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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

T10 League - Day 9 preview: Kerala Kings look to Chris Gayle for inspiration 

Champions are in trouble and need a win over Northern Warriors on Thursday

Chris Gayle will look to inspire Kerala Kings.Chris Whiteoak / The National
Chris Gayle will look to inspire Kerala Kings.Chris Whiteoak / The National

Six of the eight teams in the T10 League are in action on a busy day of action on Thursday.

Here is what to watch for.

Kerala Knights v Northern Warriors, 3.30pm

The champions Kerala have not won since their opening game triumph over Pakhtoons and Eoin Morgan's need a success to keep themselves in contention for their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Northern Warriors on a three-match winning run, although they did make a mess of chasing 92 against Sindhis on Tuesday so doubts remain on their batting.

Prediction Kerala are due a big knock from Chris Gayle and this could be where the West Indies batsman delivers.

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Sindhis v Bengal Tigers, 5.45pm

Sindhis are bottom of the second round table as things stand and it has only been the batting of Shane Watson that has kept them competitive.

Bowling has been behind the Tigers success so far and Suril Narine and Zaheer Khan have both impressed so far and will fancy their chances against the Sindhis line-up.

Prediction Bengal Tigers to inflict more misery on Sindhis as they close in on a knockout stages spot.

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Pakhtoons v Punjabi Legends, 8pm

Punjabi Legends ended Pakhtoons's title hopes at the semi-final stage 12 months ago and the boot could be on the other foot this time around.

A Pakhtoons victory could eliminate their opponents from the tournament, given the Legends only have four points and this is their last game before the second round draws to a close.

Pakhtoons are on a roll, with Andre Fletcher leading the way with the bat, and they have won their past three games.

Prediction Pakhtoons march on and make it four in a row.