A match between teams dwelling in the bottom of the points table in the Indian Premier League 2013 can either spur a turnaround in fortunes for the victor or merely act as a temporary soothing balm from a run of defeats.
On the evidence presented so far, Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors India have both not inspired enough confidence to make their fans believe in a turnaround but, with two thirds of the tournament still to come, winning the encounter on Sunday (April 21) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali could act as a good start towards lifting their fortunes.
Both sides are coming off defeats against Sunrisers Hyderabad that will rankle. Pune, in particular, will need to guard against obsessing over how they lost a match in which they were 101 for 4, chasing 120 to win at about a run-a-ball. The only thing for Pune to do is absorb the lessons of the set batsmen finishing the job, and move on. Otherwise they will risk the same thing happening to them again.