The Royal Challengers’ easy win over the Knight Riders not only stopped their freefall but has given the fight for qualifying places a real spin. Who is going to get into the last four? The Mumbai Indians have stumbled a bit but they have a game in hand and the Challengers are a step behind. The manner in which the Deccan Chargers shot down the Super Kings makes the tournament more exciting.
The Chargers now meet the Royal Challengers, this time at their home ground in Nagpur where they quelled the Super Kings with a display of power hitting by Andrew Symonds and T Suman.
The non-availability of Hyderabad as a venue for the Chargers has meant that the schedule had to be tweaked a bit and that’s why we have the situation where the Chargers and Royal Challengers are playing each other again in less than ten days’ time.
Suman is another in the long line of Hyderabad players whose elegance is a joy to watch. He has now played two superb innings and given the Chargers the stability at the top of the order.
Symonds has struck some fierce sixes as only he can and its clear how much he is helping the younger players to believe in themselves. It’s only at the top that the Chargers could do with an Adam Gilchrist innings and maybe it is time they ask Venugopal Rao to open the batting.
The Challengers are batting so well that they can afford to leave out Kevin Pietersen from their XI. Robin Uthappa has been incredible and his power batting has been awesome.
If the Challengers exact revenge for their loss at home, they are as good as through to the last four and if the Chargers repeat the fabulous win at Bangalore, they’ll take a huge step up the ladder.
It could well be the needle game of the tournament.