About the Match
Continuing to be at the bottom of the table with just 4 points, Kings XI will host Mumbai Indians, who are in the seventh position with 6 points, on 3rd May at Mohali for their next game. The visitors have won two consecutive matches and come at the back of an emphatic victory over one of the best teams in the tournament - the Royals; on the other hand Kings XI have yet to prove themselves in the series and unless they uplift they performance here and win the match, it will be very difficult to recover from their slump.
They started the season with a poor show losing 4 matches in the beginning but ever since they defeated RCB, the fortunes have improved for the team and so has the overall performance in all departments of the game. They recently defeated Rajasthan Royals by a close 8 runs, successfully defending 187 runs set by the batsmen thanks to a well-rounded effort by the bowlers like McClenaghan who claimed 3-31. Malinga, Suchith and Vinay Kumar took a wicket each to restrict the Royals from sweet victory; fielding looked sharp as they caused Southee’s run-out and they combined well as a unit to take the team safely home. The batsmen did well too as Rayudu remained unbeaten at 53 off 27 while the top order posted 84 runs by the 11th over; Pollard and Sharma contributed well with the former partnering with Rayudu to post a 61-run stand for the 5th wicket. Earlier too they won the match against Sunrisers by 20 runs, succeeding to defend a paltry 157 with Malinga being the leading wicket taker with 4-23 and McClenaghan snaring 3-20. The team is slowly coming to form and this is the right time for them to peak and climb higher up with another brilliant performance on Sunday.
Kings XI Punjab
It has been defeat after defeat for last year runner-ups and they have hit rock bottom this season after a loss against Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets; unable to defend 118 posted by the batsmen, the bowlers looked out of confidence throughout the game. Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Saha and Manan Vohra were all out with the scoreboard at 10 runs and only the partnership between Miller and Patel saved them from utter disgrace as the duo posted 57 runs for the 7th wicket. Bailey contributed well with a quick 18 but it was Miller’s 42 off 41 that took the total to 118 at the end. Prior to that, they had lost the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs after failing to chase 150 runs. Stalwarts like Sehwag have failed to fire while the bowling attack seems to have lost its edge during the course of the tournament; it will take more than willpower and a positive attitude to make a comeback into the series but they must pull up their socks and give a better performance before it’s too late.
While Mumbai Indians have had a better show in recent games compared to Kings XI, the hosts will be determined to redeem themselves with a win in front of the home crowd. Although the match will be well fought and may go down to the wire, we feel that Kings XI will finally comeback with a much-needed win here.