Knight Riders v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Kolkata May 20, 2014

Uthappa, Shakib flatten Super Kings

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Kolkata Knight Riders 156 for 2 (Uthappa 67, Shakib 46*) beat Chennai Super Kings 154 for 4 (Raina 65, Narine 1-24) by eight wickets
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Robin Uthappa made his fourth half-century of the season to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to an eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings with two overs to spare. The win took Knight Riders level on Rajasthan Royals with 14 points from 12 games, helping them break further away from the crowded middle of the table. Uthappa, who was put down twice, and Gautam Gambhir put on 64 for the opening partnership in seven overs, and Knight Riders were in control of the chase of 155 after such a beginning. Shakib Al Hasan belted an unbeaten 46 off 21 to hasten the end.

Uthappa made 67 off 39 and middled the ball consistently on a pitch where most batsmen had to rely on muscling it. Both sides had wanted to chase on the untested surface in Eden Gardens' first match of the tournament, and Super Kings were to find out that despite the green tinge, the ball wasn't quite coming on. There was some help for the spinners as well.

Super Kings went below run a ball for almost two-thirds of their innings. In contrast, Uthappa began with a flurry of boundaries. He eased the first ball of the innings from Ben Hilfenhaus between extra cover and mid-off for four and also clipped the fifth through square leg for four more. The two shots were to bring him plenty of runs through his innings. He also deftly guided deliveries past slip, and resorted to the slog-sweep as his innings progressed.

In his eagerness to drive, Uthappa offered two chances to slip early on, and Super Kings reprieved him each time. First, R Ashwin dropped him on 6 off Hilfenhaus in the first over. MS Dhoni immediately replaced Ashwin with Suresh Raina in that position. In the third over, Raina let a harder, diving chance off Mohit Sharma go down, with Uthappa on 24. By the time Uthappa timed a lofted drive off Ravindra Jadeja to wide long-off in the 12th over, Knight Riders had almost reached 100. In his previous seven innings now, Uthappa's lowest score has been 40.

Knight Riders needed 57 off 50 when Uthappa fell. Manish Pandey struggled to get going but Shakib more than made up with some powerful hitting. Slogging, paddling and lofting his way to eight boundaries in 21 balls, Shakib shut the door firmly on Super Kings.

Shakib had opened the bowling and had contributed in tying down the Super Kings top order. At the other end, Pat Cummins, on IPL debut, bowled Dwayne Smith with his second ball. The pace of Umesh Yadav and the spin of Sunil Narine was as hard to get away.

Raina took nine deliveries to get off the mark in a slow 55-run partnership with Brendon McCullum but accelerated later to make 65 off 52. Shakib could have had Raina on 16, but Yusuf Pathan dropped a difficult chance diving at the straight boundary in the eighth over. Raina opened up against Piyush Chawla, hitting him for three sixes but his attempt to clear long-on in the 18th over failed. Raina's effort enabled Super Kings to go past 150, but it was quite insufficient against Uthappa and Shakib.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ammo666 on May 23, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    @REMNANT:You are saying before Shakib was a bowler who was effective on kolkata pitches but don't you think its much more wise to say that Shakib himself is effective that's why he made it happen because he always kept his minimum quality in all condition but actually he is a allrounder&he got into BD team when he was doing more better with the bowl than bat but his great batting ability was exposed a little later after playing just few INT's as BD player.. See i have no issues with IND personally but can you show me in this forum how many IND'n fans talked about Shakib's effort to take KKR home easily at the end..may be one or two out of 101 posts..& most importantly Shakib playing in the same team KKR&still no real appreciation WoW! but up on that trying to overlook&degrade is such case just because he is from a neighbourhood country of IND(a valid criticism??)funny IND'n fans claims themselves with arrogance the best&NO.1 what ever it is but sadly they are really NOT!can dream only!

  • remnant on May 22, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    @Ammo666 I accept he has played well this season and justfied his allrounder auction buy. Before this he was a bowler who was effective on Kolkota pitches with a few swings at the bat. Like I said how many matches did Shakib win, across IPL? His batting wasn't much to talk about. You seem to be quite sensitive and unable to accept valid criticism. As i said if someone plays well he will be appreciated else stat waving is pointless. A player has to impact the match results, like Watson consistently does. I rate him higher than many others. Let Shakib see BD home in intl. matches where it meets the world's best such as WC -ODI and T20 and then you should tom tom his greatness!These ratings may be good for someone's psychological comfort but apparently it has made a few a bit too touchy also. Ouch.

  • Ammo666 on May 22, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @ZSAM: Shakib played how many matches for KKR?? that you are saying "he hasn't done much with the bat in IPL through all seasons" to perform consistently with the bat also you need to play enough matches especially in IPL&its T20&he is getting introduced with lot of different players on the field to face if you use some common sense its not as easy as you are watching them on TV...if you don't follow BD cricket then why even showing your illogical thoughts & trying to misjudge Shakib being a IND'n fan & you don't feel exciting to watch BD cricket & did not see Shakib playing much but you only saw his INT stats right, you mean Shakib was the NO.1 all rounder in the world just like that?? is that seeing is believing HaHa! but who really cares if you don't follow much BD cricket& I don't need to wave when its already his INT stats & he is also a match winner(seeing is believing.. IND's best all rounder Jadeja also stands below Shakib but Jadeja should have been more below than ranking 4th

  • on May 22, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @ Tram.. when was the last time u saw graeme smith, warne and jayawardene lift both their feets in air to take a slip catch. I say the same u said to the other guy. If u like all these guys put them at the top of ur list. Dravid was and will be the best slip fielder in the world.

  • on May 21, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Shakib should be given a chance to play at 3 if Kalis and Gambir are not taking that position. He plays at 3 for Bangladesh national side and I think he can provide more service for KKR from that position.

  • Zsam on May 21, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @Ammo666 Yes I was pleasantly surprised to see Shakib perform with the bat this well. He hasn't done much with the bat in the IPL thru all seasons so far; except rarely, and I don't follow Bangladesh cricket. I don't find it that exciting; sorry to say. And if he may have played good innings for BD, the track record of that team does not show it in results. Now for a new cricket nation, scores in losing causes are good enough, but that's not how world cricket now views its heroes. They need to win matches for their teams. The last Indian to be such an exception was Sachin. Now its not the case. You are as good as your results. And results mean match winning contributions! Please don't wave some intl. stats to show how good Shakib is, as seeing is believing. If Shakib performs where Indians can watch him, he will be accorded his due. God bless him.

