Last year, MS Dhoni scored 23 runs in the last over to save Rising Pune Supergiant become the last team of points table against Kings XI Punjab and almost a year after, both teams will be against each other to decide who among them will march off to playoffs. This game is a do or die match for both teams and the team which will succeed will march forward. Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab both teams have played extremely well after their poor start to the season. Rising Pune Supergiant recent loss against Delhi Daredevils have left their chances of getting in to the playoffs at little dismay. Where as Kings XI Punjab won their both matched against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders and kept their hope for reaching the playoffs alive. These both teams will be against each other in a do or die situation and whoever wins advances forward. Kings XI Punjab have regained all their team strengths at the right time where as Rising Pune Supergiant major concern is the form of Ajinkya Rahane. Both teams will give their very best to reach the playoffs.
Last time they played: this season when these two teams were against each other for the first time, Rising Pune Supergiant posted a decent score of 163 runs in 20 overs. Maxwell played a fine Captain knock to sail his Team shore with an over remaining and six wickets in hand.
Head to head battle: Kings XI Punjab have the slight upper hand in head to head battle,they have won 2 out of three games while Rising Pune Supergiant have only won a single game.
Rising Pune Supergiant: LWWWW
Kings XI Punjab: WWLWW
Kings XI Punjab: they will not tinker much with the playing XI but the form of Henry and Ishant is a bother for the management. Darren Sammy and Varun Aaron are likely to replace the former twos. Wridimann Saha could get another game to open the innings.
Probable XI: Manan Vohra, Martin Guptill, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, wridimann Saha, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy/Matt Henry, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma/Varun Aaron.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Adam Zampa is set to play his fourth game of the season as imran Tahir have gone back home. They are unlikely to make any more changes to the squad.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev unadkat.
Players in the Spotlight:
Wridimann Saha: last match he grabbed the opening opportunities with both hands and scored a quick fire ninty setting up a win. He will be in the Spotlight to perform again or give a decent start to his team.
Steven Smith: Smith have always led by example, his innings have rescued Australia a numerous of times and he will be keen to make his side reach the playoffs by performing on his own.
What: Rising Pune Supergiant, 14th May, 16:00
Where: Maharashtra cricket association stadium, Pune
What to expect: another high scoring game is expected as average score of this ground is 180 runs. A high degree of 37 will be there at Pune.
Toss Prediction: chasing is always on the card at this venue, team winning the toss will choose to bowl first.
Match Prediction: Kings XI Punjab would be able make their winning hat-trick but it can be little tricky for them to overcome Rising Pune Supergiant at their home venue.
* A high six over session is assured with average around 45-50 runs in first six overs.
* Match odds for the game are 85-85 KXIP.