After beating the Mumbai Indians in a thriller at home, Rising Pune Supergiant will be up against the King XI Punjab in the match no. 4 at the MPCA Stadium here on Saturday afternoon. RPS will look to keep the winning momentum and make it two in a row against last year’s bottom-placed team Kings XI Punjab. This will be the first match of the day and it will start at 4 PM in the afternoon.
The pitch condition is expected to be good for batting and we could expect another run fest in this year’s IPL. This match would prove to be a tough one as both the teams have the players that could turn the game of their head. They have many destructive batsmen that could run through the opponents bowling attack.
Rising Pune Supergiant will be high on confidence after beating one of their local rival Mumbai Indians in a thriller. In that match, the batting lineup clicked and they chased down the massive total of 184. This match will be no different.
The team would be led by Australian captain Steve Smith who had the dream start to his captaincy after leading his team to victory in the last game. The good thing for the RPS team is that their batting lineup looks great and all the batsman is in form. They have the likes of Rahane, Dhoni, Smith, Stokes who could destroy the opponent’s bowling attack.
RPS will have the concerns in the bowling department as they considered more than 180 runs in last game. But the good news for them is that Imran Tahir was in very good form in the last match. If he could repeat the last match performance then KXIP team could be in deep trouble.
On the other hand, KXIP will start their campaign and would love to win their first game. Last season was horrible for the team. This year they will be led by young Aussie Glen Maxwell. He will have the first go as the captain of the team.
The batting department looks very solid for the team as they have the likes of Marsh, Maxwell, Miller, Amla who will look to give the team a good total to defend or look to chase down the total. The bowling lineup id bit of a concern for the team. The bowling line up will depend on experienced Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma.
Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant Match details
Match date: 8 April 2017
Match time: 16.00 IST
Match venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore (
IPL 2017, KXIP vs RPS Match Prediction
Both teams main strength is their batting so, the match is likely to be decided by the team that bowls better. We will go with Rising Pune Supergiant to win the match.
Kings XI Punjab Squad: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell(c), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla, Varun Aaron, Eoin Morgan, Matt Henry, Rahul Tewatia, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh, T Natarajan, Ishant Sharma
Rising Pune Supergiant Squad: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith(c), 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, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Lockie Ferguson, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Washington Sundar