Pune: Royal Challengers Bangalore will be striving to keep their IPL hopes alive when they meet an equally inconsistent Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League encounter on Saturday.
Current India captain Virat Kohli's team has lost six out of their nine games and are second-last on the table with five points in their kitty.
For RCB, a defeat will mean that the tournament will be as good as over. They still have slim hopes if they can win all their remaining five games and hope for some favourable results from the other games.
Rising Pune Supergiant are slightly better off with eight points from eight games with four wins in their kitty. But even RPS has been inconsistent at one level. They have been good on certain days and very ordinary on other days.
Skipper Steve Smith will like to address that issue when they face RCB, who are already down in the dumps after a string of defeats. However, T20 is a format where things change so quickly, RCB with their world-class batting line-up cannot be ruled out completely.
Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers can destroy any bowling attack on a given day and RPS save Ben Stokes (6 wickets) and Imran Tahir (10 wickets), don't have much to write home about.
Here's all you need to know about catching Saturday's action live:
When will the RPS vs RCB IPL 2017 match be played?
Rising Pune Supergiant host Royal Challengers Bangalore on 29 April.
How do I watch the RPS vs RCB clash live?
The match will be broadcast live on television by Sony Network.
What time will live coverage of the match start?
The live broadcast of the match will start at 4 PM IST.
Where can you follow the matches online?
The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.
You can also check out the live blogs on www.firstpost.com, for all the latest action during matches apart from live scores, updates and analysis.
(With inputs from PTI)
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Updated Date: Apr 29, 2017 15:12:00 IST