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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Steve Smith and Finch star in Pune Warrior win over CSK


They strove so hard to reverse that winning streak and ~ after 11 successive defeats, Pune Warriors at last found a savious – Aaron Finch as he and Uthappa made runs to defeat Rajasthan Royals.  But is there something in the mindset ! – most IPL teams carry colonial names ~ Warriors, Kings, Royals, Knights…… with excessively paid coaches and support staff, contrive to bungle with team combinations………… everyone knew before hand of the 4 foreign player rule… but selection of teams and the opening combinations continues to mystify…

Finch played only because Marlon Samuels was injured, and his arrival changed the way PWI played the game.   Still there could not find a place for their best player Steve Smith because it was Finch, Ross Taylor, Angelo Mathews and  Mitcehlle Marsh…… somebody asked who would you drop to fit in Steve Smith, the talented aussie, the answer was – you need to start with Smith and fit in others…. More, you have Ajanta Mendis, Wayne Parnell, Kane Richardson, Tamim Iqbal and Luke Wright..

At Chepauk yesterday, 1 stroke stood out ~ 19th over….. was that a reverse tap, reverse flick or off glance – how to name it – Bravo bowled.. smith changed his posture, reverse drabbed it over third man for a six… 72 M…. a few rows behind the boundary… astonishing…  Finch scored 67 off 45 and Steve Smith made an unbeaten 39 off 16 balls – setting a target of 160, to which CSK succumbed.

Now after 19 matches, the Orange Cap is with Virat Kohli – 256 runs off 5; 2nd is Dinesh Karthic 224(4); Chris Gayle 195 (5); Gautam Gambhir 175(4).  The purple cap for most wickets is with unlikely Kevon Cooper 8(4); Vinay kumar 8(5); Dwayne Bravo 8(4); Sunil Naraine 7(4); Chris Morris 7(3), Mitchell Johnson 7(4) and Dale Steyn 6 (5)

~and do you know that the cheer leaders of Pune Warriors are always attired in traditional Indian costumes…….                                                                         

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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