Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Pune

Gayle, bowlers power Royal Challengers to No. 3

The Report by George Binoy

May 11, 2012

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20 overs Royal Challengers Bangalore 173 for 3 (Gayle 57, Dilshan 53) beat Pune Warriors 138 for 9 (Vinay 3-32, Zaheer 2-21, Murali 2-16) by 35 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Steven Smith led the side in absence of Sourav Ganguly, Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Pune, May 11, 2012
Steven Smith was in the hot seat, trying to contain a powerful Royal Challengers line-up © AFP

Sourav Ganguly, the under-performing Pune Warriors captain, sat out of the game; Steven Smith took over the leadership; and the hosts made as many as five changes to their XI in an attempt to avert a seventh consecutive defeat. None of it dowsed the powder keg that is the Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up, though. Chris Gayle launched half a dozen deliveries into the crowd; Tillakaratne Dilshan anchored the innings and then accelerated it; and even Saurabh Tiwary converted an iffy start into a useful performance. A total of 173 was much too large for Pune Warriors' misfiring batsmen.

The chase was severely damaged in the first over, when Zaheer Khan struck twice, and almost certainly done for in the fourth, when Michael Clarke was dismissed. Warriors were 22 for three. The Royal Challengers bowling has struggled this season - they are the most expensive unit - and tonight's performance, albeit against a weak opponent, would have lifted them. Nine is the most wickets they've taken in an innings this season. Virat Kohli's side steamed past Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians to No. 3 in the league.

There had been rain before the toss but the shower after it was the one that delayed the start by an hour. The strong crowd stayed patient, though, and when play finally began, they were thoroughly entertained. By Gayle. He began carefully, playing three consecutive dots in debutant medium-pacer Krishnakant Upadhyay's first over. Having sussed the rookie, Gayle bookended Upadhyay's second over with long-arm sixes over extra cover and midwicket.

Gayle barely ran. Of his 31 balls, 13 were dots and nine were singles. There were no twos or threes. When he hit the ball along the ground it was brutally hard to the fielders. In the sixth over, Gayle destroyed Bhuveneshwar Kumar with four sixes - straight, midwicket, long-on and long-off. He got to his half-century in 24 balls, his quickest this season. Royal Challengers were 66 for 0 at the time and Dilshan's contribution was 11 off 13 deliveries.

Only Angelo Mathews kept Gayle quiet. After conceding three runs in his first over, Mathews had Gayle caught on the long-on boundary in his second. Mathews would finish with figures of 1 for 14 in three overs.

Warriors began to fight after Gayle's dismissal, the next 27 balls cost only 19 runs and produced Kohli's wicket. Royal Challengers' acceleration, however, resumed in the 14th over, when Dilshan and Tiwary, promoted ahead of de Villiers, scored 16. Dilshan then took a hat-trick of fours off Upadhyay.

At one point it seemed Tiwary would stagnate and de Villiers might not get to bat. Tiwary, however, began to muscle boundaries and Dilshan's dismissal for 53 brought de Villiers to the crease. After three quiet balls, he launched the final one of the innings over the straight boundary.

Ganguly's replacement, Mohnish Mishra launched the chase by driving his third ball past mid-off for four. He was trapped lbw by Zaheer Khan with the next. Zaheer then handed Manish Pandey his fourth duck of the season with one that straightened off the pitch from round the wicket and uprooted the off stump. Clarke and Gayle use the same bat-maker but Clarke's attempt at clearing the boundary ended in deep midwicket's hands. Warriors were floundering.

Robin Uthappa has had an indifferent tournament for someone who takes home $2.1 million a season, but he sparkled today. Unfortunately for Warriors, it was just that - a sparkle. They needed a searing furnace.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay (0-6) 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Royal Challengers Bangalore 51 13 9 66-0 41-1 1/4
Pune Warriors 49 14 2 50-3 29-2 0/1

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Posted by Aristocratt on (May 12, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Everyone's promoting the IPL at the IPL, but the one man who's the greatest advertisement for Test cricket at the IPL is M. Clarke. Go ahead, get a run a ball 15, and you've done your job Michael! Mike, are you listening?

