Punjab v Pune, IPL 2013, Mohali April 20, 2013

Patchy Warriors look to upstage Kings XI


Match facts

Sunday, April 21
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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When they clash on Sunday night, Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors will be looking to shake off their inability to shut out games, and an inconsistency to carry forward a winning momentum, which has placed both teams in the bottom half of the points table. For Kings XI, their batting has been a let-down, with the experienced batsmen failing to shoulder the responsibility of guiding an innings. Their performance can be evidenced from one telling statistic: after five matches, none of their batsmen have scored a half-century. It's a record they will be eager to erase. They will be buoyed by the arrival of Shaun Marsh, possibly Kings XI's most valuable player. In 42 IPL matches for Kings XI, Marsh has scored 1603 runs at an average of 45.80 and a strike-rate of 135.96 and, with his fitness issues behind him, should be an automatic pick for the game, as Kings XI try to get past their batting woes against a good bowling attack.

Pune have been patchy so far, following up a stunning victory against Chennai Super Kings with mediocre batting against Sunrisers Hyderabad. With the chase against Sunrisers under control, the Warriors batsmen, including Angelo Mathews, played some inexplicable shots to find themselves on the losing side and the middle order, in particular, needs to return to sensible cricket and back their top order better. Their next few fixtures are against top-billing teams and a win against Kings XI could help them gain some confidence going ahead.

Form Guide

Kings XI Punjab LWLLW (most recent first)
Pune Warriors LWLWL

Players to watch

One of T20 cricket's journeymen, Azhar Mahmood has emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker for Kings XI so far after Praveen Kumar. It's his batting, though, that Kings XI will need if they are to challenge Pune Warriors. He has scored 35 runs in four innings so far.

With his effective swing bowling, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the leading strike bowler for Warriors, providing breakthroughs at the start of the innings. This season, he has picked up seven wickets at an economy-rate of 6.00 and has also impressed with his tactical nous while opening the bowling.

Stats and trivia

  • In the five matches between the two teams, Warriors have won three times, while Kings XI have won twice.
  • David Hussey is joint-second in the list of batsmen to score most ducks in Twenty20 cricket. Hussey has 14 ducks from 195 innings, behind Herschelle Gibbs (23 from 161)


"There are still plenty of matches to go this season. So, everyone in the team has to back each other moving ahead and pray for the best."
Warriors' Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sachin on April 21, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    PWI have made good 2 changes as i wanted. They have got the foreign players quota right. But they have missed the trick by not including Parvez and Ishwar. The fascination with Dinda is surprising. @Sigma-Eleven : Thanks!!

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Poor decision by PWI...Angelo is a Good Captain & Good All rounder.

  • Salahuddin on April 21, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Azhar mehmmod should be a chance up the order at batting. Batting at no 3 suits him

  • Masooma on April 21, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood should bat higher in the order and must come as first replacement in bowling as well, else Punjab is just relying other teams to perform badly in a day to help register a win

  • Nitin on April 21, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Both teams are playing badly. KXIP and PWI, both are shaky. I predict that if KXIP bats first then it would be a low scoring match.

  • gowtham on April 21, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    My puneXI: FINCH robin uv SMITH nayar TAYLOR suman THOMAS kumar rahul dinda

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    KXIP should follow the lineup for today as: 1)Gilchrist 2)Pomersbach 3)Marsh 4) Mandeep 5) Gurkeerat 6) Mahmood 7) Vohra 8) Gony 9) Chawla 10) Praveen Kumar 11) Awana I think they have a good bowling lineup like this and marsh, pomersbach in should strengthen their batting as well. Fingers Crossed. Go Kings..!!

  • gowtham on April 21, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Uv's home and i hope he ll perform tonight.my choice is THOMAS for marsh for pune

  • S.Selvamurugan on April 21, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    My PWI XI: R.Uthappa (W.K) ,Finch,M.Samuels,L.Wright,Y.Sing,R.Taylor,Suman,B.Kumar,I.Pandey,R.Sharma,Dinda.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    angelo is a promising alrounder but its ipl chose 4 oversea in perforfomance basis so I think make luke wright or sameuls in place of angelo. and parvez rasool inplace of suman. my 11: uthappa, finch, luke wright / sameuls, yuvraj, steve smith, mitchel marsh, nayar , bhuvneshwar kumar rasool , rahul sharma, dinda.

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