Despite Kings XI Punjab leading the openers in the IPL 2020 rankings, they have slipped to the bottom of the IPL standings with just two wins from eight matches. Earlier in the season, KL Rahul’s team is at a stage where they need to win all the remaining games to maintain their playoff hopes. However, their match is against the unstoppable looking Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. KXIP did not play as badly as indicated in the points table but lost at least 4-6 points if they showed inability to complete close matches. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, are in the IPL 2020 points table with six wins from eight games.
Mumbai Indians started their losing streak against Chennai Super Kings but then lost only one in the last seven. With the inclusion of Chris Gayle, Kings XI Punjab defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets in the previous match.
KXIP have lost a few matches from a draw, but their last match of the season against Mumbai Indians did not fall into that group. Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma beat Kings XI Punjab by 48 runs earlier this month.
Quinton de Kock eventually joined the party after his campaign gained momentum and the Mumbai franchise has started consistently in the last few matches.
KLIP openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been in superb form since the start of the tournament and they also showed their class in the last game against RCB showing significant partnership of opener wickets.
As far as the batting department is concerned, the KXIP openers are his biggest strengths, but the team’s overconfidence in him has at times become a favorite, exposing some of his experienced batting.
While KL Rahul and his side are fighting for their survival, Mumbai Indians are expected to be the first side to reach the play-offs. While both teams are playing for different purposes, their ultimate goal is to add two more points to their list.