Kings XI Punjab will look to strengthen their position in points table when they meet Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 at Indore on Friday. For Mumbai, it is a do-or-die clash as another loss would confirm their exit from playoffs in IPL.
Last season title holder, this edition bottom-placed- Mumbai Indians will face Kings XI Punjab in their next fixture. The 34th match of Vivo IPL will be played between KXIP vs MI at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.
While one side it will be Universe Boss- C Gayle and KL Rahul entertaining with the big hitting, the other hand it will young M Markande using his Googlies. For the first time in this season, both the teams will come face to face.
KXIP VS MI TEAM NEWS
Kings XI Punjab
KXIP Predicted XI: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Manoj Tiwary, David Miller, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Zadran
MI Predicted XI: Evin Lewis, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
KXIP VS MI KEY PLAYERS:
Kings XI Punjab:
Chris Gayle has scored 252 runs in the 4 innings thus far, including a hundred and 2 fifties.
Andrew Tye is the leading wicket-taker for Kings XI Punjab.
Suryakumar Yadav is the only MI batsman with more than 200 runs in the tournament.
Mayank Markande and Hardik Pandya have picked 11 wickets each.
KXIP vs MI Head to Head
Mumbai Indians had won three of their last five matches against Kings XI Punjab, including a big win when they met at Indore previous year. In that game, they took just 15.3 overs to reach their target of 199 to win. They have not played this year, but their most recent match last season was a high-scoring classic - Kings XI Punjab set an astonishing 230/3, and Mumbai Indians finished just seven runs short despite Kieron Pollard's late half-century.
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this battle between a batting-heavy line-up and one that has struggled with its bowling. On a small ground, with plenty of big-hitters on both sides, this will be a high-scoring affair but just how much will depend on the openers from both teams. With a superior bowling line-up, Kings XI Punjab will start as favourites, but MI shouldn't be ruled out, especially if they get an inspired display from their captain, Rohit Sharma.