Rising Pune Supergiant v Kings XI Punjab should be quite a cracker, but what does Shruti predict for this game? Listen to her podcast right here, or read on…
What a crucial game this is! The winner seals their place in the play offs, in fact, if Pune win, they would go to number two in the points table giving them two chances of reaching the final, whereas Punjab would just be happy with a win to get them into the top four. But that’s all number crunching, what I’m here for is the prediction.
Pune generally appear to have good control, but that could just be a cosmetic thing, because as Punjab get into this game, we may find Pune’s troubles surfacing and this seems most apparent with their batting, yes they should finish well, but their start and their middle overs could be better. Bowling too seems to be patchy with another possible good start and then a tougher end. This of course means that Punjab should do well with their batting – if they can just be a bit more sensible initially then they can make a stronger case for winning this one.
What stands out for me is a fine blend of aggression and direction in Kings XI’s bowling and since their batting seems to come to the fore too, it’s tarot advantage Kings XI Punjab for me.