MI vs KXIP MPL Team: The table-toppers Mumbai Indians will take on the bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab in the 35th match of IPL 2020 at Dubai. Mumbai Indians dominance this season has drawn comparisons to the Aussies of the 2000s and the Windies of the 80’s while Kings XI Punjab have found ways to lose games after being in a good position. Both teams are coming off a victory but Mumbai Indians will be the favourites going into this contest.
Mumbai Indians have been unbeaten in their last five games and are sitting comfortably at the top of the points table. Everyone in the squad has contributed for them all through this season and there aren’t any major chinks in their armoury. The usual slow starts have been replaced by early-season dominance which makes them a dangerous side to face against. Their major threat against KXIP will come against their batting unit which is filled with full of stroke-makers such as Rahul, Mayank, Gayle, Pooran and Maxwell.
Kings XI Punjab have found themselves at the wrong end of some close games this season with their non-existent death bowling attack and a conservative batting approach. They’re placed at the bottom of the points table with just 4 points from 8 games but with other teams grouped together, a couple of wins could easily help them move up the ladder but can they topple a dominant Mumbai Indians is one to wait and watch.
Fixture: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 36, IPL 2020
Date & Time: Sunday, 18th October 2020 at 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Venue Stats: The average first innings score at Dubai in the last 3 years has been 145 with 183 being the highest score ever chased. Pacers have been more successful than the spinners at this venue. The teams batting first have won the majority of the matches at this venue.
Pitch Report: The pitches at Dubai have started to slow down despite the usage of 3 strips and the lack of dew. This match will be played on a used pitch with big boundaries on one side of the ground.
Team news: Mumbai Indians brought in N Coulter Nile in their last game to reduce J Pattinson’s workload. He seemed a bit rusty but MI will likely stick with the same team.
The inclusion of C Gayle and M Ashwin proved to be good for KXIP who turned around a five-match losing streak against RCB and they’re more likely to field the same combination.
Underperformers/risky picks: D Hooda replaced M Singh in KXIP’s eleven last game who was out due to an injury. With Gayle coming in at No.3 and the presence of Pooran and Maxwell above him, there’ll be less game-time for him.
K Pandya is a risky pick considering the presence of Gayle and Pooran in KXIP’s batting unit. He might not complete his full quota of overs today. The predicted XIs for the MUM vs PJB MPL fantasy cricket tips are as follows:
MI Playing XI (predicted):
Q De Kock (WK)
R Sharma (C)
N Coulter Nile
KXIP Playing XI (predicted):
KL Rahul (C & WK)
SK Yadav – SuryaKumar Yadav has had a great season this year scoring 243 runs from 8 matches. With KXIP likely to field two leg-spinners in Bishnoi and Ashwin, he’ll get plenty of game-time and is the best option for MI at the top to counter these two in MI vs KXIP Dream11 today match prediction.
KL Rahul – He generally loves batting against MI with his record against them being 503 runs from 11 innings at an average of 62.88. His recent form is terrific with him holding the Orange Cap.
N Pooran – Despite his team’s failings, this has been a great season for him personally with 218 runs at an average of 36.33 with a stellar strike-rate of 180.16. He’s just a madman against spin and will love to bat against the likes of Chahar and Krunal.
R Sharma – He has his issues against leg-spinners but he’ll fancy himself against KXIP’s pace attack in the PowerPlay. His overall record against them makes for good reading too with 660 runs from 23 innings at an average of 34.74.
K Pollard – Pollard hasn’t had many chances to bat in the last couple of matches with MI’s top-order showing complete dominance but Pollard could be promoted up due to the presence of two leggies and there’s a high chance of him bowling in today’s match.
R Bishnoi – KXIP will mostly employ him in the Powerplay to target MI’s openers who are susceptible to leggies. With the pitches at Dubai assisting spinners, he could be a handy pick.