Can Glenn Maxwell finally fire? Image: IANS
Struggling sides Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians will eye a turnaround when they face off at Mohali. While Punjab are at the bottom of the table, Mumbai are placed at sixth. (Read: Is Bruce Oxenford Captain America?)
Despite having Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, David Miller and Murali Vijay in their ranks, Punjab have been inconsistent with their batting. While South African Miller has scored 46 runs so far, Maxwell has made a bare 39. (Make a wish on Sachin's birthday)
In the bowling line-up, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel, Sandeep Sharma will look to step up to stop the Mumbai batting powerhouse from exploding.
Mumbai's batting has lacked fluency. Their opening act has been poor with only skipper Rohit Sharma showing the zeal to fight it out. Rohit has led from the front, scoring three half centuries.
Parthiv Patel, despite getting starts, has failed, while Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya have not done enough.
In the absence of Lasith Malinga, Mumbai have been dependent on Kiwi pacers Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan. Harbhajan Singh and left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya will share the responsibility of ensuring Punjab's fragile middle order continues its poor show.
Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (captain), Kyle Abbott, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Anureet Singh, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Shardul Thakur.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Marchant de Lange, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Shreyas Gopal, Nathu Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ambati Rayudu, Akshay Wakhare, Deepak Punia, Jitesh Sharma, Kishore Kamath, Krunal Pandya, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad.
(With inputs from IANS)