Pune Warriors v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Pune May 7, 2012

Rajasthan's chance to improve prospects


Match facts

Tuesday, May 8
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

After the hype surrounding Sourav Ganguly playing an away game at Eden Gardens has died down, Pune Warriors have a disappointing season, not unlike the previous one, to reflect on. The season began with much promise, with three wins in the first four games. The next eight have brought seven losses; there was a run of seven consecutive losses last year as well. The defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders was typical of Warriors' performance; they fought hard, they came back twice, once with the ball and once with the bat, but ultimately, could not get over the finish line. Their play-off chances are almost over now.

Rajasthan Royals gave their chances of making the top four a boost with a big win over Kings XI Punjab, which broke a run of four consecutive losses. In their five remaining games, they face Warriors twice and bottom-placed Deccan Chargers once. They wouldn't want to slip on Tuesday, considering their other two matches are against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

Form guide

(completed games, most recent first)

Pune Warriors: LLLLL
Rajasthan Royals: WLLLL

2011 head-to-head

These sides played each other just once last season, with Royals winning by six wickets in Jaipur

Players to watch

It took only two outings for Shane Watson to turn in a match-winning performance, against Kings XI. Thirty-six runs at a strike-rate of 211.76 and two wickets at an economy-rate of 5.50. His class is the boost a flagging Royals campaign needed.

With the focus on Ganguly in Kolkata, Angelo Mathews turned the game briefly with three consecutive sixes off Yusuf Pathan. Had it not been for Sunil Narine's spell of two overs for eight runs towards the end, Mathews may well have won the game for Warriors. He's revived many stuttering chases for Sri Lanka.

Stats and trivia

(All stats prior to the start of Monday's game)
  • Surprisingly, Warriors have scored the most runs this season, 1721
  • This is already Rahul Dravid's most prolific IPL season, with 379 runs, bettering his return of 371 in 2008.
  • Steven Smith has taken the most catches this season - eight - along with Rohit Sharma.


    "We have shown in this competition that we are a team to be taken seriously even though not many people would have given us a chance at the start."
    Rahul Dravid

    Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Khandaker Soyeb on May 8, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Hi This is Soyeb From Bangladesh. I am tired of seeing the arguement for and against Tamim and Shakib. I am asking those who are against Tamim, Have Clarke or Ryder done any outstanding performance for Pune? I do remember the only innings that was played by Rider in one of the mathces he played, Thats all. The game is on today and see what Clarke has done for Pune!!!He is a world class batsmen no doubt, but T20 needs performance. I think Tamim should be given a chance next match and hopefully he will show his class. And for Shakib al Hasan, I need to say sorry for him because I have seen no hope for him to play in rest of the matches in IPL. So he should wait for the matches for Essex (If all things go with him). And to all Indian brothers who are BD Haters, Remember We all hali for Sachin Tendulkar or Ganguly or Kohli or Dravid, your great ones, when he plays. If We can show repect to your players, Why you can not show respect our great pleayer such as Shakib or Tamim.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Well seeing the comments, I checked the squad of Pune................To my shocked I saw many players in their list who been good for many IPL and national teams are sitting on bench......Well soarav u r the same guy who was always there with new performing talent....I find KAMRAN KHAN, ALI MURTAZA, TAMIM IQBAL, Graeme Smith, Alfonso Thomas all sitting.......Dont they deserve a single game....THINK

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Farhan Ansari - your right numbers dont always tell the whole story. Players like Dravid & Clarke are leagues ahead of Tamim in experience and class. They might not have great T20 records but there capable of turning a match in any format. Im not trying to bag Tamim, hes still young and BD have a ways to go before there considered "top tier". Its just that Tamim unproven. We have seen him do great things but never very consistently and 1 good tournament doesn't make you consistent either. Potential is all well and good but its not worth much in a highly competitive environment like the IPL. All possible reasons he hasnt been picked so far. However now that PWI are pretty much out of contention theres no harm in giving him a shot imo.

  • shameem on May 8, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Wish a big PWI loss to RR. From today I've switched my support to become an Anti-PWI cricket team! Still I remain as a Gangulyan!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    With clicking of S.Watsan ans s taut, RR is surely going to clinch the semifinal birth. They have stablished batting lineup and now effective openning bowling pair in watson and taut. Ashok menaria and Binny has disapointed.

  • Tapan on May 8, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Aussies and Saffers have been the most productive of players all through out the tournament.. even the national discards of Australia.. like Steven Smith and Cameron White are doing better than most of our stars... Today it's again going to be a match between aussies... Michael Clarke and Steven Smith in Pune vs Watson and Tait in Rajasthan..

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    even after such a performance. pune still has the highest number of fans.. amazing..

  • Hetal on May 8, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    "Surprisingly, Warriors have scored the most runs this season" and unsurprisingly given away most runs as well.

  • joseph on May 8, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    As long as Dada and Clarke in same team, Other franshises has very good chance of beating..(: )

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Pune has nothing to loose now. So they should try with changes. Tamim should be included in today's match.

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