Struggling for form but showing some spark at the same time, Kings XI Punjab will have to brace up for another massive challenge when they take on former champions and table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in their Pepsi IPL match here on Thursday.
Punjab ended just four runs shy of what could have been a morale-lifting win over the Mumbai Indians in their most recent match.
They showed the stomach for a fight but just did not get that one crucial knock from any of their batsmen which could have take them to a win.
Chennai, on the other hand, don't seem to be doing anything wrong in what has been a smooth campaign so far.
Leaders by quite a distance on the points table after eight wins from 10 matches, they are the team to beat this IPL.
Chennai have won their last six matches, with opener Michael Hussey in sublime form. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too has been in ominous form with the bat.
In contrast, Punjab are coming into the game after being outsmarted by Mumbai. An unlikely victory over CSK would increase their points tally to 10.
Their batting has struggled and even their experienced Aussie campaigner, David Hussey (199 runs in nine matches), has not been among the runs.
Given the huge contrast in their current fortunes, it would take more than just a big heart for fight for Punjab to upstage Chennai.PTI