Mumbai Indians are set to play Kings XI Punjab in the 43rd match of Vivo Indian Premier League 2016 on 13 May at Visakhapatnam stadium. Both teams played Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last games but MI beat RCB while KXIP lost against Bangalore side. The Mumbai Indians vs Kings 11 Punjab IPL t20 match will begin at 20:00 IST.
The last time when KXIP and MI faced each other, MI won that match quite comfortably. Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu were stars in that match. Once again these two players will be looking to get back in the form as they haven’t played well since then. Rohit Sharma & Company is returned to the winning track again as they defeated strong RCB quite comfortably in the last after losing by 85 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders before few days back.
Skipper Rohit hasn’t played well while team batting first. Mumbai Indians rely a lot on Rohit to bat well and if he doesn’t play, whole pressure comes on to Pollard, Buttler and Rayudu. Bowling is good so far for Men in Blue as Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee have been pretty good for the side. Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya have bowled well in the middle overs.
On the other side of coin, Kings XI Punjab have already out from the competition and will be playing for their reputation. Murali Vijay played splendid innings in the last game and took team almost to the winning target but failed to finish the match. There is nothing to loss for KXIP and this will remove pressure from the players to play free.
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Playing XI (Predicted)
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kings XI Punjab
Murali Vijay (Captain), Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Farhaan Behardien, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, KC Cariappa.
Mumbai Indians will be favorites to win against Kings XI Punjab in the 43rd game of Vivo IPL-9 on Thursday at Visakhapatnam. MI have got 60 percent win chances over KXIP.