[16 May] MI vs KXIP Match Prediction, Analysis, Playing 11 & Betting tips, IPL 2018

[16 May] MI vs KXIP Match Prediction, Analysis, Playing 11 & Betting tips, IPL 2018

Welcome to the 50th match of Vivo IPL 2018 where Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede, Mumbai on 16 May, in a do or die battle for both the teams. MI seat at 6th with 10 points and 2 more games to go and KXIP is a place above with 12 points and the same number of matches to go. It will be a battle for existence, and MI can pack their bags if they lose this one.

Mumbai Indians 

It all seemed to gel well for MI since the turn of May where they strung 4 wins together and looked to peak right at the business end, but a crushing loss to RR meant they will be pinning on every single thing that comes their way. In this Vivo IPL 2018, MI’s struggles cannot be conjured into one point. There were several instances were batsmen disappointed while the bowlers could not make the most of it in a few. Sitting on a rope and low down the Vivo IPL points table could also be attributed to Rohit Sharma’s dismal run. He looks out of sorts at the moment, and cannot be considered as the X-factor of MI anymore this season. Ishan Kishan has gotten some runs on his back, and Suryakumar Yadav is their best performer of this Vivo IPL 2018. It is good to see Evin Lewis rack up some runs. The X-factor of MI is Hardik Pandya, and it would be criminal to ignore his brother, Krunal’s contribution as well.

Bowling Line-up

Bumrah cannot fight out an entire batting line-up on a regular basis and MI management needs to address that. Markande has faded away, and the flat Wankhede track is not aiding him as well. It is safe to see Mustafizur should get back into the line-up at the expense of Mitch McClenaghan. They have underused Cutting as well.

For me, the key players would be Yadav with the bat and Bumrah with the ball. However, MI’s trump card would Hardik Pandya.

Playing XI

Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, JP Duminy, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman.

Kings XI Punjab

All out for 88! KXIP has been a story of riches to rags where they seemed to seal their playoff spots with a game or two remaining before 2 weeks or so. Suddenly, they now face the tumultuous task of winning 2 out of 2 matches to guarantee a spot or at least one win to keep them alive. What could be the reason for that? Fragile middle order.  Not everyday KL Rahul and Gayle would get you through and you got to feel for Rahul who has been in superlative form this season. Karun Nair has had a miserable Vivo IPL in 2018 and so did Mayank Agarwal. Yuvraj Singh looks past his twilight now, and Manoj Tiwary is nowhere near his DD heroics. It is time to bench Finch and get Miller in the line-up. A power-packed middle-order batsman who averages close to 35 in IPL. Serious questions will be asked if KXIP management fail to qualify.


Bowling Line-up

The bowling has been decent for KXIP where Tye is their standout bowler, and Rajpoot has delivered as well. It is disheartening to see Ashwin being reduced to a more economic savvy bowler. Mujeeb may be out for this one as well following his hand injury so Stoinis will get a look in for another match.

Key Players

It has to be KL Rahul, KXIP’s only X-factor and their hope to qualify for the playoffs. Would love to see Tye spearheading the attack against a dubious MI batting line-up.

Playing XI

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal/Manzoor Dar, Karun Nair, David Miller/Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohit Sharma/Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye

Punjab Vs Mumbai Indians: Where to watch/Live streaming?

TV channels: Star Sports, Willow TV, SuperSport, Sky Sports, Channel 9, Fox Sports, Geo Super, BeIN Sport

Live streaming: Hotstar, Sky Go, Yupp TV, SuperSport.

Accurate IPL Matches Prediction from PredictX

Based on your match analysis and prediction by experts here on PredictX, we’ve accurately predicted yesterday that Royal Challengers Bangalore will beat Kings XI Punjab. You can read our that match analysis here.

Match Prediction: Who Will Win today?

My bet will be on MI to win this given their home confidence and KXIP way short of confidence. KXIP is relying too much on one man brilliance and this could cost them this year’s IPL.

What do you think who will win today’s match between KXIP Vs MI? Post your today’s match prediction in the comment section and don’t forget to vote the winning team in the poll below. Also, share the match-analysis with your friends.

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