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Good win for RCB.. But not to forget the chances that PWI had. they could have easily snatched the game because of PATHETIC batting by so called batsmen TIWARY. Why in the hell is he promoted up the order? Why AB come so down the order? Who in the hell would consider TIWARY as a Twenty20 specialist batsmen? He neither qualifies for One day or Test squad either. RCB you had almost lost the match y'day,.. Wake up.. Tiwary can be in playing XI and certainly can bat after ZAK.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

hope the IPL teams in future stop signing the BD players its so boring read about their comments continuously writing as if without them cricket can't be played-just look at what M.Clarke has in the international arena and they want him to made sit in favor of a BD player who is just about learning ABCD of the game! Hopefully... the team bosses have to think on not selecting BD players in future if they were to be appreciated by large Indian Public.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 11:29 GMT)


Posted by Raja13590 on (May 12, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

Hi fellas.. hope pwi managment must wake up atleast now.. As we hav seen nothing to blame Dada for those previous defeats.. its pwi atrocious batting and very generous bowling... its proved yet again... and foreign players never performed anythi for pwi i think.. ppl lik smith,clarke,ryder must get used to indian slow tracks if they wanna stay in pwi for next ipl.. and i expext more from mathews... Hope they do better next yr.. and sumthi cheer abt is uthappa.. atleast proving tat he can bat anywher irrespective of pitch.. sad thing he cant finish a good start.. Finds of the tournament B kumar,A majumdar. should they play more matches for pwi i think they wil perform well n get a chance in national side.. pl giv sum chance to tamim,ferguson,Wright(out wit dengue).. pwi really misses dinds nd yuvi.. let dem be bcak next yr to prove ther r worth ther name.... Cricket s always a team sport but captain gets d blame if team loses.. its natural as ppl who spk don play in team..

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

@Vikram Surendra, spot on. Ab need to be in top 4. Against better opposition that could cot them. Can think of no cricketing reason for making such an explosive dominant batsman only play a few balls..If anyone can think of one, please let me know.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Why the hell is Vinay kumar highlighted, out of other who perform remarkably well? What happened to Zach effort???

Posted by ayush.dhurka on (May 12, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

To all the people who think that AB should have batted up the order, Kohli made a very good point during the presentation. RCB is looking at performing at the playoffs, and they would want all their players to be ready by then. The only reason Tiwary was promoted up the order last night was for him to gain some confidence. I'm pretty sure AB will bat up the order in the playoffs and when needed. He batted up the order against DC when it was really needed. RCB seems to have a plan and they are doing very well in executing the same. Also, RCB seems to be the best fielding side this IPL. And now their bowling seems to be getting into the groove. Though I'd want to see a good Indian all-rounder after the 6 batsmen. It's always dangerous when your tail starts from number 7.

Posted by vinayespn on (May 12, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

Bowlers hunting in pairs and getting wickets is such an important value add for any team let alone RCB.. When bowlers take wickets, it helps in team bonding than when a batsman hits a century- as taking wickets usually involves bowler, keeper/ fielder and captaincy.. RCB was just a bunch of individual stars till now, but such decent performances from their bowlers make them strong contenders for IPL-5 title.. RCB might just be peaking at the right time here folks.. MI,DD,DC - you better watch out - here comes RCB

Posted by rofl on (May 12, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

A lot of BD guys here are making too much noise about their "super stars" being sidelined... u guys need to get a reality check.. no offence but ur players are not good enough..

Posted by anshu.s on (May 12, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

i am little disturbed by a certain personality cult being developed and perpatuated in IPL ,you have to question the cricketing logic of selecting Ganguly and Gilchrist after they have long retired.Crowds that are coming in thousands to watch in stands Pune play don't come there because they are fans of Ganguly,hell once i even heard crowd booing Ganguly in the match v/s Mumbai Indians when he played 4 dot balls in a row and team coudn't chase 120 odd runs.But if you believe the IPL twitter page or there pulse questions then you get the feeling that Ganguly and other icons like him command huge popularity.In this IPL you get the feeling that the commentry team is only waiting for super stars to be in action while other youngsters are there to fill up the numbers,one eg- i have in the match involving kings xi n DC when Mandeep Singh played some gorgeous shots commentator on air said bowler is bowling badly,while when Shaun Marsh dispatched a full toss they said what sweet timing !!

