Pune Warriors v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Pune May 2, 2012

Pune's time to take forward steps

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Match facts

Thursday, May 3, Pune
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Pune Warriors started their campaign in IPL 2012 with an uplifting win against pre-tournament favourites, Mumbai Indians and followed it up with an easy win over Kings XI Punjab. But since then, they have played seven games and won only two, with a hat-trick of losses. Second from the bottom, Warriors still have a chance of qualifying for the play-off stage, but with just six games to go they will need to stay focussed.

Mumbai Indians have had five wins from nine games even though they haven't performed to their potential. Of all their big names, only Lasith Malinga has been consistent while Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh haven't fired. Rohit Sharma is the top-scorer in the line-up but his tournament tally is half that of Ajinkya Rahane's and he has given his wicket away easily in crunch situations. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik, though, have shown signs of form after an indifferent start to the season. Mumbai Indians have often reiterated the importance of having Tendulkar at the top to provide stability. However, he has scored 94 runs in five games and Sourav Ganguly would hope to keep the pressure on him.

Michael Clarke made an impressive IPL debut in the last game and scored his runs at a good clip with proper cricketing shots, much like Rahane. Clarke's ability should relieve Robin Uthappa of the stabilising role, allowing him to take a more aggressive stance. In their bowling department, Warriors have missed Ashok Dinda as Ashish Nehra has been expensive as a death bowler.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Pune Warriors: LLLWL
Mumbai Indians: WLWLL

Players to watch

Steven Smith is the second highest run-getter for Warriors this season with 267 runs at a strike rate of 159.88. While several other top run-scorers have faced more than 200 balls, Smith has only faced 167, highlighting that he could have a greater impact if he is given more time in the middle.

Ambati Rayudu has looked in good form in recent games. While his cameo in Mohali won the game for Mumbai Indians from a difficult position, his counter-attacking 62 in Delhi kept the team in hunt after the loss of early wickets. With an inconsistent top order, the responsibility will be again on him.

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai Indians' average of 21.58 runs per wicket is the lowest in this IPL. Warriors are third from the top with an average of 27.05.
  • Mumbai Indians scored 101 against Warriors in their last match, the second-lowest score this season after their 92 all out against Delhi Daredevils.

    Quotes

    "One always plans to succeed but the success rate may not always be nine on 10. IPL comes with certain pressure, but we've played well overall and haven't been dominated by any team."
    Robin Uthappa on Warriors' recent losses

    "I am very thankful to MI, especially Robin Singh (MI coach) and Sachin sir, for giving me this opportunity. MI gave me a chance when I needed one."
    Ambati Rayudu

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY M-I-Khan on | May 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I think it will be a great fun to see if the PWI can win this match...

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 3, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    To all cricket pundits posting there comments --- PWI now dead for poor selection of the team!!!! Big names Clarke, Ryder........ have failed. Small names like Tamim, Luke Wright didn't get a game again! So result has been the same ---- a shameful defeat chasing only 121!!! Go Pune go --- go down to the bottom of the table!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 3, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Nehra gets hit for a 6 and a 4; he smiles. he doesn't make a real effort to catch a lobbed up ball from Sachin; he again smiles!! What is this guy thinking?

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 3, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Pune will benefit if Ganguly opens, plays about 15 balls to get 20 runs and gets out. Longer he stays beyond first 6 overs, he will slow down scoring rate and might even get a few team-mates in run-out scare. Hope PWI sees the writing on the wall everybody else is seeing and request SG to retire, gracefully.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Pollard's injury makes the middle order stronger for Mumbai, Baaji's tactical move of not playing Levi may weaken the opening strike rate for 6 overs. opening with franklin will see a 50 over match in IPL. Pune fans will feel that Marlon samuels could got injured. If malinga couldnt get his line in first over dont use him in the 3rd over take him for finishing overs to control smith. Good to start with a peterson or baaji.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Luke Wright is a bright exciting prospect. Give him a chance to open with Clarke at the top of the order in place of Ryder. Was ecstatic when he was picked bu u ppll,, but whats the point if hes not being given enough games?? Love u DADA, u rock !!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal Should be given a chance.

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | May 3, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    I'm not trying to be a cricket pundit here but IMO I feel it's not an issue with the team selection but a problem with the line up for PWI...They have a cracker of a squad but since they don't utilize the players well enough they fail big time.There is no other place for Ganguly than the opening spot. Either that or he should nvr bat or he should opt out of the team. But since he is a good captain and probably this could be his last playing season he'll play. Have Ganguly, Pandey, Clarke, Smith, Matthews, Manhas, Uththappa, Kumar, Parnell, Sharma, Nehra. It's unfortunate that Luke Wright is unfit otherwise it would be a choice between him and Matthews. With that line up Openeres should try and achieve a RR or 9-10 as even if they lose a wicket in the process they've Clarke a solid player and it allows Smith and Matthews enough time on the crease so that they could launch big time to the latter part..It's all about preparing roles...And PWI is not doing it right...

  • POSTED BY tamizan on | May 3, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Warriors team for tonight:- 1. Pandey 2. Ryder (O) 3. Smith (O) 4. Clarke (O) - Captain 5. Uthappa-W* 6. Manhas 7. Ganguly 8. Thomas (O) 9. Karthik 10. Sharma 11. Dinda

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    DADA Give Rest To Samuels n Bring Luke Wright In For Him ...Luke Wright,Clarke,Smith,Wayne Parnell ( If Dinda Is Not Fit )

    Take KAMRAN KHAN (Bowler) In Place Of Ashish nehra Dada

    DADA GIRI Rocks \m/

    Love U DADA

  • POSTED BY M-I-Khan on | May 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I think it will be a great fun to see if the PWI can win this match...

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 3, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    To all cricket pundits posting there comments --- PWI now dead for poor selection of the team!!!! Big names Clarke, Ryder........ have failed. Small names like Tamim, Luke Wright didn't get a game again! So result has been the same ---- a shameful defeat chasing only 121!!! Go Pune go --- go down to the bottom of the table!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 3, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Nehra gets hit for a 6 and a 4; he smiles. he doesn't make a real effort to catch a lobbed up ball from Sachin; he again smiles!! What is this guy thinking?

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 3, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Pune will benefit if Ganguly opens, plays about 15 balls to get 20 runs and gets out. Longer he stays beyond first 6 overs, he will slow down scoring rate and might even get a few team-mates in run-out scare. Hope PWI sees the writing on the wall everybody else is seeing and request SG to retire, gracefully.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Pollard's injury makes the middle order stronger for Mumbai, Baaji's tactical move of not playing Levi may weaken the opening strike rate for 6 overs. opening with franklin will see a 50 over match in IPL. Pune fans will feel that Marlon samuels could got injured. If malinga couldnt get his line in first over dont use him in the 3rd over take him for finishing overs to control smith. Good to start with a peterson or baaji.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Luke Wright is a bright exciting prospect. Give him a chance to open with Clarke at the top of the order in place of Ryder. Was ecstatic when he was picked bu u ppll,, but whats the point if hes not being given enough games?? Love u DADA, u rock !!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal Should be given a chance.

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | May 3, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    I'm not trying to be a cricket pundit here but IMO I feel it's not an issue with the team selection but a problem with the line up for PWI...They have a cracker of a squad but since they don't utilize the players well enough they fail big time.There is no other place for Ganguly than the opening spot. Either that or he should nvr bat or he should opt out of the team. But since he is a good captain and probably this could be his last playing season he'll play. Have Ganguly, Pandey, Clarke, Smith, Matthews, Manhas, Uththappa, Kumar, Parnell, Sharma, Nehra. It's unfortunate that Luke Wright is unfit otherwise it would be a choice between him and Matthews. With that line up Openeres should try and achieve a RR or 9-10 as even if they lose a wicket in the process they've Clarke a solid player and it allows Smith and Matthews enough time on the crease so that they could launch big time to the latter part..It's all about preparing roles...And PWI is not doing it right...

  • POSTED BY tamizan on | May 3, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Warriors team for tonight:- 1. Pandey 2. Ryder (O) 3. Smith (O) 4. Clarke (O) - Captain 5. Uthappa-W* 6. Manhas 7. Ganguly 8. Thomas (O) 9. Karthik 10. Sharma 11. Dinda

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    DADA Give Rest To Samuels n Bring Luke Wright In For Him ...Luke Wright,Clarke,Smith,Wayne Parnell ( If Dinda Is Not Fit )

    Take KAMRAN KHAN (Bowler) In Place Of Ashish nehra Dada

    DADA GIRI Rocks \m/

    Love U DADA

  • POSTED BY akbarbirbal007 on | May 3, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Uthappa should come to bat only before kumar/karthik,nehra,rahul sharma,thomas when he is batting it looks he is putting himself before the team,leaving the deliveries which could have been hit,bringing down the run rate considerably. We don't want to see his class for that we can see Dravid's batting Need to play both Thomas and parnell ( if ryder is not fit) as bowling is a cause of worry, dont play samuels

  • POSTED BY howzzattt on | May 3, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly plays like a proper test batsmen in a T20 and thus Pune can never reach the play off's unless Dada bats at No. 7....The batting order should be.... 1. Manish Pandey 2. Robin Uttappa 3. Micheal Clarke 4. Steven Smith 5. Luke Wright 6. Mithun Manhas/ Mohnish Mishra 7. Sourav Ganguly 8. Murali Kartik 9. Alfanso Thomas 10. Rahul Sharma 11. Ashok Dinda

  • POSTED BY remnant on | May 3, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Pune can't blame Ganguly. They knew what they were getting when they hired him. Its not Ganguly's fault if he is playing the way he is. Afterall his KKR strike rate was also 110, and there he was opening the batting, so actually he has done something in the team interest by coming one down.

    The real fun will begin next season when Clarke is entrusted with leadership and Saurav is asked to take up brand ambassdorship of PWI, and he then true to self, rejects it. That will then see a replay of what happened last season.

  • POSTED BY Crikoot on | May 3, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Stubbornness and determination is not the same -- I think Sourav mixed it up. There is no guarantee that Tamim will perform well once he is given a chance;however not playing for once tells lot of stories.

  • POSTED BY Ranji11 on | May 3, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Hope sachin does it for MI this time...

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    My PWI Team to defeat MI::: 1. Ryder 2. Harshad Khadiwale / Uthappa 3. Clarke 4. Harpreet Singh / Pandey 5. Smith 6. Ganguly 7. Eklavya Dwivedy 8. Sharma / Ali Murtaza 9. Karthik 10. Thomas 11. Sachin Rana

    @Dada - Please stop relying on people who are not delivering! We are in a very bad situation here!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    either you win or not pune give chance to luke wright and tamim iqbal, then wt s the use of picking them?????????????

