Match 22’s hosts Kings XI Punjab have gone off the boil after a blistering beginning to their IPL 2017 campaign. Though we have entered only the second week of this IPL season, Kings XI must ensure that they quickly find a way to arrest this worrying slide. On Thursday (April 22, 8pm), Glenn Maxwell and co. take on a Mumbai Indians side who are on a four-match winning streak.
Tonight’s visitors at the Holkar Stadium in Indore have been fortunate to win four tosses in a row and thereby play to their strength, but Mumbai have shown the quality of champions on more than one occasion.
Kings XI Punjab’s batting has been a major letdown since the home win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. On Monday night, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, KXIP’s batting line-up failed collectively. But on the positive side, Manan Vohra got a score behind him and if he can replicate his innings on Monday, against Indians, Kings XI will benefit a lot more than they eventually did against Sunrisers. Because Kings XI are another side who like to chase down targets, the form of all their batsmen is of utmost importance.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have none of these problems. They will want their premier pace bowlers, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, who went for 51 and 45 runs respectively against Gujarat Lions, to redeem themselves and regain their bowling rhythm. But as a team, Mumbai are arguably the most settled side this season, and even as the away team, are the favourites for tonight’s match against Kings XI.
Kings XI and Mumbai Indians form guide
KXIP: LLLWW (from left to right, most recent first); current position on the table: 5th
MI: WWWWL (from left to right, most recent first); current position on the table: 3rd
Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians head-to-head
Both these teams have won nine matches apiece in 18 previous meetings.
Match 22: Playing XI for Kings XI and Mumbai
Eoin Morgan has failed to have the desired impact since coming into the side. Batting in the middle order, Morgan has neither provided solidity nor impetus to the Kings XI innings. As Punjab go in search of a win against Mumbai at home, Morgan might be the one player who gets the axe.
So, which player replaces the England captain?
Marcus Stoinis was dropped after his failure with the bat against Kolkata Knight Riders, having been promoted to No. 3. He could be recalled for the home clash against Mumbai.
Kings XI bowlers came back strongly against Sunrisers after being a touch expensive against Knight Riders and Daredevils, and the same bowling attack is expected to be retained.
KXIP’s probable playing XI against MI: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Manan Vohra, 4. Eoin Morgan/Marcus Stoinis, 5. David Miller, 6. Wriddhiman Saha, 7. Axar Patel, 8. KC Cariappa, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Mohit Sharma, and 11. Ishant Sharma
Kings XI’s actual playing XI: 1. Glenn Maxwell, 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Shaun Marsh, 4. Marcus Stoinis, 5. Wriddhiman Saha, 6. Axar Patel, 7. Swapnil Singh, 8. Gurkeerat Singh Mann, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Mohit Sharma, and 11. Ishant Sharma
Mumbai Indians have no reason whatsoever to alter their playing XI from the six-wicket win over Gujarat Lions last Sunday. They have had the likes of Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya standing up and delivering the goods in crunch situations, while Kieron Pollard has come good with the bat in the last two matches, after enduring a mediocre start.
On the bowling front, Mitchell McClenaghan has had a good couple of matches with the ball. The New Zealand pacer has been economical and delivered wickets as well. Harbhajan Singh has been one of the unsung heroes of Mumbai Indians’ campaign so far and the marquee aspect of the Turbanator’s bowling has been the control rendered by him whenever he has bowled.
Mumbai have enjoyed their best start to an IPL season, by winning four of their five opening matches and there’s no reason why they cannot register their fifth consecutive win of this season, in Indore. With a settled side and Rohit Sharma marshalling his troops superbly, Mumbai will be hard to stop from Kings XI’s perspective.
MI’s likely playing XI vs KXIP: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Parthiv Patel, 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, and 11. Mitchell McClenaghan
Mumbai’s playing XI for the clash against Kings XI is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted!
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