Kings XI Punjab nearly pulled off an unbelievable run Chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad courtesy a fine knock of 95 runs by Manan Vohra. On the other their opponent for the day Mumbai Indians won a last over thriller against Gujarat Lions. But this all happened on a different day in a different venue. This time Kings XI Punjab would face off Mumbai Indians at their second home Indore. Mumbai Indians who have done extremely well to be in top 3 winning 4 out of 5 games but they have won mostly their home ground matches. While despite having a tremendous start to the season Kings XI Punjab have only secured two wins and are currently placed in 5th position. The batting performance have deteriorated since the last three matches for the Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI Punjab would like to gain some momentum at this crucial point of the season.
Last time they played: last time the two team met, Marcus Stoinis ran through the Mumbai Indians line up and the Mumbai boys were bundled out for 124 runs. Kings XI Punjab took 3 wickets and 17 overs to chase the target.
Head to Head battle: The head to head battle between these two teams remains a tie. In total of 18 matches played among them, Mumbai Indians have won 9 games while rest 9 have been won by Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab- L L L W W
Mumbai Indians- W W W W L
Kings XI Punjab: Punjab’s major concern is the failure of their foreign batsman. No overseas star have performed from last two matches and Kings XI Punjab franchise would need some reconstruction for finding the momentum. Bowling on the other hand have been the plus point for the Punjab franchise. Last match, Manan Vohra fought single-handedly but could not lift his side to victory due to short of partners. Martin Guptill can be seen in the playing eleven in place of Hashim Amla.
Probable XI: Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla/Martin Guptill/Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan, David Miller/Darren Sammy, Glenn Maxwell, Wridiman Saha, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, KC Cariappa.
Mumbai Indians: Opening pair failure but Rohit Sharma getting back his form was the rise and fall for Mumbai Indians in the last match. The are unlikely to change their playing XI as they are in a winning momentum. Jos Butler deprive in form may cause management to give Lendl Simmons a try. Nitish Rana is brilliant with the bat this season and clearly a find for the franchise. Ambati Rayudu fitness is still a question.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Jos Butler/Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McCLengan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Players to watchout for:
Nitish Rana: His inclusion in the team have been a boon and he had cashed every opportunity provided and will be in Spotlight to perform yet another victorious inning.
Glenn Maxwell: he has failed from some innings and would be itching to perform with bat and as a leader.
When: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, 20th April, 20:00 IST.
Where: Holkar cricket stadium, Indore.
What to expect: a hot day with temperature around 38 degrees and a run fest stored as boundaries are smaller.
Toss Prediction: a small ground will make the toss winning captain to choose bowling first.
Match Prediction: our Prediction for the match is that Kings XI Punjab would come all guns blazing and will be the winner of the match.
* A high scoring match to be concluded, session betting should be high.
* Match odds for the match are 74-75 Mumbai Indians.