  • POSTED BY kathikiran on | May 3, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    dada plz score more aggressivly n more sixes we want from ur bat

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Based on current season performance, this is what I think the lineup for Pune Warrior should look like- [Batsmen]1. Ryder, 2.Tamim, 3.Clarke (Captain), 4.Pandey, 5.Uthappa, 6.SPD Smith; [Bowlers] 7. MN Samuels, 8. Parnell, 9.AC Thomas, 10. Sharma, 11. Dinda. Sorry, no room for Dada. He made way too many bad decisions to be justified as a better captain than Clarke. With a tournament average of 20.4 and a SR of 101, he is a mediocre batsman. His bowling average and economy rate is sickeningly poor. He is now mooching off of his legacy in Indian Cricket. Sorry, Dada! You don't get to be judged by your past performance, but your current one.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Like in cricket.. Why dont the IPL board give RANKINGS for the teams based on the cumulative performances every year.. It ll make the league even more interesting..

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    with so many 100s under his belt per inning, it is nice to see Sachin slow down in this IPL to enjoy the scenery while reaching the landmark 100

  • POSTED BY gagan_deep on | May 3, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Dada should drop samuals and nehra.If he continues with Nehra, then complete his 4 overs quota inside 10-12 overscoz in slog overs nehra is worst.Nehra gifted 2 games to opposition by bowling in death overs.Put smith @no.3 and drop himself to no.5.

  • POSTED BY tashan329 on | May 3, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Pune should start firing from the beginning........i dont know why Uthappa is playing defensive cricket.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | May 3, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Best comment so far by rsurya: Mumbai's strategy, Do not take Dada's wicket early, he will create enough pressure for his team. Yes, 20 runs in 30 balls. I hope Mumbai wins and Ganguli gets fired. Clarke to Captain.

  • POSTED BY tashan329 on | May 3, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Pune's Batting Order should be like this - 1. Steven Smith (for aggressive start) 2. M Pandey 3. Clarke 4.Ganguly 5. Mathews 6. Samuels 7. Minhas 8. Murali Kartik 9. Nehra 10. B Kumar 11.Dinda

  • POSTED BY tauhid_aks on | May 3, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    @All is well, Do u know how many T20 Bangladesh plays? Look at the context mate and then comment. Tendulkar has a T20I batting average of 10. Is he lucky to play in the IPL has well?

  • POSTED BY purna478 on | May 3, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    maY BE give 2 chance for clarke as captain

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | May 3, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Tendulkars approach is not suited for T20. He is too slow and puts pressure on the other batsman. When chasing over 8 an over he starts with under 6 for the first 6-8 overs.

  • POSTED BY All_IS_WELL on | May 3, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    tamim iqbal his t20 Batting average is 13.60 lol .he is very lucky play to ipl

  • POSTED BY aditya.continous on | May 3, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    ganguly must drop himself down the order...i dnt see him playing a bigger role than what rajay bhatia plays for kkr(aprt from the captaincy role, that is). if he's hell bent on playing himself as a batsman, then he's putting himself before the team...my pune team batting order against mumbai...clarke, ryder, pandey, uthappa, smith, ganguly, manhas,kumar/dinda,thomas, karthik, nehra.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Drop SC Ganguly... M Clarcke captain then only PUNE Gonna win

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Pune Team of My choice - Pandey, Clarke, Dada, Smith, Uthappa, Mathews, M Karthik, Kumar, Thomas, Dinda, Sharma

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 3, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Strategy for Mumbai Indians today is dont take the wicket of dada. He will build the pressure for his team and others will get out. If u take him early, the danger of steven smith coming to the crease is more. Beware.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 3, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    "People who are expecting Tamim to play do not understand that IPL is not cricket, it is rather a break from cricket. Tamim is enjoying a wonderful break, thanks to the IPL circus. Add to that the money he will get. Not a big amount but still it is like a paid vacation. The only thing I hope is that he does the gym regularly and becomes fit for real cricket for Bangladesh." --- I love this beautiful comment from Baundele --- your comment is really a fantastic one! Cheers!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    My PWI XI for todays match.: Pandey, Luke Write, Smith, Clarke, Uttappa, Angelo, Dada, Rahul Sharma, Murali Karthik, Ali Mutaza, Dinda (if Fit) or Nehra. If nehra is playing he should be bowled out with in first ten overs. With this line up PWI will bat deep and will have 9 bowling options. Plenty to choose from. Dada u always rock.. Please drop Samuels for this match...

  • POSTED BY Brdmara on | May 3, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    i would firstly like to get Tamim in to the side becuz i think everyone saw him batting him in the Asia cup so if he gets into the team PUNE WARRIORS would end up always winning

  • POSTED BY ajeet15 on | May 3, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    With Harbhajan Singh striking form against Deccan Charges in the previous game with ball, his combination with Lasith Malinga and Robin Pietersen will certainly boost the chances of MI's win over the PWI who at the moment are a depleted side. If at all PWI wants to improve, they will have to drop Saurav Ganguly down the order to bat and promote Steve Smith who has been in good touch. Still MI has a good chance to score an easy win over the PWI. Let us wait for 8 pm to know the real result.

