Abu Dhabi: Coming off heart-breaking losses, the Indian Premier League recreation between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab will probably be a check of character for each side as they look to regain momentum right here on Thursday.
KXIP have been on the receiving finish of the best profitable run-chase within the event historical past as Rajasthan Royals overhauled a goal of 224 with three balls to spare on Sunday.
While Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan led a outstanding fight-back, chasing 202, earlier than Mumbai went down to Royal Challengers Bangalore in a Super Over.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians misplaced their opening recreation however bounced again to beat Kolkata Knight Riders. However, Rohit Sharma’s males failed to cross the road in opposition to RCB.
Similarly, after shedding to Delhi Capitals of their opener, KXIP got here again strongly to register their first factors by defeating RCB. But, regardless of a superb batting show, they misplaced to Rajasthan.
KXIP have failed to tighten the screws when it mattered most. In their two losses, they have been in a great place however couldn’t seize the moments.
Their bowling seemed out of kinds in opposition to Rajasthan as they failed to defend an enormous whole with Rahul Tewatia hitting pacer Sheldon Cottrell for 5 sixes in an over to win the match for his group.
Even Mohammed Shami (three/53), who has been in good kind prior to that onslaught, was taken to the cleaners. Barring a cheap spell by leggie Ravi Bishnoi (zero/34), the opposite KXIP bowlers had an off day in opposition to Rajasthan.
Skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have made inspiring begins this season, hitting a century and a fifty every, and getting the duo out early would be the key for Mumbai.
Against Rajasthan, the pair shared a 183-run opening stand with Agarwal scoring his maiden ton whereas Rahul, recent from recording the best rating by an Indian in IPL historical past, hit a 54-ball 69.
Mumbai Indians are blessed with a splendid batting firepower with the likes of Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan on the top-order, adopted by the big-hitting Pollard and Hardik Pandya.
A serious trigger of concern for them will probably be tempo ace Jaspirt Bumrah’s inconsistency. The speedster has picked up solely three wickets in as many video games and has failed to make the type of impression that’s anticipated from a bowler of his calibre.
Mumbai, although, can have the psychological benefit having performed a recreation in Abu Dhabi earlier than.
The squads (From):
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh (wk), Jagadeesha Suchith, Tajinder Singh, Hardus Viljoen.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
Match begins at 7.30 pm IST.