Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant are up against one another in Match 17 of VIVO IPL 2017.With only one win from four matches, both teams have a lot to do to remain in the race to make it to the Playoffs.
In their most recent outing, RCB let the match against Mumbai Indians slip from their clutches; they had MI on the score of 33-5, before a 93-run partnership snatched the game away. With Virat Kohli back at the helm and Chris Gayle batting at the top, RCB seems near to fielding their best XI. Samuel Badree, despite his spectacular record – economy rate of under six, has not got as many opportunities as he’d have liked in the IPL; against MI on Friday evening, making his IPL debut for RCB, he bamboozled the MI batsmen and picked up four wickets – which included a hat-trick within the powerplay overs.
Rising Pune Supergiant started the season with a win against the formidable Mumbai Indians, but however have since lost three on the trot. The team needs an inspiration, a spark, for them to return to winning grounds. The batsmen have done fairly alright – barring the match against Delhi Daredevils, but the bowling attack presents a big worry to the team management; in their last three failures, RPS have given away 164 in 19 overs, 205, and 172 in 18 overs. That is an area that coach Stephen Fleming and captain Steven Smith need to address rapidly. It is only four matches into the season, but RPS have used up 18 different players as of now, and that demonstrates that the team is yet to settle into what they think is their best combination.
Here is the schedule of 17 April ‘2017
Monday 17th April 2017
Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 17, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab