MI vs KXIP 2019: The Sportsrush presents before you three intriguing player battles ahead of the 24th match of IPL 2019.
This is the second encounter between these 2 teams in this IPL. MI would want to avenge their defeat at Mohali once these 2 teams take on each other at the Wankhede. The Mumbai Indians are coming off a clinical win against the Sunrisers Hyderbad wherein they managed to defend just 136 runs. Their confidence will be at a high after 2 back to back wins and a total of 6 points from 5 matches.
Unlike other seasons, they have had a relatively strong start. Alzarri Joseph, who picked up the best-ever IPL figures of 6/12 in 3.4 overs, is expected to play a key role yet again against the Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab will be delighted with their start in this year’s IPL. They have managed to secure 8 points in 6 matches and are looking formidable with most of their players contributing to the team. On the back of a smart chase against the Sunrisers, Ashwin’s men would want to win comprehensively in order to better their low net run rate.
A few of the player battles that we can expect during this fixture are mentioned below:
Rohit Sharma vs Mohammed Shami
Rohit Sharma has had a mixed season so far scoring 118 runs in 5 matches. He would look to have a big knock at his hometown. However, Mohammad Shami may ruin his plans with some brilliant deliveries.
Shami has been impressive with the ball and can trouble any batsmen with his accuracy and pace. If he gets a bit of swing as well, Rohit might have some trouble dealing with Shami considering his knack of edging the swinging deliveries.
Alzarri Joseph vs Chris Gayle
The clash between these two men from the Caribbean is bound to be enthralling. While one is a young fast bowler who is coming off a dream debut to his IPL career, the other is the Universe Boss who can send balls out of the Wankhede and into the Arabian Sea at will.
It will be exciting to watch the strategy they have for each other and which of these 2 have the last laugh. Irrespective of that, this will be a contest that will have many glued to their
Hardik Pandya vs Sam Curran
Sam Curran is expected to bowl the death overs for KXIP and Hardik Pandya is expected to smash these very death overs. Hardik has had a fantastic season with the bat scoring many quickfire knocks that have ultimately helped MI win a few matches.
He needs to replicate that but Sam Curran, with his variations and disciplined yorkers, might play a spoilsport. It will be interesting to see who gets one up on the other in this clash of fast bowling all-rounders.