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Match 42 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will feature the Pune Warriors India and Chennai Super Kings. PWI and CSK have both played nine matches but are separated by seven teams on the table. While CSK top the table with seven victories, PWI lie at the floor of the table with just two victories and a very poor net run rate.
PWI have been at the receiving end in their last three matches. After failing to chase down 120 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they were blown away by Chris Gayle and Royal Challengers Bangalore. In their most recent outing against the Delhi Daredevils, PWI put up a good fight in their chase of 165 but eventually fell short by 15 runs.
CSK have made winning a habit. Since handing the Delhi Daredevils a 86-run defeat, CSK have clung on to three last over finishes and most recently got the better of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 8 p.m
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
The T20 format is such, that runs from the top-order has a direct bearing on the team’s chances of winning. Given that principle, it is important that Pune Warriors India realise plenty of runs from Aaron Finch, Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh. All three players have been in good form but haven’t carried on converting them to big scores.
Michael Hussey’s 95 which powered CSK to 200 in their match against KKR only reinforced how important a player he is in CSK’s ranks. A solid player at the top of the order, Hussey also has the game to change gears and take on the bowlers when needed. His presence in the line-up gives the likes of Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo the opportunity play their natural attacking style of cricket.
Among the quick bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (PWI) and Chris Morris (CSK) are the ones to look out for. Rahul Sharma (PWI) and R Ashwin (CSK) have very impressive economy rates in the T20 format and how they fare could have a significant impact on which team does well in the match.
Chennai Super Kings have won three of their five matches against Pune Warriors India. CSK won both their matches against PWI in the 2011 season before both teams won their respective away games in the 2012 season.
When the teams met at Chennai earlier this season, PWI caused an upset as they posted 159 and then restricted the hosts to 135 to win by 24 runs.
Pune Warriors India batsmen have posted 13 scores of 30 or more this season but only three of them have been converted to 50 or more.
Pune Warriors India have conceded the most sixes this season – 50.
Both teams will be seen in action next on May 2. Pune Warriors India will host Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will head back home to host Kings XI Punjab.
Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab in match 41 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
The Mumbai Indians sit among the top four teams in the table and are slowly finding form. After successive defeats, MI returned to winning ways defeating defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders and then followed it up with a resounding victory over RCB in their previous match.
Kings XI Punjab meanwhile lie mid-table with four wins and as many defeats. They suffered a five-wicket defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders in their most-recent outing but had two convincing wins prior to that.
KXIP coach Darren Lehmann confirmed on the eve of the match that Shaun Marsh had recovered from the injury and stood a fair chance of playing this match. His addition to the KXIP line-up will be a big boost to the team. Marsh is the leading run-getter for the Mohali franchise and has made runs in each of the four seasons he has participated in the league. His addition to the KXIP XI could also give Gilchrist a chance to slip down the order.
Monday, April 29, 2013, 8 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians have plenty of in-form batsmen. The addition of Dwayne Smith has solved MI’s problems at the top of the innings. Runs from the West Indian – who has scored half-centuries in the last two matches – has reduced the burden on Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma who are MI’s two-most important batsmen. Sachin Tendulkar looked ominous in the previous match and that means MI now have a top four, all amongst the runs.
Mandeep Singh is KXIP’s top run-getter this season and that only establishes he has been the team’s best batsman. KXIP need runs from him and David Miller - their other man in form. Though skipper Adam Gilchrist has looked out of touch, he faced a fair number of deliveries in the previous match; a big knock from the Australia could be just round the corner.
The balance sways in favour of Kings XI Punjab where previous contests between them and Mumbai Indians are concerned. KXIP have won six of the ten matches between the two teams.
Last season, both teams failed to defend in their respective home territories.
Off the 39 wickets KXIP bowlers have picked up this IPL season, only four have been by their spinners (3 wickets by Piyush Chawla & 1 wicket by Bhargav Bhatt).
Both teams will head South after this fixture. Mumbai Indians head out to Hyderabad to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 1 while Kings XI Punjab head to Chennai to take on the Chennai Super Kings on May 2.