IPL 2017, KXIP vs RPS Prediction, Live Streaming & Playing 11: KXIP will face Rising Pune Supergiant in a virtual Knockout match in the 55th match of the IPL. This match will decide who will be the last team to go through the semifinal stage. Three teams Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight riders have already confirmed their place in the semifinal. Now, the last position is up for grabs and the two team that are fighting for it are Pune and Punjab.
This match would provide a perfect opportunity for the spectators to view a virtual semifinal clash before moving to the actual knockout phase of IPL. Pune side has a slight advantage as they are at the fourth position with 16 points and the Punjab side is at 14 points.
Now, a draw is enough to see Pune through the semifinal. They only way that they could be eliminated from the competition is if they lose to Punjab. Punjab have the much better net rate that could prove to be very useful in this crunch moment.
Pune will need to play one of their best game of the season as they will be knocked out of the tournament if they lose this one. In the batting department, they will rely heavily on Rahane, Tripathi to give them a solid start. Smith, Dhoni, Strokes will add to the middle order. These batsmen will have to put up a good batting display as Punjab has a strong batting lineup and they could virtually chase anything.
In the bowling department, they have Jaydev who is good form. Along with him is the limited over specialist Imran Tahir who is also in good form. These two will lead the attack against Punjab. They really need to bowl well if Pune is going to win this one.
On the other side, Punjab is in top form this moment. They have beaten Mumbai Indians in the last match and have won last two games which were must win matches. They will start this match having the momentum with their side. They have the main concern in the bowling department. They do not have any big names when it comes to bowling. In this match also, Sandeep Sharma, Axar Patel would lead the charge. They will have to bowl well to Pune batsman as they also have some quality batsman in their ranks.
In the batting department, they have Amla who is in top form having struck 2 centuries this season. They also have Maxwell and Miller who could turn any match on their head. All and all they have a strong batting unit that could destroy Pune bowling attack.
KXIP vs RPS Prediction, Who Will Win?
Though both teams have experienced players but the teams who hold the nerve will reach the IPL 2017 Playoffs and as per our prediction, RPS will be the fourth team.
IPL 2017: KXIP vs RPS Live Streaming
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Expected playing XI
RPS: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith (c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (wk), Ben Stokes, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa
KXIP: Martin Guptill, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Darren Sammy, Rahul Tewatia, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma