Good Evening. शुभ संध्या! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of Match 8 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Delhi Daredevils (DD). The match will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. I, Pramod Ananth, will bring you all the live posts from the match. RPS have had a great start to their IPL 10 journey with a victory over Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first match but lost the next to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). DD, on the other hand, have lost the only match they have played and will look to bag their first victory. Full Cricket Scorecard, Rising Pune Supergiant vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Match 9
Playing at home ground, RPS will surely have the upper hand. Skipper Steven Smith performed exceptionally well in the first match, scoring a 54-ball 84 that took the side to victory. He will be expected to replicate such performance for the team to ensure a good score on the board. They have batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane and Ben Stokes and a finisher in MS Dhoni as well, all of whom will have to raise the bar to stay ahead in the race. Their bowling is strengthened by the presence of Imran Tahir and Rajat Bhatia.
For DD, victory is even more important as they have not won any match as of yet. However, they have played only one and have time to bounce back in the tournament with many games left. Zaheer Khan and Chris Morris will have to be the two bowlers to watch out for, while all eyes will be on Rishabh Pant after his magnificent knock against RCB.
Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS): Steven Smith (c), MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Chahar, Ashok Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Lockie Ferguson. Usman Khawaja, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Ben Stokes, Milind Tandon, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur
Delhi Daredevils (DD): Zaheer Khan (c), Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris*, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Chama Milind, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Aditya Tare, Ankit Bawne, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Shashank Singh, Corey Anderson