Hosts Punjab take on Mumbai in the Saturday's first double header
Our prediction is Mumbai Indians will win the match!
IPL has started in a grand fashion and teams are looking to win matches and fix their best possible XIs. Kings XI Punjab lost their last match at the Eden Gardens succumbing to the Russell`s Blitz. David Miller and Mayank Agarwal fought valiantly in the chase of 218 runs with their fifties. Mandeep Singh too played some good strokes towards the end of the innings. Their batting looks in good touch with their top six batsmen scoring consistently.
Their bowling has been their biggest worry with just five bowlers in the playing XI. Their bowlers are leaking runs and struggling to control the opposition batsmen. Mohammed Shami was unlucky bowler last match but he bowled well until his last over. Ravi Ashwin and Varun Chakravarthy were taken for runs and gave away runs at an economy rate of nearly 12 RPO. Andrew Tye and Hardus Viljoin failed to impress with the ball in their first outing this season.
Mumbai Indians won their last match in a nail-biting last over thriller against RCB at Bangalore. They came back strongly after losing their first match at home to Delhi Capitals. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are looking in good touch and are providing good starts. Yuvraj Singh`s form in the middle overs in excellent and he is striking at a quick pace to help his team`s scoring. Hardik pandya and Krunal Pandya both played explosive knocks towards the finish of the innings in two matches respectively.
Jasprit Bumrah has been their bowling mainstay and his death bowling exploits helped his team win last match. Krunal pandya and Mayank Markande are effective in middle overs in controlling the run flow. Lasith Malinga held his nerve in last over while defending 17 runs last match against the likes of AB de Villiers and Shivam Dube helped by umpiring error in failing to spot the overstepping in thelast ball of the match.
Lokesh Rahul – Rahul is not having good start to the season with two single digit scores. He needs to return to his hitting form which will be great plus for his team. He has the ability to score quick runs at the start.
Ravichandran Ashwin – Ashwin is an impact bowler who can turn the momentum of the game. He was taken for cleaner’s last match after having a good first match.
Stats from the season:
Chris Gayle -99 runs, Strike rate – 165, HS- 79, 50s- 1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 2 wickets, Economy -7.75 RPO, BB -2/31
Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul(Wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Mandeep Singh.
AJ Tye, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lokesh Rahul, M Singh, David Miller, Murugan Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal
Rohit Sharma – Rohit`s form with the bat is vital for Mumbai`s success. Rohit returned to his most favored opening position and looks in good touch.
Jasprit Bumrah – Bumrah is touted as one of best death bowlers in the current crop. His bowling in the end overs may be deciding factor in case of opposition team chasing. He gave away just 7 runs and captured 3 wickets in his 3 overs last match bowling at the death.
Stats from the season:
Yuvraj Singh -76 runs, Strike rate – 162, HS- 53, 50s- 1
Jasprit Bumrah - 4 wickets, Economy -7. 5 RPO, BB -3/18
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan/Ben Cutting, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah,
Mitchell McClenaghan, Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Markande, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, JJ Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav
Mohali pitch has good amount of pace and carry, and batsmen will find it easier to score runs. The Average runs in this pitch is around 170-180 runs. Pace bowlers will have advantage over spinners in this pitch. The match day promises to be sunny with less chances of rain. The winds blowing may help the bowlers to move the ball in air.
Mohali has been an excellent ground for chasing team. Team have chased down higher with ease here. So, both captains will look to chase down the total.
Mumbai Indians have excellent depth in their playing XI with several all-rounders whereas KXIP are yet to find their sixth bowling option in their playing XI. The absence of genuine all-rounder in top six may come to haunt Kings XI Punjab in this match. So we expect Mumbai Indians to win this match!
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