In Picture: Bangalore will be hoping that Kevin Pietersen steps up a gear
Bangalore will want a better performance with the bat if they are to outwit Deccan. It's not runs but strike rates which are the key numbers for them. Kallis, with his five fifties and orange cap, needs to step up a gear and one of Uthappa, who can be bruising on his day, Pieterson, Dravid or Kohli must join him in that.
Ross Taylor is the one who leads the way in this department. His 22 off 10 balls included three maximums and although it wasn't a huge contribution, the impetus he added to the innings and the urgency he showed is what must rub off on the Royal Challengers. Taylor has also voiced his comfort with being anywhere in the order, so depending on the circumstances, Bangalore can use him as a pinch hitter if needed.
Bangalore have seen their position slide to the fourth spot on the table and will be keen to claim the two points that put them back near the top.