  • on May 21, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Excuse me gentlemen,

    I know Thappa is playing very well in the IPL, but fyi the teams consist 11+11 = 22 players.

    I know it is not possible to discuss about everyone's performance, but talking about just one person for the last 4 to 5 reports is just ridiculous.

  • Ammo666 on May 21, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Looks like IND'n fans overlooked Shakib's brilliant effort&that is even when Shakib playing for IPL but attention is on Uthappa on his opening effort much more than Shakib's clinical finish! and i also saw Uthappa&under performer Gambhir did not say a single word about Shakib's performance after the match being shy & jealous this is how very most of the IND'n fans&few IND'n players appreciate..but don't forget KKR is very LUCKY to have a top most all rounder like Shakib in their team & he is performing with bat & bowl both which no all rounder in the team has been able to perform like him with bat&ball at the same match! when Shakib hit the final boundary then i saw this captain Gautam did not even stand from his chair&held the emotion of win but when Yousuf&all got up from the seat to cheer then only he got up&was clapping half heartedly so all understood Gautam's poor sportsmanship towards Shakib who is one of the best all rounder in the world&still performing in their own team KKR!

  • on May 21, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Could not find Prasad saying anything about Shakib, at my surprise! Well, this post-match analysis does not put forth a proper glimpse of match, in cricketing view-point.

  • Ammo666 on May 21, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    @ZSAM: do you really have any idea about this BD player Shakib the top most all rounder in world cricket.. i am 10 times more surprised about what you said that "i was pleasantly surprised to see Shakib play so well" man have you seen him for the first time performing this way?? or you don't want to believe just being a IND'n fan..

    @FARZANA BUSHRA HRIDI: Are you really aware of cricket & do even follow cricket since years? i don't think so because your comment about Skakib is really ridculous:D! & hello Shakib is not only one of the best allrounder but he was the NO.1 allrounder for quite some time....! & player who can hit big is never the best & never was but a player who can play according to the situation being sensible & hitting boundaries at the right time by keeping the momentum & winning is the best batsman..& of course Shakib also hits enough big so hitting big only doesn't count but hitting sixes does really count & no matter how big you hit but a 6 is a SIX it won't be 12:D

  • Ammo666 on May 23, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    @REMNANT:You are saying before Shakib was a bowler who was effective on kolkata pitches but don't you think its much more wise to say that Shakib himself is effective that's why he made it happen because he always kept his minimum quality in all condition but actually he is a allrounder&he got into BD team when he was doing more better with the bowl than bat but his great batting ability was exposed a little later after playing just few INT's as BD player.. See i have no issues with IND personally but can you show me in this forum how many IND'n fans talked about Shakib's effort to take KKR home easily at the end..may be one or two out of 101 posts..& most importantly Shakib playing in the same team KKR&still no real appreciation WoW! but up on that trying to overlook&degrade is such case just because he is from a neighbourhood country of IND(a valid criticism??)funny IND'n fans claims themselves with arrogance the best&NO.1 what ever it is but sadly they are really NOT!can dream only!

  • remnant on May 22, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    @Ammo666 I accept he has played well this season and justfied his allrounder auction buy. Before this he was a bowler who was effective on Kolkota pitches with a few swings at the bat. Like I said how many matches did Shakib win, across IPL? His batting wasn't much to talk about. You seem to be quite sensitive and unable to accept valid criticism. As i said if someone plays well he will be appreciated else stat waving is pointless. A player has to impact the match results, like Watson consistently does. I rate him higher than many others. Let Shakib see BD home in intl. matches where it meets the world's best such as WC -ODI and T20 and then you should tom tom his greatness!These ratings may be good for someone's psychological comfort but apparently it has made a few a bit too touchy also. Ouch.

  • Ammo666 on May 22, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @ZSAM: Shakib played how many matches for KKR?? that you are saying "he hasn't done much with the bat in IPL through all seasons" to perform consistently with the bat also you need to play enough matches especially in IPL&its T20&he is getting introduced with lot of different players on the field to face if you use some common sense its not as easy as you are watching them on TV...if you don't follow BD cricket then why even showing your illogical thoughts & trying to misjudge Shakib being a IND'n fan & you don't feel exciting to watch BD cricket & did not see Shakib playing much but you only saw his INT stats right, you mean Shakib was the NO.1 all rounder in the world just like that?? is that seeing is believing HaHa! but who really cares if you don't follow much BD cricket& I don't need to wave when its already his INT stats & he is also a match winner(seeing is believing.. IND's best all rounder Jadeja also stands below Shakib but Jadeja should have been more below than ranking 4th

  • on May 22, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @ Tram.. when was the last time u saw graeme smith, warne and jayawardene lift both their feets in air to take a slip catch. I say the same u said to the other guy. If u like all these guys put them at the top of ur list. Dravid was and will be the best slip fielder in the world.

  • on May 21, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Shakib should be given a chance to play at 3 if Kalis and Gambir are not taking that position. He plays at 3 for Bangladesh national side and I think he can provide more service for KKR from that position.

  • Zsam on May 21, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @Ammo666 Yes I was pleasantly surprised to see Shakib perform with the bat this well. He hasn't done much with the bat in the IPL thru all seasons so far; except rarely, and I don't follow Bangladesh cricket. I don't find it that exciting; sorry to say. And if he may have played good innings for BD, the track record of that team does not show it in results. Now for a new cricket nation, scores in losing causes are good enough, but that's not how world cricket now views its heroes. They need to win matches for their teams. The last Indian to be such an exception was Sachin. Now its not the case. You are as good as your results. And results mean match winning contributions! Please don't wave some intl. stats to show how good Shakib is, as seeing is believing. If Shakib performs where Indians can watch him, he will be accorded his due. God bless him.

  • on May 21, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Excuse me gentlemen,

    I know Thappa is playing very well in the IPL, but fyi the teams consist 11+11 = 22 players.

    I know it is not possible to discuss about everyone's performance, but talking about just one person for the last 4 to 5 reports is just ridiculous.

