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  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Piyush chawla deserved man of the match as he took two important wickets of maxi, sehwag and dhawan. Gambhir also played well, but pijush chawla suprisingly bowled well and needs to be appreciated and encouraged. About shakib, may be team mgment thought of having medium pacee alrounder in ryan tendo in this match as they already have two main spinners.

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 12, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Does KKR really need Kallis to bowl? They have so many good bowlers I don't really see the point. They should have him concentrate on his batting, although to be honest that's not too good right now either.

    Shakib is amazing... just look at his stats for this year. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=8827;team=4341;type=tournament

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 12, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Kallis should just become a batsman as his bowling has been all over the place this ipl. The way he plays is either make or a break due to the amount of time he takes to get in. Why are so many people having a go at shakib ? He is an excellent finisher of the game and a great bowler during the first power play and the middle overs because he bowls his overs quickly and is very accurate . I don't get how he can't be a match winner when he holds the 2nd best t20 bowling figures of all time (6/6). Doscete is good but not on shakib's level who has won many games by himself for Bangladesh and the Barbados Tridents. To say he's not good is just stupid. He may not be legendary but he's a match winner for sure. I think shakib and pat cummin's should Come in for Kallis ( who has shown nothing since the first game) and doscete (who mad a duck and hasn't done anything with the ball.)

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

    there is some thing wrong.....why sakib dropped !!! better player should play.....must in the team...

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | May 12, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    I don't why people are talking. Morkel taking his place bowled brilliantly and Chawla also took 3 wickets. I think KKR should continue with the same team. @Durbar Plz don't say anything blindly. Shakib's batting avg is 20 while ten doeschate's is 30. Also shakib's strike rate is 128 while tendo's is 137. I know you are big fan of Shakib but plz don't undermine other players. ten doeschate is easily a better batsman than shakib in all forms of cricket. He is a legend in England and has already proven himself for kkr.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    We never said he was the best its the ranking that did do the talking. Big guns like Hafeez,Mathews,watson,bravo,afridi they Never Played in Bangladesh Cricket team nor in netherlands. They have and always had played with the other stars with low pressure and a huge support from other players. Its easy to be Hafeez when u have ajmal gul names with your scorecard. Sakib would have been no where closer to kallis 5 years ago. But its 2014 92 matches with a strike rate less than 110 and a economy rate of over 7 its not about the name its about performance. Sakib is option that KKR have when in the powerplays they get wacked by other teams. If narine bowls then who will bowl in the end? In the pitch of kuttack WILL KKR prefer Kallis over Shakib in the next match.. let a wise man decide.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 12, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    not tu go on the records sakib a all round class act

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Philip_0132 are you kidding me bro? Shakib is no where near Kallis & Sobers. Even though am Bangladeshi,I don't measure him above those greats

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 12, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    If yu are kkr fan who is playing well tell me ..is it uttappa..gambir..manish or shakib..vote fr please

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | May 12, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    y ppl r criticizing shakib here. he is known alrounder. currently best in the world none of the asian teams or others international teams hav alrounder of caliber of shakib. certainly he is the best there is no doubt in tht. its just a fault of kkr that they did not utilize his world class talent properly. we can easily count shakib in catergory of kallis cairns & sobers. shakib is more closer to sobers as far as his bowling & batting style is considered.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 12, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    I am an Indian.But i also think that we Indians are avoiding Saqib.Kallis is a classy player but he is doing nothing to the team.We cannot play him because of his big name.He did well but not doing well.In place of him,Saqib will be more effective with bat and bowl.Even in seeming pitches.Despite of playing fewer matches in international cricket,Saqib is one the best all rounder(ranking shows).Jadeja is a bowler who can hit a few boundaries.Saqib is a genuine all rounder.So we should not compare Jaddu with Saqib....

