In an attempt to stay afloat in the competition, Mumbai Indians will be taking on the Kings XI Punjab in the 50th game of the Indian Premier League 2018. The match is scheduled to be played on May 16 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Live telecast will begin at 8 PM local time.
MI vs KXIP: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports, Fox Sports, OSN Sports Cricket HD
Live Streaming: Hotstar, Bet365, Sky Go, OSN Play
This being a night game, dew will certainly be a factor at the Wankhede. So although three of the past four matches played at this venue have been won by the side that has batted first, the team that wins the toss in this match may still prefer to bowl first.
Read on for team analysis, betting odds, betting tips and prediction for MI vs KXIP 50th match, Indian Premier League 2018...
Mumbai Indians Team News & Playing 11
Mumbai Indians seems free from all injury concerns ahead of their crucial match-up against the Kings XI Punjab. Though they ended up losing their last game to the Rajasthan Royals, the team is expected to go in with an unchanged line-up.
Suryakumar Yadav has scored the most runs for Mumbai Indians this IPL season. The opener had hit a fifty in the reverse encounter and the team will expect him to score big this time as well. His partner Evin Lewis has two good knocks in the last three matches while Ishan Kishan showed his class recently against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Rohit Sharma is due for a big innings while Hardik Pandya, who is second on the wickets charts, is also a dangerous batsman in the middle order. Jasprit Bumrah will be the key man with the new ball and a top contender for taking early wickets. Leg-spinner Mayank Markande has been very impressive with 14 wickets and he too could make an impact with the ball here.
After winning three games on the trot - one against the Kings XI Punjab and the next two against the Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in their last game. They have slipped to the sixth spot in the IPL 2018 league standings with five wins and seven losses from twelve fixtures. MI now have to win both their remaining matches in order to be in contention for the playoffs.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is nursing a hand injury and is doubtful for this game. The Afghan off-spinner sustained the injury in the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders and was replaced by Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in the last match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. KXIP will be hoping that their strike bowler returns for this all-important clash.
With the middle order not firing for KXIP, the onus will once again be on the opening pair of Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle to take the team off to a blazing start. Rahul has scored over 60 in three of his last four innings but Gayle has not got going since that fifty against the Mumbai Indians in the reverse fixture. Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis are powerful strikers of the ball and the team will need them to be in full flow. Andrew Tye has been exceptional with the ball. The Australian fast bowler is leading the wickets charts with 20 wickets and he will be KXIP's best bet to rattle the opposition's top order. The team will have their fingers crossed for Mujeeb Ur Rahman and if he plays, MI will have another bowler to watch out for.
Once the table toppers, Kings XI Punjab have slumped to fifth in the league standings with six wins and as many defeats from twelve matches. They have lost four of their last five games, including their last three in a row which has put them in a tricky situation. KXIP must now win both their remaining matches to ensure a place in the playoffs. But if they happen to win just one of those, it could all come down to the net run-rate.
Kings XI Punjab Predicted Playing 11
Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
MI : L W W W L
KXIP : L L L W L
MI vs KXIP Head to Head
Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab have played 21 matches against each other in the IPL. While the former have won 11 of those, the latter are not far behind with 10 wins.
Mumbai Indians have beaten Kings XI Punjab three times in their previous five attempts.
The most recent encounter between these two teams came in the 34th match this season at Indore where the Mumbai Indians chased down KXIP's total of 174 to win by six wickets and an over to spare.
Total Matches: 21; Mumbai Indians Won: 11; Kings XI Punjab Won: 10
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Betting Odds
Mumbai Indians will be playing on their home ground, and even though they are coming after having faced defeat against the Rajasthan Royals, the bookmakers are showing faith in them and have them as favorites to win this match. The hosts are being offered at odds of 1.61 on Betway, 1.66 on Bet365 and 1.74 on Betfair. Kings XI Punjab on the other hand have lost all their momentum after losing their last three matches in a row. They are the underdogs for this game and are priced higher at 2.30 on Betfair and 2.20 each on Bet365 and Betway.
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Prediction
This is a must-win game for both the teams but the pressure is going to be more on the Mumbai Indians who will get eliminated from the tournament if they end up losing. Kings XI Punjab on the other hand will still have an outside chance even if they lose this game. KXIP will be down on confidence after their three consecutive losses. Their batting seems over dependent on KL Rahul and Chris Gayle and they could also be without their in-form bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman. While MI too have their middle-order issues to sort out, they still appear slightly superior when it comes to batting. They also have the home advantage in their favour and having beaten KXIP earlier will give them a psychological boost. Mumbai Indians may have lost four of their last six matches at home, but we feel that they will put up a strong performance here on Wednesday to keep their playoffs hopes alive.
Final Verdict: Back Mumbai Indians to beat Kings XI Punjab at 1.61 on Betway, 1.66 on Bet365 and 1.74 on Betfair.