Winning is a habit. Return to winning ways will boost the confidence of Mumbai Indians, when they face Kings XI Punjab today in a crucial encounter.
Victory against Bangalore Royal Challengers in their last match may have done wonders to the morale of Mumbai Indians (MI) as it has not only improved their Batting Momentum (BM) and Bowling Efficiency (BE), but has also enhanced their chances of making it to the semi-finals. Harbhajan’s (BE 22) and Malinga’s (BE 53) return to form makes MI a formidable bowling side. However, it’s absolutely necessary for Sachin Tendulkar to fire on all cylinders for a steady batting innings for MI, though Jean Paul Duminy, Ajinkya Rahane were among runs in the last match.
Winning their last match against Delhi Daredevils must have done a world of good to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) too. But a low BE of 118 makes their bowling vulnerable. Strike bowler Yusuf Abdulla’s lackadaisical performances in the last 2 matches should be a cause of worry for KXIP. Performances of Irfan Pathan in the last two matches, where he notched up BEs of only 17 and 18, are also not inspiring for the team. But Brett Lee looks fit enough to make an impact again. Can they upset the rhythm of the MI batsmen? Winning this match is the only way for MI to stay afloat in this tournament, while KXIP will find itself in extremely difficult conditions if they lose this one.