Cricket Match: 34th match – Rising Pune Supergiant v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match Date: Sat, Apr 29, 2017
Match Time: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Cricket Stadium: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Rising Pune Supergiant: Steve Smith (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Dan Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Washington Sundar, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Adam Zampa, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishwar Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Vishnu Vinod (wicketkeeper), Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav (wicketkeeper), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, Harpreet Singh.
Rising Pune Supergiant are slightly better off with eight points from eight games with four wins in their kitty. But even RPS has been inconsistent at one level. They have been good on certain days and very ordinary on other days.
Skipper Steve Smith will like to address that issue when they face RCB, who are already down in the dumps after a string of defeats. However T20 is a format where things change so quickly, RCB with their world-class batting line-up cannot be ruled out completely. Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers can destroy any bowling attack on a given day and RPS save Ben Stokes (6 wickets) and Imran Tahir (10 wickets), don’t have much to write home about. The Indian pacers like Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur has down well in patches.
In IPL-10, Rising Pune Supergiants involves in the 34th match as a host and it set to play against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on this Saturday afternoon. Rising Pune Supergiants are at no. 4 in the table and their opponents Royal Challengers Bangalore are at no. 7. The match between Rising Pune Supergiants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore is scheduled to start at 4 PM IST | 10:30 AM GMT on Saturday, 29th April, 2017.
RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS
Three match winning streak of Rising Pune Supergiants came to an end in the last game when they lost it to KKR at this same venue. RPS has total of 8 points with 4 wins in 8 matches that they played so far. Their net run rate is not on their favor -0.666. As only 6 matches are left to play in the league stages, RPS needs to win minimum of 4 matches with big margins to steady up their NRR and advances to Playoffs. Captain Steve Smith got his form back in the last game and he scored unbeaten half-century after long time in the season. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi are sets a good flatform for their team with their sensible partnership at top of the order. Both Rahane and Tripathi played impressive knocks in last few innings.
New found of the season for RPS, Rahul Tripathi plays stunning knocks for his team. He played 6 innings for RPS and except the debut innings, he scored 30+ runs rest of all 5 innings so far. His best score was 59 vs Sunrisers and that came on last weekend. Scoring 216 runs in first 6 matches of the debut IPL season is not a small thing and he has plenty of responsibilities on his shoulder now.
Ajinkya Rahane who struggled to score runs in few innings, found his form back and scored 38 and 46 runs respectively in the last 2 matches. The inform partnership between Rahane and Tripathi are very crucial for RPS when they faces RCB on Saturday evening. Steven Smith found his form back in right time and but it ended in the losing cause against KKR. Hopefully, he will score much more runs and lead the team to victory against RCB. Most experienced wicket keeper batsman MS Dhoni took the team to victory against SRH in the last evening match that played in this venue.
He also started well against KKR on other day, where he smashed 2 sixes and a four to score 23 runs in just 11 balls. He could turn the table for his team once the things are going on in his way. England all rounder Ben Stokes was rested in the last game after that match winning performances against MI. He is expected to be back in the XI on Saturday. Manoj Tiwary has a new role of finish the innings by scoring runs quickly for RPS and he done that so well in many innings this season. He played aggressive innings in five different occasions for RPS and he is expected to play similar innings on Saturday.