Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Pune May 10, 2012

Pune aim to trip rising Bangalore

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Match facts

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

Big Picture

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 .

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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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 30-30-150 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 30-30-150 on | May 11, 2012, 13:33 GMT

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

  • 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 30-30-150 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 30-30-150 on | May 11, 2012, 13:33 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 11, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Who is Jack Kallis or Michael Clarke, is he a t20 superstar?

  • POSTED BY tahmqm on | May 11, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Dear Bruiser, are you a real cricket fan. If it is, you would rather give more importance on Asia Cup than in the IPL. It is a country's own league. You don't know Tamim? So, why you don't qualify for the ASIA CUP final? Let's see, what your team do in the upcoming T20 world cup. Try to be real cricket watcher. Don't be biased.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Best chance for PWI is to strengthen bowling. Play both Parnell and Thomas to give chance to get wickets of AB, Gayle & Kohli.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | May 11, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Pune will win today. Ganguly may opt out this game.

  • POSTED BY rofl on | May 11, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    who is this tamim iqbal?..is he a superstar from a superstar country??

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 11, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    BD supporters are not Vodai (stupid) --- I've collected some authentic data where most of them found already have stopped watching Tamim-less PWI matches after 4/5 games. Don't think they'll (and the are millions!!) turn the TV on to watch PWI match anymore -- if Tamim plays or not -- it simply doesn't matter for those millions anymore.

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    The way B'deshis scream, one thought B'desh had whitewased the Aussies when they toured B'desh. Tamim ought have a got a chance, but just look at the overseas players in PWI - it is not an easy decision. The biggest mistake was not playing Nathan McCullum on spin-friendly Indian pitches. PWI's biggest worry is in bowling, very few even good bowlers. Unfortunately for PWI, Luke Wright was not available and Dinda got injured. Plus poor show by Manish Pandey and Uthapa.

  • POSTED BY XP79303 on | May 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @Abaa, Time will clear everything in shortly. Wait & have patience.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 11, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Tamim who? I would rather play 8 Indian players instead of picking an ordinary batsman like Tamim and wasting a foreign player slot..

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | May 11, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Clarke is one of the worst T20 players like Ganguly and big LOL when he comes out to bat. He's best suited for Test and ODI not T20. It shows the mentality of PW management that they go by the big names instead of performance. WIth such a poor view on Cricket, they shouldn't have own a franchise like PW and involve in such a failure campaign.

  • POSTED BY chillisi on | May 11, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    @ Rukii Matthews is a good allrounder and I would play him over McCullum any day, but mate kiwi supporter or no, Ryder is by far a superior batsmen in all forms of the game. Ryder's reputation is why people do not like him but you should not let that get in the way of the facts.

  • POSTED BY chillisi on | May 11, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Ryder should be in this team, his poor performances can to an extent be due to the pressure of having to score quickly when the likes of Ganguly and Uthappa have had very uninspired strike rates. Dropping Ryder has not helped them win any games and Clarke replacing Ryder has not helped whatsoever. 20/20 is a game of risks so if you need to gamble on a player making 8 scores under 10 then 4-5 scores of 30+ it is worth it. Like him or hate him, 2 of the 4 games Pune have won were due to Jesse

  • POSTED BY zahidtaniv on | May 11, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi. I am also a Shakib-Tamim fan. But there are a few things we need to understand. Even though Shakib has done very well in his three outings with the ball, KKR has done reasonably well recently with the quartet of Lee, Kallis, Narine and McCullum/De Lange. When you are winning, you really don't want to break the winning combination even though some players within the winning team are struggling and also, you cannot play more than four foreign players. Shakib, unfortunately, is a victim of these circumstances. But, He is an excellent professional cricketer and I am sure he is not too bothered about not being picked. His main focus should be international cricket, not IPL. I would love more to see him perform well for Bangladesh rather than KKR or Khulna for example. Moreover, Shakib is not an isolated case, take for example- Ryan Ten Doeschate, Herchelle Gibbs and the list goes on. They are all excellent players but have not been picked that often in current IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    THis would be a one sided match. & PWI gonna loose pretty pathetically this time also..

