Sourav Ganguly following a lacklustre showing in their previous outing, Pune Warriors India (PWI) batsmen would look to put up a much better display when they take on the formidable Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), at Pune on Saturday.
The Warriors started the tournament on a positive note, notching up wins in their first two matches, till Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) disturbed the momentum.
IPL 5/2012: Pune Warriors Vs Chennai Super Kings(CSK V PWI), 14 April 2012.
Match Starts at 8 PM IST, 14:30 GMT.
The Super Kings, on the other hand, have not been their usual self at the start, but the thrilling win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday when they chased down 206, should come as a shot in the arm for the visitors.
Pune Warriors Team : JR Hopes, M Kartik, RV Uthappa, SC Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, GC Smith, MD Mishra, DS Jadhav, AB Dinda, AG Murtaza, JD Ryder, MN Samuels, AD Mathews, B Kumar, WD Parnell, CJ Ferguson, NL McCullum, M Pandey, A Nehra, Kamran Khan, S Rana, SPD Smith, AC Thomas, M Manhas, HH Khadiwale, Rahul Sharma, E Dwivedi, AP Majumdar, Harpreet Singh , Raiphi Gomez,
Chennai Super Kings Team : MEK Hussey, J Sharma, MS Dhoni, SK Raina, S Badrinath, KMDN Kulasekara, JA Morkel, WP Saha, GJ Bailey, DE Bollinger, SB Styris, G Vignesh, BJ Hilfenhaus, M Vijay, RA Jadeja, DJ Bravo, R Ashwin, VY Mahesh, A Mukund, S Tyagi, S Anirudha, SB Jakati, S Ranp, K Vasudevadas, Faf du Plessis,
In stark contrast, the Super Kings batted with aplomb as they successfully chased a mammoth target at the Chepauk stadium.
While Murali Vijay hasn’t really done anything of note till now, his opening partner Faf du Plessis has proved to be one tormentor for the bowlers.
Du Plessis cracked 71 off just 46 deliveries while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni contributed 41 off 24 that also marked his return to form after a quite start to the tournament.
Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo, too, were in their elements as they pummeled the RCB attack.
The defending champions would be hoping to continue the momentum against the Warriors.
The Warriors are placed third on the points table with two wins from three matches, while the Super Kings are on fifth position with as many wins as the hosts from four games.