• IPL-IV seems to be quashing all claims of twenty overs cricket being incredibly unpredictable and dreadfully volatile. Where is the unpredictability when 14 out of 18 games (at the time of writing this) have been won by teams chasing?

     

    Make no mistake by calling it an aberration, for the statistics are too overwhelming to ignore. While the IPL has and is living up to its reputation of setting off regular upsets, especially of underdogs winning a game on their own, this clear trend says a thing or two about IPL hitting its transitional phase.

     

    Most teams, right at the onset of this season, failed to identify the par score for the wicket and hence found themselves guilty of aiming too high and ending too low. This often happens in a T20 game, for you're never satisfied with what you've achieved and 10-15 runs more always look attainable.

     

    Most batsmen, at the start of this IPL, believed that since balls are at a premium in T20, it's blasphemous to consume a few deliveries to get their

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  • Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore completely turned around their wooden spoon performances in the first edition of the Indian Premier League and were the finalists in IPL-2. And, if their performances in the first fourt matches is any indication, it is now the turn of Kolkata Knight Riders to change their fortunes around in IPL-4.

    The Knight Riders were at the wrong end of the points table in the first three seasons apart from being embroiled in controversies galore, as a result of which the team
    management didn't retain a single player and had a clear vision and strategy for the franchise heading into the IPL-4 auction as they paid the big bucks for Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan. By the end of the auction, KKR also had Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan, Brad Haddin, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary and Lakshmipathy Balaji to form the nucleus of their squad. Though KKR lost their first match by two runs to Chennai Super Kings sparking fears of

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  • IPL 2011: Match No 18: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals at Kolkata on 17.04.11: Kolkata won by eight wickets

    Jaipur was dismissed for 81 runs in this game providing the tenth occasion of a team dismissed all out for a total of less than 100 runs in IPL. Other nine occasions are - 58 by Jaipur vs Bangalore at Cape Town on 18.04.09 : 67 by Kolkata vs Mumbai at Mumbai on 16.05.00 : 82 by Hyderabad s Bangalore at Mumbai on 24.04.10 : 82 by Bangalore vs Kolkata at Bangalore on 18.04.08 : 87 by Delhi vs Jaipur at Mubai on 30.05.10 : 87 by Bangalore vs Chennai at Port Eliabeth on 20.04.09 : 92 by Jaipur vs Bangalore ot Bangalore on 18.03.10 : 95 by Deli vs Mumbai at Delhi on 10.04.01 and 95 by Kolkata vs Mumbai at Port Elizabeth on 27.04.09

    Jaipur's all out for 81 in this game provide the third occasion of its dismissal for a score less than 100 runs in IPL. The other two occasions are - Jaipur vs Bangalore at Cape Town on 18.04.09 and 92 by Jaipur vs Bangalore ot Bangalore on

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