A run-feast is expected at the PCA stadium in Mohali, with Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants set for an important encounter on Sunday. Both teams possess some incredible batsmen in their line-ups, which makes the contest even more interesting.
Kings XI have been unimpressive in IPL 2016, losing both their matches, while Rising Pune Supergiants have been decent, winning one and losing one.
Here is a look at how the Kings XI Punjab vs Rising Pune Supergiants IPL 2016 game might pan out.
If Kings XI bat first: The pitch in Mohali is expected to be batting-friendly, and the team which wins the toss should not hesitate in batting first and get first chance to use the surface. Let's assume Kings XI skipper David Miller wins the toss and opts to bat.
Manan Vohra and Murali Vijay get off to a brilliant start, scoring 50-odd runs in the first six overs, providing a perfect base for the rest of the batsmen to follow. Ravichandran Aswhin picks his first wicket in the match, dismissing Vohra, which brings Maxwell to the crease. The Australia batsman goes hammer and tong, scoring 30 runs from 14 balls. But Kings XI loses Vijay and Maxwell in quick succession. David Miller and Shaun Marsh accumulates runs in singles, but unleashes their shots in the last four overs, to help their team score 160 runs in 20 overs.
Like Kings XI, RPS also starts well, scoring 45 runs during the powerplay, and with openers – Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis set, they began to dominate the innings with some brilliant cricket. They lose their first wicket in the 12th over, but Rahane has already done a great job. Kevin Pietersen gets into the act and plays brilliantly from the very first ball, which he sends it to the boundary. He seems to be in a hurry as he finishes the game with three boundaries on a trot in the 18th over.
If Kings XI bowl first: Rahane and Du Plessis starts cautiously, scoring 38 runs in the powerplay. Rahane gets out in the seventh over, and Pietersen comes to the crease and looks in ominous form, and ups the ante, hitting the Kings XI Punjab bowlers all around the park. Du Plessis also gets into his zone and they are scoring runs freely. Du Plessis goes after scoring 42 runs, and Dhoni comes into bat at number four. Pietersen soon falls for well-made 37 runs. Dhoni and Steve Smith takes their total to 180 runs with some clinical hitting.
Vohra and Vijay, looking to score at a brisk rate, lose their wickets during the powerplay. They are in trouble, with 35 runs from six overs, and two wickets down. Maxwell and Miller play some good shots, and look good to inch closer to the total, but the duo is dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin. With two new batsmen at the crease, the target looks uphill and despite Kings XI late surge, they fall short by 20 runs.