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 12, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Good to see both former Ind openers were among runs in this game... Veeru & Gauti both had good outing with both scoring fifty+ !!! if they keep scoring like this, then who knows they can be call back for Ind team !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    im agree wit CPT.menster,yea its all about team work not an individual,being Bangladeshi im happy with KKR win yesterday,shakib play or not dsnt matter if kkr winning

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | May 12, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Look, as i said. if kkr drops overrated shakib, they will win easily. They should drop him for rest of the matches too win the ipl.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 12, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Clearly, KXIP were experimenting with their bowling attack because they would definitely not have Awana playing if it was an important game. Also, I think the game would have been very close if Shivam, the extra spinner, was playing instead. KKR found it difficult to get runs of Patel. And I think Hendricks should come in for Mitch. Mitch might need a little rest because he seems a little rusty.

    And to those who said that KXIP looks very ordinary without Miller and Maxwell firing. The same could be said about any other team if their best two batters don't contribute as well.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 12, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    @iceaxe, Pradeep Gowda and everyone else who thinks this. THis is not the first time Maxi and Miller have not fired, but it is the first time KXIP lost when they didn't. thats one time in about 3 or 4 games that KXIP lost when M&M did not put up a show. So there is only a 25/33% chances of losing when they don't perform. They have defended low totals before, today was just not their day. The management misread the pitch and KXIP were clearly a spinner short. Sehwag still did well, showing how many good players KXIP has. Akshar was pretty good, and had Shivam been adding pressure from the other end, who knows what would have happened. If anything, KKR seem heavily dependent on their opening partnership. They have lost even when their openers put up a 100 stand, so just think what will happen if they fail. The middle order is really weak, with Pandey not quite as consistent, Kallis virtually useless lower down the order and Pathan out of form. Good win, but a long way to go for KKR.

  • POSTED BY supercoolfan on | May 12, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    KKR Management - IT is important for KKR to not get over-excited! Still a long way to go. This is a step in the right direction. Continue to engage the players in discussions and strategizing. There is a lot of talent and experience in team! That way, the players are also part of the decision making process. The leadership style for this team should be a top down AND bottom up approach; not just top down. I think this approach will increase confidence, infuse team spirit, and ensure accountability. If you guys really try and play hard on the field using your common sense, expertise, and experience, you can beat all the teams in this IPL. One more thing - be flexible on the field to adapt to changing demands of the game. It is okay to have an overall strategy, but rigid strategies usually backfire as it did in one of the games of KKR when its bowlers continued to bowl short-pitched deliveries through the innings!! KKR, well played today! Good luck....

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | May 12, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Don't say shakib is best AR, he played 79 out of 212 matches against top teams.He is good but not best.Is he better AR than Hafeez,Mathews,watson,bravo,afridi.Please dont make me laugh

  • POSTED BY JWCricFan on | May 12, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    Also just another thought, Tendo really isn't doing much, he's more of a batter than bowler. This would be a good time to try out Pat Cummins, he might prove to be really useful (Idk much about him, but it seems that we have 1 international spot kinda up for grabs).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 12, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    well played KKR. very strong bowling display by KKR. well bowled morne and chawla. good captaincy by gg. without m&m show Punjab can't win a single game. hope to see KKR vs csk in final.

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | May 11, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    Without Maxwell and Miller, Kings are mediocre. Good to see Sehwag post a good score, however, the difference between the rest is definitely the former.

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 11, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Who is Shakib lot of people are writing about? never saw him in any match winning performance....is he the one who slogged the first ball to surrender his wicket while chasing a simple total? (few games ago)

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 11, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    I cannot understand why Bangladeshi and Shakib fans keep talking as if KKR is a one man team ?! I know Shakib shouldn't have been dropped but come on guys... even Shakib will tell you he's okay with the team's decision. It's about the TEAM guys. If team wins even Shakib will be happy in spite of not playing. I hope you guys understand. Support KKR whether Shakib plays or not. That's team spirit and the hallmark of true fans.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    BD fans stop whining about sakib. the decision was good as they won. sakib will perform whenever he is picked. (from a bangladeshi)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    watever u people says... at the end of the day kkr have comfortably beaten the table toppers KXIP after dropping SHAKIB..and the spinner who has given shakibs role has taken 3 wickets including the great MAXis..so they should continue with this squad..it has everything... Aggression (Uthappa.Tendo)..consistency (Gauti).class(Kallis) youthness(manish.surya)..orthadox(piyush) and mystery (narine)spinners...as well as pace(umesh).bounce(morne) and swing(vinay)...a typical squad to reach the plat offs