Posted by Cric_Info1987 on (May 12, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

@ Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: are you a real person or you come from 'fantasy land'. Your imagination is soo funny. It is like participating in a laughter-challenge competition and this joke would win the award for the century. a single match win against half-indian team (with the remaining half resting at home) in the Asia Cup does not make BD a world-class team. It's a long way before you can even dream of sun shine. I can beat my life that BD will not even some in the semi-final for the next 100 world-cups.

Posted by tpms on (May 12, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

I totally agree with on the rocks . yPune has a weak team basically because they joined IPL late and also not participated in this auction.Dinda's injury at the early part added to their woes. Clarke may be dropped . Enough chance has been given to him Let Jesse or Tamim come in his place .Luke wright may also be given a second chance .He did not get batting in the only game played.Smith may play with Angelo.One more chance can be given to Alfonso .Dada should play .Nothing is going to happen by resting himself for the sake of others .The people who balme will blame him whether the team wins or loses .Let him try to go out in style .He should also not take up any role including mentors if he is not playing

Posted by GreenGoat on (May 12, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

why is tamim and shakib being out such a big deal? sure, they are talented, but there are so many talented young guns not being played.... e.g. dinesh chandimal... its not a reflection on BAN cricket, its just that the teams have dif plans for dif players and they probably drafted them as relief options (in case of injury or something) cos they can only play 4 foreign players... they are getting paid, and probably enjoying themselves... chill!

Posted by soumyas on (May 12, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

there shud be separate forum for Bangla fans to put their grievance.... otherwise whole cricketing world will be talking abt particular match performances and BD ppl will be talking abt tamim and shakib....disgusting to see the same crying messages.

Posted by soumyas on (May 12, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

@Trevor_G, u r spot on....Kohli yesterday not only promoted himself but also another pathetic batsman called TIWARI, when Gayle playing runrate was 10, when kohlli came it came down to 8.5...then it came down near to 6 when tiwari started wasting balls....KOHLI is becoming selfish which might really cost RCB. RCB maangement have to keep an eye on him.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Gr8 win for RCB. But they must n should bring AB up the order. If he had come before Tiwary i think we would have scored 190+. That would be very important considering RCB's low NRR.

Posted by Cric_Info1987 on (May 12, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

@ Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: are you a real person or you come from 'fantasy land'. Your imagination is soo funny. It is like participating in a laughter-challenge competition and this joke would win the award for the century. a single match win against half-indian team (with the remaining half resting at home) in the Asia Cup does not make BD a world-class team. It's a long way before you can even dream of sun shine. I can beat my life that BD will not even some in the semi-final for the next 100 world-cups.

Posted by sampi72 on (May 12, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

RCB is on fire..There is no doubt about the contribution of Gyle & AB.They are the best hitters in the world..However still RCB were struggled..The terning point is the withdrawal of the Vittori and give the oppertunity to Murali & Dilshan...They are too good to be dropped..Hats off to Vittori...

Posted by pai11 on (May 12, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

@Sehwag_is_ordinary: you are absolutely right. keep dreaming:-)

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

@rofi i agree with you rofi

Posted by on_the_rocks on (May 12, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

I hope now people who were writing against Saurav had understood that it was not Saurav but the Pune team was substandard to the power infinity. And for that you need to blame the pune franchise who didn't go for auction and presented a weakest team to Saurav to win the IPL. As if asking a magician or god to use his magic stick, even god was ashamed seeing the team. Instead of blaming Saurav the Pune Franchise should take the blame on their shoulders and should be grateful to Saurav for at least getting 8 points till now instead of 0 which they deserve. Instead of doing that they r putting the blame on sourav and dishonoring a legend of this game. Who has given the on-cricketing personals such a power to do so should be questioned.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

why they have taken tamim, to seat in the doug out and watch like an ordinance, pune management has lack of cricketing knowledge i guess, thats why they are not giving a chance to the inform opening batsman tamim iqbal who has recently scored 4 fifties in a row in asia cup

Posted by bappabadmash on (May 12, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Before tournament PWI was upset with BCCI regarding player option. Their concern seems to be right after this poor show. Pune has taken a backseat since action of Marlon Samuels was questioned and Dinda (Only bowler figured in Purple cap list for sometime) was injured.Michael Clarke has made Jessy Rider to seat aside without a proper contribution. Last 4 matches, Steve Smith has a strike rate below 100 being a finisher including yesterday's match. T20 Cricket is all about bowling well,batting well and field well. Do we replace national team after a loss by National under 19 team when they loose? First is, drop Clarke who made this team look weak and bring back Marlon Samuels and Rider. Mr.Smith can field superb being a substitute,for that he need not to be in the squad.

