Their campaign going completely haywire after a fifth straight loss, Pune Warriors would be desperate to make amends but they face an uphill task when they lock horns with the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL match here on Thursday.
It won’t be an easy task for Aaron Finch’s boys as they are up against a formidable Bangalore side which boasts of the big-hitting Chris Gayle.
On paper, Bangalore appear to be the overwhelming favourites with six wins in 10 games, while Pune are languishing at the bottom with just two wins in 10 matches.
The Allan Donald-coached Pune side would be eager to forget the nightmarish experience it encountered the last time these two teams met on April 23, when Bangalore registered the highest team score of 263 and Gayle massacred the bowling to score a record 66-ball 175.
The Warriors have been woefully out of sorts, inconsistent in all departments. Their batting and bowling hasn’t clicked together and this is what cost them against two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, when they lost by 37 runs.
Flamboyant left-hander Yuvraj Singh hasn’t fired with the bat in this edition and has logged just 140 runs in his seven matches at an average of 23.33.
Their poor death bowling has been hurting them and Pune gave away 62 runs in the last five overs in their previous match against Chennai and conceded 63 off their last five overs against a struggling Delhi Daredevils side on Sunday.
On the other hand, in the days after defeating Pune by 130 runs, Bangalore have lost two games in a row and the visitors would be keen to get back to the winning ways.
Bangalore have won all their matches at home and they would try to shrug off the tag of not being able to win the away games by securing victory at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here. Although they are in a good position, RCB will be desperate to return to winning ways as they know one more defeat will affect their momentum.PTI