MS Dhoni has had a disappointed IPL season with the new franchise Rising Pune Surpergiants (RPS). Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of IPL, so it will be difficult for the India veteran to cope with his team's poor form in IPL 2016.
RPS, under Dhoni's leadership, have managed to earn just six points from 10 games and they have another four matches to play. If they manage to reach 14 points, they might still be able to make it to the IPL 2016 Playoff stages. But if they lose to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the ADA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, their maiden IPL campaign will be more or less over.
"It's been frustrating, we've had some challenges but in between that we are still competing in games we have had four last-over games which I think is important to note that we have been a little bit better and a little bit sharper in a couple of areas. We could be sitting in a much healthier position, so the positive is, even with the injuries and the challenges we have had, we are still in the fight and that's with a lot of the top teams," RPS coach Stephen Fleming was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on the eve the match.
"I guess we are still quite clinging on to the fact that if we could put four games together and get across the line in a couple then we are an outside chance to get through to the semifinals. I have been in this situation before and got through, and I still believe we can have a go."
The Sunrisers are coming into this game having won three matches in a row and they will want to make it four on the trot to inch closer to that playoff spot.
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have been brilliant at the top of the order for SRH. They will look to continue their form when they walk out in the middle to bat against MS Dhoni's Supergiants.
SRH also have an impressive bowling attack. Their combination of keeping three left-arm seamers in the form of Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran and Ashish Nehra has paid dividends in IPL 2016. Bhuvneshwar Kumar adds further solidity to that bowling lineup as well.
Warner will be wary of Ajinkya Rahane's form with the bat at the top of the order for RPS. He will look to send the Mumbai batsman back to the pavilion early in the game.
The Supergiants also have some good hitters in their ranks but Warner will look to use his resources well to contain them.
Where to watch live
Rising Pune Supergiants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2016 match – is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. IST (3:30 p.m. BST, 10:30 a.m. ET). Live TV coverage of the Rising Pune Supergiants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in India will be on Sony Max, Sony Six/HD, Sony ESPN/HD. Online options are available on Hotstar and Starsports.com.
Viewers in the US can watch Rising Pune Supergiants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad on ESPN, while the game can also be live streamed on Watch ESPN.
Audience in Canada can watch the RPS vs SRH on Sportsnet and Watch Sportsnet.
OSN Sports Cricket will show RPS vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Middle East and North Africa, while all the action can also be watched via live streaming online on OSN Cricket Play.
Supersport and Supersport Live Video will broadcast Rising Pune Supergiants vs SRH in South Africa.
Viewers from across the world, around 133 countries, can watch the IPL 2016 match live online on Cricketgateway.