Which teams are facing off tomorrow/today (April 11) in match 9 of IPL 2017?
The ninth match of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League takes us to MCA Stadium in Pune, where Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) on April 11 at 8pm.
What have these two teams done so far this season?
RPS began their IPL 2017 campaign with an emphatic seven-wicket win over two-time champions Mumbai Indians, but lost to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their second match.
The Zaheer Khan-led Daredevils lost their campaign opener to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Which are the players to watch out for in match 9?
For RPS, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith and Ben Stokes are the three vital cogs. Smith’s wicket, in particular, is extremely important for both the teams.
DD have a young batting line-up which let the team down against RCB. Rishabh Pant, however, stood tall and very nearly won his team the match. Despite possessing one of the potent bowling attacks in the IPL, Daredevils’s season depends on how their batsmen perform.
Who could be the four overseas players for the hosts (RPS) on April 11, against DD?
Three players pick themselves on form and their utility to the team: captain Smith, all-rounder Ben Stokes and frontline spinner Imran Tahir.
Daniel Christian replaced Adam Zampa in the RPS playing XI against Kings XI. The Pune pitch sported a bit of grass for the second match of IPL 2017. If that’s the case for match 9 and Pune Supergiant’s second home match, Christian could well be retained, particularly because of his batting ability. If the pitch does not have grass, however, Faf du Plessis could be brought in for the Victorian Christian and made to open with Rahane. RPS’s batting is over-reliant on their captain and premier batsman Smith.
The four likely overseas players for RPS are Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Daniel Christian/Faf du Plessis, and Imran Tahir.
Who could be the four overseas players for Daredevils?
DD are the most injury-hit side and the absences of Quinton de Kock (due to a right index finger injury) and Jean-Paul Duminy (withdrawn due to personal reasons) are simply too huge.
Sam Billings is the only proper batsman among the overseas players available to DD. He got off to a start against RCB and holed out on the mid-wicket boundary. I expect Billings to retain his place along with all-rounder Chris Morris.
Pat Cummins had a good outing with the ball against RCB, and should retain his place as well. Carlos Brathwaite, who was picked as an all-rounder, endured a difficult outing and failed to have an impact either with the bat or the ball.
Corey Anderson, who is on the whole a lot better than the West Indian Brathwaite, can be brought in to bolster the DD batting line-up and provide a few overs of left-arm seam bowling as well.
Therefore, the four likely overseas players for Daredevils are Sam Billings, Corey Anderson, Chris Morris, and Pat Cummins.
What could be the playing XI for RPS in match 9?
Mayank Agarwal has failed with the bat twice (6 and 0) and RPS haven’t gotten their innings off to good starts. So, he could make way for du Plessis, who has sat out the first couple of matches. In case Agarwal gets dropped, an Indian bowler will replace Christian.
Therefore, here’s RPS’s probable playing XI for the home clash against DD: 1. Steve Smith (C), 2. Faf du Plessis, 3. Ajinkya Rahane, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Rajat Bhatia, 8. Imran Tahir, 9. Ishwar Pandey/Shardul Thakur, 10. Ashok Dinda, and 11. Rahul Chahar
Actual playing XI for RPS: 1. Ajinkya Rahane (c), 2. Faf du Plessis, 3. Mayank Agarwal, 4. Ben Stokes, 5. MS Dhoni, 6. R Tripathi, 7. Rajat Bhatia, 8. Deepak Chahar, 9. Ashok Dinda, 10. Imran Tahir, and 11. Adam Zampa
What could be the playing XI for DD in match 9 of IPL 2017?
Daredevils are about to play just their second match of this season and axing players after one failure would be harsh, albeit Brathwaite probably has to be replaced because Anderson is a better player than the tall West Indian.
Here’s DD’s probable playing XI vs. RPS: 1. Zaheer Khan (C), 2. Aditya Tare, 3. Sam Billings, 4. Karun Nair, 5. Sanju Samson, 6. Rishabh Pant, 7. Corey Anderson, 8. Chris Morris, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Amit Mishra, and 11. Shahbaz Nadeem
DD’s actual playing XI is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted!
What is your prediction for today’s match?
RPS v DD is a contest between the hosts’ batsmen and the visitors’ bowlers. Pune, because they are at home and have Tahir providing wickets whenever he gets the ball, will start as favourites. Delhi’s batting line-up is mercurial and inexperienced.