Rajasthan v Pune, IPL 2013, Jaipur May 5, 2013

Royals jump to fourth after big chase

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Rajasthan Royals 182 for 5 (Rahane 67, Dravid 58, Parnell 3-27) beat Pune Warriors 178 for 4 (Uthappa 54, Finch 45) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Sawai Mansingh Stadium continued to remain a fortress for Rajasthan Royals, though it came close to being breached by Pune Warriors during a high-scoring clash on Sunday. Royals moved to No. 4 in the IPL points table, their openers Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane guiding a challenging chase with half-centuries, and Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson chipping in with crucial cameos to help sneak their team home in the final over. The sixth straight win at home for Royals was a seventh consecutive loss for Warriors, who need to get their bowling in order to spoil a party or two this season.

The dew was a factor in Jaipur, but Rahul Sharma's long-hops in a game-changing 17th over could not be blamed on the environment alone. With 43 needed off 24 balls, he gifted a short ball outside off to Binny, who promptly slashed it past point. Two more short deliveries later, Binny pulled the next one over the deep midwicket boundary. Samson faced his first ball with 28 needed off 16, and began imperiously, showing no signs of nerves, driving Wayne Parnell on the up and then running him past third man for successive boundaries. Binny took charge, dispatching a length ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six in the penultimate over and squeezing Parnell past mid-on for four to seal victory when one run was needed off two balls.

Dravid surprised a few by walking out to open instead of Shane Watson during Royals' chase of 179, but took the lead in delivering a brisk start that was the foundation for his team's successful overhaul of Warriors' score. He punched Bhuvneshwar for two boundaries through point in the opening over, then targeted Krishnakant Upadhyaya for three fours to three different parts of the ground. The best shot of his innings was an inside-out drive for four off Angelo Mathews, and he had a straight six up his sleeve off Rahul Sharma shortly before holing out for 58. It was part of a 98-run opening stand with Rahane, in 71 balls.

Rahane will feel a little hard done to have missed out on a place in the Champions Trophy squad, and his latest knock ended an unsatisfactory run of scores over the last few matches for him. He played the supporting role to his captain, but took charge in the 14th over off Mathews, helping snatch 21, including two fours and a sweetly-timed six over extra cover. Not one to derive a lot of thrill playing cross-batted shots, Rahane dragged a couple from outside off stump against the Warriors seamers, one of them ending up as a flat six. When he fell, he left Binny with a task he's become quite familiar with this season, as a finisher.

On a good track to bat on, Robin Uthappa had given Warriors a real shot at victory with a second-successive half-century. He is known to have worked hard this season, having lost 17 kilos to get in shape. Together with Aaron Finch, with whom he added 97, Uthappa took advantage of some sloppy Royals bowling that included a series of wides down the leg side. He middled the ball, and Mitchell Marsh ended the innings on a high, cruising to an unbeaten 35 off 21 balls. It marked a second straight improved performance with the bat from Warriors, but wasn't enough to rescue their bowlers.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    The best thing about dravid is his persona. Even during a one minute interview, he says something that makes me respect him even more than ever before. At the toss, bhogle asked him if they are wary of PWI as they have nothing to lose and will play without any pressure. Any other captain would have agreed to him, but dravid thought differently. He put the pressure back on PWI by saying, everybody has something to lose. Even if they are out of the tournament, there is still the pressure of franchisees and fans who want to see them win and also the pressure of putting up individual performances on the players. Hats off to RD. Probably the greatest intellectual of the game and the most intelligent person to play the game.

