Thanks to a superior net run rate, Mumbai can move into the fourth and final playoff berth with a win against Punjab on Wednesday
Mumbai Indians (MI) host a free-falling Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Wankhede Stadium for match 50 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday. The last time these two teams met in Indore, a Chris Gayle fifty and a late cameo from Marcus Stoinis (29 off 15 balls) powered KXIP to 174/6 in 20 overs. Mumbai seemed to be in a spot of bother when there were reduced to 100/3 after 13 overs. However, it was the Pandya brothers who came to the rescue with Hardik adding 23 off 13 balls and Krunal scoring an unbeaten 31 off just 12 balls to take Mumbai to a six-wicket victory.
Punjab enter this game on the back of a three-match losing streak. Their latest defeat being an embarrassing 10-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). After being sent in to bat first, KXIP openers KL Rahul (21) and Chris Gayle (18) put on 36 runs for the first wicket before Umesh Yadav dismissed them both in one over. The rest of the KXIP line up were able to add just 52 runs to that start as they were bowled out for 88 runs in 15.1 overs. Parthiv Patel (40 not out) and Virat Kohli (48 not out) chased down the total within 8.1 overs.
Mumbai enter this game on the back of a disappointing defeat to the Rajasthan Royals (RR). Mumbai were able to reach just 168/6 after 20 overs thanks to some spectacular bowling from Rajasthan to restrict them after their openers gave them a quick start taking them to 86/0 in 10 overs. Jos Buttler then scored an unbeaten 94 off 53, guiding RR to a seven-wicket victory.
Timing – 8 pm
Venue – Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.
Where to watch – Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD
Head to head – Out of the 21 matches played between the two teams, Mumbai have 11 wins as compared to Punjab’s 10. Punjab will be looking to even out this statistic when they take the field tonight.
No major changes will be expected from the Mumbai camp despite their latest setback against the Rajasthan Royals.
Punjab might look to make a few changes to end their dismal run of defeats. Players like Mayank Agarwal and Aaron Finch seem unlikely to be picked. Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be slotted into the side if he is deemed fit to participate.
Prediction: Who will win?
Mumbai have been in dominant form lately, until Rajasthan Royals broke their three-match winning streak. They will be expected to add to Punjab’s dismal three-match losing streak when they host them tonight. MI know the key to beating KXIP is getting both their openers out early as exhibited by RCB in the previous game.
Betting odds: According to Oddscheker.com, the odds are placed at 8/11 for MI and 5/4 for KXIP.
Wankhede Stadium Pitch Report: The Wankhede track has always been a batting friendly pitch. However, the track has been known to slow down as the game progresses offering some turn to the spinners later in the evening.
Moneycontrol Dream 11: KL Rahul (wk), S Yadav, E Lewis, C Gayle, R Sharma, H Pandya, K Pandya, R Ashwin, A Tye, M McClenaghan and M Markande.
Players to watch out for:
Andrew Tye (KXIP) – The Australian has 20 wickets this season and sits right at the top of the leading wicket takers list. He picked up eight wickets in two consecutive games before going wicket-less in the match against Bangalore. He will be eager to add to his tally when he takes the field tonight.
Suryakumar Yadav (MI) – Yadav has been Mr. Consistent this season at the top of the batting order for Mumbai. He is just 27 runs short of reaching the 500-run mark this season having accumulated 473 runs in just 12 games. His astonishing form this season can only be underlined by comparing it to his previous best run tally which was in the 2016 season where he scored a total of 186 runs.
IPL points table:Punjab are currently in fifth position on the table with 12 points from 12 games this season. Mumbai are one spot behind them with 10 points. However, Mumbai can move up to fourth position with a win tonight, thanks to their superior net run rate. Check out the updated points table here.