As Hyderabad defeated Gujarat Lions in their last game on Saturday, the result secured a playoff spot for the Sunrisers and at the same time the made the job of Rising Pune Supergaint difficult. A loss for Hyderabad would have sealed both Pune and Kings XI Punjab’s places in the top-four, but as it did not happen, the teams will have to fight it out in their last match at the MCA stadium in Gahunje on Sunday.
Pune lost their previous game to Delhi Daredevils. A win at Kotla would have guaranteed them a playoff berth, but with 16 points from 13 games and an awful net run-rate of -0.083, the Steve Smith led bunch is forced to treat the match as an eliminator.
On the contrary, with four wins from last five games, Kings XI Punjab have become one of the contenders for a top-four spot. After 13 matches, they 14 points and a net run-rate of +0.29. a win over Pune on Sunday can put them ahead of Pune Supergaint on the virtue of better net run-rate.
With thrilling win over Mumbai Indians in their last game, Punjab have suddenly come back into contention and it would be interesting to see whether the Glenn Maxwell led side can still continue with their brand of fearless cricket against Pune Supergaint.
Since the hosts will not be able to avail leg-spinner Imran Tahir’s services, the onus of taking wickets will fall upon pacers Jaydev Unadkat (19 wickets in 9 games), Shardul Thakur with Daniel Christian along with all-rounder Ben Stokes. Pune have a deep but shaky at-time batting. On the other hand, Punjab have not been handicapped by opener Hashim Amla’s absence. They have a potent bowling attack too.
Pressure will be the immense as it is do-or-die situation for both teams. So expect a cracker of an encounter.
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Time: Sunday, 14 May 2017 at 4.00 PM IST
RPS vs KXIP Squad
Kings XI Punjab : Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Glenn Maxwell(c), Shaun Marsh, Axar Patel, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tewatia, Matt Henry, Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Nikhil Naik, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla, Varun Aaron, Eoin Morgan, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh, T Natarajan
Rising Pune Supergiant : Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni(w), Daniel Christian, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Ankush Bains, Ashok Dinda, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Chahar, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon
Who will win today?
RPS vs KXIP Today Match Prediction IPL 2017 55th Match. Who will win today’s match between Rising Pune Supergaint and Kings XI Punjab?