  • POSTED BY nkoch on | May 6, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Hats off to RR. They will go all the way. They have a habit of finding winners from the lot and Dravid has knack of getting the most our of players. Rahane is the MAN!! He has best timing on cricket ball in the country right now. That six off full toss with a flick of wrist over extra cover was fantastic. He is simple, unassuming and down to earth. We got to nurture players like him and his attitude instead of flamboyant and arrogant Kohli's. Well played Dravid. Openers showed this is form of game can be won playing proper cricket. Super innings Binny and too bad we got to wait another game for Baby to start crawling. Go Royals!!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I think Cooper is more like a bowler in the team as his batting may not be needed. So, if he is failing with the ball, I would get in an impact bowler like Tait or Fidel and beg them to not bowl freebies like wides and noballs. Sreesanth for Trivedi would be a good addition too. Those are the changes I'm looking at. Sreesanth started very strongly. But started to try and bowl 6 different balls in an over and then faded-off. He should just try and put the ball in the right spot ball after ball and take it from there. Next, I really think we don't need the services of Cooper's batting with Sanju and Baby in the team. Time for Tait or Fidel in the place of Cooper. I would never trade Hodge even for a Dravid. Hodge is just priceless. That should be quite a strong batting line-up and in bowling we will have Sree, Tait or Fidel, Faulkner, Watson, Chandila, Binny. That is a very well balanced team. What else Dravid wants? Halla Bol Halla Bol.......

  • POSTED BY rocknrola on | May 6, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    I think Owais Shah and Tait should replace Hodge and Cooper for next match.

  • POSTED BY pksaspk on | May 6, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    PWI..Team management must check ..rafi Gomes and parvesh rassal..domestic records! why they not give a chance! poor team management and support staff!!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | May 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Ajinka reminds me of Ganguly albeit a right hander. Goes deep back in his crease and that back lift.Timing is good. My only wish is this guy put on a bit of muscle. He is definitely an Indian team prospect. He seems to be under Dravids tutelage and I hope he learns things from him. Just the right guy for him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    1. Congrats to RR for their determination and involvement in Cricket 2. Loved thoroughly watching Dravid playing disciplined shots in T20 3. Would have welcomed if Binny was given Man of the match award, as he withstood the complete winning pressure on him. 4. Will salute BCCI selection committe if they re-consider taking in Rahane for CT in England.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    I wonder y the pune warriors were nt including Wayne Parnell..see how he performed yesterday...Outstanding Figures of 3/27(4 overs).Well Done Parnell.

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | May 6, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Watching Ajinkya in this match made one wonder exactly why he has been left out of the Indian team? Perhaps the logic was that Murali Vijay is a specialist opener while Rahane is not. Still, considering the current form and past record (Rahane got a wonderful 50 on T20 debut in Engand), and not to forget, fielding, Rahane should have been included.

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | May 6, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Good win by RR. They have two tough matches in the last, one against CSK and then against SRH at Hyderabad. So they should focus on winning their next two games against DD and KXIP to secure their position further.

    The only change I would make in RR team as of now is to replace Cooper with some other better foreign player. Cooper needs to improve his bowling a lot as his batting is rarely required with even Faulker coming ahead of him. RR should look to add Tait in Mohali match.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    The best thing about dravid is his persona. Even during a one minute interview, he says something that makes me respect him even more than ever before. At the toss, bhogle asked him if they are wary of PWI as they have nothing to lose and will play without any pressure. Any other captain would have agreed to him, but dravid thought differently. He put the pressure back on PWI by saying, everybody has something to lose. Even if they are out of the tournament, there is still the pressure of franchisees and fans who want to see them win and also the pressure of putting up individual performances on the players. Hats off to RD. Probably the greatest intellectual of the game and the most intelligent person to play the game.

