Tarot reader Shruti Chopra looks into her cards to give CricketCountry.com readers exclusive insights into what lies ahead in the IPL matches. In the below piece, she dwells into the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game - the seocnd IPL match on Saturday.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Nine of Wands shows a nervous Kolkata Knight Riders – in fact, they just want the opportunity to play a good game to prove and strengthen a better perception of their team. The will need to keep their energy levels high and improve their focus. The Knight of Swords is not an encouraging sign for them – it warns of the inability to stick to their initial, firm plans.
Gautam Gambhir will have a steady start with the bat. The Hierophant explains that Gambhir will do well as long as he sticks to playing correct shots, rather than believing experimentation will give him better results. As a captain, like the Moon, he will show aggression, but be too temperamental.
Jacques Kallis will be well planned and will play a balanced game – despite this he will strongly be targeted by the opposition.
Yusuf Pathan will be adaptable, strong and will have a good day with the bat.
Brendon McCullum like the Ten of Cups has come with a resolve to take the team ahead and strengthen the team's position. He will be an important player for Kolkata.
Lakshmapathy Balaji will provide some important breakthroughs. With the World card, he has the ability to change things around for his team.
Brett Lee has some great plans, but with an improved focus, he'll have a steady day.
Manvinder Bisla will be a team player. The Ten of Cups and the Page of Wands explains his ability to play a strong, stable and important innings.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers, like the Four of Cups will recognise and wish to grab this opportunity through careful planning and diligent application. After some initial wayward game play, they will regroup like the Strength card and maintain strong control over the match. Overall, the team will work well together and make the important changes required.
Daniel Vettori will be an aggressive bowler, but won't be able to gain much direction and success with his bowling. Vettori will be an aggressive and positive captain, like the Three of Cups and will make important, pro-active changes.
Chris Gayle will initially be edgy, but like the Eight of Pentacles, he will work hard work to build a strong innings.
Virat Kohli, like the Nine of Cups will remain calm, with strong plans and ready to implement them successfully through his batting.
AB de Villiers will have a slow approach. He, like the Five of Wands, will be able to adapt his aggression to change his momentum for the team.
Tillakaratne Dilshan will accumulate runs slowly, confidently and then strike. He will be commanding and strong.
Zaheer Khan will have a few new plans, from which some may work and the other's will be able to provide important breakthroughs. He will be a stable bowler.
KP Appanna will have a good start. His aggression will need to be better directed if he is to sustain the start – otherwise, with the Tower coming up, he will falter towards the end of his spell.
Who has the advantage?
Both teams have their priorities in order, but Royal Challenger's Bangalore have a more positive mindset and finish to the game, so the advantage is with them.
(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time in Delhi 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)