  • POSTED BY makximum on | May 11, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Pune should desperately now look for closing on high notes, its for sure that they can not be in the top4, i my opininon ganguly shud look for changes in the lineup, my batting lineup for pune from now on till the end of the IPL is 1) Tamim Iqbal, 2)Manish Pandey 3)R Utappa 4) MJ Clarke 5) AP Majumdar 6) Anjelo Mathews 7)S Ganguly 8) Murali Karthik 9) Ashish Nehra 10) Dinda 11) Bhuwaneshwar Kumar / S Wagh. if bowling Fist Pune shud use Nehras 4 in 1st 10 and anjelo in last 10, they can change the table toppers list easyly if they perform well.

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

    Just like a lot of other people im tired of reading "play Tamim!!' every Pune article. I totally understand the national pride but if you look at it rationally as a foreign player it is hard to find room for Tamim and 'give him a chance'. Now that there well and truly out of contention i dont think they should necessarily adopt a 'give everyone a go' attitude. They should still try a few new combinations and maybe Nathan McCullum. Hes ranked 2nd on the T20I bowling ratings and has a better than reasonable Twenty20 record. Pune should still scrap for some respectability imo

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    This is the best chance for RCB to win in a big margin and improve their NRR. I think they have to shuffle a bit n bring in Vettori for Dilshan n also let AB open with Gayle. M not saying Dilshan is not good but RCB has good enough batting with Kohli finding form.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    For crying out loud will PW just play Tamim already, so we don't have a so many BD fans whinging in the forums. If he plays well then 'yippee' and if he plays bad then it doesn't really matter as they aint going to make the playoffs anyway. Unfortunately its a hit and miss game for most players, so unless you are a Gayle, Sehwag, Gambir etc then you aint going to get a lot of chances. I feel for you guys but its all about the big name players, crowd attendance, international viewership and money. So if you want to make a huge impact then boycott watching the games and maybe someone will take notice. Tamim FTW!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    ganguly, clarke, nehra, uttapa should sit on the bench and watch the match between PWI & RCB. tamim and ryder should open then nathan macullum in one down, then manish pandey followed by steve smith this order will surely work or else if PWI plays with ganguly, clarke and uttapa...........the monster in RCB (Gayle) would supass their entire teams score....and they have devillers tooo.....

  • POSTED BY RashmiD on | May 11, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Dada's greatest strength is that he is a good captain. However, that doesn't seem to have helped PWI much in the last 6 matches. It's a good thing he is on his way out.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    My advice to Sourav Ganguly for the match against RCB ---

    1. Choose to bat first 2. Let Ryder open with Clarke 3. You yourself move down the order to No. 6 4. Take Ekalavya Dwivedy to keep the wickets. Take Uthappa if u must, but only as a batsman 5. NO NEHRA PLEASE 6. Use Parnell to open the bowling attack with Dinda / Thomas 7. Use Ali Murtaza as a spin bowler along with Karthik

  • POSTED BY zahidtaniv on | May 11, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Even though they are (or used to be) great batsmen, Ganguly and Clarke has batted really slowly this tournament. Same goes for Uthappa. This has been a big problem. Almost all Pune batsmen (exception Smith) have strike rates near or below 125. Pune needs big hitters. Maybe Tamim is an answer. I know his career strike rate is very poor. But then again, you need to consider his recent form and potentials.

    Pune's bowling has been really below par. Nehra and Kartik have not been able to do much. Losing Dinda to injury is a big blow. Maybe it's time Ganguly stopped bowling. Apart from one game, he has been really poor (economy rate 9.75 !). Mitchelle Marsh deserves a game and Alfonso Thomas, Wayne Parnell needs to be in there more. And where is Jerome Taylor?

  • POSTED BY K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on | May 11, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    DADA please give us some win from ur bat...this is the last IPL for U & Me aswell.....Without U playing for any team i may loose interest in ipl....