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    yeah if there is kallis there should not be sakib because both of them break team combination and none of them can play a role of good finisher. but i think sakib should be consider in leau of kallis as he is not performing, agian if u make sakib in xi his batting position be no 3 or at best 4. i think if there is no batting collapse sakib at3 and yp at 4, then panday tendo yadav.......

  • POSTED BY Aashiyer on | May 11, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    I do not understand why kings eleven retained manan vohra but did not use him. They should take out mandeep and put him in for a test.

  • POSTED BY Aashiyer on | May 11, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    SUPERB playing today. Uthappa is now the 4th highest run scorer in IPL seven. Just twenty five behind McCullum. Maxwell got out for the same score he did last time against KKR, 14.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 11, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Look,i understand that the pitch is a seeming pitch.but is it fair that you are dropping a man who is the most economical bowler and highest averaging batsman in your team???Shakib was dropped,not because of his performance.his guilt is that he is a BANGLADESHI.I also have to say that how many matches Kallis will play only because of he is Jacque Kallis!!!No doubt he is a legend of this game but he is not "The Kallis"now.mumbai indians keeping Mike Hussey out of thier 11.that shows that there is no politics in thier management.And those whom are comparing Jadeja with Shakib,i have to say that your "Sir" has no degree of Cricket.First compare him with a school going boy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Maxwell should put a price on his wicket.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | May 11, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    To all Bd fans, I am a Bd fan and kkr dont need Sakib for batting at all. But for balling his economy creates pressure to opponent and definitely makes impact (like the previous game) . However only 4 foriegn slots to pick from and although Sakib can strengthen kkr balling, to be fair kkr batting is weak and needs to be stronger and hence I think its not a bad decision sakib sits and tendo plays. But against strong batting opponents kkr sure needs Sakib balling. Sakib is better baller than kallis but kkr would not sacrifice kallis becuz he can potentially fire with his bat you never know.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Good day for Indian batsmen and bad day for Kings XI Punjab. Mitch was pathetic

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    superb match.. great to see

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    When Someone performing great among the overseas players its shocker to left out the team. Its also break the confidence of the player. I do not know why Kallis is still in the team???

    You cant left out a player after bowling in T20 match figuring 4-13-1.Its disaster.

  • POSTED BY rafi.rashidur on | May 11, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Players like Ravindra Jadeja are easily available among the street cricketers. They are not even considered for national teams. Even better cricketers than jadeja are available..

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 11, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    android_user What I don't understand is what's Kallis's role with an economy over of 12 runs per over.Seems like Gambhir is confident again so Shakib has to sit out.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Thanks kkr I got my birthday gift

  • POSTED BY durber99 on | May 11, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Don't fight because of Shakib. It is good to C SRK's Team KKR has won but I think at least Shakib deserve a place in KKR if they select the team without bias. Kallis was good but in his age, he is not in good touch. Same for Ryan Doshcatthe, if you give him only one over and if his strike rate and average in batting is less than Shakib then the selection comes from Bias ness or may be there is a problem between the team management and the player. I support that Veeru, Gautam and Bhaji deserve a place in KKR but Dhoni don't like them and they will never get a chance. Dhoni's all favorite player plays with Dhoni in the same IPL team Chennai. Believe it or not, Dhoni is one of the most powerful person in Indian team selection. Everyone wants to convince him.

  • POSTED BY ThatzMyView on | May 11, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Robin Uthappa's Storke play was sublime, amazing!

