About the Match
On 5th May 2013, Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India lock horns for different reasons, but one common motive: to win the match. Pune would be looking to avoid being at the last spot and a win would certainly help their cause. Rajasthan would be looking to get a step closer to final four. Things are beginning to get really tight at the top of the table and Rajasthan would love to get across the line on points rather than net run rate. With Sunrisers winning their game against Delhi Daredevils competition has become tougher and it is expected that four of top five placed teams would make it to the playoffs, but miracles have happened and can happen this time as well.
Pune Warriors India:
Pune’s campaign in this campaign has been more disappointing than it appears from outside. In spite of having a balanced side, they’ve failed even to stay alive in the tournament. Their batting has struggled throughout and their bowling has no different story. Ashoke Dinda has looked completely out of sorts giving away crucial runs in death overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled splendidly well throughout this IPL, but others have failed to make use of it. They’ve had three captains and none of whom has pushed them on the winning ways. Finch has been in good form, but team hasn’t helped him. He is now the permanent captain and maybe under new permanent leadership, Pune can bounce back to the winning ways, but it’s surely going to be difficult.
Rajasthan’s recent loss to Kolkata Knight Riders may have dented their position on the table, but they are still very much in the contention of being in the top two. After their previous loss, their away record degraded even further, but thankfully for them, their next game is at their home ground. Only the fact that they’re still unbeaten at Jaipur strengthens them mentally. It surely plays on the minds of opposition too. Rajasthan have played good Cricket so far, but experimenting too much may hurt them in the later stages. They’ve played a lot with their batting order and team combination. Most of the times it has paid off, but it looks ugly when it doesn’t, just as it happened at Eden Gardens. They’ve found Samson in the process and Watson looks to be in good form. Beating them when some of their explosive players are in good form, especially at home is certainly going to take something.
Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India have been in contrasting form in this IPL. Rajasthan is looking good to make it to the final four whereas Pune is desperate to not stay at the bottom of the table for long. Pune is already knocked out of the tournament and as the saying goes Wounded Lions are ever more dangerous. Can Pune implement this saying by breaching Royal’s fortress? It hasn’t been done before, at least in this season, and looks to be a difficult proposition, considering the form of both the sides. Therefore, I’d place my money on Rajasthan Royals in this match.
Rajasthan Royals, 1.61 @ William Hill