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After what seems like about a thousand games of cricket, the Indian Premier League has now reached the Semi-Final stage. Here’s a brief roundup of the teams still involved

  • Dehli Daredevils: Having Glenn McGrath in the side has obviously helped, but the Daredevils still had to wait on other results to make the final four after losing to Punjab. Dehli probably won’t be many people’s tip to win the whole thing.
  • Chennai Super Kings: After a strong start, the Super Kings suffered when all their Australians left part-way through the season to tour the West Indies. With Stephen Fleming also unavailable for the rest of the season, Chennai will struggle to replicate the explosive form of April, but they still have enough quality (especially in their bowling, with Ntini, Muralitharan and Balaji) to win.
  • Kings XI Punjab: Punjab should be strong on confidence after beating Rajasthan by 41 runs on Wednesday, and Luke Pomersbach is tailor-made for twenty20. With the likes of Pomersbach and Kumar Sangakkara (who’s made five 50s in 18 innings of twenty20), as well as plenty of young Indian talent, the Kings XI are serious contenders.

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The Kolkatta Knight Riders have been eliminated from the IPL following their match against Delhi being rained off. I have two observations to make on this: firstly, this will deny cricket bloggers everywhere the opportunity to link to pictures of David Hassellhoff. Secondly, having a match rained off is surely far too traditional for the IPL – where were the raincloud dispersal rockets?

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Virender Sehwag‘s been in some phenomenal form recently, and he has continued in the same vein by scoring 94 from 41 balls (youtube here) for the Dehli Daredevils in their 9-wicket win over the Deccan Chargers, including 30 runs from the penultimate over.

The result means Dehli are two for two, and hence level on points with the Knight Riders. Chennai could join them at the top if they beat Mumbai tomorrow. Not that it really matters at this stage, but this post would have been really short if I hadn’t mentioned it.

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