IPL 2017 Match 9: RPSG vs DD

RPSG

Pune are 1–1 this season and their loss against KXIP shouldn’t be surprising given that KXIP just thrashed RCB at Indore as well. Pune will be back at home and will want Smith to continue his form at the venue. Rajat Bhatia is a proper IPL legend and very nicely fits into the 4th and 5th bower roles. He took 2 wickets in the opener against MI and should do well throughout the tournament.

DD

Morris and Cummins are Delhi’s key to success this IPL. IPL is a batters delight but these two are the ones that will propel any fight from DD for a playoffs spot. DD should hope and pray that they both remain fit and can continue bowling the way they have been. Rishabh Pant’s defiant innings in the previous game did not win them the match but won everyone’s hearts. I mentioned how Pant, Nair and Iyer doing well would mean a lot to Indian cricket and I genuinely hope that they show the mettle and deliver at crucial moments for DD.

RPSG vs DD

Today’s match is essentially Pune’s batting prowess versus Delhi’s fast bowling strength. Pune’s pitch has always suited the faster bowlers and Cummins and Morris will be hoping that the pitch is not like the one produced for the test match a couple of months ago. Pune would want Stokes and Smith to score big for their bowlers to defend because I don’t think chasing against this Delhi bowling line up is that good.

The Prediction

Pune to win it

Fandromeda/Fantasy IPL tip

Steven Smith