MI vs KXIP Dream11 Match Prediction FREE TEAMS Today IPL Match 18 October

Published on: Oct 18, 2020 4:09 pm IST|Updated on: Oct 18, 2020 4:18 pm IST

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.

Pitch and Conditions

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.

MI vs KXIP Dream11 Teams Match Details

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

Head to Head (Last 5 games)

Mumbai Indians: 04, Kings XI Punjab: 01, Tie: 00

Points Table Standings

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

Recent Form

Mumbai Indians: WWWWW
Kings XI Punjab: WLLLL

Last Match at the Venue

Rajasthan Royals (177/6, 20 Overs) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore (179/3, 19.4 Overs) by 7 wickets, 17th October 2020.

MI vs KXIP Dream11 Team Prediction

Let’s take a look at the squad news and MI Vs KXIP Dream11 predictions for today’s encounter.

Mumbai Indians Team News

  • Mumbai Indians have nothing to worry in any of their departments. So, no reasons why they should change their winning formula.
  • Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock are coming off from a blistering partnership in the last match. Suryakumar Yadav is also in terrific touch while Ishan Kishan hasn’t got much of opportunities in recent innings.
  • Kieron Pollard should be used based on the number of overs left rather than a fixed batting position given the form he is in. Hardik Pandya is also coming into his own slowly while Krunal Pandya has rarely been needed.
  • Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult have been regulars while Nathan Coulter-Nile played for the first time in the last game. Rahul Chahar has not given anything away in the middle overs along with picking up crucial wickets.

MI Playing 11 (Probable)

Rohit Sharma
Quinton de Kock
Suryakumar Yadav
Ishan Kishan
Kieron Pollard
Hardik Pandya
Krunal Pandya
Rahul Chahar
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Trent Boult
Jasprit Bumrah

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Kings XI Punjab Team News

  • Kings XI Punjab are likely to go in the same playing XI from their last match.
  • KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will continue to open while Chris Gayle made an impact straight away in his first match.
  • A lot will depend on Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell in the middle order if they lose wickets early. Deepak Hooda didn’t get a hit in the last match.
  • Chris Jordan had a reasonable outing in the last match and he should continue to play. Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi will form rest of the Indian core in bowling department in our MI vs KXIP Dream11 prediction.

KXIP Playing 11 (Probable)
KL Rahul
Mayank Agrawal
Chris Gayle
Nicholas Pooran
Glenn Maxwell

Deepak Hooda
Chris Jordan

Murugan Ashwin
Arshdeep Singh
Ravi Bishnoi
Mohammad Shami

MI vs KXIP Dream 11 Prediction Today Cricket Match

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

Captain Picks

For Small Leagues

  • Quinton de Kock should be a good captaincy choice given his recent form. He had a poor start to the season but still remains MI’s highest scorer with 269 runs from 8 innings. There are no specialist off-spinners in KXIP lineup to trouble him.
  • Suryakumar Yadav can be a differential pick even in the smaller leagues. He bats at number 3 and game time won’t be an issue on most occasions. He has no apparent weaknesses in his game and should be able to milk it around in the middle overs before going big towards the end.
  • KL Rahul is a safe as well as effective pick from today’s lineup. He is leading the race for the orange cap for this season with 448 runs from 8 innings. With the consistency he has shown so far, you can expect another good knock from him today at Dubai.

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For Grand Leagues

  • Rohit Sharma can be a pretty useful option in the grand leagues today. He has been good this year without being extravagant by any means. You can still expect Rohit Sharma to make hay if he stays on the crease for first 10-12 overs.
  • Mayank Agarwal is behind KL Rahul with 382 runs from 8 innings. The numbers clearly show the value that he brings at the top for KXIP. Another advantage of picking him is his higher strike-rates with significant boundary percentages.
  • Chris Gayle can be a real differential today. He displayed that he can still hit the ball very hard in the last match. He takes time early on but he is more than capable of making up for that if he bats for a reasonable amount of time. He made 53 from 45 balls in the game against RCB at Sharjah.

Who will win MI vs KXIP Today Match Prediction?

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.

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