Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab IPL Match 50.
The Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab will be locked in a contest for two crucial points when they meet in Match 50 of VIVO IPL 2018. Five teams will contest for the two remaining playoff spots; KXIP are currently fifth – one place above Mumbai Indians in the eight-team table. KXIP have six wins from 12 matches, while MI have five wins from the same number of matches.
KXIP were table-toppers at one point in time, but have since slipped down the table; they had five wins in their first six matches, but have since managed to post only one win in their next six matches. Most recently, on Monday evening, they received a proper pounding at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore; first, they lost all ten wickets for52 runs to be bundled out for 88 in 15.1 overs, and then they allowed RCB to cruise to a 10-wicket win.
Reflecting on his team’s performance in the first half of the season and the drastic change in fortunes since, the KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin said about his team, “We aren’t one of the top champion sides, and we punched way above our weight in the first half of the competition. I did expect a run like this to happen to us, but not to this extent. I would have expected that we would have one or two more matches and already got to 14 or 16 points.”
The KXIP skipper sounded hopeful though, that his team could still turnaround their fortunes in their next match in Mumbai. He said, “We’ve lost three on the bounce now, and I think we can’t lose four in a row. Mumbai is a place where there’s a lot of bounce and generally, the overseas batsmen love it. I hope the overseas batsmen will come good. KL [Rahul] is batting well, and maybe in the next few games our batsmen will score three hundreds and we could go on to win the tournament.”
Mumbai Indians cannot afford to lose anymore. The defending champions had lost five of their first six matches but won four of their next five matches to stay afloat. Sunday’s loss to RR has derailed some of the momentum they’ve built, but they will be feeling confident given they will be playing at home, and against an opponent, they’ve already beaten once.
When: May 16, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The wicket at the Wankhede offers help for both the pacers and spinners. Close proximity to the Arabian sea helps the swing bowlers considerably, especially during early hours of the day. However, spinners have been known to benefit during the last couple of days of a Test match as the pitch turns into a vicious turner. Although the new ball does a bit in limited-overs cricket, the pitch tends to ease out and favour batsmen as the innings progresses. The venue provides great entertainment when it comes to T20 cricket.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||32|
|Matches won bowling first||31|
|Average 1st Inns scores||164|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||152|
|Highest total recorded||235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI|
|Lowest total recorded||67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI|
|Highest score chased||195/3 (20 Ov) by DD vs MI|
|Lowest score defended||135/6 (20 Ov) by DC vs MI|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||21|
|Won by Mumbai Indians||11|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||10|
Head to Head at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
|Total Matches Play||7|
|Won by Mumbai Indians||3|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||4|
Last 5 games
|Won by MI||4|
|Won by KXIP||1|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Mumbai Indians: L W W W L
Kings XI Punjab : L L L W L
MI should stay with the same XI despite the slip up in the last game.
Kings XI Punjab
With Mujeeb Ur Rahman injured and unsure for the coming match, there’s a void left in the bowling attack, so Marcus Stoinis could retain his place as the sixth bowler and all-rounder in the side. There can be a case made for David Miller and Yuvraj Singh to come in as well, with a reshuffling of the middle order not out of question.
Mumbai Indians : Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, 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 : Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Manoj Tiwary, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, JP Duminy, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh / Mayank Agarwal, Marcus Stoinis / /Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- Chris Gayle vs MI: Gayle has scored 519 runs in 14 innings against MI at 43.25 (SR 128.78).
- Kings XI began their campaign with five wins in seven matches. Then they went into a seven-day break. Upon returning to action, they lost four out of five games and tumbled from first to fifth place.
- Kings XI have almost entirely been riding on individual performances. Their two best bowlers Andrew Tye (20 wickets in 12 innings, economy rate 8.02) and Mujeeb (14 wickets in 11 innings, economy rate 6.99) have been outstanding. The others have contributed 29 wickets in 12 innings at an economy rate of 9.3.
- Gayle has been a monster against legspin this season. He has smashed 79 runs off only 33 balls without ever losing his wicket.
- Evin Lewis needs 18 runs to get to 3000 in T20s. But he seems to be struggling against fast bowling this IPL season (strike-rate 127, average 21). So Kings XI might look to use Ankit Rajpoot to unsettle the opener. Moreover, Rajpoot concedes only 7.3 an over in the Powerplay and has taken five of his eight wickets in this period.
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Chris Gayle, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Andrew Tye
If you want to take risk for grand league go with Rohit Sharma & Krunal Pandya