SRH pace attack will be tested by RPS top-order
- In the decisive phase of the Vivo IPL, the in-form Rising Pune Supergiant can put Sunrisers Hyderabad in a spot of bother when the two meet at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Saturday.
Equations change quickly in this format as is evident with the way RPS notched up six wins from its last seven games to move to third place and Sunrisers slipped to fourth place.
For Sunrisers, who take pride in its varied bowling attack, the fifth bowler option could be dicey. The non-availability of Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who joined the national squad, could pose problems for SRH captain David Warner.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has always been exceptional with Siddarth Kaul providing valuable support. The fast-improving Md. Siraj has been a plus for the home team. Afghan leggie Rashid Khan has been the pick of the bowlers in the middle overs. The think-tank has to be careful in picking the fifth bowler.
It should be a high-voltage contest between the teams hungry for a place in the Play-offs.
On the other hand, the young opener Rahul Tripathi has been putting the big names in the shade. The remarkable work he does at the top allows explosive batsmen like Ben Stokes and M.S. Dhoni to play their strokes freely. It is the team’s bowling that lacked teeth. South Africa’s Imran Tahir and pacer Jaydev Unadkat have been performing well but the others are not up to the mark.
RPS win by 12 runs – IPL 2017, SRH vs RPS, Highlights: Jaydev Unadkat hattrick sinks SRH
Jaydev Unadkat claimed his maiden IPL hattrick as Rising Pune Supergiant defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in their IPL 2017 encounter. Ben Stokes also produced a brilliant all-round show to continue his great form. Batting first, SRH made 148/8 thanks to contributions from Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni while Siddarth Kaul was the pick of SRH bowlers with four wickets. Get highlights of Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiant here.
Jaydev Unadkat (5/30) and Ben Stokes (3/30) guided Rising Pune Supergiants to a thrilling victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Yuvraj Singh (47) and David Warner (40) played well for SRH, but Unadkat’s hattrick in the final handed SRH their first loss at home this year.Earlier, Siddarth Kaul claimed 4/29 to restrict RPS to 148/8 in their IPL 2017 encounter. Bipul Sharma and Rashid Khan were the other two wicket takers for the hosts. Ben Stokes (39) and Steve Smith (34) steadied their innings while MS Dhoni made a quick-fire 31 off 21 balls at the end. Get highlights of Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiant, IPL 2017 here.