KXIP vs MI Dream11 Prediction: Both teams come into this game on the back of defeats with both having an identical win-loss record of 1 win and 2 losses from 3 matches. This game should make for a mouth-watering contest with the presence of quality batsman from both sides. Mumbai Indians has a slight edge over Kings XI Punjab in the head-to-head record with 13 wins and 11 losses against the Priety Zinta owned franchise. This match will be held at the Sheik Zayed Cricket Stadium at Abu Dhabi which has been sort of a home ground for Mumbai Indians which gives them an advantage over Kings XI Punjab who are yet to play a game in Abu Dhabi this season. How quickly KXIP gets acclimatised to the conditions at Abu Dhabi will define this match.
Mumbai Indians were at the receiving end of a thrilling contest against RCB which they lost courtesy of a Superover. I Kishan who replaced the injured S Tiwary played one of his career-best knock of 99 off 58 balls and Pollard did what he has done for MI since ages with a 24 ball 60 helping MI tie the match. Their death bowling is a concern with Bumrah being taken down by AB De Villiers. Nathan Coulter-Nile has been bowling in the nets for a while and if fit will replace J Pattinson to provide some cover for Bumrah at the death with I Kishan retaining his spot with that career-changing knock.
Kings XI Punjab had a great start to their last match against RR with them posting a mammoth first innings score of 223 at Sharjah thanks to a stroke-filled 106 from M Agarwal. They started well with the ball too picking up wickets at regular intervals before Tewatia did the unthinkable by carting S Cottrell for 5 sixes in a single over thereby highlighting their death bowling woes. Both KL Rahul and M Agarwal top the run-scoring charts but the middle-order is a bit of a hit and miss with K Nair, N Pooran, G Maxwell and S Khan having not played a defining knock so far. It will be exciting to watch how KXIP's death bowling copes up against the deadly MI batting order. C Jordan might return back to the setup replacing J Neesham to plug the death bowling gaps.
The last match at Abu Dhabi between DC and SRH produced a 160 run contest with the pitch being two-paced and providing grip to the slower bowlers. The same deck will be used for this match and the scores will be similar with quality spinners from both sides. Fast bowlers who can take the pace off the ball will succeed on this wicket. The boundary dimensions are somewhere in between the big Dubai and the short Sharjah. Dew will certainly make its presence felt.
KXIP vs MI Dream11 Prediction
Possible KXIP Dream11 Playing 11 –
KL Rahul (C & WK)
Let’s take a look at some best picks for KXIP vs MI Dream11 Prediction.
KL Rahul – His exemplary records against MI are all discussed in the match-ups section. His wicket-keeping points are a bonus.
M Agarwal – 2020 IPL has been a breakthrough season for him so far with him scoring 221 runs from 3 matches, only behind his captain KL Rahul in the top-scorers list. He has his issues against Bumrah and Chahar, but we can trust his current form to nullify it.
R Bishnoi – He will be handy with his googlies especially against Mumbai Indians. Refer to MI's struggles against leg-spin in the match-ups section.
N Pooran – Pooran became a mainstream topic after his spectacular save at the boundary rope in Sharjah, but his batting has the potential to top that effort. KXIP will certainly promote him to counter the spin threat of MI which will increase his game-time.
Possible MI Dream11 Playing 11 –
R Sharma (C)
Q De Kock (WK)
R Sharma – He has a great IPL record against Kings XI Punjab scoring 590 runs from 22 innings at an average of 32.78 with a healthy strike-rate of 141.49. With a dry track expected in Abu Dhabi, there won't be much trouble against the pacers but he might struggle a bit against the two leg-spinners in M Ashwin and R Bishnoi.
J Bumrah – The Indian pace spearhead has a great head-to-head record against the current KXIP batsman and with him bowling at the death there's a high chance of him picking some wickets.
I Kishan – He made a great comeback to the side against RCB with a 58 ball 99. With KXIP fielding two leg-spinners in their eleven, MI would look to employ him at the top to counter those match-ups which will provide him enough game time.
Q De Kock – Looking at the pace attack of KXIP and the lack of seam movement at Abu Dhabi, Q De Kock is sure to feast on them but the spinners that would follow will certainly trouble him which places him down the fantasy order.
KXIP vs MI Dream11 Match-Ups
Captain’s Field Day
Both the captains Rohit and Rahul have great IPL records against their opposite numbers. Rohit has always been a steady scorer against the Punjab franchise. As far as the current KXIP bowling attack goes, he won’t have much trouble against the pacers but the presence of two leggies will be a hindrance to him.
KL Rahul's love affair with Mumbai Indians started when he cracked a 40 ball 46 against a MI bowling attack consisting of Zaheer Khan, L Malinga, Harbhajan and P Ojha in 2014. Since then he has haunted the Mumbai Indians fans with his elegant strokeplay and has the highest average against them in IPL with a minimum of 200 runs. There's not much MI have in their bowling arsenal to trouble him and anything less than a fifty from him will be a disappointment.
MI’s Leg-Spin Troubles
Mumbai Indians batsman’s troubles against leg-spin are quite apparent with each one of their batsman struggles for either consistency or quick-scoring. KXIP will certainly try to make use of this match-up with them picking R Bishnoi and M Ashwin in their eleven. With Pollard taking on Chahal and Zampa in the previous match and I Kishan showing maturity, this matchup could go either way but the top order will certainly have trouble in negotiating these two leggies.
Team Composition Preferences –
1). All Rounders – Get more all-rounders from the Mumbai Indians side than the Kings XI Punjab unit.
2). Batsman – Apart from Rohit, Mayank and SKY, the only choices that are left would be K Nair and Sarfaraz Khan. Try going with those top 3 or switch any one of them with K Nair but punting on S Khan will be a big risk.
3). Bowlers – Try and pick fast bowlers from MI and spinners from KXIP. Death bowlers will provide more value in this game.
4). Wicket-Keeper – We’re spoilt for choices here with Rahul, De Kock, I Kishan and N Pooran all categorised under this segment and making the correct choice here is pretty important. Rahul is a no-brainer and the order for the other 3 goes as Kishan, De Kock and Pooran.
Having more MI players in the KXIP vs MI Dream11 Match Prediction team is preferable.
Captaincy Picks –
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, the captains of MI and KXIP are good choices for captain in fantasy teams too especially the latter has history and current form to back that decision. Other choices would be M Agarwal and the two MI southpaws Q De Kock and I Kishan. If you're looking for an off-field move, go with one of the spinners or Bumrah as your Dream11 fantasy team captain.
Differential Picks –
K Nair – If any one of the opening batsmen gets out early, KXIP will send K Nair for an anchor sort of a role and he's adept at performing such a role especially against MI Bowling line-up.
H Pandya – He hasn't been in the best of his form and the lack of bowling time doesn't help him either. But he would certainly love to face the half-decent pace attack of KXIP and the leg-spinners who rely more on their googlies.