Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) will lock horns with Delhi Daredevils (DD) in Match No. 49 of IPL 2016 at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. The last time these two sides met, earlier this season, the Supergiants registered a thumping seven-wicket victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
The Daredevils have a number of things to worry about, going to this game. DD need to work on their opening pair. Quinton de Kock, who has piled on 381 runs in 10 matches for the side, is not being helped by either Mayank Agarwal or Shreyas Iyer at the top of the batting order.
In that case, skipper Zaheer Khan and the Daredevils think tank should ideally bring Rishabh Pant up the order and let him open the batting with De Kock.
Imran Tahir and Amit Mishra conceded 101 runs together against the Mumbai Indians. Mishra has been amongst wickets. Thus, the Indian leggie should keep his place.
The Daredevils batting order collapsed against Mumbai Indians in the last match, even though they have won four out of their six matches chasing.
Meanwhile, Rising Pune Supergiants will want Usman Khawaja to fire at the top of the order along with Ajinkya Rahane, which will ease a lot of pressure off the middle-order batsmen.
Dhoni will want his strike bowler R Ashwin, who has had a poor season, to come in handy with the ball against DD. Adam Zampa has done well and should have featured in a few more games for the RPS. Zampa will also be a crucial factor in tonight's game.
Dhoni and his men will be playing for nothing but pride in their remaining two matches of IPL 2016. If they stun the Daredevils yet again, the latter's hope of making it to the IPL playoffs will take a hit.
"We want to give everything we can to win a game. It can be a good opportunity to test the guys that haven't played so far. It is not at all hard to motivate. Everyone is a professional. Each one plays for his own and the pride of the team," RPS assistant coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
"We want to win no matter what the position is. You never know when you start turning things around. Two big victories here will help us next year to really believe in ourselves and come out strong."
The Daredevils will face the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore after this match, two teams who are in good form. So, Zaheer Khan will know the importance of this game against the Supergiants. They have 12 points from 11 matches and Zaheer Khan and co. will want to collect all the six points available to seal one of the top two spots in the IPL 2016 points table.
Where to watch live
Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD) IPL 2016 match IPL 2016 match â€“ is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. IST (3:30 p.m. BST and 10:30 a.m. ET). Live TV coverage will be on Sony Max, Sony Six/HD, Sony ESPN/HD. Online options are available on Hotstar and Starsports.com.
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