Pune v Delhi, IPL 2013, Pune May 18, 2013

Race on to avoid ignominy of bottom place

Match facts

May 19, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Despite three years of unremitting mediocrity, the fans of Pune Warriors have faithfully turned up to cheer on their side. It will be a testament to their loyalty if they show up in numbers for Warriors' final game of the season, which pits their team against Delhi Daredevils, another side which has had an utterly forgettable season. The only interest in the game will be to see which team avoids the bottom spot, in a season in which both have been inept.

Form guide

Pune Warriors WLLLL
Delhi Daredevils LLLLL

In the spotlight

Most players in either side will be waiting for the season to end, but few want it to finish as desperately as David Warner, who has had four months of woe in India. He arrived long before the IPL, for the Test series in which Australia were comprehensively beaten 4-0 and Daredevils have rarely looked like rising out of the bottom half in the IPL. To top it off, he could be in trouble with Cricket Australia after a series of angry tweets lashing out at an Australia journalist.

Stats and trivia

  • Warriors' victory over Kolkata Knight Riders earlier this week was only their third victory in 24 matches
  • One of the biggest disappointments of the season for Daredevils has been Mahela Jayawardene, who has been striking at a sluggish rate of 105.66 despite getting plenty of opportunities at the top of the order

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo