Pune v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Pune April 11, 2013

Finch, Uthappa end Pune's losing streak

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Pune Warriors 148 for 3 (Finch 64, Faulkner 2-17) beat Rajasthan Royals 145 for 5 (Dravid 54, Rahul Sharma 2-16) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

When Pune Warriors stumbled to 99 for 9 after choosing to bat against Kings XI Punjab and crashed to their 11th successive defeat, their captain Angelo Mathews said his batsmen needed to sort their "intent and attitude" towards the first six overs. Warriors had made 24 for 2 in the first six overs that evening. Four days later, Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch blasted them to 64 for 1 in the same period, and Warriors made short work of the target of 146 set by Rajasthan Royals to break the longest losing streak in the IPL.

Finch was playing only because Marlon Samuels was injured, and his arrival heralded a complete change in the way Warriors approached the Powerplay. Instead of starting overcautious and getting tied down, they started aggressively and never looked back on a slowish pitch.

Royals captain Rahul Dravid gambled with India Under-19 left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh for a couple of overs at the start, ahead of James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper and Siddharth Trivedi. Harmeet was making his Twenty20 debut, and while his first over went for just six, the next one was taken for 17. There was no gamble with giving Sreesanth two overs from the other end. And while the first went for just seven, the second was shredded for 21.

Uthappa did most of that damage, pulling successive long-hops from Harmeet for six and also lifting Sreesanth over long-on and deep square leg for two more sixes. Warriors catapulted to 51 for 0 in four overs, the frenetic start all but ending Royals' hopes. Though Uthappa went for 32 off 16 deliveries to a brilliant one-handed take by Dravid in an opening partnership of 58 in 4.5 overs, Finch kept going and going.

He'd already lofted Harmeet and Sreesanth for a couple of straight sixes and went on punishing slight width either side of the wicket, swinging Cooper over deep square leg to reach his fifty off 36 balls. Yuvraj Singh returned after missing the previous game with an injury to finish the chase in the 19th over with a huge six over deep midwicket off Sreesanth.

It wasn't that Royals had ended short of expectations in setting the target. Rahane said during the innings break they had aimed for anything between 140 and 150. Kusal Perera had gone first ball of the match to a Bhuvneshwar Kumar inswinger, but Dravid and Rahane had set the platform with a second-wicket stand of 81 off 67.

Dravid was in superb touch on his way to 54 off 48, timing several pleasing drives through the off side. Rahane rotated the strike well, but both batsmen fell to sharp catches off the spinners as Royals lost their way in the middle of the innings. Rahul Sharma was especially difficult to get away with his full and quick legbreaks. Royals did scrap some runs towards the end, but the way Uthappa and Finch batted, Warriors' losing streak had no chance of getting extended.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 12, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Actually Pune has better team than lots of others. This set of players should be played regular basis, Marsh may be replaced with Steven Smith then team would be lethal. Samuel slows down the game and after doing this he gets out during crucial time. Angelo Mathews has to play lot better otherwise he should loose his place as well as captainship. They have to apply appropriately because they have right kind of firepower and skills with variety. I am sure Pune will be up the table soon and why not!!

  • Nampally on April 11, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    It was nice to see Pune Warriors finally winning a match. Actually the PW's team looked much better today with 4 foreign players in Taylor, Finch, Mathews & Marsh. It was the local bowlers Yuvraj & sharma who kept the runs down & took wkts. too. Dinda & Kumar opened the bowling whilst Mathews bowled 4 overs for 27 runs. Mathews field placing at times was disorganised & even his bowling changes were bit confused. Hopefully he will improve as he knows his team better. Marsh was the only player who failed to make any contribution. I would have picked Steve Smith an outstanding fielder & a good batsmen to replace Marsh. RR had Dravid & Rahane doing the bulk of contribution. Hodge & Faulkner made an impact in lower batting but were sent too late to make any difference. RR needed at least 170 to be competitive. Sending Hodge & Faulkner higher up in the batting may have achieved that target. RR bowling also needs reinforcement. It was too one sided Match with the existing bowling.

