Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors, IPL, Jaipur May 13, 2012

Chandila hat-trick keeps Rajasthan in race

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Rajasthan Royals 170 for 4 (Rahane 61, Watson 58) beat Pune Warriors 125 for 9 (Smith 37, Chandila 4-13) by 45 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

When Rahul Dravid of Rajasthan Royals was asked at the toss to name the changes to his line-up, he paused for a few seconds before giving up trying to recollect the second spinner. Ajit Chandila ensured that his captain and the rest of the world weren't going to forget his name. The little-known offspinner from Haryana responded with a hat-trick in only his second game, reducing Pune Warriors to a train wreck early in their chase of 171. Warriors extended their losing streak to eight - the worst in IPL history - while Royals stayed in the hunt for the playoffs.

It proved a masterstroke by Dravid tossing the new ball to Chandila. Warriors didn't know what to expect from the tall spinner, only two first-class matches old. With a run-up of barely a few steps, and a languid action to boot, Chandila tossed it up at such an agonisingly slow pace that it took an eternity for the ball to land. Jesse Ryder opted to hammer him out of the attack but ended up mis-hitting it to Shane Watson pedaling back at mid-on.

Sourav Ganguly tried to nudge the next delivery but the ball dribbled back towards the wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami who broke the stumps before Ganguly could ground his bat. Chandila struck with the first ball of his second over, drawing Robin Uthappa forward and beating him on the drive before Goswami whipped off the bails. Chandila's split hat-trick was all the more glossy because the victims were international batsmen. It was the seventh hat-trick in IPL history and the first of this edition.

Chandila had time to sneak in another wicket, off a simple caught and bowled to get rid of Anustup Majumdar, and finished with figures of 4 for 13. Warriors were tottering at 26 for 4, a position from which they never recovered from. Royals never allowed a partnership to get past 34, they conceded just 11 boundaries in the innings and lit up an otherwise drab phase after the hat-trick with a jaw-dropping fielding effort at the boundary by Johan Botha and Ajinkya Rahane to get rid of Rahul Sharma. Botha caught it at the edge of the rope at long-off and relayed it to an alert Rahane who claimed the catch.

Royals batted Warriors out of the match thanks to half-centuries by Watson and Rahane. Ganguly returned to lead Warriors but he and his team-mates let themselves down with a flat performance in the field that allowed the Watson-Rahane partnership to flourish.

The urgency in the running between the wickets picked up when the pair came together. Rahane in particular was impressive in his calling as he pushed the ball to the slower men in the deep, starting with Ganguly, and the few extra seconds they took to get to the ball cost Warriors extra runs.

Watson biffed boundaries through his favoured on-side region. He began with a slog over midwicket off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, before pounding consecutive sixes off Murali Kartik, one of which was a full toss clubbed over the second tier at deep midwicket. As the pitch was on the slower side, Watson's powerful bat-speed gave his shots more velocity. He punished the spinners with powerful pulls and drives, fetching two free boundaries via misfields. Steven Smith, known for his acrobatic saves at the boundary, overran the ball at deep midwicket, while Kartik too let one slip between his legs.

Watson sped to his fifty with a clipped four to deep square leg and a six over deep midwicket off Jesse Ryder. However, he played all over a yorker from Ashish Nehra, leaving his team at a healthy 123 for 2 in the 15th over. Warriors were guilty of not bowling to their field, bowling half volleys on the pads with the fine leg up. Rahane proceeded towards his fifty with wristy clips and punches through the off side. His knock ensured that Royals didn't lose their way after Watson's departure. Minutes after the chase got underway, the game was all but won by Royals.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY passionate_cricket_follower on | May 14, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    @Brit_freakster: LOL! You should be in CID!

  • POSTED BY sony_sr on | May 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Pune did the biggest mistake by choosing ganguly. And they proved it was not an one off mistake by choosing clarke. Keep excellent t20 specialists in bench and play with a guy who retired from t20 internationals coz he himself thinks he is a poor t20 player. The decision makers in pune warriors does not even have basic common sense?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 14, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Lol.. Dada made lots of fans out here with his exclusion of Tamim.. Usually 15-20 among 100 will bash Dada and 30 will be hardcore supporters.. Now, Hardly 10 supporters and 60 bashers in.. Does he deserve all these? YES! A captaincy which is hardly inspiring and a batting performance which will never merit a place if not a captain.. Had he shown thee aggressiveness which he showed in denying that he will rest for three games, they could have won atleast a couple of games more..

