Deccan Chargers would hope to erase the ghosts of their past when they take on Pune Warriors India today at the latter’s home ground.
The Bulls have put up a miserable show this season – they have been unable to move above the bottom most rung in the points table and their dismal performance on Sunday against the Mumbai Indians, only added to their over-flowing cup of woes.
Their batting was in shambles and so were the fielding and the bowling. The only saving grace was Dayle Steyn, who has been a consistent player for the Chargers. His two for 10 from four overs did apply the brakes on the Mumbai innings but goof-ups from the likes of Amit Mishra saw him being devoid of his third wicket.
Though there are a lot of young feet and immense talent in the Deccan Chargers team, the lack of specialists in the side has certainly dented their performance.
It took the Bulls seven matches to clinch their first win this edition and this came against the Warriors from Pune. The Chargers would hope to get the right team combination to emerge victorious when they play Pune again.
Skipper Sangakkara, who sat out in the match against Mumbai, is most likely to make his way back into the playing 11 and remains to be seen which foreign player would have to warm the benches.
Meanwhile, the Warriors would hope to clinch victory on this occasion and this could possibly catapult them to the fourth position in the standings.
The Sourav Ganguly-led side, began the tournament on a positive note but the team soon began losing steam, losing matches and see them tumble down on the points table.
But if players like Ashish Nehra, Robin Uthappa, Alfonso Thomas and Steven Smith have a good day at office, then it will not come across as a surprise if the raging Bulls are forced to run for cover.