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MS Dhoni's stint as captain of new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants has not been a successful oneGetty

Rising Pune Supergiants take on Kings XI Punjab in the 53rd match of the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) at Dr YSRC Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on 21 May (Saturday).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 11.00am BST/3.30pm IST. Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD in the UK. Sony Max, Sony Six and Sony ESPN will telecast it live in India.

Overview

The two teams at the bottom of the table face off in what is an inconsequential game. The Pune side's first outing in the IPL turned out to be a disaster, with the team failing to perform on all fronts. Injuries to key foreign players like Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis, Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh undoubtedly hurt them.

This is the first time skipper MS Dhoni is not competing for honours since the inception of the IPL in 2008. They come into this clash on the back of a win over Delhi in their last game and in Ajinkya Rahane and Adam Zampa they have two players who are in brilliant form. Expect the team to give it their all and play for pride in a game where a win will ensure that they do not finish at the bottom of the table.

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Kings XI Punjab have not had much to celebrate in the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier LeagueGetty

Kings XI Punjab have looked out of sorts. They needed to change their captain midway, which has helped as results have picked up, but key players have failed to fire. David Miller and Glenn Maxwell have both struggled, scoring just 154 and 179 respectively. Skipper Murali Vijay has been the lone batsman to stand up, scoring 394 runs so far, while the bowlers have been the only good part of their campaign so far.

Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel have chipped in with wickets at crucial times. The death bowling especially by the Sharma duo has been impressive.

Prediction

Rising Pune Supergiants to win

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Rising Pune Supergiants to win: 8/13
  • Kings XI Punjab to win: 13/10

Team news

Rising Pune Supergiants

Possible XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Sourabh Tiwary, George Bailey, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, R Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, Deepak Chahar.

Kings XI Punjab

Possible XI: Hashim Amla, Murali Vijay (c), Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vohra, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh