IPL 2020 Match 36 Preview: MI vs KXIP - Punjab face daunting task of halting Mumbai's juggernaut
Mumbai Indians had a near perfect outing in their last fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders and it is difficult to see how any opposition can stop them from reaching the playoffs, at the least.
Coulter-Nile finally gets a game
Contrary to their style, Mumbai decided to make one change to their playing XI in the last match. They brought in Australian medium pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile in place of another Aussie James Pattinson.
Mumbai's bowling firing consistently
It was the Mumbai bowlers who set up the victory against KKR. Trent Boult was brilliant first up for MI, swinging the new ball. Jasprit Bumrah is beginning to get back to his best form as he finished with figures of 4-0-22-1, bowling a couple of quality overs at the death.
Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar did the job for the side again, combining for an economy rate of around five from their four overs each and sharing two wickets.
Coulter-Nile went for over 50 runs from his four overs but because everyone else was doing their job well, Mumbai did not have to pay for his performance and were successful in restricting Kolkata Knight Riders to 148, despite some big hits in the last couple of overs.
MI have more batting than they can use
If anyone expected Mumbai to have a hiccup, they had another think coming as Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock got the team off to a great start, adding around 90 runs from the first 10 overs. De Kock, who was not in the best of forms in the beginning of the tournament, remained unbeaten on 78 of 44 deliveries to finish the game, something he was unable to do in the last match.
Hardik Pandya was unbeaten on 21 off 11 deliveries after being promoted by Mumbai to number 4 to get back to form. Pandya played some breathtaking shots to seal the match with more than three overs to spare.
Punjab finally taste victory
Mumbai will face Kings XI Punjab in their next match, who finally have some confidence after a close victory in their last game against RCB. Punjab should consider batting Chris Gayle, who scored a half-century on his IPL 2020 debut, at the top of the order and push the in-form Mayank Agarwal to three.
No change in KXIP's XI
Each of Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh did a good job for Punjab with the ball before a good show with the bat and the team is expected to stick to their playing XI.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Mumbai Indians (MI): Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Chris Gayle, KL Rahul(c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
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