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

    actually narine is not a mystery now but still a very good spinner... don't forget Simmons and pollard would have played narine many times since they all play for Trinidad.. rohit and rayudu have been around for so many years in the IPL. its about the right guys playing narine so that they can milk 28-30 runs without giving him a wicket ... gautam/ Simmons/ rayudu/ rohit/ pollard/ anderson/ tare/ bhajji/ praveen/ bumrah/ malinga

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Great going! @ black_bird, you certainly deserve a market value!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RiazMazumder on | May 14, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Shakib awaited...If it is spin friendly bring Shakib in place of Tendo.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | May 14, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    People are forgetting the market value of kallis. What shakib got pertaining to the market of ipl?. none. It does not matter who plays good or bad. Only thing that really matter is earning profit by drawing crowd. And kallis or other overseas player are better than shakib at it.Hope you guys can understand now.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    As a kkr fan i should propsed to send shakib at no 3 to bat. No doubting he is a good bowler and all rounder. There are no reason to drop shakib. Hope, shakib playing today and following all matches.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    I think KKR should not keep the same squad , Sakib should be in place of Tendo he wasn't that much effective from last few matches we had seen . My playing XI 1) Gambir 2)utthapa3)pandey4)Sakib5)kalis6)Morkel7)yadev8)chawla9)yousuf10) Narine 11) surya would be better for spinning track . Good luck KKR

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    i think kallis should drop, he is ligend but not performing. and place your players where they like best. don't try to make sakib yousuf and uttapa a finisher, they can but u can't expect a high from them. like uttapa, sakib and yp can make u more win and effective at no-3 and no-4. give finisher role to tendo and suriya, hope they will make a quick 30-40 when needed. sent panday when quick fall of gambir, uttppa, sakib (any 2 wickets in five over)

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    mumbai must play pk in place of ojha and must look for early wickets as there openers are in good form.my team for today-simmons,gautam,rayudu,rohit,corey,kp,bhajji,pk,tare,bumrah,malinga.mumbai must play narine safely by not attacking him and look to hit other bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Oh my god Malinga is not playing anymore. He is doing nations duty. Very good. Now Mumbai can win any team very easy

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | May 14, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    KKR should go with the same squad. If it is spin friendly bring Shakib in place of Morkel.

  • POSTED BY Shrikar_11 on | May 14, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Really? Lendl Simmons does not inspire confidence but the insipid rohit sharma does?

  • POSTED BY crickocat on | May 14, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    ridddiculous thinking of kkr team management . .how can you drop your most consistent player from the playing xi . .everyone's criticizing morkel even before his last match performance due to his inconsistency . .some blind people think that only a legend can win matches . .such a foolish idea . .you can see even a legend like kallis is unable to produce match winning performance one after another . .he has only one out of 8 in this season . .only a group of consistent players can win you matches in regular basis . .change your thinking kkr . .or keep dropping consistent player like shakib . .i really want to see how lucky you can be in the future matches . .

  • POSTED BY play_for_victory on | May 14, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    @ black_bird, I don't think you understand cricket at all. All you say is just drop Shakib. But you don't clarify why drop Shakib, and who is doing well in place of him. I think you should rather watch Football or any other sports which is not difficult for you to understand.

  • POSTED BY Mdf.Faisal on | May 14, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    although i am not a fan of shakib ...but i still think he should be played today... just look at his economy rate - 3.45 not a single boundry against delhi

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 14, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Piyush chawla will give many runs today.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 14, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    If you still want to play pragyan ohja, declare KKR as winners. Open with Tare and Simmons. Pollard should not be given even a single over to bowl. Instead use corey 2 overs Rohit 1 over simmons 1 over. Mumbai should chase it today. Plan to win it in 16 overs removing the 4 narine overs. If you leave it too late like 60 runs to win in 5 overs then narine will demolish you. Praveen will sure take early wickets. open with bumrah so gambhir will get bowled by inside edge.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | May 14, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Drop shakib and win the game like previous one.

  • POSTED BY DrkLdr on | May 14, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    KKR finally listened to us and sent Uthappa to open. That decision, as predicted by myself and many others during the UAE leg, has rewarded them richly, with Robin being amongst the top run scorers so far in the tournament.