Posted by tpms on (May 12, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Yeah;dada is and always will be one of the finest captains .He doesnot deserve blame when the whole bunch of players are unde rperforming .Even players like clarke, ryder , angelo,parnell have not performed / not performed at the required time except for occasional performance.No need to mention abt our indian players.dada's strike rate may not match viru, gambhir or even sachin but one should understand that he has selflessly come down the order to help the team and promoted the so called big gun sup the order .whwn they fail, it was required to him to first stabilise then take the charge .It is also true that he is not what he was earlier as a batsman .But he has always trying and willing to sacrifice the wkt.I don't want to blame smith .This is just one match. .Pune needs to have some more quality players and fair bit of luck to win matches.Dada needs to playthe remaining 2 matches and then call a goodbye .His fans will want it and he also deserve that

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

I don't see the issue in playing Tamim now as PW have no chance of making the playoffs and it will allow all these BD fans to finally watch one of their own. It will also allow PW and other teams to see if he has the ability to be competitive enough in the IPL league, and I would imagine that Bangladesh would have similar type pitches then India so he might be right in his element. @ Shehan Fernando I presume that you are from Sri Lanka and are passionate about your players, but don't mouth off about Vettori when he has been gracious and stepped down to allow Murali to play as he is a genuine wicket taker. And from what I have seen he hasn't been mouthing off about it!!!

Posted by Trevor_G on (May 12, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

I am beginning to dislike Kholi after I admired him as an upcoming youngster. He is selfishly promoting himself above AB, even though his performance (runs and run rate) are mediocre. Bring in AB at #3 and let Dilshan, Gayle and AB set unreachable targets, or let them chase with confidence and effect. Kholi could easily throw away RCB's chances by being selfish. If you don't believe me, take a look at Kholi's demeanor in the changing room video after AB's amazing recent closing performance.......he doesn't look happy for AB or most importantly for the team.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Gayle deserves the Man of the Match award!!!The others batsman did well too and so did Murali

Posted by squarepeg on (May 12, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Forget Ganguly; it is not that he is playing now to get back to India team in any format. It is about a team. At least now in Bengal there can be no talk of Australians or SRK going against the favourite son. PWI and DC are poor teams, especially bowling. Once a team loses steam, it loses donfidence and self-destructs. The most damaging for a team is if its senior players play for their own sake, records, fame, money... and not for the team.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

Pune can win when Ryder scores run because..he is an attacking batsman

Posted by rofl on (May 12, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

Can anybody drill this into the pansy brains of Kohli... "The replacement for Gayle always has to be AB devillers..no kholi,no tiwari.. no aggarwal!" It is almost criminal to waste a talent like ABD. You dont have to be einstien to work out that yesterday RCB could have crossed 200 if ABD had played as many balls as Tiwari!

Posted by Tokai69 on (May 12, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

@ BD fans, just take it easy, and get used to it even for future. This is probably the first time a lot of bangla people are following IPL because of Tamim and Shakib. Naturally they are disappointed for not seeing them in action. IPL is not a professional tournament like NFL, NBA or NHL in America, what else you expect from indian IPL. Look arround the other players from the sub-continent, and you will get the answer.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

@Phil Katon - I am not talking about this game in particular but the fact that RCB are again in the reckoning for semis riding on Gayle tide. Gayle is an absolute entertainer and nothing to take away from his stupendous form over last two seasons, but I feel cheated that in a team sport, a team is not once, twice being lucky based largely on a single individual's performance. Zaheer hasn't done anything worthy in last two seasons in trying conditions...only two good bowling performances from RCB this season came in Mumbai in favoring conditions (so due credit for that game of course) and by the time they took the ball against PWI,Gayle (and Dilshan) had already won the game for all practical purposes... it is great to watch Gayle and do this team well in a few games here and there, but somehow feels unjustified that one man is taking a semi final spot away from some other teams that are playing as a unit and playing well above their weight..(like Royals or KXIP)..