  • POSTED BY makximum on | May 3, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    My Team for Todays Match

    1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Robin Utappa 3.Steve Smith 4.M Clarke 5.Pandey 6.Anjelo Mathews 7.Ganguly 8.Bhuvanesh kumar 9.Dinda/Wagh 10.Ashish Nehra 11.Ali murtaza

    too much waiting for Tamim Iqbal, he should be given chance to prove. last match ganguly did not use clarke bowling hes better option

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Mumbai should include Suman & Yadav in their linup . Sachin,Karthik,Rohit,SA Yadav,Suman,Fanklin,Peterson,Munaf/Rpsing,Bhaji,Malinga,Perera/Dwyne Smith.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    RP n Rayudu are playing really well... Ambati is a good finisher for team India, if he selects for WC T20. RP Singh, He's looking little bit expensive in runs but his balls are awesome in terms of speed n swing... Hope these two guys will select for world cup 2012 T 20 held in Srilanka...

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    My support for pwi...small changes in the team..drop samules and nehra...give a chance for tamim as a opener...something bad luck for pwi...decan match loss was the last loss for pwi..here after they will win sure in next matches...1.tamim 2.clarke 3.smith 4.dada 5.uthappa 6.pandey 7.manhas 8.bhuvanesh kumar 9.thomas 10.m karthick 11.dinda.....all the best dada....dada will back

  • POSTED BY MAK123 on | May 3, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Those who are criticizing Ganguly's position in the batting order are either misguided or they don't have ample knowledge of the game of Cricket. There are very few in his league, even today, as far as captaincy goes. Those who solicit his position at number 5, should know that it is a very important position during a 20 over match. Usually, a number 5 would walk in between 11-15 overs or even later, when quick runs are needed without having to waste too many deliveries. Ganguly knows his reflexes have gone down considerably and may therefore not match a Steven Smith or an Angelo Mathews. So his decision to come in at one-down is quite reasonable especially if the first wicket falls as early as 2nd or 3rd over. One however thought he would contribute much more if he comes in as an opener, gives it a whack and score quick runs in the first 6 overs, without worrying about losing his wicket. Clark, I thought, was a perfect and natural choice at number 3.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    1.L.right,2.Ganguly,3.clarke,4.manhas,5.smith,6.uttapa,7.S.wagh,8.parnell,9.Kartik,10.B.kumar,11.A.dinda here - 1,7,8=All Rounders 1,2=openers , L.right =attacker ,ganguly should stay at 1 end ths s best he cn do min upto 10th over..... 3,5 = Agressive batsmen + Spinning Options 4,6 = batsmen can play according to the situation 11,10,8,7,1=fast bowlers 9,3,5=spiners 1-8 batting order...with 5 agressive & 3 dominating batsmen... Dada its time to do something new as well as agressive...we need to utilize 1st 10 batting overs , we are playing slow there.U need to keep wicket in hand , any 1 ov these has to play a flyer..... this line up is full ov bowling options as slog overs were the major problems 4 us. we also hv batting upto 8th place.....enough i think. most importantly dada.....we need agressive captainship..thts the thng u r famous 4...we need to win all 8 matches now.....6 for playoff then semi then final good luck love u dada

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    loooolzzzz People are saying Ryder is a better batsman than Tamim think again so you don't trap yourself because according to the rankings Tamim is ranked much higher compared to Ryder so end of story. Yes in T20 Tamim is ranked much lower compared to Ryder but that's because Bangladesh barely even play T20 Cricket and if they did, I'm sure Tamim in that format will be ranked higher than Ryder plus Tamim batting is far more attractive to watch compared to Ryder with his wonderful shots and the Asia Cup proved his class plus all his 100 knocks against England :)"

  • POSTED BY Maniece on | May 3, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    pune warriors having good batting order..bowling is poor,dinda must needed......perfect team squad for today match 1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Clarke 3.Steve Smith 4.Dada 5.Uthappa 6.Pandey 7.Manhas 8.Bhuvanesh kumar 9.Thomas 10.M karthick 11.Dinda.....pwi will go to play offs by ganguly captaincy...plz dada drop samules and nehra..they help for oppont team..give a chance for tamim and luke wright

  • POSTED BY SEHJOWAL on | May 3, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    my team for mumbai would be sachin,dwayne smith, rohit,rayadu,karthik,pollard/perera/peterson,franklin,bhajji,munaf, ,malinga,rp.....go mumbai go

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @ Robin Hood ....do you have right knowledge about cricket, i have a doubt. Tamim is not a all rounder. He is a batsman. how you compare angela mathews with tamim. ...Oh i forget!! other day mathews was the culprit to loss a match for pune ??? have you watched that neither doing anything special with bat as well bowling was not good enough.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Just 1 change in the pune team needed. Samuels can b rested in place of Natham mcCullum. Samu is a top order batsmen, no gain in sending him at 5 6 or 7. McCullum is a gud finisher. Dada must b aware of his strike rate, uthappa as well. They needed 5 balls to win the match against DC. Uthappa better to come at 7. Best order is Pandey, clarke, ganguly, smith, manhas, uthappa/mcCullum depending on the situation. MI must nt bench ojha. It will cost them. Bhaji wont b effective against PWI hving 6 rt handed in the line up. His success against DC was bcoz f 4 left handeds. Hopefully Pune wins today.

