Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Pune May 1, 2013

Royal Challengers look for 'away' surge

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Match facts

May 2, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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Given their current form, Pune Warriors will be desperately hoping their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore isn't a repeat of the carnage that took place in Bangalore a little over a week ago.

Since that match, Royal Challengers have lost consecutive away games but still are favourites going into this encounter. While it's easy to pin the losses on Chris Gayle's poor scores, the other batsmen haven't really had a substantial stay at the crease. They need this win to correct their dismal away record this season (four losses in four games) and get closer to sealing their playoff spot. Royal Challengers will need to be wary of Warriors, given that the tournament is almost over for the hosts and they will be looking to upset the chances of the bigger teams.

Inconsistent batting has dragged Warriors down this season and they seem like a team pulling in different directions. The failure of Indian batsmen, especially Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh, has been damaging for them. Death bowling is another area where Warriors have suffered - in their last two matches, against Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils, Warriors conceded 62 and 63 runs respectively in the last five.

Form guide


Pune Warriors LLLLL (Most recent first)
Royal Challengers Bangalore LLWWW

Watch out for..


After having spent most of the season on the bench and an insipid first game against Daredevils, Kane Richardson got a chance to showcase the skills that earned him $700,000 at the auction earlier this year. He took the big wicket of Michael Hussey with one that left the batsman after pitching, and also generated pace. He contributed with the bat, helping Warriors to a face-saving total after their line-up imploded.

After a string of good scores early on, Virat Kohli has suffered a slight dip in form. His last four innings have produced 45 runs. The focus in the last few days has remained on the Wankhede crowd controversy and the four away losses, but this match is a chance for the captain to get the team back on track.

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers have an away win-loss ratio of 0.83 (15 victories in 34 games), which is fifth among all teams. Mumbai Indians are on the top with a win-loss ratio of 1.43 (23 victories in 40 games).
  • Rahul Sharma's duck - his eighth - in the last match has put him level with three other batsmen in the list of most ducks in the IPL.
  • Virat Kohli needs 10 fours to become the eighth batsman to score 200 fours in the IPL.

Quotes


"The boys are a good bunch and keep motivating themselves. But then I think we are not clicking together."
Pune Warriors' legspinner Rahul Sharma

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RCB4Eva on May 2, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    I am happy that the team management decided finally to give AB the gloves. Yes he is an amazing fielder, but the team requirement overrides that. Henriques should never be removed from the side, he is capable of lending stability as well as hitting the big ones in the late middle order. I am really disappointed with Saurabh Tiwari, he is capable of better things than scratching around for 20 of 22 balls.

    Kohli's poor run the last few matches has affected the games more than Gayle's occasional failure has. Gayle is that kind of batsman, you cannot expect him to score in all the matches. AB and VK should shoulder a little more responsibility and capitalize on their immense talent and experience.

    Viinay is one wicket short of the purple cap and his bowling along with Rampaul's has been the highlight for me. Yes they go for a few runs, but then who doesn't in T20? They are wicket takers. Murali Kartik is the container and should be in the 11, as should be Harshal Patel. RP can sit out.

  • on May 3, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    @Janardhan: Sorry mate for posting after the match but you can think this as my next match team.

    Mayank, Gayle, Kohli, AB, Henriques, Tiwary, (Arun Karthik, Rahul / If there is new kiddo I will try him as AB can keep) Vinay, RP, Murali Karthik, (Rampaul/ Muralitharan depending on the Track spin or seam). Unadkat is bowling well too he would be my replacement if any bowler bowls poorly. Considering the bowling form of RP/Vinay I wont remove them but if it were selection for Indian team I would pick neither. But this is IPL and they are stars here. The difference with your team is I wouldnt drop Foreign bowler I need one as they bring stability to bowling. I like that Pankaj guy but I wouldnt risk him in for the inform bowlers. RP took 13 wickets in 9 games which is good his economy is 7.75 though.

