Monday, April 11, 2011

No Dada No KKR

A poor turnout at Eden pretty much confirmed that there is No Kolkata Knight Riders without the double DA. However, victories can heal any wounds. If KKR can go on to capitalize the momentum and lap few more wins after their victory against Deccan, they should attract more audience.
Again beating Deccan is hardly a challenge. After all the owners of Deccan failed to understand that the good bowling line up of Steyn, Ishanth, Mishra and Ojha will carry any sense only if there is some batting power to back it. Looks like Sangakara is already on course to relinquish Deccan’s captaincy for the benefit of the future captain to take charge when the unit is young.
With the return of Watson for Royals, KKR will have a tough game on Friday. It should be mouth watering contest considering Warne’s captaincy definitely has the edge over Gambir. After all it is Gambir’s thoughtless move of holding himself ahead of Tiwary and Morgan costed the opener against Super Kings. Also the return of Lee and Shakib should improve KKR bowling department, in their upcoming matches.
Kings XI is clearly on mission of becoming bad to worse in this fourth edition. There is no way this lackluster Punjab is going to stop the reincarnated Punjab Puttar Yuvraj Singh. All in all it looks like Kings XI and Deccan are going to be punch bag of the season. Will be curious to see who will triumph when these two battle between themselves.
Kochi Tuskers look completely a different side when the trio of McCullum, Jaya and Laxman fires with the bat. And it almost fired in the opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore. However one stupid move by Jaya to hand over the ball to Gomez an unknown commodity in the 18th over sealed the game in favor of Bangalore.
The story of Delhi Daredevils is like Diwali Crackers. Either they burst or they bust. Against Mumbai Indians they busted badly. Everyone wanted to emulate Sehwag in batting and poor Sehwag better emulate someone to change the script for the campaign here on.
From what I witnessed in the first round, I guess Delhi to beat Rajasthan, Chennai to beat Punjab, Pune to beat Tuskers and Bangalore to beat Deccan in the next few days.

Dinesh
Cricket Lover

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