Pune v Punjab, IPL 2013, Pune April 6, 2013

Warriors look for revival at home

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Match facts

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

In a long tournament such as the IPL, one would be wise not to draw large conclusions from some early signs teams might display in their first few games. Pune Warriors would know that well. Last year, they began brightly, winning their first two matches, including one at the superb new stadium on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in front of a capacity home crowd. Things were looking up, but only temporarily, as Warriors' fortunes slid rapidly. They won just two of their next 14 games.

This season, their campaign has begun with a defeat, in a game they should have won, and Warriors will be hoping for a reversal that's as stark as the one they experienced in 2012. They were tied down in a small chase by some excellent bowling by Sunrisers Hyderabad, and their batting needs to come good against the Kings XI Punjab attack that can be a tricky opponent.

Kings XI Punjab are heavy on medium-pace and spin options that can restrict sides on slowish tracks, and the Subroto Roy Sahara Stadium appeared to produce a mixed bag last year, with several scores above 150 as well as totals as low as 121 that were successfully defended. Punjab have had their own concerns with deceptive starts. They had an impressive first season, but didn't make it to the knockouts in the next four. Last season, they didn't win more than two games on the trot and had a poor spell at home, just as Pune did.

Players to watch

Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey, both from Karnataka, can be an explosive duo at the top of the order, but found the going difficult against Dale Steyn in the first game. Both opened last season, but not regularly and never together. Uthappa did slightly better than his partner, amid frequent shuffling in the batting line-up, but how they - attacking batsmen who love to dominate the bowling - perform in tandem remains to be seen. They did provide an indication, with a 145-run stand, albeit in a losing cause last year.

Parvinder Awana was in the limelight last IPL season with 17 wickets from 12 games, impressing many with his pace, at one point clocking 147 kmph against Mumbai Indians. He was ignored by selectors for the India A tour to the Caribbean last year, but a strong performance in the Ranji Trophy for Delhi won him a call-up to India's Test squad during the series against England. Among the quicker bowlers in India, he'll be closely monitored again.

2012 head-to-head

These two teams played back-to-back games last season, and shared honours. Warriors beat Kings XI by 22 runs in the first game. The second one was a low-scorer, with Warriors being bowled out for 115 and Kings XI chasing it down comfortably. Dimitri Mascarenhas picked up a five-for.

Stats and trivia

  • Pune Warriors have played 31 IPL games in all, but are yet to have a centurion.
  • David Hussey stands an excellent chance of completing 5000 runs in T20 cricket. He is on 4821 currently, 75 behind Chris Gayle and 453 behind leader Brad Hodge.

Quotes

"I have brought about some technical changes in my batting, and at the moment it is working for me. I am happy [with] the way I am batting right now."
Robin Uthappa

"In the last two seasons, we have been in the running for a semi-finals [berth] till [our] last game. We have strengthened the squad from last year."
Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI Punjab captain

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Uthappa is one of the best and personal favourite to watch in IPL , I have been mystified at why he has not been given a shot for India ! Guys like Rohit SHarma and few others seem to have chance after chance meanwhile Robin doesn't even get a look in or make squad of 30 ? what's that about I also noticed he was second top scorer with strike rate of 110 plus in domestic competition ! criminal he's not included in international set up, well at least we get to see him in IPL I guess.

  • on April 6, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood will be a key player for Kings XI... his T20 track record is brilliant, more than 180 wickets and scored around 3000 runs with two magnificient hundreds corroborate his strong inclusion in the team, In his last season he transfered his vast experience towards awana and other young guys...... so we can say that he would be an asset for Kings XI and real threat for the other teams..... Wish him good luck for the IPL season

  • sweet2hrme on April 7, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Who is coach of Pune warrior?? He is not learning what a shame... U cannt pick ur 4 best oversease player! Poor team management!!

  • sweet2hrme on April 7, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Without Yuvraj! Pune will lost They hv only 1 classy player and who is not playing.

  • sweet2hrme on April 7, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Tailor n Samuels need to play aggresively! All the best Pune.

  • on April 7, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    come on dada ........i think Pune should play with smith & White...

  • on April 7, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Pune Warriors were disappointing with their batting. Till Utthappa got dismissed they were doing a good job rotating strike and taking 2s. But after that, Manish Pandey was disappointing as they couldn't rotate the strike and made a mess of the chase.

  • on April 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    1.gilly 2.mandeep/valthauthy 3.miller/luke 4.hussey 5.azhar/dmitri 6.gurkeerat/nitin 7.chawla 8.praveen 9.goni 10.sandeep 11.awanna

    if they bring dis playing 11 with 6 fast bowlers and 2 spinners.. i dont think pune can win...

  • Vishal63 on April 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Sangakkara, Steyn, Perera and White for SunRisers? Gayle, Dilshan, Muralitharan and Rampaul RCB?

  • Venkiviru on April 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Manish Pandey is no more his best...needs a change at the top

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Uthappa is one of the best and personal favourite to watch in IPL , I have been mystified at why he has not been given a shot for India ! Guys like Rohit SHarma and few others seem to have chance after chance meanwhile Robin doesn't even get a look in or make squad of 30 ? what's that about I also noticed he was second top scorer with strike rate of 110 plus in domestic competition ! criminal he's not included in international set up, well at least we get to see him in IPL I guess.

  • on April 6, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood will be a key player for Kings XI... his T20 track record is brilliant, more than 180 wickets and scored around 3000 runs with two magnificient hundreds corroborate his strong inclusion in the team, In his last season he transfered his vast experience towards awana and other young guys...... so we can say that he would be an asset for Kings XI and real threat for the other teams..... Wish him good luck for the IPL season

  • sweet2hrme on April 7, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Who is coach of Pune warrior?? He is not learning what a shame... U cannt pick ur 4 best oversease player! Poor team management!!

