The competition of being in the final four have immensely increased with the second phase of Indian premier league. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Pune Supergiant will get no better time to showcase their power against each other to be a part of top four. Sunrisers Hyderabad will be happy to face Rising Pune Supergiant at their home ground which is like a fortress for them. Rising Pune Supergiant on the other hand would like to continue their winning streaks of winning six out of their last seven games. The result of this match would be directly effect the position of KKR in the points table. The win for Rising Pune Supergiant will mean they would move forward than KKR and same goes with Sunrisers Hyderabad too. Rising Pune Supergiant have played as a unit and every individual have come out as a winner at different occasions. On the other hand Sunrisers Hyderabad are vastly based in few renowned match winners like Warner, Bhuvneshwar and Yuvraj.
Last time they played: a classic last ball finish when last time these two teams were against each other at Pune. Dhoni came to the rescue of Rising Pune Supergiant and toyed with Hyderabad bowlers at the end of the innings to chase down the target of 177 runs in 20 overs.
Head to head battle: both teams won a game each in the 2016 edition of Indian premier league but Rising Pune Supergiant won the first match in this season and have a slightly upper hand on Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: LWWDL
Rising Pune Supergiant: WWWLW
Sunrisers Hyderabad: the only thing which costed Hyderabad last match was their lack of fifth bowling options. Bipul Sharma can come up in place of Deepak Hooda as with Williamson and Henriques among runs they can afford playing a bowler less. Ashish Nehra practiced a full session a day before and is fit to be included, he can come up in place of Mohd Siraj or Sidharth Kaul.
Probable XI: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Naman Ojha, Deepak Hooda/Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Siraj/Ashish Nehra, Sidharth Kaul.
Rising Pune Supergiant: rising Pune Supergiant are unlikely to make any changes in their playing XI but due to sluggish pitch of Hyderabad it would be great to include Rajat Bhatia in the team. The slow variation of Dan Christian is an added benefit.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Washington Sunder, MS Dhoni, Daniel Christian, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev unadkat.
Players in the Spotlight:
David Warner: In last home game against KKR, David Warner played a gem of innings and scored one more IPL century. He likes to bat at Hyderabad and will be in the Spotlight to perform.
Rahul Tripathi: This season has seen Rising of few unknown faces and Rahul Tripathi is one of them. He rescued his team in the last match and won it single handley. Though he missed out his century but his innings was nonetheless. He will be in the Spotlight to perform better at the top of the order.
What: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiant, 6th May, 16:00 IST.
Where: Rajiv Gandhi international stadium, Hyderabad
What to expect: the pitch is expected to be sluggish and slow. Temperature will be on the cooler side compared to other days.
Toss Prediction: Pitch is slow and sluggish and ball won’t come easily to bat. Team winning the toss would love to bowl first so that they chase down the target cautionaly.
Match prediction: despite Sunrisers Hyderabad being the king of their fortress, Rising Pune Supergiant are more favorable to win considering their winning form.
* Slow pitches result in lower six over runs and lower sessions.
* Match odds for the game are 85-86 SRH.