Kings XI Punjab, the first team to seal a place in the Playoffs, take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in Match 48 of IPL 2014 on Wednesday at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali at 8 pm IST.
Time: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 8 pm IST
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Kings XI Punjab need to win as winning is a habit for them now. Secondly, the team now needs to finish among the top two, so they will get a second dash at qualifying for the title clash.
MI, despite their win over the Rajasthan Royals on Monday, are barely in the race for the Playoffs. With two Playoff spots still open and five teams competing for them, MI has to win or fade today.
Where to Watch Live: Set Max & Sony Six
IPL 2014 on TV Channels Worldwide:
|3||Middle East||OSN Network|
|6||India||Set Max & Sony Six|
|9||Sri Lanka||Carlton Sports Network|
|10||United Kingdom||ITV Networks Ltd|
|12||United States||Willow TV international|
|13||New Zealand||Sky NZ|
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For INTERNET & MOBILE:
1. India Internet – GoCricket.com & StarSports.com
2. USA – www.willow.tv
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4. IPL mobile streaming in India: StarSports.com, nexGTV / GoCricket (apps)
5. IPL mobile stream outside India: youtube.com/gocricketand GoCricket apps.
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Every time Kings XI Punjab have taken the field, the spotlight has been on Glenn Maxwell, who bats mercilessly bowing bowlers down in his front. Opponents will continue to focus on him and hope to find a chink in his armour, while KXIP always banks on his form to win.
Equally strong on the bowling front is Sandeep Sharma, who has impressed with his ability to swing the ball both ways. Kings XI Punjab have been the most prolific at picking up runs through boundaries; they have scored 61.7% of their runs through hits to and over the fence this season.
Mumbai Indians will be depending on their two players Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard as both batsmen have made more than 200 runs this season, though failed some knockout blows. Michael Hussey at the top comes with some advantage as he lends help to the batting line-up and gives MI the advantage of having a left-right combination up front, which bowlers fail to appreciate.
Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard should know that today’s match is do or die for the Mumbai Indians as its win or defeat would decide their run into the ring for Playoffs.
MI might change their opening order and their bowling spearhead, as Lasith Malinga is not there. That leaves Marchant de Lange and Krishmar Santokie to fill in the big boots of the Sri Lankan.
Previous Meetings & Stats:
The head-to-head between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians reads 7-6 and today’s match may go in favour of Kings XI Punjab as in all matches played at Mohali, KXIP have won 3 of their 4 matches against MI at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Prediction: Mumbai Indians may give a tough fight to Kings XI Punjab, but the Punjab team knows how to win ultimately.
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (C), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Akshar Patel, Beuran Hendricks, Karanveer Singh, Murali Kartik.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Michael Hussey, Pragyan Ojha, Corey Anderson, Praveen Kumar, Josh Hazlewood, CM Gautam, Aditya Tare, Apoorv Wankhade, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie, Ben Dunk, Pavan Suyal, Sushant Marathe, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal and Lendl Simmons.