  • Ammo666 on May 21, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Looks like IND'n fans overlooked Shakib's brilliant effort&that is even when Shakib playing for IPL but attention is on Uthappa on his opening effort much more than Shakib's clinical finish! and i also saw Uthappa&under performer Gambhir did not say a single word about Shakib's performance after the match being shy & jealous this is how very most of the IND'n fans&few IND'n players appreciate..but don't forget KKR is very LUCKY to have a top most all rounder like Shakib in their team & he is performing with bat & bowl both which no all rounder in the team has been able to perform like him with bat&ball at the same match! when Shakib hit the final boundary then i saw this captain Gautam did not even stand from his chair&held the emotion of win but when Yousuf&all got up from the seat to cheer then only he got up&was clapping half heartedly so all understood Gautam's poor sportsmanship towards Shakib who is one of the best all rounder in the world&still performing in their own team KKR!

  • on May 21, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Could not find Prasad saying anything about Shakib, at my surprise! Well, this post-match analysis does not put forth a proper glimpse of match, in cricketing view-point.

  • Ammo666 on May 21, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    @ZSAM: do you really have any idea about this BD player Shakib the top most all rounder in world cricket.. i am 10 times more surprised about what you said that "i was pleasantly surprised to see Shakib play so well" man have you seen him for the first time performing this way?? or you don't want to believe just being a IND'n fan..

    @FARZANA BUSHRA HRIDI: Are you really aware of cricket & do even follow cricket since years? i don't think so because your comment about Skakib is really ridculous:D! & hello Shakib is not only one of the best allrounder but he was the NO.1 allrounder for quite some time....! & player who can hit big is never the best & never was but a player who can play according to the situation being sensible & hitting boundaries at the right time by keeping the momentum & winning is the best batsman..& of course Shakib also hits enough big so hitting big only doesn't count but hitting sixes does really count & no matter how big you hit but a 6 is a SIX it won't be 12:D

  • Zsam on May 21, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    No doubt Uthappa has played exceedingly well in the last 5 matches thus brightening the KKR progress however his finishing has been shoddy. Whenever there are still 40-60 runs, he gets a rush of blood, and throws away his wicket. That when his team suffered a humiliating collapse of 6 wickets in the not too distant match this season. He should try to be the one closing the match after playing so well. Not sure why this is getting repeated match after match. Why is he not being briefed about this chink in his formidable armor. Uthappa aside, I was pleasantly surprised to see Shakib play so well. This was an innings that has justified his all rounder buy at the auction. And this is what a foreign allrounder is expected to play as. A 20 ball 40+. Bravo! If Pathan discards his sluggishness, though he has played better than before, then I foresee a KKR vs CSK final yet again.

  • Nampally on May 21, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    @ssenthil: Sir, You are missing the point about Uthappa by diverting attention -more focussed on criticising ME!. I am trying to fool no one! The fact remains that KKR lost 5 out of 7 in their UAE leg. On the Indian leg they won 5 matches so far with 2 to go. Who has contributed to this upsurge? It is the consistent Uthappa going at the opening spot after being pushed down in the UAE Leg. Uthappa's scores backwards from the May 20th to May 2 are : 67, 40, 80, 46, 47, 65, 47. Pl. note that 5 of these scores have resulted in wins for KKR on the Indian Leg. My Question was : Why was Uthappa - a regular opener for the past 10 years in all formats - sent later than the opening spot? That is fair question & I am not "fooling" anyone, as you say. I have played lot of high level Cricket myself & many of my fellow Cricketer have been Test players. I chose studies over Cricket & have been a successful professional. Courteous attitude from all commenters makes this forum more user friendly!

  • ez_guy88 on May 21, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    CSK will be brutal in Playoffs like in the past!!!....wait and watch...we CSK fans live in the past glory and the legacy continues!!!....Theoretically/Practically/Predominantly the best team in the IPL!!!....

    Hardcore CSK fan!!!

  • ez_guy88 on May 21, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @Facebook User....yes CSK fans have been living in past glory....but CSK really need one thumping win...with that win everything will change...it always happened in d past editions of IPL...will happen in this season too...will come back to this page to comment after they thrash other teams in the playoffs...lets wait and watch....Come on CSK!!!...we have always done it and will do it....every ground is homeground for you!!!....set a fitting final for this IPL7...

    We fans love you!!!....another hardcore CSK fan!!!

  • niazbhi on May 21, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    IPL winning formula. 1] Make sure you have 5 bowlers. So the fifth bowler can qualify as a bowler. (Faulker, Watson, Sakib, Jadega etc). It can only possible if you have one or two allrounders who can qualify as batsmen. Donot worry about the FC batting average of this allrounder AR Patel or Sakib can qualify. 2] Put your best bats in the top order. (high SR and decent average). 3] Have some bowler like Malinga or Narine to clog the runs.. 4] Use indian bowlers to their strengths.. BK at the opening spell, indian spinners like Thumbe or AR Patel to clog runs. Aaron or Umesh in last 10 overs. 5] Use aussies ;-]

  • TRAM on May 21, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game:

    I am aware of Dravid's number of catches and even Gavaskar's number of catches. I have watched Eknath Solkar, the world best close-in fielder ever in action too. I dont know if you have.

    When I compared CSK and the Indian team, I was referring to only the "current" Indian team. And I DID include an example Indian player Azaruddin FYI.

    If you are a Dravid fan, you can put out your list of world best fielders lead by Dravid. No one is stopping you.

    And I didn't post any "theory" as you have mentioned. All I said was that poor fielding teams need good fielding coaches! Is this a theory? And you have to evaluate this theory? Gosh!

    Tom, Dick and Harry can have 100 catches if they stands at the 1st slip for 10 years. And Ashwin will have too. If you want me to put Dravid at the top of 'my' list, send across a picture link where Dravid takes a fully stretched 'in the air' catch at slips. Thats how I evaluate great fielders, not by number of catches. Thanks.

  • DrkLdr on May 21, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    The last time I rooted for the Indian team was July 6th 2008. Since then, they axed one of my favourite players and he never seemed to be able to make it back into the side. Subsequently over the 7 years of the IPL, I've supported MI, then RCB, then PW and now KKR. Some of you sharper readers will figure out why before I reveal it in the next paragraph.

    Although I'm not an Indian, Robin Uthappa is one my favourite players and I've been following his career closely ever since his ODI debut against England in 2006 and I was disappointed to see him get shafted for the past 6 years. It makes me immensely happy to see his great run of form this IPL, since I've been hoping he turns the corner and makes his intentions clear for another run at the international scene.

    Uthappa is the architect of KKR's turnaround this IPL and it would be foolish to think otherwise. Even if things go south for the rest of the tournament, he certainly has done enough to return to the Indian team.

