Knight Riders v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Kolkata May 24, 2014

Yusuf smashes fastest fifty to power KKR to second

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Kolkata Knight Riders 161 for 6 (Yusuf 72, Uthappa 41) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 160 for 7 (Dhawan 29, Sammy 29) by four wickets
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Isa Guha: Situation was made for Yusuf

There were 321 runs in 34.2 overs, and it was hard to say by the end of it if there had been more runs off the middle of the bat or its edges. There were dropped catches, run-outs, run-outs arising from dropped catches, and, in the middle of all this, a mad dash to make up a net-run-rate deficit. For most part, the match had been a comedy of errors, but by the time it ended, it was a genuine Twenty20 classic.

Kolkata Knight Riders needed to chase 161 to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad. They needed to do it in 15.2 overs to knock Chennai Super Kings off second place, and get two shots at reaching the final. When Yusuf Pathan walked in, they needed 106 from 47 balls. He was dropped before he had scored a run. He was dropped again when he was on 15. Neither was a difficult chance.

And then, out of nowhere, it all came together for him. Till today, Adam Gilchrist had held the record for the fastest IPL fifty. It had come off 17 balls. When Yusuf mowed Dale Steyn over deep midwicket for the fifth six of his innings, he had reached 50 in 15 balls. He took 26 off that over - 4, 6, 6, 4, 4, 2. By the time Yusuf holed out for 72 off 22 balls, the equation had come down to less than a run a ball. Knight Riders beat Sunrisers with 34 balls left to play. They beat Super Kings to second with a cushion of six balls.

The defeat knocked Sunrisers out of the tournament, leaving Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals to battle it out for fourth on Sunday. Sunrisers started the game with only a small chance of qualifying. Their selections - they left out Aaron Finch, and played Jason Holder and S Anirudha, neither of whom had played a match for them this season - and the general quality of their play only made it even more improbable. In the end, they were left needing to bowl Knight Riders out for 23 to overhaul Royals' net run rate.

Knight Riders' ask wasn't that improbable, but it could be argued that they made it harder for themselves than it could have been on a pitch that offered the quicker bowlers bounce and seam movement. After they opted to bowl, their three seamers, particularly Morne Morkel, extracted plenty of both, but they also sprayed it around.

After Morkel had bowled David Warner with the second ball of the match, Shikhar Dhawan and Naman Ojha put on 64 in 46 balls. Neither batsman looked convincing at the crease, and both interspersed boundary hits with plays-and-misses. Dhawan had five fours in his 31-ball 29, but also 18 dot balls. All of Ojha's 26 runs came in boundaries. His innings contained six scoring shots and 17 dots.

The remainder of Sunrisers' innings was just as low on cricketing quality, and full of incident. There were two dropped catches, three run-outs, and the furrow on Gautam Gambhir's brow grew wider and deeper with each top-edged slog that flew to the boundary. Even before the match had begun, Knight Riders had known roughly that they were in for a 15-over chase. A target of 131 would have required them to finish in 15.1 overs, a target of 201 in 15.3. It was up to them to keep Sunrisers to as low a total as possible.

As they began their chase of 161, Gambhir and Robin Uthappa had to contend with some early help for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Steyn. They only scored seven off the first two overs, before they kicked into gear. Gambhir gave Bhuvneshwar the charge, Uthappa leaned into a couple of drives, and 13 came off the over.

It still looked difficult, though, and after Gambhir went, Uthappa and Manish Pandey ate up 17 balls in scoring 12 runs. Knight Riders then lost both Uthappa and Ryan ten Doeschate in the same over, and second place looked out of question. Had Anirudha at wide long-on or Steyn at deep square leg held on when Yusuf launched balls more or less straight at them, it would have been all over. They didn't, though.

And so, Parvez Rasool ended up conceding 22 off the only over he bowled. Yusuf hit a big six over cow corner, edged a slog thickly to the third-man boundary, hit another six off Steyn's palms, and found the long-on ropes via a fumble from Jason Holder. Two more sixes came off the next over, bowled by Karn Sharma. By now, Yusuf was hitting it cleanly, right out of the screws.

When Steyn began the 13th over, Knight Riders needed 45 off 20. Could he stop Yusuf? He couldn't. The first ball was clubbed back past him for four, the next two launched high and long for six. Steyn dug the next one in short, and Yusuf pulled him for four. Fifth ball, Yusuf slogged and edged another four past the keeper. This was now Steyn's most expensive over in the IPL. Steyn had applauded when AB de Villiers had launched an astonishing assault on him earlier in the season. Now, as the Eden Gardens became pure noise, his face froze into a pale, disbelieving grin.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • VenkatKondrasu on May 26, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Why the hell on the earth, Anirudha Srikanth was bought into playing XI, When they need to win with a big margin?????

