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Ipl 2018
Match preview: MI V/s KXIP – Punjab look for reversal of fortunes at lucky Indore
The IPL caravan moves to Indore, and the Kings XI Punjab couldn't be happier. Punjab are in an absolutely desperate need to revive their campaign, which went all haywire after their two successive wins.

Although the team couldn't find much crowd support at their new home ground in Indore, they for sure found some easy wins, and when they return to play their third match at the same venue against the very much in-form Mumbai Indians, they would really like to feel the home comfort.

The basic reason behind the results going in their favour in the last two matches at the Holkar Stadium was that they were put into bat second. A moist track of the first innings drying up in the second meant that they got to bat on a flat wicket, while their oppositions had to find a way to score on a two-paced track. How things will turn out to be if they come out to bat first remains a big question.

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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