  • on May 2, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    if for lack of interest yuvi not performing no one can win match for pune..he is biggest star for them.mathews also deserve a place he is one of best allrounder and good bowler than dinda they should bring parvej rasool in and should have some faith in i pandey than dinda....luke wright steave smith are good choice always for a t 20 game... robin 's failure at top is disappointing and really he shold come at 6-7th position to go for a kill only he can only clear boundry but not 30 yards in initial overs..

  • siri12345 on May 2, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    how foolish the pune management can be????first they dropped matthews still lost 4 in a row yet couldnot corrected their mistake which is to select him.and pune for god sake will u plz select mendis .if mendis will be selected i can guarantee that i can guarantee that gayle will not see double digit score.

  • StevieS on May 2, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    The only player Pune has that can score big runs is sitting on the bench after a few poor games, two of Taylor's dismisals were caught on the boundry and any other day they could of gone for boundries, class can't be replaced and it is only a matter of time before Taylor clicks. But it's too late now, they should of stuck with him and him as captain, Donald is obviously not coach material.

  • imransaheb on May 2, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Well so RCB have nothing to lose by losing...so seems Pune will win and Yuvraj will star.

  • sonviks on May 2, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Let me sum up why Pune warriors are at the bottom. Biggest reason are Yuvraj lack of participation & team selection by coach Donald. I know Yuvi not like to bowl to lefthanders like Miller,Gayle,Raina during previous matches but if team losing match after match, he should step up & take the responsibility. All rounders like to involve in matches look at Watson, how well he is batting after he started bowling. Yuvi plz stop the laziness & start to bowl at each stage. Next Mendis, Samuels warming benches in India, Smith(one match hero), Wright(do n't know why) playing in final XI, how can anybody expect them to win. I feel Mathews is good choice over Wright & Smith. Pune need good bowlers so Mathews & Mendis must be there. My team

    1. Aron Finch 2. Uthappa 3. Samuels 4. Yuvraj 5. Mathews 6. Abhishek Nayar 7. Richarson 8. Bhubneswar 9. Rahul Sharma 10. Mendis 11. Ashok Dinda.

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Get Ajantha Mendis, if Pune doesn't want another thrashing from Chris Gayle.

  • janardhan1990 on May 2, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @Gautham Padala i would request you to read my team again i havnt dropped Ab from my team i definetly agree with you that Ab is the best so i have the best in my team.the reason why i want rampaul to sit out of this match is to experiment with our middle order batting and also to test our bench with the likes of pankaj singh and harshal patel. Absolutly agree that rp is a good bowler last 3 matches he has jus got i wicket giving away good 9.5 runs per over aggregate all 3 matches.by including dan christian he is a superb finisher which is what we need in this team and a bowling option and an excellent fielder. i would also like to see ur playing eleven.

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    play Mendis..he will get gayle easily! gayle strugle against Mendis in the past!

  • RCB4Eva on May 2, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    I am happy that the team management decided finally to give AB the gloves. Yes he is an amazing fielder, but the team requirement overrides that. Henriques should never be removed from the side, he is capable of lending stability as well as hitting the big ones in the late middle order. I am really disappointed with Saurabh Tiwari, he is capable of better things than scratching around for 20 of 22 balls.

    Kohli's poor run the last few matches has affected the games more than Gayle's occasional failure has. Gayle is that kind of batsman, you cannot expect him to score in all the matches. AB and VK should shoulder a little more responsibility and capitalize on their immense talent and experience.

    Viinay is one wicket short of the purple cap and his bowling along with Rampaul's has been the highlight for me. Yes they go for a few runs, but then who doesn't in T20? They are wicket takers. Murali Kartik is the container and should be in the 11, as should be Harshal Patel. RP can sit out.

  • on May 3, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    @Janardhan: Sorry mate for posting after the match but you can think this as my next match team.

