Saturday, April 19, 2008

IPL - Day 3 Preview

As the day progresses, the IPL is getting better and better and today is going to be a super sunday with 2 interesting matches coming up later in the day. The first match promises to be a very close encounter with 2 of the favorite teams clashing with each other. The Kolkata Knight Riders who have already proved their class with a thumping win against Bangalore Royal Challengers are going to face a stronger opponent in the Deccan Chargers and it is going to be held in the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Trump cards:

There are some key players to watch out for in each of these 2 teams in this match. For the Kolkata Knight Riders, its going to be the Kiwi Brendon McCullum who has already shown his power in the first match with an unbeaten 158. Apart from him, the Aussies Hussey and Ponting are also good hitters of the cricket ball. The bowling is strengthened by the presence of Ishant Sharma.

For the Deccan Chargers, a lot would depend on the 2 deadly Australian powerhouses in Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds. there is also Scott Styris to add some fire power to the Chargers. The bowling is spearheaded by RP Singh and Chaminda Vaas. So, it surely promises to be an exciting match.


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The 2nd match is going to be held between the Bangalore Royal Challengers and the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The BRC already are in the mats after that humiliating defeat that they suffered at the hands of the KKR. So, they would look to salvage some pride against the Mumbai Indians.

Trump cards:

The trump cards for the Mumbai Indians are surely going to be the Marauder from Matara, Sanath Jayasuriya and a lot would depend on Sachin Tendulkar because he is yet to recover from the groin strain. Doubts are still hovering whether he would be able to lead the team today. The bowling is strengthened by the presence of Shaun Pollock and Dilhara Fernando with Harbhajan Singh giving them the spin option. The BRC however must hope that their batting clicks today. They lack a big hitter which is a big problem for them in this T-20 challenge.


"To motivate this diverse bunch of players is not difficult. But we had to make them (the foreign players) understand the Mumbai tradition which we discussed in a few meetings about what institutions like Shivaji Park means to a Mumbai player. I also made them aware of the support the Mumbai crowd will provide - the noise the Mumbai crowd makes is unique. You need to enjoy and not get overawed."

Quotes courtesy : Cricinfo



Frankly I never thought IPL would become this famous.