Saturday, March 13, 2010

The IPL begins

The third edition of the Indian Premier League has begun. Key Highlights from Day 1.
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu is back with with his Sidhuisms.
  • The Vodafone Zoozoos are also here again.
  • The tournament is being held in India.
  • The opening ceremony was boring. International names dont work in India. A Himesh Reshammiya would any day be better than Lionel Ritchie to cheer up the Indian crowds.
  • The bugle is also here.
  • They have found an innovative way to show ads between balls now. Ads are telecast on the on-field screen.
  • Interview of Sir Garfield Sobers.
  • The commentator is not going around the stands now.
  • Strategy Breaks are being forced upon the teams.
  • Rudi Koertzen announcing the game to begin.
And now for the match itself. Just to remind everyone the opening game was played between the two teams who finished bottom of the pile in the first 2 editions. 
  • Deccan Chargers had the perfect start to the game. Vaas showed he still has some cricket left in him.
  • In both the innings Chargers were ahead after the first 10 overs but lost the plot in the last 10.
  • And the Knight Riders really fought back well.
  • The foreign contingent from both sides performed much better than the Indian players. Matthews, Shah, Langveldt, Gilchrist, Vaas were the better performers.
  • Deccan Chragers should stop playing "Home" games. They are yet to win an IPL home game. 
Overall, fun game to watch. Plenty of twists and turns kept the game alive, unlike the West Indies-Zimbabwe ODI going on simultaneously. For me, the cricket filled evenings are back. Let the fun continue.

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