You may forgive Pune Warriors if they scrambled for the panic button upon the mention of May Day. Having suffered the blade of one marauder the previous night, they are bracing for a revisit of even more violent one on Thursday, when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Subroto Roy Sahara stadium.
Allan Donald, Head coach of the team has an unenviable task on hand, that of pepping up his bowlers for another contest (“That’s a misnomer,” the South African might say aside!) with Chris Gayle and Co.
The former Test bowler knows a thing or two about dueling with the world’s best, an experience with giants like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Waugh. He can definitely be the best in business to motivate the Warriors for the attack.
We feel it’s the bowling that has been the one positive for the Warriors this season. Still the team has been ranked at the bottom of the table with just two wins from 10 matches; the sight of the tall left-hander taking guard must open up a few scars for Pune.
Last Tuesday, in the first leg at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Gayle managed to strike the fastest century in T20 with an unbeaten 175, reaching the three-figure mark off just 30 balls,
For good measure, the 33-year-old from Kingston also managed to take two wickets giving away just five runs. The ‘Gayle effect’, as it is stated, could also have another influence on the hosts as they could be committing the grave sin all teams at the receiving end are prone to, planning for one man.
Lest Pune forget, AB de Villiers hit a 12-ball 31, which might have actually cost Gayle an extraordinary T20 double, and Tillakaratne Dilshan made a 36-ball 33.