Mumbai: Yuvraj led  Pune Warriors has decided to keep their winning  combination same as they go into their second home clash against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League 4 on Wednesday.

Pune scored a magnificent victory over Kings XI Punjab on their IPL debut two days back, and coach Geoff Marsh hinted they will stick to the same playing eleven against Kochi.

"It's another big challenge for our boys. Hopefully we will come out trumps. We had a very good win. When it comes to selection we don't want to change the team around too much after a very good win" said the Australian ahead of the tie at the DY Patil Stadium.

While praising teams’ performance Marsh said, "(I am) very happy with the bowlers, making Kings XI 4 for 9. Shrikant (Wagh) and Alphonso Thomas were terrific. (Wayne) Parnell also bowled very well. To bowl them out for 113 was a good all-round performance. There are areas we would be looking to improve and get better at. But overall our bowlers were terrific".

The Pune coach also said that a replacement for injured Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathew would be declared by the franchise owners soon.

"Mathews is not coming. He's out of IPL. Franchise will make an announcement about Mathews' replacement in a couple of days. Ashish Nehra is coming back" Marsh said.

"We had nine who could bowl and we bat till eleven. Alphonso (Thomas) comes in at no 11 and has three first class centuries (to his credit). It's just an advantage we have got so many options," said Murli Kartik .

While praising Alphonso Kartik said "When Alphonso wants to bowl a yorker he can nail that yorker. Similarly, whatever he wants to do he can do. He's got skills with the ball like you talk about Zaheer Khan," said Kartik.

Kartik also said that the wicket at the D Y Patil Stadium was a good cricketing track.

"We have played on this wicket before. It's a good cricketing wicket. When you say good cricketing wicket it suits all sorts of bowlers," he commented.

Kartik said most of the top players playing for Kochiate experienced and well known as they had played in IPL before.

"It's a new franchise, but most of the players we've seen playing in the IPL. They have players like Brendon McCullum, (VVS) Laxman, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan and (Brad) Hodge. All those guys have been part of different franchises,” said Kartik.

(Agencies)