Delhi Daredevils will not be in a mood to mess around as both Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the Delhi based outfit to book their place for the summit clash of IPL this season.
If it was Vijay who took the game away from Delhi on Friday, on Tuesday in the first Qualifier, a team effort from Kolkata triumphed against the table toppers.
Chennai's back from the dead Houdini act into the palyoffs seems to have invigorated a new lease of life into them. A batting line up which never clicked together have collectively put their hands up on two consecutive occasions now.
Kolkata, on the other hand were the most balanced team in the tournament and that balance was evident as they finished second in the points tally. But a closer look, hints at Gambhir's supreme form with the bat and Sunil Narine's supreme deception with the ball. Though, Yusuf Pathan striking form on Tuesday would have bolstered KKR's batting but it is their horses for courses selection policy that have done wonders for the Knights. Shakib Al Hasan and Laxmipathy Balaji have had a good season even though they have been used sparingly.
And a spare of though for Delhi, on the hindsight, both the playoff games were more or less lost off the field by the daredevils. During CSK's match the game was given away even before it started. If it was baffling on why Sehwag and the management left out the purple cap holder Morne Morkel out of the big match, Sehwag confessed later that he missed Morkel and Pathan's injury had forced him to make the changes. Andre Russell's inclusion in place of Irfan Pathan meant that Sehwag had to leave out Morne owing to the 4 foreigners restriction in the playing XI, but to play Sunny Gupta instead - well the ploy failed miserably.