Warriors, placed seventh in the points table, face a must-win situation as they have to win all their remaining matches to qualify for the play-offs.
Their recent losses to Deccan Chargers has made it difficult for Ganguly-led Warriors to reach the semi-finals, and their first task is to win the match against their neighbours, Mumbai Indians.
Warriors will be on a high even after their loss to Deccan Chargers, as Australian skipper Michael Clarke has joined the team and scored a valuable 41 runs which solves the team's batting issues. Steven Smith, Jesse Ryder, Tamim Iqbal
While Mumbai on the other hand, are comfortably placed at No 3 as they have secured 10 points from nine games. But the only concern has been their inconsistent performance in the tournament so far.
Team's batting depends a lot on Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu, as there are occasions wherein the team has struggled to chase small targets after the fall of Tendulkar, as Rayudu battles alone everytime.
Team's struggle against Dale Steyn while chasing a small total of 100 odd runs, was evident that Mumbai should pay attention to their batting ahead of their crucial match against Pune Warriors on Thursday.
With Lasith Malinga leading the attack, there are no worries as such except Harbhajan Singh's performance as he has failed so far in the tournament. While Pune Warriors face similar woes as Wayne Parnell and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar have been impressive while others are struggling to hit form.
With Ashok Dinda nursing a side strain, Ganguly's XI need to make their choices cautiously as they play their neighbours on Thursday.
Facing a must-win situation, Warriors would have an edge against Harbhajan's XI as they have won their previous match played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Apr 6, 2012.
Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Ashok Dinda, Callum Ferguson, Raiphi Gomez, Harpreet Singh, Dheeraj Jadhav, Kamran Khan, Murali Kartik, Harshad Khadiwale, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nathan McCullum, Anustup Majumdar, Mithun Manhas, Angelo Mathews, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Jesse Ryder, Marlon Samuels, Rahul Sharma, Steven Smith, Tamim Iqbal, Alfonso Thomas, Robin Uthappa, Shrikant Wagh, Luke Wright.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim, Amitize Singh, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Y Chahal, Clint McKay, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Richard Levi, Rahul Shukla, Dinesh Kartik, Dhawal Kulkarni, K Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Robin Peterson, Sujit Nayak, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaydev Shah, Rudra Pratap Singh, T Suman, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare, Apporva Wankhe.
Match starts at 8 PM