IPL is back and the ever loyal Indian fan is cheering again. The biggest cricketing fest in sub-continent comes back with a few additions, deletions and a few revisions to its format but retains its charisma. The mega event kicked off in hot summer as usual but the steamy performances of Bollywood Glamour dolls made the temperatures sore further.. Katrina and Padukone stole the show while king Khan unleashed himself in his inimitable style in front of his home audience (KKR)..
This time, the Indian Premier League has started off with Bret Lee uprooting the off stump of the young Unmukt Chand, the right hander playing inside the line of the away going delivery. KKR though has started off with a win continuing their domination from the last IPL, could not find partnerships going while chasing a modest 144 against the Royals who have not kept a foot wrong so far in this season. KKR hope that senior Pathan will perform to standards set by him.
The Gayle storm has already struck once giving the Royal Challengers their first win, but it was Virat Kohli who stole the lime light in their second encounter with the Sunrisers. An aggressive Kohli batted belligerently and his knock meant RCB scripted the highest run chase so far in IPL 2013. With the return of ABD in their ranks and with Virat and Gayle striking the ball well, the Challengers are looking good at the moment with their batting, but one can argue that their bowling looks inexperienced barring Muralidharan.
With the world's leading fast bowler Dale Steyn, Indian speedster Ishanth Sharma and a disciplined Amit Mishra in their bowling ranks, the Sunrisers have a very good bowling attack. But their batters are still battling to get in to form. Except for Cameron White who made a fifty, no one else has really fired for their team. Even with Akshanth Reddy getting some starts and Perera hitting some mighty blows, the Sunrisers need to fire with their bats if they are hoping to be there in the first four of the table.
Ricky Ponting took a brilliant catch in short covers. Rohit Sharma is back to form with few mighty blows. But it is Dinesh Karthik who is the man in form for Mumbai Indians. DK almost got them through in their first game in Bangalore, nevertheless he has played some phenomenal shots against the Delhi Daredevils in their home game that saw this season's first 200 plus score. Thanks to Rohit, Pollard and Rayudu, the Mumbai Indian's middle order looks fine. But they need their Opening pair of the legends to come to party in the coming games. There has been much talk about them being the best opening pair and so on. It is only time they will get back to what they are best doing at; getting their best out in pressure. With Malinga back to the squad, Harbhajan, Jhonson, Ojha and Pollard bowling well in tandem, the MI bowling attack is formidable.
Rajasthan Royals are striking a good balance in all the departments of batting, bowling and fielding. They are really charged up under the stable captaincy of Rahul Dravid and is a team to watch out in IPL6. Kings XI Punjab played lone game and thumped the Pune Warriors who look completely out of sorts in all the three departments. They wish come back man Yuvi recovers and plays a vital role in their battling line up. Pune requires some resolution and they have to put up better display of their skills in the coming games, otherwise, the chances are that they end up in bottom lot.
Delhi Daredevils call for Virender Sehwag to change their fortunes. The Daredevils team is one of the IPL teams that performed consistently over the seasons. But the fact that they never reached finals anytime reminds that this team does not peak its performance when it mattered the most. Another team that still needs to open their account is the Chennai Super Kings. Under the able leadership of MS Dhoni, this team from the south is the only team to appear in 4 finals of the Indian Premier League and winning twice. As is the case in the previous years, CSK always remains as one of the favourites to win the trophy even if they lost their opening encounter to Mumbai in a close counter in which MSD played gem of a knock almost pulling the game in favour of the home team.
Another season of IPL is back for the fans, for the cricket's shortest version lovers, for the T20 cricket haters, for those cricketers who figure in only this form of game, for those innovative advertisements: Vodafone starting with the crazy feet and then the Zoo Zoos are back. IPL is back for the younger guns from various franchises to showcase their talent and to impress the Indian selectors for a place in the national squad. Long gone are the DLF Maximums, and it is time for OH YEAH!! ABHI the Pepsi Indian Premier League that has kicked off in style with a new tune to it, Jumping Japang Jampak Jampak. Gili gili yeah.. watch out for all the fun and action from your favourite players and franchises.
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