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16 May 2018 by HUGZ

IPL 2018 – Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

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AT A GLANCE

When? Wednesday 16th May, 15:30 (UK)

Where? Wankhede Stadium

Weather? Temperatures of 30-33c expected with clear skies and 60% humidity

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Mumbai Indians W11 Kings XI Punjab W10

THE TEAM NEWS

MUMBAI INDIANS

Coach: Mahela Jayawardene

Captain: Rohit Sharma

  • Mumbai’s good form came to an end with a disappointing loss against Rajasthan as Jos Buttler led the Royals to chased down a sub-par total of 168 with ease, sending Mumbai back down to sixth on the ladder so they have to bounce back here with this being a win or bust match for both teams.
  • Hardik Pandya is on track for his best ever IPL tournament as he is only 26 runs behind his previous best (250 in 2017) and has now taken 18 wickets in eleven matches which is far better than his previous best of six wickets taken in 2017 so they will look to him for inspiration.
  • Although they suffered the loss last time out, Mumbai should back the team that saw them win three matches in a row previous to that so expect no drastic changes if any.

KINGS XI PUNJAB

Coach: Brad Hodge

Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin

  • The Kings XI’s finals hopes were dealt a huge blow when they were obliterated by the Royal Challengers Bangalore last time out in a match that KXI seemed doomed from the start after they were bowled out for just 88, a total that RCB chased without the loss of a wicket.
  • The Kings XI batting order has been praised in the past however the stats show some scary signs. Whilst KL Rahul and Chris Gayle have held up their end of the bargain, there is a dramatic drop off after the two stars. Karun Nair (242), Mayank Agarwal (120) and Ravi Ashwin (102) are the only other players to have scored over 100 runs in a campaign that has now spanned over twelve matches.
  • Changes need to be made after such a poor performance, the bowling unit should be safe however the batting order may need some adjustments with big names failing to fire.

THE PREDICTION

Both teams will be looking to bounce back after disappointing losses. Mumbai were not terrible but just lacked the power and finishing they have shown in previous matches whilst the Kings XI put in the second worst batting display seen during IPL 2018. Even though both teams are coming off losses, Mumbai are still in the better form of the two teams as the wheels seem to be falling off horribly for the Kings XI. Mumbai’s consistent performances from key players across the past few matches should hold them in good stead against a fluctuating Kings XI batting order who have seemingly lost their way which makes it difficult to select them for what is another crucial match.