Sunrisers v Knight Riders, IPL 2014, Hyderabad May 17, 2014

KKR, Sunrisers clash in tight fight for No. 4

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Match facts

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Play 05:16
Hattangadi: Use Steyn to strike up front

Big Picture

It was a mere two-day break from the IPL but so much has happened elsewhere in India that it takes some time to reorient oneself back to the game. The daze from following India's national election results on multiple news channels with their psychedelic graphics and over-the-top news anchors is yet to lift. The IPL's television coverage is not exactly the balm one needs, but there is no escape, especially for the teams playing on Sunday, three of whom are locked in battle to stay alive in the tournament.

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, along with Royal Challengers Bangalore who play earlier in the day, are fighting a close battle for the fourth playoff spot. Sunrisers and Knight Riders play two of their remaining four games against each other, making their equations a bit simpler; any points garnered from these two games not only help them move ahead, they also mean that the other team slips behind.

Knight Riders, with a two-point lead over Sunrisers, are in a slightly better position. After a shaky start to the tournament, they are looking good. Their spinners have always been their strength but their batting - the resurgence of which is entwined with the form of Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa at the top - is coming together extremely well in the second half. Moreover, Hyderabad, where Sunrisers have lost both their previous matches, is their only away game; their last three matches are at Eden Gardens, a ground generally suited to their kind of bowling attack.

The pitch in Hyderabad has been nothing like the slow surface laid out last year. Sunrisers have batted well to post 157 and a mammoth 205 but their impressive-looking bowling has not been able to close the games out. There is enough depth in the bowling and Sunrisers need the bowlers to fire if they are to challenge Knight Riders on Sunday (and Royal Challengers two days later). There are also signs of Shikhar Dhawan's return to form and for the final stretch, Sunrisers will need their captain at the forefront.

Form guide

Sunrisers Hyderabad: LLWWL (completed games, most recent first)
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWWLL

Where they stand

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Fifth, with four wins in 10 games
Kolkata Knight Riders: Fourth, with five wins in 10 games

Watch out for

Even if Dale Steyn's figures of 4-0-51-0 in the previous match are considered an aberration, there is no denying the fact that he is not quite the wicket-taker in this form of cricket. In fact his length deliveries bowled with pace appear a bit uni-dimensional. His main weapon is outswing and that too doesn't last long. However, if he can dismiss either Uthappa or Gambhir, both of whom are not comfortable against swing, he will have done his job.

Shakib Al Hasan the bowler has been one of the main cogs in Knight Riders' attack, but Shakib Al Hasan the batsman has been a bit loose in his approach. He played a couple of good innings early in the season but has also given his wicket away in situations where things are under control. His ability with the bat is unquestionable, but like Gambhir and Uthappa, he needs to tighten his game to give some girth to an unreliable middle order.

Stats and trivia

  • Dale Steyn is the leading wicket-taker in IPL matches in Hyderabad. He has 26 wickets from 20 innings, one more than Amit Mishra
  • 315 - the number of fours hit by Gautam Gambhir in the IPL, most by any batsman
  • 2222 - The number of balls faced by Jacques Kallis in the IPL, the most for any player. Gambhir is second in the list with 2166 balls

Quotes

"I am beginning to learn to bluff when it comes to field placements and make the opposition batsmen play according to our plans."
Shikhar Dhawan says his captaincy skills are developing

"I still stand by my thought that the IPL is not a platform for comebacks. Right now I am only focused on the immediate future. If my performances are good enough I am sure the people in charge - the selectors - will make the right decision."
Gautam Gambhir says he is concerned solely with Knight Riders' campaign for now

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 21, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    KKR will Qualifly.

  • on May 18, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    sammy is a fighter, good decision from Hyderabad management. though he is out of form, let's wait for his tirn

  • WeldonHosten on May 18, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    This was a long overdue decision. I had to be Sammy or some other leader. Dhawan just seem to have his hands full at all time during the matches. I looked at some of the matches that SRH lost and it was not because the other teams played better but SRH just played poorly after possting good scores. There were a number costly blunders by Dhawan that cost them matches. Like I said before, I like Dhawan, one of the cricketers you want to have a beer with but I am not certain that he wants to captain the team or knows what is expected of him. I hope SRH can pull of a win and make it to the playoff. It is one of the most exciting team in the league. Lots of different personalities but they all gel really well to always give us a show.

