Kings XI v Knight Riders, IPL, Qualifier 1, Kolkata May 28, 2014

Knight Riders through to final after Kings XI unravel

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Kolkata Knight Riders 163 for 8 (Uthappa 42, Karanveer 3-40) beat Kings XI Punjab 135 for 8 (Saha 35, Umesh 3-13) by 28 runs
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Kolkata Knight Riders eased into the IPL final with their eighth-successive win, beating a listless Kings XI Punjab at Eden Gardens. Robin Uthappa prolonged a stellar season and took the record for the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an IPL season. Gautam Gambhir, though scratchy with the bat, had helmed an impressive turnaround by Kolkata Knight Riders. The satisfaction of making the final was sweetened all the more when both players returned into national reckoning. Uthappa found a place for the ODI tour of Bangladesh and Gambhir could contemplate a Test comeback in England.

Rain tends to favour chasing teams, if it's impact is expected. On Wednesday, sunny skies welcomed Kings XI and Knight Riders but as the evening waned, the weather soured. Kings XI would not have been flustered by a target of 164, but the advent of a non-stop drizzle in the third over meant they had to tackle one of the wilier bowling attacks with the prospect of the match being curtailed at any given moment. Having fallen behind the Duckworth-Lewis equation, one of the most assured batting line-ups suddenly looked out of their depth, but they have another crack on Friday when they meet the winner of the eliminator.

The jitters began when Manan Vohra, empowered by a few solid hits, miscued to long-on. His 26 off 19 had originally put Kings XI ahead on the rain rule but now they were four runs behind par. Glenn Maxwell's attempts to dance around the crease to upset the bowler's rhythm backfired when he was found plumb in front. Kings XI were 11 behind and the downward spiral steepened.

Umesh Yadav was not among those bound for England in July. His chosen way to vent was an opening spell of 2 for 12 in three overs. As rain persisted, the batsmen were uncertain regarding the length of the match and the approach they should employ. If they took undue risks and the game ended up lasting the 20 overs, they could end up without enough batsmen. If they didn't press on, Knight Riders would clinch the game with ease.

Wriddhiman Saha and David Miller flailed at the crease, attempting to hit on the up and hack across the line, and by the time their struggle came to an end their side was more than 20 runs behind the Duckworth-Lewis equation.

With the umpires doing their best to ensure a full game - at one point they waved the invading groundsmen off the field to ensure five overs of the chase were completed - the Knight Riders spinners continued the strangle. Shakib Al Hasan and Piyush Chawla grabbed a wicket each, while conceding only 11 runs in three overs, as Kings XI meandered to 97 for 6 in after 16 overs. George Bailey attempted a counterattack, but Sunil Narine kept the penultimate over to four runs to all but seal the result.

Spin had played a prominent part in the first innings as well. Akshar Patel snared the in-form Robin Uthappa and a struggling Manish Pandey in the same over. Karanveer Singh furthered his stocks with three wickets. However, in between their strikes Knight Riders had benefited from important cameos to secure a formidable total.

Uthappa was at his fluent best again, depositing Mitchell Johnson and Parvinder Awana into the crowd with authoritative pulls. Having showcased his skills off the back foot, he drilled some eye-catching drives both through and over the off side field to fuel his 10th 40-plus score on the trot. His exit however seemed to drain Knight Riders' momentum until Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan contributed 41 off 33 balls in the push towards the death overs.

Both batsmen fell just before a 20-minute break for rain, but Chawla, Suryakumar Yadav and Ryan ten Doeschate managed 49 runs in the final four overs to provide more than enough cushion for their bowling attack.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    I'm a KKR fan but I want CSK in the final. A win in the final against the 2nd best of the IPL would mean something....

  • POSTED BY RoyRulez on | May 29, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    SAM6E... I hope you realize that one cannot build a bowling attack reading Narine, Malinga, Gul, Ajmal and Steyn in IPL... There is no doubt that KKR has the best bowling attack!!!

    Coming to the more important issue... It was a great win. Gauti did a wonderful job... It's not easy defending when you have to keep one eye on the D/L sheet!!!

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 29, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    That KKR bowling lineup is like Hydra: you cut one head off and two more grow back. Uthappa certainly deserves a white ball international run this summer but Gambhir on the test team might be a bit of a stretch. I suppose they're consider Gambhir over Shikhar Dhawan?

  • POSTED BY Zeus7 on | May 29, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    People keep saying D/L is tough for batman only! Did they forget that it's also tough for bowling team. The bowl was wet!! It's tough for bowlers to grip the bowl. There are both pros and cons. And while Vohra and Sahs were playing they were ahead/inline with the runs required. So, it wasn't the rain that played spoil sport.

