About the Match
Kings XI and Mumbai Indians, both are struggling to climb up the table but victory eludes them; with only 2 points, Kings XI are at the bottom of the pack and will host Mumbai Indians, who have 4 points and are placed 6th, on 25th April at Mohali. While Kings XI suffered defeat against Sunrisers on an away game, Mumbai Indians lost their game against Daredevils in the nation’s capital. Both teams are vying for a much-needed win here on Monday; it needs to be seen which side emerges victorious.
Kings XI Punjab
Batting first against Sunrisers, Vohra and Shaun Marsh played useful hands to build the foundation; while Vohra scored 25 from 23, Marsh posted a well-made 40. Axar Patel and Nikhil Naik then posted a 50-run partnership for the 6th wicket after the dismissals of Miller and Maxwell. Defending 143, the bowlers struggled to keep check on Dhawan and Warner; although Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Rishi Dhawan took a wicket each, the others weren’t effective, leading to a loss by 5 wickets.
Their lone victory came against a strong unit like Supergiants after a good show by Maxwell, who scored a quick fire 32 from just 14 balls; openers Vijay and Vohra forged a 97-run opening stand to chase down 153 with ease. Mohit Sharma was superb with his 3-wicket haul while Sandeep Sharma came good with 2 dismissals at crucial junctures.
They have a sturdy batting line-up with in-form players like Vohra, Vijay, Shaun Marsh and Maxwell; Miller leads from the front but needs to come out all guns blazing in a consistent way. The bowling department has speedsters Kyle Abbott, Mohit Sharma and medium pacer Sandeep Sharma, who can take wickets regularly; Axar Patel and Maxwell are good spinners and can provide breakthroughs.
Chasing 164 against Daredevils on Saturday, the batsmen started well under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, who scored a well-made 65 off 48; Rayudu and Krunal Pandya, who have been assisting well with the run-flow in recent outings, kept the scoreboard ticking but the others down the line succumbed to pressure and lost the match by a narrow 10 runs. Earlier, bowlers McClenaghan, Hardik Pandya and Harbhajan took regular wickets but the others like Bumrah and Pollard proved to be expensive.
The same batting line-up had stood up to the challenge posted by RCB in the previous game and had gunned down 171 runs easily with 2 overs to spare; Rohit Sharma displayed his skills with a well-made 62 off 44 while Pollard, Buttler and Rayudu helped them get to the finish line. Jasprit Bumrah had been amazing with his 3-31, containing hard-hitters like Kohli and AB de Villiers; Krunal Pandya also pitched in with 2 wickets and has proven to be a good all-rounder.
Parthiv Patel’s form is a cause for worry in the top-order while the bowlers need to put up a more disciplined effort; the upcoming match against Kings XI is crucial for them if they want to bounce back to their winning ways and have any chance of retaining the prestigious cup.
Kings XI have the home advantage and we could see the batsmen come out all guns blazing here; Mumbai Indians are a well-rounded team with experienced batsmen and bowlers but we feel that the hosts determined to excel in front of home crowd, will pull off a win here on Monday