  • POSTED BY ARIF3011 on | May 14, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly when failed as India's captain he was dropped from the team - the blame went to Greg chappell. Whole nation started abusing Greg, and all praise were for Dada. Greg was asked to leave. IPL started. Sourav led KKR to disaster up to a point that KKR dropped him. SRK was blamed for that, all praise were for Dada. New team came into IPL - PWI. Midway through the season Sourav joined it, and did not do well. In absence of ailing Yuvraj this year, Sourav became captian, led them to biggest disaster of IPL history. He has now planned to drop himself. No one is balmed so far. He has informed Sahara about him becoming "mentor only" from next season. Finally Dada found a position for himself where he feels he can do better - is he sure?

  • POSTED BY usaf_1975 on | May 14, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    RR always producing some good players in all IPL versions, they produce sohail tanveer, r. jadija, rehany and now this guy.

  • POSTED BY Temu on | May 14, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    To Naths: Naths, Ganguly's dismssal is not a run-out, as he was not trying for a run, he was unsure where the ball was and accidentally stepped out of his crease. The ball may hit the batsman's pads or body or whatever can not ruled out a chance of stumping.

  • POSTED BY naths on | May 14, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Definitely Chandila did a great job. But technically IT WAS NOT A HAT-TRICK. Please clarify me if I am wrong. Gangully was not stumped. He was RUN OUT. The ball hit him on pads and then on bat. So he can't be given stumped out. Consequently that run out can't contribute to the hat-trick at all. Again my intention is not to take away credit from Chandila, but to establish the fact.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    For many years Ganguly fought for a place in teams, he fought to take full control over own team, so he had to apply his master plans & strategies, which costs his teams in big way as those were selfish things, previously KKR now PWI, Ganguly is busy to grab the most important batting order, playing safely and slowly in powerplays for few runs to prove himself costs his team, he was a great player but the time is over, even Lara, Hayden once were dangerous players but their time is over, age does matter in cricket specially in t20, its upto franchises to understand that.

  • POSTED BY Brit_freakster on | May 14, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Huge conspiracy against Pune and DADA in IPL...how is it that Pune plays 2-3 games more than KKR or DD...just to tire them out..so that a tired bunch cannot perform...also crucial umpiring decisions went against Pune in crunch matches..which otherwise PW would have won easily...huge conspiracy here...but Pune will be back with a bang next time...watch out!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    At the start of the tournament Sourav Ganguly's fame was huge, he had all the support he needed, from Bangladesh, from Bengal even he was thought to become the next coach for the Tigers( thanks God that didn't happen). Now, at the near end of the tournament, Ganguly's fame has deflated, termed as selfish like SRT, cursed in Bangladesh, don't know about Bengal. Fate of Sourav Ganguly rest on his hands. I believe its adieu from cricket.

  • POSTED BY passionate_cricket_follower on | May 14, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    @Brit_freakster: LOL! You should be in CID!

  • POSTED BY sony_sr on | May 14, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Pune did the biggest mistake by choosing ganguly. And they proved it was not an one off mistake by choosing clarke. Keep excellent t20 specialists in bench and play with a guy who retired from t20 internationals coz he himself thinks he is a poor t20 player. The decision makers in pune warriors does not even have basic common sense?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 14, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Lol.. Dada made lots of fans out here with his exclusion of Tamim.. Usually 15-20 among 100 will bash Dada and 30 will be hardcore supporters.. Now, Hardly 10 supporters and 60 bashers in.. Does he deserve all these? YES! A captaincy which is hardly inspiring and a batting performance which will never merit a place if not a captain.. Had he shown thee aggressiveness which he showed in denying that he will rest for three games, they could have won atleast a couple of games more..

