Kings Eleven Punjab shall be locking horns against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.The match is scheduled to commence at 8 pm. The two sides have met each other 19 times with Mumbai Indians holding a slender 10-9 win record.
It is yet another 'Do or Die' encounter for Kings Eleven Punjab who kept their play-off hopes alive by beating Kolkata Knight Riders in a thrilling encounter at Eden Gardens. Kings have to win both their remaining games and hope Sunrisers Hyderabad falter against Gujarat Lions to qualify for the playoffs.
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Kings shall come into the encounter with their hopes high after the team put up a spirited show with the ball and bat. Kings made a resounding comeback into the game after KKR openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine started off in breathtaking fashion at Ede. Off-spinner Rahul Tewatia then decimated the Kolkata batting by scalping inform captain Gautam Gambhir and leading run scorer Robin Uthappa in quick succession. KKR then lost steam and the Punjab seam attack led by Sandeep and Mohit Sharma bowled well by using their variations to good effect to pull off a thrilling win.
Mumbai sitting comfortably at the top of the points table was handed a defeat by defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.Captain Rohit Sharma's getting back into form has been their biggest plus.The opening looks formidable with West Indian Lendl Simmons forging a good partnership with diminutive wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel.
Young Nitish Rana, Pandya Brothers and inform Keiron Pollard have been consistently among the runs.Meanwhile, the bowling unit has fired collectively all through the tournament. While seamers Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Jhonson and have made consistent breakthrough's, veteran offie Harbhajan Singh has been effective in checking the run-flow in the middle overs.
Mumbai won't take the game lightly and would look to gather some momentum before going into the playoffs. It is not just about securing a top four berth but aiming to end in the top two so as to get a crack at the finals twice.