremaining games may be gauti, uttapa sakib yusuf panday tendo/lyn/ressel yadav/das cummin/morkel uy/chawla vinoy narin. panday in before yp if and only quick fall of first 2 wicket. good luck KKR

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 7, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    DD has not won a single toss- is that correct?!! In any case, DD has the best batting of all teams in this season. They need to deliver and deliver today.

  • rrr_iba on May 7, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    KKR best 11 as per batting order should be-

    1.Robin,2.Gambhir,3.Pandey,4.Tendo/Lynn,5.Shakib,6.Surya,7.Yusuf,8.Vinay,9.Cummins, 10.Narine and 11.Chawla.

  • kiranm009 on May 7, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    kkr needs to play as a team, at present there are only flashes of individual brilliance but I still think that kkr are a very strong outfit if they play sensibly they will win most games as they have a very balanced team.

  • on May 7, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    I don't know if Kallis is still the match winner he once was although he can give the lineup experience, some of the younger boys need to step up to the plate. KKR need to realise what they're missing out on with Cummins or Morkel and that is someone who can bowl a fiery spell that unsettles the batsmen

  • on May 7, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    no more experiment KKR bring sakib at no-3 , bring in cummin

    with sakib, narin, cummin ur bowling is excelent but T20 is more than a batsman game than a bowler. so u can't expect that ur bowler will do everythings for u. no its wrong, ur batting lineup should be in full of confident and have self-beleive to do any things what they get in front of them. as a captain u should consider, ur top four is going do most (70-85) work in time.

  • rony1008 on May 6, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Tendo is a good batsman/hitter, one of the best fielder in the team. Should be given few games to see if he comes good. Although Chris Lynn could be another option. Kallis is too slow for me, puts too much pressure batsmen to follow. I feel Shakib will do better in number 4. Morkel, though he went for few last game, should be given more chances. I'd go for Narine, Shakib, Tendo/Lynn, Morkel.

    Yousuf Pathan has been given so many chances. KKR should have got rid of him after last season. I am afraid he will have one good game, and people will forget too many bad games he had before and many more that will come after.

    At this stage of the tournament KKR should have a settled team by now. Unfortunately they keep on changing their playing XI every season. Its every season, should Kallis play or not. Same with Shakib, especially at the earlier part of the tournaments. KKR mgmt and captain must take the blame for this.

  • on May 6, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    KKR batting is so much bizarre that there is a scarcity of collapse every now and then.seen the last few matches they simply gave it away,where as other teams kept their nerve's and finished the job.the winning mentality is what missing at the moment. This could be attributed in two ways 1)too many chopping and changing with the playing eleven. 2)lack of confidence.with No proper batting order,and also effecting the bollers. apart from G.G,narine, and robin, no one is sure whether he would be selected for the next game or not. For me they need to play all remaining matches with fixed eleven, unless any one gets injured or to a condition friendly selection. No need to change your side although you still lose it anyway. This will give KKR some hope to qualify.

  • on May 6, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Russel needs to b out of mix and cant drop king.. can u king kalis must

    uthappa gauti kallis deoschate saqib manish yadav yusuf vinay narine chawla

  • Nampally on May 6, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    This match KKR Vs. DD looks like a battle of Captains- which one makes more blunders. Both KP & Gambhir have been notorious in making some fundamental captaincy mistakes which lost them the last match they played & from a winnable positions too. Will Gambhir go back to rational XI + sensible batting order & bowling changes? Also will KP utilise his star Pro. JP Duminy to exploit both his bowling & batting talents to a maximum extent? All Cricket Fans had their say after their disbelief in the manner of losses these 2 teams had. Good Luck KP & Gambhir in handling your respective teams..

  • sarnot on May 6, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    I still hope KKR made it to playoffs!! Well, thats hard I know but not impossible and Gambhir back in the form with that huge first wicket partnership will be the main inspiration for today's match. Just that unforgettable collapse of the middle order will be some issue to worry about and they need some major changes of the batting order for sure.

    Russel should be out for good. Kallis may get in or Cummins, he deserves minimum one chance. Tendo should get one more chance, he is an awesome player. Umesh got enough chances but fails so he should drop too.

    Shakib is performing very well with the bat almost all of the match he played without that first ball duck against Chennai..he should top up the order to bring more stability. Surya is a talent and if in chase he should come top too, he proves he is disaster under pressure.

