The Deccan Chargers must be charged up from their first win at home in a while and that too against old rivals Bangalore Royal Challengers, whom they consigned to a convincing 33-run defeat on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab will be on cloud nine after thrashing Chennai Superkings in a match that till half-time appeared to be going the latter's way.
While it may seem unfair to shoulder the bludgeoning centurion Paul Valthaty with the responsibility of making a bulk of the runs again, the Kings XI Punjab will be hoping he at least gets his side off to another robust start from where it can launch out towards a big total or chase down the same.
In the meantime, the rest of the Kings top-order, especially Aussies Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh (incidentally the Oange Cap recipient at the end of the first season) are due for some runs. Home-grown boy Sunny Singh has got starts in previous matches, but hasn't fired.
For the Chargers, middle-order man Bharat Chipli will be a key figure towards his team's chances of claiming victory. After all, he is averaging 57.50 from 3 matches and with two top-scores for his team of 48 and 61, one would imagine that he will be the chief run-getter for his side yet again.
The top-order otherwise doesn't seem too threatening with opening stands of 40, 10 and 20 so far with the real juice coming in the middle order where Daniel Christian who is averaging a disappointing 17 will be expected to play a more pivotal role.
The Chargers new-ball bowler Dale Steyn will be someone the Kings will have to watch out for, especially since he has taken 6 wickets in 3 matches and an economy rate of just over 6. His opposite number in the Kings XI Punjab - Praveen Kumar - who incidentally is the only bowler to pick up a hat-trick in IPL, is known to be able to wreak havoc on batting line-ups on his day. But he will have to bowl with more consistency.