About the Match
After a disappointing defeat against Delhi Daredevils, every game for Pune Warriors India would be like a knockout game. Their biggest test to beginning of this phase is against table toppers Chennai Super Kings who are on record winning streak. The match would be played on 30th April at 8:00pm at Pune’s home ground. At first glance, it may easily appear to be a mismatch, but it is the IPL and every team is properly balanced. Furthermore, the table toppers were beaten by Pune Warriors India in the last game between the two. To hang in the competition, though by a thread, Pune would have to produce miraculous performance which is not at all easy.
Chennai Super Kings:
With a poor, but better than they are used to start, Chennai Super Kings couldn’t have asked for more than what they’ve got now. They’ve won seven out of nine games and are sitting pretty at first place. Their recent victory against KKR was great example of their batting and fielding strength. Hussey single handedly won the match for them with fabulous batting and Morris’ last over is not to be forgotten. Chris Morris is an excellent addition to their squad and has performed beyond expectations. Chennai has a superb bowling attack, excellent batting lineup backed with sharp fielding. Chennai is one of the toughest sides to beat in the IPL.
Pune Warriors India:
It appears that the hammering from Chris Gayle a few days earlier is still haunting Warriors. They yield far too many runs in death overs and are hardly ever able to score them at the required run rate when required. Looking at the Warriors’ side on paper, there doesn’t seem to be many problems, but looking at the way they perform, they appear to be dealing with so many problems and that too without any success. Pune features players like Yuvraj, Finch and Wright. Uthappa needs to convert his starts into big-ones and score them quickly. Pune is a balanced side with excellent bowling attack, but their batting is really struggling to get going.
So far it has been tough going for Pune Warriors India, and now again, expect nothing to change in this game too. Can home ground and support bring some luck? The conditions may help Pune, but Super Kings adjust to any other playing conditions extremely well. Moreover, Pune is struggling for the form, and on the contrary, CSK is on a winning role. I’d take my chances with Chennai Super Kings as they appear to be one of the strongest units of IPL and it’s never easy to take them down.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.50 @ William Hill