  • on May 25, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    i would say no words to explain Pathan.. and please guys don't criticize shakib he have done enough for KKR with bat and ball as allrounder doesn't always mean he should bat well but he did. One performance can make a MAN HERO or ZERO yusuf was dropped off 0 but he became the hero… but we shall all be honest yusuf have down a lot of times this.. his 100 off just 37 why don't we remember it wasn't a flat track either it was south african pitch top class batsmens fails there to score.

  • Ammo666 on May 25, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Why won't we stand up on Shakib's both ups & downs because its simply part of the game & no one can play well in all the matches & that is with both bat & bowl as he is a all rounder, he performed either with the bowl or bat but he did being in much pressure & in this match better check his bowling figures also & he would at least have two wickets & even give another 10 runs less surely if Yousuf had not drop big hitter Sammy's catch..bowling maiden overs in T20 matches is not as easy as you watch you need that hell of a accuracy! nothing to over rate Shakib here like many other fans does to their dearest players! but KKR got to know who they were missing before it was too late to build a greater KKR team!

  • crickocat on May 25, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    some people don't even know what is consistency . .they criticize shakib . .and more astonishingly they say that yusuf has done enough to get another chance in national team . .ha ha ha . .

  • crickocat on May 25, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    how ridiculous some people are saying . .how do you think shakib's performance was bad yesterday . .he bowled 4 overs and got 1 wicket only for 25 runs . .this is of course very good figure . .it could have been even better you know how . .and he got out in the last bowl of that over . .he was supposed to give back the strike to yusuf every time . .so what else he could do was just defending the bowl . .he decided to help the team so he tried to go big . .some people are really . . . .

  • on May 25, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    thts the spirit shskib fans...all i wanted his u guys to wakeup in his bsd innings as well bec as fan u guys stood in hs bad innings as well..not nly praisiiln whn he do sme knock.. tht u guys want him to get mom award fr evry innings he played... no doubt he is one of best alrounder in world ... but ovrrated fan club mskes him hate by othrs...

  • TheRisingTeam on May 25, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    KKR are in the form of their lives and although King 11 Punjab are leading the table with ease, KKR is still the team of the tournament thus far. I say that because of their unsettled selection earlier in this seasons IPL and 2 bizarre games against RR which KKR really should've won.

    And to Shakib critics what's the problem still? did you know Shakib right now is the 8th most valuable player in this IPL? and look at the players above him played 3 extra games than Shakib otherwise he probably would'e been 5th or more. Doesn't matter what you say now lol Shakib is a very good genuine all-rounder. Probably would've been ranked 3rd most valuable had he gotten to bat in his usual T20 position of 3/4 and played all the games if you think about it.

  • on May 25, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    @Raghu Poojary, just some bad innings does not make him bad . He bowled very nicely, and because Yusuf pathan dropped Sammy off shakib's bowling, Sammy was able to hit 19 runs in shakib's over. Had that catch been taken, Shakib would have taken more wickets . And yes Shakib is 8 most Valueable player despite playing only 11 matches and he is still at 8th , the players who are above him and some below him have Played MORE than 13 matches, he played only 11 matches still he is on 8th . Now please check it on ipl website , if u dont believe me.

  • Ammo666 on May 25, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    @ANDROID_USER: what about Gautam what did he do by playing every matches 3 ducks in a row & then just 1 run in his 4th match & still trying to find his form consistently LOL...tell me which IND'n all rounder or a foreign all rounder did the most for KKR in this IPL other than the only BD player Shakib LOL! & the time went for the slog it was needed being in much pressure with 4 down & KKR's target was to chase it down by within 15 overs to lift them to 2nd place...lets talk about the most surprising batting of Yousuf & what he did really to mention other than this match only but still he & gautam was in the team LOL!

  • on May 25, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    i surprised y shakib fans are silent ...lol...poor batting from him..he knw nly to slog balls irrespectv of situation..

  • VenkatKondrasu on May 26, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Why the hell on the earth, Anirudha Srikanth was bought into playing XI, When they need to win with a big margin?????

  • on May 25, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    i would say no words to explain Pathan.. and please guys don't criticize shakib he have done enough for KKR with bat and ball as allrounder doesn't always mean he should bat well but he did. One performance can make a MAN HERO or ZERO yusuf was dropped off 0 but he became the hero… but we shall all be honest yusuf have down a lot of times this.. his 100 off just 37 why don't we remember it wasn't a flat track either it was south african pitch top class batsmens fails there to score.

  • Ammo666 on May 25, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Why won't we stand up on Shakib's both ups & downs because its simply part of the game & no one can play well in all the matches & that is with both bat & bowl as he is a all rounder, he performed either with the bowl or bat but he did being in much pressure & in this match better check his bowling figures also & he would at least have two wickets & even give another 10 runs less surely if Yousuf had not drop big hitter Sammy's catch..bowling maiden overs in T20 matches is not as easy as you watch you need that hell of a accuracy! nothing to over rate Shakib here like many other fans does to their dearest players! but KKR got to know who they were missing before it was too late to build a greater KKR team!

  • crickocat on May 25, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    some people don't even know what is consistency . .they criticize shakib . .and more astonishingly they say that yusuf has done enough to get another chance in national team . .ha ha ha . .

  • crickocat on May 25, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    how ridiculous some people are saying . .how do you think shakib's performance was bad yesterday . .he bowled 4 overs and got 1 wicket only for 25 runs . .this is of course very good figure . .it could have been even better you know how . .and he got out in the last bowl of that over . .he was supposed to give back the strike to yusuf every time . .so what else he could do was just defending the bowl . .he decided to help the team so he tried to go big . .some people are really . . . .

  • on May 25, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    thts the spirit shskib fans...all i wanted his u guys to wakeup in his bsd innings as well bec as fan u guys stood in hs bad innings as well..not nly praisiiln whn he do sme knock.. tht u guys want him to get mom award fr evry innings he played... no doubt he is one of best alrounder in world ... but ovrrated fan club mskes him hate by othrs...

  • TheRisingTeam on May 25, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    KKR are in the form of their lives and although King 11 Punjab are leading the table with ease, KKR is still the team of the tournament thus far. I say that because of their unsettled selection earlier in this seasons IPL and 2 bizarre games against RR which KKR really should've won.

    And to Shakib critics what's the problem still? did you know Shakib right now is the 8th most valuable player in this IPL? and look at the players above him played 3 extra games than Shakib otherwise he probably would'e been 5th or more. Doesn't matter what you say now lol Shakib is a very good genuine all-rounder. Probably would've been ranked 3rd most valuable had he gotten to bat in his usual T20 position of 3/4 and played all the games if you think about it.

  • on May 25, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    @Raghu Poojary, just some bad innings does not make him bad . He bowled very nicely, and because Yusuf pathan dropped Sammy off shakib's bowling, Sammy was able to hit 19 runs in shakib's over. Had that catch been taken, Shakib would have taken more wickets . And yes Shakib is 8 most Valueable player despite playing only 11 matches and he is still at 8th , the players who are above him and some below him have Played MORE than 13 matches, he played only 11 matches still he is on 8th . Now please check it on ipl website , if u dont believe me.

  • Ammo666 on May 25, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    @ANDROID_USER: what about Gautam what did he do by playing every matches 3 ducks in a row & then just 1 run in his 4th match & still trying to find his form consistently LOL...tell me which IND'n all rounder or a foreign all rounder did the most for KKR in this IPL other than the only BD player Shakib LOL! & the time went for the slog it was needed being in much pressure with 4 down & KKR's target was to chase it down by within 15 overs to lift them to 2nd place...lets talk about the most surprising batting of Yousuf & what he did really to mention other than this match only but still he & gautam was in the team LOL!

  • on May 25, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    i surprised y shakib fans are silent ...lol...poor batting from him..he knw nly to slog balls irrespectv of situation..

  • Warm_Coffee on May 25, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Where's Jacques Kallis? KKR will win all their games if he's in the side :)

  • mjrvasu on May 25, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Every team concerned regards to this match, very much deserved the result. Top of the list is CSK. They left many winning games too late; very casual in appoaching situations that were converted from a winning position to defeats; poor team selections; could not find bowlers who could defend totals like 185 and 205. Come to think of it, they are lucky to be in the KO stage. CSK suffers much like the Indian team, without quality bowlers who can get break-throughs. Second is SRH. They lost it before the event when Dhawan was named captain. In a death match where they have to all out and some more, they find schoolboys like Aniruddha? It was a horror to see dropped catches and missed fielding opportunities. And they kept out their best opening batsman Finch out on the bench! As for KKR, they rode their wave of stupendous luck, which may well see them to winning the cup.

  • Karan_cricketfan on May 25, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    KKR also dropped 2 catches they should have taken so dropping yusuf even's out.

    Yusuf also should have been a bit more sensible on his first ball, it's unlikely to come in and smack the first ball for six.

  • Azizul84 on May 25, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Pathan and Narine dropped catches and SRH players also dropped catches in return. So math is equal. Both were generous. Pathan was able to use his fortune but SRH players could not and that made the difference. There fore credit must go for KKR.

