A more balanced Rajasthan Royals [ Images ] side would look to strengthen its position in the clogged points table when it takes on struggling hosts Pune Warriors in an Indian Premier League [ Images ] match on Tuesday.
The Sourav Ganguly-led Pune have lost five of their last six clashes although the defeat margins in the last two have been just one and seven runs.
The last time they won was on April 21 when they got the better of formidable Delhi Daredevils [ Images ].
Rajasthan too had been struggling until they crushed Kings XI Punjab [ Images ] by 43 runs on May 5. Before that win, they too had lost three matches on the trot.
With the coming of all-rounder Shane Watson [ Images ] and pacer Shaun Tait [ Images ], Rajasthan have got the balance in both bowling and batting. With skipper Rahul Dravid [ Images ] and young gun Ajinkya Rahane [ Images ] doing well at the top and the middle order too responding, batting has not been much of a problem for them. But they have failed in conquering tight matches.
Pune too have lost close matches and their morale have taken a beating with five defeats in a row. Rajasthan would look to pile on the misery of the hosts.
Pune were hoping that the addition of Michael Clarke [ Images ] in their ranks would give a boost to their batting but the Australian skipper is yet to fire.
In three matches he has scored 56 runs, out of which 41 came in one match.
Pune are languishing at the eighth position and will have to win all their remaining four matches to be in contention for play-offs berth.
Rajasthan are at number six and can challenge Royal Challengers [ Images ] Bangalore and defending champions Chennai Super Kings [ Images ] for a place in the play-offs if they come up with good shows in their remaining five matches.