IPL 2018: KXIP vs MI Preview

IPL 2018: KXIP vs MI Preview

The Mumbai Indians lifted from the floor of the VIVO IPL 2018 standings after they defeated Kings XI Punjab by six wickets at the Holkar Cricket Stadium last night. MI were able to chase down the score in just 19 overs, courtesy a half-century from Suryakumar Yadav.

Big hitting West Indian all-rounder Keiron Pollard, in his twilight years, has also been out of touch with just 76 runs from six innings.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane would himself look to score some quick runs and inspire his success-starved players.

Defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad last time out broke a four-match winning run for Kings XI and they proved unable to defend their 174-6 total in Indore.

What has been the common factor in the couple of wins that MI has experienced this season- it is their captain Rohit Sharma's significant contribution with the bat. Before this game, they were striking at just 113.5 when neither Chris Gayle nor KL Rahul was in, so Ashwin must have been intent on shaking things up.

They hammered six boundaries and two sixes in the innings.

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Gayle - who gave Dominic Cork's bowling a battering in a Sky Sports feature ahead of the match - launched two sixes and six fours, with one of his maximums, off New Zealand paceman Mitchell McClenaghan, sailing out of the ground, but he was not at his bludgeoning best.

But his opening partner, West Indian Evin Lewis has disappointed and will need to step up against KKR whose spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine can be very risky.

In addition to Krunal's unbeaten 31, Hardik Pandya chipped in for the Indians with 23 from 13 deliveries.

While MI must be buoyed by the form of top-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav, the defending champions would be anxious of captain Rohit Sharma's tournament so far.

Mumbai's find of the tournament Mayank Markande came up with the first breakthrough after dismissing Rahul in the seventh over with the scoreboard reading 54 runs. Ishan Kishan scored 25 runs and Pandya scored 23 runs so far.

Bowling first, a disciplined effort helped Mumbai restrict Punjab to 174/6 in 20 overs. You win some games, you lose some, looking at our losses - there are certain areas we need to improve. "We bowled well in the Power Play, the way we used the slower balls and change of pace..." Although the Pandya brothers have been effective with the ball, they are yet to come good with their batting.