Posted by hasib9 on (May 12, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

Dear Bangladeshi cricket fans, stop watching IPL. They lost 10 million viewers this year and if Bangladeshi and Pakistani fans stop watching, they will lose 50 million more.. Then IPL will become as lame as it deserves to be.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

In retrospect, I think it was a good decision to send in Tiwary ahead of AB, just because they had enough runs on the board as per their judgment, and Tiwary could spend some time at the crease. Next in line is Aggarwal, and the only thing I'd want them to change is the order. Send in Aggarwal at one-drop and AB at no.4. And good to see Zak back at his best... Go RCB!!!

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

some people are saying gayle should not get mom today.its gayle quick start that allows rcb to score 173.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (May 12, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

They should give Ryder a go - on his day he is a great bat. Even though his recent form has been a hit-or-miss. Got to be innovative with team selection

Posted by Farce-Follower on (May 12, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

Kohli and Tiwary and two useless liabilities in the middle. Slow, uninventive and totally wooden footed. They are a disgrace to a team with so much of fire-power. Ray Jennings must be held responsible for this.

Posted by Noboundary on (May 12, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

Why is Tamim sitting the bench? He should have been given a chance.... SG is a total waste.... his playing days are over and should limit himself to the commentary box. His captaincy is equally horrible to say the least.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

Is Jess Ryder injured? He is PWI best matchwinning batsman and hasn't played for weeks!

Posted by kchatter on (May 11, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Well, Captain must be responsible for team performance but that does not necessarily mean captain is underperforming. Cricket is a team game. Like A win does not mean that caprain's performance is good , a loss does not mean captain is underperfomed.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

@Krishna Chovishya What abt Zaheer?! He created the bowling momentum by getting 2 in the first over!

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (May 11, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Must have been clear instructions from BCCI- No BD players franchises- we can't give our little bros a chance otherwise there's a possibility they might end up beating us again in 2012 T20 WC and 2015 WC and all WCs for 100 years because IPL is the real deal!!!!

Posted by ronman2 on (May 11, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

Im not surprised by the loss and neither am I surprised by the margin they lost. It was something expected and I hope all those who blamed SG for the poor show by PWI realize that Cricket is a team game and not a 1 man show. So next year when Yuvi will be the Captain...lets see how he will be able to change fortunes of the team.

Posted by passionate_cricket_follower on (May 11, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

@ramsu: as if they were winning every match with him in!

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Why did Gayle get the MoM award. His innings was not the difference in winning. The difference was the fielding and Murali bowling. An opening batsman in reality have 20 overs to make their runs. Bowlers have only 4 overs to make their mark. MoM should l be give to a player who made the difference in the changing the game. Gayle did not change the game. Murali did and maybe some of the fielding. I am tired seeing Shewag, Sachin, Gayle, Gambir etc get MOM when they all batted for over 10 over etc. A bowler is this format have to be on the ball every ball. The batsmen have can play a couple of overs to get their eys ina dn then explode liek Gayle. Bowlers, don't have that advantage. By the way, I am a West Indiana nd a Trini and Gayle is my #1 batsman in T20, but gosh, give some other people a chance. I saw the other day when what's his name from Australia took one of the best catches you can ever see. Now, that is 20/20 cricket for you.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

@kchatter Logic states that a captain is responsible for a team's performance regardless of the sport. If Ganguly is captain of a team that keeps on losing then he has to carry that and take responsibility of the team.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

pathetic pune........the openers were worst than gully cricketers....so was clarke..he should be dropped, why was angelo mathews deprived of one over when he had the best economy rate of PWI bowlers in the match...steve smith should open with uthapa there is nothing left for him in the 5-6 position, for uptill then the match is over for PWI..... for RCB drop virat kohli and saurabh tiwary............

Posted by street_smart on (May 11, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

change in captains but no change in luck.. hope everyone now realise that its not Ganguly but others to be blamed in PWI squad... Uthappa...gr8 SR lot of runs but cannot even finish a single game... there are other players in thesquad who have been paid much more than Ganguly.. but when it comes to performance it seems like only Ganguly has to perform...

