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It might be their first season, but they are led by a captain, who is not only a legend in international cricket, but also someone who brought enormous success for the now suspended franchise Chennai Super Kings.

Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Mitchell Marsh are all big names in international cricket and Pune can be rest assured of a good show this season.

Even in the pace department, the team has Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh – three stalwarts who can still trouble the best in the business.

One shouldn't be surprised, if this team goes on to win the tournament in their first outing itself.

Captain: MS Dhoni

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Best performance: Maiden tournament

Squad: MS Dhoni, Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mitchell Marsh, Ashwin Murugan, Ishant Sharma, Kevin Pietersen, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Ashoke Dinda, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, RP Singh, Adam Zampa, Ishwar Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma.

Players to watch out for: Steve Smith, R Ashwin, MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis

IPL 2016 FIXTURES

Mumbai Indians VS Rising Pune Supergiants
April 9 (Sat)
Match 1, D/N

Gujarat Lions VS Rising Pune Supergiants
April 14 (Thu)
Match 6, D/N

Kings XI Punjab VS Rising Pune Supergiants
April 17 (Sun)
Match 10, Day

Rising Pune Supergiants VS Royal Challengers Bangalore
April 22 (Fri)
Match 16, D/N

Rising Pune Supergiants VS Kolkata Knight Riders
April 24 (Sun)
Match 20, D/N

Sunrisers Hyderabad VS Rising Pune Supergiants
Apr 26 (Tue)
Match 22, D/N

Rising Pune Supergiants VS Gujarat Lions
Apr 29 (Fri)
Match 25, D/N

Rising Pune Supergiants VS Mumbai Indians
May 1 (Sun)
Match 29, D/N

Delhi Daredevils VS Rising Pune Supergiants
May 5 (Thu)
Match 33, D/N

Royal Challengers Bangalore VS Rising Pune Supergiants
May 7 (Sat)
Match 35, D/N

Rising Pune Supergiants VS Sunrisers Hyderabad
May 10 (Tue)
Match 40, D/N

Kolkata Knight Riders VS Rising Pune Supergiants
May 14 (Sat)
Match 45, D/N

Rising Pune Supergiants VS Delhi Daredevils
May 17 (Tue)
Match 49, D/N

Rising Pune Supergiants VS Kings XI Punjab
May 21 (Sat)
Match 53, D/N

Live Score Card

IPL 2016 points table

Teams MP Won Lost N/R Pts
14 9 5 0 18
14 8 6 0 16
14 8 6 0 16
14 8 6 0 16
14 7 7 0 14
14 7 7 0 14
14 5 9 0 10
14 4 10 0 8
1 Virat Kohli
16 Matches
973
Runs
2 David Warner
17 Match | 848 Runs
3 AB de Villiers
16 Match | 687 Runs
1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
17 Matches
23
Wickets
2 Yuzvendra Chahal
13 Matches | 21 Wickets
3 Shane Watson
16 Matches | 20 Wickets

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