  • POSTED BY nkoch on | May 6, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Hats off to RR. They will go all the way. They have a habit of finding winners from the lot and Dravid has knack of getting the most our of players. Rahane is the MAN!! He has best timing on cricket ball in the country right now. That six off full toss with a flick of wrist over extra cover was fantastic. He is simple, unassuming and down to earth. We got to nurture players like him and his attitude instead of flamboyant and arrogant Kohli's. Well played Dravid. Openers showed this is form of game can be won playing proper cricket. Super innings Binny and too bad we got to wait another game for Baby to start crawling. Go Royals!!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I think Cooper is more like a bowler in the team as his batting may not be needed. So, if he is failing with the ball, I would get in an impact bowler like Tait or Fidel and beg them to not bowl freebies like wides and noballs. Sreesanth for Trivedi would be a good addition too. Those are the changes I'm looking at. Sreesanth started very strongly. But started to try and bowl 6 different balls in an over and then faded-off. He should just try and put the ball in the right spot ball after ball and take it from there. Next, I really think we don't need the services of Cooper's batting with Sanju and Baby in the team. Time for Tait or Fidel in the place of Cooper. I would never trade Hodge even for a Dravid. Hodge is just priceless. That should be quite a strong batting line-up and in bowling we will have Sree, Tait or Fidel, Faulkner, Watson, Chandila, Binny. That is a very well balanced team. What else Dravid wants? Halla Bol Halla Bol.......

  • POSTED BY rocknrola on | May 6, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    I think Owais Shah and Tait should replace Hodge and Cooper for next match.

  • POSTED BY pksaspk on | May 6, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    PWI..Team management must check ..rafi Gomes and parvesh rassal..domestic records! why they not give a chance! poor team management and support staff!!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | May 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Ajinka reminds me of Ganguly albeit a right hander. Goes deep back in his crease and that back lift.Timing is good. My only wish is this guy put on a bit of muscle. He is definitely an Indian team prospect. He seems to be under Dravids tutelage and I hope he learns things from him. Just the right guy for him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    1. Congrats to RR for their determination and involvement in Cricket 2. Loved thoroughly watching Dravid playing disciplined shots in T20 3. Would have welcomed if Binny was given Man of the match award, as he withstood the complete winning pressure on him. 4. Will salute BCCI selection committe if they re-consider taking in Rahane for CT in England.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    I wonder y the pune warriors were nt including Wayne Parnell..see how he performed yesterday...Outstanding Figures of 3/27(4 overs).Well Done Parnell.

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | May 6, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Watching Ajinkya in this match made one wonder exactly why he has been left out of the Indian team? Perhaps the logic was that Murali Vijay is a specialist opener while Rahane is not. Still, considering the current form and past record (Rahane got a wonderful 50 on T20 debut in Engand), and not to forget, fielding, Rahane should have been included.

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | May 6, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Good win by RR. They have two tough matches in the last, one against CSK and then against SRH at Hyderabad. So they should focus on winning their next two games against DD and KXIP to secure their position further.

    The only change I would make in RR team as of now is to replace Cooper with some other better foreign player. Cooper needs to improve his bowling a lot as his batting is rarely required with even Faulker coming ahead of him. RR should look to add Tait in Mohali match.

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | May 6, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Looking at RD's play y'day, they said 'Rolling the Years Back'. I tend to disagree with them somewhat! Coz, RD has been improving since he first broke into the international arena. This is not to say that he was not good - instead, we are getting to see an ever improving RD with age. Brushing aside some off-colour performances in the past, if you chart out his career, he has been proving his critics wrong ALL ALONG. With every match, every series and EVERY FORMAT. That's the greatness of the man. Even when it came to leadership, barring the world cup debacle in the caribbean, he proved all his detractors wrong by being aggressive on the field with his decision making and not off it like some of our 'legends' & 'big brothers'. If he decides to hang up from all formats, it's a big loss to the cricket world and especially to IPL. But, knowing him, like his friend Kumble, he will be there always working towards bettering the cricket world. HATS OFF TO THE TRUE LEGEND!

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Well done Parnell, a good prospect for PWI in future matches.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    @ankush jangid You are most welcome.

