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Match 9 – Rising Pune Supergiant vs Delhi Daredevils
(Stadium – Pune) – Bowling heavy Delhi Daredevils takes on Smith-Stokes dependent Pune Supergiant.
Pune were off to a thrilling start this season with Steve Smith trashing two sixes in the final over of their win against Mumbai Indians. They lost their second match against Punjab. In an IPL culture where the team names have always been in plural, they changed their name from ‘Supergiants’ to ‘Supergiant’ (Edo animal/beast name laaga undi ippudu).
Delhi lost a match which they should have won against Bangalore. With just 158 to chase on a belter of a Bangalore pitch they succumbed with some insipid batting by everyone bar Rishabh Pant. This is a team of Wicket Keepers because even after their mainstay Quinton De Kock got injured there still are 4 people to keep wickets in the team – Aditya Tare, Sam Billings, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson.
Steve Smith is continuing from where he left in the Test series. He is in splendid form, with a knack for scoring runs and keeping his wicket intact at the same time. Ben Stokes did half justice to his price tag by good batting so far. Imran Tahir is the joint top wicket taker in the tournament after being snubbed during the auction. The concerns though is the lacklustre form of Dhoni and the lack of lethal opening bowlers.
Daredevils has couple of very inconsistent batsmen in their top order – Aditya Tare and Sanju Samson. They would do well by promoting Rishabh Pant to open. Lack of experience in the batting unit is clearly telling, which gives a feel of India A lineup. The only team with a Bowling captain, their stocks in that department are so high that Kagiso Rabada had to sit out.
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Pune has been a decent batting track despite the low scoring test match between India and Australia this season. A 160 to 170 run battle can be expected. In Tare, Nair, Samson – Delhi has 3 batsmen in Top 5 who are not good at maintaining high strike rate. This will haunt them throughout the season. Rahane is due for a big score and with the sublime form of Steve Smith it could be Pune’s match all the way.
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