  • Sinhaya on April 14, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    @Kavindeven, Kushal Perera has 50 in ODIs in Australia. Check his ODI stats kindly. Not all Colombo pitches are highways. Yes SSC is one but R Premadasa is a spinning one. Recall the crumbling pitch for the world T20 finals?

  • Chetan007 on April 13, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    I would prefer Steven Smith rather than M. Marsh. S. Smith can be much more dangerous than M. Marsh. I would select the same team for the rest of the series except M. Marsh.

  • on April 12, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Guys don't forget A.Mendis,,RR & RCB/MI are altogether different teams with their batting lineup,,we PWI don't have a single bowler who can STOP big guns flowing in likes of GAYLE/ AB /Pollard /.so there should be a good spinner in the team Smiths inclusion doesn't gonna make big difference speacially when PWI have Finch/Uthappa/Yuvi..there should be Luke Wright instead cause he is devastating as well as good bowler,,

    My XI...Finch,,Uthappa,,L Wright,,Yuvi,,A.Mathwes,,A.Nayar,,T sumon,,B.Kumar/Ishvar Pandey,,Dinda/Rasool,,R.Sharma,,A.Mendis!!

    First five are enough to destroy any bowling + two quality spinners good to hold / defend anything team below/ around 160 & with this kinna batting lineup we can easily chase down 160-170..

  • on April 12, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Pune's Team is not actually a team representing Maharashtra talent. Its only a team of Sahara has Home ground Pune :(. No players from Maharashtra Ranaji team is playing from this team.

  • on April 12, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Why wont Kane Richardson and Steve Smith... not playing????????

  • Stevros3 on April 12, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    If Matthews doesn't start performing would like to see Wright given a go, he's a devastating batsman, as proven for England and in the Big Bash, plus he's a reliable bowler, who has good variations that are especially well utilised at the death.

  • Dangerplayer on April 12, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Winning and loseing is a part of game but the most important entertainment was the rahul dravid catch what a blinder it was mahn! Oh dravid love u my hero and i think the catch taken by ross taylor the ball stick to his hand as he was saying i also don't how can i catch that !!

  • on April 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    C'mon, they just won one match.. That too because of a single innings... And even Richard levi played a similar innings on his IPL debut, look where he is today... Never got another 50 again... So lets wait till they perform consistently over a few matches... And also, Kusal is quite talented, its just that people like Dave Warner, Hafeez, Jamshed, Cook have all fallen to BK's swing early in the innings. Its not his fault, that delivery was a beauty. So he should get his chances. Instead RR could do with a better batsman than Yagnik... Playing him and Perera in the same match was a blunder... Faulkner was impressive as he always is in this format...

  • on April 12, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Actually Pune has better team than lots of others. This set of players should be played regular basis, Marsh may be replaced with Steven Smith then team would be lethal. Samuel slows down the game and after doing this he gets out during crucial time. Angelo Mathews has to play lot better otherwise he should loose his place as well as captainship. They have to apply appropriately because they have right kind of firepower and skills with variety. I am sure Pune will be up the table soon and why not!!

  • Nampally on April 11, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    It was nice to see Pune Warriors finally winning a match. Actually the PW's team looked much better today with 4 foreign players in Taylor, Finch, Mathews & Marsh. It was the local bowlers Yuvraj & sharma who kept the runs down & took wkts. too. Dinda & Kumar opened the bowling whilst Mathews bowled 4 overs for 27 runs. Mathews field placing at times was disorganised & even his bowling changes were bit confused. Hopefully he will improve as he knows his team better. Marsh was the only player who failed to make any contribution. I would have picked Steve Smith an outstanding fielder & a good batsmen to replace Marsh. RR had Dravid & Rahane doing the bulk of contribution. Hodge & Faulkner made an impact in lower batting but were sent too late to make any difference. RR needed at least 170 to be competitive. Sending Hodge & Faulkner higher up in the batting may have achieved that target. RR bowling also needs reinforcement. It was too one sided Match with the existing bowling.

  • Sinhaya on April 14, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    @Kavindeven, Kushal Perera has 50 in ODIs in Australia. Check his ODI stats kindly. Not all Colombo pitches are highways. Yes SSC is one but R Premadasa is a spinning one. Recall the crumbling pitch for the world T20 finals?

  • Chetan007 on April 13, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    I would prefer Steven Smith rather than M. Marsh. S. Smith can be much more dangerous than M. Marsh. I would select the same team for the rest of the series except M. Marsh.

  • on April 12, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Guys don't forget A.Mendis,,RR & RCB/MI are altogether different teams with their batting lineup,,we PWI don't have a single bowler who can STOP big guns flowing in likes of GAYLE/ AB /Pollard /.so there should be a good spinner in the team Smiths inclusion doesn't gonna make big difference speacially when PWI have Finch/Uthappa/Yuvi..there should be Luke Wright instead cause he is devastating as well as good bowler,,

    My XI...Finch,,Uthappa,,L Wright,,Yuvi,,A.Mathwes,,A.Nayar,,T sumon,,B.Kumar/Ishvar Pandey,,Dinda/Rasool,,R.Sharma,,A.Mendis!!

    First five are enough to destroy any bowling + two quality spinners good to hold / defend anything team below/ around 160 & with this kinna batting lineup we can easily chase down 160-170..

  • on April 12, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Pune's Team is not actually a team representing Maharashtra talent. Its only a team of Sahara has Home ground Pune :(. No players from Maharashtra Ranaji team is playing from this team.

  • on April 12, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Why wont Kane Richardson and Steve Smith... not playing????????

  • Stevros3 on April 12, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    If Matthews doesn't start performing would like to see Wright given a go, he's a devastating batsman, as proven for England and in the Big Bash, plus he's a reliable bowler, who has good variations that are especially well utilised at the death.

  • Dangerplayer on April 12, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Winning and loseing is a part of game but the most important entertainment was the rahul dravid catch what a blinder it was mahn! Oh dravid love u my hero and i think the catch taken by ross taylor the ball stick to his hand as he was saying i also don't how can i catch that !!

  • on April 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    C'mon, they just won one match.. That too because of a single innings... And even Richard levi played a similar innings on his IPL debut, look where he is today... Never got another 50 again... So lets wait till they perform consistently over a few matches... And also, Kusal is quite talented, its just that people like Dave Warner, Hafeez, Jamshed, Cook have all fallen to BK's swing early in the innings. Its not his fault, that delivery was a beauty. So he should get his chances. Instead RR could do with a better batsman than Yagnik... Playing him and Perera in the same match was a blunder... Faulkner was impressive as he always is in this format...

  • Majorraki on April 12, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @Sinhaya :This is IPL not SLPL,Unmukt Chand is our future,he has single handedly delivered under19 WC to us and this is his first major tournament with all the big guns,his first steps in the international foray.Kusal is a much more experienced player with already having toured Australia and played Bangladesh at home has much more international exposure.How in the world can you compare these two?? If Kusala perera was unlucky to get a good ball spare a thought about chand,got an absolute rippers from LEE and Sreesanth and pontings mindblowing catch.

  • priceless1 on April 12, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @GRVJPR dont blame the overseas players , it was Dravid's and Rhane's slow batting which cost them the game

  • Rohit_06 on April 12, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    A wundrful batting display by one of the better batting line-up in ipl..i dont think marsh shud be replaced with steve smith (a nice player though) even in the earlier match he was out bcoz of bad luck....... He was hitting the bowl well.... In fact he can be the floater of the team... If the opening is good he can be sent one down and if the opening fails sumone like ross taylor or mathews can be sent one down... No.4 shud be yuvraj...he has succeeded at that position and gives a nice balance to th team.... What i think is missing is a genuine fast bowler like kane richardson...he can provide teeth to the attack... But cant see how he can be accomadated due to the 4 foreign players rule... A good domestic batsman can replace taylor or marsh....then we can get richerdson in the team...

  • Hira1 on April 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Pune is a much better team than the way they are performing, if they got the combination right will be difficult to beat where is RR very week and until and unless Watson plays his magic there is no scope for them, when Dravid was batting commentators have too much praise for him but seriously this is T20 and not 50 over match, so his batting puts Hodge and rest under lot of pressure and its not possible always to score 12 or more an over in last 5 overs, what I think that if Watson is not fit for next match than Owais Shah should be given a chance

  • renz.j on April 12, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    its very disappointing to see the team selection of rahul dravid coz its not fare to give many chances to kusal perera and selecting players like sree who always lacks consistency, and i also felt disappointment for not selecting sachin baby -who is in his form of life and in giltering form in recent concluded mustaq ali t20 hitting 92 of 40 odd balls. i thing he can help royals to make a diff of 20 or 30 odd runs which will boost total from 150 to 170 odd runs

  • GRVJPR on April 12, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Always knew, I you play sri lankan in India, he will struggle. Just throw him out dravid and show some courage and play young indian batsmen.

  • dayada on April 12, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    hm... lots of comments about kusal. he was unlucky. he may be drop next match. somehow i like the attitude of dravid he picked kusal ahead of shah, he gives chance youngsters , doesn't matter indian or overseas...

  • dayada on April 12, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    hm... lots of comments about kusal. he was unlucky. he may be drop next match. somehow i like the attitude of dravid he picked kusal ahead of shah, he gives chance youngsters , doesn't matter indian or overseas...

  • on April 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Relax Guys,RR Cant Select Playoffs.Bcoz They Havent Explosive Openers.Also They Havent Good Finishers.Also They Havent Good Bowlers.

  • sweet2hrme on April 12, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Do u think rajasthan really wanted to win or not by not picking Watson, Tait And Sukla. Really amazed by team selection of RR. Pune hv not win its RR they helped a lot for Pune to win. Fair play award must be given to RR..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 12, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    And also, I might drop Kusal and bring in Watson if he is fit. So, Watson, Rahane, Dravid, Hodge, Shah, Faulkner, Binny, Sachin Baby, Dishant, Sree, Shukla. Shah should get at least 4 matches continuously starting from the next match so that by the time RR plays 7 matches, Dravid would know the overseas batsmen's situation. You can mix and match in the first half of the tournament but not later in the tournament.

  • on April 12, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    It was realy bad move from Rahul dravid to open with a slow in experienced campaigner like Harmeet. It gives more confidence to finch to make a start. Good swift start gives confidence to Uthappa and he went over sreesanth.I dont know why they are selecting kaushal perera in team.. They have an experienced big hitter owais shah in their hut. Pls utilise him.. he is such a wonderful talent...He and hodge can hammer any decent bowling attacks. Replace fulkner with cooper.

  • Narbavi on April 12, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Kusal has done well in the limited matches he has played for his country, so we shouldn't judge him with these two innings in the IPL, but my problem is with these lankan fans who want him to play ahead of RR's top player Shane Watson, Shane Watson is someone who creates the same impact as Gayle does in T20's, to top it all Watson won the man of the tournament in the first IPL and also the recent t20 WC!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 12, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    @Narbavi, agreed - Faulkner for Cooper. But I would still go with a batting heavy team.

  • travelsmart on April 12, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    It was a good win from pune but i feel Dravid made some crucial mistakes too. Taking clue from Kings Eleven he must have played with the same team that played KKR. Sreesanth looks in no colors the young lads are far better than him he seems to be the worst choice to be played. It was great to see a solid team from Pune from the onset they looked like winning combination....

  • Narbavi on April 12, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Like i said yesterday this team has only 4 bowlers, you need to have 5 good bowlers and a 6th one who is a pretty good back up bowler, and considering the way the pitch behaved at jaipur last time, i would go with Watson Rahane Dravid Hodge Binny Yagnik Faulkner Shukla Sreesanth Tait and Harmeet, i will have Faulkner in my team as he is bit more reliable with the bat compared to cooper, need to have a guy who can do well at 7 atleast till Watson starts to bowl!! Even with this team only the top 4 are strong with the bat, Binny won't click all the time, so that middle order is really weak but got no other go, top 4 need to bat sensibly and post around 150 to win!!

