About the Match
An emphatic 6-wicket victory against RCB has put Mumbai Indians in the 4th position with 12 points after 11 matches and they will try to gain better foothold in the top-four by winning the next game against Kings XI at Visakhapatnam on 13th May. Kings XI has only 6 points so far and continues to occupy the bottom of the table; they lost the match against RCB and will now need to pull up their socks if they want to stay in the running. Mumbai on the other hand has to be wary of other teams close behind in the points table, who are ready to give a fight till the finish to make it to top four.
The bowlers superbly restricted the hard-hitting RCB to 151 runs in their last match and the batsmen delivered to perfection by chasing down the target with 8 balls to spare. Pollard and Buttler posted a 55-run stand for the 5th wicket to help steer the team across the finish line; earlier, Rayudu and Rohit Sharma stitched a 58-run partnership to start the chase on a positive note with Rayudu scoring 44 from 47 balls. Krunal Pandya put up an astounding performance taking 1-15 in his 4-over spell while McClenaghan and Southee took a wicket each to stifle the RCB batsmen.
In the match against Sunrisers however, the top order collapse led to a failed chase for 178 runs; apart from Harbhajan Singh down at No.8, K Pandya and Pollard, all the others were dismissed for single digits and they lost the match in a humiliating way by 85 runs. The bowlers too had an off day, giving away too many runs and although Singh took 2-29, they couldn’t stop Sunrisers from getting the big runs.
Overall, they have received a major morale boost with their recent victory over RCB and will try to nudge forward with another win over the struggling Kings XI team.
Kings XI Punjab
They put up a fierce fight against RCB in the last outing but despite Murali Vijay’s sensational 89 from 83 deliveries, they couldn’t reach the target of 175 and lost the match in a heart-wrenching way by 1 run. Hashim Amla and Marcus Stoinis tried to do keep the scoreboard ticking but couldn’t come out all guns blazing against a clever RCB bowling spell. Earlier, Cariappa and Sandeep Sharma took 2 wickets each while Axar Patel dismissed one but in the end the total was too tough to chase.
Against Daredevils, Stoinis and Saha had each scripted well-made half-centuries to help post 181 runs batting first; Vijay, Maxwell and Patel had made useful contributions to keep the runs coming. Stoinis put up an all-round performance by taking 3-40 and demolishing the opposition’s top order while Cariappa and Sandeep Sharma took a wicket each to help win the match by 9 runs.
They do have good depth in bowling but the batsmen need to put up a more consistent show whether batting first or during chase in order to win matches.
Kings XI are desperate for a win and will put up a strong fight on Friday; on the other hand, Mumbai Indians will try to grab this opportunity to better their chances to defend the title. Looking at the form Pollard, Sharma and Buttler are in, it will be difficult to defeat them and therefore they stand as firm favorites for this game.