Knight Riders v Mumbai, IPL 2014, Cuttack

Uthappa stars in Knight Riders' third straight win

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

May 14, 2014

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Hattangadi: In-form Uthappa has given Kolkata an edge

Kolkata Knight Riders 142 for 4 (Uthappa 80) beat Mumbai Indians 141 for 5 (Rohit 51, Morkel 2-35, Narine 1-18) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Three days ago, when Kolkata Knight Riders played at the Barabati Stadium, they were the away team and the stands were awash in the silver and red of Kings XI Punjab. Today, there was a sea change as the stadium was purple and gold, and Knight Riders were the home team, but there was little difference in the pattern the match followed.

Three days ago, Kings XI were throttled by Knight Riders' bowlers for 140-odd before Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir set the base for a comfortable chase. Today, Mumbai Indians were throttled by Knight Riders' bowlers for 140-odd before Uthappa and Gambhir set the base for a comfortable chase.

It was a tricky surface to bat on, with the spinners getting some bite, and the ball routinely staying low. Knight Riders got their strategy right for this pitch, by bringing in Shakib Al Hasan at the expense of Jacques Kallis to strengthen a spin department that already had Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla.

Sunil Narine went for just 18 runs from his four overs, Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Cuttack, May 14, 2014
Sunil Narine went for just 18 runs in his four overs © BCCI

All three played their part: Shakib choked the runs and planted doubts with a grubber that dismissed opener Lendl Simmons, Chawla broke the stand between Mumbai's main Indian batsmen, Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma, before Narine did what he unfailingly does in virtually every game - be un-hittable in the death.

Rohit struggled early on but capitalised on a sitter put down by Yusuf Pathan to go on to make a half-century. But even with a middle-order line-up reading Rohit, Corey Anderson and Kieron Pollard, only three out of the final ten overs went for more than eight runs. Yet again, Mumbai struggled to make the best use of their biggest hitter, Pollard, who came in as late as the 17th over, and was tied down by the spinners.

Mumbai needed early wickets if they were to make a game of this, but Gambhir and Uthappa put on their fourth successive half-century partnership for the opening wicket. Though Gambhir inside-edged onto the stumps for 14, Uthappa went on make his highest score in the IPL to ensure the game didn't slip away. On a track where no other batsman looked comfortable, Uthappa timed the ball superbly as he extended his rich vein of form.

Once again, the lack of depth in Mumbai's bowling was exposed. Harbhajan Singh gave Mumbai a whiff of a chance by dismissing Manish Pandey in the 15th over, but instead of going for the kill, Mumbai turned to Simmons' dibbly-dobblies. Uthappa caned them for a couple of sixes to drain away the last of Mumbai's hopes in the game. Mumbai now need to win their four remaining games to stay in contention for the playoffs

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Posted by osteo on (May 16, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Don't talk about yusuf pathan he proved his form again and again in local cricket as baroda captain . can't judge ones talent in few matches. Even gambhir flopped in first few matches. But he got chance after getting form than yusuf. How he took the matches vs south africa in south africa dont forget that. Even kohli struggled in south africa

Posted by NallaBaaba on (May 15, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

MI should play this XI for the rest of the IPL 1. Tare 2. Michael Hussey(give him another chance) 3. Rayudu 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Corey Anderson 6. Pollard 7. Bhajji 8. Praveen Kumar 9. Ojha 10. Bhumrah 11. De Lange/Santokie(if wkt is bouncy, play de lange...if wkt is slow, play santokie)

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (May 15, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

I wish uthappa, gambhir and sehwag to return to team india. For kkr kallis should play, shakib is probably 2nd best baller for kkr so he definitely should play all games but I think kallis should stay in place of the pacer ut yadav.

Posted by niazbhi on (May 15, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

KKR's fortune have changed since using Uthappa at the top. You have to use the high SR (and decent average) bats at the top. Finisher is a wrong concept. KKR should try Yadav or Sakib at the top. If they play tendoschate.. they might as well bat him at 3 to see if he contributes. Kallis is a better bowler (even at this age). Unless Tendoschate bats at the top Sakib should get nods over him. Sakib has high SR, he is probably the second or third best spinner after Narine. Uthappa, Ghamvir, Sakib, Yadav, Pandey, Yusuf/DBDas, Kallis, Vinay/Chawla, Narine, Morkel, UmeshYadav.

