Playoff aspirants Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant will lock horns at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad today for their second meeting of the season after some sensational batting by MS Dhoni helped Pune beat the defending champions in the previous encounter.
Pune have grown into a formidable unit since that match. Although concerns remain over their bowling and fielding, the Maharashtra side has clicked as a batting unit with young Rahul Tripathi the linchpin.
Pune lead 2-1.
MS Dhoni struck a 34-ball 61 as Pune chased down 177 for a four-wicket win.
As part of the preview, we bring to you fan predictions for the talking points of the game. The predictions are sourced from the newest fantasy game on the block –
Who will win?
RPS hold a 2-1 advantage over SRH in the 3 Head-to-Head encounters in the IPL. In this season of the IPL, SRH
Fans verdict: The fans are not with us on this one, as 59% think SRH will win.
Which skipper will score more runs?
A. Warner B. Smith C. Equal
In IPL 2017, Warner has scored 489 runs (orange cap holder) whereas Smith has scored 333 runs. In the reverse fixture, Warner had scored 43 runs whereas Smith scored 29. Also when we compare Warner's recent form to that of Smith, the clear winner seems to be David Warner. Warner's scores in the last 5 matches are 4,43,51,126 and 30 whereas Smith's scores in the last 5 matches are 17,51*,45,4 and 9. Hence we predict Warner to outscore Smith in this fixture.
Fans verdict: The fans are with us on, as 81% think Warner will outscore Smith.
“We've bowled particularly well in certain aspects of the 20 overs and there are certain parts that we need to improve on, and if not consider the balance of the side. We can't afford to have the good work of say, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan to sort of
“It's an important game for us. We're close to playoffs. SRH are a good side at home, so it will be good to win against them.” - Rahul Tripathi, Pune batsman
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, Hyderabad
Time: 4 pm
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