While South Africa have at least been able to focus entirely on the cricket, India haven’t. For the past few weeks in India, cricket has dominated newspaper front pages and has been breathlessly reported on round-the-clock by television channels, but almost all of it has been about the corruption in the IPL, and the ensuing turmoil in the BCCI.
Chennai Super Kings star players have played like super stars – Raina, Vijay, Jadeja, Bravo, Morris and who can forget Hussey and Dhoni. This team only can loose if they want to loose.
Players and sides do strange things under pressure, especially in T20. They do stranger things in a T20 knockout situation. Ask Mumbai Indians. It’s a phenomenon that keeps getting stranger and stranger with every passing season: they are yet to win an IPL title in five previous attempts.
Evenly matched teams in a battle of wits | PunterPolls Prediction The first eliminator of IPL 2013 features two unlikely, yet similar competitors, in Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The thread of similarity extends beyond the ‘underdog’ status. They’ve had similar journeys to the playoffs. Both sides have been strong at home, with Royals finishing unbeaten andRead More PunterPolls Prediction – Eliminator: Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad at Delhi, 22 May
The week Chennai Super Kings have negotiated five times previously, with more success than failure; they’re the only team to progress past the league stage in every edition of the IPL so far, losing once in the semis, finishing runners-up twice (including last year), and winning the title in 2010 and 2011.
Sunrisers stand out when compared to the other teams that have already entered the playoffs or are competing to get there. Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and even Royal Challengers Bangalore have strong batting units while Rajasthan Royals are a team that is greater than the sum of its parts.