Clash of the titans : Kings vs Devils
Posted by sriram on May 2, 2008
I have to use that for the lack of a better cliche. Today’s match between Daredevils and Super Kings should be an exciting encounter. We fall into this trap of thinking the top teams clash and will provide an exciting encounter. But, that did not happen so far in the tournament. We have seen 19 matches of which only 4 matches went to the final over. Dew and toss played a major role in deciding the winner. It is like win the toss and win the match. Only Super Kings broke this jinx and won while defending a modest target fighting the dew.
After today’s match, every team have played 5 matches each and the trend should be clear for the rest of the tournament and maybe the semi-finalists will emerge.
Super Kings team selection is very easy. They had seven international players at the start of the tournament. The lost Mathew Hayden, Jacob Oram, Mikey Hussey to their national tours. They are left with Albie Morkel, Muttaih Muralitharan, Stephen Fleming, Makhaya Ntini. It would be interesting to see if Dhoni makes an international spot available to the local players.
A lot depends on Suresh Raina for Super Kings prospects.
Daredevils’s Sehwag might have a tougher decision for team selection. While, he cannot leave Glenn McGrath and Mohammad Asif which strengthens their bowling, their batting looks brittle. If both Sehwag and Gambhir fail they do not have enough fire-power to keep the run rate going. Sehwag might be inclined to take both Shoaib Malik and AB Devillers to strengthen the batting. They might leave the bowling to Sehwag, Yo Mahesh and Shoaib Malik.
Shikhar Dhawan will be player to watch out for Daredevils.
Whoever wins this match might just find themselves in the semi-final.