    KKR still have 2 major issues. First is their overseas player dilemma. Morkel and Narine should play this game as Morkel played brilliantly last game and Narine is Narine. I feel that Shakib should make a comeback for this game seeing how well the conditions in Cuttack should theoretically suit him and the last slot should be either Kallis or Tendo.

    Their second is their batting execution. In the event the openers fail this game, their middle order is largely untested recently and hopefully we do not see a repeat of the RR game. If Kallis is played, his batting position should be floating (depending on the situation) rather than a steady No.4.

    My playing XI 1)Uthappa 2)Gambhir 3)Pandey 4)Shakib 5)Surya 6)Pathan 7)Tendo/Kallis 8)Chawla 9)Morkel 10)Yadav 11)Narine

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

    Malinga will not be available after this match as he leaves for national duty ..... so that brings a big hole in Mumbai lineup

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | May 14, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Shakib has the best SR and ER in KKR! You can't bench someone like that, even if it's supposedly greenish pitch. Also, Shakib should bat up the order in his usual T20 3rd slot. Or at least he should bat 3rd while batting first. I understand that KKR want him to play more of a finisher role, so he can bat at 5/6 while batting second.

  • POSTED BY kiranm009 on | May 14, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    To beat arrogant mumbai, KKR has to make 2 changes bringing shakib for kallis and I know I am going to be criticised for this, Chris Lynn for narine. Narine has been awful in the previous few games bowling short and defensive, compounded by extremely poor strategy by gambhir and the management bowling the last 3 overs in the end, which anyway have been slogged for runs afterall he is a spinner.over reliance on him has taken away accountability from other bowlers. He should be benched for today's game and brought back for the next. Giving away 24 without taking any top order wickets is a lost cause for kkr even harbhajan goes for that many and picks a couple of wickets my team1. Gambhir 2.uthappa 3.Lynn 4, Yusuf 5.shakib 6.tendo 7. Yadav 8.chawla 9.vinay 10. Morkel 11.umesh good luck KKR!

  • POSTED BY Rakes7 on | May 14, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Kkr middle order should step up in case of their opener fails.they are not tested in last 2 games.they must retain their xi which played against punjab.they can bring sakib in place of kallis as the pitch was spinn friendly but that makes their batting little weaker. kkr xi-1gambhir, 2uthappa, 3pandey 4sakib/kallis, 5rayn ten,6yusuf, 7yadav,8chawla, 9narine,10morkel,11yadav

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 14, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    Play Praveen kumar as fifth bowler replacing with tare/ gautam

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 13, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    uttappa nt doing well in long runs 40 + he is satisfieing he should think 70 or 80..

  • POSTED BY supercoolfan on | May 13, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    KKR - you can do it! Keep faith in your abilities and be strategic while you play. Do not let adrenaline overshadow your critical thinking. Play your best for your family, friends, and fans!

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    It will be upto Sharma to counter the spin threat especially on what should be a turning pitch. Him and possibly Rayudu who are very good players of spin need to take control, I see all the foreign players and the inexperienced Indian youngster failing against Narine and Shakib.

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

    actually narine is not a mystery now but still a very good spinner... don't forget Simmons and pollard would have played narine many times since they all play for Trinidad.. rohit and rayudu have been around for so many years in the IPL. its about the right guys playing narine so that they can milk 28-30 runs without giving him a wicket ... gautam/ Simmons/ rayudu/ rohit/ pollard/ anderson/ tare/ bhajji/ praveen/ bumrah/ malinga

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Great going! @ black_bird, you certainly deserve a market value!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RiazMazumder on | May 14, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Shakib awaited...If it is spin friendly bring Shakib in place of Tendo.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | May 14, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    People are forgetting the market value of kallis. What shakib got pertaining to the market of ipl?. none. It does not matter who plays good or bad. Only thing that really matter is earning profit by drawing crowd. And kallis or other overseas player are better than shakib at it.Hope you guys can understand now.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    As a kkr fan i should propsed to send shakib at no 3 to bat. No doubting he is a good bowler and all rounder. There are no reason to drop shakib. Hope, shakib playing today and following all matches.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    I think KKR should not keep the same squad , Sakib should be in place of Tendo he wasn't that much effective from last few matches we had seen . My playing XI 1) Gambir 2)utthapa3)pandey4)Sakib5)kalis6)Morkel7)yadev8)chawla9)yousuf10) Narine 11) surya would be better for spinning track . Good luck KKR

