IPL 9: Pune and Punjab look to avoid bottom finish

Visakhapatnam: Two bottom-placed teams, Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab will aim to end their turbulent Indian Premier League campaign with a win when they take on each other here today.

Rising Pune Supergiants players. Pic/Suresh Karkera
Rising Pune Supergiants players. Pic/Suresh Karkera

Both debutants Pune and Punjab have eight points each and are placed in the seventh and eight spot respectively on the league table — the former are ahead on better net run rate. A win will help the teams avoid the last spot.

Both the sides are out of the race for the play-offs but the cricketers in each side will like to give respite to their shattered reputation in their final league game.

Pune are coming into the match with a comprehensive win over Delhi Daredevils. Punjab will also look to avoid the wooden spoon for the second successive edition. They also had finished last in 2010.

Captains' wishlist
MS Dhoni Rising Pune Supergiants
> Usman Khawaja provides a flying start
> Spinner Adam Zampa continues his fine form
> Pacer Ashok Dinda takes quick wickets

Murali Vijay Kings XI Punjab
> Opener Hashim Amla scores big
> Axar Patel comes good with bat and ball
> Sandeep Sharma provides crucial breakthroughs

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