IPL 2015 Match Preview – Mumbai Indians vs Kings X1 Punjab

Time: 8:00 pm IST

Date: 12th April

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Two sides who started on the wrong foot will look to pick up some useful points as dominant Mumbai take on the wily Kings X1 in match 7 of the Pepsi 2015 IPL.

Where to Watch Live

The match today between MI and KX1will start at 8 pm IST (3.30 pm BST, 10.30 am ET) and the live broadcast is is available in five languages in India on Sony Six (English), Sony Max (Hindi), Sony Kix (Tamil and Telugu) and Sony Aath (Bengali). For those online, free live streaming will be available at HotStar.

For UK cricket lovers of IPL, it is on Sky Sports, while the online live streaming will be available at Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports. Viewers in the Gulf or the Middle East can catch it on OSN TV channel, while those who want to watch the live-streaming can access the match on OSN website at OSN Play.

Elsewhere in the US, cricket fans, mostly Indians can tune in to ESPN or ESPN Cricket and those in Canada can watch the match on Sportsnet, while the online live streaming is available at Sportsnet World.

Live Streaming on:

India – HotStar.

Rest of World – www.cricketgateway.com

(excl India, Africa, Europe, UK & USA).

One would have expected Mumbai to give a tough fight to defending champions KKR in the opening match of the IPL, but that was not to be as the men in blue suffered a rather humiliating defeat at the hands of Gambhir and company. Despite the batting coming good, the bowling lacked depth and they were pummeled to all parts of the ground. Poor fielding too added to their misery as dropped catches and missed run outs cost them dearly trying to defend a modest total. Mumbai are known to be a side that regularly bounce back to get things sorted out and what better chance than a home fixture to prove their mettle?

Punjab were clearly outplayed by a classy Rajasthan Royals side. The game certainly remained one sided for Bailey and company despite some good swing bowling right at the top of the order. They must look to use this to their advantage as Mumbai lack depth in batting barring a firm top order. If Sharma, Finch and Anderson succumb early, the likes of Axar and Karanveer will choke the rest of the batsmen out. And, if Maxwell and company come to the party, then Preity Zinta will have a million reasons to smile. The likes of Sandeep and Anureet displayed how effective they are with the new ball and Mumbai must be wary of this.

X Factor – Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha pretty much had the worst spell of their lives as they were carted to all areas against KKR. Sharma did not know who else to go to and eventually lost the plot. If Punjab target Mumbai’s spin twins, then the game will sit pretty for Bailey and his boys.

Another factor that needs to be considered is the ‘big show’ Glen Maxwell’s form. His unpredictability at the crease has decided the fate of many teams in the IPL’s history. If he gets going, then no total seems to big to chase down. Hence, if Mumbai get him early, then even a score of 150+ will look daunting.


Mumbai Indians

Possible XI: Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Vinay Kumar, Lasith Malinga, Abhimanyu Mithun

Kings XI Punjab

Possible XI: Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (c), David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan

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