Pune Warriors approach this game following a loss to Delhi Daredevils at the same venue on Tuesday, The Warriors registered their first loss at home against a strong Delhi side taking their tally to four wins in eight games.
The Warriors, led by Sourav Ganguly, will aim to overpower Chargers after winning just one game in four matches. Ganguly's heroics propelled Warriors to an emphatic victory over the Daredevils on Saturday.
After securing six points in the first four games, Pune are placed fourth in the points table.
Players to watch out for in the Pune side are wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa and opener Jesse Ryder, who have scored two fifties and play a vital role at the top-order. Steven Smith remains a key player at the middle-order with Manish Pandey and Marlon Samuels for support.
Ashok Dinda's consistency will be missed due to an injury, but his replacement, Alfonso Thomas has already made an impressive start with the ball. Spin trio of Murali Karthik, Rahul Sharma and Marlon Samuels have been consistent but pacer Ashish Nehra has been pretty expensive.
Yet to win a match, Deccan Charges earned a point in a rain-hit game against the Knight Riders. The match was called off after heavy rains and strong winds rocked the Eden Gardens. Chargers earned their first point after six games and will look to upset Ganguly and Co.
Deccan Chargers inconsistent batting top-order and miserable fielding performances will give them little confidence against the Warriors. Chargers opener Shikhar Dhawan is only batsman to register two fifties in five games.
Other big names like skipper Kumar Sangakkara, Cameron White, JP Duminy and Parthiv Patel are yet to make a significant contribution to the side. The bowling attack led by South African Dale Steyn also failed to defend a mammoth total of 196 agaisnt Rajasthan Royals.
Poor fielding, batting failures and lack of bowling strength leads them to a must-win situation to avoid being the first team to be eliminated from this season's IPL.
Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Imtiyaz Ahmed, Eklavya Dwivedi, Callum Ferguson, Ganesh Gaikwad, Harpreet Singh, Dheeraj Jadhav, Kamran Khan, Murali Kartik, Harshad Khadiwale, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nathan McCullum, Mithun Manhas, Mohnish Mishra, Shrikant Mundhe, Ashish Nehra, Tim Paine (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Wayne Parnell, Sachin Rana, Jesse Ryder, Rahul Sharma, Jerome Taylor, Steve Smith, Alfonso Thomas, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Shrikant Wagh, Ashok Dinda, Angelo Mathews.
Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara (Captain), Cameron White, Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy, Manpreet Gony, Daniel Harris, Parthiv Patel, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Ishank Jaggi, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Chris Lynn, Amit Mishra, Tanmay Mishra, Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Tekkami Atchuta Rao, Akash Bhandari, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Kedar Devdhar, Veer Pratap Singh, Syed Quadri, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Akshath Reddy, Biplab Samantray, Sneha Kishore, Sunny Sohal, Tanmay Srivastava, TP Sudhindra, Arjun Yadav.