In these challenging conditions, only Hashim Amla has been consistent. But, he too, has found the going tough after the powerplay overs are bowled. Glenn Maxwell also seems to have lost that touch in the last couple of matches. With David Miller, Eoin Morgan and Marcus Stoinis yet to set the pitch on fire, the batting of KXIP remains a very big concern.
The only positive thing for their team has been the form of Manan Vohra. He has improved as the season has progressed, which was well highlighted in his very-well-constructed 95-run knock in challenging conditions against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Although, on the bowling front they have done a few experiments, but Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma remain their best bets. While Axar Patel has been very reliable, they still have to figure out who their best second spinner would be.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have had an almost perfect start to this season. With four wins from 5 matches, a positive result from this encounter will help them move to the top of the table. Everything seems to be falling into place for them.
The youngsters –Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Nitish Rana have come out pretty good, and so have the experienced players –Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga. Given the current side they have, they perfectly seem to have the balance and form to extend their winning streak to six. However, much like the previous two encounters at the venue, team batting second is expected to have a massive advantage.
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