  • Nampally on May 18, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Mr.CricketJKNotHussey: I am stating the facts about Dhawan's Captaincy. He is a fine Cricketer but Captaincy needs experience. To confirm my point, SRH Management have replaced Dhawan with Sammy, as I stated I my comments. Thanks SRH Management. It is Must win situation for SRH Today. Go SRH!

  • Pindia on May 18, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Good decisions from SRH. This team should play the rest of the tournament. Sammy seems to be a truly nice guy and will flourish as Captain. Dhawan can concentrate on his batting. SRH need to beat KKR twice and RCB and all should be well!!!...

  • on May 18, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Why sunrisers r not bring brendan taylor he is a better opener than finch

  • on May 18, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    SRH do something they needed to do at the start of IPL: Sammy to captain

  • on May 18, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    KKR is very likely to win this match and that could mean at least three teams will say good bye to the playoffs: SRH, MI & DD. KKR are playing like RR this year- not scoring a very high total but not letting their opposition to score either.

  • on May 18, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    I am supporting KKR due to Legend Wasim Akram and my favourite actor Shahrukh Khan. I hope and wish that KKR win this game and also tournament.

  • Cricmaths123 on May 18, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    My KKR playing 11: 1. G. Gambhir 2. R. Uthappa 3. M. Pandey 4. C. Lynn 5. S. Hasan 6. S.Yadav 7. Ten Doeschate/ A. Russell 8. P. Chawla 9. S. Narine 10. V. Kumar11. U. Yadav

  • on May 21, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    KKR will Qualifly.

  • on May 18, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    sammy is a fighter, good decision from Hyderabad management. though he is out of form, let's wait for his tirn

  • WeldonHosten on May 18, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    This was a long overdue decision. I had to be Sammy or some other leader. Dhawan just seem to have his hands full at all time during the matches. I looked at some of the matches that SRH lost and it was not because the other teams played better but SRH just played poorly after possting good scores. There were a number costly blunders by Dhawan that cost them matches. Like I said before, I like Dhawan, one of the cricketers you want to have a beer with but I am not certain that he wants to captain the team or knows what is expected of him. I hope SRH can pull of a win and make it to the playoff. It is one of the most exciting team in the league. Lots of different personalities but they all gel really well to always give us a show.

  • Nampally on May 18, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Mr.CricketJKNotHussey: I am stating the facts about Dhawan's Captaincy. He is a fine Cricketer but Captaincy needs experience. To confirm my point, SRH Management have replaced Dhawan with Sammy, as I stated I my comments. Thanks SRH Management. It is Must win situation for SRH Today. Go SRH!

  • Pindia on May 18, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Good decisions from SRH. This team should play the rest of the tournament. Sammy seems to be a truly nice guy and will flourish as Captain. Dhawan can concentrate on his batting. SRH need to beat KKR twice and RCB and all should be well!!!...

  • on May 18, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Why sunrisers r not bring brendan taylor he is a better opener than finch

  • on May 18, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    SRH do something they needed to do at the start of IPL: Sammy to captain

  • on May 18, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    KKR is very likely to win this match and that could mean at least three teams will say good bye to the playoffs: SRH, MI & DD. KKR are playing like RR this year- not scoring a very high total but not letting their opposition to score either.

  • on May 18, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    I am supporting KKR due to Legend Wasim Akram and my favourite actor Shahrukh Khan. I hope and wish that KKR win this game and also tournament.

  • Cricmaths123 on May 18, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    My KKR playing 11: 1. G. Gambhir 2. R. Uthappa 3. M. Pandey 4. C. Lynn 5. S. Hasan 6. S.Yadav 7. Ten Doeschate/ A. Russell 8. P. Chawla 9. S. Narine 10. V. Kumar11. U. Yadav

  • on May 18, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    KKR should bring in VINAY KUMAR for UMESH YADAV. .. Secondly, I think they should bring back CHRIS LYNN in place of TENDO, coz TENDO has barely bowled or batted this year. If LYNN was the during the super overs, the scenario could have been different. He is required if openers fail n REQUIRED RUN RATE is more than 10-12 in the slog overs.

    But anyways, HOPING BEST FOR KKR.

  • on May 18, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Kkr going to win this match

  • on May 18, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    "I am beginning to learn to bluff when it comes to field placements and make the opposition batsmen play according to our plans." Signs of intelligence from Shikhar. Very nice to see that as a Sunrisers fan. Since the last Champions League I thought Dhawan took his captaincy for granted. His first step to improvement is to learn from scratch.

  • Azizul84 on May 18, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    @SNAMBIDI seems to RCB fan. Man look RCB is the most over hyped team and if they qualify for top 4, it will be luckiest team in the league.If kkr were lucky they should have been on top. Those who are talking about fragile middle order, see what kkr middle order do in the upcoming matches. wish kkr good luck. Korbo lorbo jitbo re.

  • Kiv02 on May 18, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    @MR.CRICKETJKNOTHUSSEY at one point u are saying that it was luck which favored KKR against RCB and while comparing against RR its pressure by bowlers... decide the way u wanna conclude this...

    Anyways.. with batsmen performing, bowlers restricting the opponent batsmen I would bet on KKR. However, cricket is a funny game.. u never know whats gonna happen..

  • fr600 on May 18, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Gambhir will fail again. Byebye captain from next season.

  • on May 18, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    I am bit surprised to see people cmparing only sakib and his career achievement. He is a champion allrounder and he has proved it already. Just see his economy rates in this IPL and previous IPLs. Try to look at the top allrounders in the IPL lists even and you will find him on the top. Let him play his role. He will show his ability whenever he gets any chance. but please stop showing your ignorant comments on him. We should never say that he is the only best in the world but as our pride we wil be happy to see him performing good. Thats it.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 18, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    @Zeus: Shakib is an all-rounder not just a lone batsman. True his batting is nothing special but still like the stats suggests can hold a bat.

  • Zeus7 on May 18, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    People who think Shakib is a great batsman, then need to open their eyes. Let's look at his ODI averages against top countries:

    vs Aus: 21.00 vs England: 25.71 vs India: 38.00 vs NZ: 27.41 vs Pak: 41.00 vs SA: 25.28 vs SL: 30.00 vs WI: 31.71

    So, 40+ against only Pak. Don't forget his overall SR is less than 80.

  • on May 18, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Well its gonna be a big match tonnight between Hydrabad and KKR .KKR shouldn't break the winning combination keep the same squad . Best of luck both of the team . Chill

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 18, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @Facebook User I assume you are talking about the two games against RR. Those were theirs to lose and luck had nothing to do with it. RR just put some tremendous pressure on them through some good bowling and KKR collapsed. It just goes to prove the weak temperament of these players. Besides, had luck not favored them, they wouldn't even have beaten RCB in that close finish and might be even lower in the table. Plus, even now, on their "winning ways" they rely way too much on their openers. Yes, Narine is a threat, but most team can capitalize on the others since they are nowhere near Narine's level. It is the opening partnership that has kept the weak, out of form batting together and should they fail, none of their middle order seems up to the challenege. Shakib and Tendo have barely batted, so they have no practice. Pathan is woefully out of form. Pandey is no match winner. And if Kallis plays, he can't do much lower down the order.

  • on May 18, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    @SNAMBIDI I guess if KKR was lucky then instead of 10 points they wud have been sitting at top with 16 points.. You have to give credit to their team management and commitment of the players...

  • Snambidi on May 18, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Neither of these two deserves to win& reach Last 4 taking into account their underperformance in the Indian League. But in cricket sometimes the weakest also win if they are too lucky irrespective of their collectivevability. This is why the Cricket is being called a Glorious Game of uncertainty

  • crickocat on May 18, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    what is this . .somebody has stolen my text i posted in last report about kkr here . .(shakib is even more impressive) . .this was my post . .secondly how can a man be comparing shakib with narine and kallis . .narine is only a very good bowler . .though in international cricket he didn't produce that deadly performance that much . .and how about kallis . .he is just a liability for t20s . .shakib is far more better cricketer for t20s than kallis . .i won't compare narine cause he is not an allrounder . .you can check his carrier stats . .he has many match winning performance . .

  • crickocat on May 18, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    how underrated a player can be . .you check the stats between shakib an jadeja . .in all format international or domestic . .he is not even half as good as shakib . .player like his class has to be uncertain whether he will be picked or not in a team like kkr . .such a shame for the game of cricket . .

