2017 IPL playoff scenarios - Rising Pune Supergiant
Form guide: WWWWL
Australians: Dan Christian, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith and Adam Zampa
Steve Smith has had a fruitful first year at the helm of the rebranded ‘Supergiant’ outfit, who are undefeated in their past four matches. With two matches still to play and only a win behind KKR and Mumbai, Pune loom large heading into the regular season’s last hurrah.
They play the already-eliminated Delhi on Friday evening (12.30am Saturday morning AEST) before a showdown with Punjab on Sunday afternoon (8.30 pm AEST). Being the only team in the top-five with a negative net run-rate could prove costly, though wins in both of their final matches should rectify that. Two victories would not only seal a playoff berth but it could also see them take top spot if KKR defeat Mumbai on Saturday.