Indian Premier League’s second edition in South Africa kicked off in a decent way this April, 2009, after all the fiasco and uncertainty that surrounded the event’s occurrence. Speculations were strife regarding the success of the event but the initial few matches have dispelled all those fears.
The first two matches of the tournament set the tone for the rest of the matches to follow! Unlike last year where audiences were served with a feast with some explosive batting, this edition of the event in South Africa might seeplayers be a bit more judicious in their choice of shots. This would be primarily due to the assistance offered to the bowlers by the wickets there.
Also, it might not be all about bang-bang batting as sides might run the risk of getting themselves out within the stipulated twenty overs. So, partnerships would play an important role to play in the outcome of the games. A few tracks might assist spin bowling as happened in the match on 20th of April between the Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings where the latter had Mutthiah Muralitharan in their ranks who ripped through the batting order of the Royal Challengers with some vicious spinning deliveries. The same happened with Shane Warne who spun the ball a long way in his teams’s first match of the tournament.
Uncertainty regarding a side’s performance might continue to play a big role in final outcome of the tournament as was witnessed in the outcome the initial few matches where the reigning champions were drubbed in their very first match as was Royal Challengers defeat the hands of Chennai Super Kings in their second match.
Lusty hitting would be an integral part of IPL 2, however the extent to which it would happen would be a thought to consider. Stars might fail to shine as expected and it might be the dark horses who might be the show stealers in this edition of IPL. Expectations from players like Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder who have been roped up by the Royal Challengers would be high and the matches to follow would reveal the fate of these players, in particular Ross Taylor who in his first two outings has failed to dazzle and impress the his team’s think tank and the crowd with low scores and very poor shots selection.
Enthusiasm and exuberance along with a mix of aggression and judicious shot selection that would matter to teams banking on their batting prowess. Teams would have exercise restraint at the start of their batting innings as the loss of quick wickets would turn the outcome of the match. Smart bowling changes, pace, and quick adaptation to changes to the conditions would be crucial for teams with a strong bowling attack. All-rounders would come in handy as has been proved by the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder. But at the end of the day, it would all boil down to a balanced performance and go beyond plain bang-bang and explosive batting which would see teams seal the victory.