Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will square-off against an energised Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in their first game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Saturday. RPS thwarted the Mumbai Indians in their first game in this season of the IPL and they are now looking to continue with that momentum which they have gained.

 

KXIP on the other hand, are staring at yet another difficult season. They finished at the bottom of the IPL 2016 points table and they cannot afford to have any more slip-ups. They have got a new captain yet again in the form of Glenn Maxwell for this year’s IPL. With Virender Sehwag as their mentor, they will look to play an attacking brand of cricket.

 

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KXIP have acquired a number of superstars from the world of cricket but they too like most of the franchises are going to face selection dilemmas. It will be interesting to see how Maxwell opts for his playing XI considering the fact that they will be up against a strong RPS side, which just outclassed the Mumbai Indians.

 

Meanwhile, RPS are in form now and skipper Steve Smith is unlikely to tinker with his team. However, if the Indore wicket has a lot to offer for the batsmen, then Faf du Plessis might replace Adam Zampa in the playing XI. Ashok Dinda’s spot in the team is in a spot of bother after he gave away 30 runs in the last over on Thursday.

 

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Here is the schedule for tomorrow’s game Kings XI Punjab vs Rising Pune Supergiant:

 

Date: April 8, 2017.

 

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

 

Time: 4 pm IST, 2:30 pm Middle Eastern Time.

 

Where to watch:

 

India: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Max, Sony Max HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD.

 

Middle East: OSN Sports Cricket HD.