  • POSTED BY Zeus7 on | May 29, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    sam6e Calm down, you are trying too hard to find faults in KKR. Team doesn't win 8 matches in a row without doing something right. Don't forget no team has ever made more than 170 in 15 games played this IPL. This has to be a good bowling performance.

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 29, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    ATTN KKR: One thing that must be looked at is the fall of wickets in clusters. They should ensure that this type of mini collapses do not happen be it a maiden wicket but losing two in quick successions in this format can have a formidable impact. I hope GG looks into this and advises his players to just assess the situation whenever a wicket falls. Yusuf pathan and Manish were out to some casual shots which could have been avoided. Especially so since they lost another set batsman at the other end. Thankfully losing those two did not deter from reaching a decent total which I feel was very gettable but some good bowling at the start and middle arrested KXIP development. I cannot stress more the importance of a set player staying till the end and seeing the side through whether chasing or setting a target, hope they go on to win it I feel they have done the hard work to deserve it.

  • POSTED BY tryon262 on | May 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Kings XI lost it 3 games before by resting inform batters Miller and Maxwell for no reason, which has put them off their rythem and hence their failing after coming into the team. The same thing happened to RR by changing their team for no rhyme or reason. The management is to blame. further Maxwell was deprived of the Orange Cap with his being left out. A fast bowler who is injury prone OK, but a batter in spanking form being rested, surely

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    well that was a once off affair for kings11 ......but against csk it will be a nice form enhancer......

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I as a KKR fan would like to face KXIP again in the final, easier than CSK.

  • POSTED BY mahafuz_mannan on | May 29, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Yes yes...we KKR are overrated, lucky...well the bottom line is we are through to the final....so punjab fans you guys come to the final and then do the sledging...if rain did anything increased the chances for them...it was clear that our spinners couldn't grip the wet ball....if patel and karenveer can take 5 wickets in that pitch....with a dry ball our spinners would have taken 10 wickets and punjub would struggled to get 100...punjab didn't score 150 against us in previous two games, what makes them think that can chase 163 in our home ground...and ofcourse we prefer punjab in the final than CSK...CSK is a champion team and the most consistent team

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    I'm a KKR fan but I want CSK in the final. A win in the final against the 2nd best of the IPL would mean something....

  • POSTED BY RoyRulez on | May 29, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    SAM6E... I hope you realize that one cannot build a bowling attack reading Narine, Malinga, Gul, Ajmal and Steyn in IPL... There is no doubt that KKR has the best bowling attack!!!

    Coming to the more important issue... It was a great win. Gauti did a wonderful job... It's not easy defending when you have to keep one eye on the D/L sheet!!!

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 29, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    That KKR bowling lineup is like Hydra: you cut one head off and two more grow back. Uthappa certainly deserves a white ball international run this summer but Gambhir on the test team might be a bit of a stretch. I suppose they're consider Gambhir over Shikhar Dhawan?

  • POSTED BY Zeus7 on | May 29, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    People keep saying D/L is tough for batman only! Did they forget that it's also tough for bowling team. The bowl was wet!! It's tough for bowlers to grip the bowl. There are both pros and cons. And while Vohra and Sahs were playing they were ahead/inline with the runs required. So, it wasn't the rain that played spoil sport.

  • POSTED BY Zeus7 on | May 29, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    sam6e Calm down, you are trying too hard to find faults in KKR. Team doesn't win 8 matches in a row without doing something right. Don't forget no team has ever made more than 170 in 15 games played this IPL. This has to be a good bowling performance.

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 29, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    ATTN KKR: One thing that must be looked at is the fall of wickets in clusters. They should ensure that this type of mini collapses do not happen be it a maiden wicket but losing two in quick successions in this format can have a formidable impact. I hope GG looks into this and advises his players to just assess the situation whenever a wicket falls. Yusuf pathan and Manish were out to some casual shots which could have been avoided. Especially so since they lost another set batsman at the other end. Thankfully losing those two did not deter from reaching a decent total which I feel was very gettable but some good bowling at the start and middle arrested KXIP development. I cannot stress more the importance of a set player staying till the end and seeing the side through whether chasing or setting a target, hope they go on to win it I feel they have done the hard work to deserve it.

