Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pune vs Delhi and Hyderabad vs Kolkata - IPL Super Sunday

Two big teams who stand on top two positions lost their last round robin matches yesterday. Mumbai lost to Punjab and Chennai lost to Bangalore. The loss didn't affect their top two positions but it gave a reason to cheer for the winning teams. Punjab seemed happy to bid farewell to Gilchrist with a win. Meanwhile Chennai's loss against Bangalore kept Bangalore alive in the race of play-offs. If Hyderabad losses today, Bangalore would be through to the play-offs.

Pune Warriors India vs Delhi Daredevils

Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils would love to forget this edition of IPL as they did nothing good to prove their potential. With so many good players in the team, they had lot of opportunities to prove their worth. These two teams will face each other in one of the last few matches of the round robin stage.

Pune Warriors lost 9 matches on the trot and ended the dismal streak with a win over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Barring skipper Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa, none of the other batsmen could impress. Sans Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, no other bowler could provide regular breakthroughs or keep opponents' run rate in check. 

On the other hand, Delhi has a similar story where the only fighter so far has been David Warner. Runs have flown consistently from his bat. Jayawardene was good in patches. Virender Sehwag is the biggest flop of IPL 2013. A lot was expected from him in absence of Pietersen and Ryder. Bowling wise, Umesh Yadav and Ashish Nehra have clinched 26 wickets in total but they gave away too many runs. Both these teams have nothing to lose and they would play for their pride.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2013 went till the wire. Still we don't have the fourth team that would qualify for play-offs. This match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad will give us the fourth team. As mentioned earlier, if Sunrisers win this one they would qualify to the play-offs. If they lose, Royal Challengers Bangalore would reach the play-offs.

Kolkata Knight Riders would be disappointed with their performance this year. Bad form and narrow losses didn't do anything good for this team. Kolkata won the IPL 2012 and they were considered one of the favourites to win this year. The only thing now they can do is end their dismal year with a win over Hyderabad.

Sunrisers Hyderabad will do every possible thing today to win. This is a do or die situation for them. Barring two matches (against Chennai and Mumbai), bowling department of Hyderabad has been superb! This team has world's best fast bowler Dale Steyn. On the other hand they also have a very smart leg spinner Amit Mishra. Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma and Darren Sammy have contributed well in bowling. Batting used to be an issue for this but not anymore!

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