The sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a rather predictable one thus far, making for boring viewing. Four of the teams – Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, and Kings XI Punjab have been exceedingly poor, as a result of which they find themselves at the bottom of the table.
On the odd occasion, even in a T20 encounter, the pitch can have a major say in a match. Sunday was one such affair. Royal Challengers Bangalore, who took on Kolkata Knight Riders at Ranchi, suffered because of the sluggish pitch on offer. Bangalore have some great names in their batting line up, but it is a fact that most of them like the ball coming on to the bat.
What is it about Pune Warriors and defeats? They have played 14 matches so far and have ended up on the wrong side in as many as 12 of those games. Saturday against the Mumbai Indians at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune was the latest occasion.
Sunrisers Hyderabad remain in contention for the play offs after beating hosts Kings XI Punjab by a comprehensive margin of 30 runs at Mohali. The Sunrisers are now on level with the RCB with 8 wins in 13 matches. Kings XI Punjab are out of the play offs for sure with 8 defeats in 13 matches.