    @avani Tears may not fall off my eyes, but I cry everyday from my insides fearing the inevitable- a world where my God of cricket Rahul dravid doesn't play competitive cricket anymore. Winning the Ipl 6 would be like a movie script. But other than that its still critical for RR make it to playoffs coz that would allow us to watch dravid play one more tournament- Champions league t20. And of cource, you never know what the legend might be upto. He might make himself available for Ipl 7. I sincerely believe that if there is one 40 year old cricketer who deserves to come back next year, it's dravid. I don't think KXIP or MI will be too keen on retaining gilchrist and Sachin because they have failed on both levels, performance and mentor ship. While RR will be really keen on having Dravid's services- as he has excelled on both levels. Nobody will be interested in Brad Hogg. I don't know any other 40 yr old active cricketer.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 6, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    dravid made the right decision by sticking to rahane despite his recent failures. that augmented by a quick 50 by dravid himself and only one result was possible.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    RR is fast becoming the new csk. With the kind of batting line-up they have, no target looks unchasable. But with the ridiculously weak bowling attack, no total looks defendable for RR. Needless to say, RR should look to chase every match. Let the bowlers throw as many runs as they can, and then chase it down. If they bat first, they would never know how much is enough, and their bowlers will never be able to defend the total with all those wides and short pitch stuff. RR desperately needs an enforcer like steyn,Johnson,bubhaneshwar Kumar,yadav etc. and that can only be tait, Edwards or Sreesanth. While kkr has rajat bhatia,RR is playing with 3 bhatias in the form of binny, cooper and trivedi. Even worse, only one of the three can bat properly.RR need to play either tait/Edwards in place of cooper or Sreesanth in place of trivedi. Cooper and trivedi are not strike bowlers.They won't surprise opposition with a magical spell.They will just wait for the batsman to make a false shot.

  • POSTED BY AnkushJangid007 on | May 6, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    @Saurabh.... Thanks, at last I understood the concept of NRR.

  • POSTED BY avani on | May 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Dear Saurabh Agrawal, your quote "I wish the time could stop at that very moment. Plz never stop playing RD" brought tears on my eyes. The very imagination of the cricket without him soon, makes me very depressed. He is the real legend of cricket world. It was a treat to watch him batting. A title in this IPL series would be an ideal send off gift to him. I pray God to make it a reality.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Royals remain "Ajinkya" at home!

  • POSTED BY cricanalyst05 on | May 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Chennai has handed Mumbai a spot in top four!!!Want to see RR and SRH making into top 4..

  • POSTED BY Aju.Nair on | May 6, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Congrats to RR..they played fantastically. in the beginning it looks like PWI was going to score 200+..but RR pulled things back..that was the turning point..perfect start by Dravid and Rahane..and the Angelo Mathews over was another turning point..they scored 21 runs from that over..then two boundaries scored of first two balls Samson played..then Binny kept his cool and scored the winning shot..in one of my earlier post I was recommending the same team...only one change was Cooper comes in for Perera..Cooper is an expensive bowler this season..now RR has team balance by the inclusion of Sachin Baby..bring in Perera also...then this would be a perfect team and no one can beat them...Above all, I would rate Mr. Rahul Dravid's captaincy.. his words give confidence to the players..A perfect person for India's coaching role.. Godspeed..

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @ankushjangid007 The NRR will increase after a win only if the difference in the run rate of the two teams in that particular match is greater than the NRR of the winning team. If the difference is is equal, then the NRR will stay the same and if the difference is less than the NRR, the NRR will fall. Yesterday, RR had an NRR of .435 before the match but the difference in run rate between RR and PWI was just .270. So the overall NRR fell. The same happened during RR vs RCB match. That's simple maths.

  • POSTED BY Tapash on | May 6, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Mathews & Yuvraj need to be excluded immediately. Pune management does not have cricket experience at all. Last match PWI should have got 220 runs, but they stopped 178. Funny & Ridiculous..

