Virtually out of contention for a semi final berth, title holders Deccan Chargers would be hoping to redeem some pride while Royal Challengers Bangalore have everything to play for when the two teams take on each other in an Indian Premier League match in Bangalore on Thursday.
Deccan's semi final hopes in the IPL III were dealt with a blow after the Hyderabad outfit slumped to five loses on the trot to find itself struggling at the bottom half of the tally with just six points from nine outings.
The Kumar Sangakkara led side, however, would be hoping to return to winning ways on Thursday at flood lit M Chinnaswamy Stadium to give them an outside chance of progressing to the semis.
If the must win situation against the formidable Royal Challengers was not a herculean task, the defending champions will also have to ensure victory in all the remaining four matches after Thursday to keep their hopes alive in the Twenty 20 tournament.
However, looking at the form and morale of the team such a proposition looks highly unlikely.
Deccan, this season were completely undone by its top players' inability to finish the games.
Skipper Adam Gilchrist, Herschelle Gibbs and Andrew Symonds have failed to deliver when it mattered most for the team.
Young Rohit Sharma has been their batting mainstay, but with very little support from the other end his efforts have invariably gone in vain.
Royal Challengers, on the other hand, are placed in the third spot in the points table behind Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils and a victory on Thursday would do a world of good for the Bangalore side.
Anil Kumble's brigade which has garnered 10 points from nine games so far, will have to come up trumps in front of the home crowd to consolidate their position in the tournament.