    To me the best KKR 11 with the best batting order-

    Robin,Gambhir,Sakib,Surya,Tendo,Manish,Yusuf,Vinay,Cummins, Narine and Kuldeep/Chawla.

  • Tamal_Das on May 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    KKR think tank has a big problem making wrong decisions. Somehow they dont get it right. Including Andre Russel was a good move, but they used him wrong. Directly throwing him at the death overs is never a good idea (against CSK) and again throwing him at number 3 at batting (against RR). read bad decisions.

    They fail to make use of a destructive player like Yusuf by bringing him very late in batting order. The middle order sucks and leaves a lot to do for the lower order. Because of this batting shuffle now Kallis does not deserve a position, because he can only bat at top (he takes a lot of time to settle) doesnt make sense to play him at any other position. Surya yadav can be match winner at number 5 and sakib and tendo can finish. Russel and Yadav would make way for Chawla and Pat/morkel or Kallis (as a bowler)

    My team: Gambhir Uthappa Pandey (best position for him) Yusuf Surya Yadav Sakib Tendo Chawla Narine Vinay Kumar Pat cummins (Morkel/Kallis)

  • supercoolfan on May 6, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    It is important for the team to believe in themselves and be accountable for their performances. Keep a cool mind and be strategic in team selection - no more arbitrary decisions please! You guys have nothing to lose at this stage. Just play hard! Use your common sense on the field!!

  • Rakes7 on May 6, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    KKR U have to go to the field with some confidence and agression.thats what the team lacked now.U have to play like a team and encourage each other.kkr xi and batting order should be Gambhir,Uthappa,Pandey,sakib, Rayn ten,Yusuf,Yadav, Piyush/Umesh, Narine, binay,Morkel. Suryakumar yadav is a good finisher let him play at #7 dont promote him up the batting order.

  • shefat_aus on May 6, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Self-believe will be key to KKR's success. They have the talent, just need to believe in that. It might be good to bring back Kallis, after all, he is a match winner. They can also capitalize Shakib's experience, who is also in good touch. Best of luck KKR...

  • on May 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    If kkr win againist delhi kkr play there unity..1th down kallis is the usefull or nylon...vinay need to performe and umesh should drop select kuludeep..fr tommrrw mach..dnt through the wicket ..robin uttappa should undrestand his roll t20 never easy match if loss 17th over just 1 wicket opesite tean can back .thats why robin please dnt throgh yur wicket....my playing 11..Robin..gambir.kallis..shakib..trendos.yadav..pathan..vinay.narayan.umesh....yucan use kallis 2over....chance 60%delhi..40%kkr...if win kkr tommrrw then they will all remain maches they need confidence...vasim akram should speak to every one ..he is the best ..raman and dahiya nt good suport stops......tommrw gambir is the key player...uttappa duty give quick 30 and 40....if targett..175..should give..chesing 160..to 165..only....all the best kkr...

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  • on May 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    If kkr win againist delhi kkr play there unity..1th down kallis is the usefull or nylon...vinay need to performe and umesh should drop select kuludeep..fr tommrrw mach..dnt through the wicket ..robin uttappa should undrestand his roll t20 never easy match if loss 17th over just 1 wicket opesite tean can back .thats why robin please dnt throgh yur wicket....my playing 11..Robin..gambir.kallis..shakib..trendos.yadav..pathan..vinay.narayan.umesh....yucan use kallis 2over....chance 60%delhi..40%kkr...if win kkr tommrrw then they will all remain maches they need confidence...vasim akram should speak to every one ..he is the best ..raman and dahiya nt good suport stops......tommrw gambir is the key player...uttappa duty give quick 30 and 40....if targett..175..should give..chesing 160..to 165..only....all the best kkr...

  • shefat_aus on May 6, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Self-believe will be key to KKR's success. They have the talent, just need to believe in that. It might be good to bring back Kallis, after all, he is a match winner. They can also capitalize Shakib's experience, who is also in good touch. Best of luck KKR...

  • Rakes7 on May 6, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    KKR U have to go to the field with some confidence and agression.thats what the team lacked now.U have to play like a team and encourage each other.kkr xi and batting order should be Gambhir,Uthappa,Pandey,sakib, Rayn ten,Yusuf,Yadav, Piyush/Umesh, Narine, binay,Morkel. Suryakumar yadav is a good finisher let him play at #7 dont promote him up the batting order.

  • supercoolfan on May 6, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    It is important for the team to believe in themselves and be accountable for their performances. Keep a cool mind and be strategic in team selection - no more arbitrary decisions please! You guys have nothing to lose at this stage. Just play hard! Use your common sense on the field!!

  • Tamal_Das on May 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    KKR think tank has a big problem making wrong decisions. Somehow they dont get it right. Including Andre Russel was a good move, but they used him wrong. Directly throwing him at the death overs is never a good idea (against CSK) and again throwing him at number 3 at batting (against RR). read bad decisions.

    They fail to make use of a destructive player like Yusuf by bringing him very late in batting order. The middle order sucks and leaves a lot to do for the lower order. Because of this batting shuffle now Kallis does not deserve a position, because he can only bat at top (he takes a lot of time to settle) doesnt make sense to play him at any other position. Surya yadav can be match winner at number 5 and sakib and tendo can finish. Russel and Yadav would make way for Chawla and Pat/morkel or Kallis (as a bowler)

    My team: Gambhir Uthappa Pandey (best position for him) Yusuf Surya Yadav Sakib Tendo Chawla Narine Vinay Kumar Pat cummins (Morkel/Kallis)

  • sarnot on May 6, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    I still hope KKR made it to playoffs!! Well, thats hard I know but not impossible and Gambhir back in the form with that huge first wicket partnership will be the main inspiration for today's match. Just that unforgettable collapse of the middle order will be some issue to worry about and they need some major changes of the batting order for sure.

    Russel should be out for good. Kallis may get in or Cummins, he deserves minimum one chance. Tendo should get one more chance, he is an awesome player. Umesh got enough chances but fails so he should drop too.

    Shakib is performing very well with the bat almost all of the match he played without that first ball duck against Chennai..he should top up the order to bring more stability. Surya is a talent and if in chase he should come top too, he proves he is disaster under pressure.

    To me the best KKR 11 with the best batting order-

    Robin,Gambhir,Sakib,Surya,Tendo,Manish,Yusuf,Vinay,Cummins, Narine and Kuldeep/Chawla.

  • Nampally on May 6, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    This match KKR Vs. DD looks like a battle of Captains- which one makes more blunders. Both KP & Gambhir have been notorious in making some fundamental captaincy mistakes which lost them the last match they played & from a winnable positions too. Will Gambhir go back to rational XI + sensible batting order & bowling changes? Also will KP utilise his star Pro. JP Duminy to exploit both his bowling & batting talents to a maximum extent? All Cricket Fans had their say after their disbelief in the manner of losses these 2 teams had. Good Luck KP & Gambhir in handling your respective teams..

  • on May 6, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Russel needs to b out of mix and cant drop king.. can u king kalis must

    uthappa gauti kallis deoschate saqib manish yadav yusuf vinay narine chawla

  • on May 6, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    KKR batting is so much bizarre that there is a scarcity of collapse every now and then.seen the last few matches they simply gave it away,where as other teams kept their nerve's and finished the job.the winning mentality is what missing at the moment. This could be attributed in two ways 1)too many chopping and changing with the playing eleven. 2)lack of confidence.with No proper batting order,and also effecting the bollers. apart from G.G,narine, and robin, no one is sure whether he would be selected for the next game or not. For me they need to play all remaining matches with fixed eleven, unless any one gets injured or to a condition friendly selection. No need to change your side although you still lose it anyway. This will give KKR some hope to qualify.

  • rony1008 on May 6, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    Tendo is a good batsman/hitter, one of the best fielder in the team. Should be given few games to see if he comes good. Although Chris Lynn could be another option. Kallis is too slow for me, puts too much pressure batsmen to follow. I feel Shakib will do better in number 4. Morkel, though he went for few last game, should be given more chances. I'd go for Narine, Shakib, Tendo/Lynn, Morkel.

    Yousuf Pathan has been given so many chances. KKR should have got rid of him after last season. I am afraid he will have one good game, and people will forget too many bad games he had before and many more that will come after.

    At this stage of the tournament KKR should have a settled team by now. Unfortunately they keep on changing their playing XI every season. Its every season, should Kallis play or not. Same with Shakib, especially at the earlier part of the tournaments. KKR mgmt and captain must take the blame for this.