Indore: Hosts Kings XI Punjab finished their innings at 174-6 from 20 overs in their IPL match against Mumbai Indians here on Friday.
Chris Gayle (50) was the star of the innings, but since his dismissal, the visitors were wreaking havoc by picking wickets at regular intervals.
KL Rahul was the first to depart as his 88-run stand with Gayle ended when Mayank Markande got the breakthrough.
But, a 34-run partnership between Gayle and Yuvraj Singh got the hosts back, but they suffered a huge blow as the West Indian big-hitter departed.
After Gayle departed, it was the trio of Yuvraj (14), Karun Nair (23) and Axar Patel (13) who followed his footsteps.
However, Marcus Stoinis (29 not out) was the saviour in the end as the hosts finished their innings with a respectable total.
KXIP 135-5 from 16.5 overs
WICKET! Axar Patel is the next to depart as the hosts have started to collapse all of a sudden.
KXIP 132-4 from 16 overs
WICKET! MI are still in this game as McClenaghan has dismissed Karun Nair for 23!
KXIP 88-2 from 11.4 overs
WICKET! Ben Cutting has got the big wicket of Chris Gayle (50 runs) as Suryakumar Yadav takes a brilliant catch at deep mid-wicket.
KXIP 54-1 from 6.4 overs
WICKET! Mayank Markande finally gets the breakthrough, as he removes KL Rahul for 24.
KXIP 37-0 from 5 overs
Chris Gayle (16 not out) and KL Rahul (20 not out) have got the hosts off to a strong start. At the moment, it seems like the duo is set for a big partnership.
Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have elected to field first. One big news from the hosts' camp is that Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel have made the playing XI.
For MI, Evin Lewis returns while Kieron Pollard misses out.
Here is the playing XI for both teams:
The Indian Premier League (IPL) action shifts to Holkar Stadium here when Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) host bottom-placed Mumbai Indians (MI) on Friday.
KXIP, boosted by marquee man Chris Gayle’s form, will be looking to spoil MI’s title defence plans as Ravichandran Ashwin’s men eye a playoff spot.
While KXIP have won five out of the seven IPL 2018 matches they have played, MI have been in the wrong side of things, winning just two of their eight games.
Once again, MI’s finishing abilities were questioned as they lost to Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 14 runs in their previous encounter.
Both teams share the spoils in the overall head-to-head between them, with both sides having won 10 matches each.
While MI must be buoyed by the form of top-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav, the defending champions would be worried of captain Rohit Sharma’s tournament so far.
The right-handed Mumbai batsman has only scored two half-centuries to his name. Having said that, Rohit, also known as ‘Hitman’, was dismissed for a duck in their last match against RCB.
Kings XI Punjab:
Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain),Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Manoj Tiwary, Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Jean-Paul Duminy , Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Mohsin Khan.
When is the match?
The match is scheduled to start at 8 P.M. IST on Friday (May 4th).
Where is the match?
The match will take place at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.
Live telecast and timings:
With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.
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