Hayden, please get back into form. I really want to see the Mongoose bat in action, but Haydos has said that he will be using it only in the death overs. If he continues scoring single digit scores, we may never see the 'Mongoose' in this IPL.
TEAM PERFORMANCE REVIEWS:
RCB: Their bowling left a lot to be desired. No initial breakthroughs meant that KXIP raced to a big score and on any other day, this score would have been enough for RCB to lose the game. Uthappa's innings was completely unexpected - and I don't expect a repeat any time in the near future. However, Kallis' form bodes well for the red outfit.
KXIP: The batting looked good... but it was helped by some shoddy bowling by the RCB bowlers. But the real worry is the fact that despite the pressure of a big target, the bowlers could do nothing to disrupt the calmness of Kallis. Despite the bulk, I think that Ramesh Powar is an intelligent bowler and should not be kept out of the squad.
KKR: The dream run has finally ended... at the hands of the Super Kings. KKR started off well, but just could not sustain the momentum for the entire duration of the match. I could not watch their batting, but it certainly can't have been good.
CSK: Hayden needs to strike... and quickly. Dhoni and Badrinath did the clean up act yesterday, but I doubt CSK as enough arsenal to last them through the tournament if their best striking device 'Haydos' fails. Their bowling continues to be a worry despite bundling KKR out.
DD v MI: This will be Ferozeshah Kotla's first prominent fixture since the fiasco that occurred in the India - Sri Lanka ODI a few months back. The early indications are that the pitch will be a flatbed. This is a highly anticipated contest... not only because of the domestic rivalry between Mumbaii and Delhi, but also because the MI team has never been better prepared to counter a strong DD side. It will be a cracker of a contest if Zaheer, Malinga and Harbhajan from MI and Sehwag, Gambhir, Dilshan and De Villiers from DD - all play upto their potential. And if Pollard manages to shrug off his jetlag and prove his worth, then it will be a greatly entertaining match.
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