Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab will take on each other today in a very important match and the fight will be to register a win here and move ahead as the contender for the playoffs.
Today’s match will be significant for KXIP who are on a three-match losing streak, and press their claim for the knockouts berth.
For Kings XI, it has been a season of two halves. Labelled ‘underachieves’, KXIP stunned one and all by notching up five wins in their first six games to make home in the top-half of the points table, and then lost five of the next six to squander their advantage and drop down into the unfavorable half.
KXIP have been stuttering due to their over reliance on the openers – KL Rahul and Chris Gayle – and a flimsy middle order has only put the top-of-the-order duo under more pressure. Rahul, who is the second-highest run-scorer of the season so far, has already carried his bat through twice but with little support from the middle order, KXIP have slipped steadily.
MI will fancy a win against Delhi Daredevils to consolidate their spot in the top-half. However, they also have a fickle batting line-up to overcome, apart from their death bowling woes.
JP Duminy at #8 is a resource wasted while a handful of those above him haven’t shown a reliable face with the bat, while skipper Rohit Sharma’s lean run has been MI’s biggest bane this season. A promotion for Duminy up the order could maybe lend the stability that MI seek in order to build on the starts their openers provide.