Today's double-header is a clash between the haves and the have nots. The Chennai Super Kings (who take on the Mumbai Indians) and the Deccan Chargers (who will play the Kolkata Knight Riders) are virtually assured places in the final four. Will this cause a drop in intensity?
The horrors that the KKR team have had to endure on the field must come to an end at some point. Brendon McCullum made a powerful statement with the bat even as his team posted a big total but even that could not keep defeat at bay against the Royal Challengers. Surely they will break the jinx sooner rather than later.
From the start of this tournament, the Chennai Super Kings have looked the most balanced unit. Yet, they have struggled to build any consistency or momentum because they have let themselves down on the field. With Matthew Hayden and Suresh Raina both scoring heavily, CSK should have sealed a place in the semis.
Fortunately, the performance of Shadab Jakati and Sudeep Tyagi have helped overcome fielding woes.
Foot on the pedal
With Adam Gilchrist booming at the top of the order, and Andrew Symonds determined to prove he can hit the headlines purely for cricketing reasons, the Deccan Chargers have literally waded past teams. But there’s no doubting the fact that they let the game get away from them against Delhi. With the knockouts approaching they need to ensure there’s no let-up in the intensity.
Just what were the Mumbai Indians thinking? They pushed Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya — probably the most feared opening partnership — down the order in their last game, and the gambit failed spectacularly. Hopefully good sense will prevail and the heavyweights will return to the top, where they belong.