RPS-vs-DD-PREVIEW A resurgent Delhi Daredevils (DD) take on the struggling Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the 49th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 tournament on Tuesday night. The match will be played at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in  Visakhapatnam, and it will be a home game for the MS Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), who have been ruled out of the IPL 2016. As per the court rulings, the IPL 9 matches were taken out of Maharashtra and Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) have been playing their ‘home’ matches at Visakhapatnam, which they had chosen as their preferred venue. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: RPS vs DD, IPL 2016 Match 49 at Visakhapatnam

With just 3 wins and 9 defeats in the IPL 2016 tournament, the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) are at the bottom of the pool in the IPL 9 Points Table, with just 6 points and a Net Run Rate of -0.078, which is easily the worst among all contesting teams. On the other hand, the Delhi Daredevils (DD), who have produced inspired performances in this IPL, are at the fifth position in the IPL 2016 Points Table, with 12 points and NRR of -0.038. Delhi have strong chances of making it to the final four, but for that, they will have to win two out of their remaining 3 matches to consolidate their case. For Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), it has been a forgettable campaign as nothing has gone right for them. They lost far too many players to injuries, which wrecked their first IPL season. Dhoni’s captaincy has remained slightly questionable over the use of ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and under-playing Irfan Pathan, but it is their batting which has suffered the most, having lost Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis and even Mitchell Marsh.

Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) have had good performances coming in from Ajinkya Rahane, Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Zampa and Ashok Dinda, but their story has been of a team who has struggled on all fronts in its debut season, for having lost key players, for not finding any momentum and for not pulling off surprise wins with whatever they were left with. On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils (DD), infamous as the cash-rich T20 league’s worst performing team, has turn around the tables under the captaincy of Zaheer Khan and tutelage of Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton. Delhi is a dangerous side with a very young and aggressive batting line-up, with wily spinners and sharp seam bowling attack. For more than once, Zaheer has surprised many with his captaincy moves, something which he used to do behind the scenes and on the field away from the limelight, during his active days for Indian cricket team. Delhi are coming off a big defeat to Mumbai Indians (MI), wherein they faltered chasing a mammoth 207 and could manage only 126 in 19.1 overs. Delhi’s ability to chase big totals remains in doubt, but keeping in mind that Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) batsmen are not expected to go ballistic with the bat, this is one clash which they can enter as favourites and dominate throughout.

Squads:

Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Thisara Perera, George Bailey, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, RP Singh, Steven Smith, Albie Morkel, Murugan Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Peter Handscomb, Jaskaran Singh, Ankit Sharma, Scott Boland, Ishwar Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains

Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (c), Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Sanju Samson, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings, Chama Milind, Pratyush Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Saeed Khaleel Ahmed, Akhil Herwadkar, Pawan Suyal.

Time: 20.00 IST | 14.30 GMT

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)