After getting back to form with three consecutive victories, Rising Pune Supergiant suffered a setback against Kolkata in their last game. Today they face Royal Challengers Bangalore at their home ground, MCA stadium, and with back to back home games coming up, Steve Smith has called for his men to make their home ground a fortress.
When these two teams met in Bangalore earlier this season, Virat Kohli's boys could not chase down 161 as a brilliant bowling display by Pune helped them to victory.
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For today's game, RCB are given a big boost as Tymal Mills will return to the starting lineup after missing the last match. On paper, Bangalore still have a chance of reaching the playoffs and they might finally kickstart their horrid campaign.
For Pune, Ben Stokes is out of contention because of a grade one muscle tear he suffered against the Mumbai Indians. The Supergiant are also trailing 2-1 in the head to head record as the win in Bangalore was their first over the Royal Challengers.
Here, we statistically compare the two expected starting lineups of both the sides in order to find a favourite for this encounter. The comparison made is only based on the IPL career stats with the internationals not being counted for this head to head comparison.
|Rising Pune Spuergiant||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Who’s better?|
|Ajinkya Rahane||Virat Kohli|| |
|Runs- 2880, Avg- 34.29, SR- 121.11||Runs- 4274, Avg- 37.82, SR- 130.27|
|Rahul Tripathi||Chris Gayle|| |
|Runs- 216, Avg- 36, SR- 154.29||Runs- 3578, Avg- 42.09, SR- 151.8|
|Steve Smith||AB De Villiers|| |
|Runs- 1506, Avg- 38.62, SR- 135.8||Runs- 3407, Avg- 39.16, SR- 148.45|
|Faf du Plesis||Mandeep Singh|| |
|Runs- 1295, Avg- 30.12, SR- 127.96||Runs- 997, Avg- 19.17, SR- 121|
|MS Dhoni||Kedar Jadhav|| |
|Runs- 3423, Avg- 38.46, SR- 138.02||Runs- 832, Avg- 25.21, SR- 137.75|
|Manoj Tiwary||Pawan Negi|| |
|Runs- 1462, Avg- 29.24, SR- 116.68||Runs- 276, Avg- 17.25, SR- 130.81|
|Dan Christian||Tymal Mills|| |
|Wkts- 22, Avg- 33.86, Eco- 7.95||Wkts- 5, Avg- 30.6, Eco- 8.58|
|Washington Sundar||Aniket Choudhary|| |
|Wkt- 1, Avg- 77, Eco- 7.7||Wkt- 1, Avg- 76, Eco- 12.67|
|Imran Tahir||Yuzvendra Chahal|| |
|Wkts- 39, Avg- 22.74, Eco- 8.58||Wkts- 66, Avg- 21.58, Eco- 7.85|
|Jaydev Unadkat||Sreenath Aravind|| |
|Wkts- 38, Avg- 29.45, Eco- 8.45||Wkts- 44, Avg- 21.57, Eco- 8.07|
|Shardul Thakur||Samuel Badree|| |
|Wkts- 5, Avg- 39.4, Eco- 9.77||Wkts- 10, Avg- 23.4, Eco- 7.09|
*Players with less than 15 matches under their belt are not considered for the player comparison
Rising Pune Supergiant 3-3 Royal Challengers Bangalore
Though it’s looking close on paper, the RCB big guns are terribly out of form and will be up against a spirited Pune side who have MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane scoring runs freely. RCB need a big batting effort today if they are to win this game.