Mumbai, Apr 9: After winning their last IPL matches, both Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their winning streak as they face each other in the next match of the ongoing IPL season at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
In their last two matches, Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings and SunRisers Hyderabad and will want to continue their winning momentum against KXIP too. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab are also high on confidence after defeating SunRisers Hyderabad at home in their last match.
In the previous encounter between the two teams in Mohali, KXIP had a comprehensive eight-wicket win over MI but this time playing at home MI will obviously have an added advantage as they are aware about the ground conditions well. KXIP are largely dependent on their explosive openers K L Rahul and Chris Gayle. However, the likes of Mayank Agrawal, Sam Curran and Sarfaraz Khan have also performed well, whenever, they got the opportunity to bat.
MI don't even have a single batsman in the top-20 run scorers' list of this IPL season but they have a strong batting line-up. MI are blessed with power-hitters like Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya who can change the fate of the game with their fearless batting in the fag end of the innings.
When it comes to the bowling, MI have a formidable pace attack with Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm Jason Behrendorff , Hardik and leg spinner Rahul Chahar.
Apart from batting, MI's bowling have been also boosted by the inclusion of West Indian pacer, Alzarri Joseph, who blew away SRH with his record-breaking haul of 6/12 in Hyderabad in his previous game.
In bowling, KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (7 wickets) has done well in five out of six games that the team has played and has got good support from the likes of Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Murugan Ashwin.
Overall, it will be a good contest between two quality sides looking to keep the winning momentum going. KXIP are placed at third spot in the IPL's points table with four wins out of their six matches, while MI are placed at fifth spot with three wins out of their five matches so far in the tournament. (UNI)