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

Royal Challengers look for 'away' surge


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.


"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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Sirsak 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.

  • Garry 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.

  • Imran 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.

  • Vikash 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.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 9:14 GMT

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

  • Janardhan 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.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 8:38 GMT

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

  • 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.