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Meanwhile, Mumbai will have to win their remaining games to give themselves an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs berth.
Mumbai, however, will be high in confidence with their opening pair coming good in the last few games. The Windies opener Evin Lewis has finally started to get going alongside inform Suryakumar Yadav.
The Indians middle-order has more-or-less contributed in all the games with only Jean-Paul Duminy striving for some time in the middle. The South African cricketer is capable of playing the long handle and can also chip in with his gentle off-spin.
The Mumbai bowlers have also done a fair job with young leg-spinner Mayank Markande earning a special mention. He has been spectacular in a debut season and has shown a lot of prospects.
Mumbai, meanwhile, is likely to field the same squad in a do-or-die clash.
Here is the predicted XI of Mumbai Indians:
The right-handed batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been a revelation since he got to open the innings for the reigning champions.
He has scored consistently for Mumbai and has provided his team with good starts.
Suryakumar will look to continue doing the job he is doing.
The swashbuckling Windies opener Evin Lewis has mostly struggled in this edition, however, he showed some hint of form in the last few games.
It will be a huge boost for the Indians if Lewis can provide them a good start against a struggling KXIP.
Ishan Kishan (wk):
However, this is a learning curve for the young Kishan and he will bank on this experience going forward.
The veteran South African all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy has got chances in the latter half of the tournament. ‘
Although, he hasn’t set the stage on fire, but is surely capable of doing so.
Mumbai will want a superlative effort from Duminy against Punjab.
Rohit Sharma (c):
Rohit Sharma on his day can win matches single-handedly and that has been the case so far in this league. He must score runs in this important clash against the Lions and lead his team from the front.
The camp will also want their skipper to take the onus in a do-or-die situation like this.
After struggling in the first few games, Hardik Pandya has fought back to form contributing with both bat and ball.
Hardik will look to continue his superlative form to keep Mumbai’s hopes alive.
The senior of the Pandya brother’s has been the star performer with both bat and ball.
Krunal Pandya has chipped in with runs when needed and has also claimed wickets in crunch situations of the game.
Meanwhile, he will have to continue doing so for Mumbai if they have to give themselves any chance for the playoffs berth.
After struggling in the first few games, Ben Cutting has found his form which will boost the Mumbai set up.
A genuine all-rounder, Cutting will look to contribute to Mumbai’s success.
The speedster from New Zealand Mitchell McClenaghan has done well so far for Mumbai.
Coming in as a replacement, McClenaghan has bowled quick and picked wickets consistently for his franchise.
He needs to continue his role and pick wickets in this do-or-die clash.
The side will bank on him to contain runs in the middle-overs.
After quite a few dull performances, Jasprit Bumrah stood up to the occasion in the last few games. He was economical bowling his variations right.
Bumrah will have to continue his job if Mumbai Indians would want to give themselves a chance of qualification.
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