Rising Pune Supergiant will look to seal their playoff spot when they take on Delhi Daredevils on Friday evening.
Delhi Daredevils will have every opportunity to play the spoilsport for the Rising Pune Supergiant. The Delhi camp has nothing to lose as they are already out of contention from the race to the playoffs. On the other hand, RPS are just a win away from confirming their berth for the playoffs this year.
Rising Pune Supergiant are in the top four in the points table and have 16 points to their name. They have picked themselves up really well this season after having seen a midway collapse. They have managed to win 6 out of their last 7 games this season.
The last time these two sides met in the tournament, DD managed to embarrass RPS. They had inflicted a heavy 97 run defeat on the hosts back then. It was a sublime ton from Sanju Samson that had set the tone for the 200-plus total for the Daredevils. In the run chase, RPS batters surrendered meekly for a mere 108.
The Delhi Daredevils are likely to field the same lineup that played against the Gujarat Lions at Kanpur. Carlos Brathwaite was drafted in the side; as they had three of their major overseas players leaving the tournament for national duty. Brathwaite did not impress with the bat in the match but is likely to retain his place in the side. The batting order looks good with the top order getting runs this season.
Shreyas Iyer was due for a big score and he scored a masterly 96 in the last game. Corey Anderson needs to step up to the occasion in the absence of Chris Morris. Anderson will have to don the hat of the finisher for the Daredevils. The bowling lineup looks good with Mohammad Shami and Zaheer Khan bowling well up front with Pat Cummins.
Rising Pune Supergiant
Rising Pune Supergiant are a win away from qualifying for the playoffs. They have been sticking to their winning combination for the last few matches. Hence, it will only come as a surprise if they tinker with the team combinations. At the moment, Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi look solid at the top order.
Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni have been the finishers for the team and have done well. Jaydev Unadkat has been the unsung hero of the lineup as he has been the key wicket-taker for them in the season. RPS will miss the services of Imran Tahir, their leading wicket-taker as he has left for national duty.
Head to Head:
Matches – 3
Delhi Daredevils – 1, Rising Pune Supergiant – 2
Delhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w), Corey Anderson, Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan (c).
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith (c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni (w), Ben Stokes, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.