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IPL 2018 | MATCH 50 | MI vs KXIP | FANFIGHT | FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW

IPL 2018 | MATCH 50 | MI vs KXIP | FANFIGHT | FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW

MI vs KXIP: Mumbai Indians are on the verge of making it to the top4 for the first time in this year’s IPL. They are currently placed 6th on the table and a win here will get them to 12 points. Their net run-rate is the best in the league but MI can’t afford to lose this game. They lose this fixture and they’re out of the league. Also, Rohit Sharma now faces a scarred KXIP who’ve lost 4 games out of the last 5. They’re overly-dependent on individual brilliance and that might hamper their chances of making it to the eliminators. MI vs KXIP is now a vigorous brawl for a spot in the top 4.

HOW DEPENDENT HAVE KXIP BEEN ON INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES

KXIP have been dependent on 4 players. KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Just to notify how much they’ve relied on these players, let’s take a look at few numbers. KL Rahul and Gayle have scored 558 and 350 runs in 12 and 9 innings respectively. The likes of Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary, however, have managed a total of 523 runs in 36 innings. The bowling department hasn’t been any different. Andrew Tye(20) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman(14) have picked 5 wickets more than what the rest have managed in 12 innings. The Kings were dominant in the initial stages of the league although now they have a huge mountain to scale. Can they win their last 2 games?

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL

AT THE WANKHEDE

PLAYED

21

PLAYED

7

MUMBAI INDIANS

11

MUMBAI INDIANS

3

KINGS XI PUNJAB

10

KINGS XI PUNJAB

4

VENUE: THE WANKHEDE STADIUM, MUMBAI

PITCH CONDITIONS

The wicket here is an absolute belter to bat on. 6 games have been played here so far this year. 173 has been the average first innings score this year while 159 has been the average 2nd innings score. The venue has seen Mumbai score a massive 213/6 against RCB but the very same unit couldn’t chase a mere 118. Bowlers do get some purchase off this wicket but variations in speeds can also prove to be effective. How the batters adapt to the conditions and the heat will be a major test.

STATS AT THE VENUE

Matches played

67

Matches won batting 1st

24

Matches won batting 2nd

43

Average 1st innings score

155

Average 2nd innings score

143

Highest total recorded

235/1 by RCB vs MI

Lowest total recorded

87/10 by MI vs SRH

TEAM NEWS

Mujeeb Ur Rahman hurt his wrist and his thumb in the game against the Kolkata Knight Riders and is expected to stay out for a while. The KXIP are in a disarray and someone like a Yuvraj Singh might add stability in the middle order. Mayank Agarwal is likely to lose his place.

JP Duminy’s role in the team hasn’t reshaped MIs batting nor has he been used as a bowling option. Adam Milne, Mustafizur Rahman and Kieron Pollard are the other options MI can use. They could use Milne’s raw pace against a struggling KXIP middle order.

EXPECTED PLAYING 11

MUMBAI INDIANS

Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, JP Duminy/Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.

KINGS XI PUNJAB

Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal/Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma/Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot.

FANFIGHT FANTASY TEAM FOR MI vs KXIP

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PLAYER BATTLE

ROHIT SHARMA vs RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN

Rohit Sharma has been an exceptional batter for Mumbai Indians but this year his numbers have been disappointing. In the 12 innings he’s batted, Sharma has scored 267 runs at 26.70. He’s been dismissed thrice for a golden blob. However, in the 5 games MI have won, Rohit has averaged 73 and struck at 155. How has he fared against the KXIP skipper?

Sharma has faced 86 deliveries from Ravi Ashwin in T20s and has scored only 75 runs. He’s got out to the wily customer once but has played 36 dots. Not a record you’d be wanting off your primer batter. That being said, MI need their skipper to perform now more than ever. Can he step up?

Sharma on FanFight costs 9.1 credits. Does his recent form help him make the cut there? Surya Kumar Yadav, on the other hand, has 473 runs under his belt. The second most for an uncapped player. Can he continue his wonderful run with the bat or will it be the hitman show?

CHRIS GAYLE vs JASPRIT BUMRAH

Chris Gayle has literally plundered every bowler in T20s. He’s scored the most number of runs in T20s, most hundreds and definitely is a gun player. How has he dealt with Jasprit Bumrah in T20s? The mighty left-hander has scored only 26 runs off 27 balls when Bumrah has charged in with the white cherry in hand. Bumrah’s accuracy, his pace and an unorthodox bowling action make it extremely difficult for batters to gauge his deliveries with ease. Can he keep the mighty Jamaican at Bay for this fixture? Gayle also hasn’t fired against Mitchell McClenaghan. The southpaw has scored only 27 runs in 28 deliveries.

On FanFight Gayle is valued at 9.1 credits and Bumrah at 8.2 respectively. Do they find an entry in your fantasy team?

DID YOU KNOW

13 MI batsmen have been dismissed for a duck in this year’s IPL. Their skipper has been dismissed for a duck 3 times. Most for a captain in IP 2018.

Chris Gayle has the most number of 100s and 50s in T20s. 21 and 70 respectively.

SQUADS

MUMBAI INDIANS

Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne

KINGS XI PUNJAB

Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Manoj Tiwary, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar

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