Gujarat Titans are not only winning games in their first season in the Indian Premier League; they are also perplexing minds, defying odds, outperforming themselves independently and collaboratively. There aren’t many explanations for their supremacy, just as there aren’t many explanations for when their triumph juggernaut will come to an end.

They have undeniably the best bowling attack in the game, and despite a streak of victories, their batting flaws remain evident. Punjab Kings have a team that is as good as, if not better than, the table-toppers at the DY Patil Stadium. But, in a season marked by inconsistency, with only one win in the previous four games, do they have the confidence to equal their Tuesday night opponents and cross the finish line? It’s really improbable.

The Mayank Agarwal-led team is addressing both the problem of abundance and the problem of deficiency. They still have to figure out their best XI, the makeup of the foreign players, and how to make winning a routine after more than half of the season has passed. They haven’t won back-to-back games yet in nine games, same as their other mid-table opponent Delhi Capitals.

The Hardik Pandya-led squad will put their nerves to the test as much as their talents, and Punjab Kings will need to bring their A-game if they are to advance up the points table.