About the Match
So far, the Indian Premier League has not witnessed the usually anticipated much glittery fixtures. Most of the matches have been a one-sided affair and a similar trend will prevail in the next few matches. The fixture, Kings XI Punjab against Rising Pune Supergiant, will limp a little here and there but the side with a psychological advantage and better quality will linger on.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP):
The Kings of Punjab have performed like anything but Kings in season 9 of IPL. They have struggled with the bat, which is supposedly their strength, and in the bowling department the Kings, unfortunately, lack the required quality to compete and challenge some of the bigger clubs.
The defeats Punjab-based franchise has suffered so far have been too heavy to fathom. They have been quite disappointing in all categories of the game. Be it fumbled catches in the field or missed stumping chances behind the stumps, the Kings of Punjab are not gelling together, with their team chemistry on the pitch not going anywhere.
Against a top order like Rising Pune, Kings XI will have to come up with a strategy to hurt Pune where they are most vulnerable. Otherwise, with the way Kings have bowled in their previous fixtures, the tides won’t turn in this clash either.
Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS):
MS Dhoni, Pune’s captain, has an eye for picking out the players who fit in with his ideology of the game and carry out instructions accurately. Much to his distaste, the ex-CSK skipper will have to work his way out with the two bowlers, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma, who are not even his first choice bowlers in the international team.
Consequently, both bowlers proved to be the most expensive in both the matches RPS has played so far. Nonetheless, we have witnessed plenty of lofty sixes and destructive batting emanating from various bats while in Mohali, which speaks loads about the flairs of the pitch.
That is why the RPS batting order will be the difference between the two sides. RPS chased down a low score in its first match with nine wickets still in hand while the Pune Supergiants had five more wickets to go as they set a target of 164 against Gujarat Lions in the second game. As long as there is nothing too weird in the surface, RPS can surely put up a decent total on the board or chase down any target.
With Kings XI Punjab lurching and stuttering, Pune Supergiants will emerge as the obvious winner in this fixture. Since Mohali pitch does not offer much to bowlers, it will go down to the batting performances, where Pune, again, emerges as a clear winner of the two