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Monday, April 19, 2010

IPL3 - semi-finalists identified

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The first phase of IPL3 came to a logical conclusion if not a complete stop on Sunday, with four semi-finalists finalized. Let us have a quick look at them:
  • Mumbai Indians - The favorites going by their form so far. The batting is a bit wobbly dependent on the legend (SRT) who might want to win this one since he is the captain and more necessarily, no one expected him to fire so well this season. The bowling looks good with Zaheer, Harbhajan and Malinga. If the Caribbean duo of Bravo and Pollard as well as the ex-ICL duo of Rayudu and Sathish excel, no one can stop the Ambani's team.
  • Royal Challengers - No one knows what happened in the league stages - why the momentum was lost after such a fantastic start. Kallis, Uthappa, Pietersen, Kohli, Taylor form the batting strength which has got a good bowling attack to support (Kumble, Steyn, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar). They need to get their act (and head) together before the semis as they will lose their home-advantage as well.
  • Chennai Super Kings - Definitely, one of the favorites, for their explosive power - the match against Kings XI Punjab showed what MSD could do, on form. Hayden, Vijay, Kemp, Raina, Morkel, Badri other than MSD is great batting. If the bowling could do better than just Bollinger alone, they will give Mumbai a good fight.
  • Deccan Chargers - five matches in a row!!! They are on fire. Symonds, Rohit Sharma and T Suman (my vote for the best Indian youngster in the league matches) have been doing a great job while Vaas, Ojha, RP Singh take care of the bowling.
 The final might be between Mumbai and CSK which will be a definite treat. Let us wait and watch. Who is your favorite?
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