With the intensity in full flow, its time for another thriller as Steven Smith‘s Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) take on Virat Kohli‘s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), in Match 34 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Saturday. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on Hotstar. Also, the live telecast of the match will be available on Sony Six and Sony Six HD, along with Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu commentary on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD, while SET MAX will telecast exclusively in Hindi. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2017, Match 34 at Pune
Though RPS lost their last game to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), three consecutive victories prior to that have put them in a positive form where the team can bounce back into winning terms once again. Playing at home ground and in favourable conditions, Imran Tahir will be one of the most crucial men of the RPS army to look forward to in the Saturday fixture. Steven Smith has enjoyed run-making at this venue ever since he arrived in India in February, and with the scores of 109 (against India in the first Test), 84*, 27 and 51* in the ongoing IPL, he looks in ominous form.
RCB’s performance in the current season has blatantly exposed the team’s dependency on individuals. Virat Kohli, the driving force of the team, is yet to deliver his best. Kohli missed out on the previous few games for the team while team’s mainstay KL Rahul’s absence was another blow to the side for the initial lag, from which they never recovered.