In earlier season, Rising Pune Supergiant won two matches it played against Delhi Daredevils. So far in this season, Pune has lost to Kings XI and have beat Mumbai Indians. On the over hand, Daredevils lost the single match it played against RCB. Although Daredevils lost some key players due to injuries, Angelo Mathews is back to the squad. Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy being injured, the team was searching for imperative replacements.
Delhi roped in Ben Hilfenhaus, a bowler, adding to an already strong arsenal of Ashwin, Rabada and Shami. Rising Pune Supergiant is bolstered with Imran Tahir and Ben Stokes, who proved their strength in earlier matches. Stokes was not much as a bowler, but his batting was well expressive against Kings XI Punjab. Daredevils has another top bowler. Chris Morris has been the best in pulling down runs. In last season, he had the best economy among all IPL bowlers. This season too, the bowler is through a strong form. In the last campaign against RCB, he delivered eight dot balls giving away nine runs in 12 balls.
The Pune pitch has been favoring chasers. It would be crucial for Pune to win the toss and to take the bowling on first hand. The team has a record of being defeated every time they bat first. Delhi Daredevils has been through a low form lately. The team lost six matches of the eight they played.
On batsmen’s side, MS Dhoni has been a woe for Pune, in contrast to Ajinkya Rahane, who has hammered six half centuries in last 13 innings he played for Delhi Daredevils. However, Steven Smith makes the scale heavier on Pune’s side being the highest striker against any bowler in IPL. In a match, he plundered 32 runs off 9 balls off Shahbaz Nadeem. His might can be well perceived with his lowest strike rate of 72, against Amit Mishra in IPL.
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