One wrong step in the remaining matches could hurt both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. After a dismal performance in the first leg of IPL-7 in the UAE, he teams stading fifth and sixth on the table respectively will have to regroup and push things in their favour as they clash at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.
Back in familiar conditions and that too with a good track record, RCB captain Virat Kohli looked a confident man on the eve of the match.
"A lovely feeling to be back here. It's something that all team members are enjoying. The new guys might not know the kind of cricket we have played in this stadium and the kind of atmosphere we have experienced."
What is so special about playing here? "I don't know. It's very noisy. I don't know may be it's built that way. The kind of support we get is something special. Even in the first year when we didn't do well at all, people came and supported us. You know when we play the brand of cricket that people know RCB can play, the crowds really back us. They understand the game. Very importantly, they are nice people."
When it attention was turned to back to back three losses, Kohli said, "One we lost in the last over against Kolkata hurt us the most. In the other two games we didn't play good cricket, so we didn't deserve to win."
Rearing to take a fresh guard in the second leg, Kohli said, "It's very important. We take this as a fresh start in IPL. This is a different place we are playing in. You obviously need a lot of momentum going into this so-called second leg. We all understand that but it's the away games we are focusing on rather than how we need to play here."
The biggest worry for Sunrisers coach Tom Moody The biggest worry that Moody is his captain Shikhar Dhawan's indifferent form.
Coming to India opener's defence, Moody said, "A big score is round the corner. He has got couple of good starts and it is just that he hasn't capitalised on those good starts."