Delhi Daredevils vs Rising Pune Supergiants
52nd game of Indian Premier League at 08:00 IST at Feroz Shah Kotla on 12th May.
Delhi pulled off amazing heist against Gujarat at Feroz Shah Kotla as they will square off Rising Pune Supergiants who are coming into the contest with four consecutive under their belt. The hosts are already out of the competition but will want to end the disappointing season on a positive win. Pune will try to win this game as well in order to seal their place in the playoffs. The game will be interesting as last time Delhi decimated Pune by 97 runs as Sanju Samson smashed a maiden ton to see Steve Smith and co falter badly in the chase.
Pune will also need to focus on their net-run rate on the positive side as a win here could see them play the playoffs of the league after an indifferent first half where they lost a couple of games. Ben Stokes has been vital cog in Pune’s success as the side will be hoping to produce his best in the next couple of games. Rahul Tripathi has done outstanding well given he was not a known commodity previous season. He has made a strong case for himself as youngster could don the national cap for India in T20 format.
Players to watch out for
Ajinkya Rahane will be under spotlight for Pune as opener needs a big against Delhi to make sure that he can deliver his best in the playoffs. Rahane has been Pune’s mainstay as he enjoyed a successful last season with the bat.
Sanju Samson will be keen to make against Pune in this game. Samson did notch up his maiden ton against same side as opener would want to showcase his destructive best as two sides face off at Kotla.
Head-to-head record: Pune leads the head to head contest winning two games out of three played in Indian Premier League while Pune also holds an advantage having been victories at Kotla in the only game played between the sides last season.
Average 1st innings: 161
Average 2nd innings: 147
Prediction: Pune won the toss and bat first