Rising Pune Supergiant willA�host in-form Kolkata Knight Riders at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Rising Pune Supergiant will look to draw level with the Kolkata Knight Riders on the points table; when they come up against the two-time champions. Both teams are riding a high and one can therefore expect a mouth-watering contest.
RPS are fresh from their win against table-toppers Mumbai Indians on Monday night. The next six days could make or break RPSa�� campaign; if they are able to build on the momentum they have from their three-match winning streak. If they add a few more wins, they will find themselves fairly well place in the race to the Playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders decimated the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous match.A�After being bowled out for 131,A�KKR skittled out RCB for 49 a�� the lowest total in the IPL. The team were back in the dressing room in less than ten overs.
Punea��s top order batsmen have certainly contributed in the teama��s total especially youngster Rahul Tripathi. He has shown great mettle in this IPL 2017 and has been pretty consistent with the bat. In the middle order too, Manoj Tiwary isA�in sublime form and has scored runs regularly for his franchise side.A�Ben Stokes may not have contributed too much with the bat, but he has been terrific with the ball.
The KKR openers have been aggressive upfront; the overall scoring rate of KKRa��s opening partnership in the IPL 2017 is 11.77. The ployA�to use Narine as pinch-hitting opener has come off well in the last couple of matches; the Trinidadian has scored 76 runs off 34 balls in his last two outings. Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey are batting extremely well and have been consistent accumulators. On the bowling front, KKR will look towards Nathan Coulter-Nile and Umesh Yadav; to do damage with the new ball and then hope Narine can slip in four quiet overs.
Head to Head :
Matches – 2;
Rising Pune Supergiant – 0, Kolkata Knight Riders – 2
Rising Pune Supergiant
Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi; Steven Smith(c), MS Dhoni(w), Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary; Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav.