Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Pune April 29, 2013

CSK juggernaut bearing down upon Warriors

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Match facts

April 30, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Pune Warriors are at the bottom of the points table. Chennai Super Kings are at the top after nine games. Warriors have lost their last four matches, Super Kings have five wins in a row. On current form, this is possibly the biggest mismatch in the IPL. But then, the previous time Super Kings lost in this tournament was when they played Warriors. That upset came at Chepauk, and the game wasn't even close, Warriors winning by 24 runs.

Since then, Super Kings have been unstoppable. They have won even when it seemed like they wouldn't; their strategy of accelerating a chase late has often appeared a folly, only for someone to deliver and take them over the line. At Eden Gardens it was Ravindra Jadeja; against Rajasthan Royals, Dwayne Bravo got a six away with 10 needed off 4; and then there was an MS Dhoni special against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

For Warriors, it has been just the opposite. Time and again they've looked to be in control of the game, only to end up losing. Chasing 120 against Sunrisers, they went from 101 for 4 to 108 all out; they were not able to defend 185 against Kings XI Punjab, and on Sunday they just could not get the big hits away against Daredevils, finishing 15 short in a chase of 165 despite being only four down. They have four points from nine games, and while the permutations are not firmed up as yet, it seems likely that Warriors will have to win all their remaining seven games and hope for other results to go in their favour to progress to the playoffs.

Form guide

Pune Warriors LLLLW (most recent first)
Chennai Super Kings WWWWW

In the spotlight

For Chennai Super Kings, the fourth overseas player slot has been like a game of musical chairs. Dirk Nannes, Ben Laughlin, Jason Holder and Albie Morkel have all come in, gone out and then, in some cases, come right back in again. It appears Super Kings, in sticking to type, would prefer to play allrounder Ablie but he has been having fitness issues. Which of the overseas quicks will play in Pune? That's anyone's guess. Once Faf du Plessis is fit, provided the team doesn't run into a bad patch of form, they might also be tempted to allow Michael Hussey a bit of a rest and give themselves the extra overseas batting option, should they need it going into the business end of the tournament.

Pune Warriors' death bowling has been the worst among all teams in the tournament. Their economy rate at the death (overs 16 to 20) so far this season is 11.17, almost two runs more expensive than the second team on the list, Kolkata Knight Riders. Death bowling has been something Warriors have been focusing on improving. After the IPL auction in February coach Allan Donald had said they aggressively pursued Australian quick Kane Richardson and paid big bucks for him - he was the third most expensive buy at US$700,000 - specifically because of his "exciting death-bowling skills". Richardson played his first game against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday and, after conceding 17 runs in three overs, produced length balls in the 19th to be dispatched for three sixes. Might have just been the nerves of an IPL debut, but given Warriors position on the points table are they out of time to find a viable solution?

Stats and Trivia

  • Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch have four half-century opening stands in seven innings this season, the most by any pair
  • During his innings against Knight Riders, Suresh Raina became only the second player to tally 100 sixes in the IPL, behind Chris Gayle

Quotes

"The way he has played against different teams has been quite dynamic. I cannot speak more highly of Hussey, on the influence he has and the way he conducts himself. He leads by example, not only the runs he scores but the way he trains and conducts himself."
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming on Michael Hussey

"Cricket is a funny game, especially T20, where even a single over can change the game. So we've learnt that until it's over, don't raise your hopes."
Pune Warriors seamer Ashok Dinda after his team lost from a comfortable position against Delhi Daredevils

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • dummy4fb on May 1, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Weak hearted persons - please dont watch the last 2 overs of CSK innings.

  • vallavarayar on April 30, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Time to settle scores for CSK.

  • dummy4fb on April 30, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Weak hearted persons - please dont watch the last 2 overs of CSK innings.

  • virgoan81 on April 30, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    the way CSK is bowling they need support from spinners, someone to support ashwin, and as jadeja is not able, i think shadab who has done good for chennai in previous seasons should get a chance in place of jadeja...

    My team for today 1. Hussey,2. Saha, 3. Raina, 4. Badrinath, 5. Dhoni, 6. Bravo, 7. Morris, 8. Ashwin, 9. Shadab, 10. Nannes, 11. Mohit..

  • imsaiarasan23 on April 30, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    I think it is time to rotate few players.. Aparajith for Badri.. Vijay Shankar for SRJ..

  • ranjithrissur on April 30, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    This is bull shit, leaving yuvi after successfully bowling 1 or 2 overs..he is a thinking bowler he dont create much turn but reads the batsman so well. He should bowl his quota of 4 overs,add to that never give ball to smith or wright that can make for huge voids in the field. I hope pune thrash csk..

  • dummy4fb on April 30, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Badrinath should open up the innings with Hussey. Saha is a good finisher and can come at no 5/no.6. Nannes was a touch expensive in the last game & should be replaced with either Laughlin/Holder. The spin twins of Ashwin & Jadeja have been economical, but their wicket tally is down which is a worry for CSK. Ashwin should be rested for a couple of games after a long season and Jakati should get a game. As for PWI, they need to send Smith up the order & drop Dinda & get in the side someone like Pervez Rasool, who was really good against Australia.

  • Winsome on April 30, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    You have to feel for Pune. It doesn't matter who they choose, the player doesn't perform. Ross Taylor has been out of form for the last couple of IPLs, Matthews seemed to have trouble with the pressure of skippering the team and Wright has only shown stuff in one match. None of their domestic big names have played a dominating innings, not Yuvraj, not Robin and none of the international players apart from Finch have either. The team is in a mess and that quote from Dinda says it all, they do not expect to win.

  • ramaraj.37 on April 30, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    CSK GOOD Team My Selectio

    1. WP Saha†, 2. MEK Hussey, 3. SK Raina, 4. MS Dhoni*†, 5. S Badrinath, 6. RA Jadeja, 7. DJ Bravo, 8. CH Morris, 9. R Ashwin, 10. BW Hilfenhaus, 11. MM Sharma,

  • abhi_jeet88 on April 30, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    With PWI playing with so many liabilities there is very little hope for them Dinda - Most expensive of the bowlers Rahul sharma - average bowling but worst fielding and no batting skills at all Mithun manhas - Real questions to fans why is he even in the playing 11

    And more importantly PWI is rapidly loosing support from Pune people as there is not even a "SINGLE" pune player who plays for "PUNE warriors india"....:( Sad but true