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The Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, who have both won their most recent matches, will feature in Match 23 of the Pepsi IPL 2013. Though both teams have won three off their four matches, Mumbai Indians sit higher in the standings, courtesy a higher net run rate. Both teams will be aware that a win here will mean a chance to go to the top of the table.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 8 p.m
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid – two batsmen known better for their technique and temperament – have put to rest the theory that T20 cricket is custom-made for the stroke-makers. Both batsmen have played shots as prescribed in the coaching manual, yet have been extremely successful in the 20-over format. They, together with Shane Watson, who is yet to fire this season, hold the key for the Royals.
By sheer performance Dinesh Karthik has forced the two legends – Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting – into the background. Given the opportunity to bat at number three, Karthik has scored runs in each of the four innings so far. He will hope to carry that form right through the tournament as he looks to force his way back into the Indian team. Look out for Tendulkar and Ponting too, for you cannot keep the two legends out of action for long.
Mitchell Johnson has got his in-dippers going and that has made him doubly dangerous. The Mumbai Indians bowling attack will be a lethal one if Johnson can get those deliveries to swing in late on a consistent basis and add Lasith Malinga if he can start firing those yorkers.
The Rajasthan Royals have a 4-5 win-loss record in ten matches against the Mumbai Indians, with one match being abandoned without a ball being bowled. In matches at Jaipur, the teams have met on four occasions with both teams winning two matches apiece.
Last season though, the Mumbai Indians blanked the Rajasthan Royals; they won the home fixture by 27 runs and then registered a thumping 10-wicket victory when they met at Jaipur.
2009 was Dinesh Karthik’s most productive IPL season; the Chennai lad scored 288 runs in 13 innings that season. However, in just four innings this season, he has already accumulated 224 runs.
The Rajasthan Royals will head down south to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 20 while the Mumbai Indians will fly to the National Capital for their away clash against the Delhi Daredevils (scheduled on April 21).
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.