By CricketCountry Staff
Mohali: 25 Apr, 2012
Kings XI Punjab captain David Hussey won the toss and elected to bat against Mumbai Indians in their IPL 2012 match at Mohali.
Kings XI Punjab have gone ahead with same team which played the last match against Mumbai Indians. While Mumbai Indians have made two changes, Robin Peterson comes in for Pragyan Ojha and Clint McKay replaces Thishara Perera.
It will be payback time for Harbhajan Singh-led Mumbai Indians who were shocked by one of the weakest teams in the competition and that too on former’s home turf.
In their previous match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium, Kings XI Punjab had beaten Mumbai Indians by four wickets to pull off an unexpected victory.
The major concern for Harbhajan Singh would be to maintain consistency throughout the 40 overs. In most of the previous matches of IPL 2012, Mumbai have faltered in keeping the momentum going. Either their batsmen have thrown away the advantage or their bowlers seem to be giving too much during the death overs.
Kings Xi Punjab on the other hand will be satisfied with their victory. Shaun Marsh regaining form and a handy contribution with the ball from Parwinder Awana, will be a positive sign for Punjab. Their skipper Adam Gilchrist out due to a hamstring injury looks set to return to squad. With Azar Mahmood looking good, Gilchrist will be far more confident with his playing XI when they walk out at the PCA stadium in Mohali.
While Mumbai will look to add two points and find itself on equal standards with other teams, Punjab will be eager to make further inroads and crawl back to strengthen its campaign.
Punjab also enjoy slight edge over Mumbai, having won six and lost three out of nine matches played against Mumbai Indians in all editions of the IPL so far.
MI : Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Raydu, Kieron Pollard, Dinesh Kathik (wk), James Franklin, Harbhajan Singh (c), Thisara Perara, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Rudra Pratap Singh
KXIP : Nitin Saini (wk), Siddharth Chitnis, Shaun Marsh, David Hussy (c), David Miller, Azar Mahmood, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Bhargav Bhatt, Parvinder Awana, Praveen Kumar.