Kings XI Punjab will take on Mumbai Indians on their home ground in Mohali, Punjab. This match can be critical in deciding the fate of these teams in the tournament. There is not much to choose between them if we look at the points table. With just two wins in eight games, Kings XI Punjab is at the bottom and with three wins in same number of matches Mumbai Indians are just above Punjab in the points table.
Match: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, 35th T20 at Mohali
Time: Match begin at 10:30 GMT | 4 PM IST
Toss: Mumbai Indians, who chose to bat first
Nothing has gone in the way of Kings XI Punjab in this season, they are struggling in each department of the game. They have batting power to destruct any bowling line up on their day but its not clicking. Virender Shewag’s failure at the top order is one of the main reasons of Punjab not doing well in this season. For Punjab, they need to fit in Glenn Maxwell in their playing XI anyhow. He can bring the morale of the team up with his big hitting and he is truly a match winner. Miller has been a consistent performer for them and they would ideally like their skipper George Bailey to step up and score some useful run. They are looking a unsettled side so we can expect few change in the side. Glenn Maxwell should get chance, Mitchell Johnson can get a game after being rested in the last game and Murli Vijay can also come in after Manan Vohra couldn’t utilize the opportunity he got.
Mumbai Indians would like to repeat their performance of the last match against Rajasthan Royals. Their openers given the team a good start and middle order carried the momentum from there on to pile up a big score. Their bowlers have come good in the last few matches, opposition batsmen are finding it difficult to cope with McClenaghan and Malinga pair. Spinners are also doing well for them as Harbhajan is restricting the scoring as well as taking wickets too. Only concern for them will be the form of Unmukt Chand. Though Unmukt has scored a fifty in this season but he still looks very sluggish at the crease. First he is consuming too many balls to get settle in and then getting out when he try to up the tempo. They will possibly take the field with the same side which played against Rajasthan Royals.
Kings XI Punjab
Virendra Shewag, Murli Vijay, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh.
Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel, Unmukt Chand, Rohit Sharma, Kireon Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Vinay Kumar.