Onus on Hyd bowlers
Pune (PTI): On a high after having pulled off a heist against two-time winners Chennai Super Kings, Pune Warriors will look to further consolidate...
Pune (PTI): On a high after having pulled off a heist against two-time winners Chennai Super Kings, Pune Warriors will look to further consolidate their position as they lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Wednesday. The 24-run win over Chennai Monday night was no less than an achievement for Pune as the Allan Donald-coached side had gone into the match with three defeats from four outings, and the odds were heavily stacked against them. Opener Aaron Finch and Steven Smith plundered runs at will during their electrifying knocks against the Super Kings, and both the batsmen would look to continue in same vein at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. Leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Angelo Mathews, Ross Taylor did a commendable job against a team that has got the best record in IPL. The New Zealander, though, would not be happy with his individual performance. The oner-down batsman would love to get a big one against the Warriors and the set the tone for the rest. While Robin Uthappa got out after getting his eye in, Manish Pandey and Abhishek Nayar were failures, and tomorrow's match would provide them with another opportunity to make their presence felt. Bhuvnehswar Kumar led the bowling admirably against Chennai, with support coming in from Ashok Dinda and Mitchell Marsh. If they can stop the star-studded CSK line-up from running away with the game, the Pune bowlers will certainly fancy their chances against Hyderabad. The visitors will be keen to get back to winning ways after being beaten comprehensively by Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. They are aware that the one up next is also away from home, and it will take a lot of effort for them to emerge victorious.