MI vs KXIP Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match? Dream11 IPL 2020, Match 36
Punjab need to put their best foot forward to get past an in-form MI.
Updated - Oct 18, 2020 6:33 pm
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), somehow, managed to cease their losing streak in their previous match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. However, despite the victory, KL Rahul and Co kept languishing at the bottom of the table in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The victory didn’t come easy though as the game went down to the last ball. They will next be facing the Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday, October 18 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
In their previous meeting, Rohit Sharma’s men beat KXIP by 48 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Punjab will be high on confidence, but can’t afford complacency after their last win. MI also are in riveting form after beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Dubai has been a good one for batting. But in the last few games, it has provided significant assistance to the spin bowlers. Batting first should be the way forward as chasing sides have found it tough.
The temperature will be around 32 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the mid-30s. There will be a bit of dew, maybe in the second half, but it’s unlikely to make much impact.
Playing Combinations for MI vs KXIP
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Probable Top Performers for MI vs KXIP
Rohit Sharma– Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma has been impressive at the top of the batting order. Though he has had a few single-digit scores in between, the 33-year-old has been able to recover from the failures.
Against Punjab, he has 660 runs from 23 innings at an average and strike-rate of 142.86. Last time around, the Nagpur-born scored 70 and that should give him quite a bit of confidence going into the next game.
KL Rahul– Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul must be high on confidence after his match-winning fifty against the Challengers in Sharjah. His numbers against the Mumbai-based franchise aren’t mere by any stretch of the imagination.
In 11 matches, the youngster has 503 runs at an average and strike-rate of 62.88 and 128.64. The KXIP captain would want to live up to his numbers and play any substantial knock for his team.
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Dream11 Fantasy Tips
MI vs KXIP Head to Head
Played- 25 |MI won- 14 | KXIP won-11 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 3 | MI won- 2 | KXIP won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 175 (15 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 3 | Lost- 12
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for Mumbai Indians to win the match.