About the Match
Mumbai Indians remain at the bottom of the table with five straight defeats and now hope to make a comeback with this match against Punjab on 3rd May being played at home turf Mumbai; it needs to revive itself and with support from the local crowd, Mumbai will look forward to put up a tough fight against the mighty Kings XI Punjab, who are sitting pretty at the top of the table with 10 points and a clean chit so far. Whether it is confidence, demonstrated performance, team spirit or commitment, Punjab is far ahead of the others and is hands-down the front-runner this season; there is no reason for them to let their guard down against Mumbai in the upcoming contest. It needs to be seen if the home team can pull off a win and end its dry spell or will it succumb to pressure once again.
Rohit took the right decision against the Sunrisers in the last match to come up in the batting order and open the innings but he relegated the consistent Tare down the order for no good reason; Dunk played well and with Rayudu, stabilized the innings, taking them to safety with a 4th wicket partnership of 77 runs. Unfortunately Tare failed and even a bizarre knock of 78 in 48 balls by Pollard was not sufficient to establish a win over the determined Sunrisers; the team remains without any point from the 5 matches played so far. It is in the batting they need to brood upon and come out with a solution and have a strategy for the top order to see through at least up to 10 overs. They are against a mighty side and if they can create an upset in the home ground, it would be a shot in the arm for them. Zaheer and Malinga are creating dent in the opposition at the right time and the other bowlers Ojha, Harbhajan and Pollard are rendering good support. They have the weapons and players to perform but they have to play like a cohesive team to avoid further embarrassment, especially in front of the home crowd.
Kings XI Punjab
Having steamrolled every other team, the team has remained unbeaten in the last 5 matches played, winning with a commendable margin in all the matches, whether chasing a target or defended a total. Opening the innings, Sehwag and Pujara have laid a reasonable foundation for the onslaught by Miller and Maxwell generally; anything further needed to complete the win, the rest of the team members have achieved without much of a hiccup. Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, AR Patel and Johnson have excelled in one or the other match, destroying the opposition with their bowling precision and providing breakthroughs at the right time; this has helped the team to achieve such a dramatic success. They have demonstrated the superiority in all departments of the game and are sitting pretty with 10 points from the 5 matches played and a superior run rate of +1.334. They are brimming with confidence but will take their contest against Mumbai Indians as seriously as their previous games.
Punjab is clearly the favorite here and will come out all guns blazing to try and annihilate Mumbai; the home team on the other hand is looking for a revival and hopes to give a much better performance here. While Mumbai will surely revise its strategy and fight hard, this looks like another easy win for Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab, 1.61 @ Bet365