A video of match preview of IPL 2012 match between RCB and PWI at the Subrata Roy Stadium in Pune.

 

The host team will play for pride after crashing out of this season's IPL, while RCB will look to strengthen their chances of qualifying for the play offs.

 

After their crushing nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians, Bangalore are placed fourth in the table while Pune are languishing at number eight.

 

It will be a big challenge for Pune to arrest their slide as they are coming into the clash with six straight defeats.

 

They have failed to fire as a unit as their batting has flopped and bowlers too have not made the desired impact.

 

Nothing has worked for the hosts, neither the inclusion of Australian skipper Michael Clarke nor the change in batting order. All their efforts have been fruitless as the league has progressed.

 

Bangalore too have their own problems, but they have a game-changer in Chris Gayle, who has made a significant contribution in keeping them in contention for the play-offs.