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IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Live Preview

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 22, 2017, 2:26 PM IST

That is it from us, may the best team win. You can follow the live blog on the match starting with the toss here:

IPL 2017 Live Score: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Sunrisers Hyderabad


Baidurjo: Guess you are right. It will be a close affair, given Pune are playing at home.

Likely XI

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Warner, Dhawan, Williamson, Yuvraj, Henriques, Hooda, Ojha, Bhuvneshwar, Kaul, Rashid, Bipul Sharma


Arnab: Even I didn't mention Imran Tahir. Has 8 wickets to his name and is the world's top T20 bowler. We are in for an even battle Baidurjo. Here is my likely XI for Pune

Likely XI

Rising Pune Supergiant: Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Du Plessis, Smith, Dhoni, Tiwary, Stokes, Tahir, Unadkat, Shardul Thakur


Baidurjo: These aren't names that will strike fear in Hyderabad's batting, I haven't even mentioned Yuvraj Singh yet. Expect these batsmen to tear Pune's bowling apart


Arnab: I doubt if you are followingthe IPL closely Baidurjo, in the last match Pune came out with a new pace attack and they got the better of perhaps the best batting line-up in IPL, that of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat are the in form bowlers and they will definitely look to impress again. Ben Stokes also picked three wickets in the last match.


Baidurjo: Stokes the batsman does pose a few threats but Hyderbad has the bowling might to take care of any batting attack. What about Pune's non-existent bowling which will have a tough time against the likes of Warner and Dhawan. And not to forget, the in-form Kane Williamson.


Arnab: Well, don't forget Ben Stokes. He can also tonk a few and he has shown glimpses of his ability and playing in home conditions could bolster his confidence. He is due for a blaster, given the fact he is the most expensive overseas player of the auctions ever. 


Baidurjo: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has dismissed Ajinkya Rahane 6 times in T20 cricket. Does the term 'bunny' ring a bell wink


Arnab: Ajinkya Rahane is also due for a big one after scoring a fifty in the first match and he gives a good start at the top then Pune are sorted. Manoj Tiwary's form is also an added plus for the Pune team



Baidurjo: Steve Smith is a quality player, but you are forgetting the fact that Hyderabad has an in form bowler in Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He is the leading wicket taker this season with 15 scalps which is a light year ahead of the chasing pack. His ability to move the ball can trouble Smith


Arnab: Actually Pune won't need Dhoni at all I guess. Their captain Steve Smith is fresh after a vacation in Dubai and he is due for another big knock. Remember the classic he played at Pune in the season opener, that had floored Mumbai Indians. Expect another majestic hand from Smith.


Baidurjo:  On the contrary, I feel today is the day when Dhoni will get exposed in T20 cricket a wee bit more. Remember Sunrisers have a magician by the name Rashid Khan, who has already picked up 9 wickets, and he could well fox Dhoni just like he has foxed several top Indian batsmen so far.

By the way for all those who haven't followed Dhoni this season, the legend has scored just 61 runs in 5 innings and as a dismal strike rate of 87


Arnab: Wait and watch Baidurjo, I have a feeling today is the day when Mahendra Singh Dhoni will shut his critics and play a knock which will turn the clock back 


Baidurjo: Well Arnab, thanks for reminding me about Kolkata's defeat last night. But every day is not a Sunday and today it's definitely not. Sunrisers Hyderabad are in great form and they definitely are a better side than Pune.


Arnab: So Baidurjo, your decision to back the inform team backfired yesterday. Will you still go ahead with supporting the Sunrisers today.


My name is Arnab Sen, editor of Cricketnext, and I have with me our cricket correspondent Baidurjo Bhose. Both of us will back one of the two teams and try to present a case for them in today's crucial encounter.


Hello and welcome to our live preview of the match that will take place in Pune in a little under two hours from now. Rising Pune Supergiant will lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Live Preview

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In the 24th match of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League, Rising Pune Supergiant take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

We at CricketNext will dissect the upcoming contest through our statistics based analysis where we discuss which team has greater chances of coming out on top.

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