  • gundapps on May 21, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    CSK seriously have to rethink their bowling options. Hilfi has to go and Badree should replace him. This IPL has revealed that Ashwin is certainly not the best spinning option at least in the T20 context in the national team

  • Bruisers on May 21, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Sheer class from Robin Uthappa. He has the potential to tear apart any bowling attack on any pitch in the world, when he is in this kind of form. Now he's become a serious contender for the WC15 squad. On the other hand, one can't quite comprehend the way CSK are playing. What is Mithun Manhas' role in the team? Why doesn't Aparajith get a game? I'm not a CSK fan, but I just didn't see them try hard enough in the past two games. Sloppy fielding, conservative batting, wayward bowling.. Dhoni and Jadeja need to face more deliveries. With BMac leaving, CSK will find it difficult to maintain the second spot on the table. Guess they are missing Chepauk.

  • ladycricfan on May 21, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Openers contribution is important to lay good foundation. When Smith and Mac perform CSK win easily. When Uthappa moved up, KKR started winning. When Hussey played his best MI won so easily. When openers fall cheaply or consume too many balls it put lot of pressure on middle order and they have to work harder. I think KXIP dropped pujara because of his low strike rate. When Finch's form dropped SRH found it difficult to win. Warner opened and they won the match to stay alive in the competition. Gayle's loss of form is affecting RCB. RR change their openers too often, it is confusing the fans let alone the players. Good openers are important for every team.

  • DaisonGarvasis on May 21, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    I have never been a KKR fan but Robin Itthappa is a good reason to support them!!! Old version of Uthappa had obviously been found out with weaknesses by bowlers, so far the new version downloaded for this IPL has fixed the bugs it seems. And if he has in fact ironed out the bugs in his technique he will be a nice addition to Team India as he is basically a free flowing stroke maker!!! As the point table stands now, I would say the best 4 teams are there at the top. RCB was strong on paper but that strength was not seen on the field. Various teams have obviously found a way to keep Gayle under control it seems. Anyway, great to see a "bug fixed" full version of Uthappa downloaded...

  • eng_mdkhan on May 21, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    CSK seems to be in gift mode the way they have played their last two matches. Perhaps having qualified for the playoffs they might be less motivated. I must say it was a surprise to see Morkel being replaced by Cummins considering the winning combination is not usually tinkered with. KKR made this bold choice and it paid off handsomely when Smith by far the heaviest scorer for CSK was taken out for a nought. In doing so they have unearthed a very potent reserve, sharpening their bowling attack. Morkel shows the depth of his talent intermittently and it would be fun to watch him on song bowl with an in form Cummins. At their best they can decimate any top order of an international side leave alone a franchise but there is no surety that both will click at the same time and as I have stated earlier the time of experiments is up. I am glad that KKR under GG are playing to their strengths as they should and hope they make it to the playoffs.

  • on May 21, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    CSK fans hardcore Dhoni fans shall never accept reality they love living in the past just like some UV fans who keep on harping about the six sixes he hit and was crucial in wc 2007 and 2011.Fact remains CSK depend heavily on openers Raina is scoring runs but the way he used to.Ashwin is a ghost of past.Dhoni is a last over hero.If things progress the way they are quite possible CSK may end up at 3rd place in table.KKR Kings have a good chance of lifting the cup.My dear CSK fans stop living in past wakeup to reality

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 21, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    @ssenthil Actually, yes, Uthappa IS the main reason KKR started winning. Gambhir has done well after those frst 4 games, but he hasn't exactly "been at his best". Had Uthappa not had his incredible run, KKR wouldn't have won so much.

  • Naresh28 on May 21, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    IPL has been VERY GOOD for Indian cricket. It may the short format but it has revealed lots of good Indian talent. We now know which players are genuine. It has also revealed some great wicket keeping talent. Players like Uthappa, Rahane, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvi, Naman Ohja - have made it amongst the top layer if one looks at the stats. Also coming to the fore is captaincy skills and fielding has definitely been given a boost. So all in all the selectors should have a fair idea of how to form a team for the different formats. Also players have been giving their best knowing that the monetary rewards are there.

  • on May 21, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    no wonder why he is regarded as one of the best allrounders for the past few years,this is Shakib al Hasan for you!excellent batting display from Robin Uthapa as well.

    on a side note wish kkr had a big hitter at the middle order,Yousuf Pathan not in form, Shakib can go for some quick runs but he's not the biggest hitter of the ball.thats the only one case kkr should be worrying about i guess.

    great performance nonetheless,well done kkr

  • ssenthil on May 21, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    @Nampally, as usual wrong facts and try to fool others? You should check those before writing here. Did KKR lost 5 out of 5 in UAE? It is MI who lost 5 out of 5. In fact KKR won 2 out of 5 and tied a game, which should have been won by KKR easily against RR. When the Indian leg began, Uthappa opened the Innings and still lost to CSK in Ranchi and lost to RR in A'bad. So don't think it's becoz of Uthappa only KKR started winning but a lot due to Gauti's form. Also don't think in England will have a Ashwin kind of fielder at First slip. I think Vohra really showing good attacking cricket in T-20, but knowing Dhoni, it doesn't matter. As long as Dhoni is India's captain, there is no remote chances for any new player to make it to the team, even the well established Pujara can't make it to the ODI team despite the Rayadu and Binny made it UNDER Dhoni. Pujara made ODI team under Virat for good mention. I think India need Virat/Gambhir as captain for overseas tours

  • on May 21, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    why on earth is aswin still playing for CSK??he is just the shadow of his old form in bowling and ridiculous in the field...there is no use of keeping him in the squad since he have to face maxi again in playoffs or final.so include badree as the main spinner and use jaddu and baba as the other 2 spinning options.CSK spin tank is still have the power of raina,hussey/faf who can produce 4 overs in between them.so have to include baba by replacing mithun...he is too old in the field,cant bowl a single over and there is no specific role for him in batting too.so pls for the next game: Smith,Faf,Raina,Dhoni,Hussey,Jadeja,Baba,Mithun/Nehra/Ronit/Vijay(according to situation), Badree,Mohit and Pandey.and when mac returns replace either huss or faf regarding form.

  • on May 21, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Winning teams have started losing and losing teams have started winning.If CSK tightens up its bowling with a good pace bowler and an additional spinner they will still be force to reckon with.

  • on May 21, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    i am a and was always a CSK fan but eversince kkr started to put their act together as a team for this season i have turned out as their fans. I have always been a GG fan aswell, sad he is not scoring heaviky but love his ganguly style og aggressive captaincy. Having said all this i have a gut feeling tht the cup will return to bay of bengal this season. thumbs up who wishes and feels the same.

