An Andrew Tye hat-trick and an impressive batting performance set up a seven-wicket win for Gujarat Lions (GL) against Rising Pune Supergiant, the hosts of match 39, in the earlier meeting between these sides.
Tonight’s match is a must-win for Gujarat while Pune will take themselves a step closer to reaching the IPL 2017 playoffs if they beat the Lions at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Form guide: RPS vs GL
Pune: WLWWW (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 4th)
Gujarat: LWLWL (current position on the points table: 6th)
RPS vs GL Head-to-head
Rising Pune and Gujarat Lions were the two newly-formed teams ahead of the ninth edition of the IPL. And, in three meetings so far, Gujarat have a head-to-head record of 3-0. Also worth noting is the fact that Lions have come up trumps against Gujarat by chasing down targets on all three occasions.
Match 39: RPS vs GL Playing XI
Rising Pune have won four of their last five matches, and the key to their recent success has been their settled playing XI. The batting line-up has found form after a largely unimpressive start to the season, and the RPS bowling attack has fared reasonably well in the recent wins.
Ben Stokes, who suffered a grade one muscle tear in his right shoulder during the thrilling three-run win over Mumbai Indians, is fit and expected to be available for selection in the crucial match 39, against Gujarat. If the Englishman is match-fit, Lockie Ferguson might well be the one to make way. And, because Pune are a settled unit, they are not expected to make any more changes.
RPS’s probable playing XI vs GL: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Rahul Tripathi, 4. MS Dhoni (wk), 5. Manoj Tiwary, 6. Lockie Ferguson/Ben Stokes, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Deepak Chahar, and 11. Imran Tahir
Actual playing XI for Pune: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Rahul Tripathi, 4. MS Dhoni (wk), 5. Manoj Tiwary, 6. Ben Stokes, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Shardul Thakur, and 11. Imran Tahir
Unfortunately for the player himself and his team, Tye has been ruled out of IPL 2017 because of a dislocated left shoulder.
One’s loss is another’s gain, and so, Dwayne Smith, who was dropped for the last two matches, might come into the side for the injured Tye. Other than this forced change, Gujarat are not expected to make further alterations to their playing XI for the away clash against Pune.
Ishan Kishan has played a couple of eye-catching innings since returning in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, with his 48 (35) against Mumbai Indians standing out in particular. Gujarat’s batting line-up has looked more solid with Aaron Finch batting at No. 4, though the team management will want the Australian opening batsman to be consistent. The presence of all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner, lends stability and balance to Gujarat’s playing XI.
GL’s probable playing XI vs MI: 1. Suresh Raina (c), 2. Brendon McCullum, 3. Ishan Kishan, 4. Aaron Finch, 5. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6. Dwayne Smith, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. James Faulkner, 9. Irfan Pathan/Nathu Singh, 10. Basil Thampi, and 11. Ankit Soni
Actual playing XI for Gujarat: 1. Suresh Raina (c), 2. Brendon McCullum, 3. Ishan Kishan, 4. Aaron Finch, 5. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6. Dwayne Smith, 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. James Faulkner, 9. Pradeep Sangwan, 10. Basil Thampi, and 11. Ankit Soni
Match 39: Today’s IPL match prediction by Cricfooty
Rising Pune are a confident side and have unearthed a blueprint that’s working for them. Gujarat, despite a few positives from their last few matches, are struggling to click as a unit. And, with an integral player to their season ruled out because of an injury— Andrew Tye, with 12 wickets, is the third highest wicket-taker in IPL 2017—an under-strength Gujarat side might have a little less than what’s necessary to beat Pune.