Pun­jab Play Mum­bai in Home Match

The Economic Times - - Sports -

On a roll with nine vic­to­ries en­sur­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the play­offs, the Kings XI Pun­jab would look to con­tinue their win­ning mo­men­tum when they take on the Mum­bai In­di­ans in their first match at Mo­hali to­day. Pun­jab have steam­rolled al­most ev­ery side they have played and one more vic­tory to­mor­row in front of their home crowd will put them in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion as the sea­son heads to the knock-out phase. Pun­jab de­feated the Delhi Dare­dev­ils on Mon­day, once again dis­play­ing that per­for­mances from the gifted Glenn Maxwell or David Miller is not a pre­req­ui­site for a Kings XI win, one of the rea­sons they’ve been able to es­tab­lish them­selves as the top team this sea­son. Their pre­vi­ous best per­for­mance was reach­ing the semi-fi­nal stage in 2008. Young play­ers San­deep Sharma, Manan Vohra (batting) and Ak­shar Pa­tel (bowl­ing) have shown great ma­tu­rity in pres­sure sit­u­a­tions. The batting has also had great help from Viren­der Se­hwag as an opener and cap­tain Ge­orge Bai­ley, both of whom have proven to be able per­form­ers.

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