  • POSTED BY ARIF3011 on | May 14, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly when failed as India's captain he was dropped from the team - the blame went to Greg chappell. Whole nation started abusing Greg, and all praise were for Dada. Greg was asked to leave. IPL started. Sourav led KKR to disaster up to a point that KKR dropped him. SRK was blamed for that, all praise were for Dada. New team came into IPL - PWI. Midway through the season Sourav joined it, and did not do well. In absence of ailing Yuvraj this year, Sourav became captian, led them to biggest disaster of IPL history. He has now planned to drop himself. No one is balmed so far. He has informed Sahara about him becoming "mentor only" from next season. Finally Dada found a position for himself where he feels he can do better - is he sure?

  • POSTED BY usaf_1975 on | May 14, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    RR always producing some good players in all IPL versions, they produce sohail tanveer, r. jadija, rehany and now this guy.

  • POSTED BY Temu on | May 14, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    To Naths: Naths, Ganguly's dismssal is not a run-out, as he was not trying for a run, he was unsure where the ball was and accidentally stepped out of his crease. The ball may hit the batsman's pads or body or whatever can not ruled out a chance of stumping.

  • POSTED BY naths on | May 14, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Definitely Chandila did a great job. But technically IT WAS NOT A HAT-TRICK. Please clarify me if I am wrong. Gangully was not stumped. He was RUN OUT. The ball hit him on pads and then on bat. So he can't be given stumped out. Consequently that run out can't contribute to the hat-trick at all. Again my intention is not to take away credit from Chandila, but to establish the fact.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    For many years Ganguly fought for a place in teams, he fought to take full control over own team, so he had to apply his master plans & strategies, which costs his teams in big way as those were selfish things, previously KKR now PWI, Ganguly is busy to grab the most important batting order, playing safely and slowly in powerplays for few runs to prove himself costs his team, he was a great player but the time is over, even Lara, Hayden once were dangerous players but their time is over, age does matter in cricket specially in t20, its upto franchises to understand that.

  • POSTED BY Brit_freakster on | May 14, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Huge conspiracy against Pune and DADA in IPL...how is it that Pune plays 2-3 games more than KKR or DD...just to tire them out..so that a tired bunch cannot perform...also crucial umpiring decisions went against Pune in crunch matches..which otherwise PW would have won easily...huge conspiracy here...but Pune will be back with a bang next time...watch out!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    At the start of the tournament Sourav Ganguly's fame was huge, he had all the support he needed, from Bangladesh, from Bengal even he was thought to become the next coach for the Tigers( thanks God that didn't happen). Now, at the near end of the tournament, Ganguly's fame has deflated, termed as selfish like SRT, cursed in Bangladesh, don't know about Bengal. Fate of Sourav Ganguly rest on his hands. I believe its adieu from cricket.

  • POSTED BY harshacc on | May 14, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Thank You Dada for ensuring the competition is close by losing to all the teams consistently.What a player? What a service he has provided in this year's IPL? What a selfless man?

  • POSTED BY smiteswap on | May 14, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Again a greeat show of captaincy by the great captain ---dadu....Still 1 match remaining and this old guy willl show all what a world class captain he is....

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Now same thing has happened to Pune team what had happened to Kolkata team for 3 years when Ganguly was playing for Kolkata..Pune management didn't learn any thing from Kolkata .....If Ganguly is going to be the mentor for pune, same thing will continue..Just watch kolkata side's improvement after they threw Ganguly from their side......

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | May 14, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    The most one-sided game of this year! While it's just a misfortune for DC to be at the bottom, PWI rightfully are the wooden-spoon team once again. DC atleast conjures up good scores and looks to fight till the end. The Pune team lacks spirit and positive attitude. The team compositions & some indifferent acts at critical junctures can lead to some losses. But an indifferent & egoistic captain will let the team down heavily & PWI has suffered more because of the latter one. The body language of folks like Uthappa, Karthik, Majumdar & even Nehra was enough to drive home the message for the owners. It would be another disaster next year if they are thinking of retaining Ganguly for any role. They need a mentor whom even the overseas player look upto, who has an image of great ethics.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 14, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Loosing streak continues for Ganguly led teams..... somewhere in 2009 when he led KKR and faced a similar situation & now he has done it again breaking his own record of most consecutive loses in a IPL season !!! Well done Dada !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    No opportunity was provided to Tamim Iqbal an inform batsman. While some retired players continued to be selected for best 11. It just does not make sense. I really feel sad for Tamim, for a cricketer nothing is more satisfying than scoring runs. But, what can u do grab ur check and come home. what else.

