Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), match 34’s hosts, made history when they visited M Chinnaswamy Stadium earlier this month, by successfully defending the lowest-ever total (161) by a visiting team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are enduring a really poor IPL season and are very nearly out of contention for making the IPL 2017 playoffs. They can, however, spoil Rising Pune’s season by winning at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
RPS vs RCB Head-to-head
Royal Challengers lead the head-to-head record against Pune Supergiant by 2-1. Virat Kohli’s men did the double on RPS last season, but Pune broke their duck against RCB by registering a 27-run win at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in the reverse fixture.
Form guide: RPS vs RCB
Pune: LWWWL (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 4th)
Bangalore: LNRLWL (current position on the points table: 7th)
Match 34: RPS vs RCB Playing XI
Rising Pune had to leave out Ben Stokes for their last match because he had suffered a muscle tear in his right shoulder during the match against Mumbai. Faf du Plessis, therefore, replaced the English all-rounder for the meeting with Kolkata Knight Riders. Stokes was a huge loss for Pune, whose bowlers on the day were hit to all corners of the MCA Stadium by Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir, helping their team seal a seven-wicket win.
Stokes’s availability for the clash against Royal Challengers is a bit unclear. He is said to have been spotted in the nets on the match eve. But the team management might not risk his fitness. If Stokes is fit, he will probably come in place of du Plessis, even if dropping the South Africa will be a harsh call.
Other than this possible change to their line-up from the home defeat to KKR, RPS aren’t expected to make big changes for the home match against Bangalore.
RPS’s probable playing XI vs RCB: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Rahul Tripathi, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Ben Stokes/Faf du Plessis, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Shardul Thakur, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Washington Sundar, and 11. Imran Tahir
Actual playing XI for Pune: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Rahul Tripathi, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Lockie Ferguson, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Deepak Chahar, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Washington Sundar, and 11. Imran Tahir
Royal Challengers have problems galore, with their batsmen not in good nick and their bowlers neither providing control nor wickets. The mood in the RCB camp will not be good and the South Indian franchise will be playing for pride, starting with this evening’s clash against Pune Supergiant.
Shane Watson might come back into the side for match 35 of IPL 2017, with Travis Head potentially making way for his compatriot. Tymal Mills missed RCB’s home match against Gujarat Lions due to an injury, but he is reported to have regained fitness, and might come straight back into the side at the expense of Chris Gayle.
RCB’s probable playing XI vs RPS: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Chris Gayle/Tymal Mills, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. Shane Watson, 6. Pawan Negi, 7. Mandeep Singh, 8. Samuel Badree, 9. Sreenath Aravind, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, and 11. Aniket Choudhary
Actual playing XI for Bangalore: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Adam Milne, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Kedar Jadhav, 5. Travis Head, 6. Pawan Negi, 7. Stuart Binny, 8. Samuel Badree, 9. Sreenath Aravind, 10. Yuzvendra Chahal, and 11. Sachin Baby