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MI 156/6 after 19 overs: Shami starts the over with a delivery right at the blockhole. An opportunity follows when Coulter-Nile miscues one to the skies and it drops in a no man’s land, with Rahul and Bishnoi converging under it. Shami goes for a slower and shorter one but Coulter-Nile waits on that and goes for a gorious pull towards the fence. The last ball takes an edge as well before running down to the fine leg fence.
MI 144/6 after 18 overs: Stand and deliver! You could define effortless by showing someone a footage of Pollard heaving bowlers for sixes. He smokes two back-to-back sixes off Arshdeep’s bowling right out of the park. He rotates strike and Coulter-Nile, on strike, hits two consecutive fours! 22 runs come off the over.
MI 122/6 after 17 overs: Jordan is back into the attack and he will be bowling against a man in terrific form. Also, accompanying the latter at the non-striker’s end is one of the most dangerous death-over batsmen in world cricket. But… but… Jordan gets the all-important wicket of QDK who has hit this straight down Mayank Agarwal’s throat at deep midwicket.
MI 117/5 after 16 overs: Hardik takes the long walk after slicing a short ball from Shami straight to Pooran, who pouches it comfortably at sweeper cover. Kieron Pollard comes to the crease.
MI 114/4 after 15 overs: QDK gets to his third half-century in three games. This one has come just off 39 deliveries. What a season this man is having! He takes Ashwin for a ride, flaying him for a four over covers and then a maximum straight down the ground. Glorious, glorious shots, those!
MI 102/4 after 14 overs: Bishnoi is elated and why wouldn’t he be? He gets the crucial wicket of Krunal just as he was looking to play aggressor alongside QDK. A new man at the crease might put a break on the momentum for now, or will it? (It is the younger Pandya afterall!) Nope, and he sends the message across off the very first delivery. He has launched this right over wide long off for a SIX.
MI 93/3 after 13 overs: Krunal rocks back and works a short ball from Ashwin away towards midwicket for a fine boundary. The former then brings up the fifty-run partnership, following which QDK steals a boundary from right under Rahul’s nose. It misses the bat, Rahul’s gloves and just rolls down to the boundary aided by a sharp turn.
MI 83/3 after 12 overs: Bishnoi concedes only three of this over as the batsmen avoid taking any unneccessary risks against the young leggie.
MI 80/3 after 11 overs: Spinners to operate in tandem and it is Deepak Hooda who will be bowling off-spin to QDK. The South African wicketkeeper-batsman backs away to create some room for himself and muscles it over deep backward square leg for a maximum.
MI 70/3 after 10 overs: Time for some legspin from one end now – Ashwin has been brought into the attack. A googly off the second and Krunal cuts this past Chris Gayle at slip. The latter was a tad bit late to react to that. Krunal ends the over on a high, with another four, carving it away to the deep backward point region.
MI 60/3 after 9 overs: Krunal targets the extra cover region yet again. A tossed up delivery from the Aussie and the elder Pandya drives this one through the infield quite easily. Jordan could have saved this with a dive but he let it race past him.
MI 53/3 after 8 overs: Krunal hammers Jordan after the Barbados-born pacer bowls two dots. This was delivered short of a length and the batter went over deep extra cover for a maximum.
MI 46/3 after 7 overs: Maxwell keeps things tight in the over. Only three runs off it. Rahul goes upstairs for a caught behind appeal but turns out that Krunal Pandya’s defence ricocheted off the ground to the keeper and not the boot, as was earlier being suspected.
MI 43/3 after 6 overs: Arshdeep’s back and how! Kishan departs off the very first ball – quite an ordinary one at that. Bowled short and quite wide, Kishan goes for the upper cut but he doesn’t seem to have connected well. It flies straight to Ashwin again at third man. The expression on the bowler’s face tells you even he didn’t see that coming. De Kock releases a bit of pressure on the host with a glorious drive to deep extra cover.
MI 38/2 after 5 overs: Down the ground and wide of mid on goes Ishan Kishan to pick up a boundary. The very next ball sees Maxwell extracting a sharp turn from the surface. How many revs did he put on that one?
MI 30/2 after 4 overs: Shami strikes now! This is precisely the start KXIP would have wanted. Suryakumar Yadav, who has been in very good touch in this edition of the IPL, has flicked this straight to Murugan Ashwin at midwicket. There is a bobble but the spinner holds on to the ball off the second attempt. SKY goes for duck. Ishan Kishan joins QDK at the crease. The last ball goes for five following a reckless overthow by Nicholas Pooran.
MI 24/1 after 3 overs: Arshdeep continues to impress! The big wicket is in the bag. Rohit is walking back to the pavilion after playing a length ball right back onto his stumps. That would make the youngster feel a bit better after a harsh wide call from the umpire followed by the night’s first maximum by QDK off his bowling earlier in the over.
MI 15/0 after 2 overs: Not quite the welcome Shami would have wanted in his very first over! De Kock works it away behind point for a four and Rohit joins the celebrations three balls later, glancing it down fine leg.
MI 6/0 after 1 over: A run out scare early in the very first over as QDK looks to get off the mark. He nudges one away to short mid on but Maxwell is quick to collect it and throw at the non-striker’s end. A direct hit wouldn’t have found Rohit even in the frame. Rohit smashes one through covers to bring up MI’s first boundary of the night as well.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma plays a shot as KXIP captain KL Rahul looks on. – BCCI/IPL
– Punjab skipper KL Rahul with a few magical words for his teammates before Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock make their way out to the middle. Glenn Maxwell to bowl with the new ball.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
WHAT THEY SAID
KL Rahul, KXIP captain: We’re at that stage where the toss doesn’t matter. We need to show energy and try to win everything from here. Last game was too close for comfort but we needed a win like that to get over the line. We’re also going in with the same team.