Posted by supercoolfan on (May 15, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

Y Pathan has lost his confidence. He is now a liability to the team. He has had a woeful IPL season this year! KKR - please think hard. Team selection should be based on consistent CURRENT performances; not on how he played five years ago. There are many deserving young INDIAN players sitting on the bench waiting to prove their mettle. Other than selection of Y Pathan, the overall team selection of KKR has been good!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

wait! csk were also in similar position they win their last 4 match and depend on other and then went on to become champion in 2010 they lost 7 and win 7 .so why not luck favour mi they have to win their last 4 game hope luck favour them.this will make ipl exciting !

Posted by crickocat on (May 15, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

shakib is even more impressive this year . .in his 7 matches this year he concede only 5.96 runs per over and got 7 wickets . .while narine played 10 matches and got 14 wickets for 6.17 runs per over . .yes shakib didn't have to bowl death overs much . .but he bowled almost half of his overs in powerplayes . .you have to be a very good bowler to bowl spin in powerplay . .shakib has been doing this regularly . .and in t20 almost every batsmen try to make big shots . .bowling at death is also tough but it gives you more wickets . .but shakib gives you important breakthrough at the starting . .although shakib didn't get chances to bat in his comfort position at the top . .but he batted decently this year . .his avg is 30 in 7 matches and sr is about 140 . .but kkr's management are just ridiculous . .

Posted by crickocat on (May 15, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

shakib is the second most economical bowler in ipl history . .he played 22 matches in ipl and got 30 wickets till now . .his economy rate in ipl is only 6.43 . .and 1st best is sunil narine . .he played 41 matches and got 60 wickets . .his economy rate is 5.64 . .this statistics shows how good player shakib is . .any ipl team would like this stats very much for their main spinner . .let alone his bowling figure . .he is also a very good top order batsman . .can play well any bowler in the world . .kkr is fool enough not to utilize his ability properly . .if he could get support from the team management as narine ,kallis gets . .he could be one of the most dominating player in ipl history . .

Posted by durber99 on (May 15, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

abcdef_12345 -- Good Judgement.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (May 15, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

For the way they're playing this season, Mumbai Indians don't deserve to go to the next round (I'm a true blood Mumbaikar btw).

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

Mumbai Indian's should have played krishmar santokie instead of Anderson so that it might have add an impact in Mumbai's bowling department as their batting is always strong with pollard at 7. It would have provided significant support to malinga and bhajji and the result would have been totally different.

Posted by ThatzMyView on (May 15, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Uthappa has been in tremendous from from past 2 years. Consistently winning matches for Karnataka. Was the backbone for karnataka winning Ranaji, Irani, Deodhar. Karnataka innings defeated Rest of India in Irani trophy & thanks to Robin Uthappa. What more can you expect this guy to do?

Posted by ThatzMyView on (May 15, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

@ramli - as CSK fan, you have definitely not followed RU. from mid 2012 he is leading run getter in most domestic competitions.

He is not the "favoured" by selectors, reasons unknown. Abhinav Mukund also played for India, i dont know what more he had grinded in domestic. Just compare M vijay and RU's domestic stats from past 3 years.

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (May 15, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

ROBIN is playing to his potential, he is choosing the right ball to hit unlike before. He is not panicking and backing his ability. He got the power and with little mental toughness can be a real force for KKR for this and next two seasons.