    . My PWI 11 batting order should be >>> 1.Ganguly 2.Tamim 3. Mathwes 4.Smith 5.Uthappa 6.Mazumdar 7.Parnell 8.Sachin Rana/Srikant Wagh 9.Kumar 10.Kartik 11.Rahul Sharma

    > Dada open the innings and play ur attacking game, there is nothing to loose and playing run a ball innings may not get ant fruit so attack.

    > Mathwes or Pandey should come in one down.

    > Use Smith & Uthappa as hitters. Uthappa u won't get chance in national t20 side so wake up from sleep and give PWI supporters some big blows. Play ur natural game. PWI has spent abig chunk from their purse not to see ur 100 strike rate make that 200.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 11, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @ XP79303 - On current form, KKR should never play Sakib again. Because the current foreign player combo of Kallis, Lee, Narine and Mccullum is working wonders for them and they are truly on fire ... But that doesn't stop you from making comments on the pages about KKR games does it? Hypocrisy at its best!

  • POSTED BY mrcool on | May 11, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Feeling pity for robin uthappa..His career was ruined by playing him at all positions in batting order by all captains...He should have been played as opener only.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    and the (sad) saga continues for Dada, after Indian team and KKR it's now PWI management who's shown him the door. Hope he goes with a bang, which I know is very unlikely given the woeful form he's in, yet he deserve to go with some pride. Good Luck Dada, You've been a wonderful entertainer all these years.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Yes Tamim T20 record is not at all impressive but that's because Bangladesh barely even play much T20 Cricket in fact even the associates such as Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands etc have played more T20 Cricket especially in 2012 than Bangladesh so that's why some of the players in T20 of Bangladesh have not been impressive. Everyone knows Bangladesh is on the rise because not only their players are young but also experienced and soon the other big teams have to let their older experience players go and have no choice but to field their new inexperienced youngsters and if Bangladesh play them, Bangladesh would most likely to win. In other words, Bangladesh are turning into the new Sri Lanka Team back in the 80s and 90s. Why do you think the ICC and the other teams are not willing to play Bangladesh? Because they know Bangladesh are a changed team and are almost to the level as them. The likes of Kallis, Ponting, Chanderpaul etc cannot always play and soonner or later will leave.

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | May 11, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Well the big question is... WILL DADA PLAY IN TODAY's MATCH??? I HOPE HE DOES AND ENDS ON A GOOD NOTE...

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    I think Ganguly has been a great player during his days but this time I think he should do the right thing. He can always lead from the sidelines. If he wants to play then he should give others a chance to bat meaning he should drop himself down the order and let the batsman who are in form and capable the chance to lift the team. As it is right now He is not doing justice to that team which has a lot of potential

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | May 11, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Shakib_no-1_BD just watch South Africa in this upcoming T20 tournament! Bangladesh can just pray so long that they will not draw SA anywhere along the line, because even with Shaqib and Tamim in their side SA will wipe the floor with them.

  • POSTED BY Cric_Info1987 on | May 11, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    @ XP79303: Remeber your comment about not running after statistics and too look at the form and performance of the team. You should be reminded about it when Shakib is not playing for KKR. (though Shakib's statisitics in T20 is equally bad). You choose to say both sides of the coins, depending on what suits your convience. IPL is played for the convenience of Indian players and fans and not BD fans.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    All the comments seem to be centred around Tamim. The problem with PWI is they have been changing their opening pair for almost every match. Starts are very important and this is proven by yesterdays match when RR could not get the start that they have been getting in the earlier matches. If you keep changing and chopping the order every match, every batsman is wondering when he is going to bat?

  • POSTED BY 222.rajkumar on | May 11, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Prathik Shetty: You are absolutely right. Manish Panday has played and showed his performance as a opener many times, he would be the ideal opener for Pune Warriors. (If they would have given a chance to open the innings for all the matches PUNE would have in a better position now)

  • POSTED BY XP79303 on | May 11, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    @Shakki, Hey you don't run after over average of Tamim, cricket is allways judging by recent form & attitude n Tamim is better than all Pune batter now. If u looking for average & previous performace than what about Uthappa & Ganguli. Cheers !!! Puni with Tamim buzzing batting today.

