Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab
18/10/20, 3pm (BST), Dubai
KINGS XI PUNJAB
Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians are always a force to be reckoned with, and their form in the first half of this year’s tournament suggests they have a good chance of being in the final on November 10.
Their balance of all-rounders in the mid-lower order is enough to intimidate any bowling attack, and all of Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard have looked in good form so far this year.
For Kings XI Punjab, their campaign is probably already over barring any miracles, but with Chris Gayle returning to the line-up on Thursday, anything can happen.
His presence strengthens their batting, and they could yet pick up a few morale-boosting wins.
Despite the presence of Gayle, it is hard to look beyond Mumbai in this match but we still expect Kings XI to post a higher score in the first six overs than their opponents.
Sharma and Quinton de Kock usually take a few balls to get their eyes in so we think the form of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will be enough for them to at least get off to a fast start.