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Mumbai Hoping to Take Advantage of Bad Form of Punjab

Mumbai Hoping to Take Advantage of Bad Form of Punjab

The beginning of the journey for Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab had been quite opposite, with Mumbai struggling to find wins in their earlier matches while Punjab almost looked invincible.

Cricket news: Can Mumbai add some fuel to their late surge or will Punjab bounce back from their three-match losing streak?

But things changed drastically as the tournament progressed, and now both the teams face each other to fight it out for the last two remaining playoff spots.

Mumbai were having a fairy-tale comeback but their progress was halted by Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. Mumbai would now want to win their last home game at the Wankhede against Punjab on May 16 (Wednesday).

It has been a season of two halves for the Punjab team. They were labelled as ‘underachievers’ but proved everyone wrong as they won five games out of their first six matches and was well inside the top-four.

But in the second half they squandered their chances and lost five games out of their six matches to drop down into the unfavourable half.

Punjab’s dwindling form has been because of their over reliance on their two openers in the likes of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle, with the middle order taking no responsibility at all.

Rahul is the second-highest run-getter in this league till now and has carried his team over the line in two occasions but has never got the support from the middle order.

Recently they were handed a crushing defeat by 10-wickets by Royal Challengers Bangalore which gave Mumbai Indians a lifeline even before they stepped onto the field.

If Mumbai wins on Wednesday, they will capture the fourth spot as their net run rate is better than all the other teams. They can later consolidate their position by winning against Delhi Daredevils in their last league game.

However Mumbai has their own worries with batting and death overs bowling. JP Duminy, who is brought at No. 8, should be moved higher the order as his talents are being wasted currently. He is the one who can provide stability to the middle order.

Moreover the poor form of skipper Rohit Sharma has been a constant headache for the franchise. The skipper should come back in form quickly to build on the starts his openers are providing him every match.

 

Venue - Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

MI Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, JP Duminy, Ishan Kishan (wk), 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.

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77