May 20, 2008

Bangalore and Hyderabad are knocked out of IPL

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With Bangalore Royal Challengers losing to Delhi Daredevils yesterday, their dream of making an impression in the first version of IPL league has gone down the drain. With Bangalore and Hyderabad crashing out, it leaves only Chennai as the lone South Indian team still in the fray.

While two teams had been knocked out convincingly, the rest of the teams are still fighting for the top four slots to reach the semi-finals. Even though Rajasthan Royals are slightly ahead of the race, a semi-final birth is yet to be confirmed. May be, today’s match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders might seal the deal for Rajasthan.

It is good to see the intense competition between the teams. Just 13 more league matches are left and we are yet to find a semi-final contestant. Hope the tournament will go to the wire and throw some interesting matches.

The only disappointment seems to be Hyderabad Deccan Chargers. With the initial start-up being made of players like Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma and Shahid Afridi, I didn’t expect this team to be at the bottom of the table.

Anyway, let us look forward for a tight finish to the successful launch of the Indian Premier League.


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