Pune Warriors face the Delhi Daredevils today in a battle of the bottom neither team would have envisioned at the beginning of April. The results
of both clubs in IPL 6 speak for themselves. Without mincing words, it's been a huge disappointment seeing so many players under perform for Pune and Delhi.
The Warriors have struggled to score runs which has been their major issue. Besides captain Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa, as well as Steve Smith who was forced to withdraw through injury, there's been little to crow about and the side has suffered as a result.
Delhi's issue has been the absence of a frontline spinner, but they've also been let down by a lack of consistency from their senior players. With one of the strongest rosters in the competition, they should have done better, but heads have dropped and frustration seems to have set in.
I'm tipping Pune in this one, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashok Dinda to perform well on a bowler’s wicket. The fact it is being played at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium also gives the Warriors a slight edge. Pride is a big thing for any professional athlete, and in front of their home fans, Finch and his men will be intent on finishing their season on a winning note.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will beat the Kolkata Knight Riders in the second match I have scheduled for Sunday viewing. Without the luxury of a star studded line-up, the Sunrisers have really impressed me this season, particularly in key moments. This was evident once again in their last match against the Royals, with Biplab Samantray coming up with a match-winning innings when his team desperately needed it.
Cameron White fell for a duck against compatriot Shane Watson, but is a big game player and can be counted on to lead his team to victory. If he can tighten things up and his top order gets off to a good start, the Sunrisers will secure an unfancied playoff position.
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