  • Faisool on May 25, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    friends do not forget that other than dropped catches,mis fielding,silly run outs and big sloggings ,there were two maiden overs by MORKEL nd SHAKIB

  • on May 25, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    SRH made life harder for themselves...Dropping Aaron finch and bringing an unexperienced player like Anirudha(mainly bcoz of his father) in a crunch game is pure madness.!! Look at his dropped match..The hands are nowhere in a position to take a catch..This is comical fielding...Steyn lost his mojo in this IPL...we all know how fearsome he is..But some strange reasons he is not performing to his full potential..To some extent except Ab's brilliance All 20 plus runs conceded by him in this Ipl are very poor overs by his standards...Hope Srh and steyn comes back with a bang next season..

  • on May 25, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    steyn is probably overrated

  • S_R_Kannan on May 25, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Wonderful batting display by Yusuf Pathan and a perfect reply to Maxwell's run machine during the earlier part of the season.But he is highly inconsistent and could hardly stay in the crease like how he escaped yesterday with two dropped catches.All the best for KKR and CSK as well as now they need to wait and watch today's encounter to know their opponent.

  • Antony_Lucas on May 25, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    One of the best games of the tournament. Super stuff. Full credit KKR. Predicting a KKR vs CSK final

  • sam6e on May 25, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Pathetic...that's what sums up the SRH season 7 of IPL. School boys would have taken most catches. How in the world you take a catch with half meter gap between both your hands..watch anirudha srikanth dropping pathan trying to catch with chest setting new example9on what basis was he selected...just coz his dad is mentor)..If you drop any batter 3 times that's what happens..you pay badly...Why did the team not resting steyn...if I Sharma would have selected he would have given same number of runs as steyn is giving as steyn is hardly taking wickets for SRH...could have stick with finch by resting steyn n bringing Holder..over number16,17,18 yields 9 runs..are you kidding me ?? When you need to win with big margin to stay in hunt...In terms of talent the team has more than what some current teams on top have but purely lacking in planning, execution and guidance(Franchise management needs alot of homework)

  • on May 25, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    luck was with him..what if first catch was taken...pure bad bowling and captaincy with help of extraordinary fielding

  • Azizul84 on May 25, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    I was not happy with yousuf's performance. For last night's batting display, I will never complain about his performance, Even if he does not make a single run in his entire life. He over paid all our debts.

  • TRAM on May 25, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Yusuf is deadly on his day. I remember Vettori used to abstain from bowling as long as Yusuf was in the middle.

    In previous years, as soon as Yusuf came to the crease the fielding captain would bring pace attack - yorkers and short-balls and he would get out. But today, the bowling team just let him settle down easily by continuing to bowl spin (and of course dropped catches). By the time they brought Styne it was already too late.

    I doubt Styne's interest/energy level has gone down in this 2014 ipl? Or batsmen have grown more courageous? Otherwise how can we explain 3 players scoring 20+ runs in 1 over off him in this one season (ABD, Dhoni, Yusuf) ? Styne was expensive even otherwise. No yorkers, slower ones...

    All said, IMO, Yusuf is the world #1 against spin in T20. Only wish is, he scores at least once in 5 matches instead of once in 50 matches.

  • on May 25, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    @pindia ashwin is a better bowler ??. lol...he has no idea to bowl when someone goes after him...like maxi ; he is so afraid that 3 wides /over are sure...

  • on May 25, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    @Pindia A cricket format where baseball is played instead of cricket with smaller ground and batting friendly pitch is not a good way to decide a bowlers ability. Steyn is still the greatest seamer of all time in "cricket" not in indian baseball league.

  • srinideva on May 25, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Fans are going over the moon. He was zero in the 3/4th of the match and couple of dropped cathes and some slogs and he became a Hero in the last. KKR deserves every bit of what they acheived in this season.Well played..

  • satishsathya on May 25, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    Even Yusuf and Uthappa after this performance in IPL also. They will find it hard to getting into National team. Coz the team selection for National team is ruled by Mr. Dhoni.

    And he always prefers his followers - (Rohit, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja etc) over any performing team member. Even if they selected also they will be in Bench warming up their seats....You gonna see this soon.

  • Rajah_skn on May 25, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Srikkanth Anirudha ends both his and his father's cricket carrer.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on May 25, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    it is expected, fast track bowler steyn all over the rope. Amazing moment.

  • on May 25, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Pathan at 4, shakib at 3 as he needs 5-10 balls to get in and yadev at 5 will = FIREWORKS

  • on May 25, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    What ever you people say my man of the match is Anirudha Srikkanth.

