The IPL regular season ended yesterday. The 4 teams who made it to the playoffs start their matches tomorrow, with the finals on the 29th: Gujarat, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkota. Mumbai, 'my team' and the defending champion, ended their season 5th.
Below are the verses I have been writing for the past 6 weeks (the two 3-line verses are attempts at Japanese haiku):
Howzat!The floodlights shine brightPlayers huddle and take the fieldThe opening batsmen saunter to the wicketsGame time in Hyderabad!Sharma, Buttler, Guptill, McClenaghanPollard and RayuduReady with their willow woodsSquint at the bowlersExperienced Nehra, young Rahman and KumarFlaunt their wiles with the corkIt was to be Hyderabad’s dayAs Warner demolished the MI bowlersCool Wednesday morning two days laterMI to take on RCBThe vaunted scoring of KohliThe sporadic brilliance of GayleMI batsmen have to step up todayNot rely on Bhajji to top-score!The record of 1-3 needs a’ changin’Or else ‘Tis going to be a mighty boreMI beat RCB last nightT'was bliss to see Kohli and de VilliersOut in the same overWatch out Delhi, it will be Sad SaturdayLions felt Sun's heatDevils will dare nought tomorrowPune vs RCB, who cares... (Today)No cricket todayFamily celebration dinnerAwaiting tomorrow's matchMI, MI, MI...Must try and stay awakeTo savour the victorySeems RCB won last nightPlanned to skip parties for MIRelieved match is at FourDespite Captain Rohit’s heroicsDelhi won by 10 runsNow eight more matchesFor MI to come out with blazing gunsSlept through MI's win last nightOld age creeping up perchanceIt was not much of a fightThursday, KKR will feel MI's lanceWatching Thu match with friendsAnd libations of courseGlad not to be alone or too sleepyTo savour MI's winning bourseWill be watching Thu match alone after allBeing the sole cricfan in these woodsAh well, so be itJust so long as MI brings home the goodsMI did win and jump to 3rd placeAlas, Delhi and Hyderabad won yesterday tooSo it's Gujarat, DD, KKR 'n Hyderabad in top fourMI will need to claw its way up tonightCool Cap Dhoni's Pune teamWill be taken by MIMust keep alive the dreamWill be watching with a cousin/friend tonightPune was taken and MI vaulted to #2Then Kolkota won last night and MI now #3It's a roulette between these two, Gujarat and DelhiLatter two play tonight and Gujarat must winOr else beloved MI will be #4!IPL saga unfolds yet#1 Gujarat slaughtered by Delhi last nightNow MI is #4Their next match on Sunday shall be a fight.Kolkota beat Punjab last nightAnd tops Standings nowFollowed by Gujarat and DelhiWhile to #4 MI takes a bowDD plays Pune tonightNegative rooting againFor Pune to win the fight. (.... Sorry, Deepak)Maybe #3 spot will then be MI's to gainMi resting till SundayWhen Hyderabad will prove litmus testMeanwhile hoping other 3 teams in top fourKeep losing, encouraging MI to perform best.Dozed off of courseBut woke up to see the endWhen Pune beat DelhiDriving some folks around the bend!Four crucial games remainMumbai 5th with Delhi just aheadRevived Bangalore/Virat catching upWe must gather to watch more games!For MI's sake, got to keep DD at bayMay de Kock be blinded by the Rising SunLet Warner do his batting voodooAnd let Zaheer's Devils fall under the gun.‘Twas a dismal nightMI bundled out for 124 runsWatch out Daredevils and LionsAs MI performs its usual last-stand heroicsIt was a Sad SundayAs Kolkota and BangaloreSecured their playoff birthsThe four qualifiers now decidedWith MI only fifthShall await the next seasonTo see MI victorious again!_________________________________________________________