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Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians IPL 2017 live & preview

Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians IPL 2017 live & preview Photo: IBL

The Kings XI will host the Mumbai Indians at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Thursday, in match No. 22 of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with visiting Mumbai looking to record a fifth successive victory.

The Kings XI have played five fixtures to date, with two wins and three draws their record, which leaves them in the bunch of teams on four points, and contesting the fourth spot at this relatively early stage of the qualification process.

Both of the Kings XI’s victories in 2017 have come on home soil in Indore, where they have beaten Rising Pune Supergiant and the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6-wickets and 8-wickets respectively.

Their most recent fixture, away to the Sunrisers Hyderabad, ended in a 5-run defeat, despite an astonishing 95 off of just 50 deliveries by Manan Vohra, which included 9 fours and 5 sixes.

After losing their opening fixture of the season at Rising Pune Supergiant by 7-wickets, when they failed to defend a total of 184-8, the Indians have gone on a run of four successive victories, which has set them alongside the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as the early season pace setters.

Three of those four victories have been on home soil, and all four wins have come with Mumbai chasing and in tight finishes, with no more than eight deliveries left of their allotted 20 overs.

For a side with such a poor overall record over the years in the IPL, in nine previous editions of the tournament, they have qualified for the knockout stages just twice, and in each of the last two seasons have finished rock bottom of the qualifying table, the Kings XI have a decent record in head to head meetings with Mumbai, having won nine and lost nine times in their previous 18 encounters.

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