Kings XI Punjab might have won their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders but their way is still tough and one loss in two match will mean they are out from the tournament. Apart from winning both the matches their qualification depends on how the other team performs. Mumbai Indians would love to bounce back after losing their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mumbai Indians unlike their normal way of getting into the playoffs at the last moment are of to playoffs with 9 wins and a win more will guarantee their spot in top two. Mumbai Indians don’t have issues like batting combination, Jos Butler position have been suitabily adjusted by the West Indian Lendl Simmons. Their bowling have also been on spot and each bowlers have delivered right on time. Kings XI Punjab might have to face the problem of getting a suitable back up opener for Hashim Amla who struck two centuries in this season and was their highest run getter. Glenn Maxwell form with the bat is an area of concern for the Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI Punjab need to win this game at any cost if they want to survive their chances for the playoffs.
Last time they played: Kings XI Punjab posted a huge target of 198 runs when they were against each other last time. Mumbai Indians while chasing made mockery of the target and won the match by eight wickets with more than 4 overs remaining.
Head to head battle: Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians have played 19 games against each other including the one in this season. Mumbai Indians have a slight edge by winning 10 out of 19 games while Kings XI Punjab have won 9 games.
Mumbai Indians: LWWWL
Kings XI Punjab: WLWWL
Mumbai Indians- Krunal Pandya who took a niggle in a game against RCB is still not completely fit and hence Karn Sharma is likely to play a game more.
Probable XI- Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McCLengan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab– Eoin Morgan is back for selection and can be included to strengthen their batting ahead of Matt Henry who was expensive. Darren Sammy could get a game if they are looking for an all rounder. Swapnil Singh would definitely miss out in the playing XI and Rahul tewatia is likely to be retained.
Probable XI– Martin Guptill, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, wridhimann Saha, Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Darren Sammy/Matt Henry, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Rahul Tewatia.
Players in the Spotlight:
Lendl Simmons– he averages near about 50 in matches playing for Mumbai Indians. His form is necessary for Mumbai Indians to lift the trophy.
Shaun Marsh- he has shown glimpse of a fine innings in few occasions but failed to convert it to big scores. His team needs him to score few runs for making it to playoffs.
What: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, 11th May 20:00 IST
Where: Wankhede stadium, Mumbai
What to expect: batting condition is suitable and dew will play a major part in the game.
Toss Prediction– team winning toss will choose to chase, as chasing is always on the card.
Match prediction– the do or die situation for Kings XI Punjab could make them the winner but it will not be easy to overcome Mumbai Indians at Wankhede stadium.
* A total score session of about 170-180 is expected to happen.
* Match odds for the game are 87-88 Mumbai Indians.