Sanju Samson made a highly attractive maiden Twenty20 century when Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) hosted Delhi Daredevils (DD) earlier this season. Samson’s 102 (63) set up a comfortable 97-run win for the visitors that night. Chris Morris, along with Samson, astonished one and all with his clean and sweet striking, which took Delhi to 205/4. The South African all-rounder made 38 off nine balls, with four fours and three massive sixes.
Delhi and Pune have had drastically different campaigns since their first meeting, in the first week of IPL 2017.
DD vs RPS Head-to-head
Rising Pune did the double over Daredevils in IPL 2016. They were, however, pegged back by Delhi in the reverse fixture at the MCA Stadium in Pune this season, leaving the head-to-head record standing at 2-1 in Supergiant’s favour.
In the match at Feroz Shah Kotla last season, Pune registered a comfortable seven-wicket win.
Delhi: WLWWL (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 6th)
Pune: WWWWL (current position on the points table: 3rd)
Match 52: DD vs RPS Playing XI
Delhi will be feeling good about themselves as a result of the two-wicket win over Gujarat Lions on Wednesday night. The bowlers had a tough night once again, but thanks to Shreyas Iyer’s imperious 96 and good supporting acts from Pat Cummins and Amit Mishra lower down the order, Delhi recorded another successful run chase (196) in IPL 2017.
Delhi’s playing XI on Wednesday is arguably the best they can field with the resources available to them. Their batting line-up has been largely settled throughout this season and Delhi’s bowling attack has not been tinkered with either.
For their penultimate match of this season, I do not expect Delhi to make changes to their playing XI.
DD’s probable playing XI vs RPS: 1. Zaheer Khan (c), 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Karun Nair, 4. Rishabh Pant (wk), 5. Shreyas Iyer, 6. Corey Anderson, 7. Marlon Samuels, 8. Carlos Brathwaite, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Mohammed Shami, and 11. Amit Mishra
Actual playing XI for Delhi: 1. Zaheer Khan (c), 2. Sanju Samson, 3. Karun Nair, 4. Rishabh Pant (wk), 5. Shreyas Iyer, 6. Corey Anderson, 7. Marlon Samuels, 8. Shahbaz Nadeem, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Mohammed Shami, and 11. Amit Mishra
Update: Daredevils are fielding just three overseas players
One of Rising Pune’s key players this season, Imran Tahir, has returned home along with other fellow countrymen, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla, and Chris Morris, to prepare for the upcoming three-ODI series against England. In Tahir’s absence, Adam Zampa, whose last appearance in IPL 2017 came at home against Delhi, might well come back into the side in a like-for-like replacement.
Ben Stokes will play Rising Pune’s final two league matches and therefore, is likely to feature in the playing XI against Delhi. Pune are a settled side, whose collective performances have put them in sight of a playoff spot. They will look to become the second team to qualify for the IPL 2017 playoffs with a win tonight.
RPS’s probable playing XI vs DD: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Rahul Tripathi, 3. Ajinkya Rahane, 4. MS Dhoni (wk), 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Shardul Thakur, 10. Jaydev Unadkat, and 11. Adam Zampa
Rising Pune’s actual playing XI is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted.
Prediction: Match 52
Feroz Shah Kotla has been one of the high-scoring venues in IPL 2017. Teams have generally looked to bat second and the Kotla pitch has been close to perfect for batting.
Because of those factors, Delhi and Pune will look to bowl first if Zaheer Khan or Steve Smith wins the toss. And, in good batting conditions, the team who bowl better will more often than not come out on top.