  • moscowman on May 25, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    Dropping Finch and including Aniruddha, a strange move. He who has been a TN/CSK reject and did nothing to write home about during his stint with CSK cost SRH this match. Dhawan's slow innings and droped catches do not win matches. I think DD and SRH has a lot of homework to do. I hope for a final between CSK and KKR.

  • Feroz9700 on May 25, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    congratulations KKR!!! Well played and most of there players r peaking at the right time. KKR has been using right combination and sending there top batters upfront and making sure they score a lot and have the best bowling line up. SRH unfortunately did not make right team selection throughout the tournament, SRH management does not seem to know the strength of there players. SRH have so many allrounders but they don't let them bowl nor bat and using unknown state players who r wasting lot of balls and have attrocious strike rate and dropping easy catches as well.

  • Captainman on May 24, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    KKR don't need Kallis anymore and looks like he won't be there for team in future. The team is perfectly balanced with Narine the spinner, Shakib the all-rounder, Ryan the all-rounder plus excellent fielding skills, Gambhir captaincy and Uthappa batting.

  • on May 24, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    altho Yusuf played well, we cant hide the fact that SRH gave it to them. The 2 dropped catches were sitters and Buvaneshkumar was held back and not sent to take Yusuf earlier. Also Steyn never bowled a short ball at Yusuf.. Luck 80 %, talent 20 % by KKR for this match.

  • avis1001 on May 24, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Although I am from Hyderabad, one way I am happy that an Indian batsmen made the record. So, good luck KKR.

  • on May 24, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Un bèlieve able stuff! Have seen quite a few big hitting so far, but under the circumstances today and considering the facts of net runrate this is one of the best hit out of my life! Surely been the best. From now on I would love to call pathan / the HIT MAN!

  • on May 24, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    by Pathan's hitting dale steyn looked pale steyn to me today. Pathan's brutual hitting proved that he can hit steyn too to out of the ground. Keep it up Yusuf !!

  • Nampally on May 24, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    SRH Team management really screwed up the selection of XI in a big way!. Replaing Finch with Hokder for an extra bowler was partly justified albeit it weakened the batting. It was a risky move but SRH needed a seam bowler. But bringing in Anirudha was a dunb move & totally irrational. He has not played any IPL T20 matches this year & only one in 2013.Rahul is an outstanding batsman knocking to play for India & even I.Pathan is no dummy even if he failed in bowling. He dropped a sitter from Y.Pathan before he scored. That cost SRH 72 runs + match. urthrmore he scord just 3 runs in 5 balls & the manner in which he got out showed his class. SRH had a settled team missing just one good seam bowler. Why did the managers meddle in such a poor way? SRH top needs to be toppled totally if this team can go anywhere next year. The selection of players at the auction was wrong + wrong team captain for 11 matches & the crowning glory was XI selection in crucial final game with Playoff at stake.

  • Funtopia on May 24, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @ Saradindu Sengupta: The game is over and LOL to you.

  • Fahad2k5 on May 24, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Mashalla our little pathan has grown up so quickly. He has a full beard now.

  • remnant on May 24, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Yusuf P has justified all the long rope he had been provided across seasons. I think during IPL 2012 also when KKR won the trophy, he played only one significant innings in the semis against Dehli, that knocked them out. He seems to be the sort of player who plays in the business end of the league. He seems like a confidence player and performs when high on it. That's good, but he should build on this inning to resurrect his natl. career. That will be good; if he can do it. he still has 2 more matches to get noticed by the selectors. Bravo. Manish Pandey is eating too many deliveries and seems confused about his role.

  • on May 24, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    wht a inning by pathan..really..it was thunder knock.unbelievable.

  • ranj365 on May 24, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    The way RR batted was very doubtful

  • on May 24, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Dropped or not. IF YOu ask anyone that I will not take your catch , now score 72 of 22 balls among that 6 balls will be bowled by Dale stayne then I think maxwell or gayle will have a laugh at it. Its more awesome than Gayle one beacuse it was in the second innings and under pressure.

  • on May 24, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    What dropped? Even Maxwell and De villers were dropped many times in this IPL but no one was good enough to do what Yusuf did today. He smashed the so called Greatest Bolwer ever. Even though Wasim, Ambrose, Walsh, Mc grath are clearly greater than him.

  • Stompers11 on May 24, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Only if Dale Steyn had bowled some slower deliveries the story would have been different.

  • Karan_cricketfan on May 24, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    The only problem for KKR is Manish Pandey - he's not doing much. It's better to let someone else take his place 'cos when you're chasing a big total you can't afford him wasting balls.

