Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 28, 2013

Mumbai seek to right poor record


Match facts

Monday, April 29, 2013
Start time 2000 IST (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab have little in common. Mumbai are big spenders, often splashing cash on the flavours of the season and then benching them; Kings XI are more frugal. Mumbai have some of the world's most sought after Twenty20 players on their overseas roster; Kings XI's foreign cricketers might have been sought after several summers ago. Mumbai's Indian contingent rivals that of Chennai Super Kings as the strongest in the IPL; most of Kings XI's Indians are too green. Yet, only one win separates the two sides after eight games each, and Kings XI have had the better of previous contests against Mumbai.

After much tinkering and inconsistent results, Mumbai seem to have discovered a successful formula for the time being. Benching Ricky Ponting has reunited Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar, perhaps the most successful of several opening combinations Mumbai have tried recently, and allowed them to play Mitchell Johnson, whose short-ball salvo rattled Chris Gayle on Saturday. They have also batted Kieron Pollard at No. 5 in recent matches. It's hard to pick chinks in the side that beat Royal Challengers Bangalore, because Mumbai Indians have shed the poor performers from their previous two defeats - Ponting, Jasprit Bumrah and Munaf Patel.

Kings XI have not yet made the decision to drop their non-performing captain. Adam Gilchrist said he was close to sitting out of the game against Kolkata Knight Riders but was voted in by the majority of the selection panel. He made a run-a-ball 27 at Eden Gardens, his best score of the season, but looked scratchy. His hand-eye coordination is just not what it once was. Should Gilchrist not play on Monday, Kings XI could play an overseas contingent of David Hussey, David Miller, Shaun Marsh and Azhar Mahmood or Luke Pomersbach. The problem is, Kings XI don't have a viable back-up for the wicketkeeper's job.

Form guide

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Mumbai's new-ball attack is likely to comprise Lasith Malinga and Johnson. They are not among the season's top wicket-takers but they pose a challenge of international quality to top orders that don't. Malinga has only five wickets in six games but has an economy-rate of 6.16. Johnson has nine wickets in seven games, and while he may not be the most miserly, his effectiveness as an impact bowler was showcased during his spell to Gayle at the Wankhede.

David Miller's inclusion has added considerable firepower to Kings XI's batting line-up. He averages 72 and has a strike-rate of 137 after four innings. His only real failure came at the spinner-friendly Eden Gardens; the quicker Wankhede surface will be more to Miller's liking. Given that there are few other in-form batsmen in Kings XI's line-up, it is vital that Miller is not held down the order for longer than is necessary.

Stats and trivia

  • Of the ten matches between these two teams, Kings XI have won six and Mumbai have won four. Kings XI have won two out of three games at the Wankhede.
  • Shaun Marsh averages 65.40 in six games against Mumbai, while Pomersbach has a high score of 79 not out in two innings against them.
  • Pollard averages only 14 at a strike rate of 128 in six matches against Kings XI. Malinga has had success against Kings XI - 13 wickets in six games and an economy of 6.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Majid on April 29, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    My team for Punjab

    1. P Awana, 2. Azhar Mahmood, 3. PP Chawla, 4. MS Gony, 5. Harmeet Singh, 6. DJ Hussey, 7. P Kumar, 8. Mandeep Singh, 9. SE Marsh, 10. AD Mascarenhas, 11. DA Miller, 12. M Vohra

  • Ajith Prasad on April 29, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Ponting dropped, Gilly dropped and ideally they have dropped Tendulkar as well. It's a pity that Ambanis are not willing to do that just like BCCI.

  • Ali on April 29, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I think people have forgotten that KXI have Nitin Saini as backup keeper. Nowhere near Gilchrist's class, but a back-up nonetheless. That way, they can get Shaun Marsh in. My playing IX would include Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, David Miller and Azhar Mahmood as the overseas player.

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    How one could imagine a game without Tendulkar???? I am not saying he is playing good now a days but one can see his records in all IPL games before the 6th season starts He was amongst the top 3 players and scored 2000+ runs in less innings. So there is no chance of dropping him. one must have noticed how he played in the last match

  • Wasim on April 29, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Give rest to Malinga and sachin and chance to Ponting & Maxwell.

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @Nadeera MI are not playing to win fair play award, they are playing for IPL and while asking someone to be dropped, atleast provide some insights as why they should be. And talking about 200+ I don't see any team doing it consistently, its a T20 for god sake not ODI. Probably you havn't gone through the T20 record of Tendulkar, the strike rate is better than many T20 "specialist" players and can't ask better in avg from an 40 year old player (still much better avg than lot ).. :)

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    @ Prashant Sapkota : replacing Maxwell for malinga doesnt make a sense,please do refer the past performance of malinga for MI,

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Gods can't play t20 cricket.Gods can play only test cricket.So drop Tendulkar.

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    MI should drop that antic man Harbhajan.Then atleast they can earn some points at the fair play table.

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    MI can score 200+ in every match without Tendulkar.MI should drop him.

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