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Looks like dravid is suffering from short term memory loss. He seems to have forgotten that T20 is youngsters' game while the other oldies like sachin, gilchrist, hogg seem to take that advice seriously. If their is one 40year man who deserves to play in Ipl 7, it's dravid. Oh, what a display of batsmanship. His strike rate was better than finch, uthappa, yuvi, Matthews and rahane. And all proper cricketing shots, no slogs. Unless you look at scorecard, you can never tell that he scored at a faster pace than his younger compatriots. And how many times have we seen him completing a fifty with a six. Boy, how I wish the time could stop at that very moment. Plz never stop playing RD. cricket will be poor without you.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 6, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I hope BCCI takes care of Sanju Samson, because given he is only 18 and after Dhoni's retirement in 5-6 years Sanju will be ready to blood in the indian team. Hearty request to media, please don't hype him and dont give him so much attention, because we don't want another Unmukt Chand and Rohit Sharma in the making. All the very best Sanju and halla Bol RR! Lovely team to watch and hard to not support them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    great game of cricket.warriors bowling is abysmal

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    @AnkushJangid007,

    The NRR is the run rate per over that a team scores, minus the run rate per over that is scored against them. Usually, runs and overs bowled are summed together throughout a season to compare teams in a league table.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    As a Dravid fan,very happy to see him play him well and seeing RR winning matches.Sanju has been a real finding this IPL season,but it will be better if we dont give him too much pressure.The only fact which worries me is that while SMS has been a rock solid fort for RR this season,their performances at other stadiums has not been that convincing.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | May 6, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    what a delight to watch the great RD bat. simply superb. Most of the raw Indian talent seem to perform good under Dravid's leadership .......Binny, Samson, Yagnik, Chandela, Trivedi. Wish & hope that RD's team win this edition of IPL.from a loyal Dravid fan

  • POSTED BY AnkushJangid007 on | May 6, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Just can't understand one thing... How the hell does the NRR go down after winning a game? Royals' NRR went from 0.63 to 0.58 after winning against RCB and now from 0.43 to 0.40 after winning against PWI.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    i dont know y the selectors didnt pick sanju samson...

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 6, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Sanju Samon! I don't want to hype this lil baby, because i want to see him succeed in life and become a legend like Dravid. Similar looking stroke play and a calm head on his shoulder. You have already have fans Sanju, keep going mate. Now...on to Stuart Binny, He has to be one of the most "Improved" cricketers in recent times, along with Jadeja. He can be a good ODI and T20 all-rounder for India specially in overseas conditions. He swings the ball and a very good batsman with hard hitting technique.

  • POSTED BY praneeth1975 on | May 6, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    As a Cricket lover i am sorry for R.Royals what happen last match why can't play same team like this match, why did they change batting order. I don't think bcos of S.Khan.then why.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 6, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Sanju samson, Don't forget me (your first fan) when you break all the records. Hopefully selectors see you as a proper batsmen and not only a wicket keeper.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | May 6, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    That extra cover drive that Sanju Samson played of first ball he faced was Just AWESOME! It seem most Indian wicket keepers are very good batting form.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 6, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Awesome team effort by RR and great to see the are a well balanced team and won this game without Watto or Hodge's heroics. Dravid was simply awesome and i was hoping for Rahane to fire, and he did in this game. Not a start studded team, bunch of kids wanna go out enjoy and a never give up attitude makes this team one hell of a team. However, i'd say a bit of sketchy captaincy from Dravid in terms of bowling selection. You don't have to bowl chandila on a grassy pitch where bowl skits along. But no worries, Dravid! We are so proud that you are part of our team. Halla Bol! Ipl-6 is ours!

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | May 6, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    @Harmony111 : U r forgetting that Gayle is one of the four players to register 2 triple tons in test cricket. Maybe Gayle's style is n0t that suited to test cricket at the moment but he was a excellent test player years ago. maybe we all have been carried away by his record in IPL and other T20s. The truth remains - the players who can perform well at the test level can easily play all the other forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | May 6, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Posted by VinodGupte on (May 5, 2013, 18:12 GMT), And You forgot ,Delhi Daredevils demolished this MI ,who in return lost to Chennai in their home ground Delhi ..LOL..RR too demolished MI..ROFL..