    Mayank, Gayle, Kohli, AB, Henriques, Tiwary, (Arun Karthik, Rahul / If there is new kiddo I will try him as AB can keep) Vinay, RP, Murali Karthik, (Rampaul/ Muralitharan depending on the Track spin or seam). Unadkat is bowling well too he would be my replacement if any bowler bowls poorly. Considering the bowling form of RP/Vinay I wont remove them but if it were selection for Indian team I would pick neither. But this is IPL and they are stars here. The difference with your team is I wouldnt drop Foreign bowler I need one as they bring stability to bowling. I like that Pankaj guy but I wouldnt risk him in for the inform bowlers. RP took 13 wickets in 9 games which is good his economy is 7.75 though.

  • on May 2, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    if for lack of interest yuvi not performing no one can win match for pune..he is biggest star for them.mathews also deserve a place he is one of best allrounder and good bowler than dinda they should bring parvej rasool in and should have some faith in i pandey than dinda....luke wright steave smith are good choice always for a t 20 game... robin 's failure at top is disappointing and really he shold come at 6-7th position to go for a kill only he can only clear boundry but not 30 yards in initial overs..

  • siri12345 on May 2, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    how foolish the pune management can be????first they dropped matthews still lost 4 in a row yet couldnot corrected their mistake which is to select him.and pune for god sake will u plz select mendis .if mendis will be selected i can guarantee that i can guarantee that gayle will not see double digit score.

  • StevieS on May 2, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    The only player Pune has that can score big runs is sitting on the bench after a few poor games, two of Taylor's dismisals were caught on the boundry and any other day they could of gone for boundries, class can't be replaced and it is only a matter of time before Taylor clicks. But it's too late now, they should of stuck with him and him as captain, Donald is obviously not coach material.

  • imransaheb on May 2, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Well so RCB have nothing to lose by losing...so seems Pune will win and Yuvraj will star.

  • sonviks on May 2, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Let me sum up why Pune warriors are at the bottom. Biggest reason are Yuvraj lack of participation & team selection by coach Donald. I know Yuvi not like to bowl to lefthanders like Miller,Gayle,Raina during previous matches but if team losing match after match, he should step up & take the responsibility. All rounders like to involve in matches look at Watson, how well he is batting after he started bowling. Yuvi plz stop the laziness & start to bowl at each stage. Next Mendis, Samuels warming benches in India, Smith(one match hero), Wright(do n't know why) playing in final XI, how can anybody expect them to win. I feel Mathews is good choice over Wright & Smith. Pune need good bowlers so Mathews & Mendis must be there. My team

    1. Aron Finch 2. Uthappa 3. Samuels 4. Yuvraj 5. Mathews 6. Abhishek Nayar 7. Richarson 8. Bhubneswar 9. Rahul Sharma 10. Mendis 11. Ashok Dinda.

  • on May 2, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Get Ajantha Mendis, if Pune doesn't want another thrashing from Chris Gayle.

  • janardhan1990 on May 2, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @Gautham Padala i would request you to read my team again i havnt dropped Ab from my team i definetly agree with you that Ab is the best so i have the best in my team.the reason why i want rampaul to sit out of this match is to experiment with our middle order batting and also to test our bench with the likes of pankaj singh and harshal patel. Absolutly agree that rp is a good bowler last 3 matches he has jus got i wicket giving away good 9.5 runs per over aggregate all 3 matches.by including dan christian he is a superb finisher which is what we need in this team and a bowling option and an excellent fielder. i would also like to see ur playing eleven.

  • on May 2, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    play Mendis..he will get gayle easily! gayle strugle against Mendis in the past!

