The defending champions Mumbai Indians are one of the most consistent team in this IPL season so far. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, is at the bottom of the points table. They are coming off a victory in a close encounter against RCB in their last game and will be going to hunt for two more points in this match.
IPL: Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Date: Oct 18, 2020
Time: 07:30 PM
Mumbai Indians will go one on one with Kings XI Punjab in the 36th game of IPL 2020 at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. The defending champions Mumbai Indians have dominated this season so far and are placed at the top of the points table. They are on 5 games winning streak after beating KKR in their last game. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, is at the bottom of the points table with only 2 wins from 8 matches. KXIP snatched a close encounter against RCB in their last game. This will be a very crucial game for the Kings to keep themselves alive in this tournament. Kings XI Punjab are expected can come up well in this game against Mumbai Indians.
The skies will stay clear with zero chances of rain interruptions. The weather conditions will remain hot for the entire duration of the game with no relief even after the sunset. The temperature is expected to hover around 32 degrees Celsius.
The surface at the Dubai International Stadium has equally supported the batsmen and the bowlers. There will be some assistance for the spinners in the middle, while the pacers bowlers will appreciate bowling with the new ball on this surface. The batsmen need to invest some time in the game before assaulting the bowlers. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 155.
Probable Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, M Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Arshdeep Singh
Head to Head Records:
KL Rahul: The wicket-keeper batsman is the leading run-scorer in this season of IPL with 448 runs from 8 matches. He has mustered 4 half-centuries and 1 century in this season which clearly describes his form. It will be very important for the KXIP skipper to provide a good start in this game.
Suryakumar Yadav: Suryakumar started this season with some poor innings but then he bounced back quickly. He has scored 243 runs in 8 matches. He is going to be an important player for MI against KXIP.
Deepak Hooda: Hooda is a good hitter of the leather. He has the capability to finish off the game very well and can also ball a few overs. Hooda has scored 524 runs and picked 7 wickets in 62 matches. He can set the things on fire in this crucial game.
Arshdeep Singh: This season is ruled by young Indian talents. He has scalped 4 wickets in 3 matches. He can prove to be a great differential pick in this game as many fantasy players will ignore him.
Quinton de Kock
Kings XI Punjab are expected to win this game.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.