MI VS KXIP – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 50th match of IPL 2018 between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.
We are in the final week of league stage ahead of the all-important Knock Outs in the VIVO IPL 2018 and it wont be wrong to term every game a virtual Quarter Final.
While Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings have already qualified for the knockout stage, the battle for the remaining two spots is being contested by five teams. Mumbai Indians could have a fair chance of rising up when they face Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede on Wednesday.
Mumbai Indians Team News
Mumbai Indians were outplayed by Jos Buttler’s masterclass on their home ground the other night. Another similar defeat could rule them out of the play offs race.
The bowlers simply failed to stop Rajasthan chasing a below par total posted by Mumbai in the first innings. Hardik Pandya picked up a couple of wickets, but ended up conceding as many as 52 runs in his 4 overs.
Skipper Rohit Sharma himself needs to step up and rise to the occasion, having projected a lean patch thus far. Ben Cutting is another player who has been underplayed throughout the tournament and might have to sit out to accommodate either Adam Milne or Mustafizur Rahman.
Playing XI (Last Match): Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, JP Duminy, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab Team News
Kings XI Punjab are one franchise to have slumped in the later half following a bright start in the cash-rich. They have a back of a solitary win in last 6 games.
Over-reliance on Chris Gayle and particularly KL Rahul has marred their campaign of late. Besides, only AJ Tye seems to have carried the baton for bowling solely for the previous few games.
Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin in his maiden stint as captain is inducing plenty of changes which could well be the reason of middle order woes.
It remains to be seen if he brings back his old warrior Yuvraj Singh in a ‘must win’ game. Also, Mujeeb Ur Rahman who missed the previous game owing to injury is expected to recover in time.
Playing XI (Last Match): KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (capt), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot
Top Funtasy Picks
Mumbai Indians: Surya Kumar Yadav – He is the man in form for Mumbai, having delivered the goods time and again this season.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul – The right hander has turned on the beast mode this season displaying some spell-binding hitting in the power play overs. Don’t miss out on him.
Punt Pick: Yuvraj Singh – The left hander has had a dry season as of now which led to his ouster. But in a ‘hit out or get out’ scenario, Ashwin could back him when it matters the most.
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