  • POSTED BY rahman1001 on | May 14, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Now Tamim should not be given a chance, as he was never tasted in the IPL T20 format. Now those who continued to flop, are even better off than Tamim, because they are exposed to the IPL T20.

  • POSTED BY Brit_freakster on | May 14, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Pune needs to participate in the auctions next time and hire some real performers like KP, Gayle, AB, Watto, Hilfenhaus, Narine. Dump Mathews, Clarke, Samuels, Uthappa, Manhas, Rahul Sharma. From present team retain Smith, Dada (if he wants to stay), bring back Yuvraj, groom Anusthup Majumdar, keep on kartik, groom Kamran Khan and then PWI will be the team to beat...cheers!!

  • POSTED BY pradave17 on | May 14, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    come on DADA. You can be another Sachin by playing rest of the games.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | May 14, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    How bad are Dravid and Gangully? They should not be there. Far too slow. How good was Watson however (again). Match winning with bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    First I thought that was ego problem of Indian high class player, but at my conclusion after reading some of the indian boys comment I came to agree that some player Like Dada has it. Just reminding you sitting in aus watching again n again loss of a specific team is awful. They have different player who could have been justified for a go but how they get where Dada is there for a combination of team to loss?? I just recalled the first of KKR of this old Dada have this same problem, I wonder if he is being appointed for any mentor ,the player will easily loss the mentality of playing cricket rather than making debate with Daduuuu.

  • POSTED BY British-Bangali on | May 13, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Pune need a massive overhaul here. Get Yavi back get rid off rejects like Ryder, Clarke and OUR OLD BOY DADA(BUILD) and come on how bad can TAMIM IQBAL do SHOW CRICKET SOME RESPECT AND PLAY DUE TO MERIT TAMIM DESERVES A GAME ATLEAST 1

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | May 13, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    @Balasubramanian Narayanan: 100 % you are a CSK fan and hence I can understand your frustration. MI beat CSK both times this year and Sachin played one of the best knock in IPL 2012 against CSK (74 in 44 balls). Can the players you mentioned i.e. anirudha srikanth or abe morkel play classic inning anywhere close his knock against one of the best attacks in IPL?

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 13, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Sourav ganguly is not playing for future. His team is already lost. Why he is playing for what reason? Pune need to dump ganguly , he is not even showing leadership. He is utter waste selfish fellow just like sachin. if you see scorecard you see some runs in australia , He scored garbage time runs. He always does score like that. Same thing ganguly. Just run accumulators are unfit to play T20. It is young mans game. Even orthodox players are not good if they do not have arm strength. There are always exception when youngster can play like rahane who is not strong but he is young. Ganguly problem is he is worried about himslef. Dravid is not worried thats why he performed well. PUNE must dump ganguly or next season also will be like this.Joke of the IPL. PW need complete overhaul. Deccan charger need few good domestic bowlers and better fielders.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    ganguly should learn to live with situation.....he should act like a fighter and not like chipku...

  • POSTED BY Rick777 on | May 13, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Agree with MANEESHROY. If Pune had pulled off their close games, they would for sure be in the hunt for the Playoffs. The fault should be taken by the big signings. Uthappa, Mathews, Samuels, Clark have not been up to standard giving good performances like Owais Sha or a Hodge from RR who are relatively paid a little sum. Dada has not performed well though he led the side brilliantly. Though his ego will stay forever as that's the way he has played his cricket all the way. So no point blaming him. Apart from Smith no one has performed in this team regularly. Pun should hire a good Indian player to captain their side next season as Yuvuraj is not captain material even if he returns next season. Dada should be given a role to coach the youngsters.

  • POSTED BY MSinghal on | May 13, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    ganguly is making the biggest mistake of his life by playing in the IPL. is was indeed a good captain and a player for india but this IPL is not for him at all. he should have realised it when he wasnt bought by any of the 10 franchisee last year. but the pune bought him only for he was a great mentor and so that he does not feel down. but now he should show some respect to himself and the franchise also. hope his understands it as soon as possible. gud for him and the team.

