Jaipur: 'Revenge' would be on top of Rajasthan Royals' agenda when they host a struggling Pune Warriors in a Pepsi Indian Premier League match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium on Sunday. (JPN/Agencies)
The last time the two sides met in Pune on April 11, the Royals were comfortably beaten by seven wickets with Warriors skipper Aaron Finch hitting a classy half-century while chasing a 146-run target.
But since then, Pune's campaign has gone completely haywire as they find themselves currently at the bottom of the points table with just two wins from 11 matches played so far.
Desperate to make amends, Pune face an uphill task to tame the Royals in their own den, which has been a happy hunting ground for them.
The Royals have an unblemished home record this season. But they have looked a pale shadow of themselves in away matches, the most recent being the eight-wicket thrashing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in Gardens.
Despite the loss, the Royals have maintained their hold on the third spot on the points table.
The Royals can seek solace from the fact that they have converted their home venue into a fortress where they had defeated the likes of mighty Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
For skipper Rahul Dravid, it would be important to see how his men put behind the KKR defeat and come out strongly on home turf.
The batting for the hosts looks good with Watson firing at the top and the likes of Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane providing the much-needed solidity. Brad Hodge, Stuart Binny and Dishant Yagnik have also come good when required.
On the bowling front, left-arm pacer James Faulkner has been a revelation, while Sidharth Trivedi and Binny have produced consistent performances. However, temperamental pacer S Sreesanth has failed to live up to his expectation.
On the other hand, Pune Warriors cup of woes is brimming over. They suffered their sixth straight loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore the other day.
It won't be an easy task for Finch's boys as they are up against an ever-improving Rajasthan side.
The Warriors have been woefully out of sorts and inconsistent in all departments of the game. Their batting and bowling has is yet to click together in the tournament.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Stuart Binny Owais Shah, James Faulkner, Ajit Chandila, Siddharth Trivedi, Sreesanth, Brad Hogg, Fidel Edwards, Kevon Cooper, Kushal Perera, Samuel Badree, Shaun Tait, Ankit Chavan, Ashok Maneria, Dishant Yagnik, Harmeet Singh, Kumar Borsea, Pravin Thambe, Rahul Shukla, Sachin Baby, Shreevats Goswami, Vikramjeet Malik.
Pune Warriors: Aaron Finch (captain), Angelo Mathews, Abhishek Nayar, Ajanta Mendis, Ali Murtaza, Anustup Mazumdar, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dheeraj Jadhav, Eklavya Dwivedi, Harpreet Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Kane Richardson, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Luke Wright, Mahesh Rawat, Manish Pandey, Marlon Samuels, Mitchell Marsh, Mithun Manhas, Parveez Rasool, Rahul Sharma, R Gomez, Robin Uthappa, Ross Taylor, Shrikant Wagh, Steve Smith, T Suman, Tamim Iqbal, Udit Birla, Wayne Parnell and Yuvraj Singh.
Jaipur: 'Revenge' would be on top of Rajasthan Royals' agenda when they host a struggling Pune Warriors in a Pepsi Indian Premier League match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium on Sunday.