  • POSTED BY tryon262 on | May 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Kings XI lost it 3 games before by resting inform batters Miller and Maxwell for no reason, which has put them off their rythem and hence their failing after coming into the team. The same thing happened to RR by changing their team for no rhyme or reason. The management is to blame. further Maxwell was deprived of the Orange Cap with his being left out. A fast bowler who is injury prone OK, but a batter in spanking form being rested, surely

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    well that was a once off affair for kings11 ......but against csk it will be a nice form enhancer......

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I as a KKR fan would like to face KXIP again in the final, easier than CSK.

  • POSTED BY mahafuz_mannan on | May 29, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Yes yes...we KKR are overrated, lucky...well the bottom line is we are through to the final....so punjab fans you guys come to the final and then do the sledging...if rain did anything increased the chances for them...it was clear that our spinners couldn't grip the wet ball....if patel and karenveer can take 5 wickets in that pitch....with a dry ball our spinners would have taken 10 wickets and punjub would struggled to get 100...punjab didn't score 150 against us in previous two games, what makes them think that can chase 163 in our home ground...and ofcourse we prefer punjab in the final than CSK...CSK is a champion team and the most consistent team

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 29, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Those who are talking about batting second in D/L scenario should remember that you need to keep an eye on D/L par score after 5 overs for every over and cannot play yourself in or take you time to settle and then go for hitting...Johnson is fearless now ..drop and him and adopt to dhoni's strategy of going 4 overseas batters..pick marsh, maxwell, miller and bailey and get sandeep sharma back he is a good bowler...Awana sharma akshar karanveer& patel are good enough..for that matter even sehwag and marsh can bowl an over if needed...KKR fans pray that CSK gets beaten else we all know if CSK comes to final dhoni creates havoc particularly how easily they beat MI in qualifiers..

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | May 29, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    People are forgetting that this is KKR 8th straight win which is truly outstanding in this form and why they are on this run? because 3 of the top 10 most valuable players in this IPL are from KKR - Uthappa, Narine and Shakib. KKR got their combination right and team spirit within the team is very high with every one chipping in somehow. The interesting thing is that if KKR do win the final coming up then keeping these top valuable players right now in Uthappa, Narine and Shakib for the foreseeable future will be a tough ask as their value fees will sky rocket and more teams will be interested in them.

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 29, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Other than Narine there is no best bowler in KKR who people can count and it is Narine who made the difference to the bowling of KKR...Morkel Inconsistent...Yadav once in blue moon(no wonder he gets selected n dropped 10 wkts so far in IPL playing 11 matches with 3 wickets in last match)...shakib best all rounder already awarded by bengali fans but throw bowler(21 runs in 18th over)...Chawla as all know how good he is not to be in Indian team...overs 12 to 16 bowled by KKR yielded only 19 runs (3,6,2,4,5 in 12th to 16th over)and that is the reason why KXIP lost the match...first of all no one thought the match will go for 20 0vers with rain drizzling and if you lose with D/L after 5 overs with 2 or 3 runs behind then it is suicidal

  • POSTED BY Azizul84 on | May 29, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Those who are talking about rain as factor of kxip lost against kkr he might forget that batting second always an advantage in D/L Scenerio. So advantage was with kxip, not with kkr. Simple reason kxip could not win because of not being able to take pressure. Further in this season kkr in all three matches kept kxip batmen under control. They were under 150 in three matches, other few teams have done this. KKR won because of their superior bowling attack. max, baily, miller could not do anything significant against kkr bowling attack. Failure of the three guns were the main reason behind kxip's defeat. Please try to find main reasons and solve those. If kxip try to find excuses and don't find out their fault, they will face similar fate in final as they have a strong chance to make to final.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 29, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Shakib would've been the most valuable player in this IPL had he gotten to play all the matches and at his usual batting position in T20 at 3. Currently the 6th most valuable player in this IPL lol

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 29, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Some people say KKR benefited from rain.Do they forget how difficult it becomes for the bowling captain to decide whether to reserve his best bowlers for a 20 overs match or to keep checking the D/L score? In rainy condition, teams always tend to bat second to be on safer side.It is their failure which they are trying to exert on KKR.Maxwell is out of form for the last 6-7 matches, Miller is not a great player of spin either, so who will do it for them?

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 29, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    In final, If uthappa dismissed in single digit - KKR score will finish in double digit.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Punjab should make Maxwell to open with Sehwag...Vohra shold be one down...Shaun Marsh should be in team but Miller is the only left han option for them...Where is Shivam?...

