Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Preview

MI vs KXIP

IPL 2018, 50th Match, Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Match Preview:

The Mumbai Indians (MI) will host the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their own home ground at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday (May 16). Play is scheduled to start at 08:00 pm IST. Both these teams are currently placed in the bottom half of the points table with the winner of this game has the chance to occupy the fourth position though.

MI looked totally clueless against Rajasthan in their previous game and they would hope to sort their issues with both bat and the ball before taking field in this game. For Punjab, openers need to provide them a great start with their middle order or the struggles still continue.

Mumbai have to be wary of bowling threat from Andrew Tye, while Kings XI Punjab should have their plans ready to face Hardik Pandya who is in brilliant form.

Mumbai Indians are coming into this game with a defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their previous game. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab are coming into this game with 5 defeats in their recent 6 games.

First match result in the ongoing season:

Both these teams in Indore met in the first week of May with Mumbai Indians in a must-win situation. Put into bat first, Kings XI Punjab got to 174 for 6 with the help of a half-century from Gayle and an unbeaten 15-ball 29 from Stoinis. Mumbai Indians were right in the chase right from the beginning and an unbeaten 12-ball 31 helped them win the game by 6 wickets with an Over to spare.

Head to Head Record:

Mumbai Indians have a neck to neck win-loss record with 11 wins and 10 defeats in 21 games played against Kings XI Punjab. In the last 5 games against each other, MI won 3 while KXIP won 2 games with Mumbai winning the recent game.

Favorites to win:

Both teams are under pressure coming into this game. Punjab are not fluent in the recent past as they were in the first half of the tournament. Mumbai too doesn’t seem comfortable in their recent game against RR at the same venue. I feel both teams have equal chances to win this game.

Squad:

Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller

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