Team Delhi is sitting pretty on their lofty perch atop the points table while a mad scramble for IPL playoff berths has begun in right earnest.
Their next opponents at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Tuesday are Punjab, who might be down at seventh in the table with 14 points from 13 games but still have an outside chance of progressing to the last four.
The fifth edition of the League has been a roller-coaster ride for Punjab who did their campaign no harm by pulling off a stunning win over Hyderabad on Sunday night.
One of their biggest strengths has been the performance of the local talent, which once again came to the fore on Sunday. This time the hero was little known 21-year-old Gurkeerat Singh, who managed to finish off Hyderabad with ease even when 16 runs were needed off the final over.
Their other success story has, of course, been opener Mandeep Singh, their top-scorer in this competition so far with 387 runs at a strike-rate of 125.6. With these youngsters coming through, Punjab haven't missed the services of inspirational skipper Adam Gilchrist, who has missed most of the tournament with a hamstring injury.
In the absence of Gilchrist, another Aussie, David Hussey has stepped up to provide the spark as an able leader. The younger of the Hussey brothers is having his best season in IPL with 344 runs in 13 games till date. David has not only raised his game up a notch but has also inspired the youngsters as well.
The addition of Pakistan-import Azhar Mahmood has beefed up the side. The T20 wanderer has added his wealth of experience to the outfit especially in the bowling department. Delhi, on the other hand, have relied heavily on the firepower at the top.
Most of their success has centered around the willows of Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen. The latter's absence has left a gaping hole in the middle with both Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor still struggling to get into their groove.
David Warner might have made an immediate impact with his century last week against Hyderabad but he remains in the Sehwag mould. The Delhi skipper's form also has hit rough water after a world-record run of five successive fifties.
The Delhi management though is not worried about Sehwag's form. "No batsmen can have 100 per cent success rate. We won all the matches with ease when Sehwag scored a fifty. In the last game, he was dismissed by an absolute beauty by Ben Hilfenhaus," Delhi mentor TA Sekar said here on Monday.
The grey area has to be the form of Taylor, who has looked completely out of sorts. "Ross is a class player but he is coming off an injury. He had to sit out the Hyderabad game because he had fallen sick. Ross can play the role of an aggressor as well as anchor with ease and we can't discount him," Sekar added.
Apart from the big names though, the home side looks thin in the batting department. Now, the biggest worry for Delhi will be whether the side has peaked too soon. Delhi will be going all out for a win on Tuesday as it will ensure a top-two league finish which gives a team an extra chance to compete for an entry into the final.