Both Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians have won nine matches apart playing 18 IPL fixtures so far. It is a deadlock, which would be broken in the upcoming match at Indore. This season, however, Mumbai Indians is at a stronger form with a record of four victories in five matches. Whereas, Kings XI have lost three previous matches on a row. This puts the team in a desperate situation to nick a victory to keep on up with their stature.
Punjab has been lacking adequate outputs from overseas players like Glenn Maxwell, Eion Morgan, David Miller as well as Hashim Amla. The batsmen are still at the nascent stage of their individual scores of the season. It is player like Manan Vohra, who unleashed the strike as a dominant batsman. A score like 95, which he hammered in the latest match is alone sufficient to wrack the havoc on bowlers.
Nitish Rana, the Mumbai batsmen emerged as a strong striker in previous fixtures. The left-handed batsman has leveraged the leg side for most of his scores. This puts bowlers like KC Cariappa for Kings XI on spot light, with off-break specialty. On the other hand, spinners have been a concern for batsman Rohit Sharma. Kings XI might take advantage off their spinners in the match.
For Mumbai, a win is lucrative enough. A victory in the fixture would haul them to top of the point chart. The ensemble of young players, mixed up with the experience of old players has brought out a well-off situation for the team. Mumbai has created a squad that has strong batsmen on the top and dependable ones by the middle.
On bowling, even if the likes of Lasith Malinga did not have a breakthrough so far, the Pandyas and Bumrah are emerging as strong options. Rohit Sharma and overseas batsman Mitchell McClenaghan found their forms off late, steering the innings as top scorers. Per the skipper, the team has achieved a consistency throughout all the three departments- Bowling, Batting and Fielding.
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