  • POSTED BY jayaboy on | May 11, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    look at this WI team for t20 world cup 1.gayle 2.samuels 3.bravo 4.DR.smith 5.pollard 6.cooper 7.andre russel 8.sammy 9.ramdin/bough,10.sunil nariane 11.roach. Srilankans ,Indians and southafricans must be careful for this lineup.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    @abba didn't see how tamim hit Eng bowlers in Eng and got two consecutive centuries. come on man and appreciate a world class batsman.

    @ shakki tamim didn;t play so much T20 matches that doesn't men he cant play. he proved what he can do..If he plays and fails for Pune, the blame should be given Pune because when he was in tremendous form they didn't give a single chance to him

  • POSTED BY 222.rajkumar on | May 11, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    1.Panday 2.Tamim 3.Clarke 4.Majumdar 5.Ganguly 6.Smith 7.Manhas 8.Mathews 9.RahulSharma 10.BKumar 11.Harpreet Batting: Batting has been a big trouble for warriors, the main mistake was changing the top order batsmen in every match. They would have decided and kept the openers atleast to 5-6 matches, so that if they failed to get the runs in a match, they will come up in the other matches. Take example of MI, they have same opening batsmen (sachin and franklin) eventhough franklin failed to score in many matches. Manish Panday can be played as a opener for the upcoming matches Clarke struglling as a opener, can be played at no 3 As Uthappa failing to hit big shots (scored run a ball eventhough he scored more than 50 or 60), Majumdar can replace him. Smith can be played in the last 6 overs, as he scored most of the runs in last 6 overs. Bowling: Mathews came up with his great bowling in the past 2 matches Bkumar bowling brilliently with good lenght deliveries Clarke and RSharma-Middle O

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 11, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Chandanmm Luke Wright is sick, possibly dengue fever. Why is Clarke listed as players to watch, he has failed 3 times in a row, why does he get special treatment when he has never proved himself at this form? He should never of been picked they should of either stuck with Ryder or give N McCullum or Tamim a go.

  • POSTED BY shan_bd on | May 11, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Tamim & Sakib is our national hero.......they give huge for the bangladesh cricket, n they prove they r the best. why the indian's are forgot Tamim's hammer against Indian team..(match winning 70 runs)......what i m say abt Sakib ......he is the world no. 1 all rounder......why the indian's forgot their achievement................smae on the indian blind supporter.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    playy tamim play tamim he will win u mataches

  • POSTED BY hari040761 on | May 11, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    to save some pride tamim, pandey, ganguly, smith, uthappa, mathews, manhas, bkumar, kartik, nehra, thomas. (don't select clarke and ryder). every batsmen can maximum two to three balls and start rotate strike max upto six balls and start big hit once in three balls. kartik should open bowling with smith. nehra and thomas should come for death overs. bhuvanesh and mathews can take care of middle overs with ganguly. Uthappa mind set it on national recall and hence want to play long innings because of that his big shots are not coming freely. Uthappa forget national recall and play full fledged IPL. Offers will run behind you.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    bangalor should win this easily gayle will probably score more than pune on his own go rcb!!

  • POSTED BY Cric_Info1987 on | May 11, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    ROYAL CHALLENGE BANGLORE :- SOUTH AFRICA (Goes in each tournament as a favorite but choked at the crucial stage of the tournament).--------------------------------------------------------------------- PUNE WARRIORS - West Indies (Team consisting of amazing players who are stars around the world and who can single handed-ly win matches, but when put together fail to win the match)

  • POSTED BY kitten on | May 11, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Posted by Chandanmm on (May 11 2012, 04:28 AM GMT) i don't understand why ganguly is not playing LUKE WRIGHT ??' Luke Wright picked up some illness, possibly 'dengue' according to the British newspapers , and is back in England, and going for tests. Also since Tamim is such a hot topic these days, and PWI is in the dumps, it may be only fair to give him a chance before the series ends, and it will also soothe the BD supporters. Let's be honest, he can't do any worse than the PWI team are doing at the moment. And who knows, he might give them a flying start, and they might yet win a couple of games before the end.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Ganguly himself is NOT PERFORMING BEING UP THE ORDER with strike rates of about 90-100 a game and the first indian centurion in IPL who is an opener is being sent @ no 3 ,4, 7, and sometimes even 8 and if he gets out twicw for 0 and more dan 5 times getting about 25 of around 13-15 balls he is a better performer so dada should not mis a trick of sending manish opening instead of him and as he knows vinay mithun and appana very well as they are state tammates he would be confident of getting abot 40 to 50 run for the day

