IPL Preview: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Sport360 staff 18:54 25/04/2017
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Who will come out on top?

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 26, 2017 (Wednesday)

Time: 18:30 GST, 20:00 local time (IST), 14:30 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

Three wins on the bounds for Pune has coincided with a return to form of MS Dhoni and the side has been propelled up the table into fourth with all the power of a Dhoni Helicopter Shot.

Ben Stokes has been superb with the ball and it is their bowlers that have been doing the bulk of the work recently.

The batsmen must start contributing if RPS are to continue in this rich vein of form with Faf du Plessis one man who will be itching to get back in the side and prove a point.

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

KKR SQUAD: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de Grandhomme

Kolkata had their own problems with the bat last time out but a quite remarkable bowling performance saw RCB bowled out for a record low IPL total of 49.

Sunil Narine has been a revelation opening the batting but much more is expected of the likes of Colin de Grandhomme who has so far been highly disappointing with the bat.

Shakib Al Hasan will be wondering how he hasn’t been considered a first-choice option and has been resigned to just the single outing so far.

PREDICTED KKR XI: Gambhir (c), Narine, Uthappa (wk), Pandey, Pathan, S Yadav, Shakib, Woakes, U Yadav, Coulter-Nile, K Yadav


FORM

(Last five matches – with latest match first)

RPS: W W W L L

KKR: W L W W W


MATCH PREDICTION

Pune have been in great touch but with their batsmen still misfiring, KKR edge this.

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