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IPL 2017: RPS vs SRH, Face Off

A player vs player comparison of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant's expected playing eleven.

Steve Smith will take on his compatriot David Warner as RPS face SRH 

After winning their last games in the IPL 2017, the mood will be optimistic in the camps of Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Pune won their game convincingly against a star-studded RCB batting lineup thanks to their disciplined bowling, whereas Hyderabad had to toil hard for a five-run win over Kings XI Punjab. 

When the two teams will meet today at the MCA stadium in Pune, the Sunrisers will be favourites for the tie due to a more balanced look to their squad which has placed them as one of the frontrunners to win this tournament.

Extra Cover: IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 5 factors of winning

RPS, on the other hand, have been highly inconsistent and might find it tough to sustain the pressure on the defending champions on a batting friendly wicket in Gahunje. But with consecutive home games coming up, Pune will be looking to utilise the home conditions to their advantage. 

Here, we statistically compare the expected starting line-ups of both the sides to find a favourite for this encounter. The comparison made is only based on the IPL career stats with the internationals not being counted for this head to head comparison. 

Rising Pune Supergiant

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Who’s better?

David Warner

Runs - 3612, Avg - 39.26, SR - 141.65

Rahul Tripathi 

Runs - 74, Avg - 24.67, SR - 164.44


SRH

Shikhar Dhawan 

Runs - 3287, Avg - 32.23, SR - 121.02

Ajinkya Rahane

Runs - 2794, Avg - 34.49, SR - 121.58

Even - Stevens

Kane Williamson

Runs - 244, Avg - 30.5, SR - 122

Steve Smith

Runs - 1411, Avg - 38.14, SR - 135.8


RPS

Yuvraj Singh

Runs - 2431, Avg - 25.06, SR - 131.41

Wkts - 36, Avg - 28.83, Eco - 7.32

Ben Stokes

Runs - 100, Avg - 20, SR - 138.89

Wkts - 4, Avg - 36.25, Eco - 7.63


SRH


Naman Ojha

Runs - 1528, Avg - 21.22, SR - 119

MS Dhoni

Runs - 3332, Avg - 38.3, SR - 137.46


RPS

Deepak Hooda

Runs - 354, Avg - 13.62, SR - 137.21

Manoj Tiwary

Runs - 1422, Avg - 23.17, SR - 115.61


RPS

Moises Henriques

Runs - 830, Avg - 26.77, SR - 125.57

Wkts - 38, Avg - 28.74, Eco - 8.13

Dan Christian

Runs - 359, Avg - 17.95, SR - 118.48

Wkts - 19, Avg - 36.21, Eco - 8.13



SRH

Rashid Khan 

Wkts - 9, Avg - 19.78, Eco - 7.42

Imran Tahir

Wkts - 37, Avg - 21.19, Eco - 8.49


RPS

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

Wkts - 100, Avg - 21.07, Eco - 6.98

Shardul Thakur

Wkts - 5, Avg - 17.4, Eco - 8.7


SRH

Siddharth Kaul 

Wkts - 8, Avg - 44.25, Eco - 8.33

Ankit Sharma

Wkts - 12, Avg - 36.58, Eco - 7.3


RPS

Mohammad Siraj

Wkts - 2, Avg - 19.5, Eco - 9.75

Rahul Chahar

Wkts - 2, Avg - 29, Eco - 8.29


SRH

SRH 5 – 5 RPS

The table doesn’t show an outright winner of the match but SRH have been playing as a team, whereas Pune have been heavily reliant on Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith to build a platform for them while the remaining batting lineup and bowling as well, has been below par.

Hyderabad have been a superior side than the Supergiant this season and will look to pile on more misery on Smith and co.

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