Rising Pune Supergiants v Royal Challengers Bangalore:
The important match for the 2 teams struggling with their combination will be played between Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both the teams haven’t clicked much after winning their first match and now both of the sides have to win this match at any cost otherwise they will be at the bottom of the points table. Match will be played at Pune stadium which is the home ground of Pune and that can give psychologically an edge to Pune side. The match will be played at 7:30 PM Pakistan Standard time.
Starting from Royal Challengers Bangalore side who is still looking best side of the tournament with a lot of star players in the team but the way their bowlers are responding to their batsmen was very heart breaking. Their batsmen which include Chris Gayle didn’t score much in the tournament but the other batsmen like Kohli and De Villiers have destroyed the bowling attack of every side they faced. Shane Watson and Sarfaraz Khan also did a fine job in the matches but as a whole they managed to score big runs on the ground. The only pain in head for the RCB side is their bowling as none of the bowler so far has impressed much and just totally played an average cricket. They started with Adam Milne who didn’t get much and he was dropped then they went to David Wiesel who also couldn’t do much and he was also dropped then they gave chance to Kane Richardson and he also failed again so RCB also have to rethink and they have to give proper 3-4 matches to a bowler so they he gets his rhythm back. Bad news for RCB is that their main Samuel Badree is out of the tournament due to injury.
Now coming towards the Pune side who also have a bit similar story to RCB as they also struggling with their combination. Most of their batsmen are looking out of form. Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith and Kevin Pietersen all are struggling to get their form back and that is why Pune is struggling to score big runs from the last 2 matches. Except Faf Du Plessis no one has impressed a lot. Pune also have to rethink their strategy and surely need to change their combination as this combination is not working properly for him. Pune bowlers have tried their level best to defend the target but they failed as on batting tracks of India defending low totals is not so easy. As a whole MS Dhoni surely have to do something out of the box to make a proper combination as one more loss can straight away send them to the bottom of the table. Pune have a slight edge as their match is at their home ground and they know how the pitch will react so they can use a better combination then RCB and try to win the match.
Pune haven’t hosted any match so far but typically Pune wicket always favored the seamers so both the sides have to use their seamers as compare to their spinners.