Mumbai face KXIP litmus test; Top 5 player battles
Mumbai Indians, despite being three time champions, have been very inconsistent this season and after the loss against Rajasthan don't have their fate in their own hands.
On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab have been really impressive in this season and they are the strong contender for the title. KXIP are currently fourth on points table.
Meanwhile, both the teams boast of star players, who will be eager to outplay their rivals. This match will have some interesting comparison between players. Let's take a look at top five of them.
Jasprit Bumrah vs Andrew Tye
Bumrah: Jasprit Bumrah has been the spearhead of bowling for Mumbai Indians. While the yorker is his most potent weapon, Bumrah’s unorthodox action makes it very difficult for batsmen to read him. After a few hiccups here and there, he has been consistent for MI this season. He has collected 13 scalps with a bowling average of just over 7 in 12 games.
Tye: Andrew Tye has been spearheading the bowling attack for KXIP this season. He has taken 20 wickets this season in the 12 games he played and will be crucial in the game against MI.
Rohit Sharma vs Chris Gayle
Rohit: MI skipper, Rohit, has been having a very rocky season. A total of 267 runs in 12 innings and an average of 26.70 is not just what his team expected of a player of his caliber, the third highest run getter in IPL history. He will be aiming to give his best, especially now, when Mumbai wants their captain the most.
Gayle: Gayle started the tournament in tremendous form, the swashbuckling batsman has smashed one century and three 50s in this season. But, Gayle has been a shadow of that KXIP key player in the second half of the season. Although, he is making other franchises pay for their mistake of not buying him as the West Indies player was bought by Punjab in the last round of the action and that too at his base price of Rs 2 crore. He'll want to score big runs against MI and make everyone remember that who is the 'Universal Boss'!
Ishan Kishan vs LK Rahul
Ishan Kishan: He is one the names that are highly under the spotlight to replace Dhoni's position in the Indian team, he has been one of the bright spots in otherwise lacklusture MI performances. He has hit 250 runs at a strike rate of 157.23 in 12 games.
KL Rahul: The Karnataka batsman made his intentions clear in the very first game of Punjab by scoring fastest half-century of IPL. Rahul has also been consistent this season and hitting the useful runs while coming as first down as well as opening for the team. He has already scored 558 runs with a strike rate of 161.73 in the 12 games of IPL 2018.
Suryakumar Yadav vs David Miller
Yada He has been the most consistent of all the Mumbai Indians batsmen. With 473 runs to his name in 12 innings, the 27-year-old leads the batting chart for Mumbai Indians. MI would want him to fire if they want to win against KXIP.
Miller: Miller is no muck when it comes to swinging the bat and hitting it a long way. He has no qualms in white washing oppositions. His stats speak for themselves, in 68 matches that he has played he has score 1613 runs at the strike rate of 140.62. Open to opening the batting or finishing things off in the middle order, Miller can be a filler in the batting order, and ensure a spectacle. He has only played two games for KXIP this season and with their middle-order problems at hand, he is likely solution Punjab are looking for.
Mayank Markande vs Mujeeb-ur-Rahman
Markande: The teenage leg-spinner, Markande garnered headlines in the opening game of IPL 2018 by trapping Dhoni plumb in front and he has till now maintained his wicket taking ability, specially in crucial conditions. He has been MI's best bowler with 14 wickets to his name and in economy rate of just over 8 in 12 games.
Rahman: Mujeeb-ur-Rahman was picked up by Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 2018 auctions for INR 4 crore or $630,000, as he got yet another opportunity to showcase his talent. The Afghanistani youngster took the IPL by storm, notching up 14 wickets in 11 games with an economy of under 7 and is one bowler that MI players should be wary of.