Will Pollard continue his ball striking? Will Bumrah come good? MI vs KXIP key players
Today’s clash is MI vs KXIP, but who are the key players to look out for?
Mumbai is coming off a close loss but will be full of confidence as they managed to track down 89 in the last five overs against RCB to force the match into a super over. Punjab on the other hand will be looking to correct their death bowling woes going into this game. Will matchups matter?
Like before, it is time yet again to look at the matchups and see which side has a statistical advantage going into the game.
Mumbai Indians – Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Kings XI Punjab – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Karun Nair, Jimmy Neesham, Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.
Rohit vs Jordan:
- 47 runs in 34 balls without a dismissal
The Indian opener will be looking to continue his hold over the English international if he plays to fix KXIP’s death bowling woes.
Rohit vs Cottrell: MI vs KXIP key players
- 55 runs in 46 balls without a dismissal
Although the opener is yet to be dismissed by Cottrell, the West Indian will be looking to continue to strangle Rohit and build pressure on the opener.
Rohit vs Ashwin/Bishnoi:
Although there is no head to head to back this up, there is evidence he struggles against leg-spin. In his last three IPL seasons, Rohit Sharma averages 29.52 and scores at 8.2rpo when facing pace, and off-spin – when facing SLA and leg-spin, he averages 13.00 and scores at 5.77rpo.
De Kock vs Jordan:
- 36 runs in 22 balls without a dismissal
If Jordan comes back to bolster KXIP’s death bowling, he well may go for runs at the death and in the powerplay.
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Suryakumar vs Ashwin: MI vs KXIP key players
- 8 runs in 14 balls with two dismissals.
Murugan Ashwin could be key in trying to restrict Suryakumar Yadav and bog Mumbai down in the middle overs.
Hardik vs Shami: MI vs KXIP key players
- 9 runs in 6 balls with two dismissals
The team India pacer could be crucial in trying to slow down Hardik Pandya, let alone dismiss him.
Hardik vs Jordan:
- 27 runs in 13 balls without a dismissal
Hardik has successfully managed to go after Chris Jordan and KXIP may not include Jordan in the XI based on the head-to-head matchups we see.
Pollard vs Jordan:
- 36 runs in 18 balls without a dismissal.
Pollard has managed to tee off against the English international and the head-to-head matchups seem to prove he could have a very poor game if he plays.
Pollard vs Cottrell: MI vs KXIP key players
- 50 runs in 43 balls with 3 dismissals.
Pollard’s West Indian team-mate in Sheldon Cottrell could hold the key in tying down Pollard and not allowing him to unleash his long levers and smash balls straight down the ground.
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Rahul vs Coulter-Nile: MI vs KXIP key players
- 17 runs in 11 balls with two dismissals.
If Nathan Coulter-Nile is fit, there is reason to play him to counter the competitions highest run scorer as he has dismissed the Indian twice.
Maxwell vs Bumrah:
- 66 runs in 55 balls with 6 dismissals
The Indian pacer clearly has the wood over Glenn Maxwell, but will an out of form Bumrah continue his hold or will Maxwell bounce back.
Maxwell vs Pattinson:
- 45 runs in 21 balls with one dismissal.
Will Maxwell continue to dominate Pattinson or will he manage to bounce back against his countryman.
KXIP doesn’t have many match-ups in their favor although they have the two best batsmen this tournamen. This should shape up to be a cracker of a game. Mumbai have the advantage of matchups going into this game, but at a certain point they do not really matter. Punjab will need to calm themselves after the Tewatia onslaught. Will Chris Jordan come back as the specialist death bowler?
The Matchups suggest not, but you never know. Since, cricket is much much more than matchups. No matter the result, this will be quite a thrilling game nevertheless.
We hope you enjoyed our MI vs KXIP key players analysis.
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