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- Hamilton on why Mercedes will triumph in 2018 and it is not due to the W09
- Alonso reveals why he did not quit F1 despite leaning towards exit
- Vettel offers crisp reply to Ferrari critics
- Hamilton’s ‘oompa loompa’ ex-girlfriend reveals champion’s strange toilet demand
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- Updated: April 11, 2017
Rising Pune Supergiants had a great start to their tournament with the franchise opting to instate Steven Smith as captain over MS Dhoni.
This has proved to be a rather fruitful decision, with Smith showing even greater form now that he has the added responsibility of leading the line-up.
But, one thing that is clear from the two matches that Pune has played till now is that they are dearly missing their Indian star bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.
Bowling is surely their weak point, with a lack of death bowlers being severely exploited in their opening game against Mumbai Indians, where Hardik Pandya tore into Ashoke Dinda to accrue 30 runs off the final over.
Pune’s last minute replacement Imran Tahir, who went unsold in the auction, is proving everyone wrong and has perhaps already made himself the team’s most valuable asset.
Other than Tahir’s exploits, Smith would be hoping for a better return from his bowlers. There is no change expected in the batting, with Stokes and Tiwary firing in the last match.
Jaydev Unadkat is likely to replace Dinda and looking at the nature of the pitch, leggie Rahul Chahar may well have to make way for his older brother Deepak.
On the other hand, Delhi’s campaign didn’t start too well and their batsmen made a mess of a modest total with only Rishabh Pant providing them with some solace.
They are clearly missing Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, who are otherwise integral to their team.
Their bowling, though, is one of the strongest in the tournament and they would not want to change too many things there.
The good news for Delhi is that Angelo joined the squad on Monday, having made a successful return from a calf injury.
He is unlikely to make it to the eleven as it is believed that Delhi do not want to risk a player who they believe could be critical in the latter stages of the tournament.
With the pitch offering assistance to fast bowlers and Mishra leaking runs in the previous, we may see him making way for Mohammed Shami.
This should make for an intriguing battle, with one side boasting a strong batting line-up and the other relying heavily on its ability to curb the flow of runs.
RPS Probable XI– Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Rajat Bhatia, Daniel Christian, Imran Tahir, Jaydev Unadkat, Deepak Chahar.
DD Probable XI– Aditiya Tare, Sam Bilings, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem.