Monday 14 April 2014 

The Cricket World Team Make Their IPL 2014 Predictions

Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen
Will Chris Gayle blast the Royal Challengers Bangalore to victory? Or will KP (right), lead Delhi Daredevils to glory
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After just two of us managed to correctly predict the winner of the ICC World Twenty20 2014, we have asked our team of staff and contributors to make their IPL 2014 predictions.

This is no easy task, given that the teams are much-changed this year after February's auction in Bangalore.

Plus, the tournament heads to the United Arab Emirates to start with and even when it returns to India teams will be playing away from their usual home stadia as voting in the general election continues.

So, here are the predictions of our team but we'd like to see yours too - leave us a comment below and vote in our poll...

Alastair Symondson - Delhi Daredevils

The winners will be the Delhi Daredevils. KP is going to come back hard and show the world he can ‘Boss T20’. To make the play-offs with them: Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

John Pennington - Chennai Super Kings

I predicted Chennai Super Kings at the very start of the year, on the simple basis that you can't keep them away from winning for too long. I will stick with that, and I'd say that the four sides to make it to play-off week will be Chennai, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.

Andrew Wood - Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore to win for me as I think they have the best batting line-up which is crucial for Twenty20. I can't see anybody outscoring the likes of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle.

Debashish Das - Sunrisers Hyderabad

Predicting the winner of this year's IPL is probably the hardest task but I would like to see a new winner this time and so will go with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

They possess the most explosive opening pair in the form of Aaron Finch and David Warner followed by the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Darren Sammy. On the bowling front, Dale Steyn will lead the attack which has Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma to name a few.

Matt Carter - Sunrisers Hyderabad

As always it is difficult to call with the majority of sides boasting quality talent throughout, that said I'm tipping Sunrisers for a first title given the top order of David Warner and Aaron Finch and a more than handy bowling attack, but most importantly they can call on the most lethal finisher worldwide in the form of Darren Sammy.
 
Failing that Chennai with Ravichandran Ashwin and Samuel Badree as their spinners combined with a relatively faultless unit full of power hitting should be in the shake up come the business end of the tournament.

Israr Ahmed Hashmi - Royal Challengers Bangalore

My bet is on RCB because of the Yuvi-Factor! They already had Gayle, Kohli, AB and this season with Yuvraj - they seem to have everything.

To make the play-offs: RCB, RR, CSK & KXIP

Laura Williamson - Royal Challengers Bangalore

Though, as always, it is very tough to call when it comes to Twenty20 and especially the IPL, I'm backing the Royal Challengers Bangalore to win this year's tournament. It's the addition of big hitters and proven international stars Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers that swing it for me.

Bangalore have some big international names in the team as well a lot of experience with the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan which will make them an exceptionally hard team to beat.

Dan Atkinson - Sunrisers Hyderabad

I am going for the Sunrisers – for the stupendous choice of name and the eagerness it suggests.

Peter Steward - Mumbai Indians

Reigning champions to make it two in a row for me.


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