Mohali, Apr 24: After a shocking defeat by two runs at the hands of Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians would like to avenge the loss in the return-leg tie on Wednesday.
Mumbai Indians will not get the services of Sri Lankan strike bowler Lasith Malinga, as he has returned home due to a sore back. Termed favourites at the start of the tournament, Mumbai Indians have slipped to seventh place in the table, with 6 points from 6 games.
Though they take on Kings XI who are placed behind them in the table, their upset win would torment Harbhajan's XI to avenge the loss as they could not defend a score of 163 despite James Franklin's 79 off 51 balls.
Kings XI, though haven't made a difference to the points table as they have been placed at the bottom along with Deccan Chargers, have already played 7 matches and have managed to get 6 points, would look to disappoint Harbhajan & Co. again.
Mumbai Indians need to sort out their opening woes, as no other combination has worked out for Bhajji's team after the first match against Chennai as Tendulkar had to miss out on a few games due to a finger injury.
Since he is back, the team's batting heavily depends on the little master and James Franklin while others like Kieron Pollars, Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma have been inconsistent.
Though MI's bowling attack seems to be weak in the absence of Malinga, it is better than their batting line-up as the bowlers are pretty consistent throughout the tournament.
Punjab on the other hand, would look to improve their batting as well as bowling since the team also has chances of reaching the top four if they are able to win a couple of matches from now onwards.
With Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Azhar Mahmood, Adam Gilchrist in the side, Kings XI on their day can definitely upset any team.
Since both the teams have secured 6 points, a win here will help them go to the top. So far Mumbai has played Kings XI 9 times in IPL and has won 6 games giving them a psychological edge against David Hussey's XI.
Both the teams are eager to win the match and proceed further in the tournament which makes it an interesting contest.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik, Munaf Patel, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Tirumalasetti Suman, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Rudra Pratap Singh, Aiden Blizzard, Clint McKay, Davy Jacobs, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Herschelle Gibbs, Mitchell Johnson, Robin Peterson, Thisara Perera, Amitoze Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Shukla, Sujit Nayak, Apporv Wankhade, Jaydev Shah, Richard Levi.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (captain and wicketkeeper), Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, David Hussey, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Parvinder Awana, Bipul Sharma, Harmeet Singh, Praveen Kumar, Abhishek Nayar, Amit Yadav, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Nitin Saini, Paras Dogra, Ramesh Powar, Shalabh Srivastava, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh, Vikramjeet Singh, David Miller, James Faulkner, Azhar Mahmood, Nathan Rimmington, Ben Cutting, Ryan Harris and Kyle Abbott.