If there was to be a contest that’s truly a no-contest primarily based on the shape and file of groups within the Indian Premier League’s 2020 version, that is the one.
It seems a lot of a mismatch, at the very least earlier than the toss, on nearly each depend. Mumbai Indians’ complete 48-run win towards Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi within the first face-off of the groups this 12 months tilted the head-to-head file 14-11 in Mumbai’s favour.
But that’s as shut because the groups can get. Otherwise Mumbai – on a five-match profitable streak – has gained six of its eight video games, whereas it’s inverse with regards to Kings XI’s win-loss file this 12 months. No surprise that Mumbai has constantly been among the many high two groups on the desk, whereas Kings XI has occupied the eighth slot in standings for some time.
Despite Okay.L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal’s heroics on the high of the order, Kings XI has completed second in every of their contests barring the 2 towards Royal Challengers Bangalore. And it’s their second win after a string of losses in its final encounter that has stored their marketing campaign alive. Captain Rahul and his bunch can be eager to upset the defending champion and provides their head coach Anil Kumble an ideal birthday present a day after he turned 50.
The key males
For it to occur, nevertheless, each Rahul and Agarwal must guarantee at the very least one among them bats out the innings, regardless of whether or not the set or chase goal, to be aggressive. This would imply the duo, together with Chris Gayle at No. 3, must climate Jasprit Bumrah’s storm.
Besides, within the earlier face-off between the groups, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya went after the Kings XI demise bowlers. Since then, they’ve been struggling to discover a dependable demise bowler.
Mohammed Shami. – BCCI/IPL
Mohammed Shami might want to assault Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock initially and preserve the big-hitters on the again .
Quinton de Kock. – BCCI/IPL
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Capt.), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Anmolpreet Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Dhawal Kulkarni ,Chris Lynn, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, James Pattinson, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Sherfane Rutherford, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary, Jayant Yadav.
Kings XI Punjab: Okay. L. Rahul (Capt.), Glenn Maxwell, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M. Ashwin, J. Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.
Match 36, Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Dubai Sports City, Dubai
Date: October 18, Sunday
Time: 7:30 PM IST.