After facing a defeat at home, Kings XI Punjab have now flown to Mumbai for their next encounter with Mumbai Indians. MI also lost its last encounter against RR at Wankhede Stadium. Now, there’s no chance for both the teams to repeat the same mistakes.
It’s a must-win game for both the sides as after losing this, they will have to rely upon their fate and mathematical calculations. It will be even worse for Punjab as their net run rate is also very poor.
So, let’s have a look at the star performers of tomorrow’s clash-
For MI, the key batters are Surya Kumar Yadav, Evi Lewis, and young Ishan Kishan. E Lewis (60 of 42 balls) was the top-scorer in the last game. Surya Kumar Yadav (402 runs in 10 games) is the top run-scorer for MI while Lewis has 296 runs in 9 innings. They will be responsible for bulk scoring. Pandya brothers coming down the order can also play handy innings. The form of skipper Rohit Sharma is a concern for MI.
In bowling, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya will be crucial. Hardik Pandya is the second most wicket taking bowler in the tournament. He has taken 15 wickets in 10 games. M McClenaghan and M Markande will also be crucial.
For KXIP, there are only two key batters – Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. All the rest are struggling with their poor form. KL Rahul has scored 460 runs in 10 matches for Punjab while C Gayle has scored 350 runs in 9 matches.
In bowling, Andrew Tye, M Rahman, R Ashwin and Ankit Rajpoot will be crucial. A Tye holds the purple cap for taking 19 wickets in 10 matches while Mujeeb ur Rahman has 11 wickets in his bag.
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