Chennai Super Kings host Pune Warriors with an eye on top as they are already on 4 points, and have good NRR. Another win would get them either above MI or at second place. Warriors on the other hand have shocked CSK once, but even in their third edition they are as weak on field as before, despite having one of the best team compositions of 2013 edition. This match is no more about winning for them, it is about at least showing that they can get closer in the matches, and if they do that in Pune they can at least claim a moral victory.
Captain Angelo Mathews is barred from entering Chennai. Ross Taylor would be the captain, some consolation for him after not being comfortable losing New Zealand’s captaincy. The only star in their team Yuvraj Singh appears unfit and that further downgrades Warriors team quality. CSK may try testing their bench in this game to make the game interesting for their home crowd. Even with bench strength they may emerge an easy winner.
CSK has registered three comfortable wins against Pune Warriors in 4 matches. But the 1st match of 2012 between them saw them being shocked by Warriors. Despite scoring 155 runs, CSK lost the last game against Warriors at Pune. Their bowlers could just show frustration and failed to take more than a wicket as Warriors gifted another two with run outs and won by 7 wickets.
Head-to-Head CSK 3-1 PWI
- Warriors def CSK by 7 wickets
CSK won by 13 runs, MOM: Kulasekara
Both registered 9 wins at group stage, but CSK lost 5 matches whereas RCB lost only 4 as one of their matches was washed off.
CSK played 2 matches at knockout and won comfortably.
Warriors registered 4 wins, 9 losses and 1 no result.
CSK edged past RCB on better Net Run Rate to reach the knockout, while RCB finished 5th. CSK won 10 and lost 8 with one resulting in no result.
Warriors improved their losing record and finished the edition with 4 wins, 12 losses.
CSK has played three, lost one to MI but registering record win against Kings XI in away match, and then broke RCBs heart in a very close match at home.
Pune Warriors India lost two straight matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI, but won against Rajasthan Royals, and again went to their favorite losing ways against Mumbai Indians.