Struggling Kings XI wait for miracle against Mumbai

Posted by dheepan dina on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 1

Kings XI Punjab, with their Indian Premier League advance in absolute disarray, are to booty on high-flying Mumbai Indians in their seventh bout at the Brabourne Stadium actuality on Tuesday.

The Punjab outfit, which has managed to win alone one bout out of six and that too via a tie-break adjoin addition disturbing ancillary - Chennai Super Kings - would be afterwards approved captain Kumar Sangakkara adjoin the burglary Mumbai aggregation spearheaded by adept batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Sangakkara is to absence the bout afterwards copping a one-match ban for the team's disability to advance appropriate over-rate for the third time and it could not accept arise at a worse time for the Mohali franchise.

The team, alike with match-winners like Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara, his accessory Mahela Jayawardene and India athletic Yuvraj Singh, has arise a cropper again in the IPL 3.

In absence of Sangakkara, who had done adored little in the tournament, the aggregation is to be led by addition above Lanka skipper - Jayawardene - and they would be acquisitive that a change at the captain would additionally accompany about change in their fortunes.

Already their affairs of authoritative the semifinals arise alien and a sixth defeat on Tuesday would cavity their hopes further.

Failure of Sangakkara and Jayawardene to do article allusive and the bomb appearance of Yuvraj has meant the aggregation had to depend mostly on the starts provided by England amateur Ravi Bopara and the accomplishment by Irfan Pathan to a ample extent.

These two players accept been the aces of the Kings XI team.

The acknowledgment of Brett Lee to advance the advance would be one ablaze atom in an contrarily afflictive book as S Sreesanth has tended to draft hot and algid while Pathan and Salabh Srivastava can comedy alone abutment roles.

The Mumbai team, on the added hand, are on a cycle with Tendulkar in absolute touch, with four half-centuries to his acclaim and the others giving him acceptable support.

Mumbai's alone accident appropriately far has arise adjoin Royal Challengers Bangalore.

On Sunday their acceptable run was in crisis of actuality chock-full by arresting champions Deccan Chargers afore Harbhajan Singh produced a blinder of an innings to accomplish 49 not out off 18 assurance and piloted the aggregation to a acceptable score.

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