Posted by ramli on (May 15, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

Oh Oh ... just 3 innings into IPL, RU has become the opening star of India ... just wait till the end of IPL ... you may have to reverse your opinion about RU ... his inconsistency in batting has been proven consistently over time ... he has to grind more to be included in Indian team in any format

Posted by ramli on (May 15, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

@Facebook user ... hardwork to imagine scenarios for MI to be in playoffs ... what does it matter which team wins in KXIP vs DD? Let DD win and still MI can go through to palyoffs ... as a CSK fan I would love it

Posted by niazbhi on (May 15, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

While Watson and Faulkner are better allrounders than Sakib, KKR has to play Sakib over Tendo and Kallis. Tendo is not bowling and batting late which is hard to judge. Sakib is one of the most economic bowlers (After BK among the specialist bowlers). He would probably leak more runs if he had to bowl at death. Narine, UT and Morkel are doing that job. Sakib is batting well (look at his SR and average and compare it with every KKR player other than Uthappa). So KKR should play Sakib at the top order. or Tendo is playing he should play at 3 or 4. He is not bowling. So he is a batsman. He is taking a foreign spot. They might as well play him and figure whether they should play him in place of Kallis.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 15, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

Don't know how many people remember. Gambhir and Uthappa started their test/ ODI career together. Uthappa was more promising and exciting at the beginning of the career. The problem was lack of consistency and throwing his wicket away after a very good start. Gambhir polished his game after showing a better temperament. Looks like Robin Uthappa is showing signs of maturity and interested in long stays at the wicket. Had a great domestic season too. Looks like he can get another nod from selectors for test and ODI. The funny thing is he can bowl (taken wickets at crucial junctures) and keep wickets too!

Posted by British_North_America on (May 15, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

@Zsam Judging every all-rounder in scale of Watson does not help.Kallis played as an all-rounder in almost all the matches for KKR in the last 4 years(all in last 3); is he like Watson? Does he have the big hitting capacity? You can of course drop Shakib but who will bowl his overs? In the last match in the same venue in Cuttak, Shjakib did not play, Gambhir had to go to Kallis who leaked 38 runs in 3 overs and was the most expensive bowler.Even in this match, Chawla gave away 32 runs including an over of 17.While Naraine gave 18 and Shakib gave 21.Had there not been Naraine, Shakib could have played as a specialist spinner. However, he has a 84 against Pakistan in T20I.He is a very good batsman but he takes time but KKR plays him as a finisher which he is not.See how Uthappa played as a finisher and how he is playing as an opener.

Posted by British_North_America on (May 15, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

@Zsam In the batting track against Delhi, Shakib's figure was 4-0-13-1 while even Naraine's figure was 4-0-38-1.So, regardless of batting or bowling pitch, Shakib can bowl well.However, I think these current four players -Shakib, Naraine, Tendo and Morkel should be played in the remaining matches as well.Tendo gives power hitting option, Shakib gives four overs of decent bowling as well as 30+ odd runs at a strike rate of 150, Naraine is death specialist and Morkel is a fast bowler.In fact, the playing 11 should remain unchanged throughout the remaining season.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

Some kkr fans remarks d ability of shakib's batting....i am really surprised 2 see when they say shakib didn' perform with bat despite batting well against rajsthan(both times) and dellhi within his short oppprtunities....he plays every where like bigbash nd county cricket nd performs with both bat nd bowl..kkr never concedes shakib available opportunities 2 bat front before though they concede kallis more nd more.... it won't be prolific if kkr attempts shakib in no 3 or 4. As a cricket viewer i request u all 2 see shakib's stats against big need 2 go far away..just go recent matches against australia nd pakistan in worldcup...

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

i got it csk,kxip should win all the matches and rr should lost all 4 .but kkr they should win atleast 2 out of 4 or lost all against csk,rcb,srh twice i think kkr should win 1 out 4 because srh are very strong at home .also it depend on rcb As well they should lose both the game against csk and win against srh and kkr. as well as mi have to win their away games against kxip, also depend upon today match .dd vs rr .hope dd win today .

Posted by Suja59 on (May 15, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Retaining 5 players and not having enough money at auctions. They could have just retained Rohit and Malinga and the others could have been bought again.Hussy brothers don't play serious international matches any more. You cant play in any serious competition on skill only. You need match practice. If you look at the current players, nobody who is not playing at least first class matches regularly are performing You pay huge amount of money to buy players like Pollard and Anderson and don't play them early enough. Using part time bowlers like Pollard and Simmons in the last match. They always leaked runs.MI should have played 5 bowlers. Not sure why we need Guatam when Tare can keep wickets. Tare is an opener also and more prolific as an opener than Gautam as past records will show. Instead MI should have played Praveen Kumar who is a genuine swing bowler, definitely better than Pollard or Simmons

Anyway, it is too late to do anything now.Hope MI is wiser next year

Posted by Pathiyal on (May 15, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

great start by Robin Uthappa once again! he seems to be improved by leaps and bounds this time. he has always been a match winner at death but now proving himself good in the opening slot. regarding gambhir he used to be very good on tricky pitches but yesterday's might be a disappoint for him personally. he is definitely gonna be back unlike his compatriot :-) india's opening slot still open for GG.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

Same old story with Mumbai.

Avg score for mumbai is least in this IPL despite having more batting fire power than others bcz other teams r bringing most aggressive players to top & slow to bottom like Hyderabad have all 4 most aggressive batsmen including Ojha at top, Kings have only 1 slow player in top 5, Chennai also have all 5 aggressors at top.........................................BUT Mumbai has its most aggressive batsmen Anderson & Pollard at 5/6.

defensive strategy always produce loses, embarrassment & boring games for spectators

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

MI still have a chance as per calculation. (Completely depends on the results from other matches). MI still can lead the table by 14 points at number 3 in the table. Below is the scenario:- CSK vs RCB - CSK SRH vs KKR - SRH RR vs MI - MI DD vs KXIP - KXIP SRH vs RCB - RCB KKR vs CSK - CSK KXIP vs MI - MI KKR vs RCB - RCB CSK vs SRH - CSK MI vs DD - MI KXIP vs RR - KXIP RCB vs CSK - CSK KKR vs SRH - SRH KXIP vs DD - KXIP MI vs RR - MI

Table will look like this:- CSK - 24 KXIP - 22 MI - 14 RCB - 12 RR - 12 SRH - 12 KKR - 10 DD - 06

So mathematically still there is a chance for MI...but depends on result from other matches... :)

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

Any chances for mi can anybody tell me.

Posted by Marcel_Ci on (May 15, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

Uthappa is one of the best player india has ever produced. he should be brought back into ODI, international t20 & test teams soon... on the basis of his KKR IPL performance...

Posted by Antony_Lucas on (May 15, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Mumbai are missing proven international players in the top order. Dropping Michael Hussey from the starting XI was a foolish act. Instead the option should have been to drop Hussey down the order, at say 4 ahead of Anderson and Pollard, and opened up with Rohit and another local player. Simmons is a very average player at best but has performed quite decentlly with his limited opportunities. He just doesn't provide the best fit to a team stuggling mentally who needs a sharp start.

Posted by niazbhi on (May 15, 2014, 1:09 GMT)

KKR's fortune have changed since using Uthappa at the top. You have to use the high SR (and decent average) bats at the top. Finisher is a wrong concept. KKR should try Yadav or Sakib at the top. If they play tendoschate.. they might as well bat him at 3 to see if he contributes. Kallis is a better bowler (even at this age). Unless Tendoschate bats at the top Sakib should get nods over him. Sakib has high SR, he is probably the second or third best spinner after Narine. Uthappa, Ghamvir, Sakib, Yadav, Pandey, Yusuf/DBDas, Kallis, Vinay/Chawla, Narine, Morkel, UmeshYadav.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2014, 0:39 GMT)

Why Anderson is not bowling?

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (May 15, 2014, 0:24 GMT)

@Nampally Uthappa has had a few poor seasons over the past years and has only just regained his form this year. This is why he was kept out of the Indian team. He is having a good IPL, agreed, but both Dhawan and Vijay have done well in tests. I don't know if you actually saw the series, but they played really well in SA and NZ. Vijay saw off the new ball in SA while Dhawan found his groove and hit a couple of 100s. They have proven their worth abroad, something which Uthappa has yet to do. He only started performing back in India remember, after having an indifferent UAE leg (maybe its the move to the top of the order). But I do feel, he could be tried in the ODI's. Rohit Sharma is just not cutting it as opener. It looks very forced now and he struggles to rotate the strike early on. He can make up for it with his hitting, but more often than not, he gets out.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 22:49 GMT)

Underesrsting shakib again. He has won numerous games by himself so stfu please.

