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Looking to stay in the race

cricket Updated: May 18, 2013 02:08 IST
Ashutosh Sharma
Ashutosh Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Mumbai Indians are on top of the points table but their clash against Kings XI Punjab will not be short on intensity on Saturday. With the hosts looking to keep their play-off hopes alive, there will be plenty to play for.

Finishing among the two in the league gives a team two chances to qualify for the final. Besides, MI will also look to maintain the momentum ahead of the play-offs.

They have been clinical at home winning all matches, but have stumbled in the away games. However, the captaincy of Rohit Sharma has inspired the team and Kieron Pollard, Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Smith too have been consistent. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/5/18_05_13-metro20b.gif

Even opener Aditya Tare, coming in as Sachin Tendulkar's replacement in the last game, weighed in with a fluent fifty.

The bowlers have also played their part. Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson, who has taken 22 wickets so far, will find the altitude and a green top to his liking.

Though Kings XI leg spinner Piyush Chawla, the lone spinner in Thursday's match against Daredevils, went for plenty, Harbhajan Singh may be a different proposition for Punjab.