  • Qa_ankit on May 2, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    As an Rajasthan Royal's fan, i am really happy that RR name is coming even in Other matches. Nice to see and hear that. Now as per the Bangalore, i wanted to be very frank. Banaglore completly depends of three things. 1.) Storms of gayle. 2.) Stability and hitting of Kohli and ABD. 3.) Luck. They are lacking two things. 2. and for sure 3rd. They had very very close games, though should say they should win away games from now. Or atleast win 30% or away games. I expect gayle to be firing because he has been kept quite since his starring 175*. So i feel its pune again who are is danger. Might be not 175 but still his fire can be there. One interesting i would love against gayle is give him good bouncer 1st three balls in starting. Not swinging fulling delivery. Fast and to the shoulder height. I know its difficult to do with Gayle height but if he goes sparkling, then swinging fullish delivery is not gonna do anything special.

  • nuwankuma on May 2, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    ithink thats the best 11 1.gayle 2.agarwal 3.kholi(c) 4.AB(wk) 5.thiwary 6.christian 7. arun karthik 8.v kumar 9.A. mithun 10.R.P 11.1&only M M (murali) give chance for dan he is good harde hitting batsman and lock back murali has good econamy rate in this ipl and he is the most ex. player in lineup lets try this mithun bowlde well last year lets try with my lineup

  • on May 2, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    wrong pickings @ the auction. Steyn, Dravid, Uthappa,Taylor,Kallis etc., RCB had them all but let go, for mediocre players like Tiwari,Dilshan, Zaheer khan etc, this is what happens. Only a few players like Gayle, ABD,Virat,Vinay perform rest are all passengers.

  • Baconbunnyseal on May 2, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    1. Gayle 2. Kohli 3. de Villiers 4. Tiwary 5. Henriques 6. Vettori 7. Agarwal 8.Vinay Kumar 9. Murali Kartik 10. Unadkat 11. RP Singh

    yes.. I would rest RR and play Vettori.

  • on May 2, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Pune should try for new captains in remaining matches until Donald satisfied!

  • on May 2, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Rampaul has been expensive in death overs. My 11: Gayle, Arun Karthik (opener), Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary (2 down), AB de villiers, Moses Henriques, Vettori, Syed Mohammad, Vinay Kumar, Jaidev Unadkat, RP Singh,

  • Baconbunnyseal on May 2, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Seriously, why hasn't Vettori been in any of RCB's matches at all? Here is a genuine all-rounder and one of the greatest spin bowlers of his time. I find it hard to believe that such a resource, with his capabilities and potential contributions, could possibly be overlooked by RCB thus far. Sure, maybe he was injured during the opening match but this man is now fit and has said that he wants to contribute to RCB to the best of his ability in the capacity of a senior player. RCB has lost almost a handful of nailbiters now, with a couple coming down to the last ball. This doesnt have to happen again. Bring on Vettori, please. He will not only elevate RCB's bowling attack, but can potentially rescue RCB from another nailbiter loss with destructive middle-lower order batting.

  • on May 2, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Where is Cheteshwar Pujara? I am anxious to watch him play in IPL. He would bolster RCB with his rock solid batting.

  • Narbavi on May 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Dropping Dilshan was the best move RCB made, they finally came to their senses and brought in henriques, it did make a difference last game as he played really well, now if pujara comes in it would be great for RCB as he can provide the much needed stability in this line up where gayle kohli and de villiers and henriques can bat around him

  • Avi56 on May 2, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Ok let us get the facts right first...Is RCB the only team who has won all their Home Matches?? SRH and MI also won all their home matches..look at the results...Secondly RCB lost only one match against Mumbai by a Margin remaining all games went to the last ball..Unlike MI getting thrashed to RR,SRH vs RCb and KKR, and RR against RCB(on a batting freindly ground)...Plus these teams played more away games with PWI,DD,KKR,KXIP the Bottom Teams...You saw the match of MI vs SRH thrashed...So dont overhype RCB just because they are on the top and one of the most toughest teams in IPL with Chennai...Hardly matters cos the finals will be between RCB and CSK anyways so why talk...

