Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, Jaipur May 12, 2012

Rajasthan have no room for error


Match facts

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

The defeat to Chennai Super Kings on Thursday has left Rajasthan Royals almost certainly needing to win all three of their remaining matches to make the playoffs. They are buoyed by the fact that of their remaining games, two of them are against Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers, teams who are already down and out.

At the top of the order, Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid have proved the most productive opening partnership of the tournament, and Brad Hodge lurks as an accomplished finisher in the middle order. But the two players Rajasthan need on top of their game will be Shane Watson and Shaun Tait. Watson showed how dangerous he can be in the match against Pune Warriors; on a slow track on which pretty much everyone else struggled, he slugged boundaries at will. Tait brings the cutting edge to an attack that had previously relied of medium-pacers specialising in taking pace off the ball.

There's plenty of confusion in the opposition camp. Warriors have had a disastrous campaign and have lost seven matches in a row, but a controversy over their captain Sourav Ganguly has kept them in the headlines. There were conflicting reports on whether he would play the remaining matches this season, and he sat out of the defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday, though he insisted he would be back for Sunday's encounter. Will he, or will Steven Smith continue to lead the side?

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Rajasthan Royals: LWWLL
Pune Warriors: LLLLL

Players to watch

Michael Clarke was Warriors' most high-profile signing this season, but the Australia captain hasn't managed to translate his international form to the Twenty20 of the IPL. After five innings, he has only collected 85 runs at a pedestrian strike-rate of 111.84. Is that enough to justify a place in the starting XI for an overseas specialist batsman?

Shaun Tait was outstanding when the two teams met earlier in the week, crushing Warriors with a spell of 3 for 13. He was solid in the first three overs of his next game as well, against Super Kings, but when given the penultimate over, the old worries over Tait resurfaced as he overstepped once and followed it up with five wides down the leg side to concede 12 runs off one delivery. Will Tait get his line and length right on Sunday?

Stats and trivia

  • On Sunday, Siddharth Trivedi will become the most capped player for Royals. He is currently level with Shane Warne on 56 matches.
  • Robin Uthappa is the only player to have been part of all 28 matches that Warriors have played. Rahul Sharma (24) and Jesse Ryder (22) are next on the list.


"It was a bad loss against Chennai but we can still make it to playoffs if we win the three remaining matches."
Johan Botha hasn't given up yet.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sohag on May 13, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    please check what i am saying its right 34/4 the openars are going with a hat-trik bye bye pune..............

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    mr ganguly loose his cricketing sense from his brain.. he is not giving a single chance to a good performer like tamim iqbal rather he give d chance to some worth performer.. as because of he is bangladeshii.. hello mr.dada wht u did itz not expected from u.. u just broke millions of bangle heart.. we hate u!!

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    dada u knw what? u broke millions of bangladeshi's heart.. & u also loose their respect 4 u.. either ur cricketing knowledge has been washed out 4m ur brain otherz u didn't pick tamim as bcoz of he is bangladehii.. u didn't giving a single chance to a good performer.. rather u give d chance to some worth performer continuously!we hate u.. ! inshallah our tigers will show u oneday hw to respect a good performer & how to perform!! joy bangla

  • Nazmul on May 13, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Tamim is bangladeshi, this is the fact why he couldn't get any position. Pune jsut selecting their players by looking big names and all of them failed. They need power hitter like tamim and ryder in every game. They have given chance Clarke in a row but his performance is disappointed. Pune should think logically and shouldn't look big names rather than their performance.

    Tamim and ryder should be included.. Come on Pune..

  • Coraline on May 13, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    wer is Ryder ... he is the only hitter in warriors barring smith and not playing ...LOLz!! Itz a high time Johnny wake up the RIDER ... :)) I think he is the only player to watch in PWI ... and not playing becoz of the DEAL ... Michael Clark 4 Jessey RYDER...

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Who will win this game:-----------RR VS PW May be second Bat win this game: OK Rajasthan: Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Ashok Meanaria, Brad Hodge, Dinesh Chandimal/Johan Botha, S Goswami/ A Raut, Ankit Chavan, Shaun Tait, S Triviedi, P Singh Pune: Tamim Iqbal, Manish Pandey, Michael Clarke, Robin Uthaptha (WK), Steve Smith, Mithun Manhas, Sourav Ganguly, B Kumar, Alfonso Thomas, Murali Karthik, Ashok Dinda

  • Ansh on May 13, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Why does everyone think abt batting and bowling only? if a good fielder does well to save a boundary then the bowler gets pumped up and batsmen gets frustrated we need collingwood dravid and loads of youngsterd

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    .........RR come on........

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    My PWI Team for tomorrow:


    1. Khadiwale (Opener) 2. Tamim Iqbal (Opener) 3. Harpreet (Batsman) 4. Steven Smith (Batsman) 5. Dwivedy (Wicket Keeper - Batsman) 6. Murtaza (Allrounder) 7. Ganguly (Captain) 8. Angelo Matthews (Bowler) 9. Rana (Bowler) 10. Karthik (Bowler) 11. Wayne Parnell (Bowler)

    Strategy - - - 1, Start the bowling with Parnell and Karthik. Then, Rana and Matthews. Ganguly / Murtaza can bowl the remaining overs. 2, The batting has to be in the order given above. 3, NO NEHRA PLEASE!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    player to watch: Michael Clarke.......Indeed a player to watch.....worthless for T/20......watch how badly he perform for PW.......PW the joker of IPL I must title them.....

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