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IPL teams may exit before semi-finals

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Published: Monday, October 3, 2011, 15:49 [IST]
 
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IPL teams may exit before semi-finals

New Delhi, Oct 3: IPL teams participating in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 are finding it tough to place themselves in the knockout stage and are likely to exit the tournament before the semi-final.

In the best cricket league in the world with world class players and millions of supporters across the globe, Indian teams are falling apart facing tough competition from their opponents.

Mumbai Indians who won their first two matches have five points from four matches, In which they shared points with Cape Cobras and a great chance to enter the Last four but a loss to New South Wales Blues on Sunday has ruined their chances.

Chennai Super Kings, despite a loss in the first game against Mumbai Indians, made a strong comeback with a win beating South African Cape Cobras, thanks to Bravo's knock in the end.

Another win would take them closer to the semis but an unexpected defeat to Trinidad and Tobago placed them at the bottom of the table of group A with just 2 points with a single game in hand against New South Wales.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have yet to register a win in the ongoing tournament, with two consecutive defeats and two games left to play, Royal Challengers have to win big to qualify as at this stage it all comes down to net run-rate.

After losing two matches back to back Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to win their next two matches with the best net run-rate (+.306) among the four IPL teams. But its still a doubt if they can qualify, as it all depends on other results.

Players from other teams play throughout the year but the IPL players only practice together a few days before the IPL or Champions League Twenty20. This may be the reason for their downfall. It could be less match-practice and inability to work as a team. This also could be the reason why teams like T&T, despite losing their two most prized possessions like Kieron Pollard to Mumbai Indians and Bravo to CSK who have played better in the competition. It also holds true for New South Wales, whose leader of the bowling attack Doug Bollinger decided to play for the CSK and not for his native side.

Players inability to gel with one-another and lack of co-ordination among players has led to such performances of Indian teams. Doubts were raised over the success of this tournament right from the time of its inception. Empty stands, low TRPs and dismal show by the Indian teams have only made those doubts get stronger. But its sad to know that Indian teams are struggling to qualify to the semis.

OneIndia Cricket

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