  • ssenthil on May 21, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    The over hyped Dhoni is lost again. He is nothing captain at the moment. Why he has so many surplus players in the playing 11 is unimaginable. He always choose a player who has more experience then the form player. It's like Smith fails and CSK fails. Dhoni has DONE NOTHING in this year IPL. Hitting a Six in the 20th over not going to win you match if you are having too many dot balls earlier. Jadeja hits the first ball he faces for a Six. What are you doing Dhoni in the middle, how long other players play so well and when 1/5 of the runs reqd in the total you strode in and hit the winning runs and steel the limelight as per few foolish fans and few hyping commas? Time for reality. What was Manhas is doing in the team, go and stand infront of the Mirror and ask yourself. You are very similar to MMS and his torture tenure is over, when you are going to vacate the house? We have very important England and Australia tours coming up and we don't want to see you once again disgracing India.

  • Waliurp06 on May 21, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    SHAKIB got the "Keep Calm Award" which he doesn't deserve at all!!! He was not calm, he was in hurry, he was quick, he was devastating....Great all round performance! Hope you will continue this! Yaa though there are people who are shy to see you performing, but keep going....

  • on May 21, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Dear KKR fans please dont be over confident, bcos still your were not in the playoffs(conform 4th place) and dont speak about CSK, 2 time champions,5 time finalist and we know what to do in crucial situations and 2 bad games will not bother us,we will stick to our plans and we will do it this time also,i mean we(CSK) will win IPL7,best of luck for all the other teams.

  • anver777 on May 21, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Uthappa is in superb nick at the moment, I wish he's right person to open in overs format (at least in T20's) for India. He's playing some gorgeous cricket strokes in the IPL & Ind selectors should give him another opportunity to this gifted batsmen !!!

  • on May 21, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    I must say that this season csk is mostly dependent on smith this season to provide good start also mac plays well when smith is at the other end. raina,faf are playing well but not according to t20 standard.last match raina was 23 off 31 balls never seen raina playing like this. csk bowlers execept ashwin,sharma are not bowling well. dhoni must come 2 down which is the best position for him to bat.don't include utthapa in the indian team he is not upto the mark in international cricket.

  • Robtyson on May 21, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    As expected KKR won!!! Good to see Uthappa on fire though those missed catches would have dented his current form. Good allround performance from Shakib. My guess KKR vs Kings XI final.CSK doesn't look like the team that can play the finals. I guess CSK is more than happy to be just in the play-offs to maintain their reputation that they are the only team to feature in all the Play-offs since the inaugural IPL.

  • on May 21, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Great to see as Uthappa played last night. He was so aggressive from the beginning and was lucky to get life due to drop catches. And also please to see that KKR also finish the match in aggressibe Mode and Shakib prove that he can bat cos so many criticism on him since failure of last few matches. I don't watch every match of IPL but just see match of KKR due to Wasim Akram and my fvrt star SRK so wish u best of luck KKR and keep on wissing momentum.

  • Greatest_Game on May 21, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @TRAM believes "CSK is like the Indian team. There are no good slip fielders in spite of so many years of experience and the huge money involved.

    Unless dedicated slip fielding training by experts takes place this issue can not be solved. Some names that come to mind are Jayawardane, Shane Warne, Greame Smith, Azaruddin, etc. (for hiring as slip fielding coach)."

    How about the record holder for the most test catches in a career? None other than Rahul Dravid! He seems to be an Indian who could field in the slips, does he not? In fact, his record pretty much blows your theory put of the water. Of course India has, and has had, great slip fielders. Just because you are unaware of it, history does not change!

  • supercoolfan on May 21, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    KKR - Do not be over-confident. A slight slip can deny you the playoffs. Still a long way to go. Play with a positive frame of mind and play to your strengths. KKR management - please continue to engage the team in discussions about performance and expectations. This will increase accountability and buy-in from everybody. Do not forget, you can do it! Play for your HONOUR! A lot of people had written ofF KKR in the beginning and it is time to PROVE THEM WRONG! Believe in yourself and use common sense on the field!

  • on May 21, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    still I feel only Punjab plays to the potential.Its strange only one spinner in Chennai unlike kolkata where 3 spinners played.

  • on May 21, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Drop catches, Misfields, Scoring at a slow pace in the last 5 to 6 overs, going in to a nutshell (when a wicket goes), ineffective spinners - never seen such a poor CSK team. As a CSK fan very worried to see the team in such a state of affair. Even if we go ahead to win this tournament - this is definitely not the best performance from CSK. We need to understand that this is 20/20 and not test cricket - why are players so concerned about staying in crease instead go for shots like Punjab; please drop the so called "intelligent" / "thinking" cricketer ashwin; next year we need to take bold decision just like Vijay, Badrinath.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on May 21, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    I had said at the beginning of ipl that uthappa should bat at 2 and shakib at 3 , they should not bat late down the order , that kkr dont know who should bat in what position. My words seem to have come true .

  • TRAM on May 21, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    CSK is like the Indian team. There are no good slip fielders in spite of so many years of experience and the huge money involved.

    Unless dedicated slip fielding training by experts takes place this issue can not be solved. Some names that come to mind are Jayawardane, Shane Warne, Greame Smith, Azaruddin, etc. (for hiring as slip fielding coach).

  • on May 21, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    all the other all rounders are mostly a batsman (watson, kalis, hafiz) or mostly a bowler (broad, afride). but shakib is both. so he is the real all rounder. because he does both equally good.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 21, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    CSK are in the playoffs and we all know how brutal they are in those. Its some bad games and they'll bounce back for sure. KKR on the other hand are like this year's RCB ver 2011. Uthappa is going great guns. If he fires, KKR win, if he doesn't....they just hope it never comes to that. Don't get me wrong, its great to see Uthappa doing so well and yes, Shakib came to the party as well, but Uthappa has been the driving force behind KKR's winning streak. He has been the only batsman who has contributed consistently and KKR depends so much on him that the day he fails, I'm afraid KKR will collapse with him. I would like to see KKR perform without Uthappa for a couple of games and only then will I believe that they deserve to be in the playoffs. Right now its the Uthappa show.

  • Dinkepo on May 21, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    Hi KKR don't too much praise Shakib, it's all happened due to CSK's over confident as they are in 2nd position that's why they lost past 2 games, can noticed clearly both games openers failed,final overs nobody try to accelerate the run rate even MSD palyed like test match also bowlers and fielders never show spirit like previous games, all they thinking no need to worry about the final position but i reckon CSK will end with 4th position if they do samething in other final round mantches, poor attitude from Aswin eventhough made lot of mistakes in many matches, MSD why can't try someone those sitting unncessarily! everything IPL magics so we no need to worry too much while captain and players very relax.

  • Jadejafan on May 20, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    There's really no need of Kallis for KKR anymore. His stats for KKR are nothing exceptional and lets not forget his age. Instead what they can do is to replace him for a power hitting batsman for future tournaments.

  • Snambidi on May 20, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    In this edition of Pepsi I PL,we saw a few " later than never strikers" with Bat& Ball. They are ,as far as batting is concerned ,Yuvaraj Singh,Virat Kohli,DeVilliers& Shikar Dhavan& Michael Hussey. They did well very late without any avail. Gautam Gambhir too falls in this category but served the purpose in the last stage. Similarly ,the late striking Bowlers are ,perhaps,Shakib Hassan& Irfan Pathan. The most consistent batsmen & bowlers are: Batsmen-Maxwell,Miller The most consistent Bowlers : Bhuvanesh Kumar,Sunil Narine& Mohit Sharma

    Now we have come to a stage where the likely 4 teams can be shortlisted to Punjab,Chennai,Jaipur& Kolkatta. The best performance with real willingness to win came from Rajastan Royal,Jaipur. Thanks to Rahul Dravid. The one & only one batsman to whom everyone were looking with hope till the end was Chris Gayle who miserably failed disappointing the entire cricket world especially this IPL Season. I am afraid,MrAnanth Narayan,the veteran analyzer see

  • Nampally on May 20, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Uthappa has been knocking at the door for an opening spot for India especially in ODIs & T20. First he was debarred because he started as WK/Batsman - like Karthik. Next he took up medium pace bowling & fielding. Even so he was out of Indian 2014 T20 WC squad even when Indian openers Dhawan & Rohit were performing poorly. In IPL 7, he was not sent as an opener by Gambhir- for reasons best known to him. KKR lost 5 matches in a row in UAE before they came to their senses & sent Uthappa to open the innings. Since then KK have won 4 matches in a row & are sure to make the playoff. My question is why a lifetime opening batsman in short format not sent to open the innings? Why is he out of Indian squad for short format when India does not have a reliable opener? I rate uthappa, Dhawan, Nair & Vohra as the 4 openers worthy of serious consideration for England tour. Selectors need to bring in these guys.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 20, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    The 4 foreign players for KKR should always be Narine, Shakib, Ryan and either Morkel/Cummins in subcontinent conditions. With line-up like Uthappa, Gambhir, Mandey, Shakib, Ryan, Yusuf etc and KKR will be one of the toughest teams to play and beat. Had KKR gotten their selections right right from the beginning then they would've easily been in the top 2 positions.

  • Javed_17 on May 20, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    @Alan D. Dale I completely disagree with you about Gambhir. He never was or will be a favorite player of mine but this IPL in particular he has truly earned my respect. He got 3 ducks in a row and then just 1 run in his first four innings. THat would be enough for more players to give up or accept their form and as you suggest, move down the order. Gambhir has stood up and faced the music by choosing to open. He is not hiding or leaving others to do the job that takes courage. Have you been listening to his interviews? he accepts he is in a bad vein of form and is trying hard to rectify it. Willing to admit your own faults is brave not arrogant. Further, EVERYONE is performing so well BECAUSE of GAMBHIR. He leads from the front with the bat and marshals his bowlers and fielders quite excellently in the field. His aggressive captaincy is quite similar to michael clarke of austrailia who ironically is labelled those similar titles by critics. Gambhir might win another IPL because of it

  • dmqi on May 20, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Sakib is paying back the confidence Khan and Wasim have in him. Finally GG is also understanding who is the most important player to have in the team. Captain has to give chance to the best players. To me they are Narine, Sakib and Uthoppa. The batsman was lucky today to be dropped by fielder, but he is solid. Beat Punjab, Mumbai, Bangalore, north south east west. Go KKR.

  • on May 20, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Good 2 see kkr coming of flying with colors with shakib's hand...well done

  • durber99 on May 20, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    I mentioned earlier that Shakib should come early to Bat. He made first 2 runs in 5 balls and after that he started his natural game. If he clicks he can destroy because his strike rate is better than other KKR players. It is difficult for him to bat after 17 or 18 over, what he does regularly for KKR. His best place is either 1 down or 2 down. If he stays in the crease for 15 to 16 overs then KKR will get some quick runs. May be he fails for one or two days but don't worry he'll recover it by his balling. He is a very clever baller. Always try to read batsman's mind. Hope so God will provide him more strengths. Well done Uthappa, very Classy player. I like his shot.

  • Fogu on May 20, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Good win by KKR. Shakib and Narine combination works great for them. If KKR middle order fires regularly, they have the capability to win the whole thing. Uthappa has been great at the top order and is covering up for Gambhir's poor form.

  • on May 20, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Best of luck for KKR and Shakib, go for it.

  • wahidmca on May 20, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Nice job by KKR , flattened CSK. Very good performance by Sakib and Uttapa.

  • British_North_America on May 20, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    I never understand why teams like Sunrisers, Delhi never bid for Shakib. Shakib could bring a lot of differences to their chances in the overall IPL.Shakib has more balue than someone like Finch or Ross Taylor for his all-round ability.

  • Ammo666 on May 20, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Another very good chase & yet another comprehensive win by KKR..& now Shakib also got the chance to bat as in last two matches he did not bat & this time he came up the order to bat & immediately into the act to show is real class & proved why he must stay in the team being a top most class all rounder, later he made it very easy for KKR to win this, Shakib is doing with both bat and ball for KKR with just slight ups & downs just because no one is perfect.. & opener Uthappa has been very consistent scoring runs for KKR & he again made the platform for KKR that's really good batting...

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Shakib showed what he capable of doing if he got chance to bat at top order.One of the Most Valuable player in this IPL who always contribute with bat and ball.

    Utappa should consider for National team now. His trimming is incredible.

    Best of luck KKR.

  • a4abhik on May 20, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    It was a excellent match to watch. Not only Uthappa and Shakib's batting but also KKR's throughout bowling performance from the 1st to the 20th over. Vey attacking bowling and field-setting too. Its very very rare to see Silly Mid-off in place in a T20 match. Awesome ! True contest between bat and ball ! I'm lovin' it ! :)

  • HippocraticTiger on May 20, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Happy to see Shakib performing.