  • desiboy454 on May 24, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    An interesting statistic: 2008: RR win (placed 1st in points table) 2009: Deccan Chargers win (4th in table) 2010: CSK win (3rd in table) 2011: Csk (2nd in table) 2012: KKR (2nd in table) 2013: MI (2nd in table)

    so KKR are now second in the points table... my money is on them, from the begining of the season I my prediction was CSK, PUN, KKR & RCB or MI.. so just RR has messed up my prediction. I also felt a KKR vs Pun Final with PUN winning.. Not sure now with KKR red hot..

  • on May 24, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    What a game super salute for big big boom boom Y.pathan Thanks for such an awsome innings, Enjoy & have party tonight

  • Karan_cricketfan on May 24, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    This knock from Yusuf was coming, it wasn't out of the blue as some are saying. Last match he was looking good but gave it away with a silly run out and the 2 matches before he stayed in to finish the match - of course nothing spectacular there but he usually gets out in the first few balls.

  • on May 24, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Love you Pathan bhai

  • on May 24, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    What an innings, at first I was blaming Yusuf pathan furiously for missing that catch from Shakib's delivery. Never in my dreams had I thought Yusuf Pathan will deliver something massive like this after that. Massive respect to him. That's how a cricketer should play - Massive respect from a Bangladeshi fan.

  • on May 24, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    paramesh waran... u need a nap... pls go and sleep...

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Extraordinary innings! Yusuf is a power house!

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    those who think kkr can't win for their fielding and bowling, i dedicate yusuf pathan's todays innings to them ... just 2win from 1st 7 game .. and now, we won last 7 game and reach in 2nd spot .. 2012 is repeating again ...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 24, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Just contrast this 22 ball 72 with a hypothetical 22 ball 18 by Rahane compounded by a 11 ball 5 by Binny, a 9 ball 16 by Hodge and a 6 ball 12 by Faulkner. No wonder RR has their knickers in a twist here with their batting order and Rahane hopelessly eating away all the deliveries in power-play overs. Blatantly counter-productive tactics sans any cricketing sense by RR on every front! As much as I'm a staunch supporter of RR, I guess their matches need to be investigated by appropriate authorities. Take a bow, Yusuf! I'm very happy for you. I'm glad CSK got relegated. CSK should have never even come this far, with all the dirty linen attached to its owners and captain himself, no less. It is now safe to say that Steyn is probably the most over-rated grassbowl bully of this generation. Utterly clueless, monotonous curving out deliveries!

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    unbelievable game by yousuf...droped the catch nd bcame hero...

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    shakibs spell was awesome

  • sumit1982 on May 24, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Today Pathan batting style reminds me the batting of Boom Boom.

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    72 frm 22. ....woaaaa.......They said........nd oly 1 dot bal in d mind blowing blitzkrieg innings they never said

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    yusuf pathan ttaly out of form bt sudenly today helped kkr to qulifieng 2nd place ..thats why he is always mach winner...kkr now both of mach winners ...robin 1 shakib.narayan.yusuf.gambir....kkr when pramote robin luck comes kkr way 10 mach 600 runs average 60 in t20 its world records ...great to see uttappa in england test squad..this kind of teqnick robin diesarve in test also....

  • Ammo666 on May 24, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    If Yousuf wouldn't have miss Sammy's catch then Shakib would had two wickets in his name & also that sixes & fours won't have come from his bat from that Shakib's over for sure & his bowling economy could have been better any bowler of KKR today but Yousuf did not let it happen & he also dropped catch of Shakib's bowling in previous match...what's wrong?? But... today out of form Yousuf redeemed of dropping vital catches & it was almost unbelievable batting to lift KKR to 2nd place! Shakib was in pressure in every single match to play as the only BD player in IPL but he did much this time for KKR by his all round performance just because he got more opportunities to show his class & today he was in even more pressure in this bigger match & it was 4 down when he came in to bat but its not his place to bat so it was not a wise decision...but anyway what matters now is KKR won!

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    72 frm 22 they said...bt only 1 dot ball in tat blitzkrieg innings they never said.....

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    boom boom pathan

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    poor judgement from those who claim that Yusuf was dropped twice... don't forget that even in sunrisers batting, two players were dropped twice as well... one by narine and another by y pathan himself

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    thanks Yusuf for amazing batting to played .... we will not forget in our life.. one-again thanks

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    omg !! i just went out for grocery hoping they gonna make it in 15.2... and they really did that :) what a fantastic and unforgettable innings by Pathan!! KKR rocking now... hopefully they gonna retain this form in playoffs

  • British_North_America on May 24, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    android_user Why do you post so many comments?

  • jhumon_sydney on May 24, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    In 12 out of 14 matches it was liked that PATHAN never played the cricket before.In this match PATHAN showed that he is head master of the cricket school.

