The two matches scheduled for Sunday’s doubleheader include Mumbai Indians taking on Kolkata Knight Riders at their home ground- Wankhede Stadium, and Kings XI Punjab hosting Rajasthan Royals at Indore.
While Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will try to climb up the ladder, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders will look to cement their positions for the playoffs. Both the games are going to be a nail-biting encounter!
So, let’s have a look at the key players for both the clashes.
For MI, the key batters are Evin Lewis, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya. Surya Kumar Yadav is the leading run-getter for MI in this season. Pandya brothers have played a crucial role in last few matches. For MI, the biggest worry is the form of their skipper-Rohit Sharma.
In bowling, the key bowlers are J Bumrah, M McClenaghan, and M Markande. M Markande is amongst the leading wicket-takers in the tournament and has 12 wickets so far.
For KKR, the key batters are Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik. Chris Lynn’s form is a concern for KKR while Nitish Rana missed the last game due to an injury. R Uthappa needs to convert short cameos in long innings. Young Shubman Gill will also be crucial. He scored a fifty in the last game against CSK.
In bowling, the key bowlers are Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, and Kuldeep Yadav.
For KXIP, the key batters are C Gayle and KL Rahul. Both are the leading run scorer for the Kings XI Punjab. A lot will depend on these two.
In bowling, the key bowlers are Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye and skipper R Ashwin. Ankit Rajpoot has been outstanding in the last few games. Mujeeb is the leading wicket-taker for Punjab.
For RR, the key batters will be Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, D Arcy Short and Ajionkya Rahane. Jos Buttler blasted 26-balls 67 while D Arcy Short contributed 44 of 25 balls in the last game.
In bowling, the key bowlers will be Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Jaydev Unadkat. Unadkat took 3wickets in the last match.
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