After having a comprehensive win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab is heading towards Mumbai to challenge Mumbai Indians. Both teams have won their last match with the same opponent SRH. Alzzari Joseph was the man for MI, whereas Lokesh Rahul was the man for KXIP. Can MI’s bowling attack destroy KXIP at Wankhede? Let’s see how both teams will dominate each other tonight.
MI vs KXIP Head to Head
So far both the team have played 23 matches against each other. And MI has a narrow edge over KXIP with 12 wins, whereas KXIP could manage to win 11 matches. Till now in this season KXIP has 8 points on the point table, and MI has 6 points. KXIP is heading to its 7th match, and MI will play the 6th match tonight. Let’s find out who will stand tall tonight at Wankhede.
MI is so far in this season
After having a slow start, in this season MI has changed its gear little early. They are now back in track by winning two consecutive matches against CSK and SRH respectively. But in both matches, the top order batting performance was not good for MI. The batsmen are over-dependent on de Kock and Rohit. But as of now in this season Rohit is not in good touch.
Suryakumar Yadav is playing good cricket with the bat, but he was not good form against SRH. Hardik Pandya and Pollard are boosting some runs to MI’s scoreboard. So MI needs to recover its batting line up if they want to win IPL.
MI has an exceptional bowling line up. The bowlers are in good form. Bumrah is a very economical bowler. Alzarri Joseph is just awesome as he made IPL record by six wickets on 12 runs. Behrendorff and Hardik Pandya are doing great. In spin attack, Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya are doing their role perfectly.
KXIP is so far in this season
KXIP is going through up and down on this season. But after getting three consecutive wins on their home ground, they are in high confidence level now. Good to know K L Rahul is back to his form and he was the man of the match against SRH on his last match. Although Chris Gayle was not in the right track in the last match, he is in good form.
Mayank Agrawal and Sarfaraz Khan are in good form, and they are leading their middle order batting. But if Gayle is not performing, they are scoring at a low pace.
In bowling attack, they have experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammad Shami. Both are leading the spin attack and pace attack respectively. But they are not as strong as MI in bowling.
Wankhede pitch always offers good bounce. So the team with good pace attack will have an advantage. Dew will have a vital role in the match.
Expected Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph.
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravi Ashwin (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen.
Dream 11 Prediction
Captain: K L Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Chris Gayle
Vice-captain: Hardik Pandya, Kireon Pollard, Mayank Agrawal, Sam Curran
- K L Rahul loves to play against MI. He has scored 280 runs in last 5 matches against MI. Also, he was in good form in his last match. So you can take Rahul as your captain.
- Bumrah is a big threat for KXIP. He has taken 11 wickets in 9 matches against KXIP.
- Rohit Sharma is struggling against KXIP since 2015. He has just scored 108 runs in 8 matches.
VIVO IPL 2019 MI vs KXIP
Venue: Wankhede Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Live Streaming: Hotstar
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports