Not many would have envisioned these two sides to be in the position they are
in right now - Pune Warriors in second place while Royal Challengers Bangalore second from bottom. These two teams will be in action later on Tuesday
in what will be the fifth match of the season for both sides.Click for Live Score Card of Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Pune Warriors
Pune Warriors, led by Sourav Ganguly, have three wins from four matches so far
and are currenty tied on points with Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. In their
last match, against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, the Warriors completed a
hard-fought seven-wicket win in the final over. The bowlers did reasonably well
to restrict the opposition to 155 before Jesse Ryder's match-winning knock combined
with Steven Smith's late surge took them to victory.
Ganguly will be slightly bothered with his own form after another failure. The
team will also need to work on their running between the wickets as two run-outs
on Saturday could have proven more costly than they did eventually.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have seen their campaign get derailed of sorts since
their shattering last-ball defeat against Chennai Super Kings. On Sunday, they
were comprehensively beaten by Rajasthan Royals, with their bowlers looking toothless.
Vinay Kumar and Sreenath Aravind went for 99 runs from their
combined seven overs as changes are abound for Daniel Vettori's team. Chris
Gayle's lone over cost 21 runs while he could not produce the magic with the
bat. The team has plenty of stars on paper, but need to establish a plan in
order to see them through.
AB de Villiers will be crucial in the middle overs. Six of their batsmen were
dismissed bowled as too many batsmen tried playing across the line and got out.
The match will be played in Bangalore and the home fans will be hoping for a better
show than the mauling they witnessed on Sunday. The match starts at 8.00pm.