Orange Army is set to face Rising Pune Supergiants in the crucial match of Vivo IPL 2016 on Tuesday in Visakhapatnam. Sunrisers Hyderabad are having a great winning momentum in the tournament while Pune have been struggling a lot and lost too many games.
MS Dhoni is captaining a side which is at the bottom half in points table which never happened before in the previous editions of Indian Premier League. Dhoni is known to lead from the front but this time things are not going well for him. RPS just managed to win 3 games played out of 10 matches in the event so far. In their three wins, one came against SRH which can give Pune a hope that they can beat Hyderabad again.
But it is not going to be easy for Dhoni & Company as the last match they played against Sunrisers Hyderabad, was a short game due to rain and winner was decided on the behalf of Duckworth Lewis method. Kevin Pietersen, Steve Smith, Faf Du Plessis and Mitchell Marsh have been ruled out from RPS squad due to respective injury concerns. However Usman Khawaja and George Bailey have been added to the side and are part of playing 11.
Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming still believes that team can make through to knockouts if we can play better. He said, “I guess we are still quite clinging on to the fact that if we could put four games together and get across the line in a couple, then we are an outside chance to get through to the semi-finals. I have been in this situation before and got through, and I still believe we can have a go.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad now look quite strong as their middle order looks strong after Yuvraj Singh’s return to the side adn eventually he is looking in good touch. The way he played last game, it was quite impressive. Shikhar Dhawan is also in good form and played some good innings in the last two matches. He was terrific in the last match and scored brilliant fifty to win the match.
See more: Vivo IPL 9 points table
Probable Playing XI
Rising Pune Supergiants
Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Sourabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni (c & wk), George Bailey, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Scott Boland, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, M Ashwin.
David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are favorites to win against Rising Pune Supergiants and they have got 58 percent winning chances.