Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

IPL 2018: AB de Villiers affirms RCB's never give up approach

IPL 2018: AB de Villiers affirms RCB's never give up approach

Hosts Mumbai Indians (MI) will fancy beating a floundering Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) when both sides face-off in a must-win match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai on Wednesday. Punjab are now fifth place and one place above Mumbai Indians in the eight-team table.

Mumbai, with an excellent net run-rate, need to put behind the humiliation by the Royals and come out with all guns blazing against an equally jittery KXIP, who have lost their way in the second half of the tournament after starting strongly.

However, Mumbai's middle order failed miserably including skipper Rohit. Apart from Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, none of the other batsmen have shown the application to score runs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's AB de Villiers in action.

On the batting side, Mumbai Indians has Suryakumae Yadav, Rohit Sharma while Kings XI Punjab has the powerful hitter Chris Gayle and KL Rahul in the squad.

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Afghanistan leg-spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman's hand injury is another cause of worry for Punjab, which means that the responsibility of claiming wickets during the middle overs shall fall upon skipper Ashwin and Axar Patel.

The Mumbai Indians have been in a do-or-die situation in the past few matches after failing to gather enough points in the first half of the season, that saw them loitering at the bottom end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 standings. He's been a vital contributor to Kings XI Punjab's solid run in the competition so far, and the team management will look to him to help break the current rut the team finds itself in ahead of the playoffs. They are left with a couple of encounters against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR), and the franchise needs to win both the matches in order to fathom any chance of progressing to the next round.

KXIP succumbed to pace in their last match against RCB while Mumbai has led with pace this season, with Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan taking 43 wickets between them. If they lose their last two games, they are eliminated.

MI are on sixth position on the points table with 10 points, while KXIP are fifth with 12 points.

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