  • POSTED BY patilyogs on | May 29, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I think yesterday rain put lot of pressure on KXI batsman to keep D/L par score over to over and they lost wickets in hurry..... also if KXI makes to final ....then I believe KKR no chance to win IPL14 as we all know final venue is Bangalore which suits KXI batsman too well that they can score even 300 over there....so I think it is gonna very interesting.....

  • POSTED BY crick50 on | May 29, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Hope Kings XI short right on their team selection? Why Awana?? he is not a match winner or threat bowler. with spinner friendly Track Maxwell bowling will be handy as well. wish this both team meet again in Final. Qualifier2 Combination Sandeem Sharma for Awana Marsh for Baily. Shewag captaining the side. Marsh bowling can be handy

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 29, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Rain played a big part in KKR win...if it is in back of your mind to keep the score in par with D/L, sometimes trying to achieve that the batsmen throws the wicket..thats what happend exactly to KXIP. Don't worry they have another chance and once they beat the CSK and come back to final, they will show the real value to the over rated KKR..except Uthapa and Narine no one has achieved any feat to deserve finals purely lucky...Don't forget the performances where they lost 6 wkts in 2 overs to lose a match from winning position

  • POSTED BY subratachakrabarty on | May 29, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    I am happy for 2 reasons: 1. KKR made it to the final of IPL7. 2. KXIP have second chance to cash in. Having said that, what bothers me is CSK. Having lost couple of their matches after qualifying for play-offs, they put up an impressive show against MI. It 'll be history repeating itself if CSK goes to the final coz they would be facing KKR (IPL5 final). Anyway, KKR put up a wonderful show. I still think that middle order batting unit is fragile for KKR. However, Robbie did a good job again. But the most impressive is KKR's strategy of playing 5 bowlers. It was a well decided strategic decision. I know for sure that Wasim Akram might have played a role in that decision. I would really like to see KXIP to qualify for final, which seems less likely. CSK do have reputation of spoilsport for other teams, specifically in such crucial juncture. All the best KKR for final and KXIP for 2nd eliminator.

  • POSTED BY on | May 29, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    At the end my prematch analysis of KKR vs KXIP is spot on...I am impressed by the captaincy of Mr.Gambhir..Awesome Team spirit at it's best ...Chawla played his role superbly ..Umesh is doing great.very good fielding unit..Here it goes...Shakib is not at his best in this particular match but still Insh Allah Moyna will play a big role in final. @Zilani Ahsan.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 29, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    Maxwell is not playing Well

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Cricket on | May 29, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Why maxwell is not able to score in good bowling attack. KXIP also like south africa team they have all the ability but in knockout situation they are not good.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 29, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    rain spoiled Punjab. well played KKR. what an aggressive captaincy by gg

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 29, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Bailey just needs to come up the batting order to be that calming influence on the younger boys. Saha, although played well, kept checking the runs required under D/L and that showed that it played on their minds. There are obviously pros and cons of Bailey coming so low down the order, but for the finals I do hope he moves himself up, just to keep the innings in tact and let the boys bat around him. Bailey has been hitting them pretty well in the tournament, but has got out a lot of the times trying to hit the big shot out of the ground. If he bats up the order, he won't need to take such risks. And, to those who are complaining about Maxwell being rested and hence losing 'form', he was already out of 'form' before that. But in saying that, the word 'form' shouldn't really be associated with a player like Maxwell, considering his style of batting. It's so hit and miss and sporadic that on any day, whether his form guide suggests it or not, he can fire or fail miserably.

  • POSTED BY 12345SS on | May 29, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    How did KKR win today? Unbelievable performance from them never seen a cricket match like this. I think KKR team need to sleep well tonight and tommorow to prepare themselves for the final and make sure you guys eat healthy food because it will help you to focus on the game more. Good luck for the final and wanna see you win IPL 2014

  • POSTED BY __PK on | May 28, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Good to know finishing top of the table gave Punjab such a huge advantage - an away game against a team which they outperformed during the season.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    SAKIB proves he is best all rounder in the present world cricket ...we all bangladeshis proud of him.....we believe and hope KKR will be the champion of IPL 2014...BEST WISHES to all KKR n boss SRK...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    KXiP Should win the IPL Cup.They are Deserving Winners.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    congratulations to kkr in final. I hopefully kkr win the ipl champion of 2014.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    its a travesty that Umesh Yadav isnt in the team for England. He is India's best pace, swing and seam bowler when healthy.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | May 28, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Good captaincy by Gauti. He didn't go for defensive strategy by not reserving Morkel for final overs and got 2 important wickets to keep pressure on KIIP through the innings. Sakib should have kept length considering good condition of the pitch for the bowlers, like Narine did in second to final over and didn't allow Johnson to even have bat on ball!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    a team in which bowlers like naraine are included such team is sure to get success

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Well played KKR and good luck KXIP

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 28, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    KKR rocks! Well played. We enjoyed the match.

