The Mumbai Indians meet the Kings XI Punjab in a must win game for both the teams at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 5 teams are contesting for the remaining 2 spots of the Play Offs and neither of the two teams would be in a mood to take it lightly at this moment. Punjab has 6 wins from 12 matches while Mumbai has 10 points from as many games.
KXIP were table toppers not so long ago but now find themselves in a spot of bother. KXIP have been more reliant on their openers and KL Rahul and Chris Gayle remain the batsmen to look out for tonight at the Wankhede Stadium. However, the middle order batsmen should pick up form at this crucial juncture of this tournament. Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal haven’t been amidst the runs lately and perhaps Yuvraj Singh could get a game tonight since the Punjab side need a lot of experience behind their back to recover from a string of defeats.
MI too cannot afford to lose from here. 2 wins from their remaining 2 games and a few results in their favor is the only way they can qualify in the Play offs. Skipper Rohit Sharma hold the key for MI batting unit, whenever he scored more than 30, MI end up winning 85% of their matches. Other than him, the in-form players Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Evin Lewis will be the key.
As far as bowling is concerned, quicks of the MI McCleneghan, Pandya and Bumrah hold the key as they have been doing a phenomenal job for the Mumbai Indians and MI thank tank will hope that their form continue. Mayank Markande has also been a vital component of their attack and plays a significant role in the middle overs.
Andrew Tye and R Ashwin are the two most important weapons of Punjab in absence of Mujeeb who is injured. Punjab will hope that these two bowlers bring out their A game tonight at the Wankhede.
A must win game for Mumbai at their home ground from coming our way. Broadcast Starts at 20:00 Hours (IST).