May 3 (): Mumbai Indians (MI) start off the Indian leg in IPL 7 in their home fort with a match against table leaders Kings XI Punjab.
A lot of pride is at stake for the MI as they have been almost unbeatable in their home ground, but with their current form where they are yet to register a victory in IPL7. With a passionate crowd backing them, this might be the right opportunity to stake claim for victory.
Rohit Sharma has accepted that his batsmen have failed to deliver and time for them to regroup and start contributing. The bowling too has not been extraordinary, but with a competitive total on board to defend, Malinga and team can be a handful to get away.
KXIP on the other hand are a confident lot and have been enjoying their new found success. A lot of credit needs to go to the support staff headed by Coach Sanjay Bangar, who with a calm and cool approach has had a positive influence on the team.
George Bailey, captain of KXIP, has told that he would consider the match as a start of a new series as the matches have moved to India and it is a new environment altogether. Hence he would not take Mumbai Indians lightly and approach the match like any other match and not one between the table topper and the last placed team.
Maxwell and Miller will also be looking to score heavily as they did in the first three outings.
MI have planned to bring in 18000 kids to the stadium as against 9000 last year, which itself was a Limca record. This would require huge planning in logistics and hope the presence of the kids and their support rub off with the team and MI can register their first win off the season in front of their home crowd.