Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Pune April 13, 2012

Elated Chennai meet deflated Pune


Match facts

Saturday, April 14, Pune
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

The fortunes of these two teams as a whole are somewhat dependent on the form of their strong captains. Till Thursday, MS Dhoni had struggled to leave his mark on the game, and not surprisingly, Chennai Super Kings were not looking a confident unit. Till Thursday, Sourav Ganguly's positive influence was all that was being talked about in Pune Warriors' first two wins. But on Thursday evening, Dhoni scored a crucial 41 and the team responded with a most remarkable chase. On the same day, Ganguly's team went down to Kings XI Punjab, the captain cutting a sorry figure with his shabby fielding.

So when the two teams meet in Pune, a lot will depend on how much belief these two captains can instill into their sides. Super Kings are definitely the favourites. During the course of the last four games, all Super Kings batsmen - except M Vijay - have found form and being a team that bats deep, they will be hard to stop.

Warriors too brandish a long batting order but a lot could depend on how their batsmen handle Super Kings spinners, who have blown hot and cold in the tournament till now. Pune's bowling has kept the opposition under control but they could face a tough test on Saturday. Meanwhile, the wait for Tamim Iqbal's debut match continues. Could it be this game?

Players to watch

Even though it was Albie Morkel who found his range in their last game, for Super Kings it has been Faf du Plessis who has cleared the boundary the most times so far in this IPL. He is slowly easing into the role that Michael Hussey played so well. Apart from his batting, du Plessis is a useful legspinner. He currently has 49 Twenty20 scalps and his 50th could be coming in Pune.

While the focus has mostly been on their captain and talented bench-warmers, Ashok Dinda has efficiently leapt to the top of Warriors' bowling charts. He has taken six wickets in three games, at an economy of less than five. Can he hustle the Super Kings batting?

2011 head-to-head

Last year, both times the teams played each other, Super Kings swept away Pune's challenge easily. They won the first game in Chennai by 25 runs and followed it up with an eight-wicket victory two days later in Navi Mumbai.

Stats and trivia

  • Dwayne Bravo is the most economical bowler (6.55 rpo) for Super Kings in the tournament so far. However, he is only 21st on the overall list.
  • Sourav Ganguly has scored 89 runs off 92 balls in his six innings for Warriors.


"The first half [against Kings XI Punjab] was a bit slow, with ball doing a bit, but we didn't even play the full 20 overs. Had we batted through and got 130-135, with the kind of bowling we have and supported with the fielding, things could have gone in our favour"
Ashish Nehra points fingers at the batting failure in Mohali

"Sometime it [a line-up that bats deep] creates a problem. When you have a [long] batting line-up, you sort of lose your responsibility as a player, because you know that you have guys behind you. But on a night like tonight, it's great to have big-hitters down the order."
Albie Morkel on Super Kings strong batting line-up, after their last-ball win against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Pune won and sleepers failed to watch an exciting match and ryder answered with bat.and NRR and pune is still going north.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    why tamim not playing could u answer dada

  • Mainuddin on April 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Tamim should play... let's see if they pick him or not.

  • shameem on April 14, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Thought of watching today's match ----- it's 12:20 am AEST -- so better going to bed. Predicting a one-sided CSK's victory without dashing opener Tamim Iqbal. Good luck Dada -- try to get some runs otherwise Pune's NRR will be heading South. Can't see anyone other than you who can bat in your playing eleven today!! Shuvo nababarsha (new year) Tamim. Enjoy and relax -- let them play --- thanks PWI think-tank for letting me sleep.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Win or lose gangulian gangulian forever..!!

  • SOMSUBHRA on April 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    pwi is going to win another excitng match. todays match is captain vs captain. three cheers for pwi.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @gothetaniwha You probably need to develop a bit of cricketing sense. If you have watched the match yesterday, scoring a 30 at at strike rate of 100 from Dravid was an extremely good effort. The scorecard vindicates that. T20 is not just about bashing from the first ball. It is about making the best use of every delivery you face. On a slow turner like that when Shakib was bowling the spell of the day, you can not just hit every ball out of the park. People tried and perished. Even Balaji was turning the ball big time.

    130 was a very good total to defend. Unfortunately RR's bowler especially Trivendi and Chavan did not consistently find the right line and length.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Bring Tamim in Team now.....he is in a superb form....don't miss his service Pune Warriors....KKR already got the lesson....they left Sakib for first two games and you know what happened to them....how many match you want to lose to get that lesson??

  • Kyle on April 14, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @Manoj Barik ... Pandey better than Mathews? You are deluded my friend. Plus why should he be removed for failing in one game. Mathews provides another bowling option as well. Whilst Pandey has made 2 ducks in 3 games...

    Going by talent the international players should be Wright, Smith, Mathews and Fergo. Even so, I still think the Pune line up is quite weak and I expect Chennai to win this game.

  • mahfuz on April 14, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    tamim will play when he deserves to play and when his team needs him to play.but pwi needs to change jessi a s p.

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