  • POSTED BY MANEESHROY on | May 13, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Unbreakable!that is the word for SOURAV GANGULY'S luck.DECCAN CHARGERS, the team which lost all its matches won against WARRIORS. Single player heroics like five sixes in an over by ROYAL CHALLENGERS or loss by 1 run against MUMBAI INDIANS can only be justified by luck.If SOURAV GANGULY's team had won these four matches, they would have surely been in hunt for first four.It is impossible to understand why WARRIOR bowlers bowl full toss on slow pitches, making it easy for opposition.WARRIOR spinners should be replaced immediately. Bowlers should bowl straight varying speed and length.Chopping and changing opening pair has resulted in disaster .First four teams have flourished because of opening partnership or single player heroics.We only hope that luck favours SOURAV GANGULY's team in future and GANGULY can make some sensible decisions.All the best to SOURAV GANGULY.

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 13, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    PWI is really short of class, and the blame is not all Ganguly's. Pity whoever selects the team doesn't give Tamim a chance. At this rate, PWI might end up at the bottom of the table. Quite a efficient display by RR, they have a got chance to qualify with Shane Watson around.

  • POSTED BY Tawhid_002 on | May 13, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Again same result for PW. Again Ganguly break his promise that not to play last 3 matches. Why again decision for playing? How new youngsters show their performance if you do not want to give a chance? Decision taken by PW management making impression within the team. Even If Ganguly will mentor for next seasion, many exiting players will not play for PW. Ganguly was a super player in his time, no doubt. But its time for him to decide that not play any more cricket save his pride that he eared. Realize it DADA as early as possible.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 13, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    All the Tamim fans, LOL you guys are hilarious. I hope Ganguly won't find a new team next season again. Because he will never quit, even if the team owners go bankrupt, he will still play. I'm so tired of watching Ganguly getting humiliated by himself.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    all credit goes to old ''DADU'' Keep it up dadu.........

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Keep Tamim, Ali n Kamran out of playing 11 and keep losing.....Wake up Ganguly

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    in what way sachin better suited than ganguly for t-20 matches

    can he finish like anirudha srikanth or abe morkel

    can he finish if 25 runs are needed in last 2 overs

    he is surviving because of monopolising the restricted field overs at the start in both odi and t-20 leaving the required run rate higher at the time of his departure than the rate required at the start of the innings

    the cricket writers are scared of bringing out this fact . even this comment will be deleted b the censor

    he deprives the batsmen down the batting order of adequate number of balls as he consumes more balls than what he is entitled to proportionate to his runs n balasubramanian 13 5 12

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | May 13, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Tamim Tamim, Really the PWI think tank is pretty idiotic in not using him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    pathetic pune once again showed their talent, good to see RRs getting good NRR that would surely help them if they win their both the upcoming matches. face of the day Chandila........

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 13, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    pune lost again. yawn. business as usual.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Hats off to the Boys in Blue...they showed the class and outplayed Pathetic Warriors in all departments. 2 more wins and RR will be play-off's. All the best Dravid & Co.

  • POSTED BY FlyingDutchman22 on | May 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Correction: This is the 9th hattrick in IPL history, not 7th Mishra has 2, Yuvraj has 2, Balaji has 1, Rohit Sharma has 1, Ntini has 1, Praveen Kumar has 1 and now Chandila has 1.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Thanks a lot Rahul Dravid to make us feel proud. We played brilliantly and the never say die spirit of this team is such a treat to watch. Make it to playoffs or not, we all RR fans have our chins up and proud of our boys. HALLA BOL! Go ROYAL! GO WALL!

  • POSTED BY catchmeifuyoucan on | May 13, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Continued from last post... What better can you expect when one staff writer (happens to be an Indian) of Cricinfo writes that Tamim may be given a chance as PW has nothing to lose now (Tamim is that bad a player?)? What better can you expect when Clarke, with least interest in T20 by his own admission, is given chance game after game despite repeated failures, and even be recommended by Indian fans to be the new skipper of PW? What better can you expect when Tamim is judged only by his stats (he hasn't played that many T20s) when the players with impressive stats they are in love with fail match after match? What better can you expect when Ryder is given a chance to score his seventh single digit score? So, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what the problems are with these patriotic Indians.

  • POSTED BY catchmeifuyoucan on | May 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    So, you are tired of these 'where is Tamim?' comments? You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what the problems are with these patriotic Indians. What better can you expect when their cricket board announces cash award of millions of rupees within 5 minutes after they had won the world cup, not allowing the players and the country truly enjoy the moment? What better can you expect from people who think everything in terms money, money and money? What better can you expect when team management decides (and apparently endorsed by Indian fans) that this is 'OUR' IPL and not BPL, and so why a below average player like Tamim should get a chance? to be continued...

  • POSTED BY arobian on | May 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I was really annoying the fact of including of tamim! but when pune realized that there r no ways to qualify then they should give a chance to tamim! atleast sum bd fans can cheers n relax frm shouting!

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 13, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    PWI continues to slide, and this was a pathetic display. Looks totally unorganised, unsettled and dismotivated. Against RR, it might not have mattered but not giving chance to Tamim and Nathan McCullum - if both fit and available - was extraordinary. RR has a great chance now to qualify.

  • POSTED BY bdfighter1 on | May 13, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    well done PFI! Very well performance so far with urs star players!

  • POSTED BY K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on | May 13, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Worst performance of PWI in IPL5 ..... Ryder,Uthappa should take the blame, to some extent DADA should join them....Good team performance by RR. Hats Off to RR and good luck for the remainders.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    I thought i would never see Ganguly again but he is back to play another selfish innings.. Pune will never learn

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  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    I thought i would never see Ganguly again but he is back to play another selfish innings.. Pune will never learn

  • POSTED BY K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on | May 13, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Worst performance of PWI in IPL5 ..... Ryder,Uthappa should take the blame, to some extent DADA should join them....Good team performance by RR. Hats Off to RR and good luck for the remainders.

  • POSTED BY bdfighter1 on | May 13, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    well done PFI! Very well performance so far with urs star players!

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 13, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    PWI continues to slide, and this was a pathetic display. Looks totally unorganised, unsettled and dismotivated. Against RR, it might not have mattered but not giving chance to Tamim and Nathan McCullum - if both fit and available - was extraordinary. RR has a great chance now to qualify.

  • POSTED BY arobian on | May 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I was really annoying the fact of including of tamim! but when pune realized that there r no ways to qualify then they should give a chance to tamim! atleast sum bd fans can cheers n relax frm shouting!

  • POSTED BY catchmeifuyoucan on | May 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    So, you are tired of these 'where is Tamim?' comments? You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what the problems are with these patriotic Indians. What better can you expect when their cricket board announces cash award of millions of rupees within 5 minutes after they had won the world cup, not allowing the players and the country truly enjoy the moment? What better can you expect from people who think everything in terms money, money and money? What better can you expect when team management decides (and apparently endorsed by Indian fans) that this is 'OUR' IPL and not BPL, and so why a below average player like Tamim should get a chance? to be continued...

  • POSTED BY catchmeifuyoucan on | May 13, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Continued from last post... What better can you expect when one staff writer (happens to be an Indian) of Cricinfo writes that Tamim may be given a chance as PW has nothing to lose now (Tamim is that bad a player?)? What better can you expect when Clarke, with least interest in T20 by his own admission, is given chance game after game despite repeated failures, and even be recommended by Indian fans to be the new skipper of PW? What better can you expect when Tamim is judged only by his stats (he hasn't played that many T20s) when the players with impressive stats they are in love with fail match after match? What better can you expect when Ryder is given a chance to score his seventh single digit score? So, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what the problems are with these patriotic Indians.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Thanks a lot Rahul Dravid to make us feel proud. We played brilliantly and the never say die spirit of this team is such a treat to watch. Make it to playoffs or not, we all RR fans have our chins up and proud of our boys. HALLA BOL! Go ROYAL! GO WALL!

  • POSTED BY FlyingDutchman22 on | May 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Correction: This is the 9th hattrick in IPL history, not 7th Mishra has 2, Yuvraj has 2, Balaji has 1, Rohit Sharma has 1, Ntini has 1, Praveen Kumar has 1 and now Chandila has 1.

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Hats off to the Boys in Blue...they showed the class and outplayed Pathetic Warriors in all departments. 2 more wins and RR will be play-off's. All the best Dravid & Co.