It Ain’t Over
…till it’s over.
Every time you thought a team was done and dusted in this IPL, there’s been the good old twist.
The two previous editions saw their wooden spoon team nosedive right from the start. Deccan Chargers had problems with unrest within the team over non performing players. Kolkata Knight Riders had their multiple captaincy theory laughed, then the Fake IPL Player really milked the bad patch the team went through. Lesson was: Sucks to be at the bottom of the table. Sell your soul if you have to but avoid the wooden spoon.
Kings XI Punjab had their problems with Yuvraj Singh’s performance being pointed at, Sanga’s authority being talked about and again, Yuvraj’s weight being laughed at. It’s been ruthless.
But thankfully, the teams have learnt not to stay down and fight back. Delhi had a bunch of losses before they struck back with the help of Paul Collingwood. Chennai went through their worst phase ever in the IPL, losing to even Kings XI in a match that went to the Super Over before their Deus Ex Machina Doug Bollinger joined them to paper over apparent cracks. Kolkata have their strange tendency to win and lose when you would least expect it from them. Rajasthan are pretty consistent, their wins and losses having come in bunches. Deccan just win the minimum required before turning it up in the must win matches.
The downside of this is very obviously that the teams that started off well are looking for that win which will seal their place in the semis. Mumbai and Bangalore started the season very well but still haven’t been able to book their slot in the semis.
Mumbai just lost two on the trot but still remain on top of the table with 14 points, needing just one win to go through to the semis. Rajasthan and Delhi are joint second with 12 apiece RCB have now lost three successively and slipped way down, with CSK and KKR in the joint third position with 10 points to them. DC won a do or die match against RCB to reignite their campaign and are now fourth with 8 points. Kings XI, bless them, beat Mumbai to keep the all the four slots open.
Lalit Modi’s baby has become predictability proof. It’s what T20 is, unlike Test cricket, where it’s not over until the full number of overs that are scheduled to be bowled that day have been bowled.
Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings, Nagpur
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Bangalore