KXIP vs MI Live : KL Rahul – Mayank Agarwal in sublime form
Such is the form and impact of Rahul and Mayank that not only they have scored 70% of the total runs for KXIP in the 3 games but also have scored it really fast. Rahul’s 222 runs have come at a strike rate of 156 and laced with 23 fours & 9 sixes. Mayank has been more deadly. The Indian test opener has scored 221 runs @ strike rate of 170 with 21 fours and 11 sixes.
Game 1 – KXIP scored (157) Rahul-Mayank (110) Others (39)
Game 2 – KXIP scored (206) Rahul-Mayank (158) Others (37)
Game 3 – KXIP scored (232) Rahul-Mayank (175) Others (38)
Not only this Rahul’s three previous scores against Mumbai Indians read 100* (64), 71* (57) and 94 (60) and that is the reason MI’s bowling coach is more concerned about Rahul currently.
Shane Bond shares Mumbai Indians strategy to get KL Rahul wicket ASAP
“KL Rahul has got runs against us in the past, he is a brilliant player. Look we know he is a dynamic player and he scores all through the ground. We also know that he takes his time during the middle overs. So it will be an opportunity for us to create pressure on him if he gets that far in his innings against us. In the end, we cannot allow him to score runs he is strong at. We have a quality bowling attack so we have to put him under pressure. We are confident with our batting lineup, we have scored runs in all our matches, we are aware about the conditions as we have played two matches here,” Bond pointed.
Mumbai has a pace battery upfront to tame Rahul & Mayank. Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult combine can be deadly upfront ably supported by either James Pattinson or Nathan Coulter Nile. Should Nathan Coulter-Nile be available – after having missed the three opening games so far with pre-season side strain – he could replace Pattinson in the side. Though below part Mumbai is likely to continue with Krunal Pandya one more time.
Mumbai Indians Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), SuryaKumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Areas for Concern for Mumbai Indians –
1) Jasprit Bumrah’s form – death-overs economy rate this season is 14.6 – significantly higher than the world-class 7.8
2) KL Rahul’s record against MI – Rahul has an excellent recent record against Mumbai, scoring 289 runs in four innings since IPL 2018, averaging 144.5 and striking at 144. Those four innings have brought him two fifties and a hundred.