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by Alastair Symondson Friday 29 March 2019
Mumbai Indians are coming off a thrilling win against Royal Challengers Bangalore which would be remembered for faulty umpiring decisions. Nonetheless, good knocks from Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and later on, explosive hands from Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya took the team's score to 187, considered slightly below par.
However, it was the incredible death bowling of Jasprit Bumrah which restricted the Royal Challengers Bangalore despite good knocks from captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Bumrah conceded just three runs from his last two overs, picking up two crucial wickets as RCB fell short of the target. (Our match prediction using the Pointsbet promo code was Mumbai Indians to win this one)
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, suffered a loss against Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match. Chasing a target of 219, they batted decently with half centuries from Mayank Agarwal and David Miller and ran KKR close but could not get over the line.
As always, Punjab would count on their opening pair of Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle to get them off to a good start. Mayank Agarwal is also looking in good touch while Sarfaraz Ahmed played a brilliant hand in the first match. Mohammed Shami and Andrew Tye would be their leading pacers.
Mumbai Indians' bowling lineup has been bolstered by the return of Lasith Malinga as he forms a deadly combination with Jasprit Bumrah. Mayank Markande and Krunal Pandya provide them with spinning options.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Kings XI Punjab- Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mumbai Indians- Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Cricket Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Mumbai Indians
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians), Chris Gayle (Kings XI Punjab)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Kings XI Punjab)
Most boundaries – Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians), Chris Gayle (Kings XI Punjab)
Team Scores Batting First – Mumbai Indians 175+, Kings XI Punjab 165+
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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