It’s Sunday, the double-header day. In the second match, we get to watch Mumbai Indians take on the Kings XI Punjab at the Dubai International Stadium.
Looking at both sides, both teams come in polar fortunes, Mumbai Indians with mind-boggling five back-to-back wins, sitting right at the second spot of the points table. They have been astonishing this season, putting the opponents in pressure, finding ways to win, making it a habit. They’ve played out clinical performances with both bat and ball and won games deservingly.
And much unlike Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab have lost three games from winning positions. It’s an eccentric case for them as they have both openers at the top of the run-scoring table and yet find themselves, as a team, sitting right at the bottom of the table with four points, all against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kings XI Punjab has not necessarily played bad cricket for the last spot; they could’ve been comfortably sitting in the top half of the table, it’s just that they’ve not been able to close out games. A win for Mumbai could ensure them a spot in the playoffs while a loss for Punjab could seal their dreams of winning the cup this season.
We anticipate tonight, a highly intense show by batting heavy sides, this one’s going to be interesting. Now let’s take a look at the top 5 players to watch out for.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 key players we should watch out for when Mumbai Indians lock horns with Kings XI Punjab:
1. Chris Gayle
The Kings XI Punjab could break their losing streak, against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Universe Boss made sure he took the opportunity to prove himself in that game. Gayle’s return is a big relief for Punjab.
Gayle played his first game for Kings XI Punjab in this edition of the Indian Premier League, at number three, because the team wouldn’t want to disturb the already set run-scoring openers. Gayle smashed 53 runs in 45 balls and was one of the match winners for his side.