Pune's batting will no doubt be a cause of grave concern after their last outing. Robin Uthappa was the only one from the line-up that was able to put up a decent score of 45, while his fellows were bundled out cheaply, including the in-form Yuvraj Singh (0) and ace opener Jesse Ryder (12). Even the latter order surrendered as meekly as the batsmen that came before them when you would expect them to try and back up.
However, the inclusion of RCB renegade Manish Pandey, who has just completed his four-match ban, will no doubt bolster up Pune.
Considering that Pune were defending a meagre total of 118 against Mumbai, their bowlers did a fairly commendable job with the new-ball pacers taking 2 wickets between them for just 4.25 runs an over. But the other seamers as well as premier off-spinner Murali Karthik went wicketless and were flayed for over 7 an over. Pune in the end did well to take the match to the last ball, but need a little more firepower up front.
In comparison, there were far more positives for the Super Kings to take away from their last game. Michael Hussey was looking in ominous form at the top of the order with a 33-ball 41 while S Badrinath, who was the glue that held the innings together with 71 off 48, gave his side a fighting chance in its eventually unsuccessful chase of 164/4. Chennai's failure was its middle and latter order that couldn't provide Badrinath with proper support.
Meanwhile, the Super Kings' new-ball pair of Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger bowled with incisiveness, taking 3 wickets between them at just over 6 an over. However, the spinners Suraj Randiv and R Ashwin will want to bowl with a little more impact in the next game.