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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    how many run Pollard has scored?

  • POSTED BY kaisane 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.

  • POSTED BY manishthareja on | May 21, 2014, 13:15 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY venkat19 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Are we going to see Glenn storm today???

  • POSTED BY Robtyson 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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..... .

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Today Mumbai need to change the combination. 1. Hussy 2. Simmons 3. Raydu (wk) 4. Rohit 5. Pollard 6. Anderson 7. Shreyas 8. Harbhajan 9. praveen kumar 10. pawan sunyal 11. bumrah

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    IPL Dream XI.. till date..

    Runs Wkts Dwayne Smith 454 4 Robin Uthappa (WK) 489 Glenn Maxwell 531 1 Suresh Raina 360 Shane Watson (C) 232 7 Yuvraj Singh 329 4 Ravindra Jadeja 119 15 Sunil Narine 16 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 20 Mohit Sharma 18 Sandeep Sharma 17

    Pravin Tambe (12th man) 15

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    today mohali win the match' hope to sehwag and vohra 100 partnership in 10 overs

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 21, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    This match is only of academic interest, nothing else.

  • POSTED BY Suja59 on | May 21, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Must win game for MI if only to redeem some pride. They should play 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. Santokie was very expensive in the last match and Ojha has not been at his best. Mohali is known to help pacers, so I would prefer Santokie. Hussy's return to form augers well for Mumbai.In my opinion the team should be Hussy, Simmons, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu, Tare, Gopal, Harbhajan, Praveen,Bumrah,Santokie

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    after the match between KKR & CSK going KKR's way. For MI to make it to play offs RR has to lose both the matches and MI would have to win all the three matches wit a good margin. MI let's do it and shock everyone

  • POSTED BY Suja59 on | May 21, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Praveen Kumar should play

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    What MI need is get the selection or the combination correct. MI need to bring in Praveen kumar as he has the experience of bowling at mohali since he a part of KXIP last year. As if possible keep Bumrah for end overs as we do not have Malinga to bowl in the end overs and Bumrah has been bowling well in the ends overs.

  • POSTED BY sapnil2000 on | May 21, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    IPL quality is very low. can't think of t20 match without acanthi mends, umar gul, alex hales, guptil, matthews, tamim iqbal, nasir hossain, kieswetter, dernbach

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 20, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    @Priyantha Gunaratna Lets hope people like this can just refrain from commenting till international cricket starts again so we can peacefully watch the IPL...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Lets hope this IPL junk will finish soon so that we can peacefully watch international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    At last Home coming for Kings ! Good Luck Sheron !!

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    I think Beuran Hendricks deserves another go. He took some time to get into his groove but did well to reign things back after going for 23 off his first two. Johnson deserves the rest and can come back for the last one or two matches in Mohali all fired up. Maybe not tomorrow, but KXIP could think about giving Marsh a look in for one of the final two matches. Its hard to see who he would replace, but should KXIP win tomorrow, Punjab could really rest whoever they want. Other than that, there is no need for any changes. Its all about keeping the winning ways and getting out any anxiety and form drops out of the way before the playoffs. Punjab would want to end on a high note and go into the playoffs winning so they should make good use of the home crowd and pitch. MI can be dangerous though. They are playing to survive and such sides should never be underestimated.

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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    how many run Pollard has scored?

  • POSTED BY kaisane 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.

  • POSTED BY manishthareja on | May 21, 2014, 13:15 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY venkat19 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Are we going to see Glenn storm today???

  • POSTED BY Robtyson 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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..... .

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    I think Beuran Hendricks deserves another go. He took some time to get into his groove but did well to reign things back after going for 23 off his first two. Johnson deserves the rest and can come back for the last one or two matches in Mohali all fired up. Maybe not tomorrow, but KXIP could think about giving Marsh a look in for one of the final two matches. Its hard to see who he would replace, but should KXIP win tomorrow, Punjab could really rest whoever they want. Other than that, there is no need for any changes. Its all about keeping the winning ways and getting out any anxiety and form drops out of the way before the playoffs. Punjab would want to end on a high note and go into the playoffs winning so they should make good use of the home crowd and pitch. MI can be dangerous though. They are playing to survive and such sides should never be underestimated.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    At last Home coming for Kings ! Good Luck Sheron !!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Lets hope this IPL junk will finish soon so that we can peacefully watch international cricket.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 20, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    @Priyantha Gunaratna Lets hope people like this can just refrain from commenting till international cricket starts again so we can peacefully watch the IPL...

  • POSTED BY sapnil2000 on | May 21, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    IPL quality is very low. can't think of t20 match without acanthi mends, umar gul, alex hales, guptil, matthews, tamim iqbal, nasir hossain, kieswetter, dernbach

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    What MI need is get the selection or the combination correct. MI need to bring in Praveen kumar as he has the experience of bowling at mohali since he a part of KXIP last year. As if possible keep Bumrah for end overs as we do not have Malinga to bowl in the end overs and Bumrah has been bowling well in the ends overs.

  • POSTED BY Suja59 on | May 21, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Praveen Kumar should play

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 21, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    after the match between KKR & CSK going KKR's way. For MI to make it to play offs RR has to lose both the matches and MI would have to win all the three matches wit a good margin. MI let's do it and shock everyone

  • POSTED BY Suja59 on | May 21, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Must win game for MI if only to redeem some pride. They should play 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. Santokie was very expensive in the last match and Ojha has not been at his best. Mohali is known to help pacers, so I would prefer Santokie. Hussy's return to form augers well for Mumbai.In my opinion the team should be Hussy, Simmons, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu, Tare, Gopal, Harbhajan, Praveen,Bumrah,Santokie

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 21, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    This match is only of academic interest, nothing else.

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

Home stretch awaits top guns

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria
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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

Quotes

"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