Mumbai Indians Vs Kings X1 Punjab:
The only match of this Friday will be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the struggling Kings X1 Punjab. Mumbai is at no 4 in the points table whereas the KXIP side is at the bottom of the table. Match will be played at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam it can give edge to Mumbai side as Mumbai have already played their. Match will be live at 7:30 PM Pakistan Standard time.
Last time when these 2 sides came across each other it was Mumbai who beat KXIP quite convincingly. Starting from the Mumbai Indians side who so far have played quite inconsistent game and couldn’t perform the way expected from Champions. Mumbai have so far won 6 out of 11 matches and lost 5 matches. They are at no 4 in the points table and need maximum number of wins to qualify for the next round. Mumbai Indians main issue is their batting where most of their players are quite inconsistent with their form and couldn’t perform they were expected. Rohit Sharma who played superbly well in the starting games of the tournament is now looking totally off color and is not looking in a rhythm. Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu also didn’t perform well in the tournament and that is a major concern for the Mumbai side. Kieron Pollard and Jos Butler has done a nice job so far in the tournament and played a role of match winner for Mumbai in chasing big targets and their role in the upcoming matches will be crucial for Mumbai. In bowling almost all the bowlers have done a nice job so far in the tournament. Jasprit Bumrah has done a great job for the team specially his Yorkers in the death overs have helped Mumbai a lot. Overall their bowlers have done a decent job and just to continue like that in the next 3 matches to get the best results as their place is still not fixed for the knockout round.
Coming towards the KXIP side who just struggled in the tournament and couldn’t perform up to the expectations. They have won just 3 games and lost 8 games so far in the tournament and are at the bottom of the points table. They have changed their captain from David Miller to Murali Vijay but the performance is still the same. David Miller hasn’t performed in the tournament so far and was one of the biggest flop of the tournament. Hashim Amla has been called in but he also couldn’t perform well in his first 2 matches. Their bowlers have bowled well in the tournament. Axar Patel has done an excellent job for the team and his economy rate is just awesome so far in the tournament. Their other batsmen also couldn’t perform well specially Glenn Maxwell who was considered as a big hitter in the tournament and a lot of expectations was from him but he didn’t justify with his potential. Now they will try to win their maximum matches in order to end their tournament in a respectable way.
Match will be at Mumbai and the pitch is totally Dry and Flat which means we can expect a huge total for the match. There is no rain forecast for the match.