Pune Warriors India won the toss and elected to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 57th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune.
Sourav Ganguly has rested himself as Steven Smith was asked to lead Pune Warriors in the contest.
Pune have made three changes: Alfonso Thomas, Rahul Sharma and Mohnish Mishra come in for this match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have made just one change, with KP Appanna replacing Syed Mohammad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli, said “We are pretty happy that we are peaking at the right time. Hopefully we can take this form through to the finals.
“I would have batted first because this track looks slow and it won’t be easy to bat on it in the second half.
“Syed Mohammad is not fit and KP Appanna comes in for him.”
Pune Warriors India captain, Steven Smith, said “Sourav has rested himself for this game, we have got a few new players in today, so hopefully we can put in a good performance.
“The crowd has been really good and have come out to support us even though we are down in the dumps.
“I think we have chased well in the games we have won and this wicket looks like it will get better later.
“Alfonso Thomas, Rahul Sharma and Mohnish Mishra come in for this game.”
Pune Warriors (Playing XI): Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa(w), Mohnish Mishra, Michael Clarke, Steven Smith(c), Angelo Mathews, Anustup Majumdar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Alfonso Thomas.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Mayank Agarwal, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna, Muttiah Muralitharan.