Rising Pune Supergiant v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2017, Pune April 21, 2017

In-form Sunrisers eye first away win

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Match facts

Rising Pune Supergiant v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Pune, April 22, 2017
Start time 16000 local (1030 GMT)

Play 02:46
Agarkar: Pune need Tiwary up the order

Head to head

This season: The two sides will be meeting for the first time in IPL 2017
Overall: Both sides have won one game apiece

In the news

These two teams have been on opposite ends of the scheduling coming into the game. Rising Pune Supergiant have had a five-day break to rejuvenate themselves after a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru, while Sunrisers Hyderabad will be playing their third game in six days.

Pune will be buoyed by the performances of their Indian players - Rahul Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat - in their win over Royal Challengers that broke a three-match losing streak. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson's exceptional knock at No. 3 in his first game of the season could mean more time on the bench for Ben Cutting. While Sunrisers are sitting pretty with four wins, they would do well to note their two losses have come away.

The likely XIs

Rising Pune Supergiant: 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 MS Dhoni, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Jaydev Unadkat, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Ankit Sharma

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Naman Ojha, 8 Bipul Sharma, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10, Rashid Khan, 11 Siddarth Kaul

Strategy punt

  • Rising Pune have shunted Manoj Tiwary up and down the order. In their previous game, one of small margins, in Bengaluru, his 11-ball 27 at No.7 proved to be the difference of at least 20 runs to the team's total. With MS Dhoni continuing to struggle, his strike rate of 87.14 is the worst among those who have faced 50-plus deliveries this season, the team management can perhaps push up Tiwary, who is striking them close to 161 per 100 balls this season, which is significantly higher than his career strike rate of 116, to No. 4.

  • With three left-handers potentially in Sunrisers' top five - David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh - Rising Pune could be better off continuing with Dan Christian, who offers slow variations in addition to his seam-ups, rather than packing their side with Adam Zampa to complement Imran Tahir in the legspin department.

Stats that matter

  • Rising Pune haven't been able to identify a complement of death bowlers to plug the runs from overs 16-20. That has resulted in them leaking runs at an economy rate of 11.95 in the last five, the second worst among all teams this season. At home, that number has gone up to 14.50.

  • Dhoni has been far from fluent with the bat. He has had a strike rate in excess of 100 in just one of his five innings. A record holder for hitting most sixes - 104 - in the final five overs across ten editions, he has no sixes in the same passage of play this year.

  • One of the finds of the tournament - Rashid Khan - has struggled against Indian batsmen for three successive games. After Robin Uthappa (21 off 12) and Manan Vohra (37 off 14), he was picked for 16 off seven deliveries by Shreyas Iyer in the previous game. He has conceded 140 off the 109 deliveries he has bowled to Indian batsmen.

  • The average first innings score at Pune since 2015 is 175, which is the second-best after Chinnaswamy, among venues that have hosted a minimum of three matches.

  • In the 10 matches at the MCA Stadium since 2015, six games have been won by the chasing side. That only once has a score of less than 180 been defended here shows why the surface can sometimes be taken out of the equation here.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Salt.Bite on April 22, 2017, 10:17 GMT

    @OZCHRIS-And so do you my friend.Never discount others.

  • venkyind on April 22, 2017, 9:56 GMT

    @BLACK_BIRD: That distinction is already taken by srt.

  • Ozchris on April 22, 2017, 9:55 GMT

    @ Blackbird... Dhoni is a long, long way from being the best player the cricket world has ever produced. And while it's a bit over the top sometimes, people have every right to express their opinion.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 22, 2017, 9:48 GMT

    I hope good sense prevails and Tiwary and Dhoni switch positions in the batting order today. Dhoni eats way too many deliveries at the beginning. Might as well send him at 6 when he has no option but to go for the big ones from ball one. Tiwary has been in hot form and RPS need to take advantage of it and give him more overs to play.

  • cricfan57004661 on April 22, 2017, 9:43 GMT

    dhoni is a champion player, it's just a matter of an innings, all haters will turn to fanz

  • black_bird on April 22, 2017, 8:58 GMT

    Stop criticizing dhoni. He is the best player the cricket world ever produced.

  • Kaliwal-Halak on April 22, 2017, 8:52 GMT

    SRH should open the batting with Rashid, the guy is a pinch hitter, even it doesnt work, will not cost SRH, as he is not getting any opportunity to bat, considering the depth of SRH batting.

  • Kulaya on April 22, 2017, 8:51 GMT

    MS Dhoni had a Hollywood-type movie made about his life. Thus his personhood has passed from the ordinary physical world into the realm of hagiography or mere caricature, within the time of his own career. Existentially speaking, MS Dhoni the human, non-mythologized, cricketer no longer exists. How then can he be expected to score quickly and often? Maybe there should be a sequel movie, where he continues to score runs quickly in IPL and wins trophies for India, and the fans can watch that, instead of the actual TV footage of him playing. This is why hagiographical and biographical movies (and books for that matter. e.g, Ben Stokes) should not be made until the subject has already completed their career! Such works are only made for easy money in the first place. By all means make movies and write books about our heroes, but wait til they have retired first. Imagine if Homer had written Ulysses' Odyssey after he just left...and then his hero had failed to return?

  • Cricinfouser on April 22, 2017, 8:42 GMT

    SRH Xl likely to me Warner Dhawan/Agrwal Williamson Yuvi Ricky Dwivedi Jordan Rashid Buvi Koul Siraj

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on April 22, 2017, 8:37 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary's Sparkling Form merits him batting higher up the order at no. 4. That way it allows Dhoni and Stokes the hitters to bat at 5 and 6. Both struggle and start slower off the spinners who operate at the middle of the inni gs when Tiwary can manoeuvre the gaps and hit tje 4s and 6s. Stokes and Dhoni can then come in later and belt the quickies. Currently they're eating up too many dot balls in the middle and are 15-20 runs short leading to defeats.

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