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Preview and prediction: Match 43 of Vivo IPL 2016 between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab
In match 43 of the Vivo IPL 2016 to be played at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday, defending champions Mumbai Indians will clash with the Kings XI Punjab, a team which sits at the floor of the IPL 2016 points table.

Mumbai Indians stand at 12 points from six wins, the latest one coming against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, defeating them by six wickets after RCB could only score 151.

For Kings XI Punjab, this IPL season has been all but forgettable, as they have managed just three wins from ten games. Even if Punjab do manage to win their remaining four matches, there is just a slim mathematical chance that they would qualify for the playoffs.

The only saving grace for the Kings XI Punjab has been that they have come fairly close in last two of their three matches. Today the team would like to grab the opportunity of moving above from the bottom most place of the points table.

Glenn Maxwell who had missed the last match against RCB has recovered and is most likely to play in today's match. The Australian's presence will surely boot the morel of the Kings XI side.

">Kieron Pollard's return to form is an ominous sign for the opponents of Mumbai Indians. The Trinidadian can change the course of a match within minutes. MI which began IPL 2016 on a losing note have improved a lot and made steady progress. It is expected that Mumbai Indians most likely will make it to the Playoffs, upsetting a few favourites like the Gujarat Lions.

Head-to-head Mumbai Indians have a slight edge with a win-loss record of 9-8 in their favour. Kings XI also have the lowest scoring rate of just 7.74 among all the teams in Vivo IPL 2016.

My pick for today's match are the Mumbai Indians, who are a far better side than the Kings XI, both in terms of balance and current form. 

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