Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 16 April 2013 - 07:48pm IST
Preview : Match 22 – PWI vs SRH
PWI look resurrected?
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.
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.