Daijiworld Media Network
Chandigarh, Apr 25 : Hello and welcome to the clash between Mumbai Indians and Punjab. Mumbai have found themselves in quite an uncomfortable spot after their recent outbursts on the field and the fairplay table has reflected that quite precisely, by placing them at the bottom. Harbhajan's side will have to try and find a way to channel their aggression in a manner that is more productive because as of now they are placed in the bottom half of the points table, with a game in hand. Punjab have bigger headaches at the moment as they have been able to register just three wins out of their seven games.
The last time these two sides met a few days ago, David Hussey's men came out on top. Punjab will be desperate to keep their winning momentum going while Mumbai will surely treat this as their grudge match. We should be in for a thriller today, so sit back and enjoy the action unfold.
Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and elected to bat
Hussey: We have played pretty consistent cricket over the last two matches. Mumbai is probably the best team in the competition so lets see what we can do today. I think we are playing our best cricket when we bat first. It looks like a litte bit two paced this pitch. Awana has been really good for us so hopefully he can restrict Rohit Sharma again. We are going in unchanged for this match.
Harbhajan: One thing good about this competition is you get an opportunity to come back in the very next game. I don't want to blame anyone for our previous loss. At the end of the day we are a very talented side and we just need to be focussed and we can come out on top. It is important to get runs on the board because then it becomes easier for the bowlers. We have got very talented batsmen in our side and hopefully they will do well today. I trust the talent in my side and I think we can do well in this game. Hopefully Rohit can do well today, he has a lot of talent. Clint McKay and Peterson come in for us. Ojha misses out.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): James Franklin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik(w), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Peterson, Harbhajan Singh(c), Clint McKay, RP Singh, Munaf Patel
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Nitin Saini(w), Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey(c), Azhar Mahmood, David Miller, Siddharth Chitnis, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Bhargav Bhatt, Parvinder Awana