Making predictions about sporting outcomes is always fraught with risk. Never more so than in cricket whose glorious uncertainties are part of the game’s fascination for its followers.
And within cricket, predicting the outcome of a T20 game is even more risky, as a game could be turned on its head in just a few overs, thereby causing the predictor to eat crow, with humble pie added for dessert. For instance, who would have dared predict that the West Indies would beat Australia in the semi-finals of the recently concluded T20 World Cup? Or that Sri Lanka would collapse so abjectly whilst chasing a moderate target, in the final, playing in front of a stadium jam-packed with home supporters?
And before the World Cup, there was IPL 5. Who, after the league stage of the tournament, would have dared to bet against Delhi Daredevils beating Kolkata Knight Riders? Who, indeed, would have fancied KKR to beat champions Chennai playing in the latter’s backyard, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium?
But then, the risk factor is what makes the foretelling of the result all the more fascinating. So here I go, risking my neck with my predictions for the ongoing T20 Champions League in South Africa. Take a look at the following table to find out who according to me will win each game of the contest:
Date Stage Team 1 Team 2 Venue Prediction
9/10/2012 Qualifier Uva Next Yorkshire Jo'burg Yorkshire
9/10/2012 Qualifier Auckland Aces Sialkot Stallions Jo'burg Auckland
10/10/2012 Qualifier Auckland Aces Hampshire Centurion Auckland
10/10/2012 Qualifier Trinidad & Tobago Yorkshire Centurion Yorkshire
11/10/2012 Qualifier Trinidad & Tobago Uva Next Jo'burg Trinidad
11/10/2012 Qualifier Hampshire Sialkot Stallions Jo'burg Sialkot
13/10/2012 Group Nashua Titans Perth Scorchers Centurion Perth
13/10/2012 Group KKR DD Centurion DD
14/10/2102 Group CSK Sydney Sixers Jo'burg CSK
14/10/2012 Group Highveld Lions MI Jo'burg MI
15/10/2012 Group KKR Qualifier 1 Cape Town KKR
16/10/2012 Group Sydney Sixers Qualifier 2 Cape Town Sydney
16/10/2012 Group CSK Highveld Lions Cape Town CSK
17/10/2012 Group Nashua Titans Qualifier 1 Durban Titans
17/10/2012 Group KKR Perth Scorchers Durban KKR
18/10/2012 Group Highveld Lions Sydney Sixers Cape Town Highveld
18/10/2012 Group MI Qualifier 2 Cape Town MI
19/10/2012 Group DD Qualifier 1 Durban DD
20/10/2012 Group Highveld Lions Qualifier 2 Jo'burg Highveld
20/10/2012 Group CSK MI Jo'burg MI
21/10/2102 Group Perth Scorchers DD Cape Town Perth
21/10/2012 Group KKR Nashua Titans Cape Town KKR
22/10/2012 Group CSK Qualifier 2 Durban CSK
22/10/2012 Group Sydney Sixers MI Durban Sydney
23/10/2012 Group Perth Scorchers Qualifier 1 Centurion Perth
23/10/2012 Group Nashua Titans DD Centurion Titans
25/10/2012 Semi-final Delhi Daredevils Highveld Lions Durban DD
26/10/2012 Semi-final Sydney Sixers Titans Centurion Sydney Sixers
28/10/2012 Final Highveld Lions Sydney Sixers Jo'burg Sydney Sixers
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Jinxatious is the Chief Editor of SportingAttitude.com
An avid writer, on an eclectic range of subjects, he brings to bear editorial experience garnered with a national newspaper in South-East Asia. He also has sportscasting experience, as a cricket commentator, and his passion for sport extends beyond Cricket, to Football, Tennis, and Olympic Sports.