IPL 2020: Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul were the top performers with the bat this season.© BCCI / IPL
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on Mumbai Indians on Thursday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Both teams lost their last game and would try to win again. Mumbai Indians lost a thrilling Super Over to Royal Challengers Bangalore, while KXIP suffered a shocking defeat to Rajasthan Royals when the Steve Smith-led squad chased 224 runs with three balls left. For Mumbai Indians, the form of Jasprit Bumrah is starting to be a concern. The pacer gave away 42 runs from four overs against RCB and will be looking for an improved show when Mumbai Indians and KXIP meet in their fourth IPL 2020 match.
Rohit Sharma: The Mumbai Indians’ skipper is just two runs away from completing 5,000 IPL runs. He would like to make this opportunity unforgettable by hosting a batter’s masterclass and helping his team win again.
Kieron Pollard: The West Indies all-rounder turned the game upside down against RCB in the previous Mumbai Indians game with a whirlwind of 60 from just 24 balls. Pollard will try to continue his form against a KXIP bowling lineup that would have little confidence after the beating they received from the Rajasthan Royals hitters.
Trent BoultKings XI Punjab rely heavily on their top tier, with the likes of KL Rahul and Mayan Agarwal taking most of the score in the tournament so far. The job will be with the New Zealand pacemaker to keep KXIP from getting off to a good start and to provide early breakthroughs for the team.
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KL Rahul: KXIP Skipper is the lead run scorer in this year’s IPL with 222 runs from three games. KL Rahul scored a century against RCB and followed it up with half a century against Rajasthan Royals. He hopes to continue his good run with the bat and help his side get their second victory.
Ravi Bishnoi: The young leg spinner has impressed everyone in the three games he has played in IPL so far. Even at the run-fest against Rajasthan Royals, Bishnoi returned with figures of none for 34 from his four overs. He could turn out to be a game changer for KL Rahul in the middle overs and harass the star-studded Mumbai batting line-up.
Mayank Agarwal: Fresh off a hundred against Rajasthan Royals, Mayank Agarwal hopes to continue his dream run in this year’s IPL. He’s just one point behind KL Rahul in this season’s top run-getters list and KXIP hopes the duo of Agarwal and Rahul can give them another solid start.
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