  • Romenevans on April 12, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Kushal might have scored some runs on highways of colombo, but this lad need to work on his front foot game ASAP, or else modern days' bowlers will make it difficult for him because of his back-foot play. Just like what happened to Yusuf Pathan. Playing like Jaysuriya won't help, this is 2013 not 1996.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 12, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    I don't understand why the RR management wanted to pick kusal janith, a young inexperienced batsmen with poor t20 stats while there were martin guptill,etc. Unless they saw something on this kid which they didn't see in others.

    The truth about RR is that i don't they can make in to the playoffs- rahane v.2013 is not rahane v.2012, Lack of good indian players barring dravid, rahane, Lot of inexperienced youngsters, lack of aggression on the field,the weak middle order, no in-form shane watson (no bowling either).

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 12, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    My team for next match: Kusal, Rahane, Dravid, Hodge, Shah, Binny, Dishant, Sachin Baby, Cooper, Sree, Shukla. Strong batting and not so weak bowling. Their batsmen must set-up a big score or chase down a big score. I think this strategy has to be tried.

  • Narbavi on April 12, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    @Sinhaya: This is an indian premier league, indian players have 7 slots, so despite failing they will be given chances by the team management especially since Delhi doesn't have better batsmen, but every team has good overseas players so when you get a chance you got to grab them else they will be forced to bring in an another overseas player

  • Narbavi on April 12, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    @Htc-Android :No one says he doesn't have talent, ofcourse he has but you people got to realise that he will never be given a chance at the expense of a guy like Watson, he was injured that's why Kusal got his second game yesterday!!

  • Narbavi on April 12, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: What are you talking about? He still scored more than Watson, it was a good knock from Kusal

  • Narbavi on April 12, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    I will blame the RR middle order for the loss, they were given a fine platform from Kusal Perera but still they couldn't capitalise and score big enough!!

  • on April 12, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Marlon Samuels not playing is a blessing in disguise. His strike rate in IPL is less than 100, and that is low for a number 3 batsman. puts lot of pressure on others. Kusal Janith is talented but do not load him with too much expectations

  • kevepere on April 12, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    pune's weakness is bowling . They have star batting line up but bowling is quite weak. The bowlers can be attacked easiliy. I am waiting to how dinda bowls to Gayle, Pollard, Kholi and Dhoni.

  • jimbond on April 12, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    And for those SL fans comparing Kushal with Unmukt Chand, Sreesanth, the four-foreign-players rule ensures that Indian players can justifiably retain their places with average performances. For foreign players, they have to compete with the best across the world for those few places.

  • jimbond on April 12, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    For all those Kushal perera fans- Batting like Sanath is not going to be enough to retain a place in the current context. In Sanath's case he was a pretty good bowler to start with, and his batting was nothing great. It is only when he shifted to being an attacking opener, the surprise element enabled his success because the other teams were a little slow to respond to the use of the bowlers' pace to slice it over the point boundary. Later in his career, people had worked Sanath out somewhat, using slower bowlers to open the bowling, and also keeping sweeper cover where he gave lots of chances. If he doesnt do a very good job with his keeping, I think he will struggle to get the WK spot in SL, because SL has several good keepers. Dont overload the kid with expectations. He will fail a few times like all others, but lets hope he does well over the long run.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 12, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Gotta give L Wright a chance instead of R Taylor. I would also suggest give mathews the NO.4 slot.

  • PadMarley on April 12, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Oh god!! why 90% of comments about Kusal here? Is this the first time you watch cricket??? Good that the warriors finally won...hope they can make a new streak out of it....

