Kings XI Punjab will face defending champions Mumbai Indians for the first time in the IPL 2018. However, it looks like the defending champions will not be able to defend the title this time. In their 8 games so far, they have just 2 wins and are placed in the bottom place. They might not even make into the playoffs!

Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, looks charged up after the inclusion of Universe Boss-Chris Gayle! They are placed third with 5 wins in 7 matches. An interesting clash is expected when both the teams will face each other tomorrow.

Here are the key players-

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For KXIP, the key batters are Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. Apart from these two, no other batter has looked promising so far. Both C Gayle and KL Rahul are the top scorers for KXIP. A lot will depend upon their innings.

In bowling, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and R Ashwin will be crucial. Ankit Rajpoot was excellent in the last game and took 5 wicket haul.

For MI, the key batters are Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, JP Duminy and Hardik Pandya. Skipper Rohit Sharma is struggling with his form. Evin Lewis missed the last game due to a wrist injury and there is no update on his fitness. Kieron Pollard was given a chance in place but he is also ineffective so far.

In bowling, M McClenaghan, M Markande, and J Bumrah will be crucial. They are the constant wicket-taker for MI. Hardik Pandya was also effective in the last game. He took 3 wickets and also scored a fifty against RCB. M Markande has the most wickets for MI, 11 wickets so far.

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