Can Pune build on Chepauk success? | PunterPolls Prediction
Pune Warriors against Sunrisers Hyderabad might not be one of the most high-profile matches of the IPL, but both teams have played better than expected already in this competition. While Sunrisers have already recorded wins against Royal Challengers Bangalore (holding their own in a Super Over) and (a much-fancied but underperforming) Delhi Daredevils, Warriors pulled off a huge upset on Monday, beating Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk.
The biggest plus for Warriors is that, ever since they broke their 11-game losing streak with a seven-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals on April 11, their batting has managed to put together moderate totals at least. After being bowled out for 104 and 99, they've scored over 140 in their next three games. There is still a lot of work to do though; against Super Kings, they looked on target for a lot more than the 159 they ended with, but the middle order, bar Steven Smith, could not build on Aaron Finch's blitz at the top. Sunrisers will draw confidence from the fact that one of Warriors' batting flops came against them: when the teams met three days into the tournament, Sunrisers managed to defend 126 at Uppal, with Amit Mishra causing trouble with turn and loop, and Dale Steyn making short work of the lower order.
Both teams have decisions to make about their playing XIs. Warriors' Yuvraj Singh had to sit out of the Super Kings match due to a recurrence of a back problem, and will not be fit in time for Wednesday's match either. Full-time captain Angelo Mathews - who had to sit out in Chennai due to the ban on Sri Lankan players there - should return, but with Finch, Smith and Mitchell Marsh all doing well, it could be at the expense of stand-in leader Ross Taylor. Warriors must be mulling whether they want to disturb their winning combination at all. Sunrisers have the option of playing the West Indies captain, allrounder Darren Sammy, who arrived from the Caribbean a couple of days ago after the birth of his daughter. However, with Kumar Sangakkara and Dale Steyn being sure starters, they would have to pick between Thisara Perera and Cameron White if they want to play him.
Pune had played few good games, especially against the mighty Super Kings and that too at their home ground. Pune confidence is on high, team is on roll and now playing at their home ground. So to keep in mind all these factors, our experts believe Pune Warriors should win this game.
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Match 22: Warriors v Risers, 17 April
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (45% Votes)
- Pune Warriors (55% Votes)