IPL 2017 | Match 52 Preview: Delhi Daredevils vs Rising Pune Supergiant

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IPL 2017 | Match 52 Preview: Delhi Daredevils vs Rising Pune Supergiant

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SportsCafe Desk

05/12/2017

Rising Pune Supergiant will look to seal a playoff spot tonight when they take on Delhi Daredevils at the latter's den. A win will see the Maharashtra side draw level with table toppers Mumbai Indians, who are the only team to have qualified so far. Delhi are out of the race for a top-four spot.

Delhi are sixth on the table and are looking to win their last two games in a bid to finish an otherwise disappointing season on a positive note. Young Shreyas Iyer hit 96 to set up the team's win over Gujarat Lions in the previous game after having earlier been crushed by MI.

A balanced RPS are on overdrive after a slow start to the season and are currently third on the table. They go into tonight's game on the back of four consecutive wins.

Head to Head

Delhi lead 2-1

Last Meeting:

Delhi rode on Sanju Samson's ton to thump RPS by 97 runs.

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Who will win?

A. DD   B. RPS

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DD holds an advantage of 2-1 in the 3 H2H games played between these 2 sides in the IPL so far. But in IPL 2017, DD have won 5 and lost 7 whereas RPS have won 8 and lost 4. RPS are on a4 match winning streak and their batting lineup looks solid. Whereas Delhi have had a very inconsistent batting lineup as once they chased a total of 208 and the next match they collapsed for 66. Hence we predict a victory for RPS.

Fans verdict: The fans are not with us on this one, as 63% think DD will win.

Who will score more runs for DD?

A. Iyer   B. Pant  

In IPL 2017, Iyer has scored 303 runs at an average of 38 whereas Pant has scored 285 at an average of 24. Rishabh Pant's scores in the last 5 matches were 3, 34, 97, 0 and 4 and Shreyas Iyer's scores in the last 5 matches were 6, 33, 14*, 3 and 96. Plus, Iyer scored a brilliant 57-ball 96 in the previous match. Hence we predict Iyer to outscore Pant in this fixture

Fans verdict: The fans are not with us on this one, as 59% think Pant will win this contest.

Predicted XI:

DD: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Corey Anderson, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Marlon Samuels, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan (C).

RPS: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (C), MS Dhoni(wk), Ben Stokes, Daniel Christain, Manoj Tiwary, Washington Sundar, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat, Shradul Thakur.

Key Players:

Shreyas Iyer (DD): The youngster smashed s 55-ball 96 to help his side win by two wickets in the previous match. The Mumbaikar has amassed 303 runs from 10 matches and will look to leave his mark on this edition.

Jaydev Unadkat (RPS): The 25-year-old has shown his skills in the death overs and has scalped 17 wickets at an impressive average of 14. This is possibly his best IPL season and he will look to extend his splendid run into the playoffs.

Time: 8 pm

Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

TV Listings: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Set Max, Sony ESPN

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