Mumbai Indians will host the Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in the 28th game of the Indian Premier League this season.
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Mumbai went into the tournament as one of the favourites to win the whole event but suffered a blow when Sachin Tendulkar was injured in their first match.
They have relied heavily on the big-hitting exploits of Kieron Pollard, who has delivered more often than not, and the Indians are still in decent shape to make the semi-finals.
They are sixth in the table but have played a game less than most of the sides above them and victory on Sunday would see them join a number of teams on eight points.
Richard Levi, Rohit Sharma and Pollard have been the main run-scorers to date but they were woeful last time out, making just 92 and going down by seven wickets to Delhi, who reached their target with more than five overs to spare.
The opening attack of Lasith Malinga and Munaf Patel has been doing the business and, if and when Tendulkar returns, they do look like a side that could challenge for their first IPL title.
Harbhajan Singh’s men won three of their first four games and will be looking to bounce back immediately with victory over a Kings XI side who have only won two from six and look destined to miss out on the semi-finals.
Scoring runs has been the problem for Adam Gilchrist’s side and that is always going to hamper a team in any form of the game and when they did put a decent total on the board last time out against Bangalore, they ran into Chris Gayle in full flow to slip to another defeat.
It always seemed likely that the Punjab attack would be meat and drink to Gayle and AB de Villiers and that was exactly what happened, with the West Indian hammering the ball to all parts of the ground to see his side home.
The worrying thing for Gilchrist is that Sunday’s opposition have batsmen capable of similar brutal hitting and it does not auger well for their chances of victory, with the prices reflecting the hosts’ superiority.