Pair of Aussies and a Sri Lankan

Okay. I did say my 'daily' match previews would be tentative, and the delightful exam week has proved to be more of a hindrance than I expected. Now I can't be expected to watch all the matches and blog at the same time, can I? Anyway here I am to bring today's predictions.

Deccan Chargers v Chennai Super Kings - This should be good. Both sides have one half of the recently retired Aussie opening pair of bludgeoners, both of whom are in great form. Deccan have sprung a surprise this season, winning all their three matches to sit pretty at the top of the table. Chennai been good though luck hasn't been with them. Deccan have a good chance, though they need Gilchrist, Gibbs and Sharma to fire as they have a weak middle order. Their bowling, led by RP Singh and Pragyan Ojha, could be a match for Chennai's mighty batting order that is now missing Flintoff, with Oram in line to replace him. Chennai should pinch this one though.

Watch out for: Everyone.

Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders - Mumbai seem to be the most balanced side and if not for rain and that ill-timed strategic break, they could have been the table toppers by now. Sachin, Malinga, Zaheer, Duminy, Bravo and Harbhajan all seem to be in great form and I'd be greatly surprised if they don't beat KKR, whom I consider to be the weakest team. Plus I hope all that Fake IPL Player controversy has ruined their focus. Gayle and McCullum are the key for them, and they will probably find that Zaheer and Malinga could be more than a match for them.

Watch out for: Sanath Jayasuriya. Hasn't made any telling contributions yet, and a little cameo from him could be the X-factor needed to propel MI to top gear.

Go watch.


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