IPL 7 22nd match MI Vs KXIP: Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab, Live scores, 03 May, 2014
Match Teams: Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab
Match Venue: Played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time:16:00 local time (10:30 GMT) (4:00 PM IST)
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Mumbai Indians : L L L L L
Kings XI Punjab: W W W W W
After an indifferent start to the tournament, Kieron Pollard struck form with an unbeaten 33 against Delhi and then bludgeoned six sixes on his way to a 48-ball 78 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, that almost took Mumbai Indians to their first win. With an unsettled combination rocking Mumbai's boat, Pollard's form is about the only thing positive for them right now.
Young Indian fast bowlers had an impressive outing in the UAE leg but amid that hype, L Balaji has quietly emerged as one of Kings XI's more successful bowlers with eight wickets in five games. He's provided a steady back-up to Mitchell Johnson and Sandeep Sharma and has also taken on the role of a mentor with the younger quicks in the side.
Compare this with Kings XI who have found balance in the squad early on. Their bowling was profligate at the start of the tournament but on pitches that were wearing down, they stepped up and did well on the days the batting failed. Indian grounds, with their flat tracks and short boundaries, will be a different challenge for them.
There's another level of interest to this match. Three Kings XI players - Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson and Rishi Dhawan - were on the Mumbai roster until last season. Maxwell spent a lot of that time on the bench - he played fewer games than Dhawan - but after scores of 15 and 6 in his last two games, he'll be hankering for a big score.
Sandeep Sharma has the best strike rate among all bowlers so far - 9.4 after three matches and seven wickets
Harbhajan Singh has been the most economical bowler for Mumbai conceding only 5.52 runs an over so far.
Punjab have beaten Mumbai seven times in 12 games between the two sides