Table-toppers Delhi and Kolkata Knight Riders are set to take on each other in the first qualifier today.
Unlike the other teams which qualified (Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings), both Delhi and Kolkata were not dependent on any other team’s “under-performance” to make it to the play-offs.
The Daredevils, in contrast to their form last year, have been exceptional this season.
The side began the season as underdogs but they proved otherwise and silenced their critics committing hardly any errors. Since the beginning of the season, they have been bang on target. All the players have played their roles to perfection.
Morne Morkel has no doubt been the pick of the bowlers having claimed 25 wickets — making him the leading wicket taker at the moment.
Skipper, Virender Sehwag had the orange cap a few occasions this season.
Kevin Pietersen, though no longer with the team because of his commitments to his national side, was exceptional with the bat. He even scored a century this season and his presence in the team only strengthened the batting line-up.
Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knights Riders have maintained their momentum through out the tournament. They certainly did start the season on a losing note but were soon back to their winning ways.
The Gautam Gambhir led side, have put up an amazing display of cricketing skills. The skipper led from the front as his willow silenced the opponents while the other players did their expected bit.
A special mention has to be given to Sunil Narine. The West Indian cricketer has certainly been the feather in the Knights cap. He currently has 22 wickets in his kitty with his best figures reading 5 for 19 and continues to confuse the opponents.
On the two occasions that the Daredevils and the Knights clashed, Delhi drew first blood while Kolkata won the second encounter.
It remains to be seen who has the final say and passes the acid test.