Tampering with your side is a sign of things going wrong, it’s a sign of panic, a sign of turbulence within the entire setup. But sometimes it’s necessary, necessary to shrug off the temporary paleness within the team, not because the constituents are not good enough, but because a change is needed, and when you can afford it, why not?
Mumbai Indians ringed in for a massive 6 changes for their game against KKR last night, and while it may seem stupid to change the entire team setup, it turned out to be a masterstroke. The bench strength got tested, the rested players got a well deserved break and they got the momentum they needed before going into the playoffs.
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Reluctance to change has always been a menace for the Mumbai Indians and it is refreshing to see that they are embracing change this time round. Rayudu’s inclusion and Rohit at the top of the order would make them title contenders, otherwise it’s going to be a case of hit and miss.
Kolkata Knight Riders have suddenly lost the plot and their middle order is to blame for it. The openers are doing a decent enough job but maybe it’s a case of batsmen not batting at their normal positions, which has caused this slump. Against quality bowling attacks, Narine shouldn’t be opening the batting, simple. While Lynn could be going berserk on one end, you need someone to anchor the innings at the other, and thus Gambhir should be utilised in his usual opener’s slot. With Narine up top, Uthappa too gets demoted to an unfamiliar number 4 spot, which just isn’t working for him and KKR. Back to the drawing board then for Gambhir and co.
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The afternoon game summed up Gujarat Lions’ season. Bright start, flashes of brilliance and an incomprehensible collapse in the middle to bring down everything. David would have been thankful to the Lions’ batting for helping them out with the game last night, and most importantly helping them reach the playoffs.
Warner displayed such maturity, doing away with all his flamboyance to scoring a gritty 60 odd in order to take his team over the line. But for the Indian cricket fanatic, it was Vijay Shankar who caught the eye with his serene display with the bat, soaking in all the pressure and just casually caressing the ball to all parts.
Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kings XI Punjab
So, it has all come down to this. 54 games, countless sixes, innumerable umpiring howlers, rapid commotion in that mid table rut and finally one game to decide that last playoff spot.
The equation is simple for both these sides, a win takes them to the playoffs, a loss sends them back home. For Pune though, a win would mean ending the league stages as the number 2 team, and thus getting two bites at the cherry.
Let’s get to business now!
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