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IPL 9: Pune, Bangalore desperate to get back to winning ways

Pune: Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to return to winning ways when they meet at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here today.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli
RCB skipper Virat Kohli

Both teams started off in promising fashion by winning their respective opening matches, but lost their way thereafter with back-to-back defeats. A win today will be crucial in getting their campaign back on track.

Both teams are on two points each after identical records of one win and two defeats. But Pune are at the fifth spot on the points table, a rung above Bangalore, due to a better run rate.

Pune are struggling to get going in both batting and bowling departments. RCB also have an explosive batting line-up. The bowling however, is a cause for worry.

Captains' wishlist
MS Dhoni Rising Pune Supergiants
> Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers are dismissed early
> Mitchell Marsh provides an all-round show
> Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane put up a big opening stand

Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore
> AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan score quickfire 50s
> Shane Watson comes good with bat and ball
> Pune spinners Murugan Ashwin, R Ashwin go wicketless

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