Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Pune

Pune aim to trip rising Bangalore

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria

May 10, 2012

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Match facts

Friday, May 11, Pune
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)


Sourav Ganguly makes a change in the field, Pune Warriors v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Pune, April 26, 2012
Sourav Ganguly has left his best behind © AFP
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Pune Warriors have lost six matches in a row - a sequence even worse than bottom-placed Deccan Chargers, who have been clueless against everyone but the Warriors. The losses have meant that Warriors' promising start in the tournament has been squandered. With only three games to go, Warriors can only hope to trip others on their rush to make it to the playoffs and they can start with the fourth-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Royal Challengers earned valuable two points after their bowlers had restricted Mumbai Indians to 141 - the lowest score against them this season - on a responsive pitch and their batsmen strolled to the target. That Virat Kohli scored useful runs must have come as a relief to the team and they would hope that he continues the form. Royal Challengers face Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers after the game against Warriors, and with the race to the finish getting hotter, they wouldn't want to lose points against bottom-placed teams.

After the first four matches, Warriors had shot to the top of the table only to be shaken off the perch by Royal Challengers in a game where Gayle punished Rahul Sharma with five sixes in an over and Ashish Nehra failed to defend 21 runs in the last over. Warriors have the chance to dish out revenge this time but their batting needs to fire. Their last three totals have been 125, 143 and 119 and Sourav Ganguly's tinkering with the batting order hasn't helped him or the team. Ganguly's role in the team has been questioned just as much as a few other captains and his position in the team is, reportedly, in doubt. Now, in their penultimate game in Pune, Warriors would hope to give their fans, who have filled the stadium every time, something to cheer. With nothing to lose, Warriors could win some more fans in Bangladesh if they include Tamim Iqbal.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Pune Warriors: LLLLL
Royal Challengers Bangalore: WWLLW

Players to watch

Muttiah Muralitharan is the leading wicket-taker for Royal Challengers with ten although he has just played six games. Muralitharan's double-wicket over derailed a recovering Mumbai Indians batting and inspired a much-improved bowling performance. He would aim to keep the straightjacket on the struggling Warriors' batting.

Michael Clarke has scored 31 runs in his last three innings after scoring 41 on debut. He doesn't have much of a reputation in Twenty20 cricket and with only a few games remaining, he would hope to leave a mark on the tournament.

Stats and trivia

  • Steven Smith has taken the most catches - nine - in this IPL.
  • Sourav Ganguly has the lowest strike-rate of 107.27 of all batsmen who have scored more than 1000 runs in IPL. This season, his strike-rate is 100.81, which is the lowest among regular batsmen in his team.
  • Warriors have played Royal Challengers twice, losing both.

    Quotes

    "It is a good feeling to get it [orange cap]. Do you want it?"
    Chris Gayle replying to a reporter during a press conference .

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Posted by ranga_s on (May 11, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Now that they've finally left out Ganguly they make mistake of having Pup...Just because a guy is an Australian it doesn't mean he's necessarily best at everything... Clarke is an awful T20 player...Guys may argue that he has performed and so on but the truth is those are classical players where 20 over are no where near enough for them to get going all guns blazing...They should have played Tamim Iqbal or else if they really wanted to go with an Aussie should have gone with Callum. Still my personal belief is they should have gone with Thomas and Parnell along with Smith and Matthews..Monish Mishra, Manish Pandey, Robin Uththappa, Steve Smith, Angelo Matthews, Anustup Majumdar, Mithun Manhas, Wayne Parnell, Bhuwaneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Alfonso Thomas. If Ashok Dinda is fit, play him ahead of Kumar.

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (May 11, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

No DADA :(:(:( ...PWI BoooooooooooooooooO without DADA PWI can't win..... Go Banglore go Go....my suport goes to Banglore.

Posted by John777Stephen on (May 11, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

"they can start with the fourth-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore. "

A small change to be taken in above line from the first paragraph...."fourth-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore" should be display as "fifth-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore" as of now...

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

who is rofl ? is he a Swine star ?

Posted by fr600 on (May 11, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

LOL at Ganguly first kicked out from Kolkata and now from Pune.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Tamim will play well at pune at least better than anyone in nows pune

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

All 4 foreigners slots continuously failed for Pune , a total waste of so called talents where as they have Tamim, Luke on bench who deserve more games than those fallens !

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (May 11, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

@zahidtaniv - Gibbs is not picked because of injury..

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (May 11, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

the weak link in PW has been Smith. Yes Smith. He might win two matches but overall for 13 matches his batting has been poor and PW definitely suffered because of that. When a player is in form he needs to carry the team home. Smith has been the weakest link in PW. Brilliant two catches don't win you matches. Proved. Look at Smith's average for 13 games. Smith is one of those players who will give you a feeling that he has done a lot but actually he didn't. Take a look at all those PW games closely, you will find for whom PW has suffered most. ITS SMITH guys.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (May 11, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

@AusieBangaleeShameem- And where did you get this 'authentic' piece of data? :D

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