Oct 9, 2009

Day 2 Champions League Fixtures

We have a double header today.After an fantastic start to the tournament everyones looking forward to day 2 of action.My prediction was off yesterday.Having said that JP Duminy played as good an innings as the one mccullum played during the inaugural match of IPL.Coincidence or not, It was Royal Challengers who were at the end of both .

New South Wales Blues
vs. Diamond Eagles [Group B]

Delhi | 16:00 IST

New south wales are one of my favorites to win the league.They have the strongest pace bowling attack in the league.Bowlers are the key in any format especially in T20. That's where the Royal Challengers lost the game yesterday.You got to defend whatever your batsmen make. Bret Lee,Stuart Clark,Moises Henriques and Doug Bollinger all can cross the 14oKph mark. Nathan Haurtiz has been bowling well for Australia.Diamond eagles have the element of surprise with them. Most of the players are new at this level and it might take sometime for the NSW bowlers to find the right length and line for each player.New South Wales start as favourites.Star Player Bret Lee.

Delhi Daredevils vs. Victorian Bushrangers [Group D]
Delhi | 20:00 IST

This is the big game the whole of Delhi is waiting for.Virender Sehwag makes his return after an shoulder surgery and the burden of captaincy being lifted of his shoulders would definitely help Sehwag concentrate on his batting.Gautam leading the side,is in good touch and would be looking to start on a winning note. Peter Siddle would be ready with his chin music, greeting Gautam and Viru.Both David Hussey and Brad Hodge would be looking to take advantage of the experience of playing for Kolkata Kinght Riders in IPL Season 1.David Hussey, Aiden Blizzard and C White all have strike rates above 140 in the domestic T20.The Stike Rates of Hussey, Blizzard and White 141.96,161.88,151.67 in that order respectively.My Pick Delhi Daredevils. Star Amit Mishra

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