All eyes on Pune Warriors’ top-order when they take on mighty Super Kings

Pune Warriors had a bad last match against the Kings XI Punjab and their captain openly admitted the disappointment of not playing the full quota of 20 overs, reports The Indian Express.

The Warriors will now face the mighty Super Kings, the team who pulled up a miraculous chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Warriors will take on the team from Chennai in their home ground and will know that they will have to play very well to defeat them.

The biggest worry for the Pune team is their top-order; none of the batsmen has played a substantial innings, resulting in them posting some sub-standard totals.

Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey have not lived up to the expectation, and though Ganguly has been very effective with his captaincy, his batting has led him and his team down.

Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings are looking a force after their magical chase against Bangalore. Most of their batsmen came to party and changed the course of the match, reports The Hindu.

Francois du Plessis gave a brilliant start to the defending champions and was the man of the match. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni played their part in the middle overs providing boundaries whenever required.

Albie Morkel was the man who snatched the victory from the Royal Challengers, he smashed Virat Kohli for 28 runs in the penultimate over, and that was the biggest reason for Chennai to reach the target. In the last over, Dwayne Bravo joined the party and got the runs after the fall of Morkel’s wicket and gave Chennai a great win. 

The Times of India report says that when Pune faced the Kings XI on a lively pitch at Mohali, their top order was exposed as they were not able to cope the pace and the swing of the pitch. The Warriors had a good start in the tournament winning two back to back matches, but failed miserable in their third match.

The Warriors have failed to put a substantial total on the board as their highest total being 144 against Punjab in their home game. This was the problem that they faced in the last season as well as they were not able to provide their bowlers good targets.

The report suggests that the top-order batsmen from Pune Warriors will have to come good and score some good runs to give their team any chance of defeating the Super Kings.

IPL is a perfect place for a youngster to make a name and establish his career, reports Hindustan Times. There are players in the Pune Warriors side who have made their career because of IPL and now have become household names.

Players like Rahul Sharma, Manish Pandey and Kamran Khan Shot to fame after their performance in IPL. Rahul Sharma bowled beautifully in the previous IPL’s resulting in him getting selected for the one-day international team.

Manish Pandey was the first Indian to score a century in the IPL, he did that in the second edition of the tournament and since then he has got a lot of fan following. Kamran Khan is another bowler who made a name under the captaincy of legendary Shane Warne.