The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Pune Warriors India (PWI) will play against each other for the second time this season at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday. It is the 50th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013.
PWI registered their first win this season by beating RR. They will meet again, and this time in Jaipur. RR will be looking forward to take revenge for the defeat in their earlier meeting.
RR are placed in the fourth position with 12 points after winning six of the 10 matches played so far. They conceded an eight-wicket lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous game after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in their earlier game. With teams like RCB, MI and SRH in the race for the last four, they will be keen to win Sunday's match.
PWI are at the bottom of the table with just two wins from 11 games and are out of the competition. Having big hitters in the side, they can disappoint some big teams that are on their course for the last four spot. They almost chased down RCB's 187 total in the previous match, hinting that they can disappoint any team on their day.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson and Shane Watson performed well again in the previous match though the team lost to KKR. Skipper Rahul Dravid played down the order, giving room for younger batsmen but that didn't work. He and Ajinkya Rahane need to rotate the strike like in the earlier games and let other, including Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge and Dishant Yagnik play their natural game.
On the bowling front, they have James Faulkner, Ajit Chandila, Kevon Cooper, Sreesanth, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson and Shaun Tait. Their performance this season has been good but they managed to take only two wickets in the previous match, which would worry them.
Pune Warriors India: Robin Uthappa (75) and Angelo Mathews (32) almost helped the team chase down RCB's 187 total in the previous match. Opener Aaron Finch is in very good form this season. They will expect Steven Smith, Yuvraj Singh and others to fire in their upcoming matches.
They have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Mitchell Marsh, Abhishek Nayar, Rahul Sharma and Ajantha Mendis in the bowling attack but their performance has been far from good. They took only three wickets each in their last two matches.
The Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India have met four times in the past, and the former won three while the latter won one. PWI defeated RR by seven wickets in their earlier meeting this season.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan, Ashok Menaria, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Dishant Yagnik, Fidel Edwards, Harmeet Singh, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Kumar Boresha, Kushal Janith Perera, Owais Shah, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Shukla, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Sachin Baby, Samuel Badree, Sanju Samson, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait, Shreevats Goswami, Siddharth Trivedi, Stuart Binny, Vikramjeet Malik
Pune Warriors India: Angelo Mathews (c), Aaron Finch, Abhishek Nayar, Ajantha Mendis, Ali Murtaza, Anustup Majumdar, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dheeraj Jadhav, Eklavya Dwivedi, Harpreet Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Kane Richardson, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Luke Wright, Mahesh Rawat, Manish Pandey, Marlon Samuels, Mitchell Marsh, Mithun Manhas, Parveez Rasool, Rahul Sharma, Raiphi Gomez, Robin Uthappa, Ross Taylor, Shrikant Wagh, Steve Smith, Tirumalasetti Suman, Tamim Iqbal, Udit Birla, Yuvraj Singh, Wayne Parnell
Where to Watch Live
The match will begin at 8:00 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Set Max channel.