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With play-off hopes hanging by a thread, MI take on KXIP

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Hosts Indians will fancy beating a floundering when both sides face-off in a must-win match in the here tomorrow.

After a string of losses initially, Mumbai's hopes of making it to the last four were revived after three straight wins, but their eight-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday has again put them on the back foot.

While are in sixth position with five wins from 12 games, a stuttering KXIP have slumped to the fifth spot with 12 points having suffered their fourth defeat yesterday in five games.

Mumbai, with an excellent net run-rate, need to put behind the humiliation by the Royals and come out with all guns blazing against an equally jittery KXIP, who have lost their way in the second half of the tournament after starting strongly.

Mumbai's middle order was yet again exposed in the last game when their batsmen, including Rohit Sharma, failed miserably.

Only Suryakumar Yadav has been among the runs on a consistent basis and MI would be pleased with the return to form of West Indian opener Evin Lewis. These two will be banked upon to provide an excellent start.

But they need the others down the order especially Rohit to contribute big. Save his match-winning knock against Royal Challengers here, Rohit has failed to perform to his potential and MI need him in cracking form, backed up by the Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal.

MI's too has been a worry. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik and left arm pacer will have to bowl cleverly to stop the rampaging K L and from scoring big runs.

All three may come up with a short-ball attack on the rival openers as Umesh Yadav showed with great success last night for RCB. The role of leggie (14 wickets) will also be crucial along with that of Krunal Pandya,

KXIP too have slumped in the latter half of the and need to improve in all departments.

It has been a story similar to Mumbai's for KXIP whose openers - and Gayle - were giving them good starts until last night when both succumbed to Yadav's short balls.

Rahul, who has been in the form of his life, was dismissed for 21, while Gayle, who has hit a blistering century this season, also failed and the misfiring middle order could not rescue the team which was shot out for 88, its lowest total of the season.

The to rookie leg-spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman was a big blow to and in his likely absence Ashwin and need to take up the responsibility to take wickets in the middle overs.

We've to try and make sure we lift ourselves. We'll have to keep a watch on the net run rate but stay positive. We've got a reasonable attack and a lot of experienced international players didn't show up with the bat, remarked R Ashwin after the drubbing by RCB.

The teams (From):


Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Axar Patel, Akshdeep Nath, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis,

Indians: (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McLenaghan, Mustafizur Rahaman, Jasprit Bumrah, Akila Dananjaya, Ben Cutting, JP Duminy, Chahar, Sharad Lumba, Adam Milne, Siddhesh Lad, Md Nidheesh, Mohsin Khan, Anukul Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary.

Match starts at 8 PM.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 12:00 IST
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