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Preview: Match 34 of VIVO IPL 2018 - KXIP vs MI
Action reaches the Holkar Stadium in Pune tonight as the city gets ready to host match 34 of Vivo IPL 2018 to be played between Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians.

While things are looking good for Kings XI Punjab ahead of today's game, the Mumbai Indians are in a spot of bother, for even a single loss from here on could spoil their chances of making it to the playoffs.

On the other hand a win today will take KXIP to the top spot of the IPL 2018 points table. Punjab come back today after an extended break and would be raring to have a go at the opponents. It would be interesting to see whether Gayle comes in to open the innings today for KXIP along with KL Rahul, as the duo have proved to be one of the most destructive opening pairs of the tournament so far.

There is also reasonable doubt over Yuvraj Singh's inclusion in today's game, as he had been dropped for the last game too. Manoj Tiwary had been picked in his place. Also, the form of Aron Finch is of great concern for the team management.

A flurry of runs is expected in today's match as Punjab would be facing one of the weakest bowling attacks of IPL 2018. Considering the current form of KXIP batsmen, and the ground being small, a score of at least around 200 is expected.

Mumbai Indians who occupy the bottom-most spot in the points table need to win all of their remaining matches from here on and hope that the results of other teams go in their favour.

However, the fitness of Evin Lewis remains a big concern for MI. If fit to play, Lewis is likely to replace Kieron Pollard who has been struggling for form.

Also for MI, contributions from skipper Rohit Sharma; Krunal and Hardik Pandya are utmost crucial. Although the Pandya brothers have been effective with the ball, they are yet to come good with their batting.

With a varied bowling attack and an impressive batting line up Kings XI Punjab start as clear favourites in today's encounter, however, it ain't over until the fat lady sings.

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