Their captain Adam Gilchrist owes his side a big score that is long overdue, and his failures at the top have been hurting the team. Andrew Symonds has been their mainstay so far, and lately the Indian recruits such as T Suman and Rohit Sharma have also started shouldering the batting responsibility, which is reflected in Deccan's upswing in results.
Their bowling will be led by Ryan Harris, who hasn't quite enjoyed success in the IPL the way he did for the Australian team, and he will be desperate to turn in a match-winning performance. Deccan also have a trump card in purple cap holder Pragyan Ojha, who has been the bowler of the tournament so far, with wickets and economy.
Even though the Deccan Chargers have more at stake in this encounter than the Kings XI Punjab, the fact that Punjab side are high on confidence and are looking to exit the tournament with heads held firmly high, will ensure that no side gives or asks any quarter during this match.
Image: Gilchrist, Symonds have to lead from the front for Chargers.