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IPL 2017: RPS skipper Steve Smith looks to repeat heroics at home

RPS' batting line-up seems to have an edge over the Daredevils. 

SNS | New Delhi |

Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith will look to repeat his daring-dos at their home ground, MCA Stadium in Pune, when they host Delhi Daredevils for the ninth match of the IPL 2017 on Tuesday.

Smith scored an unbeaten 84-run knock to guide his team to victory against Mumbai Indians in the first Maharashtra derby on Thursday.

Riding on his knock, Pune registered a healthy seven-wicket win in their first match. However, they lost the second match, an away game against Kings XI Punjab, by six wickets.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s trail has been full of hurdles so far. Despite having a decent knock scored by Rishabh Pant (57), they fell short of 15 runs and lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Besides Pant, who came to play after performing his father’s last rites, no batsmen from Delhi managed to put an impression in DD's maiden clash.

However, in the bowling unit, Zaheer Khan leads the impeccable pace line-up comprising Chris Morris, Pat Cummins and Carlos Brathwaite.

Morris excelled to maximum in Delhi’s last outing as he claimed three big wickets. Zaheer took two wickets, while spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and Cummins took the scalp of Shane Watson and Mandeep Singh respectively.

Accessing back the home side, RPS' batting line-up seems to have an edge over the Daredevils.  

Besides in-form Smith, the team’s star campaigners include Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary.

Rahane has made 79 runs from two matches so far, while the costliest player of the season Stokes has scored 71 runs and taken one wicket thus far.

In the middle-order, Dhoni and Tiwary haven’t been up to the mark so far, though their presence gives depth to their line-up.

Experienced spinner Imran Tahir is leading the Pune’s bowling attack as he has claimed five wickets, second most in the season so far.

But leg-spinner Tahir desperately needs support from the other end as well.

Another leggie Amad Zampa claimed one wicket in Pune’s first match amid a not-so-successful bowling line-up.

Pacer Rajat Bhatia has been the lone warrior with the pace, claiming two wickets for Pune so far.

Squad:

Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (capt), MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Faf du Plessis, Usman Khawaja, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Ashok Dinda, Lockie Ferguson, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa.

Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (capt), Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Aditya Tare, Shashank Singh, Ankit Bawane, Navdeep Saini, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Sam Billings.