  • on May 18, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    i support kkr, mainly because jacques henry kallis lays for them, but have to admit that even he is now past his best-by date. and he's not the only one - this is a watershed year for the ipl, and it has shown that the new generation are ready to take over from kallis, hussey, pathan, pollard, gayle, muralitharan, albie morkel and others. they've been great, let's cherish them, but the new breed is here

  • A1499 on May 18, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    rt doeschate should be gven a chance to bat higher up . he is a much better batsman than no 6. he hs played 4 matches ths ipl but has just played 1 ball, that too part of tambes hattrick. he needs to be given a better chance,to prove his worth

  • muni1175 on May 18, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    I am a fan of SRH...I always wait for SRH matches to watch....but every time they disapoint with their performance...if they click with batting then their bowling fails and they bowl well then batsman post average score...plz bring sammy...give one chance to rasool in place of karan/mishra and bring on anirudh or juneja for lokesh...from here are all do are die matches...i have only 20% hope of playoff chances....Go SRH SHR SRH...Gelupo....otamo (win or lose)try hard ...My SRH 11 is Dhawan...Finch...Anirudh/Junejha..Warner..Ojha..Sammy..Pathan...Rasool..Steyn...Bhuvi...Mishra/karan

  • black_bird on May 18, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    KKR should drop shakib to win this match. his spin will not do anything today. Use yusuf as bowler and opening batsman with uthapa. Gambhir should bat a little lower to finish the game like dhoni. He finished the last match brilliantly. Right now, no one in the world is better all rounder than yusuf.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 18, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    @Nampally STop criticizing Dhawan for that. Yes, his captaincy has left much to desire, but on that day, KXIP were unstoppable. And that pitch meant any bowler would have been hit out of the park. Irfan has only done well in the death this year, and that too when Bhuvi and STEYN have built up pressure from the other end by not giving runs. Wheneverr he has bowled in the first 6, he has been brutalised. Had he bowled against KXIP earlier, he would have been taken to the cleaners as well. I used to be a great fan of his, but he has lost his pace, swing and everything that made him special. He just comes in and bowls straight, at least when Steyn does it, he does it at 145+KPH. But I do agree that its time to get Sammy in and make him the captain. Also, Rasool should replace either Karn or Mishra. Two leggies are too similar to build pressure on these helpful tracks.

  • Nampally on May 17, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Hyderabad pitch appears to be so different to last year's. Why did they change it? Mishra & Karn Sharma were so good on that pitch, SRH won 7 out of 8 home games - almost unbeatable. Instead this pitch appears to favour batting & even SRH got a total of 205 in the last match, thanks to hurricane innings of Ojha. Kumar & Mishra were the only bowlers with respectable figures. SRH need Steyn to bowl like he is rated - "Best Fast bowler in the world"! Kumar & Steyn in the opening spell should get the KKR openers. These 2 bowlers are arguably the best openers. If Uthappa & Gambhir are dismissed early, it can cause panic in the KKR team. SRH has its back to the wall. Now is the time to deliver. Sammy needs to play & deliver big in both batting & bowling. SRH need another 200 total followed by some good steady bowling backed by good fielding. Common SRH- You can do it. Don't let other teams come & beat you in your own Kitchen. SRH need to win the next 2 home games to be playoff contenders

  • cricpanther on May 17, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    needs to back fearless Gambhir to be little more control and handle the pressure just like dhoni, no panic and kept his head cool and thoughtful rather than just one single direction, flexible plans and fast execution for field change, game change and absolute control for their team utilization and clear message to player like little ir-responsible,daydreamer yusuf pathan and other who are not loosing focus and not contributing at crucial stage of IPL. Now needs to sure shot in everymove, just like zinadin zidane in soccer!! no bad move, consistent and comes over finish line, you gyes every time needs to struggle for top four why is that?? how come csk is reaching easily...dont take things lightly and do it serious cricket like, australians!!! Comon KKR, once you are securing your fourth place, things are much easier and can be the again champions!!

  • Greatest_Game on May 17, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    @ SamWintson92 observes "Steyn's not currently at his best in this IPL but he always remains a wicket taker in every format."

    Steyn is a bowler who studies his opposition, and works to a plan. He is renowned for spending hours and hours watching video of batsmen, and designing strategies for them.