  • Lakpj on April 12, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    it is very disappointing to see people expect what Sanath did from a 22 year old kid so early. for the first 4 years of Sanath's career he played in the middle order and he was virtually an unknown quality. it was in 1994 when he was promoted to open the batting and that is when he started to take off. Kushal needs some time, few good innings doesn't prove him a good player and on the other hand couple of failures in a slog fest like IPL doesn't make him bad either.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 12, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I don't want to castigate Kusal. I'm delighted to have him in RR. But, what amuses me is the reluctance of our Srilankan mates to concede that he played a wrong shot. Instead, they keep on repeating like parrots that he got a good ball. Yes, it is a good ball. But nobody asked him to go back to a length ball. If you are so sensitive and touchy to call a spade a spade, then you are doing a great disservice to Kusal. I'm sure Kusal himself would agree that he was dismissed not because the ball was good but because he went back instead of going front for a length ball.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 12, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks, it was a good ball alright...But, Kusal played back-foot when he should have been on the front-foot. So, it's not as though he did everything right and still got dismissed. He committed a blunder by going back for a length delivery. That's poor batting by Kusal to do such elementary mistakes. I'm not sure if we should compare him with Jayasuriya, who sent shivers down the spines of every bowler in the world of his time.

  • Sinhaya on April 12, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    @bigdhonifan and Jadejafan, CORRECTION!! Apologies for my error. Forgot about Unmukt Chand's 23 the other day. My mistake.

    We draw lines with Sanath when it comes to KP is all due to the batting style. Sanath J too never excelled at the very beginning. KP is capable of being better than Sanath.

    Anyway, I hope that Sunrisers, DD, PWI and Mumbai make it to the semi finals.

  • Dashgar on April 12, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Not sure why there's so much discontent for Kusal. He's filling in for Watson which are shoes that nobody on this squad can fill. He's a really good player and proved it in Australia this summer. Give the kid a little bit of time. Royals are 1 and 1, no need to panic yet.

  • Sinhaya on April 12, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    @bigdhonifan and Jadejafan, please check Kusal Perera's (KP) stats in Australia. He averages 50 in ODIs just in Australia. Yes he failed yesterday, but remember he got the best of deliveries unleshed by PWI in contrast to what Dravid and Rahane got. Ok KP will get dropped but should Watson fail again, he will get recalled. If you are desperate to see KP dropped, then how about Sreesanth?

    Please dont overly expose KP. How about the infamous Unmukt Chand of DD? He has also failed so far not managing double digits. At least KP got to double figures in the first game of RR. Kindly dont blame KP for RR's defeat last night. PWI played superbly. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Htc-Android on April 12, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Clearly there is nothing wrong with mathews captaincy. Its the batsman who let him down in the last two matches. Today they looked like a completely different team when their batting clicked. Its time for mathews to make some contributions with the bat. He did well with the bowl though.

  • 22many on April 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Great win and hopefully a start of a long run of wins. Was good to see agression from the start then the balanced approach between Finch and Taylor to guide us through for an explosive finish. I feel Taylor should always bat in the top 3 when chasing...he can tick along and explode if required. Maybe Captain be replaced by Wright who could bat at three then Taylor at four when batting first....gives an extra bowler

  • gsingh7 on April 11, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    plz drop over rated kusal already. rr will lose all matches if he continue to play and spoiling a foreign player spot. he cant play on indian tracks. next match vs 4 top pacers of k11p . he will not survive 2 balls

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 11, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    The performance by the Pune Warriors today and the Pune Warriors in the last two matches was night and day. They showed exactly what they were missing - intent. They seemed to not even want to play any shots. In this match they completely blasted the Rajasthan bowlers in the Powerplay. This innings by Uthappa was better than any innings he played in the previous two seasons. And Finch played brilliantly. I suspect Marlon Samuels won't find a place in the team for quite a few matches now. PWI still need to work out a few things though. One of their overseas players is Marsh, who only gets an over to bowl and bats as low as No. 8. Why waste an overseas slot for a player who hardly gets the opportunity to contribute to the team? Instead, play either Ajantha Mendis or Kane Richardson, both of whom would be brilliant in this format.

