High-flying Mumbai Indians will be looking to continue their winning streak when they travel to Indore to take on a struggling Kings XI Punjab side.
Both the teams had made a contrasting start to the season but their fortunes have completely changed at this stage of the tournament. Under their newly-appointed skipper Glenn Maxwell, Kings XI Punjab began their season on a strong note, winning their opening two games against Rising Pune Supergiant and Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, they went on to lose their next three games and are currently languishing fifth in the table.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians began their campaign in a heart-breaking manner as Steve Smith had hit two consecutive sixes in the final over to take Rising Pune Supergiant home. However, the two-time IPL champions quickly bounced back from that defeat and won their next four games in an emphatic manner and are levelled with table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders.
After registering wins against powerhouses like Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai would be brimming with confidence and would definitely go into the match as the favourites. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab would be hoping their fortune changes for the better at their adopted home venue. They have won both the games at Holkar stadium and would be desperate to continue that unbeaten run when they face-off against Mumbai.
Before we look at the predicted eleven of the visiting team, we are taking a look at the past battles of the two teams, their recent form and the talking point of the visitors.
Both the teams have equal success ratio in this tie. Out of the 18 matches that these teams have played so far, both of them have won 9 matches each. In the last season too, both the teams won a game each against each other. In the first game, Mumbai defeated Punjab by 25 runs while the second encounter went in the favour of Punjab after they thrashed Rohit Sharma’s men by 7 wickets.
KXIP: W W L L L
MI: L W W W W
Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga looked off-colour during the last game against Gujarat Lions when he conceded 51 runs in his 4 overs. Parthiv Patel’s form is also a major concern for Mumbai.
The opener has managed just 3 runs in his last two matches. Mumbai would definitely not like to tinker with the winning combination but they might consider playing Lendl Simmons in place of Parthiv.
In that case, Malinga is likely to be dropped and senior pacer Vinay Kumar can get the nod to play his first game this season.
Lendl Simmons, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Vinay Kumar.