Kevin Pietersen believes the 2020 Indian Premier League is a ‘three-horse race’ between Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ricky Ponting’s Delhi Capitals are currently top of the IPL table with six wins from eight matches.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians are second, while Royal Challengers Bangalore – who have never won the IPL – are well placed in third.
Kolkata Knight Riders are fourth, ahead of the inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings and the struggling Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.
England legend Pietersen told Betway: ‘Even though they narrowly lost to KXIP on Thursday, Royal Challengers Bangalore are playing some very good cricket now.
‘They went close to pulling off a miracle victory there. Their bowling is coming up trumps more often.
‘They have a spin combination that is starting to work and produce results, alongside a batting line-up that we know all about.
‘I think RCB are one of the runners in a three-horse race to win the competition.
‘The Delhi Capitals are another. They have got an all-round team that is really good. I’m still happy to be behind them.
‘Clearly, the Mumbai Indians are firing big time, too. They have a formidable line-up in all departments.
‘For me, they are the three teams that can win it.’
Former England captain Pietersen added: ‘Chennai Super Kings are back in the tournament after their win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, but I still don’t think they can win games consistently. Their bowling attack just doesn’t feel right.
‘It will be interesting to see how the Kolkata Knight Riders go after replacing Dinesh Karthik as captain.
‘I felt Shubman Gill should be KKR’s skipper, but they’ve gone for Eoin Morgan, who is obviously fantastic, instead.
‘I still don’t think they can touch the big three, though.’
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