Saturday, April 17, 2010

Chennai, Delhi and Deccan aim for semi-final berth

 Chennai take on Punjab :

With a slim hope of making the IPL semi-finals, Chennai Super Kings take on the vanquished Kings XI Punjab in their must-win final preliminary match on Sunday.

With 12 points, Chennai are fifth in the tally and to be inside the top-four, they have to win today and hope other results go their way. Not only do Chennai have to win, they have to win big to make sure that they remain ahead of other contenders in the net run rate which is a healthy +0.270 right now.

Punjab, on the other hand, continue to languish at the bottom with four wins and a staggering nine losses. But they have become dreaded party poopers in the later half of the tournament after being decimated in the first few weeks.
They have already upstaged Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils and Chennai would do well not to underestimate them despite the many problems that plague P

Delhi, Deccan cross swords in must-win match :

After redeeming their campaigns in a fantastic manner, Delhi Daredevils and defending champions Deccan Chargers will clash in a fate-deciding Indian Premier League match on Sunday, the winners of which would surely earn a semi-final spot.

Both the teams have 14 points but the hosts are sitting third in the points table by virtue of their better net run-rate, which will definitely come into play when calculations are done to determine the final four.

None of the two teams would like to leave its fate on mathematical equations and would go for the kill. The fans can look forward to a good contest between Deccan's strong batting and Delhi's stinging bowling.

Strategising for the crucial match would certainly be a headache due to the uncertain nature of the Ferozshah Kotla strip. Batting won't be easy as uneven bounce makes stroke-making all the more difficult.

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