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IPL reaches the halfway stage

So far there haven't been too many consistent teams - well, apart from Kolkata who are just rubbish. Flintoff and Pietersen proved to be over-priced flops (gee, who'd have thunk it?) and veterans like Gilchrist, Hayden, Kumble and Tendulkar have shown that the short game is not necessarily a young man's game.

The end-of-season pitches are showing their age and the average score has been decreasing. This week has kept the airports busy with the English and West Indian players flying out, and the Aussies about to arrive once they are finished in Dubai.

For the Cricinfo update at this stage, click here

Delhi still look the team to beat, hopefully Deccan return to form on the back of Herschelle Gibbs scoring runs. My 25/1 each-way for most runs was looking good for at least some return until his last few innings.

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