Toss: Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians captain, won the toss and elected to field against Kings XI Punjab in the 22nd match of IPL 2017 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Thursday (April 20).
Punjab: OUT: Manan Vohra, Eoin Morgan, David Miller, KC Cariappa. IN: Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Marsh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Swapnil Singh.
What they said
Rohit Sharma: No reason in particular (to field first), but we have been chasing well, so we are going in with the overall trend, and backing ourselves to do well. We have to restrict the heavy batting line-up Punjab have. Getting some runs myself (in the last game against Gujarat Lions) was nice, and to get over the line made it even better. Looking forward to going back to the basics of batting or bowling, and doing things right. You got to give everyone enough opportunities, and all our players have been doing well so far.
Glenn Maxwell: It is a good wicket, though we would have wanted to bowl first. Not too disappointed though. Don’t think the pitch will change much. We have four forced changes today. Manan Vohra is unfortunately out, after that fantastic knock the other night (against Sunrisers Hyderabad).
Tournament: Mumbai, well known for starting slow and then picking up momentum during the course of the competition, have had one of the best starts in the history of the tournament this year. Rohit’s men have won four out of five games, and a win here will put them on top of the eight-team points table. Punjab, on the other hand, started really well, but have lost three matches on the trot to slip to the fifth position. A win here will see them replace Delhi Daredevils at No. 4, and give them a much-needed boost before they move to Mohali for the rest of their home games.
Conditions: The average score in the two matches played in Indore this season has been only 156. The ground is relatively small with straight boundaries measuring only 73 metres. Weather-wise, the region has been facing searing heat in the day-time, with the temperature regularly shooting past 40°C. The evenings though, are relatively cooler, which should help the players.
Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma (capt), Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kings XI Punjab: Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (Capt), Marcus Stoinis, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh, Swapnil Singh, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Ishant Sharma.