    Bangladeshi Fans - Keep Calm, Sakhib is good player for bangladesh and will get chances next. When KKR has Sunil Naraine and indian spinners like Chawla 3/19 taking crucial wickets unfortunately cant fit in Shakib.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Good to see Viru back in form. Guys we all know Shakib is a very good alrounder but the stringent 4 overseas policy is also required to be met. Bitter reality is Marsh the leading run scorer of Pubjab is also sitting out.

  • POSTED BY amarnath79 on | May 11, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Gautam, Veeru and Bhaji deserve another chance in the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY Funtopia on | May 11, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Shakib is a good player but not the best in KKR. I mean is it matter if you perform well but your team looses. That means your performance has no impact on team result. look how robin and gambhir performed and won the game. you might think I am shakib hater but no I am not. I am a BD fan and yes, shakib is the best player of BD.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    dats the way i love they played :D weldone kkr.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    @Gaag--- shakib has not won any game for his team in ipl? 2 times man of the match and important hand on many matches. And people who says ravindra jadeja a better allrounder than shakib. I have got no words to explain how stupid u guys are. Admit it and see the ICC rankings. Shakib is in the top 3 allrounder list in all formats and he has been the no 1 allrounder both in odi and test for a long time. So admit which is right. Kallis is a class player there is no doubt about it and one of d best all rounders the world cricket has ever since. But right now he is fighting for his form and u can't put players out of form in matches. This will hurt kkr. And if Bangladesh gets more matches Shakib will definately be in the list of the best all rounders in the world. Jadeja is never a better allrounder compared to shakib. No way, jadeja is nothing compared to shakib

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    i think #kxip bit untidy in bowling & spinner short ,i supposed they scored par score on board thank to viru UN lucky M&M duo never score ass they usual in did for #kxip last quiet few matches

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | May 11, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Today Kings XI clear favorite, Good to see GG coming back to form before India tour to England.

    Hai these time their is no match in Dharamshala it is beautiful stadium.

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | May 11, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    There has too many bargaining about Shakib here what I guess has no importance now as KKR have won without him. Just be realistic guyz, Shakib is a good player for sure but he was not needed today. But he should have been a good addition as KKR has found some problem with their 5th bowler and Shakib is always very economical.

    KKR wins without Shakib but I will always love to see him on team, he is a very good player and he already proves that on this season.

  • POSTED BY qazi255 on | May 11, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    I think it was KKR luck otherwise KKR is nothing without Shakib . Tell me a single great player in KKR other than shakib

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Good that kings failed today even the team in best form will have off days good to have them in league stage than in playoff they are experimenting on bowling department it failed today will have some scrutiny but they will bounce back go kings viru coming into a good nick in a great positive mandeep has not been able to score better to get pujara vohra or mann into the mix

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    terrific turnaround. gambhir once again led from the front to manoeuvre his team to triumph over the table toppers..

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 11, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    A rare blotch on an otherwise great campaign, KXIP just misread the pitch completely today. Bad toss to lose but well played KKR. I guess batting first, on this tricky pitch, KXIP did not understand how much they needed to get. Going in without Shivam was a bit of a blunder and the match might have been different had he been there (just look at how the other spinners bowled). The good sign was Sehwag finally getting a big score. It was due for some time now and hopefully he can continue through the rest of the tournament. Its good that KXIP get these wake up calls now, when they don't have much pressure on them and can afford to lose a few. As long as they build their momentum towards the back end, they should be fine. They are pretty much into the playoffs anyway. Punjab could also look to rest some of their players a bit. Johnson can't quite seem to get it right and could do well from a break. Beuran Hendricks has had a good year and its always good to give backups some practice.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | May 11, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    KKR could have won similar fashion in first match against Rajasthan when they lost 6 wickets in 8 balls.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 11, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Dither r u joking ? Do u mean sakib is dominating international cricket ? The way sakib and his team performed though out Asia cup and 20/20 World Cup was pathetic , still guys like u say dominating , r u sleeping ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Robin uttappa played super once again bt he should constratet 70 or 80 bt good konck he played no dowt last 4 mach he given good start..47.65.47.46..woh indian batsman he is the top scorer 125 strike rate ..306 runs 34 average in t20 fentastick and two 50s and five 30s...iwant to see he should be in england tour..who will vote guys

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 11, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    A wrong decision by bailey by not playing shivam sharma

  • POSTED BY durber99 on | May 11, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Hopefully KKR will win. We love to watch that but please give chance to better players. We like to watch Shakib, Morkel, Narine. Don't put International players who are already out from their National team like Ryan Dscotte, Kallis. Give chance to the players who are dominating right now in world cricket. People love to see them.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 11, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    I do not know why these guys are ignorant like this ? Comparing someone like sakib with a legendary all rounder kallis , sakib may be a good player in Bangladesh standard but comparing with kallis is wrong .. Even raveendu jadeja is a far better alla rounder than sakib and jadeja has won many more international and ipl matches than sakib ..c the way kkr performing today without sakib ..

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    @gagg: Shakib: Man of the match. http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548320.html

    espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548375.html He was allowed to play less than half the total matches. You have no words for his rankings in all three forms of cricket comparing to your so called match winners... kallis/ten doeschat!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    @GAGG for your kind information shakib was played a crucial role when kkr got their 1st title in their hut on IPL 5. And Shakib got two Man of the match on that season and in final his role was also very crucial. T20 is very short form of game where top 3 or 4 batsman got more opportunity to change the game than other. Despite being a no. 3 batsman in international cricket shakib is not getting enough time when he come in the crease in six, seven or eight in kkr squad. Where Kallis is playing no. 3 consistantly on more than 100 games in ipl.where sahib is only palyed 25 or odd. Shakib already shows in bowling what he is capable of if he got enough opportunity. Give him chance on 3 like Kallis consistantly got and watch what he would do. keep in mind that in this season shakib's batting avarage is more than 40 with 130+ strike rate which is more than satisfactory in T20 format. so please keep quite without knowing the true

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 11, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    @Gagg: "one game Sakib has won for any IPL team"??? - lol 2012 IPL KKR v PW - Shakib was man of match and 2012 IPL KKR - RR Shakib again man of match :P

    Shakib made his IPL debut in 11 missed 13 due to Zimbabwe tour and hardly gets a full time slot for KKR otherwise he would've won many more games for his team if given the entire number of games. Case closed :P

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    I don't understand why people are so angry about Shakib decision, management has taken a bad decision they will suffer for it. we are here to watch a good game of cricket. Let's hope best team wins.

  • POSTED BY durber99 on | May 11, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    I have never seen a team like KKR. They have dropped their best player Shakib. Til now best economy rate for KKR & Kallis has provided 38 runs from his three overs. As we know Shakib can bowl better in Powerplay and strike rate in batting is better than Kallis. Shakib is also better than Ryan ten Deshcotte. Shakib is the only player who has dropped twice without a bad form. Narine, last match provided 39 runs, today smashed by Johnson. If he get chance only as a bowler then what is the problem with Shakib, who is a nice economical bowler and who can also bat as well. Batting Strike rate is better than anyone else. I think there is a problem inside the KKR team. May be there is a Clash with management and players. That is why KKR is not that much successful in this tournament. Wasim Akram was one of my favorite players but I am afraid if anyone from Pakistan inside the dressing-room then there may be conflict between the player and management. Shoib Akhter, Waqar, Wasim.... we know...!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Very disappointing on a wicket where spin is playing an important part Shivam is dropped, and people talking of Shakib, Kuldeep Yadav doesnt play yet again

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 11, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Farid Ahmed Kallis HAS won games for KKR, link to one game Sakib has won for any IPL team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    kkr is the only team has got the potential but of no use. its only because the unworthy people has got the holds. what is SRK doing? obviously he is not a cricketer but knows the best; at least i think so and again of no use. its unknown why?

