IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians Today Match
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Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians today match preview: Having had a start, contrary to their interest, the defending champions are now in a situation where every match ahead is a must-win clash for them. Just one defeat and their chances to the playoffs will get demolished. All that they will need from here on is a late surge to come into the race again. Bottom of the table is not where they would have envisaged themselves about a month ago, when the tournament started.
Time is running short for them to pick themselves up like they did in the past. Back in 2014, Mumbain Indians were in a similar position with only four points in eight games, but managed a theatric turnaround to clinch the title. To repeat those efforts, they would need to address some issues, particularly their batting.
Over against how Mumbai Indians have fared in the league so far, Kings XI Punjab appears to be in a rather comfortable zone winning five of their seven games. They are now fourth on the points table and just a few of wins away from the playoffs. The momentum is with them, but they are coming off a week-long break. In between the time they were away from cricket, the other teams have made a steady progress. Punjab will be eying an upsurge on the points table and the first step in this endeavor will be a win in KXIP vs MI today match.
Mumbai probable 11 against Punjab
Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis/Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, JP Duminy, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Evin Lewis is suffering a wrist injury and his fitness status is still unknown. If he recovers completely, he is likely to be back in Mumbai playing 11 for today match. And if he comes, another West Indian Kieron Pollard will be out.
KXIP playing 11 in today match
R Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Aaron Finch/David Miller, Karun Nair, Birender Sarn/Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Kings XI Punjab can consider bringing back Mohit Sharma for Barinder Sran, who has been expensive in last few games. David Miller's inclusion is also on the cards. Miller, who is likely to replace Aaron Finch, can give some solidity to Punjab's middle-order.
Will KXIP demolish MI's hopes to the playoffs in today match?