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The Preview by Abhishek Purohit
April 12, 2011
Pune's fast bowlers used the bounce and zip in the DY Patil Stadium wicket so effectively against Punjab that their spinners, specialist and part-time, bowled only six overs in all. Alfonso Thomas, Wayne Parnell and Shrikant Wagh were unplayable at times, which will make the Kochi pace attack of RP Singh, Sreesanth and Vinay Kumar potentially tougher to handle.
Till AB de Villiers' assault on Raiphi Gomez in the 18th over, Kochi had a chance against Bangalore, but Jayawardene's decision to hand the ball to Gomez turned the game. Kochi will go in to this game knowing that their batting has at least been tested against a quality Bangalore attack, and come good, while Pune's bowlers did not leave much of a job for their batsmen to do.
Both sides would also have looked at the way Punjab's batsmen perished on the DY Patil wicket, continuing to play forcing strokes from the crease despite the steep bounce.
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Sreesanth has found support from Jayawardene, who has said that the fast bowler needs to keep up his aggression as it helps him to perform. He was expensive against Bangalore, but will like the help that the DY Patil pitch offers. Will he be able to channel the hostility in to getting wickets?
Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Abhishek Purohit
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