But since then, Pune lost matches one after another to find themselves at the bottom of the points table with just four points. For Royals, Sawai Mansingh Stadium has been a happy hunting ground and it would be an uphill task for the visitors to repeat the result of the first leg.
Rahul Dravid’s side are placed among the top four teams with 12 points from 10 outings and would go all out to log full points from the match and secure the play-off berth.
Royals, who were beaten comprehensively by Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday night, would look to return to winning ways at home where they have beaten sides like Mumbai Indians and RCB at Jaipur.
Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson and 18-year-old Kerala boy Sanju Samson have been the star performers for Royals. Watson has accumulated 349 runs from eight games in the sixth season. Samson, who hit a 41-ball 63 against RCB while chasing 172, earned praise from all quarters.