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    i think kallis should drop, he is ligend but not performing. and place your players where they like best. don't try to make sakib yousuf and uttapa a finisher, they can but u can't expect a high from them. like uttapa, sakib and yp can make u more win and effective at no-3 and no-4. give finisher role to tendo and suriya, hope they will make a quick 30-40 when needed. sent panday when quick fall of gambir, uttppa, sakib (any 2 wickets in five over)

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    mumbai must play pk in place of ojha and must look for early wickets as there openers are in good form.my team for today-simmons,gautam,rayudu,rohit,corey,kp,bhajji,pk,tare,bumrah,malinga.mumbai must play narine safely by not attacking him and look to hit other bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Oh my god Malinga is not playing anymore. He is doing nations duty. Very good. Now Mumbai can win any team very easy

  • POSTED BY CricFan707 on | May 14, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    KKR should go with the same squad. If it is spin friendly bring Shakib in place of Morkel.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    It will be upto Sharma to counter the spin threat especially on what should be a turning pitch. Him and possibly Rayudu who are very good players of spin need to take control, I see all the foreign players and the inexperienced Indian youngster failing against Narine and Shakib.

  • POSTED BY supercoolfan on | May 13, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    KKR - you can do it! Keep faith in your abilities and be strategic while you play. Do not let adrenaline overshadow your critical thinking. Play your best for your family, friends, and fans!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 13, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    uttappa nt doing well in long runs 40 + he is satisfieing he should think 70 or 80..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 14, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    Play Praveen kumar as fifth bowler replacing with tare/ gautam

  • POSTED BY Rakes7 on | May 14, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Kkr middle order should step up in case of their opener fails.they are not tested in last 2 games.they must retain their xi which played against punjab.they can bring sakib in place of kallis as the pitch was spinn friendly but that makes their batting little weaker. kkr xi-1gambhir, 2uthappa, 3pandey 4sakib/kallis, 5rayn ten,6yusuf, 7yadav,8chawla, 9narine,10morkel,11yadav

  • POSTED BY kiranm009 on | May 14, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    To beat arrogant mumbai, KKR has to make 2 changes bringing shakib for kallis and I know I am going to be criticised for this, Chris Lynn for narine. Narine has been awful in the previous few games bowling short and defensive, compounded by extremely poor strategy by gambhir and the management bowling the last 3 overs in the end, which anyway have been slogged for runs afterall he is a spinner.over reliance on him has taken away accountability from other bowlers. He should be benched for today's game and brought back for the next. Giving away 24 without taking any top order wickets is a lost cause for kkr even harbhajan goes for that many and picks a couple of wickets my team1. Gambhir 2.uthappa 3.Lynn 4, Yusuf 5.shakib 6.tendo 7. Yadav 8.chawla 9.vinay 10. Morkel 11.umesh good luck KKR!

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | May 14, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Shakib has the best SR and ER in KKR! You can't bench someone like that, even if it's supposedly greenish pitch. Also, Shakib should bat up the order in his usual T20 3rd slot. Or at least he should bat 3rd while batting first. I understand that KKR want him to play more of a finisher role, so he can bat at 5/6 while batting second.

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

    Malinga will not be available after this match as he leaves for national duty ..... so that brings a big hole in Mumbai lineup

  • POSTED BY DrkLdr on | May 14, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    KKR finally listened to us and sent Uthappa to open. That decision, as predicted by myself and many others during the UAE leg, has rewarded them richly, with Robin being amongst the top run scorers so far in the tournament.

    KKR still have 2 major issues. First is their overseas player dilemma. Morkel and Narine should play this game as Morkel played brilliantly last game and Narine is Narine. I feel that Shakib should make a comeback for this game seeing how well the conditions in Cuttack should theoretically suit him and the last slot should be either Kallis or Tendo.

