Kolkata Knight Riders perhaps bowled the spell of their life to restrict RCB to the score of 49 and win the match rather comfortably. On the other hand Rising Pune Supergiant have won their last three games and it is the only team to beat the table toppers Mumbai Indians in this season of Indian premier league. Pune Supergiant have never won a single game against Kolkata Knight Riders and will be itching to change this. Kolkata Knight Riders are comfortably placed at 2nd position winning 5 of their seven matches with 10 points. While Rising Pune Supergiant is placed at number 4 with four wins in as many as seven games. Kolkata Knight Riders have looked more powerful in their home games but they will face Pune in a away match.
Last time they played: last time when they played one of the league matches of last year IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders went on to win the match. Infact, Kolkata have won both the matches against Rising Pune Supergiant last year. In the game affected by rain, Kolkata Knight Riders went on to win the match by 8 wickets.
Head to head battle: The two teams have played 2 times against each other and both the times Kolkata Knight Riders have won the game. Rising Pune Supergiant are yet to win against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders: WLWWW
Rising Pune Supergiant: WWWLL
Kolkata Knight Riders: the last time man of the match Nathan Coulter-nile didnt travelled with the team to Pune which means he has been rested for this game. Shakib-al-hasan or Trent Boult could get a game in place of his and rest playing eleven are supposed to be the same.
Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Surya Kumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Chris woakes, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult/shakib-al-hasan, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla, Colin de grandhomme.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Three wins in three matches, rising Pune Supergiant have finally found their momentum, so they are unlikely to tinker with their playing XI and should play with the same squad.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Manoj Tiwary, Ben Stokes, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur.
Players in the Spotlight:
Rahul Tripathi: probably the find of this year’s IPL, Rahul Tripathi is a batsman of pure talent and raw power. He will be keen to perform against the likes of Narine and Umesh Yadav.
Where: Maharashtra cricket association stadium, Pune
What to expect: Pune is much cooler in the evening compared with other venues. Lots of runs are expected to be scored and there is a slight tinge of grass on pitch.
Toss Prediction: team winning the toss will surely chase at this venue.
Match prediction: Rising Pune Supergiant have gain the needed momentum and are supposed to win this match too.
* Place your bets on the team chasing.
* Match odds for the game are 92-93 KKR.