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Given the way csk is playing I have a simple doubt running on my mind is csk planning to drop down to no.3 in points table so they dont punjab in knock off stages guess they feel RR will be a safe bet for eliminator rather than kings for qualifier 1 I can safely say its a round robin contest between csk rr kkr for spot no.2 now punjabis are sitting pretty at top

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    I have suggested in this forum on and off to send Shakib to bat at no. 3 . If he was at 3 , he could have surpassed Uthapa and have won the MOM . Shakib , you have shown your class , your innovative shots will be cherished in Eden for a long time . Keep it up my boy !! ( My son's name is Shakib too)

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Well done Shakib! Truly Bangladesh's greatest export. :-)

  • ladycricfan on May 20, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Having learnt that they were through to the play offs, CSK were not shown their usual intensity today. Dropping catches, not even going for catches. Pitch looked difficult to bat early on. So many dot balls. They should not let the intensity down until they secure a top two spot. Well done KKR. Uthappa scored heavily again, playing lovely shots. Lucky with the dropped catches though.

  • HateCritics on May 20, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    wow kkr middle order becoming stronger and stronger.shakib should keep on playing 2nd down the order.very strong performance of kkr.on the other hand chennai was totally been outplayed.things are just becoming interesting.

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Kkr now need 1 win to qulifie robin uttappa once again he is class he midling the ball very good..ashwin droped catch robin thats the lucky fr robin ..483.runs in 12 match 42 average t20 super..selctores .now yu can see in yur big eyes...uttappa he can be test side also good ..cuntry need consistency robin uttappa..he will be 2015 wc ..simply iam nt telling he is highest odi run getter in domestic odi

  • niazbhi on May 20, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Uthappa is playing great. Its Narine and co (Sakib, Umesh, sometimes Chawla, Morkel, Cummins) who are consistently restricting the opponents to a low scores. KKR should play Sakib, Yusuf, RTD/Kallis, Yadav ahead of Pandey. If RTD is not bowling, he should bat at 3. Foreign players are supposed to be your best bat. If RTD is not batting well at 3, hire Alex Hales or play Chris Lynn.. Sakib at 4 and Yusuf/Yadav at 5. If Pandey is not good to play at 7, bring DB Das. Pandey has the lowest strike rate for anyone playing 20 balls per game. His average is high it means nothing. Today if he tried to score and got out Yusuf/RTD/Yadav would get a chance. Sakib is not going to score at 200 SR every day and Uthappa's dream run will end.

  • Speng on May 20, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    @ravi_kal: yeah you're right CSK's middle doesn't seem to do as well as they ought to. MSD doesn't want to bat before 15 over and I don't know if Jadeja is much good before then so if the openers fall cheaply they seem to want to slow down a lot. I think they need another middle order batsman.

    Love KKR especially now that they decided to give Andre Russell a rest as he's not good enough with bat or ball. With Uthappa at the top and Shakib (man of the tournament?) and a great bowling lineup I think they are peaking at the right time.

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Shakib, you beauty!! All he needed, was a good opportunity like this!!

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    i guess its the right time to put an end to the debate over shakibs all round ability and potential!!

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Awesome Awesome Awesome .. just keep carry on Sakib ..no question about it .you will be most valuable player not only IPL but also in the world cricket..

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Just awesome to watch his quality with ball and bat which call real all rounder one and only bengal tiger Sakib al Hasan no question about it.. he will be most valuable player in the IPL if can keep his recent form..

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    CSK have been successful in so many seasons for a few specific reasons till last season including this they had a great opening partnership the openers play well set a platform for raina dhoni to implode at end baz smithy were performing well 2-3 bad games for openers and csk is struggling dhoni is a captain who likes to choke middle overs with spin and slow balls ashwin till season 5 was good season 6 he was vulnerable this season he has been taken to cleaners out of 12 games played hardly 2-3 matches he has bowled a decent spell all other games he was smashed all over park.Ashwin was Dhoni's goto man when he needed wickets now neither is he taking wickets nor bowling good.Doomdays for csk if ashwin cant improve guess Indian selectors need to look beyond him can they will dhoni let that happen only time can answer

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    And Gambhir continues to bat himself even though he has been overall terrible in the IPL. He comes off as a petulant, arrogant, player and the only reason why they will make the playoffs is because of basically EVERYONE else but hum. He needs to put himself further down in the order. Pathetic.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 20, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    its obvious from all matches of csk that it wins only by openers and fielding.definitely not from dhoni's last over hit or any bowling combination.

    ultimately the only few things that can help chennai to win is

    1.openers contribution. 2.fielding 3.a pitch that is not batsmen friendly(ecspecially against punjab) 4.CSK chasing 5.opponents play badly.

    if any one of the above is not fulfilles.its bye chennai.

    THINGS YOU CANT EXPECT WITH CHENNAI

    1.Post a score of 170 +(which punjab can get in 14 overs) 2.limit punjab within 200 3.WIN THE FINALS

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    csk just not able to make a knock today. well play kkr...

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    What a professional performance fromKKR. Shakib and Utahappa were excellent in chasing the total given by CSK. Getting an opportunity to bat top in the order once again Shakib prove his worth. Well done to him and KKR for the remaining of the tournament.

  • on May 20, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Playing Shakib means 12 players in your team. Either batting or bowling, Shakib always contributes..

  • OttawaRocks on May 20, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Great team effort by KKR. This is another step closer towards the playoffs. In case of tiebreakers, should they arise, KKR at least has a huge NRR advantage over other competing teams.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 20, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Shakib should've been man of the match. Unlucky not to have picked up a few wickets had it not been some sloppy fielding from i.e. Pathan. Jadeja the best all-rounder lol

  • Warm_Coffee on May 20, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    @black_bird: Seems like your words keep backfiring :)

  • Tokai69 on May 20, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    KKR is lucky to have Shakib in their side, with an advantage to play as a team of 12!

  • ravin_cricluv on May 20, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    as a CSk fan hate to say that KKR are awesome .

    and more dissapointed with CSK's stupid batting planning in the last two games.

    CSK please make arrangements for PUNJAb and KKR in finals.we

    dont want a boring last over finish by dhoni .

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    i love KKR and i love sakib al hasan thank you king khan.

