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Ipl 2017
IPL 10 Match Preview: Kings XI Punjab face Mumbai Indians in another must-win match today
Competition heats up as IPL 10 steadily draws towards its business end. Kings XI Punjab play another must-win match today against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

For table-toppers Mumbai (18 points from 12 games), the task would be of just simply holding on to their momentum and number one position on the points table as they head towards the play-offs.

However, for Punjab (12 points from 12 matches), a loss against Mumbai Indians would means that they would be eliminated from the race of the play-offs even before playing their last league match. A loss for Punjab today would automatically result in KKR (16 points), RPS (16 points) & SRH (15 points) proceeding to the play-offs.

Furthermore, KKR must win today as well as their match against RPS on May 11 to keep their hopes of proceeding further in the tournament alive, as a loss in either will only get them 14 points, which would be futile. Another prerequisite for KXIP qualifying is that SRH loses its final league match.

Mumbai Indians will look to bounce back today after losing their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mumbai also have the home advantage playing at Wankhade, their virtual fortress. The only game that they lost here in the season was against RPS.

Mumbai's batting has been in sublime form in this season of IPL with Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Parthiv Patel, Nitish Rana and Lendl Simmons all firing in tandem. Throughout IPL 10, Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – have consistently contributed with the bat as well as the ball, and would like to maintain their consistency in today's clash.

However, Mumbai's biggest strength has been their bowling. Their old war horse, off-spinner Harbhanjan Singh, their mainstay in the bowling department, has proved to be highly economical. In the pace department, both Malinga and McClenghan have proved their mantle in IPL.

Another bad news for Punjab is that Hashim Amla, their most prolific batsman, the only player to have scored two centuries in this season of IPL has returned home for national duties along with fellow South African batsman David Miller. So, KXIP will have to play their remaining matches without their two star batsmen.

KXIP will be banking upon their bowling which includes the likes of Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma and Axar Patel to restrict Mumbai to a moderate total and hope that their batsmen rise up to the occasion.

On current form and team combination, Mumbai Indians do look a better side and more well equipped to emerge victorious today.

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