Posted by moscowman on (May 14, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

I don't know why YUSUF is still persisted with. He has always been a player rated much beyond his deserved. He is a spent force. I think it is the end of the road for the Pathan brothers.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

indian team require opener like uthappa

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

MI played with Hussey as an opener in the UAE matches who the hell wants Hussey as an opener? By playing musical chairs for the opening slot MI has lost the edge over other teams. After losing 5 matches in row Rohit Sharma still did not want to come as opener and use Simmons and Gautam was a bad decision. Secondly they got not pace bowler like Munaf Patel who as left out in the auction. Rayudu started playing good knocks coz he was afraid of being replaced after 5-6 matches. Harbhajan should stop playing in IPL.

MI is going down heavily.

Posted by Zsam on (May 14, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

KKR played well except for Yusuf who again dropped a catch he should have taken. Dropping Kallis in place of Shakib was sound on this wicket. However on batting tracks, it would be better for KKR to avoid both Kallis and Shakib and instead go with Lynn, who can use his superior strike rate and launch a serious assault at the opposition. It seems it has become customary for every KKR article to become a Shakib chant, which gets quite amusing& amateurish when the statistics are bandied in his support. My two cent opinion: He may be an all time great for BD, but for the rest, his performance is only passable, not like what is expected of foreign players, more so in batting. The better all rounder who has had greater impact across seasons has been Watson & we may see newer names yet. But Shakib has hardly done anything with his bat. He is a good spinner on slow tracks, but does not possess the dependability of impact in batting, that one expects from foreign players. So why all rounder?

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

Uthappa is in sublime form, India pick him. He is playing well although the ball he got out on was quite embarrassing but looks like he wants India jersey and KKR IPL trophy. Best team but cummins needs a go otherwise foreign picks are best choice!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Seems Mumbai's logic is to play watchfully for 16 - 17 overs and expect Pollard and Corey to smash each delivery out of the Park.Failures did not influence the decision. The simple logic of giving the fastest scorers ample opportunity was ignored time and again.

Posted by Ha8rick on (May 14, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

DROP Pathan and bring in Bisla or DB Das for the remainder of the games. An extra batsman in the team would be unbeatable. Pathan is just a liability in the field. He can't Bat, He can't bowl and he can't Catch/Field. Bisla as a Keeper and 4/5 down the order would be perfect for this team. Uthappa is better on the field than behind the stumps. I don't get it why KKR is persisting with Yousuf Pathan! Why are there other players in the squad then?

Posted by sumit1982 on (May 14, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

MI doesn't have quality blower except bhaji and mallinga.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (May 14, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

The problem with Mumbai is they need to play 5 bowlers by dropping Tare, unless they want to drop pollard or Anderson. Tare played well as an opener and they have no place for him now, they need good 5th bowler.

The way I see it, on Sunday CSK can kick Bangalore out and Kolkatta can kick Hyderabad out and that would be it.CSK, Punjab, RR and KKR would move on.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Lol I wonder why every day in this match report theres a shakib argument. Its abot Team KKR man. KKr has won and KKR choosed the best team. . As they are the best bowling side the only thing they can improve is the batting form of Pathan who looked better today. One more concern RTD is not getting chance to bat :P tough i am a fan of sakib but RTD needs to bat higher. But if if sping is dominating then Shakib coule be a better choice before him in the batting order as subcontinent plays spin better. He needs match practice. Best all rounder of not KKR is winning and with all others shakib is contributing FOr KKR the best thing that could happen. CHeers KKR. 2012 will be repeated.

Posted by supercoolfan on (May 14, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Way to go KKR! Still a long way to go. Maintain your focus and belief in yourself. Play hard on the field. Play for the sake of your family, friends, and fans! I think you guys, as a team, can do it! Remember what Vice Lombardi said. "The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel - these are the things that will endure....". Maintain the "fighting spirit" that you, as a team, have demonstrated. Keep your calm. All the best!

