Rising Pune Supergiant are just a couple of steps away from qualifying for the first time for the playoffs. Steven Smith getting the reigns of the team have worked wonders and they have performed extremely opposite to their maiden IPL debut. On the other hand, the table toppers from the last season had a forgetful one this season. Gujarat Lions are currently placed at number six and they would have to find ways of winning and making it to playoffs before getting completely knocked out. Rising Pune Supergiant have already won the number of games which they won in last season. With still five games left and placed at number four, they would be hopeful to make it to the playoffs. Rising Pune Supergiant have never won a single game against Gujarat Lions and they would be itching to do so. Gujarat Lions were impressive in the last match and lost the match in the super over to Mumbai Indians. Where as Rising Pune Supergiant were the crusher and won the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore easily with the margin of 61 runs.
Last time they played: Andrew Tye took a fifer and a hat-trick when both the teams were against each other. Pune Supergiant were able to post a modest total of 172 on board but it was chased down by Gujarat Lions with 2 overs to spare and 7 wickets in hand.
Head to head battle: Rising Pune Supergiant have never won a game against Gujarat Lions. They were on the losing side at both the occasion in season nine and also lost the first match this season. Gujarat Lions lead the head to head battle quite comfortably with 3:0.
Rising Pune Supergiant: WLWWW
Gujarat Lions: LWLWL
Rising Pune Supergiant: Stokes participation for the match is still in doubt and if he is fit than Daniel Christian is likely to make a way for him. Otherwise Pune are likely to play with the same squad and Lockie Ferguson the last man of the match will definitely make a cut ahead of Daniel Christian.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni, Washington Sunder, Daniel Christian/Ben Stokes, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Jaydev unadkat, Shardul Thakur/Deepak Chahar.
Gujarat Lions: The franchise suffered a massive blow in the last match when their best bowler Andrew Tye was ruled out from the whole season of IPL due to shoulder injury. Dwayne Smith or Jason Roy is likely to make the cut in place of him. Rest of squad is likely to remain the same.
Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Roy/Dwayne Smith, James Faulkner, Irfan Pathan, Basil Thampi, Dinesh Karthik, Ankit Soni.
Players in the Spotlight:
Ajinkya Rahane: The Mumbaikar is likely to perform at this venue which is close to his home ground. He has a little of form issue from last few matches and would itching to bounce back.
Ishan Kishan: The Jharkhand southpaw have been tremendous at the opening slot from last two games. He missed out a well deserved half century in the last match and likely to perform more of that onslaught at the top of the order.
What: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Gujarat Lions, 1st May, 20:00 IST
Where: Maharashtra cricket association stadium, Pune
What to expect: Pune is cooler in the evening and dew play a major role in second innings, it would be hard to field due to dew and pitch is behaving a bit sloppy so low scoring match can be seen.
Toss Prediction: The dew factor makes the decision of the team a lot easier to bowl first.
Match prediction: The momentum for winning is with Rising Pune Supergiant and they are certainly the favorites to win but with the batting line up of Gujarat Lions you never know.
* A slow six over session can be witnessed in the second innings of the game.
* Match odds for the game are 89-90 Rising Pune Supergiant.