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 3, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    The thing to note is India's serious lack of quality all-rounders. ALL the leading all-rounders in every team are overseas players. This is where Yuvraj was so valuable. One keeps hoping about Irfan, but we have to be satisfied with mediocre bowlers like Raina and Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 3, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Shahryar Sher E-Bhopal only allowed 4 overseas players, I agree with rgfedex, ganguly if not dropped needs to bat down the order, its a crime that smith only comes in for a few overs and is often not out with a SR of over 200.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Dada, problem is right team selection and combination. Pune batting line up is not consistent and clicking all the day. and he is playing some foreign players who is almost finished in international arena or average like samuels, mathews. Ryder is not stable and consistent though he performed well over all. There is a problem in their opening pair right from the beginning. neither both of their opener clicking. I am not telling give a chance to Tamim right away. But Tamim is a genuine stroke player and more over he is in top form right now as well very young. Those who criticize Tamim, for their kind information Tamim was the wisdens cricketer's of the year in recent time. In all format he performed consistently everywhere. He plays in a similar fashion with lots of natural strokes, big shots as well class shots in offside. I can say, he is way better some of the aged foreigners playing right now and can put the ball miles away beyond boundary line in each match.

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 3, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Pune's Job # 1 will be to play out Malinga's overs without losing too many wickets. Dada should either open and try hit out, or come 4 or 5 down. His first 15-20 runs come fast, then he just loses momentum. Choice is between Ryder and Mathews, not Tamim; unfortunately Mathews' form is down. If Sachin clicks, MI will win.

  • POSTED BY BHARATH_DADA on | May 3, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Today team Tamim,MJ Clarke,RV Uthappa,SPD Smith,Manhas,H.singh,SCGanguly,Wagh,Thomas, M Kartik,Dinna/kumar

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    I would like to Nathan McCullum get a go in the side. He can bowl in the power play and provides hitting power down the order. not to mention hes a world class feildsman. Also Ryder over Tamin any time. Even out of form Ryder is a class above Tamin. They are having trouble with scoring quickly so Tamins poor SR of 100 will not do.

  • POSTED BY sam153 on | May 3, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    the big problem for pune is the loss of dinda bcoz of injury he was bowling so well at the start of the inning even at the depth and also provide early break through's for the team hope he will be back soon and another mistake smith not getting enough overs to bat he has made 267 so far from just 167 balls so just think if he comes in to bat at 3 or 4 and ganguly coming in at 5 it would really help the team and ofcourse clarke has the class but when it comes to hitting the ball long he might not be a gud choice so he can give u good starts but might not be able to play big knocks. And parnell he is an amazing bowling and can bat too and rahul sharma should be playing each game he has the ability to trouble big batsmen........so the winning team for pune might be 1. Clarke 2. pandey 3. steve smith 4: uthappa 5.ganguly 6. Manhas 7. Angelo matthews 8. Rahul sharma 9. Ashish nehra 10. Murali kartik/ dinda (if fit) 11.parnell

  • POSTED BY SamAsh07 on | May 3, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    PWI should go in with this line-up:- 1. Uthappa 2. Clarke 3. Smith 4. Ganguly 5. Manish 6. Manhas 7. N. McCullum 8. Thomas 9. Murali Kartik 10. Rahul Sharma 11. B Kumar

    McCullum can provide late burst like Smith, but Smith needs to bat higher and Ganguly needs to stay down because he culminates alot of run-outs.

  • POSTED BY Robin-Hood on | May 3, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Who ever criticising Dada are BANGLA fans who want to see tamim iqbal playing. I think angelo mathews much better all rounder than tamim iqbal. So there is a long way to tamim.

  • POSTED BY RK204 on | May 3, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Bring in tamim in place of samules....clrk & tamim should open.........

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    PWI Can win if they strenghten their batting. Team selection is very critical here ...they must go with ...

    Jessy Ryder(If he is fit) ,Tamim Iqbal (can bowl good off spin as well),Manish Pandey, M Clarke, Ganguly, Smith( he should come to crease before Uthappa), Uthappa,Mithum Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Alfonso Thomas and Ashish Nehra.

    This is an invincible team...MI can't take this one if Ganguly goes with it

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | May 3, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    People who are expecting Tamim to play do not understand that IPL is not cricket, it is rather a break from cricket. Tamim is enjoying a wonderful break, thanks to the IPL circus. Add to that the money he will get. Not a big amount but still it is like a paid vacation. The only thing I hope is that he does the gym regularly and becomes fit for real cricket for Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY kokkirockzz on | May 3, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    wat happened ashok dinda??????????...

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    take out levi nd put in dwayne smith...he is a good all rounder...promoting him to d top along wid sachin wil put an added advantage 2 mumbai indians as he is a good striker of d ball nd can also hit towering sixes...

  • POSTED BY rgfedex on | May 3, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    here, lots of bangladesi talk about tamim. but he is not fit in combination. if ryder is fit than play ryder. he is way better than tamim. my team for pune in this order.1)ryder 2)clarke 3) manish pandey 4)steve smith 5) uthappa 6) ganguly 7) kumar 8) thomas 9) dinda 10) kartik... batting order should be above for 1 to 6 possition.

