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A buoyant Pune Warriors India will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 22 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
Pune Warriors India caused an upset in their previous match when they defeated the Chennai Super Kings. Whether that was the effect of the inclusion of Steve Smith or not, the Warriors appeared a charged up unit and will hope to build on that momentum and pocket two more points in this home fixture.
The Sunrisers have blown hot and cold so far this season; the team has won three of their five matches so far. But in the two other matches, they have been handed a thrashing – they first lost to RCB by 7 wickets and were then defeated by the Kolkata Knight Riders by 48 runs. The team will realise they need to string together consistent performances for them to stay in contention for a place in the top four teams. When
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 4 p.m
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
The one common factor in PWI’s wins this season has been the starts provided by Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa. Finch playing the role of aggressor and Uthappa playing second fiddle seems to be working well for the Warriors. In Yuvraj Singh, Steve Smith and Ross Taylor, the team has men who can change the game in a matter of moments. It remains to be seen who, from the XI who played in the previous match, will make way for regular captain Angelo Mathews.
Bowling is certainly the Sunrisers’ stronger discipline. Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra have operated as a well oiled unit. On the batting front, Cameron White and Thisara Perera are the two most dangerous batsmen in the line-up and they will not only need more than cameos from them.
Pune Warriors India will remember the 22-run defeat they suffered at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening match of Pepsi IPL 2013. That was the only time these two teams have previously met and the Warriors will be keen to settle scores this time around.
Aaron Finch has twice in three innings improved on his highest scores in the IPL. Prior to his 64 against the Rajasthan Royals, Finch had a highest score of 30. He bettered that during the match Chennai Super Kings by scoring a quick-fire 67.
Spinners have been very economical in matches against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the five matches so far this season, the overall economy rate of spin bowlers against the Sunrisers Hyderabad is 5.83.
Pune Warriors India will try to improve their record in matches played on April 17. The team has played two matches on this date in previous years – in 2011 and 2012 – and they’ve lost both fixtures.
Both team’s next matches are against Kings XI Punjab. While Pune Warriors India will enjoy a brief break before they travel to Mohali for their match on April 21, Sunrisers Hyderabad head home to play host to Kings XI Punjab on April 19.
Caribbean pacer says belief in team is what matters
By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 15 April 2013
Royal Challengers Bangalore are smarting from the last-ball dramatic loss to the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk. This was the second time in IPL 2013 that RCB threw in the towel under pressure, the super-over loss against the Sunrisers Hyderabad being the first case.
For West Indian pace bowler, Ravi Rampaul, the Chennai match holds bitter-sweet memories. While RCB lost he, on his IPL debut, dismissed MS Dhoni, Murali Vijay and Dwayne Bravo. Three names to really consider. .
RCB return home now, to take on the beleaguered Delhi Daredevils, who are still searching for their first win this season. Ahead of the match, Rampaul said the team has put the Chennai loss behind them and are prepared to take on DD.
“We have to regroup as quickly as possible because the games are coming fast,” Rampaul said during his interaction with the media “It’s tough that two of our matches went to the last over and one turned out to be a Super Over. That’s how cricket goes. We have to go back to the drawing board and decide what we have to do.”
While he cherished his IPL debut, Rampaul rued it coming in a losing cause. “I was very happy getting to play my first IPL game. I just made use of the opportunity to get three wickets but at the end of the day, we didn’t win the match. So it really doesn’t matter how well I did. We have to continue playing as a team and keep our heads held high.”
Despite having a strong contingent of pace bowlers, RCB have struggled to keep the opposition batsmen in check in the death overs. Rampaul admits it is a concern and said he’s prepared to take on the mantle if asked to do so.
“We have definitely been having some problems in the death overs. Any bowler has to come and deliver at the death. The execution was not all that well. So it is something that we need to work on.
“Once we get that right all our performances will be lifted. I am comfortable bowling at all times of the innings. Whatever the captain and the bowler decide, the execution is the key. There are a lot of games coming up and so there are lot of opportunities,” he said.
Rampaul refuted the suggestion that RCB are over dependent on Chris Gayle to win games. “Even when Gayle doesn’t perform, there are other young Indian players waiting for the opportunity. Also, (Virat) Kohli and AB (de Villiers) have been in good form. Our batting has not really gone down to the tail.”