We have a matchup between two teams whose journey in the competition so far have gone in completely different directions. At one end we have Mumbai who have been constantly fighting for the top spot against Delhi and on the other side, Punjab have just managed to win a couple of games against the same opposition. MI vs KXIP could just prove to be a make or break match for the Kings in this season.
Mumbai are currently on a five-match winning streak and in all, have six wins and two losses from eight games. They have been extremely dominant in their recent matches and look a class apart from the others currently. Punjab are coming into this match on the back of their second win of the campaign, looking to build onto that momentum they have got recently.
In the previous match between the two, Rohit Sharma set the platform with a 45-ball 70 before Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard took 25 off the final over to power Mumbai to 191 for 4. Jasprit Bumrah, James Pattinson and Rahul Chahar finished the game with the ball for Mumbai. Punjab will look to forget this match and hope to come out of the blocks firing in MI vs KXIP.
Quinton de Kock vs KL Rahul
This battle features the matchup between the two keepers and opening batsmen. Both are in some great form leading up to this match and this battle is the one to look out for.
Quinton de Kock seems to have found his best touch at the point where it matters for Mumbai. He was the only missing piece of what seems like a complete puzzle now. Expect him to continue his great form and score some big runs in this match as well.
KL Rahul has been brilliant with the bat albeit most of his knocks have come in a losing cause. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two bigger venues, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have an average of 60-plus and a strike rate of over 150 against pace and he’ll relish facing a pace heavy bowling line-up of Mumbai.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Rohit Sharma is the most complete white-ball player you could find in the world. The Kings XI’s death-overs economy of 13.60 is the worst for any team this season so if he stays on till the end of the innings then expect carnage from the ‘Hitman’.
The ‘Universe-Boss’ announced him to the league in style with a half-century in his comeback match. He seemed rusty in the beginning and you can’t blame him, he was playing his first match post-January. He seems fitter and his running between the wicket was a joy to watch in the last match.
MI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
KXIP: KL Rahul (WK) (C), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
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