The twenty-fourth match of the season sees Mumbai and Punjab battle it out against each other to go up the points table. If Mumbai win this encounter, then they are most certain to go up one place to fourth in the points table, while if Punjab wins, they go up to second.
Both the teams have defeated the Sunrisers in their last match and would be thus confident after winning against such a strong balanced line-up. Thus, both the teams are expected to go with the same winning combination that has brought them success in the recent past. This means that Yuvraj Singh might again have to sit out for Mumbai in place of talented youngster Ishan Kishan.
Punjab are also expected to field the same side, which means M Ashwin will sit out again and young Afghan mystery spinner, Mujeeb Ur Rahman will again get the nod to play the game. Since the match is at Wankhede, it is expected to be a high-scoring game, however, from the last few matches, the pitch in Wankhede has gotten slower which could mean the spinners will have a huge role in the match.
Mumbai Indians (Probable XI): Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kings XI Punjab (Probable XI): Lokesh Rahul (WK), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Sarfaraz Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Rohit Sharma vs Ravichandran Ashwin
One of the best-limited overs batsman in today’s generation, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma is the main batsman for Mumbai. Once set, Rohit can hit boundaries at ease and can quickly take away the game from the hands of his opposition.
With just 389 runs short to be the third batsman to have scored 5000 IPL runs, Rohit has scored 4611 IPL runs at an average of 31.58. With 1 IPL century and further 34 fifties to his name, the Indian vice-captain has a healthy strike-rate of 130.80 which further proves why he is regarded as one of the most talented and destructive batsman in modern time.
Ravichandran Ashwin needs no introduction to cricket fans. The 2016 ICC Cricketer of the Year has picked up 117 wickets in 131 matches with a decent average of 26.38. With an economy of 6.76, Ashwin is not only a wicket-taking bowler but also is economical as he curbs the flow of runs. Having already picked up 7 wickets with an economy of 7.37 in IPL 12, Ashwin is the leader of his side and is leading his team as an example.
Jasprit Bumrah vs KL Rahul
Arguably the best bowler in the world presently, Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t yet staged the set on fire in this year’s IPL. However, knowing the capabilities of this Indian youngster, one can surely not write him off. With only 5 wickets in 5 matches this season, one can say Jasprit hasn’t performed to his true potential, however, one should also see that even though he hasn’t picked up any wickets, yet he has been impactful for his side with an economy of 6.75 in 5 innings in IPL 12.
Jasprit has picked up 68 wickets in 66 matches in his overall IPL career, with an economy of 7.71 which is very impressive considering he bowls primarily in death overs. With an IPL average of 27.98, Bumrah is the go-to bowler for Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma when he needs to restrict runs or pick up wickets.
With 3 half-centuries and 217 runs already in IPL 2019, KL Rahul has been the main batting mainstay for KXIP. Being guaranteed a World Cup spot for India after his heroics against Hyderabad, Rahul would try to score more runs to get into the playing XI of the Indian team after Shikhar Dhawan has been seen to be out of form in the last couple of months.
Averaging 40.02 in his overall IPL career, Rahul has amassed more than 1601 runs in 59 matches with a S/R of 136.83. With 13 fifties and a high-score of 95*, Rahul is the pillar of Punjab’s batting line-up.
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Since the match is in Mumbai and considering Wankhede to be a batsmen’s paradise, one expects the team batting second to win the match. However on paper, Mumbai are a much better side with a proper blend of good batsmen and quality bowlers. Thus, Team CricWizz believes MI to come as victors against KXIP.
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