A game which had threatened to become a dead one has suddenly come alive, and there’s plenty at stake when Mumbai Indians take Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday night.
Having come back from the brink of exit when they stunned the Kolkata Knight Riders at Mohali on Tuesday night, the Kings egged on by their enthusiastic co-owner actor Preity Zinta, have influenced life into a tournament where the playoff spots seamed sealed going into the last leg of the leagued phase.
Needing to win all of their last three games to sneak into the knockouts. Virender Sehwag’s wards have knocked one down, and now need they beat Mumbai Indians on Thursday and then Rising Pune Supergaint in Pune on May 14 to guarantee 16 points- a tally which would see them climb up from fifth position that they currently occupy on the points table.
Mumbai Indians, on other hand, sit at the top of the tree with 18 points,but must ensure that eventually they finish in the top two to get two bites of the cherry. They would be keen to play first qualifier at home on May 16- a fixture which allows them the luxury of a direct entry into final should they win it, and a second chance at staying alive through a qualifier 2 if they lose it.
The thrill, of course, lies in seeing if kings can stay alive here. With Sehwag inn charge of the cricket operations though, the team has delivered a far better performance this season, winning six out of its 12 games. The real stars for the Kings, though, have been the Indian bowlers- the two Sharmas, Sandeep and Mohit, and Axar Patel. The Kings do have the resources to stop the MI batsmen. Let’s hope that bowlers continue to impress and keep them alive.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time: Wednesday, 11 May 2017 at 8.00 PM IST
MI vs KXIP Squad
Kings XI Punjab : Manan Vohra, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Glenn Maxwell(c), Axar Patel, Swapnil Singh, Rahul Tewatia, Matt Henry, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, David Miller, Hashim Amla, Varun Aaron, Eoin Morgan, Ishant Sharma, KC Cariappa, Marcus Stoinis, Darren Sammy, Anureet Singh, T Natarajan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Rinku Singh
Mumbai Indians : Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell Johnson, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya
Who will win today?
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