Kings XI Punjab will be hosting three-time IPL Champions Mumbai Indians at the IS Bindra Stadium on Saturday. Punjab will be looking to cash in on their home advantage while Mumbai will be hoping to register another away win. Both teams have played two games and won one each heading into this clash. Mumbai will be upbeat after a six wicket win over RCB on Thursday while Kings XI Punjab will be looking to overcome their 28 run loss against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.
There are a few factors to look out for when both teams battle for their second straight win in Mohali.
1 'Chris Gayle's dynamic start: The explosive West-Indian opening batsman will be a treat to watch for the local fans. He had scored a match-winning 47-ball 79 at a strike rate of 168.09 against Rajasthan Royals on Monday. However, he could not capitalize on his good start against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday as he was dismissed early by his West-Indian team-mate Andre Russell for a 13-ball 20 which included two fours and two sixes. Punjab franchise will be hoping for a 'Gayle Storm' on Saturday against Mumbai Indians.
2. The Hardik Pandya show: Hardik Pandya entertained one and all with his 14-ball 32 at a strike rate of 228.57 which included two fours and three sixes. He remained unbeaten till the end and took Mumbai to a competitive 187/6 in their 20 overs. Mumbai will be hoping for yet another cameo from the star all-rounder in Mohali.
3. Yuvraj Singh: Yuvraj seems to have found a way to make his bat do the talking. The veteran Indian all-rounder scored an impressive 35-ball 53 which kept Mumbai's hopes alive in their run chase of 214. It did not turn out to be a match-winning innings as Mumbai eventually fell short by 37 runs. The 2011 World Cup winner then played a cameo against RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday by scoring a 12-ball 23 at a strike rate of 191.67. He hit leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for three straight sixes but Chahal had the last laugh when Yuvraj was caught by Mohammad Siraj while attempting to go for a fourth consecutive six.
4. Head-to-head meetings: MI hold an advantage over Punjab in the 22 matches that both sides have played. Mumbai have won 12 matches while the Punjab outfit have won the remaining 10 matches. Mumbai also have the upper hand while playing against Punjab in Punjab with a 4-3 victory margin in seven matches.
5. Jasprit Bumrah's spell: Jasprit Bumrah has established himself as Mumbai's premier bowler since the last few years due to his outstanding bowling especially at the death overs. He was very excellent in the last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore where he picked up three wickets by giving away 20 runs in his four overs at an economy of 5.00.