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KKR hold the edge against CSK

If you would have asked me at the start of this edition of the Indian Premier League to pick a winner, I would have obviously put my money on Chennai Super Kings. Mark Waugh writes.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2012 00:03 IST
Mark Waugh
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If you would have asked me at the start of this edition of the Indian Premier League to pick a winner, I would have obviously put my money on Chennai Super Kings. Probably, followed by the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. So, it was bit of a surprise to see all three of them capitulate to a loss in the last couple of days and convincingly at that!

While Mumbai lost to an in-form opponent, Delhi Daredevils, who are incidentally everyone's favourites now, they will realise that they are also in the middle of a slump. This usually happens in a tournament as long as this, but given that it has occurred quite early for the Mumbai Indians, it will need them to now shrug that aside and rake up as many wins as possible. The one area they are definitely not lacking is the resources to deal with the crisis, it is the execution that needs to come good.

Chennai were put to the sword by the fighting Kings XI Punjab, who now join a clutch of other sides in the middle of the table with eight points. The slowness of the Chennai pitch became quite prominent in the second half of the innings when the home team chased that in-between score of 156.

The Super Kings batting is highly reliant on Faf du Plessis and after he got out early, none of the rest could cope with the track’s slowness. As a result, Chennai, despite remaining in the third spot with nine points, are only one ahead of Punjab.

Chennai now have a chance to go level on points with the Kolkata Knight Riders when the two sides meet on Monday.

On paper though, I think that Kolkata have the form and the momentum. Chennai, it seems, haven't batted as well as they would have liked in the tournament and could well get in Michael Hussey into the line-up if he is available for the game.

Difficult choice to make between the two sides, although, I will put Kolkata slightly ahead in this match.

The writer is a former Australia batsman