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

What's wrong with these Man of the Match awards. The only people who is normally in contention is the openers. They are there from the start and can play carefully at first and then explode like Gayle. They should be looking at people who performs and made the difference in the game. RCB didn't win the match because of Gayle or Dilshan. They won the game with their bowling. Murali should have gotton the MoM award or give it to someone who really took an impossible catch or even the wicketkeeper. The openers have all the time to make a good score. it's the bowlers that keep them in check. A bowler is only allowed 4 overs as compared to an open who gets to bat for 20 overs. Chcek most of the MoM awards and you will notice that the openers are getting them mostly. Enough said and by the way I am a West Indian supporter and Gayle is my #1 batsman...but, MoM award when they won the game so handsomely. If the game was a tight finish, then I can say that that's the innings that made the diff.

Posted by kchatter on (May 11, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

@George Binoy - Ganguly deserves better title than "Ganguly, the under- performing captain". Do you think Kohli performed well today? Why did not you write "under-performed" captain to describe Kohli. I don't think this IPL has none of the captain performed consistently well other than Gambhir and Dravid. Even Dhoni did not do well. So why only Ganguly is the target? Only because his team is not winning? Easy target!

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

In his entire career, Saurav Ganguly has not helped a single Bengali cricketer. He has used the unconditional adoration of Bengalis to his personal advantage. He has never been a particularly good batsman - my impression of him was indelibly formed in New Zealand in 2002/2003. I am not sure anyone here even remembers that series, when Shane Bond and Scott Styris destroyed a much vaunted Indian batting lineup ( with the honorable exception of Rahul Dravid - his exceptional talent was never revealed in a clearer light than in those devilish, overcast conditions ). Coming back to the present, I have sympathy for Tamim- and I hope that Anustup is given a fair chance to showcase his potential ( or fall by the sword ). A man knows when he is not good enough, inside - Ganguly is well aware of his real self.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

This is exactly what I hate about RCB, 80% Gayle, 30% AB and -10% the rest of the team. (okay I am exaggerating, but you get the point). Not a single Indian player is doing anything worthy in that team and hence I absolutely don't believe RCB should be in top half, let alone 3rd. At least the other top teams are advancing based on significant contribution from Indian players (international or upcoming local talent)...RCB is worthless...I liked them until Kumble was leading but now it is a pathetic bunch owned by a pathetic owner...I say trash them...

Posted by MANEESHROY on (May 11, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

These are difficult times for SOURAV GANGULY'S team.Bowlers are out of choice,batsmen are out of sorts.Opening partnership or single-man heroism are hall-mark of first four teams.SOURAV GANGULY'S team neither had any exemplary openings nor any individual heroics.Any player has to take major initiative to drive warriors out of trouble.Lets hope fortune favours SOURAV GANGULY'S warriors in future. All the best to SOURAV GANGULY.

Posted by soumyas on (May 11, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

tiwari is disaster for RCB, they have paid him 1.6 millions and cannot keep him out, if they play him, he is going to cost them the match...RCB bowlers performance saved them from tiwari's worst innings, RCB had gr8 chances of crossing 200 mark. but AB Develliers and agarwal had to sit on chairs and see the slow batting from tiwari, must be really itching for them...

Posted by soumyas on (May 11, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

RCB were going 10 Runs per over when gayle batting, then came down to nearly 6.5 when Tiwari batting....i don't know what is wrong with RCB management...had AB Develiers and agarwal came to bat before Tiwari, they cud have easily crossed 200 runs, but becuze of Tiwari's slow batting they ended up to 173...luckily RCB bowlers Vinay,ZAK,Murali bowled well and saved from Tiwari...

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Very bad article.. There's nothing about Murali.. He was the most economical bowler for RCB through out the series and today also he bowled pretty well. Vettory just has to shut his mouth down and watch the match over his shoulder...

Posted by Bruisers on (May 11, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

There are people over here who think Tamim is the best opening batsman in the world and Shakib is the best allrounder.. Just get over it guys. They are more than lucky to get IPL contracts at least.

Posted by ramsu on (May 11, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

without Ganguly PWI should lose any of the matches

Posted by Bobby614 on (May 11, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

im very happy that PWI lost.. atleast now the management should know that Ganguly is not the prime reason for all defeats.. agreed his stirke-rate is low.. but what did the other plays do ??.. Those clamoring that Gangly didn't give bowling to Smith--what now ??.. Smith as a captain NEITHER did he bowl NOR did he bat up the order.. for those making foolish statements on Ganguly, its a tight slap on their faces.. In the match in Eden Gardens the top-5 batsman could do nothing.. still the blame is only on Ganguly.. what a waste management.. the only match i feel Ganguly is the prime reason for defeat is the 120-chase against MI..

