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Do-or-die situation for teams

If it’s Sunday, it’s an IPL double-header and the big boys are coming out to play as teams do their best to ensure a spot in the semifinals.

cricket Updated: May 16, 2009 23:30 IST
HT Correspondents

If it’s Sunday, it’s an IPL double-header and the big boys are coming out to play as teams do their best to ensure a spot in the semifinals.

Just do it

The Kings XI Punjab have looked dangerous without ever being completely in control of their campaign. If they needed to be given a sharp focus, the points table has done so. From here on Yuvraj Singh’s team needs to win all its matches.

The first hurdle is the Deccan Chargers, who themselves need to dust off a tight loss to Delhi in their last game.

Where’s Viru?

After missing out several matches through injury, Sehwag is back at the helm. But just where is the real Viru? He has not seemed himself at all in his short stints at the crease. The big matches are approaching, don’t rule out Sehwag.

Hollywood dreams

Shane Warne has been called Hollywood for years now and his dreams of defending the IPL title seemed to wither away when he picked up a hamstring injury.

Like with everything else in his life, Warne ignored popular advice, played and pulled off a stunning win against Mumbai. He can’t afford to take too many chances.

Whom to leave out

Adam Gilchrist has led his team not merely by force of personality but by doing most of the scoring. In recent matches Herschelle Gibbs has been benched, giving youngsters like T Suman a go.

With the action moving to the business end of the tournament, though, a return for Gibbs must be on the cards. The question then, is which of the foreigners miss out?