RPS look to bridge gap at the top, Lions desperate for points
Rising Pune Supergiant will welcome the Gujarat Lions for the 39th encounter of IPL 2017. While RPS have left a disappointing previous season behind them and occupy the fourth spot on the table, GL have failed to replicate their performances and languish on the sixth spot.
Rising Pune Supergiant will be oozing with confidence when they meet Gujarat Lions in the 39th match of IPL 10 tomorrow at the MCA Stadium in Pune and will look to strengthen their position in the points table. They put up an inspiring performance against the Royal Challengers in the previous match and is now sitting at the 4th position in the points table with 5 wins from 9 matches.
On the other hand, Gujarat Lions will be disheartened by the fact that they lost in the super over against Mumbai. It was a sensational effort by GL bowlers to claw their way back into the match but it was the magic super over from Jasprit Bumrah which saved Mumbai from the blushes. They have some serious power hitters in their ranks and can decimate any bowling attack on their given day.
When & Where:
01 May 2017, 2000 Hrs IST @ MCA Stadium, Pune
Current Status in IPL 2017
RPS: Matches – 9, Won –5, Lost – 4
RCB: Matches –9, Won – 3,Lost – 6
Rising Pune Supergiant
Shardul Thakur might replace Deepak Chahar and the rest of the team is expected to remain the same. They put up an inspiring performance against RCB and are unlikely to tinker with their winning combination. Manoj Tiwary’s inclusion was criticised early on but the veteran in the domestic circuit has defied his odds and has given momentum to their innings in the fag end.
If Ben Stokes get fit then he will definitely replace Dan Christian. The 14.5 crores man was slowly coming in to his groove before a shoulder injury ruled him out of the last two matches.
Predicted XI: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Washington Sundar, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur
Andrew Tye will miss the rest of the tournament after sustaining a shoulder injury and Dwayne Smith is expected to replace him. The rest of the XI is expected to remain the same. Irfan Pathan didn’t have a good outing the other day and if Nathu Singh is fit, he might replace him.
Predicted XI: Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Irfan Pathan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni
Head to Head Record
Overall: Total Matches –3, GL Won – 3, RPS Won – 0
Our Prediction for the game:
Despite GL’s superior record against RPS in the head to head department, it will be a tough ask for them to upstage a resurgent Pune side in their home ground.
Our Prediction goes with RPS 64%– GL 46%
Gujarat Lions have a clear edge on the head to head department against RPS winning all 3 matches so far. But given the two side’s current form RPS looks the favourites for tomorrow’s clash. Gujarat will definitely look for a win as one more loss might rule them out of the tournament.