Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

IPL 2013 Preview: Pune Warriors India host Kolkata Knight Riders in battle to salvage pride

IPL 2013 Preview: Pune Warriors India host Kolkata Knight Riders in battle to salvage pride

Pune Warriors India’s biggest concern is their bowling. Death bowling just accentuates their struggles with the ball © IANS

By Sarang Bhalerao

Pune: May 8, 2013

Pune Warriors India will take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the 56th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Subrata Sahara Stadium in the battle to salvage pride.

Pune Warriors, who have lost 10 games out of 12 played so far, are already out of the play-offs contention. Kolkata Knight Riders are virtually out of the semifinal contention after their loss to Mumbai Indians by 65 runs at the Wankhede stadium.

Pune Warriors’ biggest concern is their bowling. Death bowling just accentuates their struggles with the ball. Two games earlier, they got pounding from AB de Villiers. In their last game Staurt Binny and Brad Hodge got the big hits when needed and won a close game at Jaipur. The bowling combinations keep changing. While Ashok Dinda was entrusted with the responsibility of bowling the death overs, in the previous game he was dropped and Wayne Parnell took over the mantle along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Parnell had a good outing; he worked up good pace and picked up three wickets. Krishnakant Upadhyay, Dinda’s replacement, failed to impress. Rahul Sharma has failed to put a lid to the scoring rate.

Angelo Mathews when he misses his mark goes for plenty of runs. His 21-run over gave Rajasthan’s run-chase an impetus in the middle overs. Yuvraj Singh can be a good fifth bowling option. Skipper Aaron Finch might look to use Yuvraj’s bowling more.

Pune’s batting has put up scores on the board. Robin Uthappa has been in red-hot form. His two half-centuries in the last two games is good news for the Pune camp. Aaron Finch compliments Uthappa well and the Pune opening duo has made life easier for the middle order. Yuvraj is due for a big score. He has not really fired in the tournament. Mitchell Marsh and Mathews can use the long handle.

Kolkata Knight Riders, unlike Pune, are struggling to put up decent scores. Gautam Gambhir, after scoring hat-trick of half-centuries is unable to get big scores which is affecting the side’s fortunes. Manvinder Bisla has been sporadic with his scores. Yusuf Pathan has had couple of decent innings but overall his form has been a big worry. Jacques Kallis has not looked fluent. Eoin Morgan has been Kolkata’s best batsman.The Kolkata middle-order has not fired.

Kolkata have benched Ryan ten Doeschate. He might get a game ahead of Ryan McLaren who went for 60 off his four overs against Mumbai Indians. Sunil Narine and Morgan are certainties. It will be interesting to see if Jacques Kallis makes way for Brendon McCullum to bolster the batting.

Both the teams have a point to prove in IPL 2013. So expect an engrossing battle between them.

Teams:

Pune Warriors India (probable): Robin Uthappa, Aaron Finch (c), Yuvraj Singh, Mitchell Marsh, Angelo Mathews,  Udit Birla, Mahesh Rawat (wk), Wayne Parnell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Krishnakant Upadhyay.

Kolkata Knight Riders (probable): Gautam Gambhir (c), Manvinder Bisla (wk), Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Yusuf Pathan, Debabarata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Iqbal Abdulla, Lakshmipathy Balaji.

Time: 20:00 local | 14:30 (GMT)

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Who else but Shakespeare on the World Book and Copyright Day?

IPL 2013: Shane Watson’s scintillating century against Chennai Super Kings goes in vain

John Small — The first man to use a straight bat

IPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo’s absence a major blow for Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sachin Tendulkar turns 41, celebrating birthday away from cricket field

IPL 2014 set to break all records

Saleem Malik hits out at PCB for not reviewing his life ban

IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says he enjoys bowling after Chennai’s win over Rajasthan

David Miller believes three consecutive wins in IPL 2014 ‘phenomenal’ for Kings XI Punjab

Why Yorkshire was the ideal county for Tendulkar in the Championship

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: Five forgotten gems

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: Why he remains my favourite cricketer

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Google Street View now lets users go back in time

Is Cameron Diaz planning holiday for Gwyneth Paltrow?

Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

Sonakshi Sinha beats Akshay Kumar in basketball – Watch video!

Sachin Tendulkar turns 41, celebrating birthday away from cricket field

Sachin Tendulkar: Five forgotten gems

Also on cricketcountry.com