Kings XI v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Mohali May 20, 2014

Home stretch awaits top guns


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Match facts

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

A month after they took this edition of the tournament by storm, Kings XI Punjab return home to Mohali, a ground notorious for its sparsely filled stands be it international cricket or the IPL, for the first of three home games. In the recent past, only an occasion as big as the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan saw Mohali choc-a-block with people. Now, they won't have an excuse as Kings XI have been the team to watch in the tournament, their style of batting possibly the most exhilarating ever in seven editions of the IPL.

Facing them will be Mumbai Indians, a team on the brink. The defending champions have had a disastrous campaign and need to win all their remaining matches to have any chance of making it to the playoffs. The Mohali test promises to be their toughest as they will be playing their last two matches against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils with the vociferous support of the Wankhede crowd behind them. That they are one of only two teams to beat Kings XI this season should boost their confidence.

Form guide

Kings XI Punjab: WWLWW (completed games, most recent first)
Mumbai Indians: WLWLW

Where they stand

Kings XI Punjab: Top of the table, with 18 points from 11 games
Mumbai Indians: Seventh, with 8 points from 11 games

Previous encounter

Harbhajan Singh reined in the Glenn Maxwell storm just when it was threatening to explode in the teams' previous meeting. George Bailey and David Miller failed to fire and Kings XI could only set a target of 169, which, considering the conditions in Mumbai, was slightly below par. Kieron Pollard, with a 12-ball 28, helped Mumbai Indians complete the chase in the last over.

Watch out for

Kings XI retaining Manan Vohra, a 20-year-old batsman, ahead of the auctions seemed to be against conventional wisdom. They then kept him hidden for nine matches, raising more questions about that decision. But if you saw him hit that back-foot punch for six over cover off a quick Mohammed Shami delivery against Daredevils, you wondered why on earth was he out for so long. Vohra's stats for his two matches this season read 89 runs off 39 balls, which is a strike rate of 228.20, a few notches above that of Maxwell.

Michael Hussey's return to the top of the order has lent solidity to a fragile Mumbai Indians batting. His half-century in his comeback match in Ahmedabad gave Mumbai Indians their best start this year. Maybe the team could have been patient with his form earlier. With three must-win games ahead of them, they now need Hussey to come good three more times.

Stats and trivia

  • Kieron Pollard's strike-rate - 130.89 - is the best for Mumbai Indians this season. Kings XI have five batsmen with a better strike-rate than that
  • In four matches against Mumbai Indians in Mohali, Kings XI have lost just once. They scored 168 batting first in that match, the same as in their loss against Mumbai Indians earlier this season
  • Kings XI are nine short of becoming the fourth side to hit 500 sixes in the IPL


"He is a genius and he has done it so many times before for the Chennai Super Kings in previous seasons and Australia as well."
Rohit Sharma on the importance of Michael Hussey

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    The best part of Todays match is Mohali Pitch ! Its 2nd best pitch in india after banglore to score runs. It will suit both team players !! Expect this game to be a high scoring encounter.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    how many run Pollard has scored?

  • Aneesh on May 21, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    In the Stats and trivia - the following is mentioned - "Kieron Pollard's strike-rate - 130.89 - is the best for Mumbai Indians this season. Kings XI have five batsmen with a better strike-rate than that".

    However if one were to visit the IPL T20 2014 - Highest strike rates webpage then it turns out that there are six batsmen in Kings XI who have a higher strike rate than Kieron Pollard - Vohra, Maxwell, Miller, Saha, Bailey and Shivam Sharma.

    Although Shivam Sharma may not be considered a batsman but statistically there are 6 players/batsmen in Kings XI who have a higher strike rate than Kieron Pollard.

  • Manish on May 21, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    It's Bhajji's home ground...Can he do something for MI today ?

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    mi does not have fifth bowler while they are short of one or two more good batters too, i dont reckon mi to win today as they are playing in the home ground of bailay. so lots of beating will be there for mi.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    West Indians please note. Malinga left the Ipl to represent Sri Lanka in a one off T20 game vs England.

  • venkat on May 21, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    it can turn out to be epic finale. If MI, SRH and RCB win their remaining matches whereas KKR and RR lose both the matches, we will have 5 teams on 14 points with NRR deciding the eliminator places.

  • Android on May 21, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Are we going to see Glenn storm today???

  • Robert on May 21, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Mumbai will win today to make sure the madness for the 4th spot doesn't die. This guessing game of who'll be the team apart from Kings XI, CSK and RR in the play-offs will continue (will be made to continue) till the last league match. Thats what IPL offers you - Full time entertainment.

  • Android on May 21, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    de langa in 4 santoki mohali is a good pitch and 130 km per hour will not work ..... de langa pace is a trump card for mumbai and praveen in 4 ojha ..... mumbai dose not have much high quality batsman too go with..... .

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