  • YogifromNY on May 2, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Like KKR, RCB is an over-hyped bunch that lives or dies by its collection of stars. It is not really a 'team', unlike CSK or RR or even SRH. As a neutral fan, I hope they don't make it to the playoffs. From a cricketing point of view, a far more interesting lineup for the playoffs will be - CSK, RR, SRH and MI/ KXI.

  • Prats6 on May 2, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Pujara is injured, I guess when is back, he can open the innings with Galye, drop Dilshan - he is a spent force. Dont understand the reason for playing Vinay - He will go for plenty againt good batsmen.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on May 2, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    If Pujara is not fit, better to try Vijay Zol as opener or in Midle order. Virat Pls full use Henriques if he is in Squad and give maximum over if he is consistent. Iit easy to comment out side, but difficult to execute when you are in hot seat. Take the leaf out from Dhoni and Dravid. Go Virat go.

  • on May 1, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    @Janardhan: What is that team man. With due respect to your team. It does not have AB, Rampaul and RP. What is Dan Christan doing there. AB is the Worlds best Test, One day and one of the best T20 player going around. Rampaul is there best bowler in the IPL and you want to him to sit out. I know RP is not a great bowler but he is in form man and just look at the wickets he took. He is one of the strong contenders for the Purple Cap. I don't mean to hurt you dude but your team is pretty poor

  • on May 1, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Where Is Mayank Aggarwal?? Still Injured??...He Provides Option Of Both Opening & Middle Order Batsman

  • deadite11 on May 1, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    RCB is all over if the technical ball used to eliminate Gayle, and i am pretty sure that RCB will break the "losing away" streak only with bottom table teams and gain back form. This what RCB can do as they had lost all away games with most of the teams. Pune is a kid, it will be mauled again tomorrow by ruthless Gayle.

  • Carolina_Panthers on May 1, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Royal Challengers have an away win-loss ratio should be 0.79 (15/19 = 0.789)?

  • janardhan1990 on May 1, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    RCB have plenty of homework that they need to do. 1. for starters try pankaj singh instead or Rp Singh 2. use gayle as a bowler as well and try and open the bowling with gayle as a surprise element 3.perhaps open the batting with gayle and virat followed by tiwary,ab & henreques this gives tiwary time to get his eye in and finish the innings for RCB he was very successful for mumbai batting at 3.virat has had a superb strikerate and average oppening the batting for india in t20. 4.give an extended run to dan christian to prove his wort he is an amazing finisher My RCB team for the next match would be 1.Gayle(opening batsmen and spin opening bowler)2.virat 3.saurab tiwary 4.AB 5. Moises Henreques 6.Daniel Christian 7.karun Nair 8. Vinay Kumar 9.Pankaj Singh 10.Jaidev unadkat 11.murali karthik. This would strenghten RCB's Batting and give the team sufficient bowling options. RCB Till i Die...!!

  • Lord_Prady on May 1, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    I too Strongly feel that Pujara coming to out of injury would be a big plus for RCB. He could open the batting with Gayle and provide the necessary stability at the top allowing Gayle to play his natural game. Sadly he isnt fit enough yet. The two biggest problems for RCB right now is 1. The lack of a stable, consistent opening partner for Gayle. If you have someone like Gayle in your team, you want to give him the best possible environment in which to play. Dilshan is not performing that role very well 2. We need a big hitter lower down the order. Someone who can arrest a collapse if it happens or accelerate at the death. Henriques has shown promise but he is no Dhoni. We wouldnt loose much by giving Barnwell a shot. He is a west Indian, and if theres anything the IPL has taught us is that West Indians can hit the ball hard

  • InsaneInsaan on May 1, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    RCB is a good team. perhaps the only team which can match up to the mighty CSK. but the way they are losing when gayle fails... nah..... the great CSK are unmatched..... RCB not even close.

  • on May 1, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    RCB can win against Pune since the morale of Pune is very low. Seeing the way RCB can only win against Pune to get thier morale back. Rest of the teams are peaking at the right moment

  • on May 1, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    @tej kumar pujara is injured.Don't comment without knowing the facts.....RCB lost away matches narrowly.....I'm sure they know what to do in such circumstances and will definitely bounce back......RCB!!RCB!!RCB!!always......