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 11, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Let's not get too emotional my fellow Bangla fans. Think about it - Shakib is playing in the biggest T20 league in the world playing with and against the best in the world. That is giving him the experience and confidence to be the best and hence he's ranked as the only player in the top 3 in every all-round ranking today. Would've been number 1 had his team got enough matches annually. Plus in the games he doesn't play just take it as his rest days. We wouldn't want him to get injured don't we? we need him as fit as possible for the national team. Shakib has nothing to prove as his all-round career record speaks for itself and has the second best ever T20 bowling figures of 6/6 :P

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    How come in the world Ten D is in the team and Sakib is out ? May be Sakib is getting too much attention being a Bangladeshi ! It's a suicidal decision to drop Sakib for a must win game .

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 11, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Shakib can't bat, can't bowl, can't field. Simple.

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

    Kallis is a match winner?.... right! now 3 overs giving away 38 runs so far !! indeed Gag....not for KKR but for opposition!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    whyyyy................its sakib...?????

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

    Right Gag! about time to drop Shakib when he is the best overall performing overseas player for KKR! What has Kallis acheived ?... giving away 17 runs in first overs?? His current batting averaging around 25 and Shakib is 40!! Kallis has 4 wickets in 8 games and Shakib 6 games with 6 wickets!..... gets your maths right and come out prejudice!!

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

    A few minutes into the game and Morkel has already made the decision look like a masterstroke. I don't think dropping Shakib is a reflection of his performance... seems to be a 'horses for courses' type of decision.

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

    Though I'm a KKR fan I won't be surprised if they loose all the game. There decisions are as bad as their managment.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    what a mockery!!! shakib out and kallis still remaining in the team???very poor decision.for this poor game planning KKR was lost most of the games.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Can I question why Shakib has been left out in today's crucial match? Is that because he's been playing the best? What a shame for the team and game of cricket! Shakib, you should stop playing IPL from the next year. I must say you should rather consider your prestige and your identity than some money and games for nothing. Being the best all-rounder, you must play every game without any question being asked.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    why sakib not picked today!!! bad...very bad decision by KKR management.....

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 11, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    About time Shakib was dropped, not a match winner, maybe consistant and performs well but unlike Morkle, Kallis, Nairne and Ten D he won't win you a game, that what you want from your overseas players.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    I knew Shakib will be out as he was doing great for team! This is not only about winning for KKR that matters...!!

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

    why isn't skhakib picked? :o Hi performance was quiet good. Bad decision taken by KKr -_-

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    I don't undestand why Sakib don't play

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    lol....... shakib out !!!!!!!! kkr management ...nothing to say

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | May 11, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Whats a change KKR made!! They left out Shakib after being the best econ for KKR and with the best avg with the bat this season!!

    I wonder what Ghambhir and KKR looking for. Choosing to bowl first every time with very weak batting line up is something odd, not?? And in this pitch and against KXIP choosing bat second should be a suicide.

    Lets see. The game just begins. As a KKR fan I am quite sad for all of the decisions they made today but still supporting them, have no other choice.

    Best of luck KKR!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    why shakib is not pick oday? he play better than kalis the previous day.. so why he isn't chosen??? I am surprised

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    What silly decisions made by KKR. You drop your consistent player who bowled super economically in a high scoring and batting pitch, Shakib. In his place you bring in a good but wayward Morne Morkel. Where is Pat Cummins' chance? Why is Kallis still in the team? You continue to play Yusuf who has lost it. This is why KKR continually lose, tactically they are failures. Remember that promotion of Andre? Exactly.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Piyush chawla deserved man of the match as he took two important wickets of maxi, sehwag and dhawan. Gambhir also played well, but pijush chawla suprisingly bowled well and needs to be appreciated and encouraged. About shakib, may be team mgment thought of having medium pacee alrounder in ryan tendo in this match as they already have two main spinners.

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 12, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Does KKR really need Kallis to bowl? They have so many good bowlers I don't really see the point. They should have him concentrate on his batting, although to be honest that's not too good right now either.