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    yusuf pathan today strong hoitting shown how he is capaballe batsman in t20 uttappa yu great 9maches 40 + scores .great keep good tuch in semis ....pathan ..yu great

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    @Facebook user You need some brain to understand that chase against Punjab . U want Chennai to go for Unprobable chase of 230 when we lost both the openers rather than concentrating on N.R.R. Now see fate of two teams hanging on N.R.R!! You guys wil never understand all this things all u know is win means yea we are best lost means we are bad remove the captain!! SHame on u pls dont call urself a CSK FAN taht too huge it seems !!

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Today Yusuf showed that he is real Pathan

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan, you've made a history tonight in the world of cricket by turning the most impossible match into possible. I can't finish thanking you for the match that the cricket world has rarely seen in the past. This man knocked 72 runs off just 22 deliveries smashing 7 big sixes and 5 fours with a strike rate of 327.27. Congratulations Yusuf Pathan and Knight Riders.

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Nc hittim by yasuf..robin frst to reach 600 mark in ths ipl with averahe 50+ ..keep goin..10th consecutive 40+ runs.. u deserve place for upcomin indian tours n world cup 2015

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    O y pathan you are beauty and beast .All credit goes to all team mates of kkr . from bd fan of KKR .KKR should keep the same squad for the next game , lucky combination for kkr .

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Maxwell may hit sixes but when Yusuf starts all are left behind ! 72 in 3 overs and 4 balls is what Yusuf is all about . He may be slo mo drop catches but with bat in hand and a wee bit touch of the earlier YUSUF and you will have the blitzkrieg like never before ! May be may not be able to repeat this again but surely he has regained his touch . Yusuf bhai aapko salaam

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    final is going punjab vs kkr

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    yusuf you are on of the best striker of a cricket ball.... welldone

  • sunwebsite on May 24, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    I am sure the final will be between CSK and KKR

  • Robtyson on May 24, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    KKR gonna win this IPL. They have tremendous belief in themselves. SRK getting ready for the party. KKR gonna thrash Kings XI on Tuesday. Get ready folks!!

  • King900 on May 24, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY - Many international stars have just gone through the motions in IPL 7 with Steyn & Gail and others being the biggest disappointments. Are these stars only playing for the money ? Rajastan Royals Management has also being making some "strange" decisions with their batting line-up recently. Why ?

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I have never noticed Dale Steyn mixing up his deliveries (like slower balls) when he's smashed (by ABD, MSD, YP etc.). Not sure why he always relies on his pace.

  • osteo on May 24, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    What a knock for yoosuf haters. Knock off kings11than this

  • Funtopia on May 24, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Today is the day for Yusuf and as well as for KKR. 7 win in a row damn KKR. Good thing someone is clicking when someone else is flop. good luck KKR.

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    2 unneeded changes caused the defeat for srk

  • v2izkool on May 24, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Congratulations to Steyn, did an excellent job in being predictable. I don't understand why a lot of praise is being heaped upon him, he's WAY too predictable. Run in hard, bowl length balls, get hit; next ball- run in hard, bowl a bouncer. All the batsman needs to do is connect; the pace carries the ball over the boundary. Does he really think he can threaten batsmen by bowling fast on Indian pitches? Does he even bowl a slower ball? De Villiers destroyed him, and now even Pathan smashed him around. 'Learning from experience' doesn't apply to this guy.

  • godshand on May 24, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan - Congrats, finally you showed the form of 2009-10. Never seen Steyn getting Stained with boundaries like this.

  • on May 24, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Hahaha...what great hitting by pathan. Doesnt matter if he got lucky, he had the intent, kkr had the will and thats all that matters. Now they have a couple of days of rest and home field advantage. I am a huge CSK fan and I couldnt be happier. CSK is too over hyped right now with a very defensive and over hyped captain as well. Hope they get thrashed next round. Lost respect for them ever since they gave up the chase within 5 overs agains Punjab in that high scoring game early in the competion. embarassing. go home.

  • on May 24, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    They really should have caught Yousef out earlier. And also I am almost 100% sure the ball that got Sammy out was a overstep no ball. They should have checked...

  • on May 24, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    amazing batting play by Yusuf

  • on May 24, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Final is going to be CSK vs KKR

  • Rally_Windies on May 24, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    After the game I laughed when I looked at the score card and saw : 'Man of the Match : TBA " ...

    I thought to myself : " Why didn't they just award it to him during the 13th over break "

  • on May 24, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    ex csk player Anirudh is culprit who dropped Yusuf Pathan catch now chennai down to third place.

