Despite Kings XI Punjab's sensational victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday night, very little has changed so far as their qualification chances are concerned. Punjab, with 12 points from 14 games, still have no option but to win their remaining two matches and hope that other results go their way so that they can sneak in on the Net Run Rate. The second half of the equation is not in their hands; the first most certainly is, and that's what will occupy their minds as they take on Delhi Daredevils in the Pepsi IPL at the breathtaking HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Thursday (May 16) night.
There might be little more than pride at stake for Delhi, eliminated long before the calculators were whipped out of cold storage, but no one – least of Punjab – will expect them to roll over and die. No team has been doing any other team any favours in this competition, so if Punjab expect their challenge to stay alive for at least the next couple of days, they must summon the courage and wherewithal that their captain exemplified at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.