  • POSTED BY MakeshKathirvel on | May 3, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    We all know that DADA is a great captain and he s doing his job perfect..My PWI team for today:1.Tamim 2.M.Pandey 3.DADA 4.Clark 5.Uthappa 6.S.Smith 7.M.Manhas 8.M.Karthik 9.R.Sharma 10.A.Nehra 11.A.Thomas.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 3, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Pune Warriors are wasting many talented Indian batsmen such as Dheeraj Jadhav, Mohnish Mishra & Harshad Khadiwale and some good bowlers like Shrikant Wagh, Sachin Rana & Ali Murtaza.. They can do without a single foreign player and still go on to win many matches. But duh, poor team selections..

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Let PWI be 1.Clarke 2.Manish Pandey 3.Ganguly 4.Steve Smith 5.Manish Pandey 6.Uthappa 7.Manhas 8.Rahul Sharma 9.Karthik 10Thomas 11.Parnell.

    In case Dinda is fit, then Parnell can make way for him and Mithun Manhas should be replaced by Luke Wright, who should go to the top of the order and push others one place down. I believe this is the best available squad for Pune. Dont play Nehra or you will loose. Wright and Clarke are more than enough potent combinations for the 5th bowler. Remember Clarke has a six for at Wankhede

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    open innings with Tamim and Steven...

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    All problem is with players like Clarke and ganguly..they have good batting but not for t 20..

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 3, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    One thing is very strange --- the very similarity of Dada and SRK -- both are very good actors. Before the start of IPL 5 -- he gave an interview to the Daily Ajkaal (Indian Bengali daily) saying he was not worried about opening because Pune bought Tamim who an exciting and explosive opener .... blah blah blah ---- . Now it has been seen that Dada was acting during that interview --- otherwise everything he is trying with -- EXCEPT Tamim!!!! If this was in Dada's mind then he should not buy Tamim at the first place. As a Ganguly fan -- I feel myself down for Dada's this type of SRK like acting!!!! I think Dada has beaten King Khan here ..... job well done Dada! Stay at the bottom half on the point table!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    its' just so crazy having people back Tamim so much....

    I agree about Shakib.... he's a good player..... but Tamim....??

    I think Pune have better players to open with rather than him.....

  • POSTED BY mrm2011in on | May 3, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    warriors team selection and approach to winning is completely wrong..they playing like they just wana take it to last over and loose match..gangulys captaincy is under scanner...line up should be 1.Michael clarke 2.uthappa 3.ferguson 4.ganguly 5.matthews 6 smith 7.manhas.8 b kumar 9.r sharma 10 dinda/nehra 11.kartik

  • POSTED BY Robin-Hood on | May 3, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    PWI still can win this game if Malinga is not playing, otherwise he will knock the PWI top four. My money still with PWI, if the team is in this order. open with smith and clarke (1-10 or if possible 1-15th over),next manhas, then uthapa and panday in 15-20th over, if the top order got out. If they all got out then Dada can come out, bcoz all the above players in good form than DADA. Bowlers are parnel,thomas,kartik,sharma. any ideas about this PWI FANS?

  • POSTED BY Irainesan on | May 3, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Manis Pandey,Clarke, Thamim, Ryder (Part time Bowler), Ganguly (Part Time Bowlder), SPD Smith (Part time bowler), Utthappa (Wicket Keeper), Parnel (Bowler), Dinda/Kumar(Bowler), Thomas (Bowler), Murali Kartik(Bowler) - When there is wicket falling then part time bowler should take charge so Pune will have 7 hitters to run high scores.- This could be a good choice. Pune is running out of time.

  • POSTED BY hiren on | May 3, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    ganguly had not still taken the proper playing 11 drop samuels bring ryder back ryder can bowl maximum of 8 rpo bring dinda instead of nehra he is waste of players from indian team der is no need of ganguly to bowl,try part timer like m.clarke the team should be jesse,manish,robbie,clarke,steve smith,ganguly,mithun manhas,dinda,parnell/thomas,murli karthik,rahul sharma, try dis combi its hard for mi to beat good luck

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    david888 dont talk rubbish.comparing class of mathews & ganguly..............

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    pune need agresssive opener like tamim iqbal because is a committed player.tamim should get a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Smith is a bowling allrounder ,,,,he is good offie....try himm

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    why pune warriors will not lose tell me when they playing jesssie ryder instead of tamim , where tamim got 4 staight 50 aginst world champions but look at ryder who got 2 50 from out of 9 matches ,

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    wat nathan mccullum is doing,,,....leave out samuels,cant bowl bat.. mccullum is good option... DADA u pls open d innings wih clarke..

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    I agree with( K4zz). team combination should be changed. Pune definitely need Tamim at the top for a charged opening...al the best

  • POSTED BY Rezwan1492 on | May 3, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    You can try every player but not tamim, then why buying him?

  • POSTED BY Rezaul on | May 3, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Yes, time is running out for PWI. They have to reconsider their happy XI and drop samuels in order to try new combination. I would like to see explosive openers like Tamim/Wright to open with Dada then Clarke, pushing Smith up one place and dropping Utthapa down the order to take on aerial route. My Team for PWI: Tamim/Wright, Ganguly, Clarke, Pandey, Smith, Uthappa, Kartik, Sharma, B.Kumar, Nehra/Dinda (if fit), Thomas. Go PWI!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Nothing abnormal with batting quality in pwi team. I think they are batting fine whether tamim comes in or not. What they lack is deft bowling management. They need to have thomas and dinda(if he is fit) back. R sharma need to work out strategy for otherwise excellent batters of spin from mumbai. Nehra better be left for one or two

    or better finish his quota in the beginning only.