    Shakib is amazing... just look at his stats for this year. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=8827;team=4341;type=tournament

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 12, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Kallis should just become a batsman as his bowling has been all over the place this ipl. The way he plays is either make or a break due to the amount of time he takes to get in. Why are so many people having a go at shakib ? He is an excellent finisher of the game and a great bowler during the first power play and the middle overs because he bowls his overs quickly and is very accurate . I don't get how he can't be a match winner when he holds the 2nd best t20 bowling figures of all time (6/6). Doscete is good but not on shakib's level who has won many games by himself for Bangladesh and the Barbados Tridents. To say he's not good is just stupid. He may not be legendary but he's a match winner for sure. I think shakib and pat cummin's should Come in for Kallis ( who has shown nothing since the first game) and doscete (who mad a duck and hasn't done anything with the ball.)

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

    there is some thing wrong.....why sakib dropped !!! better player should play.....must in the team...

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | May 12, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    I don't why people are talking. Morkel taking his place bowled brilliantly and Chawla also took 3 wickets. I think KKR should continue with the same team. @Durbar Plz don't say anything blindly. Shakib's batting avg is 20 while ten doeschate's is 30. Also shakib's strike rate is 128 while tendo's is 137. I know you are big fan of Shakib but plz don't undermine other players. ten doeschate is easily a better batsman than shakib in all forms of cricket. He is a legend in England and has already proven himself for kkr.

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    We never said he was the best its the ranking that did do the talking. Big guns like Hafeez,Mathews,watson,bravo,afridi they Never Played in Bangladesh Cricket team nor in netherlands. They have and always had played with the other stars with low pressure and a huge support from other players. Its easy to be Hafeez when u have ajmal gul names with your scorecard. Sakib would have been no where closer to kallis 5 years ago. But its 2014 92 matches with a strike rate less than 110 and a economy rate of over 7 its not about the name its about performance. Sakib is option that KKR have when in the powerplays they get wacked by other teams. If narine bowls then who will bowl in the end? In the pitch of kuttack WILL KKR prefer Kallis over Shakib in the next match.. let a wise man decide.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 12, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    not tu go on the records sakib a all round class act

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Philip_0132 are you kidding me bro? Shakib is no where near Kallis & Sobers. Even though am Bangladeshi,I don't measure him above those greats

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 12, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    If yu are kkr fan who is playing well tell me ..is it uttappa..gambir..manish or shakib..vote fr please

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | May 12, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    y ppl r criticizing shakib here. he is known alrounder. currently best in the world none of the asian teams or others international teams hav alrounder of caliber of shakib. certainly he is the best there is no doubt in tht. its just a fault of kkr that they did not utilize his world class talent properly. we can easily count shakib in catergory of kallis cairns & sobers. shakib is more closer to sobers as far as his bowling & batting style is considered.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    What silly decisions made by KKR. You drop your consistent player who bowled super economically in a high scoring and batting pitch, Shakib. In his place you bring in a good but wayward Morne Morkel. Where is Pat Cummins' chance? Why is Kallis still in the team? You continue to play Yusuf who has lost it. This is why KKR continually lose, tactically they are failures. Remember that promotion of Andre? Exactly.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    why shakib is not pick oday? he play better than kalis the previous day.. so why he isn't chosen??? I am surprised

  • POSTED BY sarnot on | May 11, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Whats a change KKR made!! They left out Shakib after being the best econ for KKR and with the best avg with the bat this season!!

    I wonder what Ghambhir and KKR looking for. Choosing to bowl first every time with very weak batting line up is something odd, not?? And in this pitch and against KXIP choosing bat second should be a suicide.

    Lets see. The game just begins. As a KKR fan I am quite sad for all of the decisions they made today but still supporting them, have no other choice.

    Best of luck KKR!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    lol....... shakib out !!!!!!!! kkr management ...nothing to say

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    I don't undestand why Sakib don't play

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

    why isn't skhakib picked? :o Hi performance was quiet good. Bad decision taken by KKr -_-

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    I knew Shakib will be out as he was doing great for team! This is not only about winning for KKR that matters...!!

