Table toppers Mumbai Indians got a rude shock when their batting might was tested against the bowling might of the defending champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad. The contest ended with a much-needed win for SRH but also gave some points for the Mumbai thinktank to ponder over. They now return to their home comforts and welcome Kings XI Punjab, another side searching for victory in its every match to keep play-off hopes alive.
MI wanted to have a go at defending a target in their previous fixture against SRH and were forced to swallow the bitter pill of defeat. None of the batters, except the Skipper, was able to hang around which highlights the on-and-off form of their batters. Their bowlers did a fine job but their efforts were fruitless due to the woeful batting effort which didn’t provide them with enough runs to defend. MI doesn’t need to tinker with their combinations, it’s just that their batsmen need to take responsibility and ensure that they do not waste a start.
Kings XI Punjab
After their loss against Gujarat Lions, KXIP needed to win all three of their remaining fixtures to remain in contention for a play-off spot and they did just the same in the last match against KKR which they won by 14 runs. Rahul Tewatia put up an all-round performance to bring his side back into the contest and the death bowlers gave a perfect finishing touch to his efforts. KXIP are ruing the loss of Hashim Amla whose absence has brought a kind of instability in the opening slot with Vohra and Guptill struggling to fire. Nevertheless, KXIP will not want to tinker with the winning combination.
Let’s have a look at the Top Fantasy Picks for the game-
Top Batsman- Glenn Maxwell FYS Fantasy Points- 530
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The KXIP skipper was responsible for his team’s respectable total against KKR. He scored a blistering 25-ball 44 to pull his team out of the misery at 56-3. He has played blistering cameos this year and what KXIP really want from their skipper is a responsible innings. He has scored 263 runs so far from 12 matches. He will want to start against MI from where he left against KKR.
Top Bowler -Sandeep Sharma FYS Fantasy Points- 381
The swing prodigy of KXIP is rising rapidly in the bowling charts with 16 wickets from 11 games and currently sits at the sixth spot. He has been the mainstay of KXIP’s bowling line-up over the years and this time is no different as he is their leading bowler this season too. His death bowling is becoming crucial for KXIP with every passing match.
Top All-rounder- Axar Patel FYS Fantasy Points- 562
His bowling has been brilliant right through the season and his handy contributions with the bat down the order have proved to be very useful for KXIP. He has taken 13 wickets so far at an economy of 7.5 and has scored 186 runs down the order.
Top Punt Player- Lendl Simmons FYS Fantasy Points- 112
He took the IPL by storm when he scored a blistering fifty in his debut match but failed to replicate a similar effort against SRH. He is very hard to keep quiet for long and will be raring to prove his mettle against KXIP.
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