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Sakib you are they beauty ,keep performing this way what you did tonight and also rabin utthapa played well .Best of luck KKR for the up coming matches

  • ravin_cricluv on May 20, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    top flaws by the IPL commitee

    1.strategic timeout 2.the most awaited battle ,chennai vs bangalore scheduled after 30 matches 3.last minute planning of FINAL venue

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Congratulations Shakib Al Hasan on destroying Chennai tonight. You've proved once again you're the best all-rounder in the world. I'm really proud. May Allah bless you!

  • ravin_cricluv on May 20, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    cracking game once again by CSK.

    formula to win CSK.

    1.make everyone in the world to beleive that the pitch you are playing against CSK can give a average of only 20 runs in 20 over.

    2.dhoni and group will plan to get only 25 if they bat first.

    3.if CSK is chasing ,just give them a score of 20 runs to change.they will get only 10 runs in 19 overs,so that dhoni has enough to hit in the last over and win million of CSK fans.

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    KKR to thank CSK. CSK played horrible cricket,favoured KKR to win. CSK did not compete and surprisingly played extra fast bowler than spinner. Many thing tough to digest in CSK performance.

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Great display with the bat from KKR!

  • ravin_cricluv on May 20, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    1.no attacking batting in the middle overs even with long batting depth 2.the catch which falls between 3 best fielders 3.all macthes CSK won this matches are only by openers and last over win by dhoni.

    symptoms of CSK loosing its fans

  • ravi_kal on May 20, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    CSK squad gives a jaded look.While all other captains including overseas ones are promoting young local talent, why has Dhoni not given Baba Aparajith even a single chance? He could be tried in place of Mithun Manhas.He would give an addl bowling option too, especially when Ashwin looks too innocuous most of the times. David Hussey as replacement was again lacking wisdom when there was a crying need for a decent pace bowler.

    Ravi

  • ravin_cricluv on May 20, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    @D-Coach .well said

    usually csk plays rubbish at the start.but picks up in the end. this time they did the opposite.

    (LOL)the reason behind this is csk dosnt want to play punjab.so are helping everyteam into playoff.

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    varun gopal..u r right..cricinfo havn't updated score of the last ball..

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    what can say robinuttappa when he started opening 8 time 40+ runs woh great karnataka tiger rocking in kolkatha super super india have very good opener if rahane or rohith play every body giving feed ..comon now give to uttappa..he is the rocking star

  • D-Coach on May 20, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Some happiness to see tensed Dhoni... 3 easy chances missed in first 3 overs for both batsman. Lots of things to learn Dhoni. Sometimes you need such lesson when you took games so easily without thinking of true fans of CSK and the millions of viewers as you did in pervious RCB match. Dhoni is nothing to loose other than his loyal fans. He can not even touch Narain bowling in 19th over and keen to take single. We wish dhoni to bat only in 20th over. Still he might take single if naraine or styne bowling.

    I believe csk will win today but kkr to play very badly from here. Can sense some fire in fielding and bowling. Whoever wins KKR must be in final 4 to for the grand send off for M&M in Semi. Good bowling and batting by kkr.

  • MiddleStumpYorker on May 20, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Its tym CSK test Baba fr Manhas and Matt Henry for Ben !

  • on May 20, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    isnt there an extra run for waist above no balls? because csk in the last over got only the single for the run.scorecard showed 153 after that ball was ruled no-ball.but the innings ended at 154 despite both jadeja and dhoni taking singles of the next two balls.shudnt it be 155?

  • on May 20, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    d coach...nothing wrong about CSK middle order now....raina...faf...msd...jaddu contributed well today in a tricky pitch

  • D-Coach on May 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    CSK plan goes wrong till 10th over. Very slow batting and too many dot balls inside powerplay. Looks very casual... Again Dhoni and co depends on openers, bowlers and fielding. Hope CSK middle order prove me wrong.

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  • D-Coach on May 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    CSK plan goes wrong till 10th over. Very slow batting and too many dot balls inside powerplay. Looks very casual... Again Dhoni and co depends on openers, bowlers and fielding. Hope CSK middle order prove me wrong.

  • on May 20, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    d coach...nothing wrong about CSK middle order now....raina...faf...msd...jaddu contributed well today in a tricky pitch

  • on May 20, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    isnt there an extra run for waist above no balls? because csk in the last over got only the single for the run.scorecard showed 153 after that ball was ruled no-ball.but the innings ended at 154 despite both jadeja and dhoni taking singles of the next two balls.shudnt it be 155?

  • MiddleStumpYorker on May 20, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Its tym CSK test Baba fr Manhas and Matt Henry for Ben !

  • D-Coach on May 20, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Some happiness to see tensed Dhoni... 3 easy chances missed in first 3 overs for both batsman. Lots of things to learn Dhoni. Sometimes you need such lesson when you took games so easily without thinking of true fans of CSK and the millions of viewers as you did in pervious RCB match. Dhoni is nothing to loose other than his loyal fans. He can not even touch Narain bowling in 19th over and keen to take single. We wish dhoni to bat only in 20th over. Still he might take single if naraine or styne bowling.

    I believe csk will win today but kkr to play very badly from here. Can sense some fire in fielding and bowling. Whoever wins KKR must be in final 4 to for the grand send off for M&M in Semi. Good bowling and batting by kkr.

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    what can say robinuttappa when he started opening 8 time 40+ runs woh great karnataka tiger rocking in kolkatha super super india have very good opener if rahane or rohith play every body giving feed ..comon now give to uttappa..he is the rocking star

  • on May 20, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    varun gopal..u r right..cricinfo havn't updated score of the last ball..

  • ravin_cricluv on May 20, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    @D-Coach .well said

    usually csk plays rubbish at the start.but picks up in the end. this time they did the opposite.

    (LOL)the reason behind this is csk dosnt want to play punjab.so are helping everyteam into playoff.

  • ravi_kal on May 20, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    CSK squad gives a jaded look.While all other captains including overseas ones are promoting young local talent, why has Dhoni not given Baba Aparajith even a single chance? He could be tried in place of Mithun Manhas.He would give an addl bowling option too, especially when Ashwin looks too innocuous most of the times. David Hussey as replacement was again lacking wisdom when there was a crying need for a decent pace bowler.

    Ravi

  • ravin_cricluv on May 20, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    1.no attacking batting in the middle overs even with long batting depth 2.the catch which falls between 3 best fielders 3.all macthes CSK won this matches are only by openers and last over win by dhoni.

    symptoms of CSK loosing its fans