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 Mumbai Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings game – the first of the two IPL matches on Thursday.
The Kings XI are like the Strength card – looking to gain control and enforcing a positive momentum. They have the right belief and the right command, yet the pressure of the Ten of Wands is weighing them down. Luckily, like the Chariot and the Seven of Wands, they have the ability to pick themselves up and fight this one to the end. Their bowlers will require more on-field encouragement, especially through well supported fielding, which they should manage.
David Hussey has planned well, but he is nervous. The Nine of Wands reflects his concerns and fears facing a similar fate of his team's previous innings. He is looking for better support while batting, which he will receive. The Ten of Cups shows him playing for his team and putting up a strong performance. As a captain, he will look to extract his team's potential, but will also look tired in doing so. It's going to be a tough challenge.
Shaun Marsh is looking disturbed and disappointed. He will manage to pick himself up and like the Four of Wands, he will be able to build a strong innings.
Nitin Saini is looking to balance out the situation. He will play a watchful innings and will grow in confidence to provide the team with stability.
Azhar Mahmood will have a good start and a good end. He is blessed with the World card and the ability to step up for the team when needed most.
Piyush Chawla is looking strong. He feels wiser and is ready to apply that in this game. He will break partnerships and develop a good bowling rhythm.
Like the Death card, Praveen Kumar will be able to change the game and bring about important breakthroughs. He is looking weakest towards the end of his spell. He will need to be watchful at that time.
Parvinder Awana will look shaky and will give away unnecessary runs, yet he will be wicket taker.
Oddly, the Super Kings don't have the best temperament. Like the Tower card, they are looking mentally weak and feel the pressure of having to make every moment count. This isn't going to be an easy task for them, more so because of their own mindset. The right plans are in place and the Death card brings about their ability to pick themselves up and charge towards a desired result. Like the Lovers, they will look to build strong partnerships and play in tandem.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have a strong day with the bat. He will adapt himself and command his innings well. He will be like the Queen of Pentacles – ready to strike and accumulate. He should be careful of not losing way towards the second half of his innings. As a captain, he is looking to be positive and energetic. His enthusiasm also carries with it fear of not achieving a comprehensive win, as he may have to deal with repetitive team problems. These will need to addressed, otherwise it will be harder work.
Michael Hussey will start off well and like the Four of Wands, he will show promise. Unfortunately, he won't be able to build on this start.
Murali Vijay will have a good day. He will be well planned, aggressive and will play a stable innings.
Suresh Raina is looking steady and will be able to provide basic support with the bat and ball. He will, like the Two of Swordsneed to be wary of his recurring problems, as they will look to resurface today.
Ravindra Jadeja will start off looking quite nervous, but this won't last long. With the Knight of Wands, he will look to change gear and play an aggressive innings.
Albie Morkel will be over thinking things. He will over plan and will confuse himself. He will bat well, but will leak away runs with the ball.
Ben Hilfenhaus is like the Eight of Swords - looking disturbed. He will have spurts of greatness, yet be plagued with more bad balls than good. He can overcome this if he develops clearer plans.
Shadab Jakati will be an important bowler. He will be steady and implement the team's plans quite well. A good day for him.
Who holds the advantage?
Kings XI Punjab.
(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)