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 11, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    About time Shakib was dropped, not a match winner, maybe consistant and performs well but unlike Morkle, Kallis, Nairne and Ten D he won't win you a game, that what you want from your overseas players.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 11, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    why sakib not picked today!!! bad...very bad decision by KKR management.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Can I question why Shakib has been left out in today's crucial match? Is that because he's been playing the best? What a shame for the team and game of cricket! Shakib, you should stop playing IPL from the next year. I must say you should rather consider your prestige and your identity than some money and games for nothing. Being the best all-rounder, you must play every game without any question being asked.

Kings XI v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Cuttack May 11, 2014

Calm Knight Riders secure big win

The Report by Rachna Shetty
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Piyush Chawla finished with 3 for 19 to restrict Kings XI to 149

Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 1 (Gambhir 63*, Uthappa 46) beat Kings XI Punjab 149 for 8 (Sehwag 72, Chawla 3-19) by nine wickets

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Gautam Gambhir's third successive fifty anchored Kolkata Knight Riders' chase and steered them to a nine-wicket win over table-toppers Kings XI Punjab. The Knight Riders bowlers had pinned Kings XI down to 149 - the second time in the tournament they were kept to less than 150 - despite a swift 72 from Virender Sehwag.

The opening pair of Robin Uthappa and Gambhir - with two century stands in their last few games - set the platform for the chase, racing to 68 in seven overs. Uthappa's fluency was evident early on as he laid into Sandeep Sharma's second over, taking three fours off him, before collecting another 18 off Mitchell Johnson. Uthappa's 28-ball 46 brought the asking rate under control and put the chase firmly within Knight Riders' reach.

Conscious, perhaps, of the fact that another batting meltdown could end up becoming the symbol of Knight Riders' campaign, Gambhir and Manish Pandey played mostly percentage cricket in their unbeaten 82-run stand, which took the team home with two overs to spare. There were a few run-out chances but Kings XI did not have the best day in the field- George Bailey's dropped catch off Gambhir in the 17th over was the best example of that.

Kings XI, who had opted for a seam-centric attack, would have felt the absence of a second spinner, especially after Akshar Patel kept Gambhir and Pandey quiet for a couple of overs in the middle. However, the biggest factor in the result was the stark difference between the two halves of the Kings XI innings.

Coming into this game, Knight Riders were the most economical team in the death overs in the IPL, giving away just 8.30 runs an over. In the UAE leg, they were also the team that managed to stifle Kings XI successfully. That control with the ball, especially in the latter half of the innings, set up the game for the side. At 10 overs, Kings XI were 85 for 2, but they made only 64 for 6 in the next ten.

One of Knight Riders' chief contributors was Piyush Chawla, who was brought back in place of Shakib Al Hasan. In UAE against Kings XI, the legspinner had figures of 4-0-19-3 and he finished even this game with the same numbers. Chawla struck immediately with the big wicket of Glenn Maxwell, and then got rid of Sehwag and Rishi Dhawan in the 15th and 17th overs. Chawla, along with Ryan ten Doeschate and Morne Morkel, smothered any momentum Kings XI would have hoped to build.

Narine came on at the end and choked the run flow and even the normally industrious Bailey found it difficult to push for boundaries. Between the 15th and 20th overs, Kings XI - who average 50 runs in this period of play - scored only three boundaries, and two of them were from Mitchell Johnson.

Before the ten-over mark, though, the innings was all about Sehwag and that was the most heartening sight for Kings XI. His studied nonchalance of old was on display when he smacked the first ball of the match, off Jacques Kallis, for four through the off side and then capitalised down leg as the bowler tried to compensate. He got to 50 off 35 balls, but like most Sehwag innings, the opposition also had their share of chances. He was dropped in the second over and a few shots fell out of reach of the fielders. Luckily for the Knight Riders, those mistakes weren't too costly in the end.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo