Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL 2011, Bangalore April 28, 2011

Improved batting needed for Pune turnaround


Match facts

Friday, April 29, Bangalore
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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Time is running out for Pune Warriors. With four losses out of six matches, they have severe catching-up to do in their remaining eight games. And it all has to start with snapping a four-match losing streak they have accumulated. In their last three matches they have been 17 for 4, 40 for 4 and 41 for 4. The batting order is surely not ideal: Yuvraj Singh at No. 5 always runs the risk of being wasted, Mithun Manhas and Mohnish Mishra in the top four make it one non-international batsman too many, and Callum Ferguson definitely should not be on the bench considering their batting failures.

Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, have started a turnaround of sorts with Chris Gayle's arrival. They have seven points after seven matches; 14 after 14 can get them through to the qualifiers. However, they will want more than that, and will be aiming at four wins at least in the remaining games.

Form guide (most recent first)

Bangalore WWNLL (fourth in points table)
Pune LLLLW (ninth in points table)

Team talk

Pune will need to find a way to get Ferguson in. Given that they have five specialist bowlers doing a good job for them, they can easily bring him in ahead of Mitchell Marsh, who replaced Nathan McCullum for Pune's last game.

Bangalore will want to persist with their winning combination.

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In the spotlight

Jesse Ryder has got off to good starts, but has also fallen to the short ball on more than one occasion. Expect more of that from Zaheer Khan & Co.

Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a golden duck in the previous game, and will look to pull his weight in what is, on paper, one of the most destructive opening combinations in the IPL.

Prime numbers

  • Virat Kohli, with 227 runs to his name, is 43 short of claiming the orange cap

  • Rahul Sharma's 6.04 an over is the fourth-best economy-rate among bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 10 overs. Daniel Vettori, Yusuf Pathan and Doug Bollinger are ahead of him

The chatter

"We didn't apply our brains while batting. We kept on making the same mistakes again and again."
Yuvraj Singh wants his team to learn their lessons

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Pune needs to keep wickets till 10-15 ovrs to launch assualt. But with likes of Mishras, Pandeys and Manhas coming in at first 4 positions, it seems unlikely. Add to it Lethargic captaincy of Yuvi.

  • yash on April 29, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    it is nt mohnish mishra or manhas's fault dat they r failing in their respective batting positions.It vis just some stupid captaincy by yuvraj singh.

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Dheeraj Jadhav is far better than Mithun Manhas and Mohnish Mishra. Kamran Khan also good fast bowler. Fergusion can be good choice. As far as Mishra and Manahs batting in top 4 for Warriors there is no way they can WIN. How they selected these two noobards as prime batsman? God Knows.

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Uthappa could really turn the things around if he is up the order. IMAGINE JESSY and UTHAPPA OPEN!!! wow! waiting to see tat happen. and again Yuvi pls come up the order. . .

  • kumar on April 29, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Pune needs to drop Monish mishra and open with Manish Pandey with Ryder. This will make uthappa at 3 and yuvi at 4 and also they should include KAMRAN KHAN the playing eleven....

  • Gaurav on April 29, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    yuvi shud cum at 3 n robbie at 4..n callum at 5.. always da best 5 shud b der in d top 5 n not players like manhas n mishra!!

  • kumar on April 29, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Yuvi should play at no.4 and Manish pandey should open with Ryder and Ryder should play a long Innings atleast upto 15 overs.

  • Hansie on April 29, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Pune shud try Harshad Khadiwale in place of Mohnish Mishra... and Callum ferguson in place of Marsh.....

  • veena on April 29, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    pune need stability in their batting line up. bring ferguson, he is a core reason why the red backs hails as champions

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    when M Kaif will play?????????????

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