Mumbai Indians have been in an extraordinary form this season, and were the first team to qualify for the playoffs. Naturally, it will be a herculean task for Kings XI Punjab as they get ready to face Rohit Sharma and co on Thursday.
Kings XI are now at the fifth spot with 12 points from 12 games. They have to win their last two matches and then have to hope for the other results to go their way. Mumbai, on the other hand, are at the top with 18 points from 12 games; and another win in this game can potentially seal the first spot for them.
After a tremendous run of winning moments, Mumbai struggled in their last outing against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Banking on Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques knocks, Hyderabad raced to the required target of 139 in 18.2 overs. Kings XI, on the other hand, enjoyed a happy time in another do-or-die game against Kolkata Knight Riders. After posting a total of 167 on the board, the Punjab bowlers, led by Mohit Sharma and Rahul Tewatia, produced one of their finest displays and restricted KKR within 153. Despite Chris Lynn’s magnificent 84, Gautam Gambhir’s boys failed to grab a win against an inspired Kings XI. Glenn Maxwell will surely hope for a similar performance this time as well.
The home side have not experimented much with their lineup, and this time might not be an exception either. Their foreigners have delivered well and the whole team, except for Krunal Pandya, have been fit and running. It will be interesting to see if Krunal comes back into the mix tomorrow, but other than that, they should play an unchanged eleven.
Mumbai Indians probable lineup: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (WK), Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma (C), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya/Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
For Kings XI, some absentees have marred their campaign so far. They will be without Hashim Amla and David Miller in this match. However, the replacements, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh and Matt Henry, are also famous names in the international circuit. All in all, given the way the team performed in the last match, it should be the same eleven from the visitors.
Kings XI Punjab probable lineup: Manan Vohra, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (C), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Matt Henry, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma.
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