April 9, 2019
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MI vs KXIP IPL 2019 preview: Can a confident Punjab upset Mumbai as well?

By Chaitanya Laxman

Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians are nicely settling down in IPL 2019. Both teams have experienced some hiccups but thanks to strong individual performance both are back to winning ways.

And now Punjab and Mumbai lock horns against each other with an intention to carry forward their momentum. Both sides are batting heavy and hence the battle will also be about power-hitting.

Venue:

In four innings so far at Wankhede stadium in IPL 2019, 170 plus runs were scored on three occasions. Expect a batting friendly surface and although both the games were won by side batting first, chasing shouldn’t be difficult here thanks to small boundaries.

Form guide:

Punjab and Mumbai are gaining form as IPL moves into the third week. Rahul’s runs will sooth Punjab and the fact that the spin department is contributing to the success is a plus point.

The form of Sam Curran and Mujeeb has added to Punjab’s strengths.

Mumbai are still waiting for a big contribution from their top order. de Kock and Rohit need to produce a big innings asap while the number four position is a headache as well.

Key Numbers:

  • In head to head battle, both teams have enjoyed similar success. In 21 matches played so far, Mumbai have won 12 while Punjab has won 11.

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Players in focus:

After scoring a brisk fifty in his first game, Chris Gayle has been quiet in the Indian Premier League season 12. But the clash against Mumbai can rekindle his fire as he loves batting against them.  He averages 40 plus against MI and has five fifties under his belt.

Do not forget to check the MI vs KXIP IPL 2019 match prediction

KL Rahul has regained form by scoring back to back fifties in IPL season 12. And has an incredible record against Mumbai. He averages a whopping 94.5 and has two big half-centuries (94 and 71*).

Chaitanya Laxman