    He is being captained by the man who, in the above article, is quotes saying "I am beginning to learn to bluff when it comes to field placements and make the opposition batsmen play according to our plans." Steyn is playing to strategy, and his skipper is learning to bluff? Dhawan does not yet understand enough to realize that bluff is but a small component of strategy. The far more complex elements of strategy are way above his head.

    Little wonder Dhawan failed so miserably against SA. And little wonder Steyn is unable to effect maximum impact under a captain who is playing children's games in an adult sport!

  • on May 17, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    SRH should bid good bye to the playoffs. Their bowling, which was their main strength last year, is pathetic this year. Except Bhuvi, no one seems capable of taking wickets. To make it worse, their captain does not know how to utilize his bowlers. Their batting order always loses intensity thereby their RR drops and they always seem to end up 20 runs short. They may win one or two games but they will not win 4 matches to have a chance at the playoffs.

    I would change the SRH captain and change the batting order. Let Finch and Warner open, then Naman Ojha. May be they should try a new face after Ojha. Then Dhawan and Sammy. Henriques should rest.

    To make matters difficult for SRH, KKR has gained momentum with Gambhir and Uthappa regaining form and others doing not bad. KKR looks under-rated. They manage to keep their opponents around 140-150, and then chase the target easily.

  • Rakes7 on May 17, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Sakib has to show more responsibility in batting he is throwing his wicket every time.one has to take responsibility from "pandey,sakib, pathan"and score 50+.kkr xi shoud be-1gambhir,2uthappa,3pandey,4sakib,5pathan,6ryan ten,7yadav,8chawla,9narine,10morkel,11umesh

  • on May 17, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Yusuf should come out at bat no 3 or 4 because he is success in this two position and kkr captain and coach are not us well....

  • on May 17, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    @dummyforfb another typical bdeshi fan... u keep on criticise kkr... remember thy r only team to bid for saqib... no other team is interested in saqib. so keep ur mouth shut and enjoy... hes not d worlds best by any means and just an avg batsmen... There r 3 saqib like batsmen in every state team in india.. yes hes a very good bowler but ni where close to kallis or narine

  • on May 17, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    kkr will win if shakib play

  • on May 17, 2014, 17:10 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.. 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 poor 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 . .

    but kkr's management are just ridiculous .

  • on May 17, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    finch,dhawan,ojha,warner,Sammy,pathan,rasool,kV or mishra,steyn,one & only bhuvi

  • shafin364 on May 17, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    KKR should play

    1.Shakib 2.Narine 3.R.ten.Doeschate 4.Cummins/ Morkel Cummins should be given a chance to see how he performs. Its useless to buy a player just to let him rest.

    SHAKIB AND NARINE are must for KKR if they want to win. Although Narine performed bad in some matches this year, he seems to be back in form and Shakib-- if he doesn't click with the ball he will perform with the bat and vice versa. So he is also a must inclusion.

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    I think batting order should be for KKR: Gautam, Uthappa, Shakib, Manish, Tendo, Kumar Yadav, Chawla, Narine, Cummins and Vinay. This team has very good bowlers and a strong batting.

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    umesh yadav useless vinay should replace..

  • SamWintson92 on May 17, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    ''Even if Dale Steyn's figures of 4-051-0 in the previous match are considered an aberration, there is no denying the fact that he is not quite the wicket-taker in this form of cricket.'' - Can't agree with this. Remember Dale Steyn defended only 7 runs against NZ in T20I WC 2014. Steyn's not currently at his best in this IPL but he always remains a wicket taker in every format.

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    KKR should play pat cummins in place of morne morkel. Morne morkel starts well ,but ends too expensive. Pat cummins is a very good bowler in this format and play shakib at no 4 and yusuf at 5. Umesh yadav is useless bowls at 3g speed and gives runs at 4g speed , they should replace him with vinay kumar.. This should be their xi 1. Uttappa 2.Gambir 3.Pandey 4.Shakib 5.Yusuf 6.Ryan ten doeschate 7.Suryakumar yadav 8.chawala 9.Narine 10.Vinay kumar 11.Pat cummins.

