Yuvraj Singh was back in Punjab XI. © BCCI

Yuvraj Singh was back in Punjab XI. © BCCI

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Toss: R Ashwin won the toss and Kings XI Punjab chose to bowl against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday (May 16), in the 50th match of the Indian Premier League 2018.

Team news
Mumbai Indians: IN: Kieron Pollard. OUT: JP Duminy
Kings XI Punjab: IN: Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary. OUT: Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair

What they said
Rohit Sharma: We were looking to bowl first as well. Dew is a factor, but we are not worried about it, we need to play some good cricket. I have been in this position over the last few years and I know how to handle the situation. The team has handled it better than me, I think we have done well considering how we played in the first half of the tournament. We are not thinking about the Delhi match at the moment. Just one change for us, Kieron Pollard replaces JP Duminy.

R Ashwin: We are bowling first. Looks like there’s dew here, we would like to bowl first and chase the total down. I expected some dip, that’s what has happened. We have lost three matches on the bounce, hopefully, we will stop that rot. Two changes for us, Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary are back, they replace Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair. Mujeeb Ur Rahman is still not fit, hopefully, he will be back for the next match.

Tournament:
With 10 points from 12 matches, Mumbai’s hopes are hanging by the most slender of threads. Known to be slow starters, the defending champions played true to form at the start of the season, then threatened a late surge with three successive victories. However, a seven-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals in their previous game pegged them back massively. Should they lose against Punjab, Mumbai will be out of the play-off race.

Punjab began their campaign with five wins from their first six games, but they’ve have a bumpy ride since then. With only one win in their next six matches, Punjab are in the bottom half of the points table for the first time this season. A 10-wicket loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, after being shot out for just 88, severely affected their net run rate (-0.518) which is the worst of all teams.

Conditions: Wankhede has been always good for the chasing team, and the story has been no different this season. It is hot and humid in Mumbai, and the pitch is expected to offer something for both the batsmen and bowlers provided they execute their skills well.

Teams
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(capt), Ishan Kishan(wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (capt), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot.