Tarot reader Shruti Chopra looks into her cards to give CricketCountry.com readers insights into what lies ahead in the IPL matches. In this piece, she dwells into the Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab game– the second of the two IPL games scheduled for Sunday.
Pune Warriors are riding high. It's amazing how success feeds of success, and that's the case with them. They will charge ahead, confident and strong. They will be ready to bat and bowl their hearts out – they will make sure they throw themselves on the field. The Warriors will have many game plans, but this won't confuse them as they will know how to put it all together to try and dominate the opposition. The key will be their focus and of course their leader.
Sourav Ganguly, as a batsman, will need to be careful in the initial part of his innings as indicated by the Three of Swords, but if he weathers this mini storm, he will grow in Strength and will be able to accumulate some valuable runs in the opening partnership. As a captain, Ganguly will be well planned, strong and will enjoy his responsibilities.
Ashok Dinda will support his captain well and will have another good day. He should be wary of not appearing too overconfident. Instead he will need remain to calmer to help maintain his consistency.
Murali Karthik will do well, especially more towards the second half of his bowling spell.
Rahul Sharma is being represented by the Hermit – the wise one. If he uses his cricketing skills, which it looks like he will, then he has potential to bowl well.
Robin Uthappa may be a part of a good batting partnership and will show a genuine effort to change his past disappointments.
Steve Smith holds great possibility to be one of the more successful players of the match. He will be very smart and grounded in his game plan.
Kings XI Punjab
Although the Punjab team will get into the match a little slowly, they will come in with some strong strategies. The Ace of Swords reassures that they have the right mindset and are well prepared, but will this materialise? The plans are right, but there may be certain times when they will falter with some avoidable elementary mistakes. The key will be to not be too complacent.
Adam Gilchrist will be a brilliant leader. So much experience will all come to good use. The Hermit explains that Gilchrist's ability to see ahead will be an asset to the team. He will be able to bring together some good bowling partnerships and might just be a part of a good batting partnership as well.
Paul Valthathy will build strong foundation for the opening stand and will accumulate runs. He won't take too many needless risks; he has the potential to score with ease.
Abhisekh Nayar will have a day where his potential will be seen in spurts, but it just won't be consistent enough.
Praveen Kumar will need to remind himself of his strategies, which will make sure that he will be stable and clinical.
David Hussey will play a mature and well planned game. He will bring all his experience into an important partnership.
Shaun Marsh will be balanced like the Justice card. He will weigh up and calculate the situation well enough to help his team be in a strong position.
Who looks stronger?
Now this one is another challenge, but I would go with Ganguly's Pune Warriors. The last five overs of both teams in this match are a little weak, but considering the type of well directed energy Pune have, I would back them up.
(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time inDelhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through - which it did! You can know more about Shruti via Facebook, Twitter and her website)