The Pune Warriors India (PWI) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are two sides hungry to break into the higher strata of the league. Sunday's clash between them will provide a start but only time will tell whether either can go on to achieve greater success.
The Punjab outfit promised they could scale greater peaks when they made it to the semifinals of the inaugural edition in 2008 under the captaincy of Yuvraj Singh, now a Pune player. However, they withered away and a host of changes were made in the side. The 2010 season was a nightmare as they finished at the bottom of the table. They failed to make the play-offs in the last two seasons.
Pune too, after second-last and bottom-place finishes in their first two years in the league, have to improve a lot. They suffered heartbreak on Friday after an embarrassing defeat to the Hyderabad Sunrisers, failing to chase a modest 126. KXIP will play their first match.
Pune decided to skip practice on Saturday after their flight back from Hyderabad while it was two-and-a-half hours of practice and fitness drills for Punjab in the blistering heat.