Home > News >

IPL 2013: Pune Warriors face tough task against Royal Challengers Bangalore

IPL 2013: Pune Warriors face tough task against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Aaron Finch-led Pune Warriors host Royal Challengers on Thursday in IPL 2013 © IANS

Pune: May 1, 2013

Their campaign going completely haywire after a fifth straight loss, Pune Warriors India would be desperate to make amends but they face an uphill task when they lock horns with the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL match at Pune on Thursday.

It won’t be an easy task for Aaron Finch‘s boys as they are up against a formidable Bangalore side which boasts of the big-hitting Chris Gayle.

On paper, Bangalore appear to be the overwhelming favourites with six wins in 10 games, while Pune are languishing at the bottom with just two wins in 10 matches.

The Allan Donald-coached Pune side would be eager to forget the nightmarish experience it encountered the last time these two teams met on April 23, when Bangalore registered the highest team score of 263 and Gayle massacred the bowling to score a record 66-ball 175.

The Warriors have been woefully out of sorts, inconsistent in all departments. Their batting and bowling hasn’t clicked together and this is what cost them against two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday, when they lost by 37 runs.

Chasing a target of 165 against Chennai, Pune lost the plot by losing three quick wickets at the start and never recovered from there.

Their batting is yet to fire in unison and barring captain Aaron Finch’s three half-centuries, no other Pune batsman has scored a fifty so far in this edition.

Australian all-rounder Steve Smith has chipped in with useful contributions and has scored 155 in six matches.

Wicket-keeper batsman Robin Uthappa has been dismissed after getting an eye in and the opener would be eager to get a big score to provide his team a platform.

Flamboyant left-hander Yuvraj Singh hasn’t fired with the bat in this edition and has logged just 140 runs in his seven matches at an average of 23.33.

Their poor death bowling has been hurting them and Pune gave away 62 runs in the last five overs in their previous match against Chennai and conceded 63 off their last five overs against a struggling Delhi Daredevils side on Sunday.

But they will take heart from the fact that pacers Kane Richardson and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled a fiery spell initially in the previous match, with the Australian getting rid of the dangerous Michael Hussey early on. Leg-spinner Rahul Sharma also partnered the duo well.

Ashok Dinda has been expensive throughout but has picked up the most wickets for his side, 10 in as many matches at an average of 35.70.

On the other hand, in the days after defeating Pune by 130 runs, Bangalore have lost two games in a row and the visitors would be keen to get back to the winning ways.

Bangalore have won all their matches at home and they would try to shrug off the tag of not being able to win the away games by securing a victory at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here.

Although they are in a good position, RCB will be desperate to return to winning ways as they know one more defeat will not only affect their momentum but also change things around in quick time.

Gayle has amassed 484 runs and is the leading run-scorer in the tournament and Pune are well aware of his hard-hitting abilities, having been on the receiving end once.

Bangalore would be hoping for a similar show from the Jamaican to keep them in hunt for a berth in the play offs.

Skipper Virat Kohli has been in good touch with 366 runs under his belt, while the visitors also boast of Tillakaratne Dilshan and A B de Villiers up their ranks.

Dilshan hasn’t performed with the bat so far and was dropped in the previous game against Rajasthan Royals, which Bangalore lost by four wickets.

The bowling attack is relatively young and experienced pacers — R Vinay Kumar, R P Singh and Ravi Rampaul — have been unable to restrict the opposition batsmen in the last two games.

Kumar has been the go to bowler for the captain and has scalped 15 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 20.60.

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Michael Holding insists that ICC is 20 years late on crackdown over chucking

MS Dhoni has done a commendable job as India captain, says Yuvraj Singh

Michael Holding insists that MS Dhoni is no longer ‘innovative and proactive’

Yuvraj Singh sheds light on fight with cancer

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014: Hosts hope to return to winning ways

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Don Bradman — even if every chance he ever gave in his career was accepted, he would still remain head and shoulders above the others

Len Hutton’s hundred gets reported as illness

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here