Kings XI Punjab are back on to the track after a week’s gap to face Mumbai Indians at Holkar Stadium, Indore tonight. From KXIP’s angle, they won 3 out of 3 games at Mohali and won five out of total 7 games. A lot has been changed since their last game on 26th April. They want to continue the saga of their wins on their advised home ground, Indore. They are on the third position in the points table of IPL 2018.
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Coming to the Mumbai Indians, they have won only two games off eight matches. They are ought to win all the games they play to make a berth in the playoffs. This is their first encounter with the KXIP in this season. They lost their previous game to Royal Challengers Bangalore due to lack of consistency in the top order.
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are the crucial players for KXIP. Gayle scored almost 40% of runs for the team and KL Rahul did well every time the team needed a knock. His strike rate was above 170.70 and Gayle’s strike rate was above 163. Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair are also doing well.
Surya Kumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Rohit Sharma are the crucial batsmen for Mumbai Indians. Rohit scored two winning knocks for the team, 94 and 56. SuryaKumar Yadav is doing hard to make a solid score for the team.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the crucial bowler for KXIP. He has a very miserly economy of 5.11 in the Powerplays, 5.62 in the middle overs and 8.53 in death overs.
Jasprit Bumrah is the key bowler for Mumbai Indians. He is the economic bowler with less than 8 runs per over.
Out of seven home encounters, Mumbai Indians have a good record by winning thrice in Mohali and one in Indore and KXIP has won one game in Mumbai and one game in Visakhapatnam. Out of 20 head to head competitions, KXIP won 10 games and MI won 10 games.
Indore stadium is the lucky ground for the chasing team. KXIP won three out of four IPL games played at Indore. Rohit Sharma has the magnificent record of scoring 118 runs off 46 balls in a game at Indore in a game against SriLanka.
As the openers in the four games this season, the duo of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul made the partnerships of 96,53, 116, and 55.
In the two games of IPL 2018 that MI won, Rohit Sharma scored 150 runs off average 150 at the strike rate of 176.7 and slammed two half centuries. He made only 46 runs off 6 games MI lost at an average 7.7 at the strike rate 90.19 and his best score being 18.
Kings XI Punjab will host Rajasthan Royals on May 6th at Indore at 8 pm and Mumbai Indians will play Kolkata Knight Riders the same day at 4 pm at Wankhede Stadium.