Abu Dhabi: The teams of Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), who faced defeat despite performing better in the previous matches, will face face to face in the 13th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) today.
While Kings XI Punjab gave Rajasthan Royals a target of 224 runs in their last match but they could not defend it and that was a deep blow for the team. On the other hand, Mumbai tried to reach the target of 202 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) thanks to the brilliant innings of Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan, but Mumbai lost the match in the Super Over.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Kings XI are almost identical. Both these teams are performing brilliantly but small mistakes are overshadowing them.
Talking about Kings XI, he made some mistakes which he would like to avoid repeating. He failed to do so when he had to tighten up the opposing team. In his two matches he was in a better position but could not take advantage of it. The Punjab bowlers did not appear in their rhythm against the Royals. Rahul Tewatia’s five sixes in one over from Sheldon Cottrell is proof of this.
Even the best in-form Mohammad Shami took 53 runs in four overs and took three wickets. Barring leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, no bowler was able to make an impact in the last match. Captain KL Rahul, however, kept a very positive attitude and encouraged the enthusiasm of his bowlers. He will now be expecting better performance from his bowlers.
Kings XI have not given a chance to explosive batsman Chris Gayle yet, but his batting looks strong due to the great performances of Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. If Mumbai wants to win the match, then both of them will have to be dismissed cheaply.
At the same time, the batting and bowling department of Mumbai seems quite balanced. He has batsmen like captain Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in the top order followed by aggressive batsmen like Pollard and Hardik Pandya.
The form of his star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah remains a matter of concern for Mumbai. There has been lack of consistency in their performance in the matches played so far. Bumrah has taken three wickets in three matches and he has failed to make an impact.
The Mumbai team has played the first match on this ground and will try to take advantage of it. He played his first two matches at this ground.
Kings xi punjab: KL Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujib ur Rehman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran, Ishan Porel, Arshadip Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gautam, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh, Jagdish Suchit, Tajinder Singh, Hardas Willogen.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattinson, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McLanegan, Mohsin Khan , Nathan Culper-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton Dickock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Sherfen Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.