A super high scoring thriller followed by another thriller, not that high scoring. If one had the hard hitting performance of Yusuf Pathan going in vain, the other had a sublime performance by a captain called Gauti.
TEAM PERFORMANCE REVIEWS:
MI: The Brabourne stadium erupted when Shane Warne called it wrong at the toss... Sachin Tendulkar had won the first battle... The rest of it did not happen! The recruitment of former ICL stars has strengthened MI's lineup in a big way. And it showed!
RR: For RR, the big issue is that no one apart from Yusuf Pathan seems to be a threat while batting. Greame Smith may get it right some time, but that time needs to come soon.
KXIP: The batting was below par. Mistakes in the field arguably cost them the match. Sanga made an impressive captaincy debut in the IPL though. Atleast he managed to get Dilshan for 0.
DD: Gauti's innings was a throwback to the previous era. Its very rare to see such innings in this form of the game. It included cuts, late cuts, jabs and nudges - a very well compiled knock. With the skipper doing well and other big names due for a big score, DD is a strong strong team.
KKR v RCB: RCB will be hoping to kick off its 2010 campaign in a different manner than 2008, when against this very team - they were smashed. The silver lining for them - McCullum is far away in New Zealand right now.
CSK v DC: MS Dhoni's men in yellow will be starting out at home against the defending champions, who would want to fight back from their loss in the first game. Bowling is a worry for both the teams. Hayden's mongoose will be interesting to watch.