Having shockingly emerged victorious on the last matchday, Kings XI Punjab will be looking to pick from where they left off with another encouraging performance against Mumbai Indians on Sunday afternoon.
In action against KKR on the last matchday, MI laid blood and sweat bare on the pitch to pinch out a narrow victory by eight wickets. Quinton De Kock was the cream of the crop for MI, mustering a whopping 78 runs from 44 balls to lead his side to success.
Not left to do all the dirty work, De Kock had sufficient support behind him with Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pantya delivering good performances. For all their strengths, MI bowlers never really got going as they remained pegged back to score a poor 148 runs. These ones will need to step up their game this weekend.
Royal Challengers Bangalore were left astounded by the opposition’s resilience, as KL Rahul’s men seemed rejuvenated on the day. Their top-3 batsmen – Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle – were in inspired form, causing RCB all sorts of trouble.
Striking the last ball of the game, Nicholas Pooran helped his side squeeze past this superior RCB side. Muguran Ashwin led the bowling unit expertly, recording figures of 4-0-23-2. Mohammed Shami scored two wickets, with Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh weighing in with a wicket each in the middle overs.
In these situations, there can only be one winner. MI have big-hitters on their side and are expected to get on the front-foot as soon as possible. This fixture should be a walk in the park for the Mumbai Indians.
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