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Is the glass half full or half empty?

Tyagi-Williamson
Tyagi-Williamson

IPL STROKES


IPL should generally love any form of controversies and it's amidst one now. With the building uncertainty, the TRP ratings would increase, cause the audience's anxiety to know more would increase.


Any daily soap or reality show, would hault the episode at a very interesting point, to increase the interest levels of the audience. Even the audience to IPL would be looking forward to today's encounter in such a manner.


With Covid-19 striking IPL furiously and with a lot of people from the bio secure bubble are being tested positive, the question remains as, how secure are these bio secure bubbles and are all the protocols being followed?


A few days back, Adam Zampa had left stern accusations on the IPL management while leaving IPL. Although, his comments were seen at that point of time, as with him being frustrated and irritated with the bio secure bubble and lack of opportunities to play with the Royal Challengers Banglore.


The KKR vs RCB match yesterday, was cancelled due to Varun Chakavarthy and Sandeep Warrier being tested positive from the KKR camp. Bowling coach L Balaji and a member of the service staff has also been tested positive from the CSK camp. Previously, Deepak chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad were tested positive in the CSK Camp.


Something is definitely wrong and the rules need to be made more stricter, if IPL is looking to complete this year's tournament. Already, India is struggling with a terrible outbreak of Covid-19 and with the medical facilities failing due to shortage of medical supplies and facilities. At such times, if everyone follows the bio secure bubble protocols strictly, then it will be a big sigh of relief to the world population, who considers IPL has a major stress buster.


SRH NEED TO LIFT GAME AGAINST MI


One would definitely not want to be in the camp of Sunrisers Hyderabad currently. They have lost 6 games out of 7 and the team environment is just not how it needs to be. Last game, Kane Williamson took over the captaincy duties from David Warner. Later, Warner was dropped by Williamson for the last game against Rajasthan Royals.


The generally very active and energetic Warner, was seen doing the substitute duties.


On the other hand, MI have jumped to the fourth spot with 4 wins from 7 games. MI has a brilliant team composition with almost all it's players having the experience of international cricket for their countries. This makes a big difference.


MI have a very long batting line-up and with pollard striking last game, the MI camp will take a big sigh of relief. The next in line is an expected knock from Hardik Pandya.


What's the actual issue with SRH?


The actual problem with SRH is Vijay Shankar playing in the middle. He takes a while to get in and then recovers to only get it to just around run a ball. This completely breaks the momentum. Players like Abdul Samad, who are great prospects need to have more game time at higher positions rather.


What to expect?


If the match happens, the MI should dominate SRH big time. MI have found their rhythm and SRH are a very young side with a lot of players either not having international experience or lacking confidence with the team consistently losing. Though, Williamson has done many turnarounds for SRH on his own, through the years and the fans would definitely expect one tomorrow.


SRH vs MI (First round)


In the first round, SRH played MI at Chennai and MI came out on top. MI put on a fighting 150, thanks to a late cameo from Kieron Pollard. While chasing, SRH got of to a flier with 67 in 7 overs, but soon after collapsed to a very defensive play and approach. SRH finished at 137 all out.


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