April 20, 2017, 08:00pm local time (02:30pm GMT)
The last home game for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Indore provides them a chance to get back to winning ways although they face an uphill task against the rampaging Mumbai Indians (MI). In spite of being a small ground, the Holkar stadium hasn’t seen very high scores and the onus will be on the batsmen to adapt to the surface.
The Kings XI had a miraculous comeback in their last game thanks to a brilliant knock from Manan Vohra but fell agonisingly short of their target. Lack of runs from David Miller and Eoin Morgan will be a concern for the hosts and with Shaun Marsh waiting in the ranks, opportunities might be running out for the duo. Wriddhiman Saha had a fantastic game with the gloves and showed the importance of a regular wicket keeper in any format. However, he will need a few runs to back up his glove work and for the benefit of his team.
Mumbai on the other hand have been having a dream run. With four wins from five games, they sit happily at the second place on the points table. What will give them more confidence is the fact that their captain Rohit Sharma has struck form. After a couple of low scores and being at the receiving end of a rough decisions, Rohit was desperate to score some runs and will be glad to have not out at the end in their last game. Lasith Malinga’s struggles continued while Jos Buttler got out once again after getting a start.
The performances of Axar Patel and Harbhajan Singh might prove to be pivotal for either side. Mumbai’s batsmen are in better form as compared to Punjab and they have momentum on their side and that gives them the edge over the home team.
KXIP – LLLWW
MI – WWWWL
Shaun Marsh could come in for David Miller or Eoin Morgan.
KXIP – 1 Manan Vohra, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 4 Glenn Maxwell (c), 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Shaun Marsh/ David Miller, 7 Axar Patel, 8 K. C. Kariappa, 9 Sandeep Sharma, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Ishant Sharma
Saurabh Tiwary could come in for the struggling Parthiv Patel, handing the keeping gloves over to Jos Buttler in the process. It would be interesting to see if Mumbai keep persisting with Lasith Malinga or Tim Southee over Mitchell Johnson.
MI– 1 Jos Buttler (wk), 2 Saurabh Tiwary, 3 Rohit Sharma (c), 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Mitchell McClenaghan, 10 Lasith Malinga/ Tim Southee, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
• Mumbai Indians have dropped five catches this season which has cost them 157 runs, the most for any team this season
• Lasith Malinga’s economy rate of 9.75 per over this season is his worst across eight seasons of the tournament. His overall IPL career economy rate is 6.76 per over
• With 2213 runs from 62 matches, Shaun Marsh has been Punjab’s highest run scorer and has been with the team since the inaugural edition of the tournament
• Manan Vohra’s 95 was just his third 50 plus score in 39 matches
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