The Kings XI Punjab host three-time IPL Champions Mumbai Indians at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. 

Both teams have one win and one loss apiece but the momentum will be with the Rohit Sharma led side after their controversial yet big victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kings XI Punjab will be happy to return to their home ground considering they had a perfect record at the IS Bindra Stadium last Season winning all four games at home. Mumbai Indians are known to be slow starters and usually, don’t get their winning momentum going till the second half of the tournament but going by their performance against RCB last night Mumbai are looking to get rid of their ‘Slow Starters’ tag. Here are a few players that could change the game for both sides.

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Jasprit Bumrah vs Chris Gayle

Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t gotten the ‘Universe Boss’ out in IPL cricket but remember Bumrah sending Gayle’s off-stump cartwheeling in the 2016 World T20? Bumrah possesses the lethal weapon of bowling a terrific yorker at a blistering pace. That is exactly how Bumrah can get Gayle out at the start of the innings, cramp him up for space and get him LBW or bowled. Gayle has looked in brilliant touch over the last few months especially in the England series where he seemed to be hitting sixes for fun. Bumrah is easily rated as one of the best in the world if not the best and he will surely be tasked to get the big man from Jamaica out. KXIP and MI depend on these two heavily and it promises to be a scintillating encounter.

Andrew Tye vs Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya was striking the ball really well against RCB the other night in his blistering cameo of 32(14). Pandya has been renowned to go after bowlers in the death and he will be coming up against a specialist this time around in Andrew Tye. The Australian paceman is sensational in the closing overs and is the defending purple cap holder with 24 wickets in 14 innings. Tye has a wonderful mix of slower deliveries with so much variety, he bowls the knuckleball, the back of the hand slower one, the off-cutter, the split-finger, and the cross-seamer. With so much variety, Tye has all the arsenal to bamboozle batsman and pick up wickets in the fag end of the innings. Pandya is in a good vein of form and this is definitely one of the battles to look forward to.

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