After taking a break of almost a week, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is all set to take on the Mumbai Indians (MI) in Mohali. KXIP is enjoying a decent run in the tournament so far but in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) failed to chase down a score of 130 odd. Even, MI faced a demoralizing loss in their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and now then need to win all the remaining six league matches of the ongoing season in order to reach the playoffs. Despite the fact that both the teams have lost their last matches, there is no doubt about the fact that both the teams do have proven match-winners in their respective squads, let us have a look at Players to watch out for Fantasy Sites for KXIP vs MI.
1) Surya Kumar Yadav
Before IPL 2018 began, there was a small T20 league conducted by the MCA where all the local Mumbai teams locked horns with each other. The tournament was dominated by the team captained by Surya Kumar Yadav. He played the captain’s knock in final as well and took his team over the line. He has carried the form in the IPL. So far in the seven matches, SKY has performed for his team in all the matches except one. He has scored 283 runs in the season at an average nearing 25 with the highest score being 72. His strike rate is around 140 which is something he needs to improve on.
2) Rohit Sharma
Many of the matches in this IPL Rohit Sharma failed miserably. Since, this is a do or die match for Mumbai Indians we can expect a decent Innings from Skipper. Keeping aside his form he is expected to comeback strong today. Expect a change in his batting order. He may open along with Lewis today. This is very critical match for MI as they are going to face KXIP team which is loaded with a bunch of Big Hitters.
3) KL Rahul
The Bangalore boy has taken the IPL this year by storm and has looked in an amazing touch. KL Rahul has batted in his purple form and notched bulk of runs. Due to Rahul’s stunning performance, the pressure has never fallen on the fragile middle order of Punjab and he has also allowed Gayle to relax. Rahul began in style with the fastest IPL fifty against Delhi Daredevils in the first match which just blew away the Double D’s. He then smacked a quick-fire 47 against RCB, 37 against Chennai Super Kings.
4) Chris Gayle
The maverick West Indian batsman has changed the course of the IPL over the years. The big-hitting batsman is responsible for raking up the highest score in T20 cricket and has the most runs in the format as well. In this season also Chris Gayle has taken the distinction of the first century and has struck three consecutive 50+ scores. After enjoying his holidays in Kerala, Gayle’s return will be much awaited all the fans and not only those of Punjab.