CHURUMURI POLL: Will Manmohan govt survive?

With just a day and more to go, the semi-finals of the Indian Political League is delicately poised. Chasing 272 with several bits-and-pieces players who have never gone beyond single-digit scores, the home team captain is understandably nervous. Will the new finds deliver in this tense, nerve-racking game? Will the old warhorses drop anchor at one end and help the team through?

With nothing left to lose, will the opposing team with a new leader go hell for leather? Given their much improved catching standards, will the tie go all the way down to the wire? Will the umpire have to pull out the rulebook if the scores get level? Will the sponsors be happy with the verdict regardless of whichever way it turns out? Will a win bolster the ageing side before the finals?