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South African side could lift Champions League T20, 2010

Posted By Suneer Chowdhary On Sep 19 2010 @ 8:06 am In Cricket | No Comments

The Champions League T20 is 13 games into the tournament, and looks to have got to an interesting juncture. One of the four semi-final spots have been booked ad with every passing result, the seats are fast filling for the final three. All the live streaming and highlights of the Champions League T20 [1] can be seen here.

Saturday saw the first tied game of the tournament this year, when the Victorian Bushrangers blew away a rasping beginning to collapse and hand the game over to Chennai Super Kings at a canter. In turn, the Super Kings bowled without much discipline, on a wet pitch and moist outfield and handed the game back, resulting in a tie.

The game then went into the Super-Over – a tie-breaker – and there is where MS Dhoni made an inexplicable error of throwing the ball to R Ashwin to send down those six balls. In a line-up that consists of Doug Bollinger and Muthiah Muralitharan, this was a cardinal error. The obviously excited Victorians took full toll, slapped 23 off the over and ensured that the Super Kings would get to only 13 to pocket the game.

Watch the tied game between Chennai Super Kings and Victorian Bushrangers on Directv in the USA. If you are in India, you can watch the Chennai-Victoria game on Star Cricket.

Evidently, captain Dhoni has hardly looked the part in this tournament. The team has been well-oiled enough to win two of their three games, but Dhoni’s illness has had a lot to do with it. Chennai can still qualify for the semi-finals but for that, they will need to beat the Warriors in their last league game. Can hardly be easy given that Warriors have a 100% win record.

In the other group, the Mumbai Indians finally notched up a win against the Caribbean team of Guyana. Guyana’s performance so far tells me that winning a game in this tournament could be as easy as the eradication of match-fixing rumours emanating from Pakistan cricket. Almost impossible. They will need the opposition to play rather loosely to allow that to happen. (even as I write this, Guyana are in strife against the Lions. Guyana-Lions [2] Scoreboard here)

Mumbai, on the other hand, have been surprisingly found wanting in the bowling department. On these South African tracks, the Indian teams were expected to do better with the ball than with the bat – given the difference in bounce that exists between the pitches in the two countries. It has worked the way around. Most Mumbai Indians batsmen have been able to adapt to the tracks, but the bowlers have had anything but a distinguished stay in South Africa so far.

Judging by the way the tournament has gone so far, if I were to stick my neck out and call a winner, my sense is that one of the South African teams could just go on and win it.

Let me know who you think can win the Champions League, T20 this year?

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[1] live streaming and highlights of the Champions League T20: http://www.cricketdiaries.com/champions-league-t20-live/

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