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Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kings XI Punjab IPL 2017 Match Prediction: Who will win the match?

Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kings XI Punjab IPL 2017 Match Prediction: Who will win the match?

The 4th match of the tournament will see the Rising Pune Supergiant taking on the Kings XI Punjab, making it the tournament’s inaugural match for the latter while Pune are coming from an absolute thumping win over the Mumbai Indians.

The Kings XI Punjab have made a  bold statement by naming Glenn Maxwell as their captain – it’s a known fact that Maxwell has had his issues with being a consistent performer and thus to name such a player as your captain shows that Punjab are backing Maxwell to give the team an all-guns blazing approach in the middle.

Rising Pune Supergiant

Pune are the favorites

Pune will come into the match as favorites. They already have a victory in their bag and this match won’t have as many butterflies in their stomach as opposed to Punjab – for whom this is their first match of the tournament.

It’s perhaps apt to replace Dinda with another bowler

Pune now has an idea about the team balance that they want and they’ll perhaps consider replacing Ashok Dinda – who gave away 28 runs in the 20th over vs Mumbai Indians which could’ve very well cost Pune.

Steve Smith remains the key player for Pune against Punjab – Image : OneIndia

Steve Smith – the lone warrior

The costly last over didn’t lose the game for Pune as they had in their team someone like Steven Smith. As per our IPL 2017 player prediction, Smith was going to fire and fire big and that’s just what happened. The Pune captain played a composed innings – knowing just when to take a back seat and when to fire; his form definitely makes Pune a very dangerous side.

IPL 2017 1st Innings Score Predictor IF Pune Bats First : –

With an in-form Steve Smith, Pune should get a total in excess of 160+.

Kings XI Punjab

Ishant Sharma has got his IPL opportunity – can he make the most of it? Image : HindustanTimes

Ishant Sharma gets into IPL 2017

Punjab has had to make a big call of replacing Murali Vijay (opening batsman) with Ishant Sharma (bowler). It is key to note that Ishant Sharma went unsold in the auctions due to demanding 2cr as his base price but he’s been bought nevertheless.

A talented bunch of overseas buys

Punjab’s squad has a mixture of some very big hitters in their side – starting from their captain in Maxwell, to Guptill from New Zealand (has a 200 in ODI’s), Eoin Morgan from England, David Miller from South Africa, Shaun Marsh from Australia and Marcus Stoinis who is also from Australia.

Getting the local + foreign combination right

The foreign pool looks set for Punjab but it’s the local talent that they need to get right. With talented players like Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Saha, Aaron, Cariappa – the Punjab squad looks strong on paper but they need to find the right composition to keep a winning track. It does however look like a side that can give Pune a run for their money.

IPL 1st Innings Score Predictor IF Punjab Bats First : –

Punjab has a very strong batting unit on paper but with this being the first match of the tournament, they might find it hard to get going from word go. Therefore, a total in excess of 150+ looks likely.

Question to the readers : –

Does Kings XI Punjab unit look heavily dependent on their foreign talent?

IPL 2017 Match Prediction : –

With Pune coming from a win in their last match, they look like the probable to win in spite of a strong looking Punjab unit, for whom just like Pune – bowling looks to be a concern and it remains to be seen whether there batsmen are in-form and firing.

IPL 2017 Key Player Predictor : –

Glenn Maxwell, captain of Kings XI Punjab will have a crucial role to play for the side’s aspiration of winning an IPL. We predict he will score in excess of 30+ in his first match of the tournament as captain.

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