After beating RCB Mumbai will want to extend their current streak to three victories.
Mumbai Indians host Kings XI Punjab in the 2013 IPL, with Mumbai starting to show their pedigree for a top four finish.
The home side made Royal Challengers Bangalore realise they were in fact mortals after all, beating them by 58 runs the game after Chris Gayle had lead RCB to a record-breaking win over Pune Warriors India.
After an indifferent start that victory has given Mumbai some consistency and another maximum points today would see them well and truly in the hunt for the playoffs.
Kings XI meanwhile have lacked any real consistency all season, occasionally showing promise and then collapsing to unlikely defeats.
In their last match Punjab were overturned by Kolkata Knight Riders – who despite being the current IPL champions have struggled badly in 2013 and their win over Adam Gilchrist’s side was only their third of the season.
Ricky Ponting has experimented with dropping himself from the Mumbai side, after both he and Sachin Tendulkar struggled to make any significant runs when opening the batting.
This selflessness has paid dividends, as has replacing Tendulkar at the top of the order with more in-form batsmen such as Rohit Sharma and Dwayne Bravo.
Like Ponting, fellow Australian Gilchrist has struggled to find much form with the bat and despite the respect he commands as a leader, the wicket-keeper has made no secrets about the fact he is also prepared to drop himself if it continues.