  • durber99 on May 24, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Yusuf was lucky, got 2 life but used his power in the right time, Allah helped him after missing such dolly catch. It was in KKR's fate. Congratulation all the members of KKR. Congrates to Kolkata. Best wishes for SRK. Hopefully KKR will qualify for the final at the 1st chance against Kings11Panjab. Come on Prity. U have to fight with SRK!!!

  • on May 24, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    what a show...what a phatan show

  • Raniz on May 24, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Yes, Yousuf is the main criminal..72 of 22 balls!!! whole money paid off!!

  • godshand on May 24, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan - Congrats, finally you showed the form of 2009-10. Never seen Steyn getting Stained with boundaries like this.

  • on May 24, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    This is the ipl version of the Ireland and Netherlands match in the world cup. Similar situation, high total to be chased and someone scoring 60-70 off 20 balls

  • on May 24, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    here is some thing to all of yousf basher.... switch on ur tv sets foke, surely ur opinion will change....

  • Pindia on May 24, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    It can never be said again that Dale Steyn is the best bowler in the world. Mitch Johnson is a better test bowler, Malinga a better T20 bowler and Narine, Ajmal and Ashwin better bowlers. Yusuf Pathan is back!!!

  • durber99 on May 24, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Surely, Yusuf is the main criminal. Last match, he did the same mistake. Dropped catch and gave 4, bowler was same Shakib. This time excellent spell by Shakib, 2 over only 4 runs but fielder Yusuf was nervous, catch missed and gave Six & can you believe it, it was Sammy, hard hitter. You can not put Yusuf at long on and long off. KKR could chase it down by 15.2, if the run is 142 but Yousuf is responsible for it and in this chase why KKR sent Panday befor Shakib!!!!! Shakib's strike rate was 158. So, why KKr didn't take the chance by pushing Shakib up. Mistake by management.

  • unlocker on May 24, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    I can't control my self after dropped a catch yousuf .if yousuf hold it I am sure sunrise can't make 140+.its imagine after hold this catch about sakib spel .maybe I can't sleep tonight also after win kkr only for dropped catch by yousuf

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    kkr win in 2nd place

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Today greenish track is a damn good test for indian batsmen gambhir and utthappa .

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    It looks SRH is most likely out of the contest. They should better concentrate on Indian domestic players from next season atleast.

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    kkr horrendous bowling and slo mo fielding will take them nowhere . today it's SRH

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Today's bowling and fielding of KKR was horrendous. very overconfident which they should not be . Today Steyn holder karat sharma rasool will eat through KKR. KKR will qualify but will be the 4th team.

  • on May 24, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    kkr is becaming very strong because of uttappa,manish pandey,shakib,gambir,sunil narine and yadav. they can beat any team so kkr will rock ...uttappa do more runs

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  • on May 24, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    kkr is becaming very strong because of uttappa,manish pandey,shakib,gambir,sunil narine and yadav. they can beat any team so kkr will rock ...uttappa do more runs

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Today's bowling and fielding of KKR was horrendous. very overconfident which they should not be . Today Steyn holder karat sharma rasool will eat through KKR. KKR will qualify but will be the 4th team.

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    kkr horrendous bowling and slo mo fielding will take them nowhere . today it's SRH

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    It looks SRH is most likely out of the contest. They should better concentrate on Indian domestic players from next season atleast.

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Today greenish track is a damn good test for indian batsmen gambhir and utthappa .

  • on May 24, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    kkr win in 2nd place

  • unlocker on May 24, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    I can't control my self after dropped a catch yousuf .if yousuf hold it I am sure sunrise can't make 140+.its imagine after hold this catch about sakib spel .maybe I can't sleep tonight also after win kkr only for dropped catch by yousuf

  • durber99 on May 24, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Surely, Yusuf is the main criminal. Last match, he did the same mistake. Dropped catch and gave 4, bowler was same Shakib. This time excellent spell by Shakib, 2 over only 4 runs but fielder Yusuf was nervous, catch missed and gave Six & can you believe it, it was Sammy, hard hitter. You can not put Yusuf at long on and long off. KKR could chase it down by 15.2, if the run is 142 but Yousuf is responsible for it and in this chase why KKR sent Panday befor Shakib!!!!! Shakib's strike rate was 158. So, why KKr didn't take the chance by pushing Shakib up. Mistake by management.

  • Pindia on May 24, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    It can never be said again that Dale Steyn is the best bowler in the world. Mitch Johnson is a better test bowler, Malinga a better T20 bowler and Narine, Ajmal and Ashwin better bowlers. Yusuf Pathan is back!!!

  • on May 24, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    here is some thing to all of yousf basher.... switch on ur tv sets foke, surely ur opinion will change....