Posted by sukraat on (May 11, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

Everybdy was saying Ganguly is occupying the space of Manish Pandey ,Mohnish Mishra & he's not playing Alfonso Thomas .... These three were the stars of 2day's match everybdy would hav seen it!!!!!!!!!!! Alfonso thomas - 4 overs for 46 runs - great economy Manish Pandey- 4th DUCK of the season Mohnish Mishra- 4 runs .. Awesome performance by all the people...

No significant contribution from Michael Clarke Less than run a ball from The Captain - Steve Smith

GANGULY cant play for a bunch of non performing cricketers. He can only lead them.. So u all ppl who blame Ganguly look at the stats & come bak. Even if his strike rate is a touch above 100 , he still scores something atleast in 30s...

Posted by priceless1 on (May 11, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

RCB has the most balance team in the tournament , its a shame if they do not make it to the final 4

Posted by SurlyCynic on (May 11, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

RCB came through this game but are wasting one of the best batsmen in the world - last game ABDV didn't get to bat and this game he had 4 balls. Sure he hit one of them for 6 but the score would have been higher if he had come in before Tiwary. This could cost them in the later games.

Posted by Highflyer_GP on (May 11, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Lol another pathetic decision making their best batsman AB come in with a few balls left, yet again! This kind of logic suggests that these guys have no brains. It's decisions like this that are the difference between 173 and 200.

Posted by pjbarua on (May 11, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Pune is making some great record! There opening looks even more pathetic!

Posted by rohitab_bash on (May 11, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

wil somebody xplain y ur best batsman and in form guy bats at no.5 and comes to bat aftr 15over?????????????????????????????????????AB should be in the top4 plsssssssss...

Posted by Aristocratt on (May 11, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Two of the most entertaining young men of 2012 in the same team. Virat Kohli and A B de Villiers. Kohli is keeping the competition at bay by making it difficult for de Villiers to get a bat in. Why is he not coming down the order? One answer: if you cannot beat the competition, kill it…I'd like to really be proved wrong, but after watching so many matches, I begin to think Kohli has a plan in place…for de Villiers…

Posted by secondopinion on (May 11, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

If B'Deshi players feel they are not getting proper treatment in IPL, then why do they line up in the auction? Teams are assembled at great cost and want to win. There can be genuine mistakes or controversial choices when one picks 11 out of available 20 or more. But to put that to a conspiracy... well, no B'deshi player is worth that much money. Quite honestly, this is getting boring!!! Stay home.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

To all the Bangladesh fans don't worry, this is IPL not real Cricket and even if he does not get a game, he's having the last laugh because Pune have not qualified and Tamim is getting paid for his services and commitments. Also don't forget Tamim is learning as much as possible from the experienced guys and can use that to help the Bangladesh team. He's only just turned 23 and has a bright and exciting future ahead of him compared to his Pune teamates and the things he has achieved so far is tremendous, great talent he is.

Posted by Sadiqahmed on (May 11, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

It is incredible that despite the great start by Gayle RCB is struggling to put on a match winning score. Poor batting by Virat Kohli and poor captaincy. Why on earth send Tiwary ahead of their best bastman De villiers? What do you expect him to a in 12 balls while letting Tiwary waste so many dot balls?

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (May 11, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Breaking Newzzzzzzzzzzz DADA is leading the side in next match ....welcome bck DADA in advance...... PWI cheerzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by kchatter on (May 11, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

@SHAON - Ganguly worst player of IPL 2012? What's about Kohli? Indian vice captain, 13 matches, 246 runs, SR- 106.03. Another one, most expensive player of IPL, R Jadeja, 13 matches 174 runs, SR 130.82 (just at par in T20). Why are not they worst players w.r.t their auction price and age?