  • POSTED BY Phoenix_Vodka on | May 3, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    MI's indifferent form is bcz dey hav resisted to experiment not considering der opening pair gamuts. I would rather call it inconsistency. Their team combination is baffling @ times & sincerely plz consider Gibbs into playing 11 even if he's 80% fit. Tht wld allw SRT on top of his game. If pollard is fit he should be in der & Franklin/peterson @ 7 should give dem a stable team. My foreign players would be Gibbs, Pollard, Peterson/Franklin, Malinga. If Pollard is not fit & so is the case with Gibbs, they should open with Karthik, dropping levi to No.6. He might click there. I seriosuly do nt knw hw Dwayne Smith could contribute so lets assume tht cld b a surprise package. He had got good IPL games in past but expecting him to deliver from the go is a lit bit overly optimistic. My MI team pick for today wld be

    Gibbs,SRT,Rohit,Rayadu,Karthik,Pollard,Franklin,Harbhajan,Ojha,Malinga, Munaf

    ALL D BEST MI. Hopefully Pollard & Gibbs both r fit!!!! Lets c SRT @ his best

  • POSTED BY david888 on | May 3, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    I am from Pune. Surprising to see, Mathews the allrounder from srilanka on the bench. I think he is the most valuable player in the Pune warriors side. Very bad 11 player selection by Ganguly. Ganguly needs to be dropped and a sensible player should be appointed as captain, if Pune has to well in the future.

  • POSTED BY ahc360 on | May 3, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Once again Dada has failed PWI. As a captain he needs to realize that he is not a bowler and needs to stick to his batting only. What was he thinking when he bowled the 18th over against Decan in last game? He went for at an economy rate of 13. M. Karthik went 8/over in his 2 overs and still had two more to go. Why not give the ball to him? This is purely a failure on his part as a captain. you can not keep chasing 180 odd runs in every other game where the asking rate is over 9 from the very first ball. I have seen olenty of comments about not incuding Tamim in the team. So, here we go again, PWI needs a destructive opener like Sewag who will score with a strike rate of 120 or so. Tamim is well capable of doing so. he showed that by beating both India and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup. So, Dada needs to excuse himself and let Clarke take over as the captain. Add Tamim to the top order and please do some upgrade in the bowling department. Cheers!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Play Thomas in place of Samuels & Dinda in place of Nehra.Now the bowling line up looks dangerous-Thomas,Parnell,Dinda,Sharma,Karthik...

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    @ Johnathonjosephs & Krishna Chovishya - If u cant understand the caption/photo of SRT, am sure u guys have poor humour sense. Its just to imitate him

  • POSTED BY xylo on | May 3, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Mumbai Indians might have some successful players, but Pune Warriors have successful captains in their line-up. This might be an interesting match.

  • POSTED BY k4zz on | May 3, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Pune need to try a new tactic, i would go with them needing to have aggresive openers, with ganguly droppin down the order and smith being promoted up the order. My team for them would be: Wright, Tamim, Clarke, Smith, Uthappa, Pandey, Ganguly, Kartik, Sharma, B.Kumar, Nehra... With this team u got the aggresive openers, clarke to steady the ship and smith to counter attack, although if there is a collapse dada can move up the order. They also have 8 bowling options with this team. If Dinda wasnt injured he would have def been in the first team, they have really missed him.

  • POSTED BY Mukesh1342 on | May 3, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs: I think "94 runs in 5 matches and one shot away" comment in article was in fact unwanted sarcasm. I wouldn't look into Tendulkar lack of runs this season very seriously because he was out for four matches due to injury. Any tournament is about momentum. It is not easy to come from 4 match injury break and start blasting. Tendulkar is still second highest run scorer of all IPL seasons.

  • POSTED BY azirqusa on | May 3, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Dada, try open with Tamim - you might get the much needed positive change. Pune is near the bottom - time is running out! Try this young but experienced opener.

  • POSTED BY shahrier on | May 2, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Pune might have thought they will be top one in point table when they won first two matches but i predicted with their game policy it is not posible and it is now happening. so i would like to advice Pune team once again you must let Tamim Iabal to play in up coming mathces and you will get result. You should consider of Tamim Iqbals perfomance of Asia Cup. Now you are in number 8 position what else you want to see? Just give chance Tamim Iqbal to play 2 or 3 matches and see what will happen.

    regards...

    Shahrier

  • POSTED BY xChaos on | May 2, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    YAH MALINGA! Without him it's just not 'Mumbai Indians'

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Agree with @johnathonjosephs - even though I am a huge Sachin fan, couldn't make sense of the caption or the photo for that matter. This article is seriously below par, should have rather talked about Harbhajan's coming to form with a good spell in the last game, whether Pollard will play or not, what are MI's foreign player options, how will PWR bounce back from the slump in form they are seeing despite posting decent totals....etc... The only thing I liked was a batsman of Clarke's caliber is being compared to Rahane.."Michael Clarke made an impressive IPL debut in the last game and scored his runs at a good clip with proper cricketing shots, much like Rahane"... priceless! No disrespect to Clarke, but shows how beautifully Rahane has batted throughout this tournament..and finally, I know you guys probably have a fantasy contest or something for guessing playing XI, that used to be one good reason to read the preview articles, bring those back...