  • on May 1, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    RCB lacks some one who can hold wickets on other end with Gayle, AB, big hitter... Better to try Pujara...... Who knows he might surprise...... all of us....

  • on May 1, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    RCB lacks some one who can hold wickets on other end with Gayle, AB, big hitter... Better to try Pujara...... Who knows he might surprise...... all of us....

  • on May 1, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    @tej kumar pujara is injured.Don't comment without knowing the facts.....RCB lost away matches narrowly.....I'm sure they know what to do in such circumstances and will definitely bounce back......RCB!!RCB!!RCB!!always......

  • on May 1, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    RCB can win against Pune since the morale of Pune is very low. Seeing the way RCB can only win against Pune to get thier morale back. Rest of the teams are peaking at the right moment

  • InsaneInsaan on May 1, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    RCB is a good team. perhaps the only team which can match up to the mighty CSK. but the way they are losing when gayle fails... nah..... the great CSK are unmatched..... RCB not even close.

  • Lord_Prady on May 1, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    I too Strongly feel that Pujara coming to out of injury would be a big plus for RCB. He could open the batting with Gayle and provide the necessary stability at the top allowing Gayle to play his natural game. Sadly he isnt fit enough yet. The two biggest problems for RCB right now is 1. The lack of a stable, consistent opening partner for Gayle. If you have someone like Gayle in your team, you want to give him the best possible environment in which to play. Dilshan is not performing that role very well 2. We need a big hitter lower down the order. Someone who can arrest a collapse if it happens or accelerate at the death. Henriques has shown promise but he is no Dhoni. We wouldnt loose much by giving Barnwell a shot. He is a west Indian, and if theres anything the IPL has taught us is that West Indians can hit the ball hard

  • janardhan1990 on May 1, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    RCB have plenty of homework that they need to do. 1. for starters try pankaj singh instead or Rp Singh 2. use gayle as a bowler as well and try and open the bowling with gayle as a surprise element 3.perhaps open the batting with gayle and virat followed by tiwary,ab & henreques this gives tiwary time to get his eye in and finish the innings for RCB he was very successful for mumbai batting at 3.virat has had a superb strikerate and average oppening the batting for india in t20. 4.give an extended run to dan christian to prove his wort he is an amazing finisher My RCB team for the next match would be 1.Gayle(opening batsmen and spin opening bowler)2.virat 3.saurab tiwary 4.AB 5. Moises Henreques 6.Daniel Christian 7.karun Nair 8. Vinay Kumar 9.Pankaj Singh 10.Jaidev unadkat 11.murali karthik. This would strenghten RCB's Batting and give the team sufficient bowling options. RCB Till i Die...!!

  • Carolina_Panthers on May 1, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Royal Challengers have an away win-loss ratio should be 0.79 (15/19 = 0.789)?

  • deadite11 on May 1, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    RCB is all over if the technical ball used to eliminate Gayle, and i am pretty sure that RCB will break the "losing away" streak only with bottom table teams and gain back form. This what RCB can do as they had lost all away games with most of the teams. Pune is a kid, it will be mauled again tomorrow by ruthless Gayle.

  • on May 1, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Where Is Mayank Aggarwal?? Still Injured??...He Provides Option Of Both Opening & Middle Order Batsman

  • on May 1, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    @Janardhan: What is that team man. With due respect to your team. It does not have AB, Rampaul and RP. What is Dan Christan doing there. AB is the Worlds best Test, One day and one of the best T20 player going around. Rampaul is there best bowler in the IPL and you want to him to sit out. I know RP is not a great bowler but he is in form man and just look at the wickets he took. He is one of the strong contenders for the Purple Cap. I don't mean to hurt you dude but your team is pretty poor