Sunrisers Hyderabad v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 4, 2013

Hyderabad set to debut in new avatar

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Match facts

Friday, April 5, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

After the top two teams of last year's points table kicked-off the carnival on Wednesday, the bottom two will meet in Hyderabad on Friday. While the host city has a new team - Sunrisers Hyderabad - led by the same captain Kumar Sangakkara, Pune Warriors have a new captain - Angelo Mathews - after Michael Clarke was ruled out of the entire season.

Sunrisers will feel the absence of an in-from Shikhar Dhawan, who was Deccan Chargers' leading run-scorer last season. After retaining 20 players from the Chargers, Sunrisers revamped their leadership, bringing together Tom Moody and Sangakkara, who had worked together as coach and captain for Sri Lanka. They also have overseas pace options in Dale Steyn and Clint McKay, and allrounders Darren Sammy and Thisara Perera, but only Steyn picks himself.

Warriors had an unsettled team last year and the addition Ajantha Mendis, Ross Taylor, Abhishek Nayar, and the return of Yuvraj Singh, will bolster their prospects. Steve Smith is more a batsman than allrounder these days and Warriors will be tempted to include Clarke's replacement, Aaron Finch, who scored two fifties and a hundred against England Lions recently. With Marlon Samuels, Luke Wright, Wayne Parnell also in the squad, a right balance might not be easy to find.

Players to watch

Kumar Sangakkara scored 48, 63, 139, 55, 142, 105 and 58 in the recent ODIs and Tests against Bangladesh. He will now have to score in the shortest format against compatriots Ajantha Mendis and Mathews, among others. His captaincy will also be under the spotlight, because he led Chargers to only four wins last season.

Yuvraj Singh scored consecutive fifties in the Deodhar Trophy and took 3 for 39 and 3 for 19 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, so his recent form has been promising. With captaincy off his shoulders, and having missed all of 2012, he will want to score more than the two fifties he scored in 2011.

Stats and trivia

  • Warriors won only four out of their 16 matches last season
  • Warriors did not have a single bowler in the top-20 wicket-takers last season. Ashish Nehra, now with Delhi Daredevils, took 11 wickets for them and was in 26th place. Their leading run-scorer, Robin Uthappa, was 12th with 405 runs.

Quotes

"I am not looking far ahead. I am not looking at the semi-finals or anything like that. I just want to concentrate on every game, and on what we do in every game."
Allan Donald, the Warriors coach.

"We have got replacements who are probably good enough to do the job and we are excited to give that opportunity to a younger guy."
Sunrisers captain Kumar Sangakkara believes his team has replacements for injured players, such as Shikhar Dhawan.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on April 5, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    It certainly affects if the Team Owner is not from that Region since generally more focus is paid on local talent if he is. Its not necessary but much more likely. My thinking may look outrageous to you, but seriously its no use supporting a team for a particular person from a city just because it has City's name in Team's name. What use it has for local talent hardly any. Thats why I find it tough to generate interest for IPL though i am ardent cricket fan.

  • dummy4fb on April 5, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    As I said before, I just can't understand why this Team's name is Pune Warriors if you dont give any chance to a Maharashtra/Vidarbha Player. It could well have been Lucknow Nawabs and it would have better if it was that since UP doesn't have a team.Mind you, not a single one. As opposed to Sunrisers Hyderabad which has given chances to 4-5 youngsters from Hyderanad and AP, its certainly not true that these 4-5 players are exceptional. Same applies to Mumbai Indians to a lesser degree, except Rohit Sharma no one. S.Tendulkar notwithstanding. It easily visible fact that many IPL teams give chance to local talent but not Pune Warriors/MI/KKR. Its just like a private organization built with a focus to win and make profit, not to nurture local talent. No wonder upcoming talent from Mumbai/MH has dropped significantly in absence of sponsoring

  • PerfectTen on April 5, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    SRH should have Steyn, Sanga, White & Sammy/Thissara as their overseas players as each of them can be match winners on their day. PWI with Saurav out of the picture, should be a better team this year. It's a contest between the underachievers and the underdogs. Hope it doesn't turnout to be a race to the bottom kind of match but instead one of high spirits today.

  • Satyendra1 on April 5, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    There is no better sight than to watch Steyn in steaming hot action..but then that is it as SH do not have support for him...neither does the batting look intimidating (actually far from it). Hence it doesn't look likely they improving big time in this edition too !! By the way PWI look better (at least in batting), would love 2 see Yuvraj clobbering those humungous sixes and if they come against Steyn then WOW !!

  • dummy4fb on April 5, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Would pick D Sammy in place of T Perera. Lets see what the management does!

  • dummy4fb on April 5, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I am looking forward for Chris Lynn and Darren Sammy..Both are match winners and should play each and every match acc. to me..I have seen Lynn and he's as good a talent as Alex Hales or Joe Root..And Darren Sammy can win games in absolute impossible situations..I believe 4 overseas should be Sangakara, Lyn, Sammy and Steyn.. As Sunrisers have a par domestic talent, their team will definitely bank on overseas players to provide the goods... In the end, we all love the underdogs..and hope they do well this season..Best wishes from my side..!

  • ak741236947 on April 5, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    i would like 2 see richarson getting a chance here ...young and exciting talented death bowler

  • dsnagre on April 5, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Hoping this is a close contest between these two.. Mind says its PWI WIN heart says Sunrisers.. 4overseas pune Mathews,Taylor,Finch/MARSH,Samules sunrisers Sanga ,White,Steyn,perera

  • KingofSwag on April 5, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    The 4 sunrisers overseas player shoud be: Perera, Steyn, Sammy, Sangakara. Mark my words, if Perera is not used properly by the sunrisers then they have no genuine chance of getting through to the play-offs

  • dummy4fb on April 5, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Sunrisers should have no presure on them. Since they are not expected to blow teams away, consistency from each individual is the key.