Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Date: Wednesday, May 21
Time: 3:30 p.m. BST, 8 p.m. local time
Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE), SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan) and Starhub (Singapore).
Weather: It will be a typically hot day in Punjab with the sun belting down all day, with temperatures peaking at around 37 degrees Celsius in mid-afternoon according to The Weather Channel. This should cool to around 29 degrees Celsius by the 8 p.m. start, gradually getting cooler over the course of the game. Humidity levels will increase from 34% at the start of the game to around 39% by 11 p.m.
Kings XI Punjab have been the team of the tournament so far with some breathtaking batting displays. The Kings XI have the three highest team totals and six of the top nine, and two of the other three - scored by Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad - were rendered futile as Punjab chased them down in the same game with more than an over to spare.
With Punjab having already qualified for the play-offs, this represents a pressure-free homecoming and an opportunity for them to finally show the Mohali crowd why they're top of the league in their first proper home fixture of this edition.
For Mumbai Indians, it is a very different picture, with 3 wins needed from 3 to keep alive the slim mathematical chance of taking the 4th play-off spot.
This fixture represents their toughest remaining assignment and they have a few reasons to keep the faith.
Firstly, they are one of two sides to have beaten KXIP so far in this edition, with Harbhajan Singh taking key middle order wickets including Glenn Maxwell, and punchy knocks from Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson setting the stage for Kieron Pollard's blistering 28 from 12 balls that sealed the deal in the final over.
Secondly, they come into the game from a convincing victory over Rajasthan Royals with Mike Hussey and Lendl Simmons doing the business with fifty each to set a target of 178 that their spinners made light work of. 120 for the first wicket was their best opening partnership in 40 games and a welcome platform that has been absent throughout this edition.
Both captains may well be more comfortable putting the opposition in to bat, with Mumbai having struggled to set imposing totals before their most recent victory. They had lost five of the first six games where they batted first.
With Punjab having successfully completed all five run-chases they have been set, Mumbai will look for a repeat of their first game, with spinners Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha looking to apply the brakes to the likes of Maxwell, Virender Sehwag and David Miller.
If they can keep the total to little over 150, they will have confidence that Hussey and Simmons can build on their recent good form and build a platform for the wristy Sharma to find the gaps and the explosive Pollard to clear the ropes.
Kings XI Punjab
Without doubt the player of the this edition has been Glenn Maxwell, and Mumbai got off lightly compared to most when he was dismissed for 45 from 27 balls in their last meeting. Maxwell is top run-scorer with 531 runs, has struck the most sixes with 35, and has the three highest scores having been dismissed in the 90s three times, all at a strike-rate of more than 200. Could this be the game where he reaches three figures? If Mumbai are going to keep their thin play-off hopes alive, keeping Maxwell quiet will be the key.
Though Pollard can be a game-changer, Mike Hussey is a proven, consistent match-winner who can lead from the front and inspire victory, just as he did against the Royals earlier in the week. Leading scorer in 2013 edition with 733 runs, he has the third most man-of-the-match awards in IPL history and had the big-game pedigree that will be essential if Mumbai are to retain an interest in this edition beyond Wednesday.
Kings XI Punjab
George Bailey (capt.), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Akshar Patel, Beuran Hendricks, Karanveer Singh, Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Laxmipathy Balaji, Parvinder Awana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Mandeep Singh.
Rohit Sharma (capt.), Corey Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah, Marchant de Lange, Ben Dunk, Chidhambaram Gautam, Shreyas Gopal, Harbhajan Singh, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Hussey, Praveen Kumar, Sushant Marathe, Pragyan Ojha, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Pawan Suyal, Aditya Tare and Apoorv Wankhade.
Squads and data taken from ESPNCricinfo.
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