  • POSTED BY arun141 on | May 11, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Now when Dada has nothing to lose, they should play tamim and let the bangladeshis cheer a little bit from IPL because shakib is also not playing. They should also play more indians. Let the indian selectors see some good indians. In cricket your old stats generally does not matter. What matters is your performance on that day and I think Pune require a stable opening stand. Say not it to be a blitz but can have a runrate like dravid-rahane are scoring and let steven and angelo build on it. I think the main problem with pune is that they do not have a regular wicket keeper and due to Utthapa, they are losing almost 10-20 runs in every match. I would like to see pune winning. Let RCB play first.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Alex Hose... bro, do u yourself believe that Tamim doesn't even deserve a slot ? If yes, then nothing to say... yes Ryder and Mccullum both r very good. I like them both...... but I also think tamim should not play the last 3 matches, he should have come home earlier.... :)

  • POSTED BY 222.rajkumar on | May 11, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    My Playing 11 1.Panday 2.Tamim 3.Clarke 4.Uthappa 5.Ganguly 6.Smith 7.Manhas 8.Mathews 9.RahulSharma 10.BhuvaneswarKumar 11.Harpreet

    To reach good score, In case of losing wickets early, ganguly can come up in the order else smith and manhas can come up in the order

  • POSTED BY Chandanmm on | May 11, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    i don't understand why ganguly is not playing LUKE WRIGHT ?? i've seen his performance in bigbash, he hit like a monster

    manish,wright,smith(capt),mithun,dwivedi(wk),mathews,nathan,rahulsharma,bhuvaneshwarkumar,dinda,nehra

    i feel the above XI is the best pune xi

  • POSTED BY Chandanmm on | May 11, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    i feel sorry for pune and steven smith, today bangalore will hammer pune. pune neither have good batsmen nor bowler to face giant RCB

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    my pune team -RAYDER,CLARKE,UTHAPPA,SMITH,METHEWS,PANDEY,GANGULY,SHARMA,NEHARA,DINDA,KARTIK............

  • POSTED BY Rezwan1492 on | May 11, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Unfortunately, if people thinks it's boring to hear about Tamim, and that Tamim has got a bad T20 record then why did Pune purchase Tamim? If they have purchased him then he should be given a chance and that is all we Bangladeshis are asking. It's not like that Tamim was given 3-4 games and he didn't perform. He wasn't given a single chance and if people are getting irritated seeing comments for Tamim, then I am sorry to say, you'll keep on seeing it because it is pure injustice.

  • POSTED BY Dev9212 on | May 11, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    How do you expect to win T-20 games when you have Sourav , Clarke, Utthapa, Pandey(the next Rohit Sharma) in the top six. I am still trying to figure out what is Utthapa trying to do this season may be he can get into the test side after this IPL.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 11, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Every article about Pune has a zillion comments about Tamim and every article about KKR has a quadrillion comments about Sakib ... You'd think that they were Bradman and Sobers :o) Amazing how this never happened when true legends of the game like Mcgrath and Murali were warming benches! Truly ridiculous I completely agree with SurlyCynic and Alex Hose. Tamim is the rookie that deemed an aspiring Zimbabwean bowler "ordinary" before losing the test match to them badly the very next day isn't he

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Why do not you try BD Star TAMIM for once? Thank you Cricinfo who is now a days reporting almost all the aspects of BD Cricket. THANX...................... Any way when a player is bought he should have given chance enough to proof himself. If Tamim play please find that 160 Million people will certainly go for PUNE. No wonder if PWI win with the help of Tamim what we the BD fans strongly believe.

