After suffering a heart-breaking loss at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab will look to put their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 campaign back on track when they take on an upbeat Mumbai Indians side in Indore on Thursday.
Kings XI Punjab, who have secured two wins so far, were led by a one man show (vs SRH) from Manan Vohra, who displayed excellent stroke play on a slow Uppal track.
He fell five short of becoming the second batsman to hit a century in this year’s tournament and the same figure prevented KXIP from sealing their third win. Their overseas batsmen, particularly David Miller and Eoin Morgan, have failed to live up to their potential but skipper Glenn Maxwell would hope they strike form before it gets too late.
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On the other hand, Mumbai Indians – after losing their first game against Rising Pune Supergiant – have won four in row and will look to continue their winning streak. Nitish Rana has been their go to man with two half-centuries in five games.
The Pandya brothers have stepped up to the plate when needed the most. Rohit Sharma, who returned to form with a match winning 40 against Gujarat Lions, will look to get a big one this time around.
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Here’s a look at the approaching milestones and stats for some of the players ahead of their KXIP and MI’s first meeting in the 2017 Indian Premier League.
18 – No. of times both teams have played against each other in IPL. Thursday’s game will be the 19th one. Both teams have won nine matches each. Last year, Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs at Mohali while KXIP got the better of Rohit Sharma’s side by seven wickets at Visakhapatnam.
3 – No. of wickets Lasith Malinga needs to become the first bowler to claim 150 wickets in IPL. The Sri Lankan fast bowler has 147 wickets at 18.11 in 101 matches for Mumbai Indians since 2009.
1 – No. of scalps Harbhajan Singh needs to take to become third Indian and 19th bowler overall to complete a double century of wickets in T20s. Currently, the off-spinner has 199 wickets at 25.58 in 222 games.
(With inputs from S Pervez Qaiser)