Barring Delhi Daredevils, all the three Indian franchises in the Champions League T20 lost their first matches of the championship. They need to come back strong to stay afloat in the tough competition.
INDIA HAS the most number of representatives in the ongoing 2012 Champions League T20 with four teams namely Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. These are the four franchises who have made it to the tournament via the IPL route. But, these Indian franchises have not started on a good note with only one Indian team, Delhi Dardevils winning their first match.
Delhi Daredevils won their game against Kolkata, after some good all round performance. Delhi Daredevils is also considered to be one of the strongest teams to win the championship with the number of quality players at their disposal. They have a right blend of foreign and domestic players. The strength of their squad is known from the fact that the team has to bench one of the most dangerous batsmen in this shorter format of the game, David Warner. They have started the tournament on a right note and need to maintain this level of consistency.
But, the same cannot be said for the rest of the Indian teams, especially Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, who both lost their first encounter against Lions (South Africa) and Sydney Sixers (Australia). Chennai Super kings' squad looks good but it was Sydney Sixers who looked better on the day where they won the match by 14 runs. It was a close game. But the Mumbai Indians were outplayed by the Lions.
But not all is lost for any of the franchises that lost their first game, as they still have three more matches to play and they can turn the tables around with their performance on the field. They need to acclimatise themselves with the South African conditions quickly enough to progress into the next round of the competition.