Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians:
The first match of this week will be played between the 2 bottom teams of the tournament Kings X1 Punjab and Mumbai Indians. The match will be a crucial one as both sides have lost their previous matches and are at the bottom of the points table. The match will be played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali and will start at 7:30 PM Pakistan Standard time.
Starting from the Defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians who remained very inconsistent in the tournament so far. They have won just 2 matches and lost 3 matches and now at the 6th position in points table. As a whole Mumbai Indians didn’t play the way they used to in last year. Their combination is not setting up for them and that is one big reason of their defeats in the tournament. The issue starts from the batting where opener Parthiv Patel is just going through a bad patch and didn’t performed much with the bat so far. Mumbai Indians batsmen haven’t done much for the team and the way they batted against Delhi Daredevils was really pathetic. They were given an easy target to chase but they didn’t play the way they have to. Captain Rohit Sharma has done everything to save his team but so far it’s not enough for the team. They are still going with 5 genuine bowlers and they really need to make a change in their strategy their have to use an all-rounder in the team in place of bowler that could also strengthen their batting. Corey Anderson should be given chance as he has ability to both bat and bowl and his inclusion can increase their batting.
Now coming towards the Kings X1 Punjab who has struggled a lot so far in the IPL. They have won just 1 match out of 4 and the way they played was very pathetic. The big reason for their poor performance is their batting as the batsmen are not scoring much and not setting decent targets for the bowlers. David Miller, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell all are looking out of color and didn’t performed in even a single match so far. They surely need to make changes in their batting order and need to give chances to other players who are at the bench. Not only the bowlers but their batsmen also were very pathetic in their performance. None of the bowler was looking in a great touch and the way David Miller has used his bowler was very Pathetic. David Miller as a captain also didn’t clicked much. His bowling and fielding changes were very pathetic and he surely have to rethink about his strategy. Now they have a very important match against Mumbai and another loss can destroy their changes for the next round. Mumbai is a good side and have ability to win but if KXIP managed to beat them that will be a big boost for them.
Match will be at Mohali and we will surely see a batting flat track for this match. Mohali track can help the team batting second as there is dew in the night. There is no rain forecast in the match.