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Niroop: “A must win match for both the teams. A loss here would most certainly be the end of the season as the net run rate for both these teams are bad” — Well, these two sides are still pretty far off from the must-win times. But yeah, their NRRs are both deep in the negative, something which feels even worse after Knight Riders’ win today, as they sit at +0.36.
It is going to be Rahul vs Bumrah first up. But let me remind you that one of them has pretty much dominated the other. Check out Ask Cricinfo for the numbers.
Prasanna: “Can india still make changes to T20 WC squad?” — Of course, the teams can be tweaked until October 10.
Vinay: “Blessing in disguise.. Gayle can open the innings today..”
Meanwhile, Knight Riders have just beaten Capitals by three wickets in a relatively tense chase of 128 in Sharjah. So two very crucial points grabbed.
Vignesh: “Definitely Kishan’s form really a big big concern for Virat for T20 WC.. “
Sandip Prajapat: “Disappointed with dropping kishan for Tiwari.”
Punjab Kings: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Mandeep Singh 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Harpreet Brar, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Nathan Ellis, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Mohammed Shami
Mumbai Indians: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Saurabh Tiwary, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Trent Boult
Rahul: “Was confused [with what to do].” Mayank out for Mandeep Singh for Kings. Mayank has been ruled out due to a stiff neck.
Rohit: “Just a team plan; nothing specific. Pretty simple actually. We have made mistakes and spoken about it.” Saurabh Tiwary in for Ishan Kishan, and Coulter-Nile for Milne.
5.30pm So the news is that Mumbai win the toss and bowl first.
With just five minutes to the toss, why don’t you browse through Shashank Kishore’s preview for the day? As he points out, Mumbai’s big-hitters have suffered a form slump while Kings are struggling to fix their team combination. And in just about enough time, you can also fix your fantasy teams for the evening: we are backing Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to deliver though.
5.20pm Another of those clashes between two sides part of the traffic around mid-table. Although Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings have exactly the same number of points from the same number of games, Kings occupy the No. 5 spot as opposed to Mumbai sitting at No. 7 in the points table. This is Himanshu Agrawal presenting you the second of the double-headers today, with Sreshth Shah set to join me soon.