Sunday, May 22, 2016


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):


The floodlights shine bright
Players huddle and take the field
The opening batsmen saunter to the wickets
Game time in Hyderabad!

Sharma, Buttler, Guptill, McClenaghan
Pollard and Rayudu
Ready with their willow woods
Squint at the bowlers

Experienced Nehra, young Rahman and Kumar
Flaunt their wiles with the cork
It was to be Hyderabad’s day
As Warner demolished the MI bowlers

Cool Wednesday morning two days later
MI to take on RCB
The vaunted scoring of Kohli
The sporadic brilliance of Gayle

MI batsmen have to step up today
Not rely on Bhajji to top-score!
The record of 1-3 needs a’ changin’
Or else ‘Tis going to be a mighty bore

MI beat RCB last night
T'was bliss to see Kohli and de Villiers
Out in the same over
Watch out Delhi, it will be Sad Saturday

Lions felt Sun's heat
Devils will dare nought tomorrow
Pune vs RCB, who cares... (Today) 

No cricket today
Family celebration dinner
Awaiting tomorrow's match
MI, MI, MI...
Must try and stay awake
To savour the victory

Seems RCB won last night
Planned to skip parties for MI 
Relieved match is at Four

Despite Captain Rohit’s heroics
Delhi won by 10 runs
Now eight more matches
For MI to come out with blazing guns

Slept through MI's win last night
Old age creeping up perchance
It was not much of a fight
Thursday, KKR will feel MI's lance

Watching Thu match with friends
And libations of course
Glad not to be alone or too sleepy
To savour MI's winning bourse

    Will be watching Thu match alone after all
    Being the sole cricfan in these woods
    Ah well, so be it
    Just so long as MI brings home the goods

     MI did win and jump to 3rd place
     Alas, Delhi and Hyderabad won yesterday too
     So it's Gujarat, DD, KKR 'n Hyderabad in top four
     MI will need to claw its way up tonight

    Cool Cap Dhoni's Pune team
    Will be taken by MI
    Must keep alive the dream
    Will be watching with a cousin/friend tonight

      Pune was taken and MI vaulted to #2
      Then Kolkota won last night and MI now #3
       It's a roulette between these two, Gujarat and Delhi 
       Latter two play tonight and Gujarat must win
       Or else beloved MI will be #4! 

IPL saga unfolds yet
#1 Gujarat slaughtered by Delhi last night
Now MI is #4
Their next match on Sunday shall be a fight. 

Kolkota beat Punjab last night 
And tops Standings now
Followed by Gujarat and Delhi
While to #4 MI takes a bow

DD plays Pune tonight
Negative rooting again
For Pune to win the fight. (.... Sorry, Deepak) 
Maybe #3 spot will then be MI's to gain

Mi resting till Sunday 
When Hyderabad will prove litmus test 
Meanwhile hoping other 3 teams in top four
Keep losing, encouraging MI to perform best.

Dozed off of course
But woke up to see the end
When Pune beat Delhi 
Driving some folks around the bend! 

Four crucial games remain
Mumbai 5th with Delhi just ahead
Revived Bangalore/Virat catching up
We must gather to watch more games!

For MI's sake, got to keep DD at bay
May de Kock be blinded by the Rising Sun
Let Warner do his batting voodoo 
And let Zaheer's Devils fall under the gun. 

‘Twas a dismal night
MI bundled out for 124 runs
Watch out Daredevils and Lions
As MI performs its usual last-stand heroics

It was a Sad Sunday
As Kolkota and Bangalore
Secured their playoff births
The four qualifiers now decided
With MI only fifth

Shall await the next season
To see MI victorious again! 

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