Royal Challengers look for 'away' surge| PunterPolls Prediction
Given their current form, Pune Warriors will be desperately hoping their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore isn't a repeat of the carnage that took place in Bangalore a little over a week ago.
Since that match, Royal Challengers have lost consecutive away games but still are favourites going into this encounter. While it's easy to pin the losses on Chris Gayle's poor scores, the other batsmen haven't really had a substantial stay at the crease. They need this win to correct their dismal away record this season (four losses in four games) and get closer to sealing their playoff spot. Royal Challengers will need to be wary of Warriors, given that the tournament is almost over for the hosts and they will be looking to upset the chances of the bigger teams.
Inconsistent batting has dragged Warriors down this season and they seem like a team pulling in different directions. The failure of Indian batsmen, especially Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh, has been damaging for them. Death bowling is another area where Warriors have suffered - in their last two matches, against Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils, Warriors conceded 62 and 63 runs respectively in the last five.
Pune Warriors team with one of the best batting line-up and 20% cricketing mind. They have given up most of theie matches in platter to the rival team. Match against Daredevils, they were lost their mind right in front of their finishing mark. Against CSK, they started up well and have controlled the burden of chasing big total in first 2 overs and then they starting throwing their wickets. Yuvraj who consider himself as good finisher is not able to handle the little bit of pressure. I think PWI main problem is their captaincy, they need an experience player who should guide them what to do at what stage.
Royal Challenger Banglore, what to say about the team. They have performed brilliantly in home games and we have ignored that this team also lacking up as far as captaincy is concern. They managed to tie the game against Daredevils at their home ground from the situation where they can win easily, against Mumbai their ordinary bowling performance and then failure of top order. They played just like PWI in that game. And finally their game against Rajasthan Royals, really out of the mind captaincy by Kohli. He didn't ask MC Henriques to bowl at crucial stage of the game, who had give 6 runs in 2 overs.
Pune's strength is their batting and if they will be able to play sensibly they can win. On the other hand, RCB has golden chance to break the jinks of loosing away matches. Will keep you update during the matches, so please stay tuned.
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Match 46: Warriors v RCB, 2 May
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (74% Votes)
- Pune Warriors (28% Votes)