Virat Kohli's return to form should have solved some problems in the middle order for RCB, who seem to be heavily dependent on Gayle.
It will be interesting to see if Daniel Vettori would follow Kumar Sangakkara's footsteps by sitting out to accommodate Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan, considering they already have a left-arm spinner in K Appanna. It will also be a toss-up between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Andrew McDonald.
Deccan Chargers' coach, Darren Lehmann, said, "The wicket looks like it will have some pace and bounce", which could tilt the choice in favour of paceman McDonald.
For the Chargers, the focus will again be on showing discipline on the field.