About the Match
The two teams, Pune Warriors India and Royal Challengers Bangalore, former on a bad run on the whole and the latter with a poor run away would compete against each other for one main common motive: to improve their record, on 2nd May 2013 at 8pm. Pune Warriors India, after their recent loss to Delhi Daredevils are now lying on the bottom of the table while RCB are pretty comfortably placed at second place, but an insulting record of away loss is insulting their reputation big time. This would be an interesting game to watch as RCB is having a poor run away and Pune looks to be on a never ending downfall. Whoever wins, there would be something to cheer for cricket fans.
Pune Warriors India:
It looks like Pune is determined to repeat what they did last year, that is, to stay at the bottom of the table and they are going to this goal with perfection. They’ve lost matches from where a loss looked impossible and haven’t looked like winning anything. They changed three captains, none of whom has done well as far as captaincy is concerned. They have a strong batting lineup which is suffering from the collective failure disorder. Pune Warriors India looks to be a good enough side on paper with ample talent, but fails to deliver on the field. However, underestimating this side can get RCB into lots of troubles.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Royal Challengers Bangalore are really struggling with the losses while playing away. They have an excellent record at home, but they fail to deliver when not at home. Almost all of their losses away, however, have been close shaves which any team could have won. Chris Gayle is looking in terrific form with good numbers in this IPL. Virat Kohli seems to be getting into a lot of trouble off the field which is clearly affecting his performance on the ground. Their bowling seems to be doing pretty good with Rampaul being their strike bowler. With Gayle, de Villiers and Kohli at the top and Henriques and Tiwary to follow, their batting order looks demolishing. RCB is a good side dependent on top four, but with the firepower they possess, it would be interesting battle with Pune’s bowlers.
When these two teams met last time, it was record breaking match with Gayle smashing 175 off just 66 balls. Pune’s bowlers would be itching to take revenge whereas Royal Challengers Bangalore would love to repeat that and improve their away record. Can Pune Warriors India defeat RCB to make them taste their fifth away defeat? It’s definitely possible, but RCB’s away losses don’t seem to be anything but luck. I’d go with RCB as they have a powerful side and Pune isn’t looking in anywhere near winning form.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.53 @ Bovada