MS Dhoni played the kind of knock he has built his legacy on, to win Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) their home fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2017. The match which seemed out of Pune’s reach at the end of 17 overs of their innings—RPS required 47 runs from 18 balls for a win, chasing 177—was brought to life and finished off by the former skipper, who rolled back the years and reminded everyone that he still can play the big shots when he has to and find the boundary.
SRH vs RPS Head-to-head
The head-to-head record between Sunrisers and Supergiant stands at 2-1 in favour of RPS in three matches so far.
Both these teams won away from home in IPL 2016, with Pune beating Hyderabad by 34 runs by Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method in a rain-affected match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.
Sunrisers: LWWNRLW (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 4th)
Supergiant: WWWLW (current position on the points table: 3rd)
Match 44: SRH vs RPS Playing XI
Sunrisers paid a heavy price against Delhi Daredevils for going in with just four specialist bowlers, seeing their fifth bowler quota be taken for 52 runs in 3.1 overs. Bipul Sharma was dropped and Deepak Hooda returned to the playing XI, and this selection call did not favour David Warner’s men.
Against Rising Pune, expect Sunrisers to go back to fielding five bowlers, meaning Bipul might well return to the side at the expense of Hooda. Ashish Nehra has been batting neck spasm and the Delhi pacer might be available for selection for this evening’s match.
SRH’s probable playing XI vs RPS: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Moises Henriques, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Bipul Sharma, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Mohammed Siraj/Ashish Nehra, and 11. Siddarth Kaul
Sunrisers’ playing XI is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted, with Bipul Sharma replacing Deepak Hooda and Ashish Nehra replacing Mohammed Siraj.
Enjoy the match.
Pune Supergiant are on a three-match winning streak and are an extremely settled side whose Indian players—Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat and Washington Sundar—are making substantial contributions to their team. Unless a player has picked up an injury or fallen ill, RPS’s playing XI will not have changes.
RPS’s probable playing XI vs SRH: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Rahul Tripathi, 3. Ajinkya Rahane, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Shardul Thakur, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Washington Sundar, and 11. Imran Tahir
RPS’s actual playing XI is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted.
Enjoy the match.
SRH vs RPS Match Prediction
Sunrisers have won their five home matches so far and been a different animal when they have played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. However, Rising Pune are playing well and find themselves in a good space ahead of this evening’s meeting with Warner’s men. You can expect to witness another close and thrilling contest, but Pune Supergiant, on current form, might just edge Sunrisers.