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IPL 2017: Match 34 – Rising Pune Supergiant Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – RPS Predicted XI 

IPL 2017: Match 34 – Rising Pune Supergiant Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – RPS Predicted XI

Witnessing the roller-coaster ride in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Rising Pune Supergiant has been blown by Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday night at home to put an end to their longest winning streak (of three matches), in a season after a fine display with the bat from skipper Gautam Gambhir and wicket-keeper batsman Robin Uthappa.

Knight Riders chased down the target in 18.1 overs to jump on the top of points table with better net run-rate replacing Mumbai Indians.

It is highly likely that we might witness a couple of changes on April 29 in a Supergiant’s home game against Royal Challengers, after bowlers were taken to cleaners including world-best Imran Tahir, who leaked 48 runs in his four overs against Knight Riders top-order batsmen.

However, Adam Zampa, who featured in the opening game for Supergiant might replace the leg-spinner, as they have another option available in the form of local talent Rahul Chahar.

Steven Smith-side has the capability to bounce back in the game and they would be aiming to chase down the target against struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore, in a bid to enhance their chances for the playoff stage before rising on the points tally.

Batting seemed to have gone well so far particularly at the top with Rahul Tripathi adding an early impetuous alongside Ajinkya Rahane for Supergiant, but their inexperienced fast bowling proved to be a halt for themselves.

With middle order finding the right cushion after the rousing start from both the openers, who have the ability to hit the ball hard and long seemed to lose a plot in the middle overs.

The secret mantra would be to play as a unit – to deliver results in their favour which further includes the brilliant fielding that always has a significant role in every aspect of the game which has been equally a thankless job in the field of sport.

Interestingly, Rising Pune Supergiant is the only team in this edition of IPL which has defeated Mumbai Indians in a home and away game.

Supergiant has registered four wins in eight games with their net run rate seeping in minus; -0.666.

Previous Encounters:

On April 16 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Supergiant beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs after hosts posted 139 for nine in their 20 overs when they were chasing the target of 162.

In 2016, the two teams met twice in which Royal Challengers emerged victorious in both their games by 13 runs and seven wickets respectively.

In three head-to-head matches, Royal is leading 2-1.

Recent Form:

RPS – W L L L W W W L

RCB – L W L L L W L NR L

Talking Points:

The side would be setting more focus on their bowling which didn’t have much on to offer other than a game against Mumbai Indians where Imran Tahir, Ben Stokes bowled in tandem before Jaydev Unadkat used his seam-up and slower deliveries well against formidable Men In Blue bridge at the Wankhade.

However, with no Ben Stokes against resurgent Knight Riders, the hosts lost the plot in front of the settled batting unit of the visitors. Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane have to continue their way of giving a decent start before it would be anchored by skipper Steven Smith himself alongside Faf du Plessis and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who could change the complexion of the game on his given day.

Supergiant bowlers have to step up and produce best of the results with their disciplined bowling in order to stay in the competition before eyeing for play-offs which will kickstart from May 16.

Acclimatising the conditions would be the key element for the remainder of the matches, as teams are keeping things tight regarding net run-rate on the points table and it won’t be easy to chalk out the plans and get the desired results at once for all at the ground.

Rising Pune Supergiant Predicted XI:

Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, Washington Sundar, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa and Rajat Bhatia.

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