About the Match
After losing their respective matches, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians lock horns in an all important clash on 12th April at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Both the teams will wish for a change of fortune with the change in venue. Mumbai Indians would want to register their first win of the tournament and give their home crowd something to cheer about whereas Kings XI Punjab will be looking for the visitors luck and open their account. This match promises to be a high voltage encounter with momentum and most importantly two crucial points at stake.
Kings XI Punjab
The Kings from Punjab lost the plot in their last game while chasing a total with a run rate of just over eight runs an over. Their bowlers made sure that their batsmen do not have to chase a colossal target, but their humongous looking batting lineup failed to take their team over the line. Murali Vijay looked in superb nick and despite losing Virender Sehwag on the very first ball of the innings, he went about his business pretty nicely. A couple of runouts played a vital role in their defeat along with the failure of Glenn Maxwell and Virender Sehwag. However, with such a strong team on paper, we can expect KXIP to bounce back and that too hard and strong.
In spite of a narrow loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, there were plenty of positive for Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 98 even though wickets kept falling. Corey Anderson helped the skipper finish the innings on a high with a quick-fire half century. Their bowlers, however, were disappointing as KKR cruised to the target with 9 balls to spare and won the game by 7 wickets. They would need their bowlers to pull themselves up and perform well in this match. Mumbai Indians have a well-balanced team and if their bowlers bowl well, it would be tough to beat this side, especially at their home ground.
Both the teams will be looking to kick-start their IPL campaign with a win here. Kings XI will want their batsmen to fire whereas Mumbai Indians will be looking up their bowlers to restrict their opponents. Both the teams feature some cracking stroke makers and it is expected to be a thrilling and high scoring games. Onus will be on bowlers to guide their team home. With power hitters like Maxwell, Miller and Sehwag combined with superb leadership skills of George Bailey, Kings XI Punjab appear to be more likely to win the upcoming contest.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.72 @ Bet365