With the 3rd and 4th positions in the play-offs yet to be decided, the second last clash of the league stages of IPL 2017 will be between the Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab at Pune on Sunday afternoon.
RPS vs KXIP – Overview
This match is going to be crucial for both teams as this becomes a virtual quarterfinal for both. The winner will take the fourth place on the table and will proceed for the play-offs. If RPS win, they will have 18 points and go ahead as the third team with SRH at 4. If Kings win, they will have 16 points, the same as RPS but since they have a better NRR than RPS, they will play SRH in the Eliminator. The last time these two teams met, Kings got home with an over and 6 wickets to spare.
Team News – RPS
Imran Tahir has been called up for national duty and his service to the team will be duly missed. Although Adam Zampa will play as his replacement in the XI, Tahir’s unexpected googlies were a bliss for RPS. A lot will depend on the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur with the new ball. The availability of Ben Stokes is still uncertain as other English players like Jos Butler and Chris Woakes are most likely to leave for England on Sunday. England face South Africa in a 5-match ODI series from 24th May.
Team News – KXIP
Pretty much like RPS, Kings are going to be devoid of Hashim Amla and Eoin Morgan. Amla had been in contention for the Orange Cap with two centuries in the season. Glenn Maxwell and Martin Guptill will have to handle the batting while Marcus Stoinis will be expected to make an impact in the team.
Fantasy Pick Batsman: Manoj Tiwary
The right-hander has been consistently performing for RPS while coming down the order. He was their lone warrior against Delhi the other night, scoring an impressive half-century. He has created an impact while batting first with his quick scoring during the slog overs. He has earned 389 points so far in FYS fantasy.
Fantasy Pick Bowler: Sandeep Sharma
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Sandeep Sharma has been the most effective bowler for Punjab this season. He became the first ever bowler to dismiss Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle in the same innings. He has bowled over a 100 dot balls in the season to go with his 17 wickets in 12 games. In FYS Fantasy League, he has scored 401 points.
Fantasy Pick All-rounder: Dan Christian
With the availability of Ben Stokes under a cloud of doubt, Daniel Christian will be a crucial player in the RPS lineup. He has the knack of picking wickets and scoring quick runs and will play an critical role in the all-important game.
Match Starts at: 8:00 PM IST
TV Telecast: Sony Six and Sony Six HD
Online Streaming: www.hotstar.com
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