  • POSTED BY rukii on | May 11, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    @Alex hosue it is very clear that your are unbalanced supporter for kiwis as you include both ryder and mcullum (nathan) in the XI . angelo mathews is a better player than ryder and mcullum and even thomas is a beter bowler than nathan. I would give tammim a chance rather than including ryder who was a good player but now struggling with form.

  • POSTED BY shakki on | May 11, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Why should Tamim play people? Have you lot checked his t20 stats? an average of 13, high score of 32 and strike rate of 92. Thats worse than Gangerzzz

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    this is ridiculous.why you Bangladeshi guys metioning tamim in every comment. there are so many good players like ryders who won for pune in many occassions sitting out.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Pune starting XI 1.Ryder 2.Uthappa(w) 3.Clarke* 4.Pandey 5.Smith 6.Manhas 7.Kumar 8.Mccullum 9.Kartik 10.Nehra11.Sharma.....No Tamim. A few ODI performances dont make you a great T20 player, just look at his record.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Tamim's T20 record is just as bad as Ganguly's if not worse. Ryder has made some good contributions atleast and has a far better record than Tamim and Ganguly. Play Ryder imo.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Dear Author

    You are spot on with your assessment about Ganguly and his team. He is the reason for warrior's failure. Latest I have heard that he will now serve as the mentor of the team.. I am wondering what will he teach? May be he can teach players how to score run a ball in T20 cricket. I think Ganguly's true value was clearly depicted in last IPL when no one had picked him. :-)

    btw, nice stats.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 10, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    The news is that Ganguly will sit out of the remaining games and will only serve as a mentor from next season.. is it true?

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Why not pkaying tamim ikbal.My playing11. Clark.tamim.uthappa.smith.ganguly.manhas.panday.mathews.rahulsharma.dinda.harpreet.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | May 10, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Surely RCB will have too much for the weak Pune team. Gayle is firing and hope AB actually gets to bat this time! And it's really boring hearing about Tamim every comment, every game. Change the record please.

  • POSTED BY Hayat22 on | May 10, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    *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.

    i bet there would still be some fanatics who would justify this batting. No wonder the teams that have had to endure his batting have languished in the back waters!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    My team.tamim.clark.uthappa.ganguly.s.smith.panday.manhas.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal must include in the team. Becoz other players failed to make their mark. So i am expecting Tamim to play and he will prove his class.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    tamim would have been a much better choice than both ryder and clark.. poor management.. have to say...

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  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    tamim would have been a much better choice than both ryder and clark.. poor management.. have to say...

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal must include in the team. Becoz other players failed to make their mark. So i am expecting Tamim to play and he will prove his class.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    My team.tamim.clark.uthappa.ganguly.s.smith.panday.manhas.

  • POSTED BY Hayat22 on | May 10, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    *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.

    i bet there would still be some fanatics who would justify this batting. No wonder the teams that have had to endure his batting have languished in the back waters!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | May 10, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Surely RCB will have too much for the weak Pune team. Gayle is firing and hope AB actually gets to bat this time! And it's really boring hearing about Tamim every comment, every game. Change the record please.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Why not pkaying tamim ikbal.My playing11. Clark.tamim.uthappa.smith.ganguly.manhas.panday.mathews.rahulsharma.dinda.harpreet.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 10, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    The news is that Ganguly will sit out of the remaining games and will only serve as a mentor from next season.. is it true?

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Dear Author

    You are spot on with your assessment about Ganguly and his team. He is the reason for warrior's failure. Latest I have heard that he will now serve as the mentor of the team.. I am wondering what will he teach? May be he can teach players how to score run a ball in T20 cricket. I think Ganguly's true value was clearly depicted in last IPL when no one had picked him. :-)

    btw, nice stats.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Tamim's T20 record is just as bad as Ganguly's if not worse. Ryder has made some good contributions atleast and has a far better record than Tamim and Ganguly. Play Ryder imo.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Pune starting XI 1.Ryder 2.Uthappa(w) 3.Clarke* 4.Pandey 5.Smith 6.Manhas 7.Kumar 8.Mccullum 9.Kartik 10.Nehra11.Sharma.....No Tamim. A few ODI performances dont make you a great T20 player, just look at his record.