Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 04 May 2013 - 10:22pm IST
Preview : Match 50 – RR vs PWI
PWI hoping to breach RR fortress
Match 50 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will pit Rajasthan Royals against the Pune Warriors India.
The two points available from this match are certainly more crucial for the Rajasthan Royals than for their opponents, who are out of contention from making it to the Play-Offs. RR, who have won six of their ten matches so far, were handed an eight-wicket defeat by defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous match.
Pune Warriors India, lie at the floor of the table with just two wins from eleven matches. They have come close to winning on at least three other occasions but have not been able to close things off. In their previous match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, they put up a stiff fight in their chase of 187, but eventually fell short by 17 runs. Though they are out of the race from making it to the Play-Offs, they could have a say in deciding which of the other teams progress to the Play-Offs.
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 8 p.m
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
In the few chances he has had so far, Sanju Viswanadh has looked a very impressive cricketer. Just 18-years old, Sanju has shown to possess not only good temperament but also a wide array of strokes. While he will be expected to get runs, RR will also expect runs from their match-winner Shane Watson. Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid might not set the world on fire playing shots, but both players are integral to RR’s plans – especially because they hold up one end allowing the stroke-makers to play freely.
Robin Uthappa, Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh are Pune Warriors India’s batsmen in form. Uthappa looked in fine form against RCB, creaming 75 runs against his old team and he will be expected to do well yet again. His opening partner Finch too has looked good; the Australian scored half-centuries in three of the first five matches, but has since failed to convert starts to big scores. Yuvraj Singh has played cameos consistently, but PWI need much more than the cameos.
Rajasthan Royals have a 3-1 win-loss record over the Pune Warriors India. After winning the first meeting between the two teams in 2011, RR blanked PWI in both contests in the 2012 season.
When the two teams met earlier this season, Pune Warriors India registered their first win over RR when they restricted the visitors to 145 and scored the required runs in 18.4 overs to register a convincing seven-wicket win.
The Rajasthan Royals have won 21 of their 30 IPL matches at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Rajasthan Royals will remain at home to take on the Delhi Daredevils next on May 7 while Pune Warriors India head back home to host Kolkata Knight Riders on May 9.