Rising Pune Supergiant vs Gujarat Lions, XI Players, May 1, 08:00 PM


Rising Pune Supergiant Probable XI:

Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Imran Tahir

Gujarat Lions Probable XI:
Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Aaron Finch, James Faulkner, Jason Roy, Basil Thampi, Ishan Kishan, Ankit Soni

Team News:

Rising Pune Supergiant:
Hard to see RPS making a change to their playing XI after their brilliant 61-run win against RCB at home. Stokes's participation still might be under the cloud, and given Ferguson's Man-of-the-Match-winning outing, it'd be surprising to see them leave the paceman out as he provides the bite required in the bowling department with his pace and variations.

Gujarat Lions: The Gujarat franchise were dealt a massive blow as their best bowler Andrew Tye was stretchered off the field after hurting his shoulder while fielding against Mumbai Indians. The injury was serious enough to have him ruled out for the rest of the season. Jason Roy could come in to beef up the batting.

What to expect: Pune is comparatively much cooler in the evenings, with quite a bit of dew seen causing the home side a bit of trouble when fielding second against KKR. The wicket played pretty sluggish against RCB, which could mean a reduction in the number of runs scored when compared to RPS' earlier home games.

History: Last season, Pune fell short against Gujarat both times in what was the maiden season for both teams. This season, too, they were unable to register a win against them in Rajkot, where Gujarat beat them convincingly by seven wickets after Andrew Tye picked up a five-wicket haul which included a hat-trick. Gujarat lead the head-to-head 3-0.

Did you know?

- GL and RPS have used the most players in this season of IPL so far - 23 and 21 respectively.
- Spinners have had a better say in matches in Pune this season - 23 wickets at 23.78 at an economy rate of 7.49. In comparison, pacers have taken only 15 at 43.80 and they concede at 8.96 per over.
- Rahul Tripathi has reached double figures in each of his seven innings so far. The most innings by any player before getting dismissed less than 10 is eight each for Matthew Hayden and Lendl Simmons.

What they said:

"I think in our camp we have got a lot of young exciting players. People like Tripathi and Tiwary are exciting Indian players. And it's fantastic to watch them get a lot of runs and obviously Smith's been batting really well. Getting the runs on the board is the first part, and we've done the first part well. And then the bowlers have stuck to very simple plans and worked hard to nail those and have the right fields. It's sort of come off in the games and we are proud of how the bowling attack has gone about their business. We don't really have world-beaters. I know we have Immy Tahir who is a world-beater. He's amazing. The other guys around the group are all doing their part and as you saw tonight, we came off with a fantastic win with everyone doing their job." - Lockie Ferguson, the RPS bowler, said.

Rising Pune Supergiants (From)
: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Jaydev Unadkat, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir, Milind Tandon, Saurabh Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Ben Stokes, Mayank Agarwal, Usman Khawaja, Baba Aparajith, Jaskaran Singh, Adam Zampa, Ishwar Pandey, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Ankush Bains, Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur

Gujarat Lions (From): Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Irfan Pathan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni, Dwayne Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jaydev Shah, Manpreet Gony, Nathu Singh, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Akshdeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya

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