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IPL 2018, MI vs KXIP: Five players to watch out for

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Mumbai Indians lock horns against Kings XI Punjab at home in a must-win clash
Mumbai Indians lock horns against Kings XI Punjab at home in a must-win clash

Finally, we are on to the last week of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. As the race for the playoffs berth heats up, Kings XI Punjab face-off against Mumbai Indians in a must-win game at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday.

It has been a tale of two halves for Kings XI Punjab this season. They have won five out of their first six games, but since then their form has been going down the slope in their next six games. With just 12 points on the board in as many games, the Ashwin's team have to win their remaining two games to directly qualify for the playoffs.

On the other hand, with the loss against Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians made their chances weak as they now have to depend on the results of other matches even after winning their remaining two matches.

With both teams finding themselves in a must-win game, let us take a look at the five players who could make an impact in this high-octane clash.

#5 KL Rahul

KL Rahul

The Karnata lad has been in imperious touch this season. KL Rahul has single-handedly shouldered the burden of carrying KXIP's batting. After that dramatic collapse in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the onus will be on Rahul to give them a solid start along with Chris Gayle.

With 558 runs in 12 games at a strike rate of 162, Rahul would again be the batting mainstay for Punjab in this highly anticipated game against Mumbai Indians.

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