Posted by gvarun1975 on (May 14, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

Good to see Uthappa coming good in this IPL. He deserves much better than he is in right now.He should be selected in Indian ODI and T20I squad.Hope this comes true in future england and australia series

Posted by GrindAR on (May 14, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

I get a feel of 2012 situation here... KKR will sneak into playoffs. And they will nullify KXIP

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

sakib shud bat at 3 or 4

Posted by Nampally on (May 14, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Uthappa has made one more emphatic bid for the Indian Opening batsman slot. He is definitely the #1 choice for the ODI & T20 & equally good for the Test match opener spot too. After the exit of Sehwag & Gambhir, Vijay & Dhawan were the openers for the Test openers whilst Dhawan & Rohit opened in the shorter ODI format. But Dhawan & Vijay have been very inconsistent & unreliable especially in SA & NZ. Uthappa has been knocking at the door for the past 8 years & being an "Outsider" found it tough to break into the XI. But he has proved both in domestic Ranji matches & in Short formats that he is the best opener available. Today he got 80 out of 142 to lead KKR into the 4th spot in IPL7. He had a great S/R of >150 too. Why he has been kept out of Indian opening batsman's slot despite his consistent performances is a mystery. KKR has come back from nearly not making the Playoff & have a fair chance of moving into last 2 based on their current form & performance.

Posted by DrkLdr on (May 14, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

When I saw the player battle prompt for Rohit vs Robin (during the MI innings) to be almost 70-30 in Rohit's favour, I silently chuckled. I've been a huge Robin Uthappa fan over the years and I've always felt that he was never given a sufficient amount of opportunities to prove himself in the international circuit.

Over the past 7 years, I've supported MI, RCB, PW and now KKR, in that order and I'm glad to see Robin getting the rewards he deserves. Here's to hoping that he can bring the title home this year, something he came close to doing with RCB but ultimately came up short.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Mumbai Indians shown lack of confidence while playing!resulted end up with loosing most of the matches..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

Uthappa is in sublime form. Just watch his strokes full of confidence and elegance. Good knock and good partnership by the openning pair as well. Great sight for a kkr fan. I hope they just clicked at the crunch time of the business

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (May 14, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Its amazing how underrated Shakib is by many people but here are the 3 main facts of Shakib - Currently has over 6000 international runs and over 300 International wickets and is only 27 years old. He is the first and still only ever player to be ranked in the top 3 all-round rankings in each format. He holds the 2nd best ever T20 bowling figures of 6/6.

So doesn't really matter what the critics of Shakib say because these facts says otherwise :P

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 14, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Too easy for KKR today. 141 is below par. Uthappa is in sublime form. With Dhawan not in good form, Indian selectors will be watching Uthappa with interest for Bangladesh and England tours.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

uttappa you beauty man mach by mach yu solide man keep good work diserve to bangla tour and england tour man...superrr...manish .pathan also kkr still 4 yu have do some thing

Posted by rajcan on (May 14, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Mumbai is is a great example of talents loaded team not managed properly. Two batsmen in their prime form and dangerous in any given night are held back time and time and allowing to post a moderate total for the team and eventually loose the game.

Why Rohit Sharma is ahead of Pollard and Anderson? When batsmen are in their great form, give them more opportunity to play and keep scoring.

Simple example is how Bailey handling Maxwell and Miller, sending them early enough to face more balls and he is going after them. It seems Rohit or his coaches thinking differently, sending average batters first and keeping power hitters to the last or not allowing them to bat.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Manirul , if he is gold what do u call other players ? Even jadeja yes after took 2 wickets for just 18 runs in 4 overs and he batted brilliantly too .. He is gold in Bangladesh but not even copper for others . He is good in Bangladesh standards , you guys need to understand that first ..none is underestimating him but u guys are overrating him ..look around even in this ipl u can c far better and better players than him .. If he is that golden why could not he produce a single victory for Bangladesh during the last Asia cup and 20/20 World Cup ? Please answer .

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Clever decision by replacing Kalis with Shakib - The Bengal Tiger

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

sakib is great....he is best all rounder now a days....

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

sakib is don't underestimate him.....good luck KKR....

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

I would personally brought in vinay kumar for yadev

Posted by   on (May 14, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Kallis' experience and value is irreplaceable

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 14, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

Good stuff from Gauti -- great move dropping Kallis for Shakib, who should bat at No.3.

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