After 17 overs: Kings XI Punjab has won the match by 7 wickets. With three overs still to go, Kings XI Punjab players have decided to bring the match to its ultimate course. With this win, Kings XI Punjab will be moving one step ahead from Rising Pune Supergiants. Superb batting in the last three overs. Albeit wickets did fall, it was inconsequential to say the least. By beating Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab will perhaps take this win as a stepping stone to a better position in the coming games.
After 15 overs: Kings XI Punjab 110/1. Mumbai Indians are battling against a tide here. The game has been swept already to Kings XI’s side. Despite putting a hard front, the Mumbai Indians failed in delivering wickets to topple the chances of boundaries in the game. The Punjab players are only looking to grab the match by each passing over, and with the runs in sight, they will soon be able to wrap up the match. No wickets taken as of now.
After 10 overs: Kings XI Punjab 61/1. The performance from Punjab has not diminished at all. Not only have they chanced themselves upon solid boundaries, but they’ve also successfully had a good run between the wickets. It would be wrong to say that the Mumbai Indians bowlers were ineffective – Southee’s first wicket in the first over – but the Kings XI batsmen have brilliantly found composure. With 32 and 21 runs respectively Vijay and Saha, a half century will soon wrap up the game pretty neatly.
After 5 overs: Kings XI Punjab are 26/1. Except Amla’s wicket in the first over, things are looking great for Punjab as of this moment. Careful swerve towards the boundary, strong connection between the wickets, and the occasional consultation between the batsmen will serve to improve Punjab’s already strong chances of winning the game. Murali Vijay looks like he’s in great form, and with efficient assistance with oncoming batsmen, he will be able to secure a good run for his team. Hashim Amla: 0
Hashim Amla and Murali Vijay are opening for Mumbai Indians.
Highest scorer: Kieron Pollard 27
Most wicket-taker: Marcus Stoinis 4
After 20 overs: Mumbai Indians 124/9. With all the players depleded in the last five overs, it was a decent struggle from Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya to stack up the score with boundaries. Some good hits here and there would’ve definitely ensured a score more than a mere 130. It would be amiss not to mention the contribution of the fielders in brilliantly converting boundaries to catches and taking out batsmen at the most crucial points of the match. No matter the outcome of the match, depending on the scores as of now, Kings XI Punjab has the most chances of claiming victory in the match. KH Pandya: 19, Kieron Pollard: 27, Tim Southee: 1, McClenaghan: 4
After 15 overs: Mumbai Indians 80/5. 35 runs in the last five overs. Mumbai Indians have a decent chance at taking the score upto 130 if they constantly break two boundaries in each of the remaining 5 overs. With Kieron Pollard on the pitch with Krunal Pandya, the former a preferred boundary-hitter ar crucial times, Mumbai Indians might up their ante in what was otherwise a slow and dead run. Spinners are proving to be expensive for the Kings XI Punjab players, but wickets in the last five overs will ensure a stoppage in full-swing boundaries. Nitish Rana: 25, Jos Buttler: 9
After 10 overs: Mumbai Indians 45/3. With Captain Rohit Sharma out, Kings XI Punjab players will be aiming for a more narrower target to conquer. Mumbai Indians’ performance on the pitch seems frazzled, and miscommunication between batsmen will still pose as a consternation for the future title prospects of the team. The batsmen have been brave with boundaries, but what they’re lacking is the constant pressure of small runs between the wickets. Five more overs of this same pattern and Mumbai Indians’ chances of scoring decently will be hijacked. Rohit Sharma: 15
After 5 overs: Mumbai Indians are 14/2. That’s a great start for the Kings XI Punjab players. Two wickets are already gone. Choosing to bat first for the match, Mumbai Indians might have brought an abrupt and decisive outcome for the game for themselves. Some great bowling seen from Mohit and Sandeep Sharma; both of them taking a wicket each. If Punjab players are able to maintain this pace attack, Mumbai Indians might soon succumb to this relentless onslaught. Unmukt Chand:0 Ambati Rayudu: 0
With seven losses in their last ten games, Kings XI Punjab is at the bottom of the IPL table. Their counterpart, however, have a less murkier and obstacle-riddled path ahead. Punjab Captain Murali Vijay has remained unsuccessful in countering great offences, and this in turn has lead to a downward momentum for the once-favorite IPL team. Rohit Sharma, the Captain of the Mumbai Indians, has had strange bouts of performance in the field. The outcome of the toss will decide which one will have the upperhand for the rest of the match.
Kings XI Punjab: Hashim Amla, Murali Vijay (Captain), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicketkeeper), David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Farhaan Behardien, Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Parthiv Patel (Wicketkeeper), Ambati Rayudu, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Suchith, Martin Guptill, Shreyas Gopal