  • POSTED BY Achus11 on | May 6, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    I am really happy that only Indians are mainly involved in this big chase..I RR have a pretty good chance of winning this year as they are a pretty much balanced in all the departments..They should go with the same team next match as well

  • POSTED BY Yasin123Patel on | May 6, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    hitting a triple cnturies is not make gayle to test player. One need consistency and technique. And BTW he just avging. 42 in test and dravid, sachin has more. And in recent year he just score runs in domestic T20. He consistently fail at international level and even at T20 int. He is just a more slogger than pure batsman. In this IPL after last match in pune he failed in 3 match. Bowlers knew now how to ball him.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 6, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    The stage is set for RR, inching closer to the play offs, and man hats off to Rahul Dravid, my hero, what a knock, he has been the best veteran going around and i am sure he has surprised many people with the way he is batting at this age!! On a day when Faulkner didn't do much with the ball and Watto with the bat the others made sure they step up and won the game!!

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | May 6, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Hahaha, this is the perfect way for Ajinkya Rahane to answer the Indian selectors! Dropping him for Murali Vijay looks like a ridiculous decision now. Vijay should have been sent to SA as Pujara's deputy in the A-team. Rahane has warmed the bench for 18 months now, and the result is him losing his place in the squad altogether after a small number of failures in India's winter ODIs. Very unfair selection.

  • POSTED BY I_Love_My_India on | May 5, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    I am big fan of Rahul Dravid. I always felt sorry for him being denied man of the match in many matches for India because when ever he gets a century some one else either grabs more wicket or score at least one run over him, though he was one of the key elements in indian cricket for a long time. I always had the same respect for Sachin also. That could be the reason why I am supporting MI and RR. I was really surprised to see the way he uses his resources and the selectors selecting the team. One of the revelation was Sanju Samson who will be one of the best cricketers for India and Sachin Baby who was named after Sachin R T by his father Baby. I saw the match of Kerala against Delhi and eagerly waiting for the next Sachin's success. The scorecard can be found at http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/626425.html

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | May 5, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    @SamRoy: How many double 100s does Gayle have in ODIs? 0, so his style is not suitable for ODIs right? And while we are at it, how many total 100s does Gayle have in Tests btw? I don't know but I think less then half of Sachin (or even Dravid). Talking about Triple 100s Jadeja has scored of them in FC than Sachin or Dravid or Gayle, so as per your own logic Jadeja is a more suitable player than these 3 in FC, right?

    I too like Gayle but the point here is that it is unfair to extend one or two good/great performances in any format to make a general rule. Afridi still has the record for the fastest 100 but he is slightly less than an avg batsman in ODIs. Gayle has a superbly consistent and top grade T20 record and so it is worth emulating but I don't think if one should say Gayle's style is suitable for tests too. That is the only problem I have with your comment.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | May 5, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    @ hellraizer33 ; Seems you are not following IPL closely. Mathews does not captain PW anymore. Finch is the captain. Since Mathews is not the captain, why PW management selects him for the team? There is no replacement for his talent in their squad.

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | May 5, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    @hellraizer33: Mathews didn't let we Sri Lankans down yet ! We don't care his success or failure in Indian carnival cricket. He already did lots of good things for SL cricket & we know he is going to continue it. We can see the real quality of IPL super stars in England next month.

  • POSTED BY PuranV on | May 5, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Good job Dravid, I thought it was tough total and surprised to when Dravid opened to bat. We did not see Sachin Baby's batting; maybe he can be used as a part time bowler. RR should control their extra runs and work on bowling to wicket to wicket. If RR would have scored one over before they could have moved on to 3rd place in the point table. Once again like his father Binny has good fighter and finisher of the game.

