Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

IPL 2018, MI vs KXIP: Mumbai in do-or-die clash against Punjab

IPL 2018, MI vs KXIP: Mumbai in do-or-die clash against Punjab

In the 50th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), desperate Mumbai Indians squad under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma will face inconsistent Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai in the must-win clash on Wednesday.

Suryakumar Yadav has been similarly prolific for Mumbai Indians, albeit with his team a little less successful than Kings XI. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik and left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan will have to bowl cleverly to stop the rampaging KL Rahul and Chris Gayle from scoring big runs.

The Royal Challengers won the toss and elected to bowl first on Monday.

KXIP too have slumped in the latter half of the season and need to improve in all departments.

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Rahul, who has been in the form of his life, was dismissed for 21, while Gayle, who has hit a blistering century this season, also failed and the misfiring middle order could not rescue the team which was shot out for 88, its lowest total of the season.

Afghanistan leg-spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman's hand injury is another cause of worry for Punjab, which means that the responsibility of claiming wickets during the middle overs shall fall upon skipper Ashwin and Axar Patel.

"We knew we had to win each of our last four league matches". If they also win their last game against Delhi Daredevils, they will hope Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, Kings XI Punjab lose their last game to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore so that it does not boil down to Net Run-Rate.

While Mumbai have been on an upward spiral, claiming three wins from past 5 matches in the IPL, it has been right opposite for Punjab who have failed to replicate their from the first half of the season into the second as their opponents exposed their over-reliance Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. In the next six matches, they have managed to win only one. If they lose their last two games, they are eliminated. In the history of the IPL, never has a side qualified with just 12 points in 14 games have made the playoffs but a new piece of history can be made this year if everything goes according to this article. At Wankhede, however, MI have won only 3 of 7 matches, with KXIP coming out on top in 4 occasions.

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