• Wednesday will witness the first of the do-or-die encounters in this year's IPL. Both Rajasthan and Punjab would be eager to register their second win after they made amends, over the weekend, for their slow start.


    Punjab's victory over Chennai was really amazing because I had switched off the television when there were 20 runs left for Chennai to win. I caught the Super Over on the highlights and it was a truly incredible win for Kumar Sangakkara's team. A victory like this could be a catalyst for the side, making them a stronger, more confident and charged unit in coming games.


    The biggest gain for Punjab would be the way their icon, Yuvraj Singh, pulled off the game for them. There has never been any doubt that the left-hander is one of the biggest talents around. Focusing on the game has been an issue in the past but when he puts his mind to it, Yuvraj has been a proven match winner.


    Punjab's coach Tom moody is also back in the mix after an ordinary season with Western

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  • Just about ten days into the IPL and already the lead has changed hands several times. And one can be sure that most teams will continue to be everywhere - near the top, near the bottom, somewhere in the middle - over the next month. That signifies both the flip flop nature of Twenty20 cricket and the fact that the eight contestants are more or less evenly matched.


    It should not be forgotten that the teams that occupied the last two slots in the inaugural edition in 2008 contested the final a year later, with Deccan Chargers which took cellar position the first time finishing as champions last year. What I am trying to get at is to drive home the point that predicting a winner in cricket's newest and shortest - and I dare say most popular format - is an exercise fraught with danger.


    There are too many things happening within such a short time and as the cliche goes you blink and you miss it. Whereas, in Fifty50 an over or two can dramatically change the complexion of the game in

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  • There are many selection and tactical issues which have come out of the first Test, but England have to realise that when playing against Bangladesh, different rules apply.


    On the whole, the tourists won convincingly and gained real positives from the performances of Graeme Swann, Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood, to single out a few, but inevitably there are aspects of England's approach which it is right to address.


    It was obviously the wrong decision from Cook to not enforce the follow-on in the first Test but, without being too disrespectful, it was just batting practice for England and did not matter a jot.


    Bangladesh do not have the depth of understanding to be competitive at international level and, while the Tigers have a few talented young players, they should never be a serious challenge for other sides.


    It is certainly a growing trend for England to set world-record totals for their opposition, and clearly against Bangladesh that was wholly unnecessary.



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