Kings XI Punjab return to a venue where KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya brought the jersey swapping ritual to a cricket field. Before that game, Kings XI were in control of their own fate, but defeat that night meant they fell into the proverbial lottery of the IPL, having to depend on other teams to ensure progress into the playoffs.
The Wankhede Stadium itself can be quite a lottery, exemplified by Mumbai Indians’ inconsistent record here. Since last year, they have won only four out of nine matches in Mumbai.
Both teams beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous fixtures, but where Mumbai wrought a comeback out of thin air, Kings XI nearly did the opposite, before Rahul held his nerve to take his team home.
After battling form for most of last year in India colours and losing his place in the Test and ODI set-ups, Rahul has emerged as King’s XI’s highest run-getter this season. Furthermore, he averages an incredible 94.5 against Mumbai playing for Kings XI.