Posted by rlefti on (May 11, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Ganguly was a bit clear during his commentry stint that he didnt wanna play and be just a coach...but Im sure the yuvraj thing and also to see pune doesnt have any star player to pull the crowds and money they needed someone of dada stature and ofcourse he did make a lot of contribution in that context as he is just next to tendulkar in popularity charts and in some places more than tendulkar....so good move pune till now but what will happen next year who will bring in the crowds for you.....lets remember him as Ganguly the best Indian Captain ever and the man who changed everything for Indian cricket

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (May 11, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

i was little bit interested about IPL after the first season. When i see Shakib played some matches last season i become interested again. This season there were some reports in Indian media for Shakib and Tamim for their Asia cup performance. thought Shakib and Tamim will get some good opportunity to play but it was really hopeless situation. they were not in the plan for those two franchise. Shakib can easily play for another team as he is the best all rounder. Next time better players like Shakib and Tamim should review their decision before playing in IPL. this will make their confidence low . without playing day by day, sitting in dug out. At least come home ....play some domestic games. Hope you will give your response in T20 world cup

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

In the present team there is no good hitter in top order, If RCB score 160~180, it will be difficult for PWI. I believe, they must play Tamim Iqbal for this purpose in next matches.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Still no sign of Tamim Iqbal.............!!!!!!!

Posted by bdfighter1 on (May 11, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

at last PWI want to be relieved.......

Posted by yoongguns on (May 11, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Ganguly never deserves to be a part of team after year 2006-07 because of his fitness and form..not to forget his ability to play short ball..lolzzz...Bad decision for pune frenchaise to make ganguli a captain for IPL 2012 cost them money as well as performance..they really need some strong international players and a fit captain and mentor...Dada really looser from my point of view..he was good but before 2005..plzzz say bye bye to cricket now dada...it is not for u now....

Posted by Ibra95 on (May 11, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

oh, no tamim. y pune do this to tamim???

Posted by squarepeg on (May 11, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Let's have a full match. At this stage of the competition, it will be shame if rain stops or curtails the game to a mockery of few overs. Ganguly has done a brave thing by sitting out this match. One hoped Tamim and Theron were in the team.

Posted by Sohel_ahmed on (May 11, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

This is not normal, no way , it just cannot be , not in a rational world that we know and have been living in. It seems, no, it doesn't seem like anymore, it's quite obvious that there is a clear instruction from Captain Pathetic that whatever happens , Tamim must not be picked. This is beyond common sense that Clarke gets selected ahead of Tamim when his contribution for the team until now is one big zero. What a waste of zeal, youth and talent. I feel really sorry for Tamim. This is killing him inside, softly but surely. PWI will hit the bottom, but this guy will not get a chance to swing his bat. Sad, really sad.

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (May 11, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

A big LOL for Clarke again

Posted by SHAON_TALUKDAR on (May 11, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Ì think sourob ganguly is the worst player in the IPL 2012.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

very much interesting.little or no known players in ipl having max coverage and opportuniy but SHAKIB - TAMIM not !!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

I expected Pune Worriers to play Tamim Iqbal today. I am very disappointing to see that Someone like Tamim is not getting a single chance in 12 match. Its a sheer injustice to this Bengal dashing opener. I am requesting to PW management for at least giving a chance for Tamim.

Posted by Raiyan24r on (May 11, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

for how do u want to keep tamim in the bench?this is insane.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

this will be another lose for pune..i wnnt to see another tornado innins from gayle.

Posted by Hvatti on (May 11, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Gud its raining...i am as it is nt intersted in match without Ganguly....If Pune owner says this is his last IPL then DADA shud definitely play last 3 matches..he deserves a decent farewell..and as it is they are out of Competition ..so nothing to lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Even god i crying for DADA, love u DADA :(

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

No Tamim Iqbal ? Surprising decision. Can't understand why Pune Warriors sit him out? Tamim has a better strike rate than Micheal Clarke in T20. This is injustice. Sensing of conspiracy.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 11, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

If you do the same experiment with the same reactants you should end up getting same products ---- today PWI doing the same except changing a catalyst --- I mean without the catalyst Dada. Product (match-result) will show whether Ganguly Dada was a positive catalyst or a negative one.

Posted by Subin_Daniel on (May 11, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

At last.... good team selection by Pune Warriors, but too late. There is no doubt that talents of Rahul Sharma , Alfonso Thomas , Manish Pandey and Mohnish Sharma has been under used.

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