  • POSTED BY hellraizer33 on | May 5, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    @ Narabavi he is a man not a guy ..respect the man and remember the name its Rahul dravid.. With no offense meeant mathews performance is abysmal in this ipl.. A captain must lead the team ans set an example that he could not do when he was given a chance .. Does he have anything to showcase for the high expectation pune team put on him.. He let them down .. He failed.. It does not mean he is not a good player but thee is no denial that he let every one down .. Be his fan his country men or pune supporters.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Looks like the RR bowling needs some tuning. Ankit Chavan as left-arm spinner seems to be a safer option compared to Chandila. Instead of Cooper& Baby (unknown), RR should go with Owais Shah and Sreesanth. Sreesanth needs to be playing continuously to be in rhythm. The bowling attack of Faulkner, Watson, Sreesanth, Chavan, Binnny and Trivedi would be a safe option. One more domestic spinning option would have been good.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | May 5, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    @prashantweb The way Gayle bats is also extremely suitable for test cricket. Gayle has 2 triple hundreds in test cricket. How many do Dravid and Sachin have? Any way, Gayle hardly slogs in a T20 innings. It's just that his timing, power and bat swing is unmatchable. Also he has the heaviest bat in IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Selecting M. Vijay instead of Rahane in Champions Trophy could cost Indian team too mcuh. M. Vijay is not in playing 11 in CSK team also. Is Dhoni wants him to just enjoy picnic in England??

  • POSTED BY hm007 on | May 5, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    A timely win for RR and this time without much contribution from Watto or Hodge. RR needs to look at what it can do better with its bowling combination but on a good wicket against power hitters you can't really do much. Need to try Binny bit more, at least if he can sneak in one or two overs without much then that will open up more options. Given that this was a good batting wicket, and not so threatening bowling attack Watto should have come up and opened the innings, if had got going things would have been much smoother for RR in the end. Binny is an amazing player, always scores quick runs when needed. he can be India's Hodge (along with Dhoni) ? I see that he has potential to join the Indian team as no 7 if he can get consistent Yorker length bowling esp. In seaming conditions where Jadeja will not be effective. But for now, time to get RR through. Time for Halla Bol..

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | May 5, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas : But your Dravid guy missed the century because of him :):)

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    pune batting order is going well bt their bowling dept is very poor, i dnt knw how com a team coached by Allan Donald is so poor, if they hav to win matches they need to strengthen their bowling line up

  • POSTED BY 22many on | May 5, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Taylor should have been capt from the start ....

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | May 5, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    A. Rahane and Sehwag should be in INDIA for UK tour.

    A PAKISTANi fan.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 5, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I'm really happy that, that useless Mathews guy played for PWI today. He is easily the most reliable player who plays for the opposition. Consumed 15 balls to score 18 runs at a critical stage and then leaked runs like a clueless kiddo with his trundlers. What a dead-weight he is for PWI! What a reliable ray of hope he has been for the opponent players and fans. Thanks to PWI for letting that Mathews guy play. Well played RR. Well played Dravid. Well played Rahane and Binny!!! Way to go! Halla Bol Halla Bol.......

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | May 5, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Mathiews slow batting at the depth overs cost the game for Pune , they were around 10-15 run short

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 5, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    and this team, THIS pune team beat CSK on their home turf. LOL!

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 5, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Very good effort form Parnell, anyway Bhuvi and Upadhyay messed it up being primary bowlers. They always find someone to emulate dinda don't they? THe 10-15 period lost them the game.

  • POSTED BY dadasupporterNO.1 on | May 5, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    well played dravid,rahane,binny y rahane is dropped from champions trophy????

