Kings XI Punjab will aim to keep their playoffs hopes alive when they go up against the Mumbai Indians in match no. 51 of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2017. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will be the setting for this upcoming fixture scheduled to be played on May 11. Below preview and Dream11 Team MI vs KXIP is given by our cricket expert.
Mumbai Indians seemed a little complacent in their last outing against SRH and this is something which they will look to be careful about in front of a packed home crowd. They will be eyeing a top-two finish on the IPL league table and therefore may not experiment too much this time.
Kings XI Punjab will be re-energized after their morale boosting win over the second placed KKR. With three wins in their last four games, they will go into this game high on confidence. However, their away record this year has not been impressive and beating MI in their own fortress will be a daunting task for Maxwell’s men.
Mumbai Indians are expected to make a couple of changes in the side after their defeat against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last game. While Krunal Pandya could be brought back in place of Karn Sharma, Lasith Malinga could be given a breather and replaced by Mitchell Johnson.
Rohit Sharma and Nitish Rana have both hit three fifties this IPL and they will be the key batsmen for the Mumbai Indians at the top of the batting lineup. The skipper scored a 45-ball 67 in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad and the team will want him to continue his good form. MI’s bowling will depend largely on their two frontline pacemen – Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah. The two have so far taken 17 and 14 wickets respectively and are expected to bowl well against the KXIP.
Key Players: Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Keiron Pollard, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab:
Kings XI Punjab will be happy with their performance in the previous game against the Kolkata Knight Riders and may go into this game with an unchanged lineup. None of their players were reported to be injured at the time of writing.
Shaun Marsh will be the one top-order batsman to watch out for. He has two good scores in his previous four innings and KXIP will expect the in-form batsman to score big in this crucial match against the Mumbai Indians. His fellow Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell is another vital cog in KXIP’s lineup. Not only is he a dangerous middle-order batsman but he has also done a decent job with the ball this season. Sandeep Sharma and Axar Patel will continue to be the team’s go-to bowlers for taking wickets.
Key Players: Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Sandeep Sharma, Martin Guptill, Axar Patel
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Lendol Simmons, Parthiv Patel (wk), Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Krunal Pandya / Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Johnson / Lasith Malinga
KXIP: Glenn Maxwell (c), Martin Guptill, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Wridhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Swapnil Singh, R Tewatia, Matt Henry, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma
Dream11 Team Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab
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