If Sourav Ganguly makes a comeback, it’s bound to become the leitmotif of the match. So, expect some extra spice as bottom-ranked Pune Warriors take on the other strugglers, Kings XI Punjab, at the PCA stadium on Sunday.
Both teams are down in the dumps and would be looking at the distant possibility of becoming eligible for the play-off games, that is, if they win all their matches now. Kings, though, have a cushion of an extra game in hand.
Pune Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh said on Saturday, “It’s a must-win situation from here on. We have tried various combinations but unfortunately they haven’t clicked. But now, with Sourav Ganguly in our side, we are hoping to get back to winning ways.”
Both Warriors and Kings have so far failed to strike the right team balance. While Kings are top heavy, Warriors have been guilty of not playing Yuvraj and Robin Utthappa further up the batting order.
“We won first two matches with same combination but it does not works always. Somebody has to score down the order also. Moreover, we have specialist openers and Jesse Ryder has been doing well,” Yuvraj reasoned.
But for Kings XI Punjab it is not only batting, bowling, claimed to be their strength, too has become a major worry. The 85-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore has done the rest to Adam Gilchrist’s men, who have now fallen back to their losing ways.