  • nilb on April 11, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @Jadejafan Kusal Perera performed against full strength Aussie team with a seaming attack with Mitchel Johnson, Pattison and others n Australian bouncy pitches. So you call that a weak bowling attack? The excitement from some people hoping for good performance by Perera is there for a reason.

  • kandykolla on April 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    @ bigdhonifan , Royals cannot drop Kushal because he`s a Royalist from Colombo 7

  • on April 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    PWI needs Luke Wright in place of Ross Taylor and S Smith in place of Marsh...that Ross Taylor guy never won a match in IPL...

  • DesiSongs on April 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    RR gona loose next match to Kings Punjab

  • Jadejafan on April 11, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @Baseball - Hope that's not an excuse. So called Janath guy can only perform against weak teams bowling attacks :) Finally Pune broke the streak.

  • bigdhonifan on April 11, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Royals should drop Kushal...

  • Temuzin on April 11, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Posted by Harizs on (April 11, 2013, 18:31 GMT) It was good to see tat Rahul Dravid gave to bowl harmeet singh even after 23 runs in 2 over....this shows what a great leader he is . Hunh that is a thought.

  • abs90 on April 11, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Rightly said harizs , to add to ur point on how great a gentleman he is. .how many captains or man of the match winners go and shake their hands with the entire panel of guests present at the presentation ?

  • Harizs on April 11, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    It was good to see tat Rahul Dravid gave to bowl harmeet singh even after 23 runs in 2 over....this shows what a great leader he is ...and it also helped to boost the confidence of the yound lad...and same scenario where chennai was playing punjab..dhoni did not gave Rajpoot to bowl any further over after his first over..which rajpoot went for 10runs...great leadership is not only winning but also helping ur team to b confident and get backed up by a great captian.Although Dhoni is intelligent and smart captian he shouldnt b demotivating the young indian players and should always back them up

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Tough luck for Kusal. :( A Lovely inswinger...It was a too good one for the first delivery of the innings. :D It really did surprise the batsman. G'luck next time. Btw it was priceless, the look of Sreesanth's face after he recieved all the hammering. :D

  • abhinav218 on April 11, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Finally PW are in IPL. well done!

  • abhinav218 on April 11, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Finally PW are in IPL. well done!

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Tough luck for Kusal. :( A Lovely inswinger...It was a too good one for the first delivery of the innings. :D It really did surprise the batsman. G'luck next time. Btw it was priceless, the look of Sreesanth's face after he recieved all the hammering. :D

  • Harizs on April 11, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    It was good to see tat Rahul Dravid gave to bowl harmeet singh even after 23 runs in 2 over....this shows what a great leader he is ...and it also helped to boost the confidence of the yound lad...and same scenario where chennai was playing punjab..dhoni did not gave Rajpoot to bowl any further over after his first over..which rajpoot went for 10runs...great leadership is not only winning but also helping ur team to b confident and get backed up by a great captian.Although Dhoni is intelligent and smart captian he shouldnt b demotivating the young indian players and should always back them up

  • abs90 on April 11, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Rightly said harizs , to add to ur point on how great a gentleman he is. .how many captains or man of the match winners go and shake their hands with the entire panel of guests present at the presentation ?

  • Temuzin on April 11, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Posted by Harizs on (April 11, 2013, 18:31 GMT) It was good to see tat Rahul Dravid gave to bowl harmeet singh even after 23 runs in 2 over....this shows what a great leader he is . Hunh that is a thought.

  • bigdhonifan on April 11, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Royals should drop Kushal...

  • Jadejafan on April 11, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @Baseball - Hope that's not an excuse. So called Janath guy can only perform against weak teams bowling attacks :) Finally Pune broke the streak.

  • DesiSongs on April 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    RR gona loose next match to Kings Punjab

  • on April 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    PWI needs Luke Wright in place of Ross Taylor and S Smith in place of Marsh...that Ross Taylor guy never won a match in IPL...

  • kandykolla on April 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    @ bigdhonifan , Royals cannot drop Kushal because he`s a Royalist from Colombo 7