Sudden death short form cricket is what fans love to see and we’re not going to be disappointed in the final two matches of IPL 6.
In a surprise twist, I think the Rajasthan Royals have now presented themselves as a serious title contender. Two things can happen to a team in the face of adversity – they either wilt under the pressure or stand up and be counted. Rahul Dravid and his men, following an extremely difficult week, showed on Wednesday night there is no question they fall into the latter category.
From here, anything could happen as they ride a wave of emotion and confidence into tonight’s clash against the Mumbai Indians. Brad Hodge is one of the world’s best T20 players. For me, alongside Shane Watson and Dravid, he holds the key to their success. All three are such clean hitters of the ball and can score runs quickly under pressure. With James Faulkner and Vikramjeet Malik bowling well, they have a massive chance of upsetting their more fancied opponents.
Mumbai, with superstars like Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar and Lasith Malinga, are hard to write off, but they have made a habit of falling at the final hurdle. They have also struggled to win away from home, which is a confidence thing, as is their poor success rate when chasing runs late in games. Combining these factors, I think the Royals will win a classic match in Kolkata, as long as their batters get off to a good start.
From there, the winner must turn things around quickly to face a Chennai Super Kings outfit that looks near to impossible to beat. When guys like MS Dhoni, Mike Hussey, Albie Morkel, Mohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are in good touch, they’re a joy to watch. Now preparing for their fifth IPL final in six seasons, it’s theirs to lose.
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