    Their second is their batting execution. In the event the openers fail this game, their middle order is largely untested recently and hopefully we do not see a repeat of the RR game. If Kallis is played, his batting position should be floating (depending on the situation) rather than a steady No.4.

    My playing XI 1)Uthappa 2)Gambhir 3)Pandey 4)Shakib 5)Surya 6)Pathan 7)Tendo/Kallis 8)Chawla 9)Morkel 10)Yadav 11)Narine

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | May 14, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Drop shakib and win the game like previous one.

Knight Riders v Mumbai, IPL 2014, Cuttack May 13, 2014

Mumbai brace for KKR spin challenge

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Match facts

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Play 03:43
Hattangadi: Narine v Pollard a key battle

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians have a lot more riding on the outcome in Cuttack, considering defeat could leave them needing to win all their remaining matches. So managing Kolkata Knight Riders' spin attack gains further priority. Sunil Narine and Co juggle between attack and defence quite well and it will fall upon the Indian batsmen to circumvent them.

Rohit Sharma has had trouble deciding whether to open or not, but with Knight Riders known spin threat in the middle overs, he might remain at No.4. Mumbai will need him and Kieron Pollard to provide acceleration late in the innings. Their other resources - Corey Anderson has not looked comfortable without pace on the ball, CM Gautam is a rookie at this level and Lendl Simmons tends to be hit or miss - do not inspire much confidence.

This is the 40th match of the IPL and Knight Riders are yet to pitch camp at Eden Gardens. Wednesday's encounter with Mumbai Indians was supposed to be their first home game, but security constraints have forced relocation. Homesickness, though, would be the last thing troubling Gautam Gambhir's men after defeating table toppers Kings XI Punjab at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.

After a slew of shaky starts, Knight Riders have found a reliable top order and have reaped four wins. Robin Uthappa was unsure when to accelerate and when to accumulate in the middle order, but as opener he has found clarity. Gambhir's form has been a welcome boost, both for himself and for the team. A captain as intense as him functions better when he knows his own game is in order. And with Knight Riders now among the top four, a sound tactician will be a prime asset.

Form guide

Kolkata Knight Riders: WWLLL (most recent first)
Mumbai Indians: WLWWL

Where they stand

Kolkata Knight Riders : 4th on the table with four wins in nine games
Mumbai Indians : 7th, with three wins in nine games

Previous encounter

The IPL began with Knight Riders spinners twisting the Mumbai line-up into knots. Sunil Narine claimed 4 for 20 to ensure the target of 164 was well beyond reach. But things had looked rosier for Mumbai when Knight Riders were starved of momentum until late in their innings. However, Jacques Kallis (72 off 46) and Manish Pandey (64 off 53) used the platform they had built to crack 73 in the last six overs.

Watch out for

Though Knight Riders have had the benefit of some solidity at the top, their middle order has been suspect. They have bungled winning situations on more than one occasion including a startling collapse of 6 for 2 in Ahmedabad. With the tournament heading into it's business end, one of Shakib Al Hasan or Ryan ten Doeschate needs to take control.

Mumbai's most recent victory was hailed as "clinical" by their captain. The top order is stepping up and Ambati Rayudu has slowly built himself into form and seems to have collared the No.3 spot. The pitch at Cuttack usually supports the batsmen, but he will know he has looked clumsy against extreme pace and that Kolkata have three genuine quicks in their squad.

Stats and trivia


  • Mumbai Indians' openers are yet to post a fifty-run partnership. Their highest was 25 against Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Kolkata Knight Riders' spinners have taken 27 wickets (economy rate 6.45), the best tally among all teams in the season so far

Quotes


"I want to score a half-century in every game and get my team off to a flier at the top of the innings."
Mumbai Indians opener Lendl Simmons on his gameplan

"In any format of the game, to contain batsmen you have to pick wickets. So that's what I think most of us are looking to do. We are not worried about getting hit for sixes or fours."
A peek into Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Piyush Chawla's mental make-up

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo