Kings XI v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Cuttack May 10, 2014

Cuttack awaits cyclone Maxwell

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Sunday, May 11, 2014
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Big Picture

Odisha may be one of the worst-hit states in India when it comes to tropical cyclones, but there is one storm they wouldn't mind hosting again and again. By some strange IPL scheduling, they have landed two Kings XI Punjab home games despite being almost 1900 km away from Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab. And they won't be complaining after what happened few days back when Glenn Maxwell made a mockery of the bigger boundaries to lead the team to 231, the highest total this year. A similar mouth-watering prospect awaits the Cuttack crowd, now surely behind the Kings XI team just as the rest of the country, as Maxwell and Co prepare to take on Kolkata Knight Riders' Narine and Co.

Although they are faced with a daunting task, Knight Riders can take solace in a few facts. Firstly, their bowling has been the only one which has tasted success against Kings XI batting this year. Secondly, they have a settled top order that has, for now, mitigated some of their batting problems. Both Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have been among runs in the team's last two outings and now the team just needs their middle order to wake up. Thirdly, a loss to Kings XI may not hurt their chances much - everyone's losing to them - but a win could be a huge bonus. Lastly, it's a chance to get used to the conditions in Cuttack as their next match, against Mumbai Indians, has been rescheduled to the venue.

Form guide

Kings XI Punjab WWLWW
Kolkata Knight Riders WLLLL

Where they stand

Kings XI: First, with seven wins in eight games
Knight Riders: Fifth, with three wins in eight games

Players to watch

Virender Sehwag's year in domestic cricket hasn't been too different from Yuvraj Singh's - both have been reduced to a shadow of what they once were. However, Sehwag is still managing to make a difference to Kings XI. He is third behind Maxwell and David Miller in the list of top run-scorers for the team despite a highest of 37. In six games out of eight, he has set the stage up for an onslaught, without appearing overtly-aggressive or mindlessly cowed. A Sehwag sticking to his supporting role seamlessly has worked wonders for Kings XI.

The Knight Riders openers were critical in them reaching 160 in their last two matches, a welcome change from their inconsistent run this season. Quietly, Uthappa has crept up the batting charts - he is the top run-getter in the tournament among the Indian batsmen. Gambhir, after a horror start, is also back in form with two consecutive fifties. The two will need to fire again if Knight Riders are to challenge the intimidating Kings XI batting.

Previous encounter

There has been only one blot in Kings XI batting's otherwise almost faultless run this season. Maxwell was bowled for 15 off 12, Miller could only manage 14 and Sehwag was the top-scorer in a total of 132 for 9 with just 37 when they met Knight Riders earlier in Abu Dhabi. They tripped up against the spin duo of Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla, who shared three wickets apiece. But their seamers dished out an even rougher treatment to Knight Riders' batsmen, trampling them for 109 all out.

Stats and trivia

  • Kolkata Knight Riders are the most economical team when it comes to the last five overs. They give away 8.30 runs per over at the death
  • Virender Sehwag has hit as many fours as David Miller - 23. But when it comes to sixes, Miller has 11 more than Sehwag's five.
  • With 11, Gautam Gambhir has most run-out dismissals among IPL batsmen

Quotes

"The next few matches are crucial for us, especially now that we are back in Indian conditions, and we are confident that the two potent spinners will get us back into the reckoning by giving us the results we are looking for."
Gautam Gambhir on Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine

"Hats off to our coach Sanjay Bangar. I was a bit tentative about playing as much spin here as it's a small ground and Sanjay saw the wicket and felt like it was going to turn and he was spot on. He [Shivam] backed him up; he bowled beautifully."
George Bailey after the win in Bangalore

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    shaikb have not that much of seen.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    KKR should defeat today.....why sakib dropped!!! This is unjustified.... they should suffered....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    without sakib ....KKR is ZERO....remember it......Today KKR lost the match easily. .....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Play Morkel, Cummins, Narine and Shakib and take on M&M head on. If the Punjab batting order can be held in check, KKR has one of the best Indian batting orders with Gauti, Robin, Pandey, Bisla and Yousuf. Its a gamble but worth taking.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 11, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    @Facebook User Maxwell did hit Ajmal out of the park on a square turner in Bangladesh in the World T20, but ok, I guess Ajmal is not a great bowler right? Besides, Maxwell is not a slogger. Yes, he does have slogging shots, but he is more of a timer and likes finding the gaps in the field. He puts the bowler on the back foot by playing an unorthodox brand of cricket. He is an intelligent player. He is a bit prone to playing one too many shots but So were Sehwag, Gilchrist and Hayden. He is unique and something special. He has already done well domestically on the seaming Australian pitches and gotten the hang of India's "best spinner", Ashwin. So, they hype is well deserved. I can name so many other overhyped players who have done absolutely nothing.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 11, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @FBUser: Maxwell doesn't have to score runs in India. India isn't the ultimate test for an Australian cricketer, the Ashes are. Besides, Sehwag and Yuvraj are gone, players come and go, the game remains. Right now, it's Maxwell's time.

  • POSTED BY girijijgoswami on | May 11, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    With due respect to kallis Lynn should be in the playing 11. Lynn is KKR's maxwell if he gets chance

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    People are jumping the gun about maxwell. As far as hitting is concerned I have seen likes of Sehwag and Yuvraj, when they were at their best, destroying likes of lee and shoaid akhtar with ease. Maxwell can't do that even in dreams. Morever real test will come in test matches in India for maxwell. He would hardly score a 20 with ball turning square. Slogging can work only in this format. I am no fan of maxwell, he is overrated.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    wish kkr win this game. And please avoid to answer to the commentators like Blind_Bird.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Kings XI should finish in the top 2 now, one more win needed to confirm this in my opinion. I'd drop Patel to give him a rest and put Dhawan back in. Also Vohra in for Mandeep who is a little impatient My team: Sehwag, Vohra, Maxwell, Miller, Bailey, Dhawan, Saha, Johnson, Shivam, Balaji, Sharma

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    shaikb have not that much of seen.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    KKR should defeat today.....why sakib dropped!!! This is unjustified.... they should suffered....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    without sakib ....KKR is ZERO....remember it......Today KKR lost the match easily. .....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Play Morkel, Cummins, Narine and Shakib and take on M&M head on. If the Punjab batting order can be held in check, KKR has one of the best Indian batting orders with Gauti, Robin, Pandey, Bisla and Yousuf. Its a gamble but worth taking.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 11, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    @Facebook User Maxwell did hit Ajmal out of the park on a square turner in Bangladesh in the World T20, but ok, I guess Ajmal is not a great bowler right? Besides, Maxwell is not a slogger. Yes, he does have slogging shots, but he is more of a timer and likes finding the gaps in the field. He puts the bowler on the back foot by playing an unorthodox brand of cricket. He is an intelligent player. He is a bit prone to playing one too many shots but So were Sehwag, Gilchrist and Hayden. He is unique and something special. He has already done well domestically on the seaming Australian pitches and gotten the hang of India's "best spinner", Ashwin. So, they hype is well deserved. I can name so many other overhyped players who have done absolutely nothing.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 11, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @FBUser: Maxwell doesn't have to score runs in India. India isn't the ultimate test for an Australian cricketer, the Ashes are. Besides, Sehwag and Yuvraj are gone, players come and go, the game remains. Right now, it's Maxwell's time.

  • POSTED BY girijijgoswami on | May 11, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    With due respect to kallis Lynn should be in the playing 11. Lynn is KKR's maxwell if he gets chance

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    People are jumping the gun about maxwell. As far as hitting is concerned I have seen likes of Sehwag and Yuvraj, when they were at their best, destroying likes of lee and shoaid akhtar with ease. Maxwell can't do that even in dreams. Morever real test will come in test matches in India for maxwell. He would hardly score a 20 with ball turning square. Slogging can work only in this format. I am no fan of maxwell, he is overrated.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    wish kkr win this game. And please avoid to answer to the commentators like Blind_Bird.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Kings XI should finish in the top 2 now, one more win needed to confirm this in my opinion. I'd drop Patel to give him a rest and put Dhawan back in. Also Vohra in for Mandeep who is a little impatient My team: Sehwag, Vohra, Maxwell, Miller, Bailey, Dhawan, Saha, Johnson, Shivam, Balaji, Sharma

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    From the foriegn part KKR should select Kallis, Lynn, Shakib, Narine . To alive KKR absolutely need batting strength.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    @ black bird are you OK. did you see any KKR match IPL 7 edition? did you Shakib performance IPL 2014. last match bowling 4-13-1 this is poor bowling!!!! i think u going to talk regarding nationality? first try to understand cricket then talk.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | May 11, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    KKR should drop shakib to win this match easily. He did nothing so far to be in a champion team like kkr.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    come on KKR,korbo lorbo gitbo, my KKR xi,gauti,robin,panday,kallis,bisla,Yusuf, tando/cummins,shakib,vinay,chawla,narine.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 11, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @acebook User KXIP have already been tested. Against RCB and KKR in the UAE, both Miller and Maxwell didn't do much and the bowlers won them the match. Even when they have fired, the bowlers have kept the opposition to a lower total than Punjab's on good batting pitches. KXIP's bowlers have done a fantastic job. They are all in the top 18 for wicket takers and bowl well as a pack. That shows that KXIP doesn't rely on any one bowler and that if someone has a bad day, the others are there to cover up for them. Also, Sehwag has been laying excellent foundations and Saha has played some good innings. Bailey has done well to finish off things, so there is plenty of support for the two big guns. Sehwag is dude a big score though, and he has looked in good touch. If he gets back to his destructive best, the tournament could become even more interesting.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    King xi Punjab will need to be tested. Maxwell and miller have been winning matches but if they both fall? That is the difference between RR and CSK the most consistent teams ever. All round contributions will make a team good. Hope maxwell and miller fail now rather than in the finals.

  • POSTED BY kiranm009 on | May 11, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    @ SARNOT I agree with your assessment totally, with the exception of having kallis for today's tie. Tendo is indispensable in this KKR team who is the designated finisher, with narine shakib and morkel/Cummins taking up the foreigners spots. I,contrary to the report feel it would be a clash of KKR batsmen vs kxip bowlers. Good luck KKR after bungling up 3 easy chances that would've taken them safety to the playoffs.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 11, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    @Facebook User True that KXIP have only just started dominating for the first time since 2008, but barring 2010, they never played badly. They were almost always just a win away from playoffs and for the last three years, they were for all intents and purposes, the worst team on paper in that, their foreign players were too old/inconsistent and their indian players were too young/inexperienced. They only capped player they had was Praveen Kumar. Even then, they threatened to make the play offs every single year, and punched above their waist. This year, they have the foreign firepower to go along with their never say die attitude. They don't fear any opposition and go all out which I feel is the perfect counter to CSK's clinical method. So, while it is true that KXIP might lose in the play offs, it will be because they have a bad day because the play offs are a lottery round anyway. KXIP have proved their dominance in the league phase, twice.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    hope sehwag makes this his day and gets atleast a half century.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    KKR should give one more chance to ten doeschate and should play shakibul hasan at two down.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    should bring cummins.... his pace will struggle m&m

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    yesterday was my birthday hope kkr will give me perfect gift with win since i am supporting since first season.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Punjab deserves trophy

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    this could be m&m vs narine and co. if pun bat 1st and post a total of 180+. KKR can't chase.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    It rained all day and night yesterday in Cuttack. Today there is a battle going on between the Sun and clouds. So wait before making any valuable transfers on fantasy for this match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    KKR should be IPL7 champions as per their strength they should come out with more vigour to get on top

  • POSTED BY JWCricFan on | May 11, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    These indians need to hop off the Narine Bandwagon, yes he's a great bowler but he was awful last match. He's good against ordinary batsmen, but against blasters and top hitters (like last match), he's gets blown out the water..... Also despite an economy rate of 3 and change, shakib still gets no recognition by indians..surprise surprise

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 10, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    KKR will target Maxwell, and I think that's the mindset of every team considering how well Maxwell has done. But the thing is that with KXIP it doesn't just end when Maxwell gets out. They will continue to play aggressive and positive cricket no matter what. Sehwag starts it off, then Maxwell, then Miller and then Bailey. And Saha, Johnson, Dhawan and Patel can come in and bat as well.

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | May 10, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Get Chawla in, that what most will say and KKR must thinking about that as of his performance against KXIP in last match. But we have seen what happened with Ashwin and Jadeja last match, I will say to get Morkel/Cummins to in as any of these two can add up with Narine and Shakib when this Maxwell and Miller comes in. And don't sit out Umesh and Vinay. That will make very strong balling attack for KKR and what is very important against a team like KXIP. Even with 11 proper batsman it will be hard to chase any score around 200, so try to restrict them as low as possible.

    This match is really very important for KKR and I hope they will come up with there best game plan.

    My best KKR 11 for this match -

    Robin, Gambhir, Kallis/Ryan, Manish, Shakib, Surya, Yusuf, Morkel/Cummins, Vinay, Narine, Umesh

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 10, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    KKR need to play Morne Morkel, Narine, Kallis, Chawla and Sakib bowling the 20 overs. 4 overseas players must be Kallis, Narine, Sakib and Morkel if not Morkel then get Pat Cummins. No Tendo for this match.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    I dont bother who is going to win this game...but eagerly looking for next match once again in play offs where csk is going to beat Punjab. They just learnt its winning streak in this season but csk is doing it for long time.

    I strongly believe that Punjab will be defeated by csk in the play offs.

  • POSTED BY sapnil2000 on | May 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    yousuf days are over, he is past. my XI: gambhir, uthappa, kallis, sakib, pandey, yadav, das, piyush, narine, vinay/umesh, cummins/morkel

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    When will the Young Maverick Kuldeep Yadav be given a chance to showcase his lovely bowling..Shivam vs Kuldeep n Narine..seriously exciting prospect....I always watched IPL just for the Indian talent to emerge and this season is turning into a great season...young Indian bucks coming out and raising their game..this is what the IPL is all about for me!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    kkr bowlers should practise for those wider yorkers to make run check impact on the opposition batsman at death & all over the game

  • POSTED BY Rakes7 on | May 10, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    This match is like a home game for kkr because kolkata is nearer than punjab to cuttack so there is more spectators going to support kkr.its a posetive thing for kkr.By the way it is little bit of RAINING here in cuttack continiously.kkr xi should be-gambhir,uthappa,pandey,kallis, sakib,rayn ten,yusuf,yadav, chawla/umesh, binay,narine.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 18:35 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 10, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Cuttack wasn't a great pitch for the spinners against CSK. based on that match alone, I don't think KXIP should go with two spinners. That means one of them misses out for Rishi Dhawan. They have both done well, but if one of them has to be dropped, KXIP might give Akshar a rest and give Shivam some experience bowling against good players of spin like Gambhir, Utthapa and Kallis. Whats interesting is that both Sehwag and Maxi love to go after the spinners and they both tore into Narine for that one over in the previous match. It should be an interesting contest again tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    kkr need 5 proper bowlers tomorrow but also need 6 proper batsmen. so tough selection but my team would be

    gambhir uthappa kallis yusuf yadav saqib manish pandey piyush narine cummins umesh

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    kkr need 5 proper bowlers tomorrow but also need 6 proper batsmen. so tough selection but my team would be

    gambhir uthappa kallis yusuf yadav saqib manish pandey piyush narine cummins umesh

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 10, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Cuttack wasn't a great pitch for the spinners against CSK. based on that match alone, I don't think KXIP should go with two spinners. That means one of them misses out for Rishi Dhawan. They have both done well, but if one of them has to be dropped, KXIP might give Akshar a rest and give Shivam some experience bowling against good players of spin like Gambhir, Utthapa and Kallis. Whats interesting is that both Sehwag and Maxi love to go after the spinners and they both tore into Narine for that one over in the previous match. It should be an interesting contest again tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 18:35 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Rakes7 on | May 10, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    This match is like a home game for kkr because kolkata is nearer than punjab to cuttack so there is more spectators going to support kkr.its a posetive thing for kkr.By the way it is little bit of RAINING here in cuttack continiously.kkr xi should be-gambhir,uthappa,pandey,kallis, sakib,rayn ten,yusuf,yadav, chawla/umesh, binay,narine.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 10, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    kkr bowlers should practise for those wider yorkers to make run check impact on the opposition batsman at death & all over the game

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    When will the Young Maverick Kuldeep Yadav be given a chance to showcase his lovely bowling..Shivam vs Kuldeep n Narine..seriously exciting prospect....I always watched IPL just for the Indian talent to emerge and this season is turning into a great season...young Indian bucks coming out and raising their game..this is what the IPL is all about for me!!

  • POSTED BY sapnil2000 on | May 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    yousuf days are over, he is past. my XI: gambhir, uthappa, kallis, sakib, pandey, yadav, das, piyush, narine, vinay/umesh, cummins/morkel

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    I dont bother who is going to win this game...but eagerly looking for next match once again in play offs where csk is going to beat Punjab. They just learnt its winning streak in this season but csk is doing it for long time.

    I strongly believe that Punjab will be defeated by csk in the play offs.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | May 10, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    KKR need to play Morne Morkel, Narine, Kallis, Chawla and Sakib bowling the 20 overs. 4 overseas players must be Kallis, Narine, Sakib and Morkel if not Morkel then get Pat Cummins. No Tendo for this match.

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | May 10, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Get Chawla in, that what most will say and KKR must thinking about that as of his performance against KXIP in last match. But we have seen what happened with Ashwin and Jadeja last match, I will say to get Morkel/Cummins to in as any of these two can add up with Narine and Shakib when this Maxwell and Miller comes in. And don't sit out Umesh and Vinay. That will make very strong balling attack for KKR and what is very important against a team like KXIP. Even with 11 proper batsman it will be hard to chase any score around 200, so try to restrict them as low as possible.

    This match is really very important for KKR and I hope they will come up with there best game plan.

    My best KKR 11 for this match -

    Robin, Gambhir, Kallis/Ryan, Manish, Shakib, Surya, Yusuf, Morkel/Cummins, Vinay, Narine, Umesh