Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 28 April 2013 - 07:40pm IST
Preview : Match 41 – MI vs KXIP
Daunting task for KXIP
Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab in match 41 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
The Mumbai Indians sit among the top four teams in the table and are slowly finding form. After successive defeats, MI returned to winning ways defeating defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders and then followed it up with a resounding victory over RCB in their previous match.
Kings XI Punjab meanwhile lie mid-table with four wins and as many defeats. They suffered a five-wicket defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders in their most-recent outing but had two convincing wins prior to that.
KXIP coach Darren Lehmann confirmed on the eve of the match that Shaun Marsh had recovered from the injury and stood a fair chance of playing this match. His addition to the KXIP line-up will be a big boost to the team. Marsh is the leading run-getter for the Mohali franchise and has made runs in each of the four seasons he has participated in the league. His addition to the KXIP XI could also give Gilchrist a chance to slip down the order.
Monday, April 29, 2013, 8 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians have plenty of in-form batsmen. The addition of Dwayne Smith has solved MI’s problems at the top of the innings. Runs from the West Indian – who has scored half-centuries in the last two matches – has reduced the burden on Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma who are MI’s two-most important batsmen. Sachin Tendulkar looked ominous in the previous match and that means MI now have a top four, all amongst the runs.
Mandeep Singh is KXIP’s top run-getter this season and that only establishes he has been the team’s best batsman. KXIP need runs from him and David Miller - their other man in form. Though skipper Adam Gilchrist has looked out of touch, he faced a fair number of deliveries in the previous match; a big knock from the Australia could be just round the corner.
The balance sways in favour of Kings XI Punjab where previous contests between them and Mumbai Indians are concerned. KXIP have won six of the ten matches between the two teams.
Last season, both teams failed to defend in their respective home territories.
Off the 39 wickets KXIP bowlers have picked up this IPL season, only four have been by their spinners (3 wickets by Piyush Chawla & 1 wicket by Bhargav Bhatt).
Both teams will head South after this fixture. Mumbai Indians head out to Hyderabad to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 1 while Kings XI Punjab head to Chennai to take on the Chennai Super Kings on May 2.