MI vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction: Two teams at extreme ends of the spectrum in this year’s season will be up against each other on Sunday evening in Dubai. Mumbai Indians are playing like a well-oiled T20 machine while Kings XI Punjab would be ruing over the close finishes that they have missed. Although a win against RCB in the last match has surely kept them in the hunt but Mumbai Indians are a different ball-game altogether. We will preview MI vs KXIP Dream11 contest.
Mumbai Indians are getting stronger with each passing game in the season. Bowling first in the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders, quick bowlers gave them more than a decent start. Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile took care of the top order while Rahul Chahar pegged KKR back significantly with his double-strikes. Jasprit Bumrah came back to dismiss dangerous Andre Russell but Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins took advantage of poor second half from MI bowlers. Openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma took a liking to KKR bowlers chasing 149 for a win. Quinton de Kock looked in ominous touch in so many ways while Rohit Sharma played a second fiddle to him. The South African remained unbeaten on 78 as MI sailed home by 8 wickets in the end.
Kings XI Punjab bowlers had a challenge to stop rampaging RCB batting lineup at Sharjah in their last match. They executed their jobs near to perfection as they kept RCB under check for most of their innings. Murugan Ashwin and Mohammed Shami took two each while Glenn Maxwell complemented the main bowlers very well with his off-spin. RCB put 171 runs on the board mainly due to late power-hitting from Chris Morris. Chasing the total, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal continued their golden run with an opening stand of 78 runs. Once Mayank Agarwal got out, Chris Gayle looked in his grooves after taking initial balls to have a look-in. But somehow the pair left it too late to finish and things got tight when Jamaican got run-out on penultimate ball of the chase. Nicholas Pooran kept his cool on the last ball to take KXIP over the line for a much needed victory.
In head-to-head comparisons, Mumbai Indians enjoy dominating records over almost every team and story is not so different against Kings XI Punjab as well. MI have won 14 while KXIP were a better side on 11 occasions. In last 5 matches, MI have been even better with a 4-1 lead. In the first meeting this year, MI handed a hammering to KXIP at Abu Dhabi.
Almost all the teams have begun to bat first in the last fortnight of the competition. Conditions are not so different across the venues but a used pitch will be in play today from the match between RR & RCB yesterday afternoon. A tired pitch should encourage spinners from both the sides throughout the course of the match today.
Fixture name: Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 36, IPL 2020
Competition: IPL 2020
Date: 18th October 2020
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Stadium: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Mumbai Indians: 04, Kings XI Punjab: 01, Tie: 00
Mumbai Indians: Matches- 8, Win- 6, Loss- 2, Points- 12, Standing- 2nd
Kings XI Punjab: Matches- 8, Win- 2, Loss- 6, Points- 4, Standing- 8th
Mumbai Indians: WWWWW
Kings XI Punjab: WLLLL
Rajasthan Royals (177/6, 20 Overs) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore (179/3, 19.4 Overs) by 7 wickets, 17th October 2020.
Let’s take a look at the squad news and MI Vs KXIP Dream11 predictions for today’s encounter.
Quinton de Kock
KXIP Playing 11 (Probable)
WK: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal
All-rounders: Krunal Pandya
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi
As per our Today Match Prediction, Mumbai Indians are overwhelmingly favourites to win against Kings XI Punjab. MI are a complete outfit with all their bases in tact while KXIP are struggling this year as we can see from the points table. You cannot discount any results on the cricket field, but still it would be very tough for KXIP to beat MI today on the current form.