Rohit Sharma, MI captain: We’re having a bat first. We want to put runs on the board, the team has done well doing that. We don’t need to change that. It is an important game for us and putting runs on the board would be ideal. The team has looked balanced. We’re going in with the same team.
Mumbai Indians wins toss, opt to bat first. – BCCI/IPL
PITCH REPORT: ” It is the same track as the one used yesterday afternoon. It looks a little drier though. Spinners did a good job yesterday going for about eight an over in general. There is not much turn but it will turn a little bit today. Be wary of the spinners but also be wary of the short boundaries on one side, ranging from 61 to 65 meters behind square for the right-hander. No wind around to intervene, but 165-170 should be enough,” reckons Simon Doull. – BCCI/IPL
MATCH PREVIEW BY AMOL KARHADKAR
If there was to be a contest that’s actually a no-contest based on the form and record of teams in the Indian Premier League’s 2020 edition, this is the one.
It appears so much of a mismatch, at least before the toss, on virtually every count. Mumbai Indians’ comprehensive 48-run win against Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi in the first face-off of the teams this year tilted the head-to-head record 14-11 in Mumbai’s favour.
But that’s as close as the teams can get. Otherwise Mumbai – on a five-match winning streak – has won six of its eight games, whereas it’s inverse when it comes to Kings XI’s win-loss record this year. No wonder that Mumbai has consistently been among the top two teams on the table, whereas Kings XI has occupied the eighth slot in standings for a while.
IPL 2020: What the teams are playing for – BCCI/IPL
Despite K.L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal’s heroics at the top of the order, Kings XI has finished second in each of their contests barring the two against Royal Challengers Bangalore. And it’s their second win after a string of losses in its last encounter that has kept their campaign alive. Captain Rahul and his bunch will be keen to upset the defending champion and give their head coach Anil Kumble a perfect birthday gift a day after he turned 50.
The key men
For it to happen, however, both Rahul and Agarwal will have to ensure at least one of them bats out the innings, irrespective of whether the set or chase target, to be competitive. This would mean the duo, along with Chris Gayle at No. 3, will have to weather Jasprit Bumrah’s storm.
Besides, in the earlier face-off between the teams, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya went after the Kings XI death bowlers. Since then, they have been struggling to find a reliable death bowler.
Mohammed Shami will need to attack Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock at the start and keep the big-hitters at the back .
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The two teams have faced each other 25 times in the IPL so far, and MI has dominated the fixture by winning it 14 times.
Last IPL meeting
MI (191/4 in 20 overs) beat KXIP (143/8 in 20 overs) by 48 runs.
Earlier this season, the sides had squared off in Abu Dhabi on October 1, Thursday. The Mumbai-based franchise handed the Punjab-based side a 48-run defeat. MI skipper Rohit Sharma (70) and Kieron Pollard (47) guided he side to the big total. A disciplined bowling attack, which included three two-wicket hauls, then restricted KXIP to 143. Four bowlers picked two wickets apiece.
IPL 2020 Form guide (last 5 matches)
MI- The team is in red-hot form, having won all of its last five encounters.
KXIP- The franchise has lost four of its last five matches, but comes into this game on the back of a nail-biting win.
Current position in the table
MI (2nd): After six wins and two losses from eight matches, Mumbai currently sits second in the points table with 12 points.
KXIP (8th): On the other hand, Punjab is currently reeling at the bottom of the table after bagging only four points from eight matches. The side has won two matches and lost six.
Top performers so far – MI
|Quinton de Kock (269)||Jasprit Bumrah (12)|
|Rohit Sharma (251)||Trent Boult (12)|
|Suryakumar Yadav (243)||Rahul Chahar (9)|
Top performers so far – KXIP
|K.L. Rahul (448)||Mohammad Shami (12)|
|Mayank Agarwal (382)||Ravi Bishnoi (8)|
|Nicholas Pooran (218)||Murugan Ashwin (6)|
MI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
KXIP: KL Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, K Gowtham, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
TOP FIVE PLAYERS WITH MOST POINTS IN FANTASY SQUADS
1. KL Rahul (KXIP) – 157.5 points
2. Mayank Agarwal (KXIP) – 155 points
3. Jasprit Bumrah (MI) – 130 points
4. Quinton de Kock (MI) – 128.5 points
5. Trent Boult (MI) – 127 points
- Highest run-getter: KL Rahul (448)
- Highest wicket-taker: Kagiso Rabada (19)
- Highest individual score: KL Rahul (132*)
- Best bowling figures: Jasprit Bumrah (4/20)
- Best economy: Chris Morris (5.25)
- Most fours: Shikhar Dhawan (39)
- Most sixes: AB de Villiers and Sanju Samson (19)
- Fastest ball: Anrich Nortje (156.22 kmph)
- Biggest six: Nicholas Pooran (106m)
- Fastest fifty: Nicholas Pooran (17 balls)
- Fastest century: Mayank Agarwal (45 balls)
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai
Kings XI Punjab: K. L. Rahul (c), Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M. Ashwin, J. Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh
IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||9||6||3||12||-0.096|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||8||4||4||8||-0.684|
|Chennai Super Kings||9||3||6||6||-0.386|
|Kings XI Punjab||8||2||6||4||-0.295|
WHERE TO WATCH IPL 2020 – MUMBAI INDIANS VS KINGS XI PUNJAB LIVE?
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