  • POSTED BY sridhar8 on | May 2, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Right now, Pune Warriors need to think out of the box. He needs to rest Marlon Samuels ... Bring in Luke Wright at the top of the order. Drop Nehra and bring in Dinda. Dada also needs to give overs to Smith. Dada might be better off bowling couple of overs between 8 and 11th over. They don't need Manhas. Dada also needs to make sure Smith bats few overs atleast. Order should be: Luke Wright, Clarke, Dada, Manish, Smith, Utthappa, Parnell, Dinda, Murali Kartik, B Kumar, Rahul Sharma

  • POSTED BY chandrachuralways007 on | May 2, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Marlon samules should have not played the earlier game..he has not done anything with the bat and with the ball even he is not dat potent..Ryder should be playing against MI..with Clarke in, the batting looks good...Ganguly also should consider the fact that he is not the best bet in T20 and should send Steve Smith up, this will help the team more...

  • POSTED BY MANEESHROY on | May 2, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    It is almost curtains for SOURAV GANGULY'S team. His troops have to have better bowling figures in remaining matches and add some surprise bowling tactics to play in semi-finals.Some batsman has to play like VIRENDER SEHWAG to overcome problem of run rate.

  • POSTED BY crazycricketlover on | May 2, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    last 2 victories of mi shows that they are not deserved to be a winner and also table toppers ur going to c how mi is going to suffer in the next two games almost they behave like school boys in ground arguing with umpires fighting with opponents.....

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 2, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Wow how much do the media overrate tendulkar? 94 runs in 5 matches and they say he is "one shot away" from getting a hundred runs this IPL. Nevermind that he's averaging below 20 at a horrible strike rate, the man will make 100 runs. Jeesh, what is the world coming to?

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  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 2, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Wow how much do the media overrate tendulkar? 94 runs in 5 matches and they say he is "one shot away" from getting a hundred runs this IPL. Nevermind that he's averaging below 20 at a horrible strike rate, the man will make 100 runs. Jeesh, what is the world coming to?

  • POSTED BY crazycricketlover on | May 2, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    last 2 victories of mi shows that they are not deserved to be a winner and also table toppers ur going to c how mi is going to suffer in the next two games almost they behave like school boys in ground arguing with umpires fighting with opponents.....

  • POSTED BY MANEESHROY on | May 2, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    It is almost curtains for SOURAV GANGULY'S team. His troops have to have better bowling figures in remaining matches and add some surprise bowling tactics to play in semi-finals.Some batsman has to play like VIRENDER SEHWAG to overcome problem of run rate.

  • POSTED BY chandrachuralways007 on | May 2, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Marlon samules should have not played the earlier game..he has not done anything with the bat and with the ball even he is not dat potent..Ryder should be playing against MI..with Clarke in, the batting looks good...Ganguly also should consider the fact that he is not the best bet in T20 and should send Steve Smith up, this will help the team more...

  • POSTED BY sridhar8 on | May 2, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Right now, Pune Warriors need to think out of the box. He needs to rest Marlon Samuels ... Bring in Luke Wright at the top of the order. Drop Nehra and bring in Dinda. Dada also needs to give overs to Smith. Dada might be better off bowling couple of overs between 8 and 11th over. They don't need Manhas. Dada also needs to make sure Smith bats few overs atleast. Order should be: Luke Wright, Clarke, Dada, Manish, Smith, Utthappa, Parnell, Dinda, Murali Kartik, B Kumar, Rahul Sharma

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Agree with @johnathonjosephs - even though I am a huge Sachin fan, couldn't make sense of the caption or the photo for that matter. This article is seriously below par, should have rather talked about Harbhajan's coming to form with a good spell in the last game, whether Pollard will play or not, what are MI's foreign player options, how will PWR bounce back from the slump in form they are seeing despite posting decent totals....etc... The only thing I liked was a batsman of Clarke's caliber is being compared to Rahane.."Michael Clarke made an impressive IPL debut in the last game and scored his runs at a good clip with proper cricketing shots, much like Rahane"... priceless! No disrespect to Clarke, but shows how beautifully Rahane has batted throughout this tournament..and finally, I know you guys probably have a fantasy contest or something for guessing playing XI, that used to be one good reason to read the preview articles, bring those back...

  • POSTED BY xChaos on | May 2, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    YAH MALINGA! Without him it's just not 'Mumbai Indians'

  • POSTED BY shahrier on | May 2, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Pune might have thought they will be top one in point table when they won first two matches but i predicted with their game policy it is not posible and it is now happening. so i would like to advice Pune team once again you must let Tamim Iabal to play in up coming mathces and you will get result. You should consider of Tamim Iqbals perfomance of Asia Cup. Now you are in number 8 position what else you want to see? Just give chance Tamim Iqbal to play 2 or 3 matches and see what will happen.

    regards...

    Shahrier

  • POSTED BY azirqusa on | May 3, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Dada, try open with Tamim - you might get the much needed positive change. Pune is near the bottom - time is running out! Try this young but experienced opener.

  • POSTED BY Mukesh1342 on | May 3, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs: I think "94 runs in 5 matches and one shot away" comment in article was in fact unwanted sarcasm. I wouldn't look into Tendulkar lack of runs this season very seriously because he was out for four matches due to injury. Any tournament is about momentum. It is not easy to come from 4 match injury break and start blasting. Tendulkar is still second highest run scorer of all IPL seasons.