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Pune struggling to find that "impact" bowler like Malinga for MI or Steyn for SRH. Their batting also has too much of big hitters and no people to anchor innings or save one like Badrinath or Hussey for CSK.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 5, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    @prashantweb Everyone loves Sachin and Rahul but Gayle plays real shots for his innings too it's just he has such incredible power ! hitting 6's straight down the ground and over cover can hardly be considered "baseball shots"

  • POSTED BY prashantweb on | May 5, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    No matter what anyone thinks or say about Gayle and other IPL players who continuously hit sixes and score quick runs here, No other player can match Sachin and Rahul Dravid !Reason- Rahul has proved his ability in one and test and he plays in IPL with same cool and hits beautiful strokes and score runs. Similarly no matter Sachin scores 20-40 runs in IPL he plays with same style and that is very important thing. Both players have proved that you don't need to play immature shots in IPL you can use the classic shots which will keep the soul of true cricket alive no matter how much T20 match you ask them to play. New comers should learn this and concentrate on One day and Test by playing like real cricket player instead of baseball player.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 5, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Pune Warriors are a great side which should have done much better but the trouble in my opinion seems to be similar to the West Indies problem as the slow low home pitch has not been suitable to get the best out of the players style of play. All these Guys Uthappa, Luke Wright and the ozzy overseas especially Finch and Marsh all need pace on the ball that the Pune track for most part has not had and on top of this they haven't a top spinner like a Narine or Mishra to capitalize from it either.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 5, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Pune Warriors are a great side which should have done much better but the trouble in my opinion seems to be similar to the West Indies problem as the slow low home pitch has not been suitable to get the best out of the players style of play. All these Guys Uthappa, Luke Wright and the ozzy overseas especially Finch and Marsh all need pace on the ball that the Pune track for most part has not had and on top of this they haven't a top spinner like a Narine or Mishra to capitalize from it either.

  • POSTED BY prashantweb on | May 5, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    No matter what anyone thinks or say about Gayle and other IPL players who continuously hit sixes and score quick runs here, No other player can match Sachin and Rahul Dravid !Reason- Rahul has proved his ability in one and test and he plays in IPL with same cool and hits beautiful strokes and score runs. Similarly no matter Sachin scores 20-40 runs in IPL he plays with same style and that is very important thing. Both players have proved that you don't need to play immature shots in IPL you can use the classic shots which will keep the soul of true cricket alive no matter how much T20 match you ask them to play. New comers should learn this and concentrate on One day and Test by playing like real cricket player instead of baseball player.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 5, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    @prashantweb Everyone loves Sachin and Rahul but Gayle plays real shots for his innings too it's just he has such incredible power ! hitting 6's straight down the ground and over cover can hardly be considered "baseball shots"

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Pune struggling to find that "impact" bowler like Malinga for MI or Steyn for SRH. Their batting also has too much of big hitters and no people to anchor innings or save one like Badrinath or Hussey for CSK.

  • POSTED BY dadasupporterNO.1 on | May 5, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    well played dravid,rahane,binny y rahane is dropped from champions trophy????

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 5, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Very good effort form Parnell, anyway Bhuvi and Upadhyay messed it up being primary bowlers. They always find someone to emulate dinda don't they? THe 10-15 period lost them the game.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | May 5, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    and this team, THIS pune team beat CSK on their home turf. LOL!

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | May 5, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Mathiews slow batting at the depth overs cost the game for Pune , they were around 10-15 run short

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 5, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I'm really happy that, that useless Mathews guy played for PWI today. He is easily the most reliable player who plays for the opposition. Consumed 15 balls to score 18 runs at a critical stage and then leaked runs like a clueless kiddo with his trundlers. What a dead-weight he is for PWI! What a reliable ray of hope he has been for the opponent players and fans. Thanks to PWI for letting that Mathews guy play. Well played RR. Well played Dravid. Well played Rahane and Binny!!! Way to go! Halla Bol Halla Bol.......

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | May 5, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    A. Rahane and Sehwag should be in INDIA for UK tour.

    A PAKISTANi fan.