Defending champions Mumbai Indians face Kings XI Punjab in must

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Two teams who have endured contrasting fortunes so far in the IPL will meet when the Kings XI Punjab host Mumbai Indians at Indore on Friday.

Talking about the performance of the Mumbai Indians, the last year's champions have not had a good season this time and now, they need to make sure that they win all the matches so as to stay in the game safe and sound.

IPL 2018, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), latest update and cricket score:How good has Jasprit Bumrah been today? On the other hand, it's a must win game for Mumbai Indians if they want to fancy their chances for the playoffs. Their batting has been under the radar in their last couple of defeats. The match will be played at Holkar Stadium in Indore; first for Punjab this season.

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A week off has certainly helped the likes of Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul recharge their batteries and they will be aiming to come out all guns blazing at their adopted home. The bat of Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal, and Aaron Finch have been still quiet for Punjab. The bowlers have been doing a decent job for the team and R Ashwin has been an astute and smart leader. Mumbai Indians is in the very poor form. Ishan Kishan hasn't been able to continue the form which he showed during the initial phase of the tournament. There is uncertainty around Evin Lewis as well considering his wrist injury. Lewis, who missed the previous game because of an injury, is expected to replace Kieron Pollard in the Playing XI tonight. Given the batsmen-friendly conditions in Indore, the death bowling duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur could be the X factor that MI can try to implement against the Punjab side.

While Ashwin's men have enjoyed a fine campaign so far, the middle-order has not really been tested. They might go unchanged into this game.

Chris Gayle plays a shot. Kings XI Punjab's season has been about collective performance. "We got to come out with positive intent", said Rohit Sharma, MI captain, at the toss.

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