Nearly 30 matches in, and we're finally a third into the IPL. It's great to see that, for once, one or two teams aren't running away with it. How often do we have a six-way tie for anything? Usually, if there are six incompetent teams sharing points, it's the bottom 6. All the better to slate the Deccan Chargers - they really must love that basement. Here are the standings, as I write this. In 15 hours or so, two out of the current top three will share the lead with 10 points.
|Kolkata Knight Riders||7||4||3||0||0||8||+0.432|
|Chennai Super Kings||7||4||3||0||0||8||+0.033|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||7||4||3||0||0||8||-0.192|
|Kings XI Punjab||7||3||4||0||0||6||-0.467|
By "surprise packages", I don't mean an unexpected parcel delivered to your door, with a clearly audible ticking noise coming from it. Or maybe I do. I'm not sure.
Anyway, the teams that have done better than expected are the Pune Warriors (India) and the Delhi Daredevils (also India, but they aren't all smug and in-your-face about it).