Rising Pune Supergiants vs Kings XI Punjab
55th game of Indian Premier League to be played on 14th May at 4:00 IST
Steven Smith has done remarkably well after struggling in the first phase of Indian Premier League as they will host Kings XI Punjab in a knockout game at Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune. The game be played on 14th May on Saturday as Rising Pune would want to bring their A-game against Punjab. Ben Stokes has been instrumental with the side’s rise with bat and ball.The talismanic all-rounder wont be there for the playoffs but the side would demand one big performance from star player to see them through the last four of the competition. Rahul Tripathi and MS Dhoni have been good with the bat. Steven Smith also needs to step up a gear or two to deliver Pune with a win in this game. Jaydev Unadkat, Washington Sundar and Imran Tahir have been effectively as bowlers while Stokes has given match winning performances for the side with the ball.
Kings XI Punjab delivered their finest performance against Mumbai with the bat to eke out a seven-run win at Wankhede. Wriddhiman Saha played his best knock of the season while Maxwell produced a brisk innings to help Punjab amass over 220 runs. Martin Guptill was the man who got Punjab off to a terrific start against Mumbai. He is one bloke that can seriously slay any attack in world cricket.
Players to watch out for
Ben Stokes is the man of the moment for Pune this season as Englishmen need to put in big performance to make sure his side secure their place in the playoffs of Indian Premier League.
Martin Guptill is a dangerous player in the format that when on song can really decimate any attack in world cricket. New Zealand opener would be focused to deliver a big performance against Pune to help Kings XI sneak through to the playoffs of IPL.
The head to head has seen three games contested out of which Rising Pune have won two.
Average 1st innings:159
Average 2nd innings:142
Prediction: Pune to win the toss and bat first.