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IPL 2018 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Match Preview and Predicted XI

IPL 2018 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Match Preview and Predicted XI
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians will present a face-to-face challenge in an important knockout match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. In this game, Mumbai Indians will try to dominate Kings XI Punjab and book their birth for the Playoffs, While the stats are same for the Inconsistent Kings XI Punjab. Both Mumbai and Punjab have played 12-12 matches, with five wins and seven losses Mumbai has 1o points, and they are currently 6th at the points table, while their opponent, has won six games out of 12. Punjab has 12 points, and they are at the fifth place in the points table. In the previous game, Punjab’s team had bowled out on just 88 runs in front of Virat Kohli Led Royal Challengers Bangalore. Punjab Openers Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul were not managed to score big runs, that’s why they had bowled out on the lowest total of IPL 2018.

On the Other side, Mumbai Indians had also got defeat in their previous game, against Rajasthan Royals in their home ground at Wankhede. A single lose will out from the tournament, However, the same condition/Scenario is applicable on KXIP’s graph, they also can’t afford a single defeat. Mumbai has been in trouble due to its middle order failure, Although Suryakumar Yadav and Ewin Lewis haven’t failed so far, but Kieron Pollard, Pandya Brothers, and Rohit Sharma were failed in some important games. Rohit Sharma has taken the responsibility of middle-order in last few matches. Tonight, Once again Rohit will take the responsibility of the middle order batting.

Kings XI Punjab has great star players like Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, and Marcus Stonis, who can damage the opponent and change the game at any moment. In bowling, Skipper R.Ashwin and Mujib ur Rahim will have to take great responsibility against inconsistent MI. Mujib did not play in the last match. It is still suspenseful, that will he able to play or not? Punjab’s Middle-order is leading by Karun Nair, has done his job well but he has not got any support apart from Lokesh Rahul. Batsmen Mayank Agarwal is getting regular chances, but he has failed to score runs for his team. Marcus Stonis and Aaron Finch were also unable to score runs in the previous couple of games.

MI Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, JP Duminy, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.

KXIP Probable XI: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma/Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot.

 

About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia is an Sports and Political Writer at Newsfolo. He has been working as a Journalist for 2 years and has previously worked at Sportsflu, Times Internet. He covers the ruling BJP Government, civic bodies and politics in India and also covers latest Sports News .He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Inderprastha Engineering College, Ghaziabad and went on to study Journalism at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. He can be reached at: [email protected], you can also follow him on twitter @chiraglohia2

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