Match 34 of VIVO IPL 2018 will see Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians come up against each other for the first time this season.
KXIP re-join the competition after a week’s break. From KXIP’s perspective, not a lot has changed in the last seven days; after their last match on April 26, they were third in the eight-team table, and they remain in the same position on return. KXIP have five wins and two losses so far this season – one of the losses coming against SRH in their most recent outing. The challenge for KXIP in this match is to recover from the rustiness that would have crept in during the break, and to quickly acclimatise to their adopted home ground; they had won 3 out of 3 in Mohali, and would want to extend that run in their adopted home ground too.
The Mumbai Indians’ chances of progressing to the VIVO IPL 2018 playoffs are hanging by a thread; after just two wins from 8 matches, they find themselves at the floor of the table and are staring at the prospect of becoming one of the first teams to fall out of the race for the playoffs. In their most-recent outing – on May 1 – their top-order collapsed, and as a result they fell 15 short of RCB’s total of 167. MI will be aware that the bottom half of the table is closely packed and they’re still in with a chance; for them to remain in the race, they need to win each one of their remaining matches, and hope to sneak in to the top four.
When: May 4, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
The wicket at the Holkar stadium usually favours the batsmen. With even bounce and short boundaries coming into play, batsmen tend to rule the roost. On expected lines, Sehwag played with sparkle and fizz, and composed that record-breaking double ton against the West Indies in 2011. Even if we go further back in time to 2006, India chased down a target a 289 set by England with seven wickets to spare.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won bowling first||5|
|Average 1st Inns scores||156|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||158|
|Highest total recorded||199/2 (15.3 Ov) by MI vs KXIP|
|Lowest total recorded||97/10 (18.3 Ov) by RR vs KTK|
|Highest score chased||199/2 (15.3 Ov) by MI vs KXIP|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||20|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||10|
|Won by Mumbai Indians||10|
In the last seven matches between these two teams, the visitors have prevailed. KXIP won twice in Mumbai and once in Visakhapatnam, while the Mumbai Indians won thrice in Mohali and once in Indore.
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Kings XI Punjab: L W W W W
Mumbai Indians: L W L L W
Kings XI Punjab
David Miller and Mohit Sharma can replace Barinder Sran and Finch.
If Evin Lewis will recover from his wrist injury then he will replace pollard
Kings XI Punjab : Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Mumbai Indians : Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, David Miller, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis/Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma, JP Duminy, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande.
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- Over 10 seasons, these two sides have an even record of 10 wins and losses against each other. The head-to-head between them over the last three seasons has been 1-1.
- Pollard has faced only 70 balls in six innings this season; Aaron Finch has faced only 16 over five innings.
- In 25 balls faced from Mitchell McClenaghan, KL Rahul has scored a healthy 42 runs, but has also been dismissed twice.
- Chris Gayle has struck at 169.4 per 100 balls of spin this IPL without being dismissed; he still has a solid strike-rate of 154.8 against pace but has got out twice to the quicks.