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Wish to see another good performance by Gauti, Robbie & Shakib. Kkr should play the same squad they played against Mumbai in the previous game

  • Nampally on May 17, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    SRH lost to KXIP very unexpectedly by letting Saha & Vohra dictate terms to them. It was total eclipse of Dhawan's Captaincy . He left the seamer Pathan on the shelf when he most needed him. Instead he left the most vulnerable Leg spinners Mishra & Karn sharma be manhandled by the opposition sloggers. What was he thinking? SRH not only lost a golden chance to get closer to clinching the playoff spot but they shot themselves on the foot twice. Losing to MI was shocking enough. Now they face an uphill task on the way to Play off. World class bowlers Steyn & Mishra were poor at best especially Steyn with 4-0-51-1. Mishra made amends in his last 2 overs. Sammy needs to be back in XI to raise the intensity of the team. In fact I would replace Dhawan with Sammy as captain which SRH management are failing for emotional reasons. SRH have Warner, Finch, Dhawan, Ojha & Sammy as top 5 bats followed by Rahul & Pathan. Karn or Rasool, Mishra, Steyn & Kumar. Teamwork & intensity needed to win!

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Robin uttappa should score consistency that is very importent..gambir and uttappa stayes atlest 14 overs game is over fr sun risers..

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  • on May 17, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Robin uttappa should score consistency that is very importent..gambir and uttappa stayes atlest 14 overs game is over fr sun risers..

  • Nampally on May 17, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    SRH lost to KXIP very unexpectedly by letting Saha & Vohra dictate terms to them. It was total eclipse of Dhawan's Captaincy . He left the seamer Pathan on the shelf when he most needed him. Instead he left the most vulnerable Leg spinners Mishra & Karn sharma be manhandled by the opposition sloggers. What was he thinking? SRH not only lost a golden chance to get closer to clinching the playoff spot but they shot themselves on the foot twice. Losing to MI was shocking enough. Now they face an uphill task on the way to Play off. World class bowlers Steyn & Mishra were poor at best especially Steyn with 4-0-51-1. Mishra made amends in his last 2 overs. Sammy needs to be back in XI to raise the intensity of the team. In fact I would replace Dhawan with Sammy as captain which SRH management are failing for emotional reasons. SRH have Warner, Finch, Dhawan, Ojha & Sammy as top 5 bats followed by Rahul & Pathan. Karn or Rasool, Mishra, Steyn & Kumar. Teamwork & intensity needed to win!

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Wish to see another good performance by Gauti, Robbie & Shakib. Kkr should play the same squad they played against Mumbai in the previous game

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    KKR should play pat cummins in place of morne morkel. Morne morkel starts well ,but ends too expensive. Pat cummins is a very good bowler in this format and play shakib at no 4 and yusuf at 5. Umesh yadav is useless bowls at 3g speed and gives runs at 4g speed , they should replace him with vinay kumar.. This should be their xi 1. Uttappa 2.Gambir 3.Pandey 4.Shakib 5.Yusuf 6.Ryan ten doeschate 7.Suryakumar yadav 8.chawala 9.Narine 10.Vinay kumar 11.Pat cummins.

  • SamWintson92 on May 17, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    ''Even if Dale Steyn's figures of 4-051-0 in the previous match are considered an aberration, there is no denying the fact that he is not quite the wicket-taker in this form of cricket.'' - Can't agree with this. Remember Dale Steyn defended only 7 runs against NZ in T20I WC 2014. Steyn's not currently at his best in this IPL but he always remains a wicket taker in every format.

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    umesh yadav useless vinay should replace..

  • on May 17, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    I think batting order should be for KKR: Gautam, Uthappa, Shakib, Manish, Tendo, Kumar Yadav, Chawla, Narine, Cummins and Vinay. This team has very good bowlers and a strong batting.

  • shafin364 on May 17, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    KKR should play

    1.Shakib 2.Narine 3.R.ten.Doeschate 4.Cummins/ Morkel Cummins should be given a chance to see how he performs. Its useless to buy a player just to let him rest.

    SHAKIB AND NARINE are must for KKR if they want to win. Although Narine performed bad in some matches this year, he seems to be back in form and Shakib-- if he doesn't click with the ball he will perform with the bat and vice versa. So he is also a must inclusion.

  • on May 17, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    finch,dhawan,ojha,warner,Sammy,pathan,rasool,kV or mishra,steyn,one & only bhuvi

  • on May 17, 2014, 17:10 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.. 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 poor 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 . .

    but kkr's management are just ridiculous .