IPL 2018, KXIP vs MI: Mumbai Indians (MI) probable playing XI against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)
Mumbai Indians will travel to Indore to face Kings XI Punjab, who return to action after a week-long break, at their adopted home. The Rohit Sharma-led side have had a dismal season and find themselves at the bottom of the points table.
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Mumbai fell to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match which saw them fail to chase down 168 runs against an average RCB bowling line-up. Tonight, however, they would like to turn things around and ensure they return to winning ways against fourth-placed KXIP.
Evin Lewis, who missed out on the last match, if fit, will return to the starting line-up and will replace Kieron Pollard. Suryakumar Yadav will continue opening the innings for his home side. The youngster has been in sublime form and easily Mumbai's best bet with the bat in the tournament so far.
Ishan Kishan hasn't scored a single run in his last three outings in the cash-rich league and would want to turn things his way against KXIP. He will continue walking in at number three and Rohit Sharma is expected to follow him.
The MI skipper returned to form with a 56-run knock in an 8-wicket win over CSK, however, against RCB, he was dismissed for a golden duck.
South Africa's JP Duminy is expected to retain his place and will be pushed up or down the order depending upon the match situation. Both the Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, along with Ben Cutting would be the team's three all-rounders in the encounter.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah will form the pace battery while the young leg-spinner Mayank Markande will be the lone full-time spinner in the side.
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