The early summer in South Africa has meant that the last of the rains are not too far away and so the matches in the Champions League have got affected by the weather. In a must win game situation where the points are so crucial it is disappointing, not to mention frustrating, for the teams to just sit in the changing room and watch the drizzle. Even if it was heavy rains one can understand, but to see the light drizzle is quite annoying.
Whenever there has been play the Sydney team has shown that they are in top form and they have already qualified for the semi finals winning all the three games they have played so far. They have a very good attack, possibly the best in the tournament, but with Shane Watson being summoned back to Australia to ensure he gets some four day cricket under his belt before the Test series against South Africa starts, the Sydney team may just miss their game turner.
They do have a good line-up, but Watson has been in tremendous form and his knack of picking up wickets means that he is pretty handy with the ball as well. Their skipper, Brad Haddin is batting well and showing the Australian selectors that he is ready to don the wicket keeping gloves again after having pulled out of the tour to West Indies earlier in the year. Moises Henriques also has batted and bowled well so they are the form side in the tournament.
The other in form team is the Titans and they too are looking a good balanced unit. Like the Sydney team they are getting off to good starts with the bat and that eases the pressure on the batsmen to follow and allows them to throw their bats from the beginning to try and add to the total already on board.
Jacques Rudolph and Henry Davids the left and right hand combination are providing different challenges to the opposition bowlers and their understanding allows them to steal some tight runs too. Davids maybe small, but he packs a punch in his shots and Rudolph known more as a long format player also has been hitting the ball cleanly. He is showing the virtues of batting with a straight bat at the start of the innings and even later when the scoring rate has to be increased he just moves away from the stumps and hits with a straight bat rather than employ the ugly hoick shot.
The Indian franchises have not been blessed with the weather and so are struggling at the moment and with the weather not likely to improve it does look as if a non Indian franchise will get its hands on the Champions League trophy.
For their consistent performances Jacques Rudolph and Brad Haddin share the accolade of the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.