IPL Preview: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Who will come out on top?

The 24th match of this year’s IPL rolls into Pune with last season’s champions Sunrisers Hyderabad the guests of Rising Pune Supergiant.

RPS have struggled so far and sit second from bottom ahead of taking on a Sunrisers outfit that have regained their form after a couple of losses that looked to derail the immense momentum they have taken forward from last season’s victorious campaign.

Pune are in dire need of a win and will be hoping the likes of MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes and Steve Smith, in particular, can help them turn the tide.

As for the visitors, they’ll be after much of the same in pursuit of a win that could take them back to the top of the table.

Ahead of the match, we have the latest team news, start time and date, as well as how you can watch all the action from the UAE.


DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO

Date: April 22, 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 14:30 GST, 16:00 local time (IST), 10:30 GMT

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune


WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO

TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD, India – Sony Six, Sony Six HD (English), Sony Max, Sony Max HD 3 (Hindi), UK – Sky Sports

Online streaming: hotstar.com, Hotstar app (in India only)

LIVE: Sport360.com


TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs

RPS SQUAD: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Dan Christian, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Victory last time out over RCB came largely thanks to a stellar bowling performance as their five bowler attack – including Stokes and Christian as all-rounders – operated in superb unison.

Their batting remains an issue, however, with no-one in the top order so far taking up the mantle to produce a big innings, of match winning substance.

Du Plessis has played just one game so far and will feel he deserves a go but considering how well Christian and Stokes bowled last time it would mean captain Smith would have to make way.

PREDICTED RPS XI: Rahane, Tripathi, Smith (c), Tiwary, Stokes, Dhoni (wk), Christian, Thakur, Unadkat, R Chahar, Tahir

SRH SQUAD: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques, Mustafizur Rahman, Naman Ojha (wk), Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Barinder Sran, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vijay Shankar, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammad Nabi, Ekalavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed Siraj

Sunrisers have picked up again with two wins out of two and, once again, last time out showed the incredible depth and versatility this squad boasts.

Williamson came in to make a superb 89 from 51 balls in his first game back in the side and only madness would prevent the New Zealander from retaining his place.

Nabi has impressed when he’s played, while Mustafizur and Jordan remain on the sidelines, such is the strength of the Sunrisers.

PREDICTED SRH XI: Warner (c), Dhawan, Williamson, Henriques, Yuvraj, Ojha (wk), Hooda, Rashid, Bhuvneshwar, Siraj, Kaul


FORM

(Last five matches – with latest match first)

RPS: W L L L W W

SRH: W W L L W


MATCH PREDICTION

This is a tricky one to call but Sunrisers look the better side, so away win.

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IPL Player of the Day - Jos Buttler [MI]

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Buttler was at his brutal best against Kings XI [Sportzpics]

Not often will a batsman who has hit a century in a T20 match end up on the losing side, but that is exactly what happened in the Indian Premier League [IPL] match between Kings XI Punjab [KXIP] and Mumbai Indians [MI] on Thursday.

Hashim Amla notched up a fabulous hundred, his first in the T20 format, but the Kings XI suffered a huge loss as Mumbai chased down a target of 199 in 15.3 overs, losing just two wickets.

Since Mumbai were the winning team, we have gone with Jos Buttler as our Player of the Day for his knock of 77 from just 37 deliveries. His innings included seven fours and five hits over the boundary rope.

The England cricketer came into the game without a single half-century in this season’s IPL, but that clearly wasn’t playing on his mind as he played his shots from the first over itself. He took a particular liking to Sandeep Sharma, scoring 32 runs from 11 deliveries off the Punjab bowler.

Buttler was, unsurprisingly, named as the Player of the Match.

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Amla's ton in vain as Buttler guides Mumbai to emphatic win

Sport360 staff 20/04/2017

Jos Buttler [77 off 37 balls] was at his brilliant best, guiding the Mumbai Indians to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab as the Rohit Sharma-led side chased down 199 in 15.3 overs at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Thursday.

Prior to this match, the England cricketer had got a few starts in the tournament but had failed to kick on and make a decisive contribution. That wasn't the case against the Kings XI though, as he bludgeoned the ball to all parts of the ground.

Buttler struck seven fours and five sixes during his knock and he was well supported by first, Parthiv Patel [37 off 18 balls] as the duo added 81 for the opening wicket and then, by Nitish Rana [62* off 34 balls] in an 85-run partnership.

Rana looked in supreme touch once again, hitting as many as seven sixes during his innings which included zero fours remarkably. After this knock, the Orange Cap has returned to the 23-year-old. The Mumbai blitz overshadowed a splendid century from Hashim Amla [104* off 60 balls], earlier in the day. The South African batsman, who has had question marks raised over his T20 batting, showed that he is a valuable asset in the shortest format of the game by registering his maiden T20 hundred. Amla hit eight fours and six sixes during his knock and took a particular liking to Lasith Malinga. The Kings XI opening batsman took the Sri Lankan pacer to the cleaners, scoring 51 runs from 16 deliveries off his bowling. It was the partnership between captain Glenn Maxwell [40 off 18 balls] and Amla that really helped Punjab get into fifth gear. The duo added 83 runs from just 33 deliveries, with Maxwell's big-hitting resulting in Mitchell McClenaghan conceding 28 runs in a single over. McClenaghan, though, was the most successful of the Mumbai bowlers - picking up two wickets. Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah were the most impressive bowlers for the visitors as they conceded just 29 and 30 runs from their four overs respectively. They accounted for a wicket apiece as well. On the other hand, Malinga bowled the most expensive spell of his T20 career, ending with bowling figures of 0-58 [something Ishant Sharma would match, later on in the game] from his four overs. The Kings XI ended their innings on 198-4, but it was far from enough on a flat pitch against a Mumbai Indians team that seem to be in magnificent form. With this win, Mumbai move back to the top of the table with 10 points from five matches. This was, in fact, their fifth successive victory after starting the season with a loss against Rising Pune Supergiant. Punjab, meanwhile, have now suffered four consecutive defeats after starting their campaign with two victories. They have four points and are currently placed fifth. BRIEF SCORES Kings XI Punjab 198-4, 20 overs [Amla 104*, Maxwell 40, McClenaghan 2-46] lost to Mumbai Indians 199-2, 15.3 overs [Buttler 77, Rana 62*, Stoinis 1-28] by eight wickets. Player of the Match - Jos Buttler

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