All-time meetings: Kings XI Punjab W4, Mumbai Indians W8 Last meeting: Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
KINGS XI PUNJAB
Coach: Mike Hesson
Captain: Ravi Ashwin
Kings XI Punjab are coming off a tough loss at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday as they were smashed to all parts of the ground conceding 218/4 and they ultimately fell 28 runs short so they will aim to get back to winning ways in their first home match.
They conceded 10.9 runs per over and nobody was more expensive than skipper Ravi Ashwin who went for 47 from his four overs and there is a chance that they will rotate their fourth overseas player with Hardus Viljoen possibly dropping out for either Sam Curran or Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Despite the defeat, the one positive to come out of the match against KKR was the form of their middle order which has been a weakness in recent seasons with the inclusion of South Africa’s David Miller looking to give them a real presence along with Mandeep Singh and Mayank Agarwal.
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians got their first win of IPL 2019 on Thursday in arguably the best match of the tournament so far as they held off an onslaught by AB de Villiers to defend 187/8 by six runs in an incredibly tense match.
There were positives with the bat at the top of the order especially but the middle order remains a concern with Pollard and Krunal Pandya disappointing and the big West Indian could find his place under pressure soon with Evin Lewis on the sidelines waiting to come in.
With Adam Milne injured, they have moved to sign West Indian Alzarri Joseph to replace him and add to their bowling options and he could be handed a chance to replace Mitch McClenaghan potentially but they already look better with Malinga alongside Bumrah now.
Both of these teams have won one match and lost one so this presents them with an opportunity to move up the IPL ladder. Kings XI have the edge in terms of batting firepower and they will be heartened by the fact they did not have to rely on Chris Gayle and KL Rahul last time out and they still posted 190/4. However, their bowling unit is one of the poorest in the tournament and it could be the Indians’ duo of Bumrah and Malinga that make the difference here.
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