The Indian Premier League has been running for two weeks now and the Talking Cricket team have found plenty to chat about.
Host Barny Read is once again joined by Ajit Vijaykumar and Joy Chakravarty to discuss whether the first fortnight actually means anything in the grand scheme of things.
They also discuss the players that both have and haven’t impressed so far, with both offering up some rather intriguing storylines for India ahead of the Champions Trophy.
Chirag Suri then joins us from Rajkot to speak to Barny about life in the Gujarat Lions camp, the famous faces he has met and how he is coming to terms with travelling the country of his birth as the UAE international looks to break into the Gujarat team.
Kings XI Punjab will host Mumbai Indians in Match 22 of the 2017 Indian Premier League [IPL] in Indore on Thursday.
The Kings XI started the season in fine style, winning their first two matches, but have lost three matches since. On the other hand, Mumbai are on a four game winning streak.
Ahead of the match, we have the latest team news, time and date, as well as how you can watch all the action from the UAE.
DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO
Date: April 20, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 18:30 GST, 20:00 local time (IST), 14:30 GMT
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO
TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD, India – Sony Six, Sony Six HD (English), Sony Max, Sony Max HD 3 (Hindi), UK – Sky Sports
Online streaming: hotstar.com, Hotstar app (in India only)
TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs
KXIP SQUAD: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla, Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Darren Sammy, T Natarajan, Varun Aaron, Rahul Tewatia, Rinku Singh, Ishant Sharma
England limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan was given a run of two games but having failed to build on starts in both innings, don’t be surprised if he is left out this time.
At the top of the order, Hashim Amla was dismissed for a duck against the Sunrisers and Kings XI may be tempted to bring in New Zealand opener Martin Guptill for the experienced South African.
Punjab would also like a big contribution from David Miller, whose last fifty in the IPL came in 2015.
PREDICTED KXIP XI: Vohra, Amla, Maxwell, Miller, Saha (wk), Stoinis, Axar, Mohit, Cariappa, Ishant, Sandeep.
MI SQUAD: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, R Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, J Suchith, Siddhesh Lad, Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunaratne, Kulwant Khejroliya
Mumbai have been in red-hot form in this season’s edition of the IPL and seem to have a settled side with the Pandya brothers adding great balance to the team.
They would have expected more from Jos Buttler and there’s a possibility that West Indies’ Lendl Simmons could replace the English wicket-keeper in the playing XI.
On the other hand, the usually reliable Lasith Malinga was expensive in the match against the Gujarat Lions and that could see Mitchell Johnson playing his first match of the season.
If Ambati Rayudu is fit, he is likely to come back into the team.
PREDICTED MI XI: Parthiv (wk), Buttler, Rohit, Rana, Pollard, Krunal, Hardik, Harbhajan, McClenagahan, Johnson, Bumrah.
(Last five matches – with latest match first)
KXIP: L L L W W
MI: W W W W L
Mumbai seem to be on a roll and we’re predicting another win for Rohit Sharma’s men.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the toss and elected to bat first against the Delhi Daredevils at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
The hosts have made two changes to their team with Mohammed Siraj, who is making his Indian Premier League [IPL] debut, and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson coming into the side in place of Barinder Sran and Mohammad Nabi.
The Daredevils, on the other hand, have made one change with India all-rounder Jayant Yadav replacing international teammate Mohammed Shami.
You can follow every ball of the action with our in-play scorecard, commentary, and stats below.