  • sweet2hrme on April 7, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Without Yuvraj! Pune will lost They hv only 1 classy player and who is not playing.

  • sweet2hrme on April 7, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Tailor n Samuels need to play aggresively! All the best Pune.

  • on April 7, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    come on dada ........i think Pune should play with smith & White...

  • on April 7, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Pune Warriors were disappointing with their batting. Till Utthappa got dismissed they were doing a good job rotating strike and taking 2s. But after that, Manish Pandey was disappointing as they couldn't rotate the strike and made a mess of the chase.

  • on April 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    1.gilly 2.mandeep/valthauthy 3.miller/luke 4.hussey 5.azhar/dmitri 6.gurkeerat/nitin 7.chawla 8.praveen 9.goni 10.sandeep 11.awanna

    if they bring dis playing 11 with 6 fast bowlers and 2 spinners.. i dont think pune can win...

  • Vishal63 on April 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Sangakkara, Steyn, Perera and White for SunRisers? Gayle, Dilshan, Muralitharan and Rampaul RCB?

  • Venkiviru on April 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Manish Pandey is no more his best...needs a change at the top

  • Chirayu2404 on April 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    I am waiting for Ishwar Pandey to get a chance..This guy can demolish any attack with both his bowling and batting. I hope he gets his chance today.

  • on April 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    if pune wants to win they will have to put luke wright and aron finch in playing 11 for today

  • on April 7, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    as compared to Punjab, warriors have a better line up for bowling and about batting u never know who ur trump card ..... yuvi needs to open his hands.....more over manish pandey and uthappa will be terror for XI

  • Vnott on April 7, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Pune hv a good team but a weak opening pair. While Uthappa is fine, Pune shd play Tamim Iqbal or Luke Wright in place of Manish Pandey. Personally prefer Tamim.

    Parvez in lieu of Abhishek Nayar could be tried too.

    Is a good team. Pune ought to do well

  • bluey on April 7, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    does anyone know if Shaun Marsh is fit to play for the Kings XI or Ajantha Mendis is fit/playing for Pune tonight ??

  • Nikiru on April 6, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Luke Pomersbach looking forward for u good luck....cheers

  • Gssmy on April 6, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    I think PWI should open with Uthappa and Luke Wright. Pandey should come 1 or 2 down but never be dropped. He cannot be underestimated by the way he played last 2 IPL. He was an asset to RCB where he played crutial role in opening the innings and he can be explosive as well. He has the capability to halt quick wickets too. Looking at the kind of line up PWI has, he cannot be dropped for any matter.

  • on April 6, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Steven SMith is the best bet on Indian pitches...Infact he was d highest rungetter fr Pune last year..I was amused to see him being dropped in d frst match..Hope the warriors get their head straight & bring in Smith but mitchell marsh is also d player to watch out for so these 2 along with Mathews shud be d certainty..chop d others...

  • on April 6, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    i agree pune is t best team but 2morow who will bat 2nd will win t match i will go wit kings 11 punjab all t best k11p

  • on April 6, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    gilly say that we have strengthened the sqaud from last yr with who ???? they have the same squad without nayar

  • Bharatt on April 6, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Pune are a great team this year, only they need to drop marsh and get Luke wright as an opener, or get Steve smith for marsh, and suman as an opener in place of pandey.. Pandey should be dropped for sure.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 6, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Pune need to change their opening pair. Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey screwed things for them and will screw things up for them again if they don't act soon. Bring in Luke Wright at the top. They've even got Aaron Finch.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 6, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Pune need to change their opening pair. Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey screwed things for them and will screw things up for them again if they don't act soon. Bring in Luke Wright at the top. They've even got Aaron Finch.

  • Bharatt on April 6, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Pune are a great team this year, only they need to drop marsh and get Luke wright as an opener, or get Steve smith for marsh, and suman as an opener in place of pandey.. Pandey should be dropped for sure.

  • on April 6, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    gilly say that we have strengthened the sqaud from last yr with who ???? they have the same squad without nayar

  • on April 6, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    i agree pune is t best team but 2morow who will bat 2nd will win t match i will go wit kings 11 punjab all t best k11p

  • on April 6, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Steven SMith is the best bet on Indian pitches...Infact he was d highest rungetter fr Pune last year..I was amused to see him being dropped in d frst match..Hope the warriors get their head straight & bring in Smith but mitchell marsh is also d player to watch out for so these 2 along with Mathews shud be d certainty..chop d others...

  • Gssmy on April 6, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    I think PWI should open with Uthappa and Luke Wright. Pandey should come 1 or 2 down but never be dropped. He cannot be underestimated by the way he played last 2 IPL. He was an asset to RCB where he played crutial role in opening the innings and he can be explosive as well. He has the capability to halt quick wickets too. Looking at the kind of line up PWI has, he cannot be dropped for any matter.

  • Nikiru on April 6, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Luke Pomersbach looking forward for u good luck....cheers

  • bluey on April 7, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    does anyone know if Shaun Marsh is fit to play for the Kings XI or Ajantha Mendis is fit/playing for Pune tonight ??

  • Vnott on April 7, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Pune hv a good team but a weak opening pair. While Uthappa is fine, Pune shd play Tamim Iqbal or Luke Wright in place of Manish Pandey. Personally prefer Tamim.

    Parvez in lieu of Abhishek Nayar could be tried too.

    Is a good team. Pune ought to do well

  • on April 7, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    as compared to Punjab, warriors have a better line up for bowling and about batting u never know who ur trump card ..... yuvi needs to open his hands.....more over manish pandey and uthappa will be terror for XI