Two teams that have picked up a win and a loss each in the Indian Premier League season 12 will be on display when Kings XI Punjab take on Mumbai Indians in Mohali. This will be the first home game of the season for Punjab and they will aim to start on the right foot.
With the intensity increasing with every match, we can expect a close encounter. With five wins out of their last seven in H2H matches, Mumbai have an edge, but will they be able to continue?
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Punjab started with a 14-run win over Rajasthan Royals marred by the ‘Mankading’ incident. They came second best to Kolkata by 28 runs, highlighting the concerns over fragile batting.
Chris Gayle’s presence at the top is a huge bonus, although his partner KL Rahul is yet to kick to action. Bowling riches have seen Punjab alternate between their overseas players, but getting the right team will be vital for Ravichandran Ashwin.
After a traditional slow start in a 37-run loss to Delhi Capitals, Mumbai recovered to win a six-run thriller against Bangalore. The bowling form of Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-20-3) was the key in the win, while the batting continues to be collective.
Rohit Sharma’s runs at the top will be crucial, but MI will hope for Quinton de Kock and Kieron Pollard to be consistent as well. Pandya brothers and Mayank Markande remain the key ingredients as MI search for a winning blueprint.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Chris Gayle is a master at work, especially when he gets going. He already has a SR of 165 this season with six sixes to his name. Have him in your side to reap benefits of his aggression.
Hardik Pandya is a complete package for Mumbai. As shown against Delhi (32 off 14 balls), he can be a blaster in the slog overs. His bowling will be a bonus and having him in your fantasy team won’t be a mistake.
Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best in T20s and has shown it with a man-of-the-match performance against Bangalore. His ability to remain calm at any stage deserves a fantasy team place.
Kings XI: 1 KL Rahul (WK) 2 Chris Gayle 3 Mayank Agarwal 4 Sarfaraz Khan 5 David Miller 6 Mandeep Singh 7 Ravichandran Ashwin (C) 8 Andrew Tye 9 Ankit Rajpoot 10 Mujeeb Ur Rahman 11 Mohammed Shami
MI: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Quinton de Kock (WK) 3 Suryakumar Yadav 4 Yuvraj Singh 5 Kieron Pollard 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Mitchell McCleneghan 9 Mayank Markande 10 Lasith Malinga 11 Jasprit Bumrah
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