Mumbai is one of the most consistent performers in IPL and with the kickstart of the second week of IPL; there seems no change.
Mumbai won 5 out of their 6 games in the league and for time being tops the point table.
They have shown a commendable all round performance with the bat and the bowl.vWith Nitish Rana scoring consistently and the Pandya brothers putting up on a big show, things have clicked well for the franchise. In their last match against Punjab, they registered a win chasing down a high target of 199 runs.
Out of these 18 matches Delhi Daredevils has won 9 matches and Mumbai Indians has won 9 matches. Win and lost ratio of the both the teams is exactly 50%. No match has been draw so far in these two teams.
Rana finished the game with a humongous six to fine-leg. That was a brilliant knock from Rana as he remained unbeaten on 62. MI chased down 199 with 27 balls to spare. Carnage of the highest order.
What a game, indeed! Hashim Amla scored his first-ever T20 century that allowed Kings XI Punjab to post a nearly-200 run total.
But Amla’s century was in vain. It was the power and brazenness of Buttler that inevitably won the day. Buttler was at his best, and for good measure Nitish Rana played yet another eye-catching knock to take his team home.
Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by eight wicket to go to top of IPL 2017 standings. Chasing a massive target of 199, the visitors rode on Jos Buttler’s maiden fifty and Nitish Rana’s unbeaten 34-ball 62 to seal the deal with 27 balls to spare. This was MI’s fifth consecutive win, while chasing, this season.
The core of the team remains the same and that is one of Mumbai Indians’ biggest strengths. This is a bunch which has played together for a long time and also knows what it takes to go all the way. Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Amabati Rayudu, Keiron Pollard.
Mumbai Indians have a set of tried and tested all-rounders who have done well for the team in their dual roles. Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya have all excelled in their roles as bits and pieces players and if the three of them contribute to the team’s cause, Mumbai can go far in the tournament.
Rohit Sharma has been Mumbai Indians’ biggest inspiration ever since he joined the franchise and he is expected to hold the key this season too.
Coming back from a long injury lay-off might, he is looking out of rhythm but he is believed to come back soon. They have clicked on right combination .
Josh Buttler can be the Xfactor of the franchise for rest of the season and the lower middle order is well supported by Rana and Pandey brothers.
Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Mclenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah