Two teams who are facing their last year in the IPL – they both have a point to prove. Gujarat Lions v Rising Pune Supergiant. Shruti Chopra looks into her cards and predicts how this match could possibly unfold. Listen to her here or read on for her prediction.
With the Lions having lost both their games and the Rising Pune Supergiant having just faced heavy defeat against the Delhi Daredevils will want to change their momentum. A win will do wonders for their confidence.
So who will it be? Lets begin with the Lions – a change in their line up could prove to be a massive boost, maybe it’s the return of Ravindra Jadeja that could provide the psychological support needed to lift everyone up. Batting is carefree and full of risks, but it does provide results. I would like to add, they may need to push harder to achieve a better finish to their innings. Bowling is at ease, in fact it’s sharp, clear and confident. It’s as if the bowlers own the stage, plus the fact that their fielding appears to be top notch should provide important stability.
After having said such great things about Gujarat, one would assume that it may not be looking so good for Pune. But that’s not the case – despite Gujarat’s bowling being so good, Pune’s batsmen won’t give up so easily, the cards expect them to compete and fight till the end. It’s their bowling that appears most temperamental and could be the cause of their worries.
As for my prediction, Pune don’t appear to have the best focus, whereas Gujarat seem to have gathered themselves better, so it’s tarot advantage: Gujarat Lions.