Mike Selvey of The Guardian makes the case that IPL 4 has failed to deliver the goods:
It is just beyond halfway through this tournament, 44 matches at the time of writing, and scarcely a memorable one among them, few last-over thrillers, or tight run-chases. Even in the shortest form of the game, there seems to have been a predictability about matches from an early stage.
A glance down the results shows that 16 matches, more than a third, were decided by seven, eight or nine wickets while only four were won by fewer than 10 runs and none closer than three wickets, of which there were only two instances.
Five matches alone went to the last over and two of those were six-wicket wins. The tightest match saw Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors from the last delivery, but even that was a seven‑wicket win. In short, the whole thing seems to have gone flat.
Apparently, television ratings are also down, but I’d like to wait until the end of the tournament before reaching a conclusion on that front. I’d also question Selvey’s data sample here — is it not possible to enjoy a cricket match that doesn’t end with a close result? What if these matches included stellar innings — Sehwag’s century (which I missed!), or a five-for from Ishant?