IPL 10: KXIP vs RPS Preview | Watch live streaming on Hotstar
Indore: After registering a tremendous seven-wicket win against Mumbai Indians (MI) in its first Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10 match, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) is all set to take on the star-studded Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Holker Cricket stadium here on Saturday.
Pune would be on cloud nine after Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith exhibited their outstanding batting prowess in the match by scoring half-centuries in quick time and leading their team to a comfortable victory.
They, however, would be concerned about the form of Mayank Agarwal who went back cheaply in the previous match. English all-rounder Ben Stokes started off nicely but could only score 21 runs off 14 balls. MS Dhoni, who was not captaining the IPL side for the first time in a decade, did not show the fireworks he is famous for during his 12-ball unbeaten inning.
As far as bowling department is concerned, RPS would highly bank on Imran Tahir who surprised everyone by securing the figures of 3/28 in the first match against MI. Rajat Bhaia has also impressed by bagging 2 wickets for 14 runs off his three overs.
Ashok Dinda, who was hit for 30 runs in the final over off the match, could be seen as the main problem for RPS, as they surely would find it difficult to find the replacement of their frontline bowler who is not looking good with the ball.
On the other hand, KXIP would face the biggest problem while finalizing the eleven men in the team, as they have a number of high-profile international players who would have been in the playing XI if played for any other franchise.
The top-ranked T20 players include Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Eoin Morgan, Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Darren Sammy and Marcus Stoinis, but according to the IPL norms, a team can only play four foreign players in a match. Well, any four of them would be dangerous enough to threaten every team of the cash-rich league.
On the bowling front, KXIP has Varun Aaron, Matt Henry, Axar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Ishant Sharma and Mohit Sharma to choose from. All of them have great skills, but the only issue they face is 'lack of consistency'.
So, we surely are going to observe yet another interesting T20 battle between the two teams, which met twice in the previous season and managed to win one match each.
Sony Pictures Network will start broadcasting the match from 4 pm onwards, while Hotstar mobile application and hotstar.com will give provide the live streaming of the match.