The last few games of the IPL have gone right down till the final over which has kept the fans on their toes and supporters of their teams chewing their nails off their fingers.
The Delhi Daredevils were pipped at the end by the daredevilry of a Knight Rider, Manish Pandey. Pandey has been such a terrific player over the years but it’s only after playing for India that he has understood the importance of being more consistent and not given to the rush of blood shots that would get him out earlier for good looking twenties and thirties.
Now he bides his time, and then times his acceleration to a nicety without losing out on the elegance. What is even better to see is that the shots are mostly cricketing ones and not crude slogs. He took the Knight Riders home with just a couple of deliveries left.
In Hyderabad the defending champs once again showed why they are the team to beat by stopping a defiant Punjab team. Bhuvneshwar Kumar now bowls the yorker as well as anybody in the world and to be honest the only other bowler that comes to mind is Mitchell Starc.
That is good company for Starc too like Bhuvneshwar over the last couple of years has become a bowler to watch out for with the new ball as well as the old.
Mumbai Indians have rarely had as brilliant a start as this year and that is due to the terrific combo that they have as well as the replacements for the overseas players whenever needed if there is injury.
As the tournament progresses and once qualification for the play offs is certain then some of the players can be rested to keep them fresh for the knockouts. Rohit Sharma found some of his touch in the previous game but he needs to swap batting positions with Jos Buttler. Sharma has said that the team needs a finisher and he sees himself in that role but if one looks at Buttler’s career one will find that he is a superb finisher too.
He hasn't quite clicked so far in the tournament but when he does the fans will need helmets in the stands for sure. He is like de Villiers, an awesome sight when he goes cracking the ball.
Manan Vohra finally got a big score that almost took his team home. Like a lot of young Indian players in this tournament he is trying to play too many shots too soon and so flattering to deceive. If he can hold his horses like he did against the Sunrisers he will be a more effective player than he is at the moment and help reach the destination for his team.
Punjab must win this game to regain the lost momentum but will the in-form Mumbai Indians allow them to do so?