  • POSTED BY Javed_17 on | May 28, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Umesh Yadav answered the selectors ommission in great fashion today. His miserly economy and great strike bowling deserve a man of the match award. Robin uthappa and GG celebrated their national call ups in contrasting fashions as well.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | May 28, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    @nampally - agree UTHAPPA should have been there. Just no logic in the selection panel this time around. The form he has been would warrant him to be there. Opening batsman set the tone for a game a test match. Another selection I would have hoped for was bowler Praveen Kumar.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Resting Maxwell is the dumbest thing Panjab did, look at him now, no form at all. Lost his form, being superstitious, that orange cap holders are not winning the cup is costing Panjab.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 28, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Another great innings by the opener Uthappa. Yet he is not even in the Indian team for England tour. What sort of logic justifies dropping Uthappa from sealing one opening batsman? He has scored the highest number of runs by any opener with best average & S/R. Yet it is Gambhir who gets IN. Actually the 4 best opening batsmen in India today are: Nair, Uthappa, Vohra & Dhawan - a distant 4th. Gambhir with his frequent poking of balls outside the off stump already failed badly in the last England tour.Neither Rahane nor Rohit are openers- both middle order bats. KKR should have compiled at least 200 to be competitive & win the match. They need to get the 3 Aussies out early if they stand any chance of winning. They are preceded by Sehwag, Vohra & Saha who have been in good form too. An uphill task for KKR bowling. Morkel & Narine have to be at their best to deal with the strong KXIP batting who are capable of chasing 162 with ease. But if all the catches are taken KKR are still in it!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    how many 40s robin out oho my god .bt he played his knock ..very tuff wicket on batting ..he played..

  • POSTED BY woody3 on | May 28, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    ITV4 in UK is showing early round french open womens tennis rather than the replayed qualifier. Unbelievable.

  • POSTED BY cricydidi1981 on | May 28, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    no early momentum thats 20 runs less already

  • POSTED BY cricydidi1981 on | May 28, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Uthappa all nervy strike rate of 20 in first over.. today is not his day.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 28, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    A battle between Defence and Attack....

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  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 28, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    A battle between Defence and Attack....

  • POSTED BY cricydidi1981 on | May 28, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Uthappa all nervy strike rate of 20 in first over.. today is not his day.

  • POSTED BY cricydidi1981 on | May 28, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    no early momentum thats 20 runs less already

  • POSTED BY woody3 on | May 28, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    ITV4 in UK is showing early round french open womens tennis rather than the replayed qualifier. Unbelievable.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 28, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    how many 40s robin out oho my god .bt he played his knock ..very tuff wicket on batting ..he played..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 28, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Another great innings by the opener Uthappa. Yet he is not even in the Indian team for England tour. What sort of logic justifies dropping Uthappa from sealing one opening batsman? He has scored the highest number of runs by any opener with best average & S/R. Yet it is Gambhir who gets IN. Actually the 4 best opening batsmen in India today are: Nair, Uthappa, Vohra & Dhawan - a distant 4th. Gambhir with his frequent poking of balls outside the off stump already failed badly in the last England tour.Neither Rahane nor Rohit are openers- both middle order bats. KKR should have compiled at least 200 to be competitive & win the match. They need to get the 3 Aussies out early if they stand any chance of winning. They are preceded by Sehwag, Vohra & Saha who have been in good form too. An uphill task for KKR bowling. Morkel & Narine have to be at their best to deal with the strong KXIP batting who are capable of chasing 162 with ease. But if all the catches are taken KKR are still in it!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Resting Maxwell is the dumbest thing Panjab did, look at him now, no form at all. Lost his form, being superstitious, that orange cap holders are not winning the cup is costing Panjab.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | May 28, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    @nampally - agree UTHAPPA should have been there. Just no logic in the selection panel this time around. The form he has been would warrant him to be there. Opening batsman set the tone for a game a test match. Another selection I would have hoped for was bowler Praveen Kumar.

  • POSTED BY Javed_17 on | May 28, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Umesh Yadav answered the selectors ommission in great fashion today. His miserly economy and great strike bowling deserve a man of the match award. Robin uthappa and GG celebrated their national call ups in contrasting fashions as well.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 28, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    KKR rocks! Well played. We enjoyed the match.