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

Rajasthan have no room for error

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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.

Quotes

"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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  • SUHAGCHOWDHURY 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..............

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • t2_t24 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_Jones 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...

  • 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

  • horrorlife 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

  • on May 13, 2012, 9:44 GMT

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

  • on May 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    My PWI Team for tomorrow:

    STRATEGY ::: BOWL FIRST

    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!!!

  • 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.....

  • SUHAGCHOWDHURY 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..............

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • t2_t24 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_Jones 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...

  • 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

  • horrorlife 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

  • on May 13, 2012, 9:44 GMT

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

  • on May 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    My PWI Team for tomorrow:

    STRATEGY ::: BOWL FIRST

    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!!!

  • 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.....

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on May 13, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Heart says DADA's Warriors,Mind says Rahul's Royals.....RR deserves a place in playoffs... Would love to see a fine knock from DADA's blade. I would like DADA to play in Srilanka Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League.... Dada don't accept the mentorship of PWI....we die hard fan of urz still believe that u hav enough firepower and brain to present urself as a player so to keep the fire u should play t2o cricket more often ...i believe SPL & BPL has still openly welcome U if u wish to represent any of their team and i trust im sub-continent pitches U r still a match winner on any given day (the king of off-side)......last but not the least Tamim, Ali Murtaza & Ferguson should get chance in the remaining 2 matches.

    My PWI 11 4 2day--> 1.Dada 2.Tamim 3.Ferguson/Clark (On calrks availability) 4. Mazumdar 5.Uthappa 6. Smith 7.Mathwes 8.B.Kumar 9.Parnell/Thomas10.Kartik/Ali Murtaza 11.Sachin Rana/Kamran Khan

    (Above is the batting order)

    >>> Dada Rockzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Alwyaz <<<

  • on May 13, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    RR, your last loss to CSK was pure Bad luck. Unlike Dhoni & Chennai backers who think MI were lucky to win against CSK because an MI batsman beat the living daylights off a CSK bowler - for CSK to beat RR, gods had to intervene with rains & interrupt RR's batting twice. If not - who knows - Rahane / Dravid would have played without interruptions & the consequent need to get set multiple times, CSK's opening bowlers would have had to bowl without well-timed breaks to refresh themselves....and CSK would have been chasing a much higher score than they eventually did. Raina would have had to score off Tait & Watson...And that would have been a different game.

  • riverlime on May 13, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Rajasthan are sorely missing Cooper's bowling in the death overs. Ever since he got injured, they have been leaking runs. They should have done what Mumbai did, and fill the spot halfway through the tournament with a West Indian ringer.

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    if pune has to win tamim must play else they will surely lose

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    the main problem of pune that they are selecting their team by the names of player. If they consider the performance then Tamim Iqbal should have given a chance.Look tamim and jessy is the two genuine opener if jessy get chance then why tamim wont. I think tamim not getting chance as because he is a bangladeshi player, if he becames a australian then surely he would got chance before...

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    correction @ddc if RR surely has to win ganguly must play for pune ;) or pune " might " win...

  • loki897 on May 13, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    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, Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthaptha (WK), Steve Smith, Mithun Manhas, Sachin Rana, B Kumar, Alfonso Thomas, Murali Karthik, Ashok Dinda/ Rahul Sharma

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I hope they play well and watson should be used alongwith dravid for opening innings

  • dreamboy123 on May 13, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    puna......... why they dont play tamim.........tamim iqbal was highest run taker in asia cup.......why he dont he got chance...........i love puna.......and iam a great fan of Dada........pls Dada and puna owner play tamim iqbal.............

  • Brit_freakster on May 13, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    IPL cannot remove Ganguly's image as a great captain and great cricketer...everyone knows that IPL is NOT serious cricket...what Ganguly has achieved for Indian cricket is nothing compared to his performances for stints with KKR and PWI...

  • nipun027 on May 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Pune should try Luke wright and Tamim Iqbal............. Bcoz they now need to focus on next season and should sort out per4ming foreign players.........

  • kaushal_raut on May 13, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    @ Sidharth Oza , Collingwood is in England playing county.

  • Brit_freakster on May 13, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    DADA will stop RR's chances to get to the play-offs today...Go Pune Go!!!!

  • on May 12, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Keep the RR spirit alive. Just like Warne, never give up - until the last ball. Good luck.

  • ddc....... on May 12, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    if pune has to win ganguly must play else they will surely lose

  • on May 12, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    where in the world is collingwood..............

  • on May 12, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @ SurlyCynic whats boring in RR

  • Ibra95 on May 12, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    hope that watto does something to take rr to the playoffs..

  • Sprstr7 on May 12, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    come on rajasthan, show the fight, mr. wall, the great indian ambassador of cricket, deserves a place in the playoffs..:):)

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    pathetic pune will once again lose....heard of ganguly to play again that would certainly help rajasthans cause they'll surely win and would lift up they NRR as well to a considerable extent.........

  • Aravind_always on May 12, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    RR should change their plan when it comes to death bowling..Botha should bowl the 18th & 20th over instead of Watson as he can bowl some fast yorkers and also vary the pace wisely..Watson is a good newball bowler,so he should bowl his overs upfront..otherwise there is no major issues and i would say RR is the best team of the season simply bcoz they are not depending on 1 or 2 players like KKR(gauti),DD(viru),RCB(gayle,AB)..even though they r on the bottom of the table they fought very well..

  • SurlyCynic on May 12, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    The two most boring teams in the IPL - the rematch.

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  • SurlyCynic on May 12, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    The two most boring teams in the IPL - the rematch.

  • Aravind_always on May 12, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    RR should change their plan when it comes to death bowling..Botha should bowl the 18th & 20th over instead of Watson as he can bowl some fast yorkers and also vary the pace wisely..Watson is a good newball bowler,so he should bowl his overs upfront..otherwise there is no major issues and i would say RR is the best team of the season simply bcoz they are not depending on 1 or 2 players like KKR(gauti),DD(viru),RCB(gayle,AB)..even though they r on the bottom of the table they fought very well..

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    pathetic pune will once again lose....heard of ganguly to play again that would certainly help rajasthans cause they'll surely win and would lift up they NRR as well to a considerable extent.........

  • Sprstr7 on May 12, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    come on rajasthan, show the fight, mr. wall, the great indian ambassador of cricket, deserves a place in the playoffs..:):)

  • Ibra95 on May 12, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    hope that watto does something to take rr to the playoffs..

  • on May 12, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @ SurlyCynic whats boring in RR

  • on May 12, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    where in the world is collingwood..............

  • ddc....... on May 12, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    if pune has to win ganguly must play else they will surely lose

  • on May 12, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Keep the RR spirit alive. Just like Warne, never give up - until the last ball. Good luck.

  • Brit_freakster on May 13, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    DADA will stop RR's chances to get to the play-offs today...Go Pune Go!!!!