Archive for May, 2012

Probably this years IPL has been the most unpredictable of all, we have already crossed the two-third mark of the tournament, and so far only one teams looks certain of qualifying, and only one is certain of not qualifying (this too has been decided in just the  match yesterday). Yes, the tournament is still very much open, and finally which four teams will make it to the second stage, and which three teams will make it to the Champions League is still a big questions with almost every team as of now has a chance of making it to the top four.

It is really amazing how this tournament has come out as of now. I guess everyone expected Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Royal Challengers Bangalore to make it to the top four. But it is Delhi Daredevils who surely should make it to the top four. So one of these three heavyweights will have to lose out from the second stage. Though when the tournament was at mid way stage, it was Rajasthan Royals, Pune Warriors, along with Delhi that looked to make it through the top four, and the big ones missing out. But slowly the big four have started to come back to winning ways. Though one cannot really count out Rajasthan, Pune, and Kings XI Punjab out of the tournament as yet, as just a couple of wins will get them back in the top of the table. In fact this has been the nature of this IPL year ever since it started. For a long time now, a team placed at seventh or eighth position with just one win rockets into the second or third position and maybe with two consecutive wins into the first position as well many a times. Such unpredictable has been the nature of this edition of IPL.

Though all has not been good for Deccan chargers as they are now the only team that is out of contention for the second stage, as they have just managed to win twice in 10 games in the tournament so far, both of them coming against Pune Warriors. But honestly they have lost very close games, many of them which could have been won. In fact their batsmen have done well so as their bowlers, it is just that they have not performed well as a team. The opposite has been of Mumbai Indians, their bowlers have been outstanding and their batsman equally disappointing, but they have just managed to click as a team and have won close matches, winning on the last ball three times while chasing and once by defeating an opposition by 1 run.  

Who will win the tournament is nowhere in the questions as yet, in fact which will be the final four teams is the bigger question. Being a big Mumbai Indians fan I hope they play much better from here on and go on to win their first IPL title.