Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have a history of close-fought encounters. In 23 matches played, MI have a 12-11 edge, but the record is 4-4 at Wankhede. That sets this match #24 of the Indian Premier League 2019 for an intriguing match on Wednesday.
The hosts have three wins in five and have won their last two games. KXIP have four wins in six games and are coming off a comprehensive win over Sunrisers. With eight of the last ten matches won by the away team on the day, Punjab will fancy their chances.
Captain Rohit Sharma (118 runs, SR 122.91) is yet to get into form for MI, although four of their batsmen are aggregating 100 runs this season. With Kieron Pollard getting runs under his belt in the last two games, MI look a settled unit.
The dream debut of Alzarri Joseph, who picked up IPL’s best-ever figures (6/12) is still fresh. Lasith Malinga’s absence is not felt, as Mumbai look to continue their winning run and move up the ladder.
Opener KL Rahul’s maturity (217 runs, SR 122.59) is showing the path for KXIP, as they look more balanced at the moment than when the tournament started. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller are also chipping in with impressive runs.
Bowling duties are fairly shared, with captain Ravichandran Ashwin (seven wickets, ER 7.37) leading the pack. Sam Curran’s all-round abilities (six wickets, SR 178.57) are a boon, as Punjab look to gain momentum.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Hardik Pandya is enjoying a good start to the IPL 2019 season. He has 102 runs @ SR 178.94 and four wickets so far. The all-rounder can be a devastating presence in the middle-order with eight sixes already.
Ravichandran Ashwin has been the silent boss for Kings XI this season. His seven wickets have come at an ER of 7.37 and his captaincy has been very good.
KL Rahul has scored 71* off 57 balls to win the reverse match in Mohali and has scores of 71*, 15, 55 & 71* in his last four matches.
MI: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Quinton de Kock (WK) 3 Suryakumar Yadav 4 Ishan Kishan 5 Krunal Pandya 6 Kieron Pollard 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Rahul Chahar 9 Alzarri Joseph 10 Jason Behrendorff 11 Jasprit Bumrah
KXIP: 1 Lokesh Rahul (C) 2 Chris Gayle 3 Mayank Agarwal 4 David Miller 5 Mandeep Singh 6 Sarfaraz Khan 7 Sam Curran 8 Ravichandran Ashwin 9 Ankit Rajpoot 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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