Mumbai Indians (MI) handed Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) a proper pasting in the reverse fixture at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. A seemingly massive total of 198 by Kings XI was chased down with authority and disdain by Mumbai, who had Jos Buttler (77) and Nitish Rana (62*) making quickfire half-centuries which completely overshadowed what had been a classy maiden Twenty20 century by Hashim Amla (104* off 60 balls).
MI vs KXIP Head-to-head
Kings XI are one IPL team who have continually had the better of a dominant side as Mumbai. The head-to-head record in 19 matches between Mumbai and Punjab currently stands at 10-9, which does not quite tell you the true story.
These two teams have faced off six times at the Wankhede Stadium, where visitors Kings XI have won the same number of matches (3) as the hosts Mumbai.
Mumbai: LWWTL (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 1st)
Punjab: WLWWL (current position on the points table: 5th)
Match 51: MI vs KXIP Playing XI
Hosts Mumbai have an opportunity to tinker slightly with their playing XI. Lasith Malinga has been largely ineffectual this season and worryingly, expensive as well. Unless the team management is wary of changing what has been a settled playing XI and also backs the Srilankan pacer to come good by playing more, Mitchell Johnson might well return to the side.
Krunal Pandya, who has not played Mumbai’s last two matches due to a hip injury, trained on Wednesday and bowled as well. But the Baroda all-rounder might not be risked tonight.
MI’s probable playing XI vs KXIP: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Lendl Simmons, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Karn Sharma, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Lasith Malinga/Mitchell Johnson, 10. Mitchell McClenaghan, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Actual playing XI for Mumbai: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Lendl Simmons, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Karn Sharma, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Mitchell McClenaghan, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI have no reason to change a winning combination. Rahul Tewatia’s performances with bat and ball and Mohit Sharma’s impressive spell were the major contributions in Kings XI’s 14-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders. Their batting is a touch fragile, with Martin Guptill unreliable at the top of the order and the middle order lacking a batsman other than Maxwell, capable of playing the big shots. But, for what’s a must-win match, I don’t think Kings XI will tinker with their playing XI.
Kings XI’s probable playing XI vs MI: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Manan Vohra, 4. Shaun Marsh, 5. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 6. Axar Patel, 7. Rahul Tewatia, 8. Swapnil Singh, 9. Mohit Sharma, 10. Sandeep Sharma, and 11. Matt Henry
Actual playing XI for Kings XI: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Manan Vohra, 4. Shaun Marsh, 5. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 6. Axar Patel, 7. Rahul Tewatia, 8. Ishant Sharma, 9. Mohit Sharma, 10. Sandeep Sharma, and 11. Matt Henry
Prediction: Match 51
Mumbai and Punjab are going through contrasting seasons, but they face off in match 51 on the back of contrasting results in their previous matches. Mumbai suffered one of their heavy defeats this season, on Monday night, and Kings XI enjoyed one of their great nights of IPL 2017, on Tuesday.
Looking ahead to tonight’s match, Glenn Maxwell and co. have more to play for than their hosts, who’ve already qualified for the playoffs and are in an experimental mode. Because they have to be proactive and be bold in their approach, Kings XI might just catch a relaxed Mumbai napping. In terms of resources and quality of personnel, Mumbai are a far better team. But tonight’s visitors might have an added edge to their performance.