Underrated yet highly efficient, Auckland have been the team of the tournament so far. They thrashed KKR by seven wickets in their opening match, a degree of conviction which even the bigger sides have failed to demonstrate.
Chennai did not have an ideal start to the CLT20, unexpectedly going down to Sydney Sixers. Having said that, they are known to be slow starters, and hence would hope that they can bounce back, just like they have done so often in the past. Lions, on the other hand, might have even surprised themselves with the amazing performance they put up against Mumbai Indians.
The board’s decision to summon all-rounder Shane Watson back to Australia midway through the Champions League T20 so that he can prepare for the real deal, the Tests against South Africa, deserves kudos, and is worthy of imitation.
Following a disappointing showing against Delhi Daredevils, the Kolkata Knight Riders would be keen to put up a much improved performance when they take on Auckland at Cape Town on Monday, in the Group A clash.