Pune are precariously placed at the bottom of the table. Nothing seems to be working for them. If at the start of last week the problem was middle-order batting; death bowling has become their pet-peeve now. On Sunday, against the Delhi Daredevils, Pune leaked 63 runs off the final five overs.
Chennai will be confident after they defeated defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders at Chennai on Sunday. Michael Hussey (95), Suresh Raina (44) and Wriddhiman Saha (39) starred with the bat. The clinical display with the bat ensured that Kolkata were always doing the catch-up work.
The battle on Tuesday looks like a David versus Goliath contest. Pune are at the bottom of the table, whle Chennai are leaders at this point in time. Chennai, on current form, look red-hot favourites. But Pune are a mercurial unit and it would be preposterous to count them out. Besides, with very little to lose, Pune will be looking to play positively.